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  • FARGO, North Dakota/ BANGOR, Maine, April 15- The U.S. "If you commit to keeping rates low even as the recovery is proceeding, even as we continue to recover, I think people have a sense, the Fed has the recovery's back," Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Narayana Kocherlakota said at North Dakota State University.

  • Deadline set for claims against bankrupt railroad Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 4:43 AM ET

    Bankruptcy judges in the U.S. and Canada have agreed on a June 13 deadline for claims that relate to fiery disaster in which 47 people were killed in Lac Megantic, Quebec. A U.S. bankruptcy judge in Maine also has granted a moratorium on further asset-liquidation plans in the case.

  • Maine Legislature rejects right-to-work zones plan Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— The Democrat-controlled Legislature in Maine on Monday killed a bill proposed by Republican Gov.

  • Gas prices in Maine increase over 2 cents Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 9:10 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— The average retail cost of a gallon of gas in Maine has gone up 2.3 cents in the past week. Even though prices in Maine are 3.5 cents higher than they were a month ago, they are 5.5 cents higher than at this time last year. The average is based on a survey of more than 1,200 Maine gas stations.

  • Delaware leaders discuss workforce training Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 4:39 AM ET

    Jack Markell urged business leaders Monday to join in a comprehensive effort to improve public education in Delaware and to spread the word about the importance of holding students to higher standards. "Delaware is being looked at as a leader on how we improve education in this country," McKernan said.

  • Tribe banks on syrup for sweet relief from poverty Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 9:12 AM ET

    But it's the forest that will be the first to deliver as the impoverished tribe seeks to become one of the biggest maple syrup operations in Maine. The tribe, which owns 60,000 acres of land near the Canadian border in western Maine, has big plans for the syrup operation deep in the woods.

  • New US Navy destroyer Zumwalt christened in Maine Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 8:19 AM ET

    BATH, Maine— The U.S. Navy on Saturday christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a more than $3 billion, 610- foot-long warship sporting advanced technology and a stealthy shape designed to minimize its visibility on enemy radar and reduce the size of its crew.

  • Glance: Narcotic prescriptions for Maine Medicaid Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 12:06 PM ET

    Maine prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2013, compared to 2012:. 17 percent fewer patients, or 15,000.. 6 percent fewer patients, nearly 10,000..

  • Maine Medicaid rules reduce narcotic prescriptions Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Maine's severe restrictions on opioid painkillers for Medicaid patients, requiring many to instead seek alternative pain management treatment for the past year, have sharply reduced the number of people obtaining highly addictive medications blamed for drug abuse and deaths around the nation.

  • WASHINGTON, April 9- U.S. Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill that Democrats said would give women a "fair shot" at obtaining equal pay to men for comparable work. Forty-two Republicans and one independent, Angus King of Maine, voted against the bill.

  • Maine gov signs bill aimed at helping paper mill Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 10:42 AM ET

    Paul LePage has signed a bill that aims to restore more than 200 jobs lost at a paper mill in East Millinocket. The bill signed by the Republican governor this week aims to allow the owner of the Great Northern Paper mill to receive revenue from the sale of energy that's not being used at the mill.

  • WASHINGTON, April 9- President Barack Obama this week celebrates the civil rights advances of 50 years ago which laid the groundwork for him to become the first black president, but his own record in making life better for the African-American community that catalyzed his election is mixed.

  • Retooled call center bill advances in Maine Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 3:56 PM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine lawmakers have advanced a bill that seeks to encourage companies to keep call centers in Maine by penalizing them if they relocate them overseas. Supporters of the bill say it will protect Maine jobs. But Republicans say that the measure is a job killer that will discourage companies from coming to Maine.

  • 4 cent gas, diesel tax increase before NH panel Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— A proposed 4 cent increase in New Hampshire's tax on gasoline and diesel would provide much-needed money to fix deteriorating roads and help finish the expansion of Interstate 93, supporters testified Tuesday.

  • Maine tax haven bill among many that await funding Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 2:17 PM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— A bill that's designed to prevent multinational corporations from avoiding paying state taxes in Maine by holding their profits in overseas tax havens is among many awaiting final approval in the Legislature due to funding.

  • Ford recalls nearly 435,000 vehicles Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 1:06 PM ET

    The SUVs were originally sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear snow and ice from roads. The Escapes covered by the recall were built from Oct. 22, 1999 through Dec. 19, 2003 at the Kansas City Assembly plant, and from May 1, 2003 through Jan. 23, 2004 at the Ohio Assembly plant, Ford said in a statement issued Monday.

  • Cost of gas up slightly in Maine Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 9:02 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— The average retail cost of a gallon of gas in Maine has gone up slightly in the past week. Even though prices in Maine are 2.4 cents higher than they were a month ago, they are 2 cents lower than at this time last year. The average is based on a survey of more than 1,200 Maine gas stations.

  • GOP seeks coverage choices in health law they hate Sunday, 6 Apr 2014 | 8:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— At the prodding of business organizations, House Republicans quietly secured a recent change in President Barack Obama's health law to expand coverage choices, a striking, one-of-a-kind departure from dozens of high-decibel attempts to repeal or dismember it.

  • OTTAWA, April 3- Governments should require companies shipping crude oil by rail to carry enough liability insurance to make up for shortfalls in coverage carried by railways, the president of Canada's second-largest rail operator said on Thursday.

  • FDA approves easy-to-use heroin overdose antidote Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved an easy-to-use device that automatically injects the right dose of an overdose antidote named naloxone before an ambulance arrives. The FDA said Evzio's design makes it easy for anyone to administer.

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