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Market Value of Assets in State Employees Trust Fund

June 2013

$160,350,000

June 2012

$139,897,000

Source: State of Maine, Bartel Associates Inc.

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News from January 3, 2014

January 3

Lawsuit alleges Facebook scans private messages

The company says there is no merit to the claims that the social network profits by profiling users’ Web activity and sharing the data with marketers.

January 4

York County hospitals complete merger

Southern Maine Medical Center and Goodall Hospital will now be known as Southern Maine Health Care.

January 3

USDA opens door to new herbicide-resistant seeds

Some corn and soybean farmers have eagerly anticipated a new generation of resistant seeds as weeds immune to Monsanto’s Roundup become more common.

January 4

Type of oil involved in recent rail explosions may be riskier, regulator says Several photos included in this story

The agency’s findings may expedite the rail industry’s push for stronger tank cars for moving crude and other hazardous materials.

January 3

Beanie Baby maker seeks probation for tax evasion

Billionaire H. Ty Warner could get up to 57 months in prison for having secret Swiss accounts.

January 3

Jobless aid application data signal solid hiring

Requests for benefits fell last week and appear to have stabilized at pre-recession levels.

January 3

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January 3

Retailers watch for fraudulent returns

The problem costs the industry about $9 billion a year, a trade group reports.

January 3

Macy’s, Martha Stewart settle J.C. Penney lawsuit

But Macy’s says its own lawsuit against J.C. Penney is still ongoing.

January 3

Ecomaine’s big surplus means municipalities may get windfall

The trash-burning plant’s board may end a $2.5 million annual charge, but a critic says it also could return money to member communities.