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PORTLAND, Ore., July 24- An Oregon citizens' initiative that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients has garnered more than enough signatures to gain a spot on the state's November ballot, a state government spokesman said on Thursday. "It cleared easily," said Tony Green, a spokesman for the Oregon Secretary of State's Office.
SPENCER, Mass., July 24- Tucked off a two-lane highway in a hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group of Roman Catholic monks has embraced a centuries-old tradition they hope can sustain their aging members in a world of rapidly rising health costs.
TEWKSBURY, Mass.— The Market Basket supermarket chain's new co-CEOs on Tuesday urged protesting employees to go back to work, saying they are committed to continuing the company's "tradition of excellence and dedication."
The city of 25,000, known for its scenic lighthouses and sweeping views of the island-speckled waters of Casco Bay, is also the east coast's second largest oil port, located at the southern terminus of the Portland-Montreal Pipeline, which currently flows north to Canada.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine— With a potential lawsuit targeting a decision to ban tar sands oil in South Portland, the governor's energy chief said Tuesday that he hopes the state can eventually have a conversation about managing the flow of petroleum products rather than having it decided locally.
PORTLAND, Maine— Average gas prices in Maine have fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the last week. The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.68 a gallon— down 4.8 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com. Gas prices in Maine are 10.3 cents a gallon lower than they were one year ago.
TEWKSBURY, Mass.— A family feud over control over the Market Basket supermarket chain escalated Monday as thousands of employees and their supporters rallied at the company's headquarters for a second time and called for the reinstatement of their former chief executive. The chain has 71 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine— The South Portland City Council has voted to ban the transfer of crude oil onto ocean tankers, effectively ending any attempt to bring oil from western Canada through a pipeline into the city. The City Council voted 6-1 Monday night in favor of the ordinance that was hailed by environmentalists.
ROCKLAND, Maine— Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt.
AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine officials are relieved they found a way to provide the state's nursing homes with an additional $13 million but warn that a long-term strategy must be developed to aid the facilities in the nation's oldest state.
WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.
AUGUSTA, Maine— State officials say that Maine's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in June. June was the 81st consecutive month that Maine's employment to population ratio was below the national average. Maine's unemployment rate was also lower than the average of New England states, which was 5.7 percent.
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management disclosed its final approval first to The Associated Press ahead of an announcement later Friday. The approval opens the outer continental shelf from Delaware to Florida to exploration by energy companies preparing to apply for drilling leases in 2018, when current congressional limits are set to expire.
Paul LePage announced Thursday that Maine's roughly 100 facilities will get an additional $13.1 million this fiscal year through an arrangement that doesn't require the Legislature's approval.
ROCKLAND, Maine— The cold winter is still being felt in the waters off Maine, where the nation's largest lobster fishery is off to a slow start. State lobster biologist Carl Wilson said the cold winter and spring may have held back molting.
Republicans blocked a bill that was designed to override a Supreme Court ruling and ensure access to contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections. But Democrats hope the issue has enough life to energize female voters in the fall, when Republicans are threatening to take control of the Senate.
SACO, Maine— Many in the movie industry feared the need to convert to digital could be the death knell for drive-ins, but drive-in operators are finding creative ways to afford the switch. Ry Russell, general manager of Saco Drive-In, launched a social-media campaign to win an $80,000 digital projection system in a contest sponsored by Honda.
AUGUSTA, Maine— As many college graduates grapple with poor job prospects and crushing student debt, Maine officials hope a new database will help prospective students make more informed choices about what degree to pursue and how much they can afford to borrow for their education.
TORONTO, June 16- The Quebec government said on Monday it was seeking some C $409 million from Montreal, Maine and Atlantic, the insolvent rail operator at the center of the rail disaster in the town of Lac Megantic last year.
NEW YORK, June 11- Struggling to get out of credit card debt he accumulated in college, Rion Robinson tried a lot of different approaches to curb his spending, from old-fashioned spreadsheets to money management programs like Mint. Then Robinson, a 27- year-old who works for a medical supplier in Columbus, Ohio, tried the Level Money budgeting app.