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  • The state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority issued a draft decision saying that Spain's Iberdrola has not provided "any measurable or quantifiable commitments" that assure regulators that ratepayers will not be harmed by its plan to buy UIL Holdings Corp.. The agency said it cannot conclude that Iberdrola and UIL Holdings "will continue to possess the...

  • CENTER LOVELL, Maine— A Maine innkeeper didn't violate state law in an essay contest in which her 210- year-old country inn was the prize, state police and the attorney general's office said Tuesday. Maine has no laws overseeing essay contests, Johnston said. The Center Lovell Contest Fair Practices Commission said inn owner Janice Sage marketed the contest as...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine lawmakers overturned Republican Gov. The Legislature's rejection of LePage's budget veto means that the two-year spending plan that cuts taxes for many residents, funds additional drug enforcement agents and maintains state aid for cities and towns will go into effect Wednesday, the start of the fiscal year. The Legislature's...

  • Paul LePage vetoed the $6.7 billion state budget on Monday, scolding lawmakers for rejecting his efforts to overhaul the state's tax code and welfare programs and accusing them of passing a status-quo spending plan just so they can return home for the summer. The Legislature will return Tuesday to try to overturn LePage's budget veto, along with dozens of...

  • The problem is clear: Traffic congestion will become significantly worse and more widespread without big changes in how people and products get around. The possible solutions are many, but none is easy or cheap. The nation's driving capital, Los Angeles, is making a multibillion-dollar investment in building or extending five rail lines.

  • CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine— The Sugarloaf ski area is spending $800,000 to replace a chairlift that moved backward last winter, injuring seven skiers, resort officials announced Thursday. Sugarloaf General Manager Karl Strand said that the existing towers and chairs from the old lift will be utilized "but King Pine will, in essence, be a completely new lift."

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Even Maine lawmakers accustomed to Gov. Paul LePage's aggressive style of politics said Thursday they were troubled by accusations that the Republican had the top Democrat in the House of Representatives removed from his new job at a school for at-risk youth by threatening to cut off funds to the institution. But the governor said in a statement...

  • NEW YORK— On a trip to Maine with four friends, Alexander Culbertson racked up $1,300 on gas, hotel rooms, food and drinks. "It would have been a nightmare for all of us to evenly split every transaction," says Culbertson, 26, a Boston advertising executive. For Dan Callahan, 22, a digital marketing manager in Philadelphia, using Venmo means avoiding the awkward...

  • Despite calls for her ouster, the director of the Office of Personnel Management said if anyone is responsible for the breaches, it's the hackers. Katherine Archuleta told a Senate hearing that old computer networks were to blame for the cyberbreak-ins that exposed private information on nearly every federal employee and personal histories of millions...

  • WASHINGTON— Senate Republicans Tuesday proposed cuts to community health centers, national service, and grants to help children from low- and moderate-income families attend preschool as they unveiled the largest domestic appropriations bill, a $153 billion measure that's sure to attract a veto threat from President Barack Obama. The author of the bill, Roy...

  • Fastest rising rents in US? Jackson, Mississippi Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 12:05 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Home rental prices are climbing across much of the United States— with the biggest gains coming from not from New York or San Francisco but Jackson, Mississippi, and Portland, Maine. Rents still are rising at double-digit rates in Denver, San Francisco and San Jose, California, with their job opportunities drawing new residents at a faster pace than...

  • The investigation focuses on whether the "Win an Inn" contest violated state law governing games of chance, said Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. The newly formed Center Lovell Contest Fair Practices Commission says inn owner Janice Sage marketed the contest as open to all regardless of background but awarded the prize to...

  • OTTAWA/ MONTREAL, June 22- The Canadian government on Monday charged the Montreal Maine& Atlantic Canada Railway Ltd, its affiliate and eight people with violating federal railway safety and environmental laws in connection with a 2013 oil train crash that killed 47 people and flattened the heart of the Quebec village of Lac-Megantic. Canada's transport...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, June 22- U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc on Monday dismissed concerns that buying smaller competitor Cigna Corp would be considered anti-competitive, even as antitrust experts said the combination would earn regulatory scrutiny. Anthem, which runs Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in 14 states, disclosed on Saturday that it had offered to buy...

  • New charges brought in 2013 Quebec railway disaster Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 12:02 PM ET

    TORONTO— The Canadian government filed new charges Monday in the runaway oil train explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec two years ago. Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, the defunct railway at the heart of the disaster, was also charged. Transport Canada spokeswoman Mélany Gauvin said the companies could be fined up to $1 million, and individuals could...

  • OTTAWA, June 22- Charges were brought on Monday in connection with the 2013 oil train crash that killed 47 people and flattened the heart of the Quebec village of Lac-Megantic, the Canadian government said. The disaster occurred in July 2013 after a single engineer parked his train for the night on a main line uphill from the small town of Lac-Megantic.

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— Vermont has made a name for itself in the national farm-to-school movement getting more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curriculum about nutrition and agriculture into classrooms. The Northeast Farm to School Institute takes place Wednesday through Friday at Shelburne Farms, located on the shores of Lake Champlain.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— New England lobstermen are catching and selling more of a long-overlooked crab species in their traps, leading regulators to try to craft a management plan for the fishery before it becomes overexploited. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is working on regulations for Jonah crabs, a species common along the Eastern Seaboard...

  • DUXBURY, Vt.— Bridges get a lot of attention when they fail, but scientists are working to eliminate what they say can be an even greater scourge, because of their sheer numbers and their effect on wildlife: culverts. "Every culvert is a potential disaster for our roads," said Rose Paul of the Vermont Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, which has been working with the...

  • Even those measures approved by the Democrat-controlled House and Republican-led Senate face an uncertain future. Here's a look at some of actions of the Maine House and Senate that flew under the radar this week:. With a 22-13 vote, the Senate sent a bill to LePage that would require more buildings to have carbon monoxide detectors.