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Wood chips are dumped from a truck at Covanta Energy's West Enfield facility in this January 2016 file photo.

Here’s an early look at how Maine’s biomass bailout money is being spent

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 12, 2017, at 7:42 a.m.
In January, two biomass generators tallied their first payments under a state subsidy program, taking in more than $241,000 from a $13.4 million pool of taxpayer dollars.
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Geneva Belden looks down the hallway at her home in Bangor on Jan. 19. Belden fell on two occasions under the watch of service provider Branches. While those injuries were not necessarily caused by abuse or neglect, the state should have investigated those cases but never did.

Investigations into the abuse of disabled adults in Maine have slowed, without explanation

By Danielle McLean on Feb. 12, 2017, at 7:30 a.m.
“There’s a lot of people out there who need help, and they aren’t getting it,” Geneva Belden said. “And I feel bad for them. I think the state should do their job.”
Photo from December 2016 storm.

Emera Maine prepares for major storm

By Julie Harris on Feb. 10, 2017, at 10:51 p.m.

Sears could close more stores, cut jobs in effort to cut $1 billion in 2017

By Lauren Zumbach, Chicago Tribune on Feb. 10, 2017, at 8:05 p.m.

Amazon warns that trade protectionism could hurt business

By Jeffrey Dastin, Reuters on Feb. 10, 2017, at 8:03 p.m.
Pickering Square in Bangor.

Bangor leaders to discuss new options for relocating city bus depot

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 10, 2017, at 3:55 p.m.
“Our overall goal is to create a better public space at Pickering. It’s a little bleak.”

E2Tech Maine Cleantech Open Kick-off & Winter Networking Reception

By Jeff Marks on Feb. 10, 2017, at 3:14 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage uses a model of a home selling solar power to the electric grid during a press conference at the State House to decry a recent decision by the Public Utilities Commission that he says will force Maine ratepayers to subsidize the solar industry.

LePage urges Maine utility regulators to resign over solar decision

By Darren Fishell and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff on Feb. 10, 2017, at 1 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage said Friday he would urge the three-member Maine Public Utilities Commission “to resign in a heartbeat.”
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Woodland Senior Living of Brewer welcomes new executive director

By Kristen Gilley on Feb. 10, 2017, at 11:48 a.m.

Maine lawmakers eye new protections for electricity customers

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 10, 2017, at 6:49 a.m.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to cap the price electricity resellers can charge to residential customers and limit automatic signups, after an investigative series by the Bangor Daily News that found competitive electricity providers have cost Mainers millions.
Snow blankets the supersized L.L. Bean Boot outside the Freeport retailer's Main Street store in this January 2015 file photo.

LL Bean offers employee buyouts, ends contributions to company pension plan

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 09, 2017, at 4:20 p.m.
The changes “are designed to ensure L.L. Bean continues to be a thriving outdoor company for the next hundred years and beyond,” company Executive Chairman Shawn Gorman said in a statement.
Snowplows clear the aprons at Bangor International Airport in December 2009. A computer system controlling the airfield lights at the airport is undergoing an emergency upgrade after officials determined the system was unstable.

BIA makes emergency purchase to replace ‘unstable’ airfield lighting computer system

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 09, 2017, at 1:55 p.m.
“The previous system, and the backup system … are a security risk for viruses and malware attacks.”
 A sign at the office building of health insurer Anthem is seen in Los Angeles, California, Feb. 5, 2015.

US court blocks Anthem-Cigna deal, dealing blow to consolidation

By Diane Bartz and Caroline Humer, Reuters on Feb. 09, 2017, at 10:54 a.m.
A federal judge Wednesday ruled against U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc.’s proposed $54 billion merger with smaller rival Cigna Corp., derailing an unprecedented effort to consolidate the country’s health insurance industry.

Tonight’s St. Joe’s Bangor Physician Meet and Greet Postponed

By St. Joseph Healthcare on Feb. 09, 2017, at 8:31 a.m.
Downtown Bangor at sunset

Bangor leaders want to tap savings to buy buses, fix building

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 09, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
The City Council Finance Committee wants the council to allocate $1.6 million from the city’s undesignated fund balance to save taxpayers money next year.

MPRC Hosts Live Panel Discussion with Maine Journalists

By Maine Public Relations Council on Feb. 08, 2017, at 2:36 p.m.
Brig. Gen. Douglas Farnham, adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, speaks about the Maine Military Authority's contract with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority during a press conference on Sept. 28, 2016, at the Loring Commerce Centre in Limestone.

Maine Military Authority future may hinge on supplemental budget request

By Anthony Brino on Feb. 08, 2017, at 1:35 p.m.
“We need to at least break even going forward.”

Town of Greenbush Press Release

By Gilberte Mayo on Feb. 08, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.
Sappi North America announced plans to invest $165 million in it's Skowhegan mill.

Sappi to pump $165 million into Skowhegan mill

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 08, 2017, at 10:52 a.m.
Sappi Ltd. plans to spend $165 million on its No. 1 paper machine at its Skowhegan mill, which it said will increase the machine’s overall capacity and ability to produce consumer packaging products by early 2018.
Students study in a dorm room at the University of Maine, Orono in April of 2013.

Universities finding ways to keep debt off books in dorm arms race

By Martin Z. Braun, Bloomberg on Feb. 08, 2017, at 8:54 a.m.
“Some universities are choosing a strategy of sticking to their knitting and divesting itself of anything that’s not purely academic.”
 

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