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The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is investigating the timeline of an apparently malicious tampering incident, where pizza dough containing sharp metal fragments was discovered at a Hannaford store in Sanford in August.

The number of Mainers filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits is down for a second straight week.

The Boston Federal Reserve Bank and the state on Wednesday announced an initiative to help several Maine communities create long-term strategies to boost their economies.

Andrew Vaughan / AP/Canadian Press

The lobster industry just north of Maine has been rocked in recent weeks by a dispute between indigenous fishermen and other lobstermen. This past week saw an escalation in that conflict and greater attention from political leaders.

Craig Becker / Courtesy Portland Museum of Art

The union that would represent workers at the Portland Museum of Art is accusing PMA management of employing union-busting tactics to prevent about 70 employees from organizing.

Central Maine Power’s controversial proposal for a transmission line through western Maine continues to draw attention from regulators and opponents. On Tuesday morning, the Maine Public Utilities Commission gave its final approval for a spinoff company to own and operate the project.

Maine’s unemployment rate went down in September, from 7% in August to 6.1%, according to the federal Bureau of Labor.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Newly released documents by Maine’s Department of Resources are providing a glimpse of what federal action to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales could look like — including the closure of extensive areas of offshore ocean to lobstering.

More than 2,300 small businesses and nonprofits are receiving grants to help them get through the pandemic. The grants average about $45,000 and are provided through federal CARES Act funding.

Colby College in Waterville has received just over $100 million from the Harold Alfond Foundation, one of the largest gifts in the school’s history.

Hannaford Supermarkets is blaming an unspecified technology error for the company’s failure to inform consumers and police after it received a report in August of razor blades found in fresh pizza dough at a store in Sanford.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press file

Maine’s real estate development community will gather online Thursday for an annual meeting that had to be postponed last spring.

COVID-19 Swab Maker Will Open 2nd New Factory In Pittsfield

Oct 13, 2020
Charles Eichacker / Bangor Daily News

The Piscataquis County company that’s one of the world’s two largest makers of COVID-19 testing swabs said Monday that it’s opening a second Pittsfield factory with $51.2 million in federal pandemic relief funds.

Murray Carpenter / For Maine Public

It has been four years since Maine voters approved recreational, adult-use marijuana sales, and the first few stores finally opened Friday.

Representatives from small business, professional theater and the hospitality industry held a press conference this morning in Portland to voice opposition to referendum Question A on the municipal ballot that would hike the city minimum wage to $15 an hour over 3 years.