Gov. Paul LePage said Maine's economy is growing, but he's urging Mainers to remember those who're struggling. LePage said in his Christmas message that he hopes to use his final year "to continue to fight for the future of Maine" and make the state a better place for generations to follow.

MaineHousing Deputy Director Peter Merrill is stepping up to serve as interim director upon John Gallagher’s retirement next week. Merrill has served as deputy director for more than five years and has been with the agency for more than two decades. Gallagher announced his retirement in November.

A scary moment for a cashier at the Family Dollar store in Unity. The clerk was robbed at gunpoint Christmas Eve. The robber was given an undisclosed amount of cash. A police dog was unable to follow the suspect’s track. Police did not immediately release any information about the suspect.

A Maine robotics company is one of four companies competing to build the Army's next generation of battlefield support vehicles. The Army wants unmanned vehicles to reduce the burden on soldiers by carrying heavy ammunition and supplies into combat. The Army is expected to order thousands of the units by 2020.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is looking to train the next generation of Maine beekeepers. The cooperative extension this winter is offering courses for beginners and workshops on honeybee diseases, swarm management and how to handle queen bees. The courses start next week.