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Midcoast museums are adapting to the spread of the new coronavirus and finding new ways to share content with visitors.

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Housing advocates and public officials expect a sharp increase in the number of evictions when court hearings resume August 3.

Hundreds of child care providers in Maine are slated to receive more than $8 million in federal money to help with the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Service says the $8.4 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars will go to more than 1,700 child care providers in the state. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills says the money will help with extra costs the providers have had to bear because of the pandemic.

More than 80% of licensed child care providers in the state are open.

The union representing striking production workers at Bath Iron Works will meet with a federal mediator again on Tuesday.

The union also has written to Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite to clarify whether the Navy endorses the shipyard's use of subcontractors, a key point of contention between the company and production workers. In the letter, the union contends the shipyard has portrayed the Navy as backing the company's subcontracting efforts.

More Mainers went back to work in June. The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the state's unemployment rate fell from 9.3 percent in May to 6.6 percent.

LL Bean Inks First Wholesaler Partnerships In US

Jul 17, 2020
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FREEPORT, Maine — L.L. Bean is expanding direct-to-customer catalog and in-store sales with an agreement to sell products in Nordstrom, Staples and sporting goods chain SCHEELS.

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The governor's Economic Recovery Committee is recommending that $1.1 billion be spent to deal with the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic in Maine.

Mid Coast-Parkview Hospital in Brunswick wants the state to reject a proposed stand-alone surgical center in Topsham.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District says she was successful in amending the appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security in a way that could improve the labor supply for Maine tourism businesses.

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Amtrak train that provides service from Maine to Boston will soon add more round trips as part of its service restoration.

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Members of Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works’ biggest union continue to strike, and on Tuesday the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, or IAM, sent a letter to Congress urging politicians to support striking workers.

Average gas prices in Maine have risen just over 4 cents in the past week to $2.18 a gallon. 

Two small airports in Maine are getting a boost from the federal government to make improvements.

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Bath Iron Works says it has filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board against Local S6 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which has been on strike since June 21.

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Canadian energy giant Hydro-Quebec says it will offer Maine a cut-rate deal on a slice of the electricity carried by a powerline that Central Maine Power wants to build through Maine's western woods. The rest of that supply is contracted to serve customers in Massachusetts.