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MONTPELIER, Vt. - Companies designing projects to bring clean electricity to southern New England say they're grateful Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have finally made a long-awaited request for proposals to carry that power to the region.

To get that power to southern New England, new electrical transmission projects are needed that would pass through Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine - A key panel says Maine shrimp are still depleted and fishing regulators' moratorium on fishing for them should remain in effect in 2016.

Fishermen haven't been able to catch the shrimp since 2013. They were previously sought by commercial fishermen from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts and were a popular winter item at fish markets.

Jay Field / MPBN

ORONO, Maine — If you're a shipbuilder, looking to construct vessels that can better handle the worst ocean storms, the University of Maine may be able to help you.

ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine's new ocean engineering laboratory is going to bear the name of the late philanthropist Harold Alfond.

The center that was formally dedicated on Monday is going to be called the Harold Alfond Ocean Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Laboratories.

The $13.8 million ocean simulator will help to determine if offshore wind power components can withstand the sea's fury.

Dave Sherwood / Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

By Dave Sherwood, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

AUGUSTA, Maine — Lawmakers from both parties are calling for closer scrutiny of Maine’s $230 million-a-year state-run lottery, including determining if its advertising targets Maine’s poor, who are the state’s most avid players.