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News from April 10, 2013

April 10, 2013

LePage won't say whether he'd veto increase in minimum wage

The bill, which would incrementally raise the minimum wage to $9 per hour by 2016, won final House approval Tuesday. In the Senate, lawmakers are still working out the cost of the bill.

April 10, 2013

FairPoint to eliminate 90 jobs across Maine, N.H., Vt.

The company is unable to say yet how many jobs will be cut in Maine.

April 10, 2013

Headlines revive memories of '80s supply-side economics

It's been most of three decades since debate over "supply-side" economic policies was at the center of U.S. politics. But have those ideas been abandoned, or are they just awaiting their moment of return?

April 10, 2013

Metals, energy send Dow surging

The Dow Jones industrial average gains nearly 60 points and hits its second all-time high in a week.

April 10, 2013


April 10, 2013

It’s the end of the lines for Hostess

A bankruptcy court judge OKs sales of the company’s last major cake and bread brands Tuesday.

April 10, 2013

Alleged leaks at auditor cause trouble for Herbalife, Skechers

KPMG fires the person accused in the insider trading and resigns as the companies’ auditor.

April 10, 2013

Can new CEO pull Penney back from cliff?

The odds are against Mike Ullman, since few retailers have survived a 25% sales plunge in a single year.