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The administration of Maine Gov. Janet Mills is ending the use of photos on food benefits cards, saying there is no evidence such efforts cut down on fraud.

Pat Wellenbach / AP Photo

Within a few years, Maine’s lobster harvesters will have to remove half of their trap-rope from the water. That is just one of the recommendations agreed on Friday by a broad group of stakeholders tasked with choosing measures to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale from entanglement with fishing gear.

Stakeholders from 14 states agreed Friday on recommendations for reducing the risk that endangered North Atlantic right whales will be injured or killed by entanglement with fishing gear, with big stakes for Maine’s lobster industry.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

This week a high-stakes conference in Providence is considering new measures that could help endangered North Atlantic right whales avoid life-threatening entanglements in fishing gear. These measures could also challenge Maine's lobster industry, though.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine could prohibit pet shops from selling dogs and cats under a Democrat’s bill.

The Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee plans a Thursday work session on the bill.

Democratic Sen. Ben Chipman’s bill would establish a fine of $500 per violation and pet shops could also face license suspension or revocation.

Chipman said states such as California and Maryland have passed similar bills in hopes of helping cats and dogs in shelters waiting for homes.

Two lobstermen and two crew members have been arraigned for allegedly cutting dozens of lobster traps last fall.

The Maine Economic Growth Council has released its annual assessment of how Maine’s economy is doing and what needs to be done to improve it.

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Earlier this month, Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill into law that makes it illegal in most cases to try to find out the salary history of a potential employee.

Home sales and prices were down last month in Maine.

Twelve civilian workers who provide safety services at Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, have formed a union that will be part of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

CONCORD, N.H. - Gas prices continue to rise across northern New England, but they're still lower than a year ago.

Clifton Wind Farm Expansion Will Double The Number Of Turbines

Apr 21, 2019
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

The wind farm in Clifton is on track to triple its energy capacity in the upcoming years by constructing five bigger wind turbines to join the existing five.

Maine lawmakers want to take a closer look at increasing state funding for Maine's county jail.

Bangor Mall Sells For $12.6 Million, Well Below Assessed Value

Apr 20, 2019
Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

Eighteen months after its former owners defaulted on an $80 million loan, the Bangor Mall was sold for $12.6 million, one of the three new owners said.

Ed Morin / Maine Public

About 20 local members of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters held a rally Friday afternoon in Portland's Monument Square to bring attention to what they call ‘rampant tax fraud’ in the construction industry.

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