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State Agriculture officials say they are disappointed with a U.S. Department of Agriculture decision to exclude Maine wild blueberries from a federal program designed to help growers negatively affected by retaliatory tariffs.

CONCORD, N.H. - Gas prices are still dropping in northern New England, following a national trend.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

The University of Maine at Augusta has formally opened its cyber security center, one of only ten in the nation that allow hands-on training in protection against cyber attacks.

Bates Will Use Largest Federal Grant In Its History For Video Database

Aug 16, 2019
Maine Public

Bates College in Lewiston is set to receive $4 million from the National Science Foundation to create a scientific video database of scenes and images that people see every day.

KITTERY, Maine - The USS Santa Fe has arrived at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. The Los Angeles-class attack submarine sailed into the shipyard on Thursday for planned maintenance work and system certifications.

BOSTON - Two of the state's largest health insurers are planning to merge. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan announced Wednesday they have signed a definitive agreement to form a single nonprofit insurer that would serve nearly 2.4 million customers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Linda Coan O'Kresik / Bangor Daily News file

Almost four years ago, the Old Town pulp mill, north of Bangor, was shut down. Nearly 200 workers were affected. But last fall, a subsidiary of a Chinese company purchased the mill, and now it has come back to life.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's state government says it's going to distribute about $3 million stemming from Volkswagen's environmental settlement over a diesel emissions scandal.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's wild blueberry industry could be looking at another difficult summer, as the crop is projected to remain much smaller than just a few years ago.

A union representing Emera Maine workers is expressing concerns about the company's buyer at a time when a state law raises the bar for the sale of electric utilities.

A union representing Emera Maine workers is expressing concerns about the company's buyer at a time when a state law raises the bar for the sale of electric utilities.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Last year Maine's harvest of soft-shell clams was one of the worst in many decades, down to around 7 million pounds. That's due in part to closures of polluted flats, and predation by the invasive green crab.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

Central Maine Power spokeswoman Catherine Hartnett says the company's proposed $6 million consumer compensation fund is meant to be an alternative to a fine the Public Utilities Commission staff proposed for customer service issues.

Maine Public Advocate Barry Hobbins says he wants the Public Utilities Commission to take a close look at the proposal by Canadian company Enmax to buy Emera Maine, the state's second-largest utility.

Trade Retaliation Program Unlikely To Help Maine's Blueberry Growers

Aug 8, 2019
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

PORTLAND, Maine - A federal program designed to help farmers suffering due to trade disruption is unlikely to assist Maine's wild blueberry growers.

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