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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 October 7, 2013

October 7, 2013

Consumer borrowing beats projections as wealth rises

Loans for education and vehicles are heavy as the credit increase in August reaches $13.6 billion.

October 8, 2013

New $100 bill heads to banks Tuesday

The bills will have high-tech features designed to thwart counterfeiters and took more than a decade to develop.

October 7, 2013

Maine rustic furniture maker lets nature take the lead

The raw materials at Randy Holden’s studio are likely to be roots and antlers.

October 7, 2013

Stocks fall as shutdown drags on

Investors focus on one thing: Avoiding a government default.

October 7, 2013

Families worldwide hoard cash five years after crisis

The implications are huge: Shunning debt and spending less can be good for one family’s finances, but when hundreds of millions do it together, it can starve the global economy.

October 7, 2013

New Portland-Nova Scotia ferry ship had past safety issue

But the weight capacity won’t be a problem in the Gulf of Maine because of lighter cargo, officials say.

October 7, 2013

Cities scrutinize the future of costly pension programs

Detroit’s bankruptcy is seen as a warning and lesson.