News from June 8, 2013

June 13, 2013

Backyard coops provide urban respite, generate cackling at city halls

Backyard chicken farming arrived in Maine cities about five years ago, when communities from South Portland to Bangor debated whether to allow the practice in urban settings.

June 13, 2013

Region's electric grid operator wants to armor against winter blackouts

Worried that there might not be enough natural gas in New England this winter to keep all the lights on reliably, the region's electric grid operator wants oil-fired power plants to stockpile 4.2 million barrels of oil by Dec. 1, for backup.

June 13, 2013

Bill would woo movie, TV production companies with tax break

A bill before the Legislature, offering an income tax break on some film productions, might prompt Hollywood to reconsider Maine as a destination for their TV shows and movies.

June 13, 2013

Oakland trash boss wants to bring butterfly effect to town's landfill Several photos included in this story

Johnny Thomas, 62, manager of the Oakland transfer station, wants to festoon his landfill with wildflowers, aiding the flight of migrating butterflies and hummingbirds.

June 13, 2013

HP makes laptop pitch to Maine educators

While HP won a recent competition, school administrators can still choose to buy from Apple.

June 13, 2013

Bill Nemitz: First the budget vote, then the other shoe drops



June 13, 2013

Ogunquit would be first to ban pesticides outright

Residents will decide Tuesday whether to prohibit chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides on all local property.

June 13, 2013

Immigration reform comes with potential benefits for Maine

Apple farmers, hotel owners, high-tech companies and refugee advocates say the bill makes needed policy changes.

June 13, 2013

Man stabbed in Portland's Old Port

Police are investigating a stabbing in downtown Portland.