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  • Navy prison redevelopment plan moving forward Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    KITTERY, Maine— The Navy says it has received more than one proposal in its latest attempt to enlist the private sector to redevelop the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard's shuttered prison. The Navy is trying for a third time to breathe life into the fortress-like structure that has priceless views of the Atlantic Ocean but also needs millions of dollars of repairs.

  • Maine's problematic crabs dwindled in 2014 Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    The crabs took over hundreds of acres of Maine mudflats last year, pressing regulators and fishermen into action to slow the crustacean's rapid growth. This year, the amount of crabs is 10 percent of last year's level at a key Freeport trapping site, University of Maine at Machias marine ecology researcher Brian Beal said.

  • Augusta's Gannett House expected to be sold Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 7:49 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— The granddaughter of Maine publishing magnate Guy Gannett says the family wants to repurchase his Augusta home from the state and turn it into a First Amendment museum. William Gannett was a successful entrepreneur who founded Comfort magazine. Genie Gannett tells the Kennebec Journal she was inspired by the Newseum in Washington.

  • A Scottish 'Yes' also means exit from EU, NATO Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:31 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security— the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance.

  • Slow Money invests in small food enterprises Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 | 12:19 PM ET

    Since the national network started in 2010, Slow Money networks and investment clubs around the country, including in Maine, Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, and in cities like Boston and New York, have made a total of $38 million in investments in 350 small food enterprises.

  • Market Basket chief reflects, looks ahead Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 6:56 AM ET

    Arthur T. Demoulas is back in control after offering more than $1.5 billion to buy shares of the private company from rival relatives who had fired him in June. "Sales are already at 100 percent of where they were last year," he said in an interview with The Boston Globe.

  • Obama, Clinton celebrate 20 years of AmeriCorps Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:41 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton on Friday highlighted the benefits of volunteering as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program and welcomed the newest class of volunteers.

  • Energy takes center stage in Maine governor's race Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 3:34 PM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— The three candidates for governor agree that energy costs in Maine are too high, but Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler are deeply divided in their visions for the state's energy future.

  • Maine group gets grant for wind power technology Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:39 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— A Maine research group is getting a $1.1 million federal grant to help develop new technology to detect birds and bats near wind turbines. Biodiversity Research Institute will use the funding to further create a system of high-technology cameras.

  • Maine mill valuation drops $100M, raising taxes Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    SKOWHEGAN, Maine— A Maine paper mill's value is dropping by more than $100 million, jacking up local residents' tax rates. Skowhegan officials lowered Sappi Fine Paper North America mill from $567 million to $463 million. Town Manager Christine Almand says the lower valuation means the town's tax rate will increase from $16.40 per $1,000 to $17.15.

  • Nova Star ferry ending service a few weeks early Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— The Nova Star ferry that runs between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, failed to reach passenger goals in its inaugural season and is stopping service a few weeks early, officials said Monday.

  • Deckhouse for stealthy destroyer arrives in Maine Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 8:52 AM ET

    BATH, Maine— A composite deckhouse for the second Zumwalt-class destroyer has arrived at Bath Iron Works in Maine. The deckhouse and helicopter hangar built at a shipyard in Mississippi arrived by barge on Friday. The Navy says the angular shape reduces the ships' radar signature.

  • Gas prices increasing in Maine Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 8:41 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Gas prices have gone up nearly 2 cents in Maine in the last week. The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.51 a gallon, down 6.5 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com. Gas prices in Maine are 13.7 cents a gallon lower than they were one year ago.

  • New fight erupts over New England natural gas plan Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 11:47 AM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— A new fight has emerged over efforts to shift New England from oil and coal to lower cost natural gas. Anthony Buxton, a Portland, Maine, lawyer who represents the Industrial Energy Consumer Group and two labor union organizations, has taken his complaint about the Conservation Law Foundation to Maine utility regulators.

  • Vermont uses new technology to speed bridge repair Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 10:18 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— Last month, construction crews placed a series of hollow tubes over the Wanzer Brook in Fairfield as part of a Vermont Transportation Agency program that uses new technology to cut construction time, save money and reduce the backlog of bridges that need replacement.

  • Maine and New Hampshire fish survey gets low count Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 | 1:59 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— An annual survey of Maine and New Hampshire fish stocks yielded fewer fish than any year since 2006.. The fall 2013 Maine-New Hampshire Inshore Trawl Survey resulted in the second-lowest average catch weight since 2000, scientists who participated in the survey said.

  • 'SUPSHIP Bath' gets new commanding officer Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    Known as "SUPSHIP Bath," the command monitors design and construction Navy warships. All told, it keeps tabs on five Navy ship classes at private shipyards in Bath, Maine; San Diego, Calif.; Marinette, Wis.; and Anacortes, Wash.. Crowe is retiring after a 27- year career serving the Navy.

  • FairPoint unions vow to take fight to 'new level' Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 2:25 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Leaders of two unions representing more than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont say they're going after the CEO, board members and corporate owners for refusing to negotiate. As part of that effort, the unions picketed this week outside a New York event where FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu was speaking.

  • Maine man gets jail in scallop scheme Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 11:56 AM ET

    NEWARK, N.J.— The owner of a Maine seafood company who admitted conspiring to conceal the harvesting of nearly 80,000 pounds of scallops off the coasts of New Jersey and Massachusetts has been sentenced to jail.

  • Details on a few of the US lighthouses for sale Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 2:16 AM ET

    Claim to fame: Named "Halfway Rock" because it's halfway between Cape Elizabeth and Cape Small. STURGEON BAY SHIP CANAL NORTH PIERHEAD. Location: A mile off of Cohasset, Massachusetts.