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One of Maine's truly iconic crops is the wild blueberry. It's been something of a wild ride for the berries over the last decade, with some bumper crops, some not so bumper crops, tariffs, competition and, of course, always the weather.

Health insurance rates for Mainers who buy individual coverage will be down an average of just over 13% in the coming year.

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Maine will be receiving federal emergency funds to temporarily supplement unemployment benefits for eligible recipients.

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When a Maine lobsterman spoke to support President Donald Trump’s re-nomination at Tuesday’s Republican National Convention, it capped a monthslong courtship of the industry by the president.

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Union members have ratified a new contract with Bath Iron Works.

Potato farmers are worried about their crops as the northern part of the state experiences one of the driest summers on record.

Don Flannery of the Maine Potato Board said there has been no heavy rain, just showers, since before Memorial Day. Farmers are worried about a reduction in yield that could send ripples through the economy.

In Caribou, there's been only 4.8 inches of rain since June 1, which is about 5 inches below normal. The driest summer on record was 5.6 inches in 1995.

As public schools in Maine prepare to return to classroom instruction, with many adopting a hybrid system of learning, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has announced $25 million in federal CARES Act funding to assist schools in developing day programs to supplement in-person instruction.


Federal fishery managers are being ordered to issue a new rule for the lobster industry to better protect endangered North Atlantic right whales.

Government statistics out Wednesday show that the average weekly wage in Maine rose 4%, to $955, between March of 2019 to this past March.

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Maine's Community College System is promising to help equip some students with computers and, in some cases, internet connectivity.  The community colleges plan to conduct 70 percent of classes online.

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Shipyard workers who have maintained pickets for nearly two months during a global pandemic are going to have the final say this week on a proposed labor pact at Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works. 

After 4-Year Delay, Maine Retail Pot Sales To Begin In October

Aug 14, 2020
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The retail sale of recreational marijuana to consumers age 21 or older will start on Oct. 9, with the state issuing licenses to recreational cannabis businesses on Sept. 8, officials said Friday.

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Puritan Medical Products in Guilford is receiving $51 million in federal funding from the CARES Act to boost production of swabs used for COVID-19 testing.

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Maine’s congressional delegation is demanding the U.S. Post Office stop delaying mail.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, retail and restaurant owners are still suffering. Many are open or partly open, but cash flow is way down and rent is becoming a major concern.