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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 30, 2013

April 30, 2013

Maine liquor deal will have no upfront fee

The panel drafting the proposal fails to discuss the more controversial aspects of the contract.

April 30, 2013

Maine Legislature kills tax exemption for gold, silver

Proponents saw the measure as a way to siphon some coin trade show business away from New Hampshire.

April 30, 2013

Maine businesses speak out against east-west highway

At a hearing, they back bills to slow or kill the project, which they say would divert traffic needed to survive.

April 30, 2013

U.S. home prices up 9.3%, most in nearly 7 years

In Maine, sales of homes in March rise 8.34 percent over a year ago, while prices increase 6.25 percent.

April 30, 2013

Tech stocks propel S&P 500 to record

IBM and Microsoft lead the way as investors get over their worries about missed revenue targets.

April 30, 2013

Datebook



April 30, 2013

Google Now aims to take bite out of Apple's market share

 An app offers iPhone and iPad owners the option of hearing from a voice that isn't Siri.

April 30, 2013

J.C. Penney secures financing



April 30, 2013

Briefcase



April 30, 2013

Spaceship smashes sound barrier

 The test flight brings Branson's Virgin Galactic enterprise closer to flying passengers into space.

April 30, 2013

Data show consumer spending picking up the pace

A monthly report has the biggest rate of increase for spending in more than two years.

April 30, 2013

On the Move



April 30, 2013

New sources of caffeine spur FDA to look at effect on kids

 Critics say it's not enough for the food companies to say they are marketing their products with caffeine to adults.

April 30, 2013

Testimony: Environment key in Maine mining rules

 As the DEP writes regulations to implement a new law, backers and opponents urge legislators to protect the Maine landscape.