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  • Regulators consider future of Maine shrimp fishery Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 2:35 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Federal regulators are gathering findings to determine if there will be a commercial season for the Gulf of Maine's northern shrimp next year. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Northern Shrimp Technical Committee is meeting in Portland on Wednesday to update the status of the shrimp stock. The commission's Northern Shrimp...

  • Report blasts rabbit massages among gov't waste Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 11:46 AM ET

    Coburn has crusaded against "pork barrel" projects since coming to Congress in 1995. While he has been on the losing end of most votes, he cites several examples in which publicity ended waste, such as an almost $500,000 annual subsidy for an Oklahoma airport that had hardly any flights. He criticized $4.6 million in overpriced housing for temporary Border...

  • Sales of single-family homes in Maine up Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 6:39 AM ET

    SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine— Home sales in Maine are bucking national and regional trends, as the number of existing single-family homes jumped by more than 6 percent in September when compared to the year-ago month. The Maine Association of Realtors reported Tuesday that 1,393 homes were sold last month, up from 1,307 in September 2013. The biggest jumps in the number...

  • FairPoint accuses striking workers of intimidation Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 9:45 AM ET

    A nor'easter that arrived Tuesday could deliver the first major test for replacement workers hired by FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, with driving rain and strong wind gusts possibly causing service disruptions as more than 1,700 workers remain on strike. Charlotte, North Carolina- based FairPoint Communications Inc., which...

  • Gas prices drop 7 cents in Maine Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 10:41 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Gas prices have fallen 7 cents a gallon in Maine in the last week. The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.21 a gallon, down 25.5 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com. Gas prices in Maine are 26.2 cents a gallon lower than they were one year ago.

  • New England raking in millions from leaf peepers Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    Money really does grow on trees in autumn in New England, and all six states are raking it in. "We wanted to get out in the fresh air and see the colors while it's still warm," said Christopher LeBeau, who drove from Connecticut to hike Mount Monadnock. Lingering warm weather is causing leaves to stay on the trees longer in New England.

  • Maine heating prices dip in early October Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— A Maine government survey says the average price of heating oil in the state dropped 5 cents from the end of September to $3.27 per gallon. The Governor's Energy Office said Thursday that the average statewide price for a gallon of heating oil ranged from $2.88 to $3.60. The survey found that the average oil price was most expensive in northern...

  • More than 1,700 FairPoint workers go on strike Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Frustrated over a negotiating stalemate, more than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike Friday, with picket-wielding employees demanding that the telecommunications company return to the bargaining table. But striking workers who staff call centers and maintain the region's...

  • Unions to go on strike against FairPoint Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 8:37 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Two unions representing more than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont announced they were going on strike early Friday after a failed attempt hours earlier to re-engage the company in negotiations. The unions have offered "significant concessions" but the company wasn't interested, said Peter...

  • Business incubator opening on Portland waterfront Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    The company's leaders and Portland and state officials announced Thursday that the New England Ocean Cluster will seek to bring several business that commercialize new products related to the ocean under one roof. The Iceland Ocean Cluster works with 35 companies in Reykjavik, and the New England cluster has eight firms signed on so far, a Portland...

  • Chipotle backs Colorado, Oregon labeling proposals Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 2:33 PM ET

    DENVER— Burrito giant Chipotle on Tuesday endorsed ballot measures in Colorado and Oregon that would require labeling of genetically modified food, providing a morale boost for campaigns being heavily outspent by agriculture interests. The company has not donated to the Colorado or Oregon labeling campaigns. Three states— Vermont, Maine and Connecticut—...

  • FairPoint freezes pensions for workers Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— The employee contract FairPoint is imposing over the objections of two unions representing 2,000 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont became even more real Tuesday with the company freezing the old pension plan. "The changes that we're making will ensure FairPoint's ability to price products competitively in the 21st century...

  • Great Northern Paper filings show deficit Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 6:32 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Recent court filings have revealed the depths of Great Northern Paper Co.' s financial hole. The Portland Press Herald reports that the company, managed by New Hampshire- based private equity firm Cate Street Capital, has roughly $28 million in assets, but has liabilities of slightly more than $65 million. The two largest secured creditors—...

  • Maine gets $600K for crops, including hops Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 5:42 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Maine will get more than $600,000 from the federal government in support of the state's specialty crop producers, including producers of hops. Paul LePage says the market value of Maine agricultural products has increased 24 percent since the last Census of Agriculture. He says the new investments will "strengthen markets for Maine grown...

  • Giffords begins 9-state tour on women, guns Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 2:17 AM ET

    Gabby Giffords on Tuesday urged women in Maine to help prevent stalkers and abusers from getting guns, part of a nine-state tour to advocate for tougher laws she says can protect domestic violence victims. The former Arizona congresswoman, who was severely wounded in a 2011 shooting in Tucson that killed six people, told law enforcement officials, domestic...

  • GMO labeling measure attracts big money in Oregon Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 5:56 PM ET

    They have reported spending $7.2 million, according to filings with the Oregon Secretary of State's office. Among the largest contributions: $1.6 million from Monsanto; $1.4 million from PepsiCo Inc., and $870,000 from Kraft Foods. Some of their highest donors include the Portland- based nonprofit Center for Food Safety, which donates $1.1 million and...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- For the first time in three years, Daniel Streetman is buying coffee beans in bulk from Colombia, exploiting low comparative prices and reflecting new flexibility by U.S. roasters who had become over reliant on a single country for premium arabica. Instead he bought more from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

  • *Medicaid expansion key part of Obama's healthcare reform. Up to a dozen states, including several led by Republicans, could move forward with plans to expand coverage under Medicaid after the November elections. Texas Governor Rick Perry once said expanding Medicaid would be similar to "adding a thousand people to the Titanic."

  • Aug 19- Canada's Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday released its final report on last year's Lac-Mégantic crude train disaster, including a list of 18 "causes and contributing factors" to the catastrophic derailment that killed 47 people.

  • LAC-MÉGANTIC, Quebec, Aug 19- The Canadian government did not adequately audit the railroad company at the center of the Lac-Mégantic crude tanker disaster, which last year killed 47 people, an independent federal agency said on Tuesday, as it called for tougher scrutiny of the rail industry.