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Employers looking to bolster their workforces are being asked to consider hiring Maine prison inmates.

Gas prices in Maine were down a little this week, during what GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHahn says has been an unusually stable summer.

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The Legislature’s watchdog agency will be briefed Monday on the LePage administration's decision to divert wood that has been harvested on public lands from a company critical of the governor's position on tariffs.

The agency overseeing development in Maine's vast wilderness is considering dramatic changes that would alter restrictions on where homes and businesses can be built.

A Canadian company has ditched plans to buy a marijuana-growing facility in Auburn, Maine.

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A ballot question this fall that would levy a tax on high income earners in Maine to pay for home care for seniors and people with disabilities is generating debate about who will be taxed, and how.

Maine's hospitals are making progress in collecting more than $42 million in outstanding payments from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, but 2nd District Congressperson Bruce Poliquin said the government can do better.

A new analysis of New England's shrimp population doesn't bode well for the future of the long-shuttered fishery for the crustaceans.

The Maine-based shrimp fishery has been shut down since 2013 because of concerns such as warming ocean temperatures and poor survival of young. Scientists working with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission are assessing the shrimp stock, and so far it looks like little has changed.

Unemployment in Maine rose slightly in July for a third straight month.

The increases have been just .1 percent and still leave the state with a very low 3 percent jobless rate. This marks the 32nd consecutive month that the jobless rate was under 4 percent. That’s the longest such period on record.

The state labor department said Maine added 5,700 non-farm jobs in the past year. 5,400 of those were in the private sector. All told, the state has 628, non-farm payroll jobs with 527,900 in the private sector. Governments employ an estimated 100,600 Mainers.

Belfast Fish Farm Opponents Blast Zoning Changes

Aug 17, 2018
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In April, Belfast city councilors unanimously approved zoning ordinance changes that would allow a company planning one of the world’s largest indoor salmon farms to advance to the next stages of the project.

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Piscataquis County is Maine's least populous county with fewer than six people per square mile. And it's losing inhabitants.

A new contract between Local 1400 of the Communications Workers of America and Consolidated Communications could potentially eliminate 70 of 128 call center positions in northern New England.

All 70 of the potentially-eliminated jobs are in Maine. Local union chapter President Don Trementozzi said Thursday that agreeing to a series of early retirement incentives and placing the Maine jobs at risk was a better option than what the company had originally offered the union.

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Central Maine Power Company's (CMP) handling of thousands of customer complaints regarding higher charges last winter has generated a new class action lawsuit.

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A federal judge in California on Tuesday granted L.L. Bean’s motion to dismiss a potential class action lawsuit against the Maine-based retailer but at the same time gave the plaintiff a chance to amend his complaint.

The owner of a senior housing complex in Maine has been indicted on felony financial crime charges.

Amy McLellan was indicted on Friday. She is the owner of the McLellan, a Brunswick apartment complex for senior residents that opened last year.

The Portland Press Herald reports court records don't indicate the value of the money or property involved in the case, but say it was more than $10,000.

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