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  • ROCKPORT, Maine— Maine's fishermen hauled in a huge catch worth a state record $585 million last year, buoyed by an unprecedented surge in the value of the state's beloved lobsters. State fishery officials told The Associated Press on Thursday that the total value of the catch jumped $44 million from 2013 to 2014. Lobsters accounted for more than $456 million of...

  • State-backed $28M bond for Balsams plan hits a snag Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 12:24 PM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— A state Senate committee on Wednesday recommended more study of a bill to provide a state-backed $28 million bond to help redevelop a storied North Country hotel, dealing a potential setback to the project's backers. If the full Senate agrees with the committee, the bill would be on hold for the rest of this legislative session but could come back...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine needs to consider borrowing money and reallocating resources to find an additional $70 million annually to ensure the safety of the state's bridges and prevent significant long-term costs, transportation officials told lawmakers Tuesday. The Maine Department of Transportation currently dedicates about $70 million annually for...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Maine is making it more difficult to fish for smelts in an effort to help the wriggling fish rebuild populations that have plummeted in the state and elsewhere in New England. A Maine advisory committee unanimously decided Tuesday the state will enact the new regulations to protect the declining populations of the fish. The rules mean no smelt...

  • ROME, Maine— The former Maine summer home of beauty magnate Elizabeth Arden has been purchased by a nonprofit dedicated to disabled veterans. Arden built the main house in the town of Rome as her summer estate in the 1920 s and later established the Maine Chance Spa at the site. Mamie Eisenhower, Judy Garland, and Ava Gardner were among the guests.

  • State board to hear anti-wind group's appeal Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 7:06 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— The Maine Board of Environmental Protection is scheduled to meet this week to consider an appeal of the Bingham Wind Project by the anti-wind group Friends of Maine's Mountains. The Kennebec Journal reports that the project has received the approval of the state Department of Environmental Protection. The Bingham Wind Project, which would...

  • Portland resident Scott Werner said this winter has been "a horror show" for him and other lobster fishermen. A blanket of thick ice also has spread across the Great Lakes for the second consecutive winter, posing hardships for shippers and crews aboard Coast Guard icebreaking vessels but creating spectacular scenery along shorelines. In New York, the Coast...

  • Maine mill joins complaint against Canadian paper maker Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 11:59 AM ET

    MADISON, Maine— Madison Paper Industries has joined a Minnesota paper mill seeking higher import duties on a special publishing paper made by a Canadian mill. The Morning Sentinel reports they filed a complaint Thursday with the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce against Port Hawkesbury Paper in Nova Scotia.

  • FairPoint more attractive to buyers with new labor pact Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 9:19 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— FairPoint Communications said it needed to bring costs and benefits into sync with competitors in the telecommunications industry. Workers said during a four-month strike in northern New England that the company was positioning itself for potential sale, and a Wall Street analyst said shareholders are pressing for one.

  • WASHINGTON— It's not uncommon to feel some trepidation around tax-filing season. But there's an added hassle this year for nearly a million consumers who got financial help with health insurance premiums under President Barack Obama's law. "It's been a comedy of errors from the start," said K.C. Crafts, a freelance financial writer from South Berwick, Maine.

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • "Introducing that new generation, that younger generation to the flower show is something that we want to do," said Drew Becher, president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which sponsors the show. Children and adults alike will surely recognize the large orange clownfish in the exhibit by J. Downend Landscaping of Ridley Park, in the Philadelphia...

  • On Feb. 5, the Transportation Department sent the White House draft rules that would require oil trains to use stronger tank cars and make other safety improvements. The most serious killed 47 people and destroyed the town center of Lac Megantic in Quebec, Canada, just across the border from Maine, in 2013.. But among them are a stronger tank car design that includes...

  • Feb 26- Bank of America Corp said on Thursday that two members of its board of directors and its chief accounting officer will be leaving the company in coming weeks. Directors Charles "Chad" Holliday, who chaired the bank's board until chief executive Brian Moynihan took on that role in October, and Clayton Rose will not stand for re-election at the company's...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Every year in Maine is the year of the lobster, but 2014 was especially good, according to catch data released Thursday. Maine lobstermen set a record last year in posting a catch with a total value of $456.9 million, said state fishery regulators, who released the 2014 data. "Last year, mother nature delivered us a good product," said David Cousens, a...

  • Forestry company J.D. Irving filed a notice with Canadian regulators this week, saying it was "vitally concerned" about how TransCanada Corp's proposed Alberta- to- New Brunswick pipeline would affect its operations. In a filing with the National Energy Board on Monday, J.D. Irving said about 170 km of the proposed pipeline route would cross its forest holdings in...

  • Forestry company J.D. Irving filed a notice with Canadian regulators this week, saying it was "vitally concerned" about how TransCanada Corp's proposed Alberta- to- New Brunswick pipeline would affect its operations. In a filing with the National Energy Board on Monday, J.D. Irving said about 170 km of the proposed pipeline route would cross its forest holdings in...

  • WASHINGTON— Attempts to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola-stricken West Africa were a mistake, the president's bioethics advisers said Thursday. The panel examined the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak that devastated Liberia, Sierra Leona and Guinea over the past year. "Make sure we learn from history," said University of Pennsylvania...

  • MADRID— Spain's leading electricity and natural gas company, Iberdrola, will buy the northeastern U.S. utility UIL Holdings Corp. in a deal valued at about $3 billion, the companies said Thursday. The combined company will serve 3.1 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New York. Iberdrola USA's utilities will be...

  • HALLOWELL, Maine— State utility regulators decided Wednesday to reconsider agreements with two companies planning to develop wind power projects in Maine, despite widespread criticism from industry officials who said doing so would be inappropriate and set a dangerous precedent. The Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 in favor of reopening...