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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.

Maine's labor leaders are calling on Congress to extend the $600 weekly supplemental unemployment benefit for people out of work because of COVID-19. That benefit is part of the CARES act, and it expires at the end of this month.

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Following the release of new state health guidelines, Hollywood Slots Casino in Bangor is reopening Friday at noon, a day after the Oxford Casino reopened its doors.

OXFORD, Maine - Maine's casinos are emerging from a COVID-19 closure. Bangor's Hollywood Casino opens at noon Friday, a day after the opening of the Oxford Casino.

Sappi paper has announced that it's permanently shutting down a paper machine at its mill in Westbrook, as well as major components of the Westbrook mill's energy complex. The company says this will result in the layoff of 75 employees, and the work will be shifted to mills in Showhegan and Minnesota.

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A Jay pulp and paper mill that was rocked by an explosion in April is laying off almost 60 workers, with more layoffs on the way.

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A federal program designed to prevent layoffs and support small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic has provided $2.2 billion to more than 27,000 Maine companies, according to newly released loan data.

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Bar Harbor has decided to close its ports to cruise ships for the remainder of the 2020 season as COVID-19 cases continue to rise around the country.

UNITY, Maine - A credit union in Maine said a new program will pay closing costs for purchasing or refinancing farmland in the state.

Maine Harvest Federal Credit Union made the announcement about the new Conservation Grant Program on Tuesday.

The credit union said the program would help borrowers to take advantage of low interest rates by reimbursing them up to $3,500 per loan.

Maine Harvest Federal Credit Union cofounder Scott Budde said the program would incentivize farmers who are interested in buying land.

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Bath Iron Works has announced that it will temporarily lay off workers as a strike from its largest union extends into a third week.

It didn't take long for the new coronavirus to slow Maine's economy.  The federal Bureau of Economic Analysis says Maine's gross domestic product shrank at a 6.3% rate in the first quarter of this year.