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LePage requests disaster relief for December's ice storm

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage is asking for federal disaster relief for all 16 counties for damage from the December ice storm. LePage said Monday that the request documents more than $1.8 million in damage from the ice storm that knocked out power to more than 160,000 homes and busines... 1


Auburn Democrats to caucus

AUBURN — Auburn City Democrats will caucus Sunday, March 2, at Auburn Middle School. Doors open at noon. The city clerk will register unenrolled and recently relocated Democrats from noon to 1 p.m. Check-in and seating will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. The caucus convenes at 1:15...

5:08pm Sun Journal

CDC office manager asks to join whistle-blower suit

A Maine Center of Disease Control & Prevention office manager wants to join the whistle-blower lawsuit filed by a former Maine CDC division director. And the suit plans to accuse additional CDC officials — Deputy Director Christine Zukas and Office of Minority Health and Health E... 8


Lawmakers vote to subpoena Maine CDC officials involved in document-shredding probe

AUGUSTA — Lawmakers on the Government Oversight Committee voted Friday to subpoena officials at the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention to appear before the committee. The committee had invited five CDC officials to provide information Friday about the destruction of pu... 9


State forecasts revenue surplus but not enough to solve budget woes

AUGUSTA — Hopes expressed by lawmakers earlier this month that higher-than-projected state revenues associated with the improving economy would help solve budget woes shriveled Friday when new data showed that little has changed from previous predictions. A panel of experts on the st...

12:00am Sun Journal

Our View: CDC employees are entitled to legal counsel

On Thursday, the Sun Journal published a front-page report on the fees to be paid to private lawyers hired to defend Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention employees in a federal whistleblower lawsuit. Attorney General Janet Mil... 4


Maine DoC wants 'shoot-to-kill' rule for Windham prison

AUGUSTA — Officials at the Maine Department of Corrections say they want to change the rules for attempted prison breaks at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham. Unlike guards at the Maine State Prison in Warren, guards at the Windham facility are not allowed to shoot to kill if ... 1


Bill to arm Maine forest rangers moves towards House vote

AUGUSTA — An issue that's ricocheted around the State House for nearly two years appears to be on its way to a vote before the Legislature soon. On Thursday, members on the Legislature's Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee agreed Maine Forest Service rangers should be al...


Maine House kills bill that would add religious protections

AUGUSTA — A bill that would have added protections to religious freedom in Maine — most of which opponents said already exist — failed on Thursday in the House of Representatives, which means essentially that the measure is dead. The House voted 89-52 against the bill. Mo...


Michaud hosts community round table at Auburn Public Library

Democratic gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud holds a small business and community round table at the Auburn Public Library on Thursday. Twenty-seven members of the community met with Michaud to talk about topics such as business, education, economic development, the arts, health...