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  • Maine fishermen are by far the largest supplier of elvers in the U.S. The fishery for the baby eels is one of the most valuable in Maine, even though value dropped in 2014. Fishermen caught 9,690 pounds of elvers last year at an average price of $874.52 per pound, according to state data. Maine fishermen face a maximum catch of 9,688 pounds, and the season ends May 31.

  • Top US lawmakers strike deal to fast-track trade deals Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 2:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Top congressional lawmakers struck a long-sought, bipartisan agreement Thursday for the broadest trade policy pact in years, allowing President Barack Obama to negotiate trade accords for Congress' review and move forward with talks on a sweeping partnership with Pacific nations. Obama quickly said he will sign the bill if Congress passes it.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— A group hoping to raise Maine's minimum wage launched a bid Thursday to force a referendum and bypass the Legislature, where the fate of several minimum-wage measures opposed by Republican Gov. Mainers for Fair Wages— which includes members of Maine AFL-CIO and the liberal advocacy group the Maine People's Alliance— will begin collecting the...

  • "It's important to us to tackle climate change everywhere we are," Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president for environmental initiatives, told The Associated Press. "When you talk about China, you're talking about manufacturing partners. The new solar project in China has a capacity of 40 megawatts, which is smaller than some projects Apple has announced in the...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— The creator of powdered alcohol is furiously trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores. But first, Phillips must convince skeptical lawmakers from Hawaii to Maine, who are working frantically to keep powdered alcohol off limits. Mick Devin, a Democrat who introduced a bill to ban...

  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it is removing two stocks— the gag grouper of the Gulf of Mexico and the North Atlantic albacore— from its "overfished" list. The agency is also taking six stocks off of the "overfishing" list, including the Gulf of Maine haddock, the South Atlantic gag grouper, the western Atlantic Bluefin tuna, the snowy...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back. Maggie Hassan, also a Democrat, pointed to efforts there, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas...

  • Executive Director Patricia Quinn says 41 people were onboard when the locomotive derailed shortly after the Boston- bound train left the Portland station. The Downeaster runs between Boston and Brunswick, Maine. Stops include picturesque Exeter, New Hampshire, and Freeport, Maine, where L.L. Bean is located.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— A jury has begun deliberations in the trial of a Maine lobsterman who fatally shot another man during a confrontation at a beekeeping business. The prosecutor told jurors Tuesday that Merrill "Mike" Kimball fired his handgun out of anger, not fear, during a confrontation in October 2013 in North Yarmouth, a small rural town north of Portland.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— A Republican state senator is renewing an effort to require that Medicaid and welfare applicants live in Maine for at least six months before receiving benefits even though the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down similar restrictions in other states. Under the measure, applicants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program,...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The sponsor of a Maine law that requires food producers to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients says state lawmakers are misguided in their effort to repeal the law's trigger provision. Harvell said Maine risks the possibility of food producers pulling products from the state if there isn't a critical mass of other...

  • The president kicked off the effort Monday with a series of interviews with local television stations in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Ohio and Maine. Obama told WGAL in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, that his own proposed middle-class tax cuts would reach 44 million Americans, while the GOP is proposing a $270 billion tax cut that would help only 5,000...

  • SIOUX CITY, Iowa— The jail sentences that two former egg industry executives received Monday for their roles in a major 2010 salmonella outbreak represent the latest high-profile victory for government officials hoping to emphasize food safety. Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, each faced up to a year in jail on misdemeanor charges for...

  • 2nd major gas pipeline would link Pennsylvania, Northeast Saturday, 11 Apr 2015 | 11:16 AM ET

    SCHOHARIE, N.Y.— New York landowners along the planned 124- mile Constitution Pipeline are getting details of a second major natural gas pipeline proposed to cut through their property, this one a 325- mile link from Pennsylvania to New England. "You think about the worst things that can happen to you in a life and I've had some things happen to me in life, but this is...

  • Maine police pay ransom to hackers to get files back Saturday, 11 Apr 2015 | 8:41 AM ET

    Sheriff Todd Brackett told WCSH-TV that after several attempts to retrieve the records, his agency paid a ransom of about $300 to the creator of the virus to get their files back. Brackett says the FBI helped track the payment to a Swiss bank account but efforts to identify the hackers got no further. Also in Maine, Houlton Police Department computers were held...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Efforts to transform Maine's tax code have failed time and again. Paul LePage's tax plan, which is part of his more than $6 billion budget proposal, and the one released Thursday by Democratic lawmakers differ in many ways. But there is one key area on which both the governor and Democrats agree: The sales tax base should be expanded— shifting more of...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine Democratic lawmakers released a counter-proposal to Republican Gov. LePage wants to slash corporate and individual income taxes to strengthen the state's economy and encourage more people and businesses to move to Maine. They would provide an overall income tax cut of about $120 million as opposed to $490 million under the governor's...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— A New York City investment group is buying the Portland Square office and retail complex in a sale one of its brokers says is the largest commercial real estate deal in Portland's history. North River Co. is buying One and Two Portland Square and their parking lots for $66 million. The Portland Press Herald reports the director of the Portland-...

  • Here's the best new reason to wash your car often Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    The message came Wednesday from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which closed a five-year investigation into rusting pipes that carry brake fluid in about 5 million older Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC pickups and SUVs, without seeking a recall. NHTSA's finding that the GM trucks weren't defective came even though it received 3,645...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— A Portland developer wants to build Maine's largest solar power array at a former Navy radar site in Hancock County, but the project hinges on lawmakers passing a proposed law aimed in part at creating financial incentives for solar power. The Portland Press Herald reports that Gouldsboro Solar LLC has signed a letter of intent with The Jackson...