News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT
(AP) - Big changes are in store for herring fishermen in New England. The New England Fishery Management Council adopted a new formula Tuesday that ties catch limits to assessments of the overall herring population in future years. The council wants to further reduce catch limits to prevent overfishing from occurring in the future.
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island authorities say a former state lawmaker and a former mayor were among three people charged with illegally collecting fees from customers at a used car dealership. State police said they arrested former state Rep. Thomas Palangio, of Cranston, former East Providence Mayor Bruce Rogers, of East Providence, and Anthony Pate, of Cranston. Police say they collected more than $150,000 in fees from 31 customers at the now closed dealership.
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Police have charged a truck driver involved in a Rhode Island crash last year that killed two Massachusetts residents. State police say 43-year-old Ilkham Akhmedov, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, was fatigued and drove more hours than allowed before the fatal crash in October 2017. Steven Magan and Axel Moran were killed after Akhmedov's truck pushed their van into the back of another tractor-trailer.
BOSTON (AP) - Ten states are demanding the Trump administration abandon a proposed overhaul of the Endangered Species Act. Led by Massachusetts and California, the states filed comments Tuesday arguing that the plan would imperil natural habitats and put rare species at greater risk of extinction. Administration officials contend the proposed changes do not seek to gut the 1973 law but instead apply it more efficiently.
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