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    January 26, 2010

    Environmental activist asks court to halt offshore wind power project

    A Rockland man, who for much of the past two decades has tackled a variety of environmental issues, has gone to court to halt the proposed demonstration wind power project off Monhegan Island. Ron Huber claimed in his appeal filed Jan. 26 in Knox County Superior Court that the designation of waters off Monhegan as a test site violates his constitutional rights to practice his religious stewardship of Penobscot …

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    January 26, 2010

    Local legislators oppose bill for mandatory sick leave

    Local legislators are lining up against a bill that would require businesses to provide paid sick leave for workers. LD 1665, titled “An act to prevent the spread of H1N1,” is sponsored by state Senate president and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Elizabeth Mitchell of Vassalboro. The bill requires a business with 25 or more employees to give a maximum of 52 accrued hours of paid sick leave per year to any …

  • Published
    January 26, 2010

    Republican to challenge incumbent Midcoast House member

    A Republican candidate has filed her intent to challenge an incumbent Democratic House member from the Midcoast. Wendy Pelletier of Hope has filed paperwork with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices as a first step to be a publicly financed candidate for the Maine House District 44 seat. That seat is held by Democratic Rep. Andrew O’Brien of Lincolnville. O’Brien, who is serving …

  • Published
    January 20, 2010

    State figures show holiday season began with lower sales

    The slump in retail sales continued with the start of the holiday season as November purchases were down from a year earlier. This was the 16th straight month that sales were down compared with the previous year. But for the second consecutive month, the decline was less steep than during the spring and summer, according to figures provided by the Maine Bureau of Revenue Services. Overall retail sales in the …

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    January 4, 2010

    Pen Bay Healthcare OKs merger with MaineHealth

    The Pen Bay Healthcare Board of Trustees gave its unanimous support Monday night to the local health care system becoming a full member of the MaineHealth corporation. The 280 Pen Bay Healthcare incorporators are tentatively scheduled to meet Tuesday, Jan. 12 to make the final local vote. The incorporators are residents of the region served by Pen Bay Healthcare. Pen Bay Healthcare President and Chief …

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