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AARP Survey
5:34 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Survey: What's Keeping Maine's Older Voters Awake at Night

A new survey from AARP Maine reveals that over-50 set is concerned about financial security, and maintaining their independence as they age. That may be no surprise, but the findings also reveal that many older Mainers fear they will never be able to retire. The results were gleaned from telephone calls to some 2,000 AARP members.

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Tar sands oil
5:33 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Battle Over South Portland Tar Sands Ordinance Not Over Yet

An oil tanker makes its way into the harbor in South Portland.
Credit Susan Sharon

When South Portland Mayor Jerry Jalbert announced the 6-1 vote to approve a measure that will block the loading of raw crude, including Canadian tar sands oil, onto tanker ships in the southern Maine city, residents and supporters, who had filled the community center, rose to their feet and gave the City Council a standing ovation.

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Subsidy rulings
5:30 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Maine Health Care Advocates: Don't Panic Over Dueling Subsidy Rulings

Health care officials in Maine spent the day analyzing the potential impact of two, conflicting federal appeals court rulings on a key part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Unemployment
5:52 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Extending Unemployment Benefits: Maine Delegation on Board

Even though Maine’s official unemployment rate is the lowest since the recession, there are still thousands of Mainers who are out of work. Many are so-called "discouraged" workers who are not reflected in the 5.5 percent unemployment rate. In fact, the rate would jump to 6.6 percent if they were factored in.

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New Brunswick agreement
5:51 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Maine Seeks to Strengthen Economic Ties with New Brunswick

Gov. Paul LePage hopes to encourage expanded economic ties with the province of New Brunswick through a memorandum of understanding signed today with Premier David Alward. The governor's office says the agreement is designed to strengthen relations between both regions by identifying areas for future job creation and cooperation in trade development and tourism. 

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FairPoint strike vote
5:49 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

In Wake of Strike Vote, FairPoint Vows to Maintain Service

FairPoint Communications says it's making preparations to keep telephone and Internet service up and running should some 2000 union workers walk off the job next month. 

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The Telling Room
5:10 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

The Telling Room: 'I Am Not Wild'

"I Am Not Wild' author Kaitlyn Knight.
Credit Courtesy: the Telling Room

Every Friday this summer, we're featuring the work of young writers in partnership with the Telling Room in Portland. This week's entry is "I am Not Wild" by Kaitlyn Knight.

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Minimum Wage
5:04 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Progressive Vision Thrusts Maine Business Owner into National Spotlight

Jim Wellehan, the owner of Lamey-Wellehan Shoes.
Credit Patty Wight

President Obama recently thrust a Maine businessman into the social media spotlight. The president used Facebook and Twitter to link to an online video of Auburn businessman Jim Wellehan supporting a hike in the federal minimum wage. Wellehan has gained recognition for the way he treats his own employees at Lamey-Wellehan Shoes.

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Medicaid cuts
5:01 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

MaineCare Cuts Leave Mentally Ill Adrift and at Risk

When Maine made deep cuts to its Medicaid program last January, 25,000 parents and childless adults lost their health care coverage. More than six months later, staffers at the Maine chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness say they are overwhelmed by calls.

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Beef regulations
4:59 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Maine Beef Processors Keeping Close Eye on Proposed New Federal Regulations

Cattle that will eventually be slaughtered.
Credit Nick Woodward

Ground beef has been the subject of several high-profile outbreaks of food-borne illness in recent years, as well as product recalls. But tracing the source of such an outbreak is often challenging for investigators. Now, the USDA is proposing new rules for ground beef processors.  What's still unclear is how the rules might affect small processors.

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