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Maine’s Taxable Retail Sales for Food Stores

January 2014

$119.6 Million

January 2013

$115.2 Million

Source: Maine Revenue Services

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News from January 13, 2014

January 13

Ford bets big on aluminum with F-150 truck

The goal is to create a truck as strong as the previous version, but with greater fuel economy and towing and cargo capacity.

January 14

Supreme Court won’t hear Maine farmers’ appealed lawsuit against Monsanto

 The farmers had filed a ‘pre-emptive’ lawsuit in case their fields ever became contaminated with Monsanto’s genetically modified, patented seeds.

January 13

Raytheon resumes Navy radar job for Arleigh Burke destroyers

The upgraded radar will be installed on ships built at Bath Iron Works in Maine and at the Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Mississippi.

January 13

Jim Beam to be acquired by Japanese beverage company

The deal comes at a time when the taste for bourbon – a type of American whisky – continues to grow both domestically and abroad.

January 14

Maine lawsuit claims deficiencies in building of state fiber-optic network

But operator Maine Fiber denies a lack of system connections is limiting access to high-speed Internet, and that it broke federal funding rules on the project.

January 13

Dunkin’ Brands plots further expansion in 2014

Dunkin’ is working to expand in the western U.S., and said it has deals to open nearly 100 locations in California.

January 13

Bids due this week for bankrupt Montreal, Maine & Atlantic railroad

The minimum bid is $15.7 million for the railroad responsible for the July disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people.

January 13

Aluminum Revolution: Ford introduces a new F-150 Several photos included in this story

The change is Ford’s response to small-business owners’ desire for a more fuel-efficient and nimble truck. If it is a success, use of aluminum could expand rapidly at the expense of steel.

January 13

Ice castle becomes tourist attraction in N.H. Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The castle has 58 towers, plus a waterfall and an enclosed slide. At night, the castle is lit by color-changing LED lights embedded in the ice.

January 13

Southwest flight lands at wrong Missouri airport

It’s the second time in less than two months that a large jet has landed at the wrong airport.

January 13

Scarborough Downs could operate slots if bill passes

It is one of several measures that would expand gambling in Maine without approval by voters statewide.