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Maine's Sunday River says it intends to replace and upgrade six ski lifts, build a mountain observation tower and a mountain roller coaster, and add housing as part of a 10-year plan.

BIDDEFORD, Maine - A Maine food processing plant is planning to lay off nearly 100 employees by the end of March.

The Legislature is considering two measures that would allocate more money to improve technical training around the state.

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Over the past several decades the use of therapy dogs has grown in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, schools and hospitals. But it's within the past 10 years that they've started to appear in airports. Last fall, the Portland International Jetport introduced a dog therapy program that has become popular with stressed travelers and workers.

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Maine's congressional delegation is trying to up the pressure on federal fisheries regulators to look beyond the state's lobster industry when seeking to reduce threats to the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

Freeport-based L.L. Bean says it plans to layoff 200 employees company-wide by the end of February. 

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Maine utility regulators are hoping to preserve Maine’s “207” identity. But they may not be able to: according to the Maine Public Utilities Commission, within four years the pool of seven-digit phone numbers that could be assigned to area code 207 could run dry.

“Maine is one of the few states that has only one area code for the state,” says commission member Bruce Williamson.

Williamson says a single statewide code is valuable.

“It is tradition and brand identity and some commercial uses and it has familiarity on business stationary and so forth,” he says.

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A Boston investment firm has officially purchased Saddleback Mountian ski area.

Arctaris Impact Fund completed the reported $6.5 million sale Friday afternoon.

The mountain is expected to reopen at the end of this year.

The firm has said it plans to invest $38 million into Maine's third-largest ski mountain. Upgrades will include replacing an old chairlift, expanding daycare and retail space and installing new snowmaking equipment. The company also plans to hire about 200 to 240 full- and part-time employees.

State revenue officials are reporting the largest increase in the value of real and personal property in Maine in a decade.

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State regulators Thursday rebuked Central Maine Power (CMP) for its poor customer service, reducing its shareholder profits by almost $10 million over the next 18 months and requiring a comprehensive management audit. The action caps a long investigation of the company's botched rollout of a new billing system.

Citing increased financial challenges, a nonprofit agency that provides in-home care services for just under 600 older Mainers and adults with physical disabilities announced that it will be closing its doors at the end of April.

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Some 4500 rural homes and 215 businesses will soon have internet connections as part of a pilot USDA Rural Development project.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Federal fishing managers are looking for feedback on a plan to further reduce the East Coast limit for herring fishing.

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A Canadian company is asking the state’s Land Use Planning Commission for permission to rezone nearly 200 acres for construction of an underground metallic mineral mine in northern Penobscot County north of Patten.

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Boston’s Northeastern University is announcing a new tech-focused graduate center in Portland. Its backers say the $100 million facility will lay the groundwork to secure Maine’s economy in the 21st century.

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