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  • Lawmaker's proposals would aid aging population Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— Building more affordable housing for Maine seniors and boosting Medicaid reimbursements to home care workers were among several policy ideas rolled out by House Speaker Mark Eves on Wednesday.

  • Advocates bash plan requiring jobs for food stamps Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:11 PM ET

    Clara Whitney of the Good Shepherd Food Bank said the proposal— expected to affect about 12,000 Maine residents— would force people to choose between paying for food and things like heat and electricity.

  • Aug 19- Canada's Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday released its final report on last year's Lac-Mégantic crude train disaster, including a list of 18 "causes and contributing factors" to the catastrophic derailment that killed 47 people.

  • LAC-MÉGANTIC, Quebec, Aug 19- The Canadian government did not adequately audit the railroad company at the center of the Lac-Mégantic crude tanker disaster, which last year killed 47 people, an independent federal agency said on Tuesday, as it called for tougher scrutiny of the rail industry.

  • LAC-MÉGANTIC, Quebec, Aug 19- The Canadian government did not adequately audit the rail firm at the center of the Lac-Mégantic crude tanker disaster that last year killed 47 people, an independent federal agency said on Tuesday, as it called for tougher scrutiny of the rail industry.

  • LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec, Aug 19- The Canadian government did not adequately audit the rail company at the center of last year's Lac-Megantic oil-by-rail disaster in which 47 people died, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said on Tuesday.

  • LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec, Aug 19- The Canadian government did not adequately audit the rail firm at the center of last year's Lac-Megantic oil-by-rail disaster, in which 47 people died, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said on Tuesday.

  • Governors step into New England supermarket feud Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 6:54 AM ET

    BOSTON— As an employee revolt at a New England grocery store chain headed into its fifth week, the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire took the unusual step of personally stepping in to negotiations aimed at ending a standoff threatening the future of the popular low-priced supermarkets. Deval Patrick and New Hampshire Gov.

  • Maine woman sues GM after suffering burn Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 6:41 AM ET

    YARMOUTH, Maine— A Maine woman who says she suffered a third-degree burn from a heated seat in Chevrolet Suburban has sued General Motors. Emma Verrill says in her suit filed in U.S. District Court in Portland, Maine, that GM failed to adequately test the rear seat heaters to prevent them from reaching "dangerously high temperatures that would burn human flesh."

  • Top bid for tallest New England lighthouse is $78K Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 3:26 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— The tallest lighthouse in New England will likely soon have a new owner. The federal government on Sunday closed out an auction for Boon Island Light Station, with the top bidder offering $78,000 for the lighthouse built in 1855 on a tiny rocky island 6 miles off Maine's coast.

  • FairPoint evaluates 2 unions' contract proposal Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— FairPoint Communications said Thursday it had received a contract proposal from two unions representing more than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and had asked for time to evaluate it.

  • Gas prices fall more than a nickel in Maine Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 8:33 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Average gas prices in Maine have fallen 5.2 cents per gallon in the last week. The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.56 a gallon— down 16.9 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com. Gas prices in Maine are 15.1 cents a gallon lower than they were one year ago.

  • 3 Market Basket board members urge end to standoff Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 6:59 AM ET

    The directors said last week they had proposed that fired CEO Arthur T. Demoulas and his management team return, without taking control, to assist a return to normal operations as talks continue on his bid to buy out other family members who own a majority of the company. Demoulas was fired in June by a board controlled by his rival cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas.

  • Codfish numbers at key fishery hits all-time low Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 9:22 AM ET

    National Marine Fisheries Service scientists say the amount of cod spawning in the Gulf of Maine is estimated to be 3 to 4 percent of its target level. The Gulf of Maine, along with Georges Bank, is one of two key areas where East Coast fishermen search for cod, a vital commercial fish in New England that appears in supermarkets and roadside fish-and-chip shops.

  • Northeast berry farms fight late-season fruit fly Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 8:44 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— Northeast berry growers are learning ways to combat an invasive fruit fly that wiped out 80 percent of some farms' late-season fruit two years ago, forcing some small growers out of business. "We've seen noticeable impacts since 2012," said Adam Hausmann of Adam's Berry Farm in Charlotte.

  • 3 Market Basket board members say they have plan Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 2:50 PM ET

    In a statement Friday, the three board members said their proposal would let ex-CEO Arthur T. Demoulas and his former management team assist in a return to normal operations but not take control as he continues to pursue his intent to buy the company.

  • At this year's Camp Kotok- an annual gathering of boldface names in finance, helmed by Cumberland Advisors' David Kotok- the issue took center stage during an evening debate at Leen's Lodge, a collection of log cabins set on the placid shores of West Grand Lake.

  • Market Basket CEOs: We're not laying off workers Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 2:44 PM ET

    Over the last two weeks, hundreds of warehouse workers and drivers have refused to make deliveries to the family-owned chain's 71 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, leaving stock severely depleted and prompting customers to shop at other grocery stores.

  • Report: Spending by New Englanders strongest in US Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

    Individually, consumers spent more in New England— $44,549— in 2012 than in any other region in the United States, according to the statistics from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

  • Oil boom and housing bust alter US spending trends Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 11:44 AM ET

    In Nevada, smacked hard by the housing bust, consumers barely increased their spending. Americans spend the most, per person, on housing in Washington, D.C., and the least in West Virginia. The next-largest increases were in South Dakota, Texas and West Virginia.