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As towns continue to debate the merits of cruise tourism, some activists in Maine are joining a global group looking to reform the cruise ship industry.

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Central Maine Power is postponing its plan to start clearing a corridor for its controversial transmission line through Maine’s western woods.

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More than eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans are out of work, with many relying on federal emergency unemployment programs to stay afloat. But later this month, the programs could expire, potentially leaving tens of thousands of people in Maine with fewer benefits as many are already struggling to make ends meet.

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Pan Am Railways — Maine’s largest railroad — is planning to be acquired by CSX, which operates 21,000 miles of track covering the eastern U.S., Ontario and Quebec.

The Portland Regional Chamber and five local businesses are filing suit against the city over a wage measure approved by Portland voters last month.

Maine’s close-knit groundfishing community is grieving after four fishermen were lost at sea this week. This follows the loss of two others earlier this year.

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It turns out there’s a downside to Maine’s solar power boom — a potential $160 million annual hit for electricity consumers here. And it’s a cost hike that in turn could conceivably slow the state’s efforts to reduce global warming pollution from cars and buildings.

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Maine’s largest medical marijuana retailer, Wellness Connection, is currently converting its South Portland store from a medical marijuana dispensary to a recreational marijuana retailer.

Starting Monday, tenants having trouble paying their rent due to hardship caused by COVID-19 can apply for assistance with their December rent.

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Gov. Janet Mills on Friday announced an ambitious, state-led effort to build as many as 12 floating wind-energy turbines off Maine’s coast.

The Mills administration is spending nearly $6 million in federal funds to get high-speed broadband internet to more than 700 students in unserved areas of the state.

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A controversial land-based salmon farm proposed in Belfast won three key state environmental permits on Thursday, but opponents say they are far from giving up.

The number of Mainers filing first-time claims for unemployment fell last week after three weeks of increases. But the number, 1,989, is nearly triple the rate at which people were filing unemployment claims in the weeks leading up to the pandemic.

Nora Flaherty / Maine Public file

Thirty-nine state legislators and one Portland city councilor have signed a letter asking the Portland Museum of Art not to impede a staff effort to unionize.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public file

For the third year running, Central Maine Power Co. has received worst-in-the-nation consumer satisfaction marks in a J.D. Power survey of electric utility business customers. On a 1,000 point scale, CMP received 692 points — the only mid-sized or large utility to rate less than 700 points.