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  • Maine revenues below budget in 1st quarter Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:10 PM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine-- Maine finance officials are giving some dreary fiscal news to lawmakers, but also point to some positive trends that could brighten the picture.

  • Maine jobless rate down slightly in September Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:51 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine-- The Maine Labor Department says the preliminary unemployment rate for September was 7.6 percent, down slightly from August's 7.7 percent. Figures released Friday are adjusted to reflect seasonal fluctuations in the labor market.

  • Lawyer angry over Zumba prostitution case handling Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:14 AM ET

    KENNEBUNK, Maine-- The lawyer for a high school hockey coach who gave up his job because of the Zumba prostitution case said Thursday that his client's name never should have been made public and contended law enforcement agencies have engaged in "reckless and outrageous behavior."

  • Lawsuit: Aspen Dental clinics operating illegally Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 4:11 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- Aspen Dental Management and the private equity firm that controls it illegally operate dental clinics across the country and engage in aggressive, misleading profit-driven practices that cause patients economic harm, claims a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in New York.

  • Maine Turnpike board OKs deeper E-Z Pass discounts Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:11 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine-- E-Z pass users on the Maine Turnpike will soon see some deeper discounts. The Maine Turnpike Authority Board on Thursday unanimously approved a phased-in plan to offer revised toll discounts to E-ZPass customers starting Nov. 1.

  • NYC mayor to spend $10M for moderate candidates Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:26 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend at least $10 million of his personal fortune promoting moderate candidates around the country in the final weeks before Election Day, he announced Wednesday, adding himself to the list of wealthy Americans pouring millions of dollars into the 2012 election.

  • Southwest posts small profit after weak September Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 7:24 AM ET

    Southwest Airlines eked out a small third-quarter profit in spite of a September slowdown, the company said on Thursday. Southwest has been using a mix of fare increases and sales to try to get its prices to a level that travelers will pay.

  • Maine agricultural officials head to Washington Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:04 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine-- Maine agricultural officials are heading to Washington, D.C., to work with the state's congressional delegation and federal officials regarding the demise of the 2008 Farm Bill. Commissioner Walter Whitcomb says the Farm Bill expired Sept. 30, putting Maine's dairy producers at risk.

  • Maine governor makes energy video Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    Paul LePage has a new video about Maine's energy future, and renewable energy in particular. The three-minute video, Energy: Maine's Economic Barrier, appeared Tuesday on the Office of the Governor website. It finds fault with Maine's Renewable Portfolio Standard, the state law that sets minimums for power generated from renewable energy sources.

  • Conservative PAC takes aim at Maine's Senate race Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 9:10 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Sensing an opportunity to keep Maine's Senate seat in Republican hands, a super PAC started by GOP strategist Karl Rove is airing television ads in the state for the first time as part of a $5 million blitz in a handful of states.

  • Release of names in prostitution case stirs debate Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 9:06 AM ET

    KENNEBUNK, Maine-- The first batch of men charged with being clients of a woman accused of turning her Zumba dance studio into a brothel included a former mayor and men from more than a dozen towns in Maine, as well as one each from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

  • Maine heating oil price up 5 cents per gallon Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 11:00 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine-- Maine energy officials say the current statewide average cash price for home heating oil has risen by 5 cents per gallon in the past week. The Governor's Energy Office says this week's average price is $3.75 per gallon, 25 cents higher than it was at the same time last year.

  • NH AG: bank breach could affect 43,750 in NH Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:02 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.-- The New Hampshire attorney general's office says it's been notified that TD Bank's potential data breach could affect 43,750 customers in New Hampshire. TD Bank says it's monitoring the situation. TD Bank has eight million customers.

  • Maine town abuzz after john suspect names released Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:42 AM ET

    KENNEBUNK, Maine-- The first batch of more than 100 men accused of paying a fitness instructor for sex were laying low after police began releasing their names in a small New England town where rumors have run rampant for weeks.

  • Heating oil prices up 5 cents per gallon in Maine Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 3:26 PM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine-- The cost of heating oil has grown 5 cents in the latest survey in Maine. The governor's energy office said Monday that the average heating oil cost is $3.75 per gallon, which is 25 cents higher than it was this time last year.

  • Maine gas prices fall 5 cents in past week Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 10:01 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine-- Gas prices in Maine have fallen by a nickel a gallon in the past week. Price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com reports Monday that gas dropped to an average of $3.88 per gallon in Maine in the past week. Prices are now about 14 cents a gallon lower than a month ago, but 35 cents higher than a year ago.

  • Maine bureau issues free college financing guide Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:43 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine-- Maine's Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection is offering a new publication covering all aspects of financing a college education. The 60- page "Downeaster Common Sense Guide to Student Loans" outlines different ways to pay for higher education, including scholarships, grants, loans and other financing methods.

  • Maine ice cream maker takes top prize Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:38 AM ET

    SKOWHEGAN, Maine-- A Maine ice cream company has taken home the top ice cream prize at a national dairy product contest for the third straight year. Gifford's Ice Cream was named the Ice Cream Grand Champion at the 2012 World Dairy Expo, held earlier this month in Madison, Wis..

  • Maine brewery to expand, add 15-20 jobs Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 12:59 AM ET

    LEWISTON, Maine-- A Maine brewery is planning an expansion that will quadruple its capacity over time. Baxter Brewing Co. said Monday its brewery in Lewiston will grow from 8,000 barrels to more than 33,000 barrels by the time the expansion is complete.

  • TD Bank says 260K customers exposed in data breach Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:03 PM ET

    CHERRY HILL, N.J.-- TD Bank has begun notifying about 260,000 customers from Maine to Florida that the company says may have been affected by a data breach. Still, TD Bank has not ruled out the possibility and is monitoring the situation. TD Bank has eight million customers.