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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 March 29, 2013

March 29, 2013

Portland's Empire Dine and Dance sold, will temporarily close

One of the city’s liveliest music venues has been sold, and when it reopens, it will have returned to its Asian roots.

March 29, 2013

Oxford Casino to be sold for $160 million

Oxford Casino Churchill Downs will pay cash for the 10-month-old casino, whose ownership is faulted for selling to an out-of-state firm.

March 29, 2013

Drone industry worries about privacy backlash Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Success on the battlefield may contain the seeds of trouble for the more benign uses of drones at home.

March 29, 2013

Maine jobless rate unchanged at 7.3%

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 51,700 Maine workers were unemployed in February, down 300 over the year.

March 29, 2013

EPA taking aim at auto emissions, sulfur in gas

The EPA says reducing sulfur in gasoline and cleaning up auto emissions would yield billions of dollars in health benefits by 2030. But the oil industry and others are pressing the EPA to delay the rule.

March 29, 2013

Growth rate rose in fourth quarter

The uptick in the fourth-quarter GDP was mainly due to an increased gain in business investment.

March 29, 2013

Poll: Despite financial gains, half of women fear poverty



March 29, 2013

Blackberry surprises investors with profit

Ongoing cost reductions and Z10 numbers get the credit, but about 3 million subscribers jumped ship.

March 29, 2013

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March 29, 2013

S&P 500 closes above record high from 2007



March 29, 2013

Weekly jobless claims highest since February



March 29, 2013

Lines but no panic as Cyprus banks open



March 28, 2013

Hopes high as shipper starts Maine service

The ship due to arrive Friday holds just 40 containers as direct service from Portland to Europe resumes after 33 years.