• Maine's Great Northern Paper files for bankruptcy Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    EAST MILLENOCKET, Maine— Great Northern Paper Co. LLC has filed for bankruptcy. The Portland Press Herald reports that the company, which has faced significant financial challenges for years, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Tuesday.

  • Bidder offers $283K for historic Maine lighthouse Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 10:10 AM ET

    SOUTH HARPSWELL, Maine— The top bidder in a government auction for a Maine lighthouse is willing to pay $283,000 for the 1871- built structure. The federal General Services Administration shut down the auction for the Halfway Rock Light Station on Saturday. The lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places and is located on a ledge in Casco Bay.

  • University of Maine System seeks more state funds Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— The University of Maine System will ask lawmakers in Augusta for more funding so it can maintain a freeze on tuition rates, the board of trustees decided on Monday. The seven-school system is seeking an increase in state funding from the current $176.2 million to $182.2 million for fiscal year 2016 and $189.1 million for fiscal year 2017..

  • Federal judge: Whistle-blower lawsuit can proceed Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 3:12 PM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— A federal judge has ruled that a whistle-blower lawsuit against the state of Maine can move forward. The Portland Press Herald reports that a U.S. District Court judge ruled Friday that Sharon Leahy-Lind and Katie Woodbury can proceed with their lawsuit against the Maine Center for Disease Control.

  • Maine's August unemployment rate rises slightly Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine's unemployment rate ticked up slightly in August to 5.6 percent. Maine's unemployment rate remains below the national average of 6.1 percent and the New England average of 5.9 percent.

  • OSHA investigates death of elephant caretaker Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 10:49 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Federal workplace safety officials have launched an investigation into the death of a Maine man who was crushed by one of the two elephants in his care.

  • Multi-state fishing group wants tougher laws Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    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.

  • Supermarket feud tied to monthly job figures Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:56 AM ET

    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.

  • PepsiCo to close 2 warehouses in Maine Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:20 AM ET

    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."

  • Maine oil train protester trial ends in hung jury Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:42 AM ET

    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.

  • Census: Poverty down but so are wages in Maine Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 2:01 AM ET

    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.

  • Oxford Networks unveils expansion in Brunswick Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 6:07 PM ET

    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.

  • Number of uninsured Mainers rose in 2013 Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    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.

  • Maine's oldest chocolatier under new ownership Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    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.

  • Production of Lincoln Logs toy returning to US Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    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..

  • Feds issue recommendation on cod shortage Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    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.

  • Environmentalist's group targets Maine Gov. LePage Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    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.

  • Only 4 states will see cuts to food stamps Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:17 AM ET

    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.

  • 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.