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  • New Americans turn to goats to address food demand Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    COLCHESTER, Vt.— A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock.

  • Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require other states to pass GMO labeling laws before they can be enacted, Vermont's contains no such trigger clause.

  • Maine Senate sustains veto of solar rebate bill Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    The measure drew sharp criticism from LePage and GOP lawmakers because it would have been paid for by raising Mainers' electric bills roughly 60 cents a year. "Maine needs a governor who will lead the state into a cleaner, more prosperous energy future," Glen Brand, director of the Sierra Club Maine Chapter said in a statement.

  • Maine heating oil prices down Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:15 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— A government survey says the average price of Maine heating oil has dropped 3 cents to $3.64 per gallon. The survey taken Monday found a range of $3.35 to $4.09. The survey also found that the average price of kerosene dropped 3 cents to $4.11 per gallon.

  • 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.

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