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CDC officials deflect blame in document-shredding probe

AUGUSTA — After six hours of testimony Friday from the six current and former Maine Center for Disease Control officials at the heart of a state document-shredding probe, two things became clear. Deputy Director Christine Zukas told employees to destroy public documents related to fu... 19


LePage turns in signatures to qualify for November ballot

AUGUSTA — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has turned in his signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot. LePage made a brief appearance at the secretary of state's office, where supporters gathered Friday. Democratic challenger, Rep. Mike Michaud, submitted his petitions earli... 5


PAC re-registers to support Cutler's gubernatorial campaign

AUGUSTA — Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler, who in December announced that he will campaign “unbought” and without help from political action committees, said Friday that he has no control over a PAC set up recently for his campaign’s benefit. The Cam... 4


Androscoggin County GOP Committee to meet in Auburn

AUBURN — The Androscoggin County Republican Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 17, at Auburn Hall, second floor. Nominations will be held for register of probate and a section of the bylaws will be reviewed.


Federal DOE grants an additional $1.7 million for Maine schools

Maine was one of 10 states awarded additional federal grant money Thursday to turn around struggling schools. It's part of the same pot of funds awarded to Lewiston last year for


Live coverage: Government Oversight Committee questioning of CDC officials in document-shredding probe

AUGUSTA — Five Maine Center for Disease Control officials are to appear before the Legislature's Government Oversight Committee at 9 a.m. Friday in a document-shredding probe. The questioning will appear live on The Sun Journal also will offer live Twitter updates via... 11


Federal report details Maine’s efforts to root out Medicaid fraud

Maine investigations of Medicaid fraud resulted in nearly $7.5 million in recoveries in fiscal year 2013, according to new federal data. Nearly all of that money, which includes funds due to the federal government, was owed by drug makers to settle civil charges, including improper marketi...


Maine DHHS taps patient advocate to head Riverview Psychiatric Hospital

AUGUSTA – Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew has appointed Robert “Jay” Harper, a veteran of state government, as the acting superintendent at Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta. The appointment comes on the heels of ... 1


Maine Senate passes Medicaid expansion bill without a veto-proof majority

AUGUSTA — After more than three hours of debate on a Republican compromise to a Democratic effort to expand Maine's low-income health care program, known as MaineCare, the compromise passed 22-13 Wednesday in the state Senate. The measure failed to garner the 24 votes it would need t... 5


Our View: LePage resorts to failed tactics of war on drugs

After 40 years and countless billions spent, 82 percent of Americans feel the long-running war on drugs has failed. Somehow, with just a little more money ... 4