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Hackers target Maine school systems for employees’ personal data

Hackers target Maine school systems for employees’ personal data

Unidentified computer hackers posing as a district's school superintendent tried to trick multiple Maine school departments into handing over employees' personal data, and succeeded in gaining confidential information in at least one case.

The extent of the email scam came to light recently after Brunswick Superintendent Paul Perzanoski apologized to employees for mistakenly sending their W-2 forms, which contain tax data, to a fake email address.

Debate over Clean Power Plan continues

Debate over Clean Power Plan continues

While several Maine environmental groups are working to win support for the federal government's Clean Power Plan; more than two dozen states, utilities, labor unions and trade associations continue to oppose the plan.

Aimed at combating climate change, the Clean Power Plan proposes tough measures to slash carbon emissions from power generation plants by around a third of 2005 levels by the year 2030.

Maine’s change to presidential primary vote would cost taxpayers more than $1M

Maine’s change to presidential primary vote would cost taxpayers more than $1M

The proposed change that would move Maine back to a statewide presidential primary vote would cost the state's taxpayers more than $1 million, according to Secretary of State Matt Dunlap's estimate.

The Secretary of State's Office recently said that a rough estimate suggested that the taking the state back to a presidential primary vote would cost taxpayers in the range of $1 million to more than $2 million, depending on the time of the election.

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Maine senators deal potentially fatal blow to ‘resort casino bill’

Maine senators deal potentially fatal blow to ‘resort casino bill’

Maine senators on Monday dealt a potentially fatal blow to resort casino bill that proposed to build a resort-style casino in the southern part of the state.

The controversial bill fell two votes short, as senators voted 16-18 to disapprove the bill. Then, the senators voted to concur with the Maine House of Representatives that last week voted 83-61 to defeat the bill.

Taken together, the voting by the Senate and the House of Representatives, indicate that the measure will not be able to make it through the state Legislature this year.

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More than 100 sugarhouses participate in Maine Maple Sunday

More than 100 sugarhouses participate in Maine Maple Sunday

More than one hundred sugarhouses across the state of Maine opened their doors for people to enjoy sweet maple treats on the fourth Sunday of March, commonly called Maine Maple Sunday.

Maine Maple Sunday is a popular tradition and the state is one of the largest maple syrup producers in the United States, with capability of adding more than $30 million to the economy every year.

Maine launches conservation project to protect wild brook trout habitat

Maine launches conservation project to protect wild brook trout habitat

A new conservation project has been launched in northwestern Maine to protect more than eight thousand acres of prime habitat for wild deer and prime brook trout.

Launched on Friday, the Cold Stream Forest conservation project marked the first time when funds from “Land For Maine’s Future (LMF)” have been used to protect a wildlife habitat. The 8,159-acre habitat in question is situated near “The Forks” at the convergence of the Kennebec and Dead rivers in Somerset County.

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Maine’s civilian labor force on the decline

Maine’s civilian labor force on the decline

The Maine Department of Labor on Friday released fresh unemployment data showing a significant decline in the state’s civilian labor force over the past couple of years that ended in February.

Fresh stats show a 4 per cent decline in Maine’s civilian labor force over the two-year period, and a 5 per cent decline from the state’s recent high recorded in August 2013. It may be noted here that the labor force is the pooled number of workers and job-seekers.

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