May 25, 2018
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Stories we are pursuing Thursday

By Michael J. Dowd, BDN Staff

Flu in Maine is now widespread. State epidemiologist and acting head of Maine Center for Disease Control Dr. Stephen Sears says it’s not too late to get a vaccination and that this year’s vaccine is a good match for the strains of virus that are circulating. Reporter: Meg Haskell

John Pelletier, head of the Indigent Legal Defense Commission, informed the Legislature’s appropriations committee this week that not only couldn’t he cut $98,000 Gov. Paul LePage requested from his budget, the commission needed $400,000 more to get through the fiscal year. The commission pays for attorneys to represent those can’t afford them in criminal and child welfare cases. What happens next? Reporter: Judy Harrison

The kidnapping trial of Randall Hofland, the man accused of taking a classroom of students hostage at Stockton Springs Elementary School in 2008, continues in a Belfast court with Hofland presenting his defense. We’ll bring you the latest developments. Reporter: Abigail Curtis

Our Lifestyle section will feature Emily Burnham’s Rockin’ Out column. She’ll tell you about Andrew Luckless, a Belfast singer songwriter with a new album, “2 Ghosts in Gravy.”

In Sports, our staff will cover lots of high school contests, including the Old Town at John Bapst boys hockey game.

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