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  • Rumford mill to lay off about 50 workers Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 3:27 PM ET

    RUMFORD, Maine— Catalyst Paper is laying off about 50 workers at the Rumford mill. WCSH-TV reports that the company announced that a temporary shutdown of a paper machine has been extended to August. Rumford mill spokesman Tony Lyons says the layoffs are "directly market related."

  • CHICAGO— When retailers open state-approved medical marijuana shops in Illinois later this year, they will face a distinct disadvantage in luring prospective patients across their thresholds: Marijuana will always be cheaper on the black market. Dispensary owners in Illinois are thinking, too, about Tupperware-style education parties, spa-like interior...

  • MOUNT DESERT, Maine— David Rockefeller made a rare public appearance ahead of his 100th birthday to formally announce the donation of 1,000 acres bordering Acadia National Park in Maine. The retired CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank and grandson of oil tycoon John Rockefeller Sr. told a group of family and friends Friday that he's happy to see the land preserved for...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Assembly on Friday approved one of the nation's toughest bans on plastic, exfoliating microbeads that are polluting waterways. Manufacturers already have pledged to phase out the materials, including L'Oreal, Unilever and Johnson& Johnson, and use natural alternatives such as apricot shells and cocoa beans.

  • LEWISTON, Maine— Police leaders in southern Maine are talking with members of the city's large Somali population about future openings in law enforcement. Chief Michael Bussiere of the Lewiston Police Department visited schools in the area and discovered many Somali boys listed law enforcement as their dream job, the Sun-Journal reported.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The oldest member of the Rockefeller family is giving a gift as part of his 100th birthday celebration: 1,000 acres of land including streams, trails and carriage roads abutting Acadia National Park. David Rockefeller, the retired CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank and grandson of oil tycoon John Rockefeller Sr., is transferring family property at...

  • Meeting on northern Maine national park plan turns heated Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:26 AM ET

    EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine— A discussion about a proposed national park east of Baxter State Park turned heated during a public meeting in northern Maine. Maine Woods Coalition organized the meeting and opposes the park plan, WCSH-TV reported. Others have said they don't want to turn land over to the National Park Service.

  • BATH, Maine— The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Bath Iron Works an $11.3 million contract modification to work on maintenance systems for the entire littoral combat ship program. The contract modification was awarded Tuesday to General Dynamics, the parent company of BIW, by the Navy's Southwest Regional Maintenance Center in San Diego.

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the pact that Equifax, Experian and TransUnion struck with attorneys general in 31 states. "I am pleased that our agreement brings about reforms that will provide for more effective dealings and better communication between consumers and the credit reporting agencies," said Alabama Attorney General Luther...

  • Utility regulators keep wind power negotiations alive Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:34 PM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— Utility regulators moved one step closer Wednesday to entering into a long-term contract with developers hoping to sell power generated by a wind project in Somerset County. The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 to modify and approve the terms of an agreement with NextEra Energy Resources LLC to ensure that the state is getting the...

  • 3 Vermont towns vote to back project to replace broken dam Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:09 PM ET

    Residents from Thetford, Fairlee and West Fairlee voted Tuesday to replace the dam at Lake Fairlee and formed an "interlocal agreement" for the towns to share ownership of it, The Valley News reported. Bryan Gregory, a Maine resident who owns the dam, has to sign it over to the towns for construction to start this summer. The cost will be split among the three towns, with...

  • Stockton head passes on Maine job to unravel Showboat mess Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:57 AM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The acting president of Stockton University is giving up a university presidency in Maine to help unravel the New Jersey school's stalled deal to convert a former Atlantic City casino into a satellite campus. Harvey Kesselman was named acting president on April 28, with the understanding he would leave Stockton to become president of the...

  • Agreement in place for hotel across from Oxford Casino Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 7:13 AM ET

    OXFORD, Maine— A developer and a contractor have come to terms to build a hotel across from the Oxford Casino. The Sun Journal reports that Quincy, Massachusetts- based developers GIRI Group on Tuesday signed the agreement with New York- based Calamar to construct the 92- room Hampton Inn. Officials say completion of the hotel is tied to the town's $24 million sewer...

  • Smart meter debate back before Maine supreme court Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 11:59 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— The debate over the safety of so-called smart meters installed by Central Maine Power is going back before the state Supreme Court, setting up a legal clash over regulators' conclusion that they pose no risk. Opponents are challenging a December conclusion by the Maine Public Utilities Commission that 600,000 smart meters installed in homes...

  • AUBURN, Maine— The city of Auburn has given the go-ahead for a major expansion of a medical marijuana growing facility that would increase the size of the building four-fold. The Sun Journal reports that construction at Wellness Connection of Maine's growing facility is planned in several phases. Maine's eight licensed dispensaries reported more than $16.2...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— A former shipyard worker who pleaded guilty to setting fire to a nuclear-powered submarine but now says he didn't commit the crime wants a judge to revisit his sentence based on his claim that his lawyer was ineffective. Casey James Fury has until June 5 to respond after a federal magistrate recommended that his claim of ineffective counsel be...

  • Emera Maine has new president Friday, 15 May 2015 | 5:43 PM ET

    BANGOR, Maine— Emera Maine is making some shifts in its leadership. The utility says Alan Richardson, who served as vice president of sustainability, became president and chief operating officer of the company on Friday. Richardson became part of Emera Maine's executive team in 2012..

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— FairPoint Communications is cutting about 260 jobs in the 17 states where it operates, including 60 jobs when it closes a South Burlington call center, officials said Friday. FairPoint Communications Inc. is the largest landline telephone network provider in the three states, and last year workers in the three states went on strike for four...

  • NEW YORK, May 14- After 20 years in the oil business, Craig Reed, 62, is thinking about winding down his career just as a second downturn in six years rocks the industry. For him, it is maybe two more projects and then retirement beckons, with a holiday home in Maine that needs work. Industry data show energy firms have cut at least 125,000 jobs worldwide since crude...

  • Maine panel votes against fishing pact with tribes Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 4:01 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— A Maine legislative committee recommended Wednesday that the state not approve a request from a group of American Indian tribes for shared management of commercial fish species. Representatives for the tribes, led by sponsor and Passamaquoddy Tribe legislative Rep. "Right now, the state of Maine can enter into a memorandum of agreement at any...