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A Bethel brewery owner who defied a state emergency order not to allow dine-in customers in his pub until June 1 has been issued a temporary suspension of his license to serve food by Maine’s Health Inspection Program.

Dogs and humans in need of a trim since last month turned out Friday to Maine's reopened grooming and stylist salons.

An organization of restaurant owners and workers wants the state to reopen their industry ahead of the Mill’s administration’s latest plan.

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The first wave of Maine business reopenings starts Friday, under the phased guidance measures Gov. Janet Mills started to issue this week. Some companies, particularly where social distancing is relatively easy, are raring to go. But professionals who work in closer quarters with customers are wary.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Wisconsin shipbuilder has won a contract to build up to 10 frigates for the Navy, a contract Maine's Bath Iron Works also sought to win.

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More than 100,000 Mainers have filed for unemployment since March. That's just one of the many wide-ranging economic effects of COVID-19. The claims have overwhelmed the Department Of Labor in Maine. And while the state has been able to get benefits to more than 70,000 people so far, many are still waiting.

Self-employed and contract workers in Maine will be able to apply for unemployment starting Friday morning at 8 AM, as the state rolls out its anticipated Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Maine Gov. Janet Mills Tuesday released her plan to restart the state economy. But there are still a lot of questions about how it might work and how it affects businesses. We've brought in Maine Public's chief political correspondent Steve Mistler to help explain what we know so far and, hopefully, clear up some confusion.

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Steve Hewins' constituents may be some of the hardest hit economically by the spread of the new coronavirus. Hewins is the president and chief executive officer of Hospitality Maine, which represents restaurants, bars and hotels. He joined Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz to discuss Gov. Janet Mills' announcement that she intends to gradually reopen parts of Maine's economy over the next couple of months.

State officials say they have seen an increase in attempts to scam consumers in the past few weeks.

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Updated April 30, 2020 at 2:31 p.m. ET.

More than 7,400 Mainers filed last week for unemployment benefits.  That's according to new figures released Thursday by Maine's Department of Labor.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Many business owners and municipal leaders have been eagerly waiting for Gov. Janet Mills to provide a path forward after weeks of restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Her announcement today that she’ll issue a new stay at home order that allows a gradual reopening of certain businesses is a relief for some, but not all.

Mark Vogelzang / Maine Public

The spread of COVID-19 forced colleges across the country to close their campuses this spring. Now, many are looking at whether to open back up this fall or consider alternative strategies, and their choices could have a major financial impact.

Regulators in Maine are concerned that electric, water and other utilities may be forced into financial turmoil by the COVID-19 pandemic.

After weeks of delay, the state’s Department of Labor says it will open applications for special unemployment assistance to self-employed Mainers starting Friday.

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