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  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine Governor Paul LePage and other state officials are opposing proposed changes to federal labor rules on the grounds that the rules will negatively impact employment and small businesses. The federal Department of Labor is taking public comments on proposed changes to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act until Friday.

  • Oregon hemp farmer says startup going slow Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 11:39 AM ET

    Harvesting machinery is expensive, and there is no plant in Oregon to process the plants into fiber, seed and oil. This is the first year Oregon farmers can grow hemp, following the Legislature's approval in 2009. Growing hemp without a federal permit was banned in 1970 due to its classification as a controlled substance and relation to marijuana.

  • TURNER, Maine— An egg producer says it's going to keep the current management in place at Maine's largest egg farm. Pennsylvania- based Hillandale Farms signed a lease to run the farms that were previously operated by a Land O'Lakes subsidiary. Hillandale Farms reached the agreement last month.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The family of a man charged with fatally stabbing a woman in a supermarket is setting up a fund to support the victim's family. Police charged Connor MacCalister with killing Wendy Boudreau, a mother of four children, on Aug. 19 at the Saco supermarket in a random attack. MacCalister's cousin Wallace Clark said the family is setting up the fund the...

  • Correction: Supermarket Knife Attack story Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 4:31 PM ET

    SACO, Maine— In a story Aug. 19 about the stabbing death of a woman at a Maine supermarket, The Associated Press, relying on information from police, reported erroneously the gender of the suspect. Woman dies after stabbing at Shaw's supermarket in Maine. SACO, Maine— Police say a woman has been killed in a knife attack at a supermarket in southern Maine.

  • Merger of 2 Brunswick, Maine, hospitals approved Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 12:30 PM ET

    BRUNSWICK, Maine— A bankruptcy judge says two Brunswick, Maine, hospitals can merge. Officials with Mid Coast Health says its purchase of Parkview Adventist Medical Center became official on Thursday. The Portland Press Herald reports the terms of the agreement call for Mid Coast to pay Parkview $3.8 million at closing and forgive $579,540 of an advance it gave...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine officials say the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in July and was little changed from the month before. The Maine Department of Labor said Friday that the jobless rate last month was down from 4.7 percent in June. Vermont had the lowest rate among the six states at 3.6 percent and Rhode Island had the highest rate at 5.8 percent.

  • ALFRED, Maine— Prosecutors and defense attorneys disagreed about a mental health evaluation for a man charged with fatally stabbing a woman in a supermarket during his first appearance in court on Friday. MacCalister fatally stabbed Boudreau with a knife at a Shaw's supermarket in Saco during a random attack on Wednesday, police have said.

  • 300 workers at Verso Paper mill in Jay to be laid off Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 10:38 AM ET

    JAY, Maine— Verso Paper Corp. will significantly scale back production in Maine, costing 300 jobs at its mill in Jay, officials with the Tennessee- based company Thursday. Verso said it will shut down a pulp dryer and paper machine at the Androscoggin Mill in Jay, citing declining demand for coated paper as well as Maine's high energy costs and local property taxes.

  • Woman dies after stabbing at Shaw's supermarket in Maine Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 6:11 PM ET

    SACO, Maine— Police say a woman has been killed in a knife attack at a supermarket in southern Maine. WCSH-TV reports the attack happened Wednesday at a Shaw's supermarket in Saco. Minneapolis- based Supervalu Inc. sold Shaw's in 2013..

  • WASHINGTON— Jeb Bush's fundraising network is two generations in the making, and it shows. In Crowdpac's review of named contributors to three political committees helping Bush, $59.2 million came from first-time Bush donors, while $60.3 million came from returning donors to the earlier campaigns of President George W. Bush, President George H.W. Bush or both.

  • Massachusetts marijuana groups seek pot legalization vote Wednesday, 5 Aug 2015 | 12:40 PM ET

    BOSTON, Aug 5- Two marijuana advocacy groups on Wednesday are set to submit proposed ballot initiatives that would allow Massachusetts voters to decide whether to legalize recreational pot smoking in the state. The proposals from the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and the Bay State Repeal say legalizing the drug in Massachusetts would bow to...

  • 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...

  • July 14- A Wal-Mart Stores Inc employee sued the retailer on Tuesday, saying its prior policy of denying health insurance to the spouses of gay employees violated gender discrimination laws. Wal-Mart, the largest private U.S. employer, began offering health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses last year, after the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 struck down part of...

  • July 14- A Wal-Mart Stores Inc employee sued the retailer on Tuesday, saying its prior policy of denying health insurance benefits to the spouses of gay employees violated gender discrimination laws. Wal-Mart, the largest private U.S. employer, began offering health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses last year, after the Supreme Court in 2013 struck down...

  • "Walmart and others were a fundamental force in getting many companies to go the way of the dodo," he said. Avgoustis was among some 2,000 executives from U.S. manufacturing companies who journeyed to Wal-Mart Stores Inc headquarters here on July 7 to huddle in tiny conference rooms with Walmart buyers and present products made in the U.S. They would also get...

  • Leaders with the AFL-CIO, an umbrella group for 56 member unions representing more than 12.5 million workers, will press her on issues such as trade, infrastructure and the types of officials she would name to the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors. During its gathering in Silver Spring, Maryland, on July 29-30, the AFL-CIO's executive council will also have...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, July 9- A Super PAC backing Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has raked in a record $103 million, the group, Right to Rise, said in a statement today, dispelling rumors that the outside spending group would fall short of expectations. Bush's presidential campaign also announced Thursday that it had raised $11.4 million in the two...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, July 9- A Super PAC backing Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has met its fundraising goal of raking in at least $100 million by the end of June, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. A second contributor said Right to Rise had raised more than $100 million and that the PAC would make an announcement soon.

  • MADRID, July 1- Power group UIL Holdings said on Wednesday it would quickly address regulators' concerns after its $3 billion takeover by Spain's Iberdrola was rejected by a U.S. antitrust watchdog in a preliminary decision. Iberdrola agreed in February to buy UIL to gain presence in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and New York as part of an expansion plan in...