Belfast Receives $150,000 Grant to Help Small Businesses

BELFAST - The City of Belfast is getting a $150,000 grant to support its local businesses. The Community Development Block Grant is a Micro-Enterprise Assistance Grant to help fund improvements for small businesses.

Child Pornography Plea

BANGOR - A well-known local DJ and member of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame appeared in court for his trial this morning, where he was facing child pornography charges.

Michaud Says VA Claims Backlog "Unacceptable"

Maine Congressman Mike Michaud says the backlog of claims for veterans' benefits is "unacceptable."  The Second District Democrat and other House members have introduced a package of bills they say will help clear up a backlog that now totals about 600-thousand claims.  Michaud says some veterans have been waiting years for disability claims to be approved.

Anonymous Investor Pumps $3-Million Into MOOMilk

The organic milk producer Maine's Own Organic Milk, known as MOOMilk is three-million dollars healthier.  An anonymous investor put three-million dollars into the company this week, and the CEO says that should provide stable finances for the foreseeable future.  MOOMilk pumps out eleven-thousand gallons of milk each week from a dozen farms in the state.  CEO Bill Eldridge says the three-million-dollar investment puts the company on solid financial footing for the first time in the four years since it opened.

Bankrupt Business Knocks Out Phone, Internet For 2,300 Mainers

More than two-thousand Mainers lost phone and Internet service because their phone company didn't pay its bill.  Customers of USA Telephone found themselves cut off this week because the company stopped paying its service provider, Fairpoint Communications.  USA Telephone notified customers that it's going out of business and would stop providing service on June 14th.  Fairpoint says USA Telephone has quit paying for service.  Fairpoint will restore Mainers' phone and Internet connections, but they'll have to find new service providers by that June 14th date.   

Maine Lawmakers Won't Cut Pay Before Next Year

Augusta - Maine lawmakers won't be cutting their own pay, even if the government shuts down.  The Legislature's State and Local Government Committee on Wednesday voted to put off a bill that would have cut lawmakers' pay if they don't get a budget passed into law.  The 5-4 committee vote means the soonest anything will happen on the issue is next year's legislative session.  Maine's constitution requires a balanced budget to be enacted by June 30th every two years, or most government agencies must shut down.

Maine Home Sales, Prices Up

Maine home sales and home prices are going up.  The Maine Association of Realtors reports that home sales jumped nearly 14-percent in April.  And those homes are bringing higher prices.  The median selling price went up more than four-percent last month, to just under 175-thousand dollars.
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