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  • PORTLAND, Maine— Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves on Thursday filed a civil rights lawsuit against Republican Gov. Paul LePage for threatening to withhold funds from a school for at-risk youth to get Eves removed from a job, saying it was time for someone to stand up to governor's abuse of power. Motivated by "personal rage, vindictiveness and partisan malice,"...

  • The Portland Press Herald obtained documents under the Freedom of Access Act that indicate LePage's senior staff was aware of details of what was being negotiated by legislative leadership. Michael Allen, who advises the governor on tax policy, updated senior staff on the details on June 15, a day before LePage told Boston radio talk-show host Howie Carr that "I...

  • WESTBROOK, Maine _ Idexx Laboratories Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $56.9 million. Idexx expects full-year earnings to be $2.07 to $2.12 per share, with revenue in the range of $1.6 billion to $1.62 billion. Idexx shares have declined 10 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • The driver, 55- year-old David Brown of South Paris, and a farm mechanic, 38- year-old Phillip Theberge of Norway, appeared in court to enter their pleas to reckless conduct. A Portland attorney represented Harvest Hill Farm of Mechanic Falls, which is charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault, driving to endanger and reckless conduct.

  • Bar Harbor posts 2Q profit Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 7:30 PM ET

    BAR HARBOR, Maine _ Bar Harbor Bankshares Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $3.9 million. The bank, based in Bar Harbor, Maine, said it had earnings of 64 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Mary Hudetz, a former Associated Press journalist and current editor of Native Peoples Magazine in Phoenix, will return to the AP in August to become the news cooperative's law enforcement reporter in Albuquerque. "We are excited to have her join our team in Albuquerque." Her nearly two-year stint as editor of the bimonthly Native Peoples...

  • Wex meets 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 7:57 AM ET

    SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine _ Wex Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $26.5 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of $1.25 per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $218.5 million.

  • Northeast Bancorp posts 4Q profit Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 7:21 PM ET

    LEWISTON, Maine _ Northeast Bancorp on Tuesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $2.2 million. Northeast Bancorp shares have risen almost 5 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Northeast Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • Camden National posts 2Q profit Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 6:39 PM ET

    CAMDEN, Maine _ Camden National Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $7.2 million. Camden National shares have climbed 1 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Camden National, Earnings Report.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— A Texas company is pushing forward with an effort to build a massive wind power project in Aroostook County that would be the largest of its kind in New England. EDP Renewables, which recently submitted its application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, needs to get the green light from the state before it can begin building the...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— When Tyler Richardson's son hit puberty, the combination of hormones and new strength from a growth spurt added an element of danger to a long history of unpredictable behavior because of autism and severe anger problems. He wandered outside one day after his aides left his grandmother's home, where he was living. After a long, nationwide search and...

  • House passes bill to prevent mandatory GMO labeling Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 2:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Food companies would not have to disclose whether their products include genetically modified ingredients under legislation passed by the House Thursday. So far, Vermont is the only state set to require the labels. Maine and Connecticut have also passed laws requiring the labeling, but those measures don't take effect unless neighboring states...

  • WASHINGTON— States could no longer require labels on genetically modified foods under legislation the House is considering. So far, Vermont is the only state set to require the labels. "The reality is, biotechnology has time and time again proved safe," the bill's sponsor, Kansas Republican Rep.

  • On Wednesday, University of California President Janet Napolitano announced the 10- campus system would pay its employees that much by late 2017, while a New York wage board backed an eventual $15 an hour for the state's 150,000 fast-food workers. Voters in SeaTac, Washington, population 27,875, made their suburban Seattle city the nation's first with a $15-...

  • First Bancorp posts 2Q profit Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 5:15 PM ET

    DAMARISCOTTA, Maine _ First Bancorp Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $4.1 million. First Bancorp shares have increased 8 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: First Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • WASHINGTON— A bipartisan group of senators is pushing to strengthen the authority of the Homeland Security Department to thwart cyberattacks on government networks and websites after a massive government data breach. Susan Collins of Maine, who has spearheaded cyber legislation in the past, led lawmakers on Wednesday in introducing a measure that would...

  • DEERFIELD, Mass.— Pan Am Railways has agreed to pay $152,000 to settle allegations that it violated the federal environmental laws at rail yards in western Massachusetts and Maine. The EPA announced the agreement Tuesday. The EPA says that if stormwater isn't properly controlled, there is risk it could run into waterways, cause habitat degradation and other...

  • UMaine System faces $16M loss for last budget year Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 7:08 AM ET

    BANGOR, Maine— The University of Maine System is facing a $16 million operating loss for the budget year that just ended because of $11 million in new retirement and severance costs. The Portland Press Herald reports that the $519 million budget year that ended in June already included using $11.4 million in emergency funds and cutting 157 positions.

  • Young, who performed in concert Sunday at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, appeared earlier with Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin and donated $100,000 to a fund devoted to defending Vermont's genetically modified organism, or GMO, labeling law from legal challenges. Vermont last year passed a law under which it's scheduled to become the first...

  • U.S. House committee approves anti-GMO labeling law Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 4:54 PM ET

    July 14- U.S. food companies and other opponents of genetically modified food labeling notched a key victory on Tuesday as the House Agriculture Committee approved a measure banning mandatory labeling as well as local efforts to regulate genetically engineered crops. "This... legislation will ensure that Americans have accurate, consistent information...