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With a workforce that once peaked at more than 500, the Maine Military Authority at the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone was nationally known for its ability to retrofit thousands of Humvee vehicles for the National Guard.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Community College System has requested a 13 percent increase in state funding with a bulk of the new money set to go toward the expansion of workforce development programs.

The Portland Press Herald reports Maine’s allocation to the seven-campus system would jump from $62 million in 2017 to $70 million in 2019 if the increase is approved by lawmakers.

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The Maine Association of Broadcasters has announced the recipients of the 2016 MAB News and Creative Awards, honoring the best of Maine broadcasting. Maine Public received five awards across a broad range of specialties in the competition’s Television category.

Each year the Maine Association of Broadcasters honors “the best of the best” work from member stations based on the judging results from state broadcast associations in other states. The 2016 awards reflect work completed between June 2015 and May 2016.

PORTLAND, Maine - Personal income in Maine rose seven-tenths of a percent in this year's 2nd quarter, federal figures show, but Maine still ranks 45th among states.

Earnings generated more than half of the increase, reflecting a rise in paychecks being seen around the nation. 

AUGUSTA, Maine - The commissioner of Maine's Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, General Douglas Farnham, says he plans to meet with Massachusetts Transit Authority officials next week over contract costs at the Maine Military Authority.

General Farnham says he has been in contact with officials at the MBTA to set up a meeting next week to discuss the costs the authority is incurring in refurbishing the dual power buses.

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Gov. Paul LePage last week said he was putting a halt to a $19 million bus rehab contract between Maine and the operators of the Massachusetts “T” because Maine had underbid the project.

But workers at the former Loring Air Force base are still on the job this week, and the state’s adjutant general says he’s hopeful that Maine and the Boston-area transit system can find a way to complete the project.

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Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is putting the brakes on a multimillion-dollar contract to refurbish public transit vehicles for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority.

In 2014, the Maine Military Authority won a $19 million contract to rehab 32 articulated commuter buses for the Boston-area transit system, known as the MBTA. The goal was to stem job losses at the Loring Development Authority.

Susan Faloon, a spokeswoman for the Maine Emergency Management Agency, says it recently became apparent that the deal was a money-loser for Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine - Bath Iron Works has announced that it plans to lay off 30 workers immediately and eliminate another 130 positions over time.

But Rich Nolan, president of the Machinists' Union local S6, says those layoffs won't affect union members."As I understand, salaried personnel," he says. "It will not affect any members of local s6."

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One of the big questions raised by the ballot initiative to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in Maine is what effect it will have on the state’s medical marijuana program and the mom-and-pop economy it has created.

A new report warns that Maine’s economy will need an infusion of new workers, including immigrants, in order to achieve any future growth.

The report issued by the Maine Development Foundation and the Maine State Chamber is blunt. It says Maine faces a projected shortage of workers as more people age and retire.

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States that have legalized marijuana are contending with a new criminal tactic — smugglers who grow and process it for export to states where it’s illegal and worth a lot more.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The company that's developing the former Portland Company site at Fore Street in Portland today unveiled its plan for the $250 million mixed-use site.

The redevelopment of the 960,000-square-foot parcel is one of the biggest projects ever proposed in Portland, and the subject of a long permitting process.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Mercy Hospital has laid off 31 of its nearly 1,500 employees almost two months after it offered retirement buyouts to 99 people.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the Portland hospital cut workers in building maintenance, housekeeping, environmental services and other clinical and administrative positions.

No doctors or nurses were affected by the move. But some nurses were eligible for the buyouts.

LEWISTON, Maine - A new report finds that Maine's forest products industry supports more than 33,000 jobs and will contribute about $8.5 billion to the state's economy this year, despite recent job losses and mill closures. 

PORTLAND, Maine - There's mixed news for Maine's metropolitan areas on the economic growth front, according to new numbers out today from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Among the three metro areas in Maine that the bureau tracks, the Portland-South Portland region saw the most growth: Its gross domestic product grew 1.4 percent, from $27.8 billion in 2014 to $28.9 billion in 2015. Bangor's economy grew 1 percent.  But in the Lewiston-Auburn area, the GDP actually shrank, by 2.8 percent.

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