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PORTLAND, Maine— Regional fishing associations are uniting in an attempt to strengthen the laws that govern fisheries in federal waters. They sent a letter to Congress this month calling for laws that strengthen requirements to reduce bycatch, require more comprehensive catch information and maintain rebuilding timelines for fish stocks.
BOSTON— The worker revolt at the Market Basket supermarket chain appears to have caused a ripple effect in the Massachusetts economy, with the state reporting Thursday that several thousand jobs were lost in August, largely because of "temporary employment disruptions" in the retail sector.
PORTLAND, Maine— PepsiCo has announced that it is closing beverage warehouses in Portland and Augusta, but most of the 100 affected employees are expected to be offered jobs elsewhere within the company. A company spokeswoman called it a difficult decision made to "improve efficiency, fund future investments and be more competitive."
AUBURN, Maine— The trial of a second defendant charged with trespassing for sitting on the tracks to block a train carrying crude oil through Maine has ended in a hung jury.
Maine was ranked last in New England for income, and second-to-last behind Rhode Island for the poverty rate. Glenn Mills, chief economist at the Maine Department of Labor's Center for Workforce Research and Information said Maine has lagged the other states in the region for several years when it comes to income.
LEWISTON, Maine— Oxford Networks has officially opened its expanded data center in a high-security building at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. Company officials say it's the largest facility of its kind in northern New England.
AUGUSTA, Maine— New figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that the number of Mainers without health insurance grew in 2013.. According to data released Tuesday, Maine was one of two states that saw an increase in the uninsured rate between 2012 and 2013. The other was New Jersey.
Erin Collins of Freeport this week took over 99- year-old Haven's Candies in Westbrook, which counts Intel and HBO among its customers. The 36- year-old Collins, who spent the last 15 years in the financial services industry, tells the Portland Press Herald her new venture is a real honor.
BURNHAM, Maine— Lincoln Logs, the popular toy created nearly a century ago by a son of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is coming home to the U.S.A..
AUGUSTA, Maine— A California billionaire's political operation is entering Maine's three-way race for governor and will target 90,000 potential voters who it believes can help defeat Republican Gov.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine— Federal regulators recommended a host of emergency restrictions to protect the Gulf of Maine's declining cod fishery on Wednesday, including expansions to existing inshore spawning closures.
WASHINGTON— Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found. As a result, it's unclear whether the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in savings over 10 years that the GOP had advertised.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.