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Single-Family Housing Permits Authorized in Maine

February 2014

141

February 2013

129

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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News from April 18, 2013

April 18, 2013

Portland music venues become a duet

State Theatre is acquiring Port City Music Hall with plans for renovations and more local music shows.

April 19, 2013

SWAT-Bot: A safer approach to crime Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Maine's Howe twins apply their technological wizardry to a dangerous aspect of police work.

April 18, 2013

Nokia cuts losses but sales continue to plummet

Mobile phone sales volumes fell across the globe in the first three months of the year, especially in China, which saw a 60 percent drop.

April 18, 2013

State backs loosening of blue laws in Maine

The latest bill would allow more stores to open for business on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

April 18, 2013

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April 18, 2013

Car sales plummet in Europe

 Europe's debt crisis is seen as the key factor, as consumers are leery of big-ticket purchases.

April 18, 2013

Bank of America settles one more mortgage lawsuit



April 18, 2013

Pirates sign five-year deal to stay in Portland

20130417_CCCCPirates The Cumberland County Civic Center is in the midst of a $34 million renovation.