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A federal judge this week denied a motion by the City of South Portland to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the oil industry against its local Clear Skies Ordinance.

The ordinance was passed by the City Council in 2014 at the urging of local residents. Portland Pipe Line Corp., which operates a pipeline that runs from South Portland to Montreal, claims the ordinance interferes with interstate trade and makes the pipeline obsolete because it prohibits the loading of crude oil into tankers on the waterfront.

EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine — Bigelow Laboratory in East Boothbay is opening two new centers that will focus on seafood security and the opening of the Arctic Ocean.

The new centers are part of the laboratory’s Centers for Venture Research initiative. The centers are designed to use business techniques used by investors. Lab executive director Graham Shimmield says the centers will translate scientific research so it can be used to develop products and inform policy decisions.

Advocates of solar power in Maine, and around the country, are taking steps to preserve a financial incentive they say is critical to the continued growth of the industry.

Tom Porter / MPBN file

An ongoing discussion over whether FairPoint Communications should be obliged to provide landline telephone service throughout the state was re-energized Thursday at the State House.

YARMOUTH, Maine — Swiss-based Garmin Ltd. is buying DeLorme, a Maine-based producer of maps and hand-held satellite communications devices.

Garmin said Thursday that DeLorme will operate as a research and development facility and most of its 92 workers will be retained.

Under the deal, DeLorme will continue producing its state-specific "Atlas and Gazetteer" series but will close its map store. The company’s lobby, which features a 42-foot-tall rotating globe dubbed "Eartha," will remain open to the public.