Maine by the numbers

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Maine Retail Sales

Q4 – 2013

$4.53 Billion

Q4 – 2012

$4.45 Billion

Source: State of Maine

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News from January 28, 2014

January 29

Maine House votes for new 'dental therapist' program

The profession could do limited work on teeth under the bill, aimed at improving access to dental care.

January 28

Hemp cultivation poised to go legit after decades-long ban

The latest federal farm bill agreement would allow farmers once again to grow marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin.

January 29

Stores display mannequins that look more like us

A shift to more realistic shapes includes bulges, sags – and tattoos.

January 29

Maine’s December jobless rate falls to 6.2 percent

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that 44,300 Mainers were unemployed, down 6,500 over the year.

January 28

Portland officials to see new Thompson’s Point master plan

The $110 million plans call for redeveloping the site into a business, arts, sports and transportation complex.

January 28

On the Move

People in business

January 28

Why the wealth gap matters

President Obama calls it ‘the defining challenge of our time’ and a Gallup poll finds two-thirds of American’s are unhappy with the nation’s distribution of wealth.

January 28

Maine bill aims to protect franchise owners

L.D. 1458 seeks to offer added protections to franchisees of many companies.

January 28


January 28

International Marine Terminal getting new reach stacker

The equipment will be used to move containers around the terminal.

January 28

Unitil requests unusual midwinter rate hike for Mainers

Regulators will decide soon whether to allow the 10% jump, which the company blames on extreme cold and high demand.

January 28

In State of the Union, ideas to close income gap relevant for Mainers

Obama is likely to focus on the disparity, which is growing in Maine, but not as big as in other areas.