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Maine's unemployment rate rose again slightly in October to 3.4 percent.

A federal judge has freed a Somali immigrant who was held for nine months in a New Hampshire jail.

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The Greater Portland Metro Bus system is being asked to be a partner in a mixed-use development planned for the site of the former Pike Industries quarry in Westbrook.

State police are investigating an inmate death at the Maine State Prison.

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A panel of regulators from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts voted Friday to put a three-year moratorium on the commercial fishery for Northern Shrimp, also known as Maine shrimp. Maine's representatives at the meeting in Portland wanted some type of season preserved, but they were outnumbered.

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“I crashed at friends’ houses for a while. It was a job to find a place to sleep. I slept under bridges, slept in my car when I could...it was, really, whatever I could come up with that day. I’d wake up and my goal would be to find a place to sleep the next day... It made me feel weak, like I wasn’t as good as everyone else because I couldn’t figure it out, I couldn’t figure out how to not be homeless.”

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The first winter storm to coat the entire state of Maine with snow has left behind about a half-foot of the white stuff.

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This week the Food and Drug Administration announced a plan aimed at reducing the use of e-cigarettes by teens. The FDA wants e-cigarettes sold only in age-restricted, in-person locations and also calls for better age verification for online sales.

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Controversy over aquaculture’s expanding footprint in Maine continues to flare around the state, often putting long-time friends, neighbors and fishermen at odds with each other. The latest flashpoint is in Brunswick, where well more than one hundred residents turned out for a hearing Thursday night on a proposed 40-acre oyster farm in Maquoit Bay, which would be one of the largest in the state.

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The estate of artist Robert Indiana, creator of the iconic LOVE series, has auctioned off two paintings that belonged to him to raise money to defend against a lawsuit and to stabilize his deteriorating home.

Mainers' personal income grew 3.7 percent in 2017, the latest full-year for which figures are available.

School board members in Maine's capital city have rejected a proposal to add multiple religious holidays to the school calendar.

It is time for this week’s edition of Maine’s Political Pulse, where we look at what drives Maine politics.

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The director of a southern Maine center that helps health systems prepare for emergencies is criticizing the LePage administration for hiring an out-of-state company to provide the service. In a letter posted on the Southern Maine Regional Resource Center website, Paul Weiss says the new contract awarded to a North Carolina company jeopardizes Maine's emergency preparedness. However, the only other company to bid on the contract, a Maine nonprofit, says the switch may be justified.

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Regional fisheries regulators are meeting in Portland in anticipation of a decision Friday on whether the once-robust fishery for Northern shrimp — a delicacy known around here as Maine shrimp — should be reopened after four years of closure. The likely answer is "no."

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