PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — City officials say the number of passengers scheduled to sail into Portland on cruise ships this year is up 15 percent over last year, providing a valuable boost to the area’s economy.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials want to know which jobs businesses have a hard time filling.
The Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information is sending a survey to 3,500 Maine businesses this month. Officials hope the results will help the department tailor its worker training programs to ensure Mainers have the skills they need to get open jobs.
MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine regulators are implementing an emergency change to fishing rules off of Mount Desert Island to prevent gear conflict between herring fishermen and lobstermen.
The state Department of Marine Resources says the emergency rule creates a temporary exception to the department’s three lobster trap trawl limit. The rule went into effect on Sept. 12. Officials say the exception will apply to an area northeast of Mount Desert Rock where there is a high density of lobster gear.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine panel that begins meeting this week is trying to improve the learning benchmarks for students.
The 24-member panel will hold its first meeting on Tuesday at the Cross Office Building in Augusta.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gubernatorial hopeful Mike Michaud says Maine must take advantage of telemedicine and support preventative care services that can reduce health care costs down the road.
The Democrat’s 10-part health care plan released on Monday also includes expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which he has pledged to put forward on his first day in office, if elected.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A doctor who held a marijuana clinic at a hotel and failed to adequately document examinations has been reprimanded by the board that licenses physicians in Maine.
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Two Maine airports will receive $5.8 million in grants from the federal government for construction projects.
The Portland Press Herald ( ) reports Robert LaFleur Airport in Waterville will get $4.3 million to reconstruct its main 5,500-foot runway. Brunswick Executive Airport is set to receive $1.5 million to build a snow removal equipment building. The Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program is funding both grants.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gas prices have fallen 1.4 cents in Maine in the last week.
The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.49 a gallon, down 4.8 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists say an explosion of invasive green crabs that threatens Maine’s lucrative soft-shell clam industry appears to have tapered off, at least temporarily.
The crabs took over hundreds of acres of Maine mudflats last year, pressing regulators and fishermen into action to slow the crustacean’s rapid growth. But University of Maine at Machias marine ecology researcher Brian Beal says the amount of crabs is 10 percent of last year’s level at a key Freeport trapping site. He says anecdotes from around Maine’s coast suggest the same trend is happening elsewhere.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are accepting the final public comments about the proposed rules for the upcoming scallop fishing season.
The comments are due by 5 p.m. Monday. The 2014-15 proposal maintains the number of fishing days from last season. Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher says he expects to have to cut days if scallops become too heavily depleted during the season.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The granddaughter of Maine publishing magnate Guy Gannett says the family wants to repurchase his Augusta home from the state and turn it into a First Amendment museum.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The dispute between the city of Portland and the administration of Gov. Paul LePage over welfare benefits to some immigrants could heat up at the next city council meeting.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The trial of two Maine residents who sat on train tracks last year to block a train carrying crude oil will be held this week under unusual circumstances.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nova Star Cruises expects to announce this week details of winter work, something that’s necessary for the cruise ship to be profitable in its first year.
President Mark Amundsen said the company has lined up work to keep the ship busy this winter.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Southern Maine Community College and the University of New England are forming a partnership to allow students to transfer their credits.
Leaders from both institutions are gathering Monday to sign 16 transfer agreements ensuring students can transfer seamlessly from Southern Maine Community College programs to programs at the University of New England.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s annual moose hunting season is set to begin in a week.
The moose hunt starts Sept. 22 in eight of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts. The districts are all in far northern and northeastern Maine. More management districts open up Oct. 13, and others on Nov. 3. The hunt closes Nov. 29, with a Maine “resident only” day set for Nov. 1.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The foundation started by the grandson of L.L. Bean’s founder is giving almost $1 million to dozens of Maine nonprofits.
The John T. Gorman Foundation says that 62 nonprofit organizations throughout Maine will be given between $2,500 and $23,000 each.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — For the first time in decades, the Maine Statehouse dome is no longer its signature green.
Workers are nearing the end of a more than $1 million, months-long project to replace the century-old copper sheath, making the dome look like a shiny penny and setting the Capitol abuzz.
ORONO, Maine (AP) — University of Maine researchers are studying the impact of hemlock tree die-offs on the state’s freshwater forests.
UMaine stream ecology assistant professor Hamish Greig and Climate Change Institute Jacquelyn Gill are leading the researchers as they study past and present declines of the trees.
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine Climate Change Institute is hosting a conference next month about preparing for extreme weather events.
The Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainability Conference will take place Oct. 23 at the Wells Conference Center at the university’s main campus in Orono. University officials say the event is for business people, farmers, community planners and other interested residents and will cover subjects such as the spread of ticks and rising sea levels.