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  • Bath Iron Works union sues shipyard over job ‘reallocation’ plan

    AUGUSTA — The largest union at Bath Iron Works has sued the shipyard, alleging the company violated its contract with the workers by seeking to modify job descriptions outside of a formal contract negotiation. “There are more than 100 changes and additions to people’s job...

  • Portland orders building inspections after tenant dies in fall from porch

    PORTLAND — The death Wednesday of a Cumberland Avenue man prompted a city inspection of the apartment building where he lived, City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said Thursday. Donald Stain, 53, of 563 Cumberland Ave., was smoking a cigarette on a second-story porch when the raili...

  • Maine PUC says Central Maine Power must allow customers to refuse 'smart' electric meters

    AUGUSTA — Central Maine Power Co. customers who do not want "smart" electric meters will be able to opt out of the program, after a decision Tuesday by the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The PUC ruled that customers who do not want the wireless meters on their homes or businesses...

  • Casco Bay Lines union 'reluctantly' agrees to contract in Portland

    PORTLAND — It took more than two years, but Casco Bay Lines and its unionized employees have reached an agreement on a three-year contract. The two sides were deadlocked over issues like wage increases and health insurance when the dispute went to arbitration. The arbitrator i...

  • Portland city manager finalists to meet the public

    PORTLAND — Interim City Manager Patricia Finnigan and two Massachusetts managers are finalists for the city's top administrative job. Julian Suso of Framingham, Mass., and Mark Rees of North Andover, Mass., are expected to be in Portland on Friday to meet with the public. The City Co...

  • Tax hike of 2.5% likely after Yarmouth council OKs $10.7M municipal budget

    YARMOUTH — The Town Council unanimously approved a $10.65 million municipal budget that will maintain current services. Town Manager Nat Tupper said the budget was adopted by the council Thursday, May 5 without any changes. No residents offered public comment. The

  • Cumberland hopes to contain bulky waste disposal

    CUMBERLAND — With some residents using bulky waste collection week as a chance to dispose of large amounts of household trash, the town plans to improve its education campaign in time for the November collection.  Dudley Greeley of Mill Road guided the Town Council through an il...

  • Teachers may assume leadership at Portland elementary school

    PORTLAND — Starting next year, Reiche Elementary School may be run by a small group of teachers, rather than a full-time, professional administrator. The School Board on Tuesday was scheduled to conduct a first reading of a proposal that would make Reiche a teacher-led school. 

  • Portland budget approval, 2% tax hike, a quiet affair

    PORTLAND — The City Council Monday evening approved a nearly $202 million municipal budget for fiscal year 2012, an increase of about 1.2 percent over current spending. The municipal budget, combined with the previously approved school budget of $89.5 million, will increase the prope...

  • Waynflete School gets $2M grant for scholarship endowment

    PORTLAND — A $2 million grant will allow a local private school to establish a permanent endowment for gifted and talented students. Waynflete School said in a press release on May 12 it was awarded the grant from the Malone Family Foundation, established in 1997 to improve education...