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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 May 17, 2013

May 18, 2013

Old Orchard Beach butter maker faces loss of license

The owners of Kate's Homemade Butter fail to attend a key meeting.

May 17, 2013

Regulators to fishermen: Don't blame catch observers

The open letter to fishermen comes after onboard monitors report increased verbal abuse at a time of strict catch limits.

May 17, 2013

Budget cuts cast cloud over future of air shows Several photos included in this story

An industry group says air shows pump about $1.5 billion into the national economy, but without the military flyings acts, the shows don't go on.

May 17, 2013

Beer being created to honor slain MIT officer

The beer, a dry Irish stout, has the approval of Sean Collier's family, and $1 from each sale will go to Collier's favorite charity, the Jimmy Fund.

May 17, 2013

Maine's unemployment rate reaches four-year low

 Maine's unemployment rate dipped under 7 percent in April, the first time it has done that since December 2008.

May 17, 2013

Organic industry clout grows with consumer demand

Tensions between conventional and organic agriculture boil over during a House Agriculture Committee debate on a farm bill that has for decades propped up traditional crops and largely ignored organics.

May 17, 2013

Already public documents remain part of bribery lawsuit



May 17, 2013

Walmart feels pain of lower-income families

Slower than expected growth in the first quarter shows the recovery remains spotty.

May 17, 2013

Briefcase



May 17, 2013

Venezuelans fearing bathroom emergency

 A sudden scarcity of toilet paper has caused alarm even in a nation used to shortages.

May 17, 2013

First quarter lifts airlines

U.S. airlines still lost money in the quarter, but not as much as during the same period in 2012.

May 17, 2013

Gates back on top as richest man



May 17, 2013

J.C. Penney reports plunge in revenue

The retailer's loss widens in the first quarter, the fifth straight with massive declines.

May 17, 2013

Passengers who travel light board earlier on American

 The airline says the change will speed up the boarding process, helping improve on-time performance.

May 17, 2013

Biddeford's arts scene draws college

 Heartwood College of Art's founder Berri Kramer: 'It feels like stepping into a community that is already culturally aware.'