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FairPoint post-merger investment plan spelled out

Consolidated Communications of Illinois has agreed to spend $52.2 million on networks and facilities in Maine should it get regulators’ approval for its $1.5 billion acquisition of FairPoint...

Heavy traffic expected on turnpike for summer season start

Maine Turnpike Authority expects a 3.1% increase in traffic over last year for the four-day Memorial Day weekend, which marks Maine’s unofficial start to the summer vacation season.

Former chamber CEO joins Greater Portland Council of Governments


Chris Hall has joined the Greater Portland Council of Governments as the director of regional initiatives.

Universal sick leave bill falls short in Maine Senate


A bill to guarantee sick leave for Maine workers was defeated Wednesday in the Maine Senate by a 20-15 vote on a motion to reject the legislation.

LePage signs into law new restrictions on retail electricity sales


Gov. Paul LePage has signed into law a bill by state Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, that brings increased transparency and consumer protections to the competitive electricity supply market.

Auction set for former Madison paper mill equipment


New Mill Capital Holdings, in partnership with Perry Videx and Infinity Asset Solutions, will hold a three-day online sale for more than 3,000 pieces of paper mill equipment in Madison.

Sports apparel manufacturer plans to relocate to Farmington

A sports apparel manufacturer that has outgrown its space in the Franklin County town of Industry is looking to move into the former Skane LTD building in downtown Farmington.

Calais hospital to stop delivering babies by year's end

Calais Regional Hospital, citing heavy losses due to a decline in baby deliveries since 2007, will close its obstetrics department by the end of the year.

FairPoint to award $50K to Maine nonprofits, seeks applicants

FairPoint Communications unveiled this week a recognition program that will award $50,000 in total to three nonprofit organizations dedicated to connecting and serving Maine residents and communities.

Circle B Farms named UMaine food aggregator

Circle B Farms in Caribou was recently named the University of Maine system’s food aggregator for northern Maine.