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PORTLAND, Maine — A local nonprofit has launched a new Web tool that it hopes will make it easier for consumers to access locally caught seafood.

Coastal Enterprises Inc., or CEI — which works to spur small business development — says the idea is to do for seafood what the locavore and "buy local" movements are doing for Maine agriculture.

From an office overlooking Portland's working waterfront, Hugh Cowperthwaite sits hunched over his computer.

PORTLAND, Maine - There's some positive news on Maine's real estate front today. As hundreds of industry professionals gathered in Portland today learned, Maine's property market is continuing its recovery from the recession lows of four or five years ago.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the chances of the shuttered Bucksport paper mill reopening are "little to none" and describes the company officials who closed the mill as "bottom feeders."

The Kennebec Journal reports LePage made his remarks Wednesday at a Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce meeting in Augusta. His statements come a day after a federal judge denied a union's request to block Verso Paper Corp.'s sale of the mill to Canadian metal recycler AIM Development.

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NORTH BERWICK, Maine - Maine House Speaker Mark Eves today rolled out his plan to grow jobs in Maine. Eves is a proposing a $5 million initiative to boost the partnership between manufacturers and community colleges in Maine.

NORTH BERWICK, Maine - Maine House Speaker Mark Eves wants to grow jobs in Maine by creating more partnerships between manufacturers and community colleges. 

He has proposed a five-year $5 million plan to create 10 regional public-private partnerships.  The money would pay for scholarships, teachers and equipment for community colleges, and staff to coordinate the partnerships. 

The executive director of the Manufacturers Association of Maine, Lisa Martin, says the idea is to spur job training in all kinds of industries.