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  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— A Vermont law that could make the state the first in the country to require labeling of genetically modified food has been allowed to stand for now despite opposition by food industry groups. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss in Burlington rejected a bid by food industry groups to block the law. Under the law Vermont is expected to become...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Catch limits set to take effect this week will take a bite out of an industry that dates back to America's colonial past: New England cod. The stricter quota on cod taken from the Gulf of Maine— a 75 percent cut from the current year— will also affect the catch of other similar fish, meaning New England fishermen and seafood dealers expect a year of...

  • With legalization, lawyers turn to business of pot Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    "It's definitely something that established firms are dipping a toe into, though they are being very cautious, and rightly so," said Sam Kamin, a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law who teaches a class about representing the marijuana industry. California and more than 20 other states have legalized the drug for medical use, and the pot...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program. Ryan's bold Medicare "premium support" plan would be sacrificed to ensure passage of...

  • Effort to repeal Clean Election law faces opposition Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 2:19 PM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— A proposal to ask voters whether they want to repeal Maine's Clean Election law received a cool response Friday from members of a legislative committee, most of whom received public funds on the campaign trail last year. "What this really is is an attempt to undermine the initiative," said Robert Howe, a lobbyist for Maine Citizens for Clean...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Federal fishery regulators say they will keep much-debated protections for Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine in place as part of a broad effort to alter the scope of New England' s fishing grounds. The decision to preserve Cashes Ledge came as the New England Fishery Management Council debated changes to habitat protections in the Gulf of Maine,...

  • Union files suit against Bath Iron Works over dispute Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 7:09 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— An ongoing labor dispute at Bath Iron Works, one of Maine's largest private employers, has found a new battleground in U.S. District Court in Portland. The Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America filed a lawsuit on behalf of its workers against the shipyard Wednesday, asking a judge to decide that their issue should not be...

  • First Bancorp posts 1Q profit Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 5:12 PM ET

    DAMARISCOTTA, Maine _ First Bancorp Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter net income of $4.2 million. First Bancorp shares have declined roughly 7 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: First Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • Hassan: Market may not exist for 2 New Hampshire casinos Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 12:43 PM ET

    Maggie Hassan on Wednesday questioned whether New Hampshire could sustain two casinos but didn't say if she would veto a two-casino bill currently making its way through the Legislature. Hassan, a Democrat, strongly supports authorizing one casino in New Hampshire as a means to generate new revenue. Hassan says the state is losing money when New Hampshire...

  • How to fix energy bill typo divides lawmakers, LePage Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 9:18 AM ET

    His administration pressed lawmakers to support a competing measure introduced by House Republican Leader Ken Fredette that ties the efficiency funding to a proposal to create a state energy commissioner and give the governor the power to nominate the head of Efficiency Maine Trust. But several lawmakers on the House Energy, Utilities and Technology...

  • BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 21- Maine Governor Paul LePage on Tuesday proposed amending the state's constitution to eliminate the income tax, telling lawmakers the strategy was the best way to make the tax cut he desires permanent. The proposal, opposed by Democrats who control the state House of Representatives, would insert language in the state's 195- year old...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Republican leaders in the House and Senate are backing Gov. Paul LePage's effort to amend the constitution to abolish the income tax. He says the Maine people agree that the "path to prosperity" is a future with no income tax.

  • CONCORD, N.H.— A roster of residents from the economically distressed North Country took to the podium Tuesday at a public hearing to urge passage of a measure that could help an ambitious plan to redevelop the shuttered Balsams resort in Coos County. They see the promised restoration of one of the last grand hotels in the state as a lifeline that would create jobs...

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- Democrats' support is softening for Hillary Clinton, their party's presumed 2016 presidential front-runner, with many favoring an independent review of her personal email use when she was secretary of state. Support for Clinton's candidacy has dropped about 15 percentage points since mid-February among Democrats, with as few as 45...

  • Support for Clinton's candidacy has dropped about 15 percentage points since mid February among Democrats, with as few as 45 percent saying they would support her in the last week, according to a Reuters/ Ipsos tracking poll. Clinton, who ran for the White House in 2008 and lost to Obama, is expected to announce as early as April that she plans to seek the White House...

  • LOS ANGELES, March 9- President Obama' s aborted attempt to tax 529 plans may end up being a boon to the state-run college savings plans. Assets in 529 plans have grown steadily since the IRS formulated rules for them in 1996, and got a big boost five years later when Congress made distributions from the plans tax-free if used for qualified higher education...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. consumers battered by the wretched winter weather still afflicting much of the eastern half of the country have responded by ordering in rather than eating out, flying more frequently to Florida and cutting out trips to the mall, according to a Reuters review of company data. While the relentless weather has dented traffic and sales for...

  • Feb 26- Bank of America Corp said on Thursday that two members of its board of directors and its chief accounting officer will be leaving the company in coming weeks. Directors Charles "Chad" Holliday, who chaired the bank's board until chief executive Brian Moynihan took on that role in October, and Clayton Rose will not stand for re-election at the company's...

  • Forestry company J.D. Irving filed a notice with Canadian regulators this week, saying it was "vitally concerned" about how TransCanada Corp's proposed Alberta- to- New Brunswick pipeline would affect its operations. In a filing with the National Energy Board on Monday, J.D. Irving said about 170 km of the proposed pipeline route would cross its forest holdings in...

  • Forestry company J.D. Irving filed a notice with Canadian regulators this week, saying it was "vitally concerned" about how TransCanada Corp's proposed Alberta- to- New Brunswick pipeline would affect its operations. In a filing with the National Energy Board on Monday, J.D. Irving said about 170 km of the proposed pipeline route would cross its forest holdings in...