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Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson gives acceptance speech during National Convention in Orlando, Florida, May 29, 2016.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson to stop in Portland

By Sun Journal on Aug. 24, 2016, at 4:42 p.m.
The campaign is hoping to sell Gary Johnson as a good alternative to the Democrat and Republican offerings this year.
Becca Small casts her vote at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in 2015.

Maine voters have until Friday to switch parties to vote in party primaries

By Sun Journal on May 24, 2016, at 12:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine Republicans and Democrats have until Friday to switch parties if they want to vote in any primary elections set for June 14. In a news release Monday, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said state law requires a 15-day waiting period after a change of enrollment …

Androscoggin County, state police at standoff in Poland

By Sun Journal on Nov. 05, 2015, at 11:34 a.m.
Androscoggin County and state police have responded to a developing standoff on White Oak Hill Road. A disturbance at 475 White Oak Hill Road was reported around 10:30 a.m. Thursday. According to Androscoggin County Sheriff Eric Samson, all but one person has since safely left the house …
Anti-Ben Chin sign seen on Main Street in Lewiston Monday morning.

Signs attacking mayoral candidate’s ethnicity put on Lewiston buildings

By Sun Journal on Oct. 19, 2015, at 10:58 a.m.
Building owner Joe Dunne says he was fighting back against mayoral candidate Ben Chin’s accusations he was a slumlord. That’s why he put up two signs attacking Chin during the weekend. The signs, which read “Don’t vote for Ho Chi Chin; vote for more jobs not welfare,” …
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (left) talks with legion member Ronald Cropley at the American Legion Conference in Bangor recently.

Poliquin bill would boost rural veteran health care access

By Sun Journal on Oct. 13, 2015, at 10:36 a.m.
Rep. Bruce Poliquin said Tuesday his bill, Helping Our Rural Veterans Receive Health Care Act, would allow hospitals outside the VA’s system to enter contracts to provide care for veterans through the system, giving veterans easier access to local care options.
Dignitaries from both sides of the border were on hand for the grand opening of Irving Woodland's Ashland Sawmill, including (from left) Maine Gov. Paul LePage; Jim Irving, co-CEO of the company; and U.S. Sen. Angus King in October 2014.

Angus King plans opioid abuse roundtable day before LePage summit

By Sun Journal on Aug. 21, 2015, at 3:45 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Just one day before Maine’s Republican Gov. Paul LePage will host a summit meeting on Maine’s ever-growing heroin abuse problem, Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, will host his own roundtable on a similar topic. LePage’s summit is planned for Wednesday, Aug. 26, and King has called his meeting …

Lawmakers: Verso mill slowdown, layoffs ‘devastating’ and ‘drastic’

By Sun Journal on Aug. 21, 2015, at 7:07 a.m.
AUGUSTA | State and federal lawmakers in Maine and Washington, D.C., reacted with frustration and concern Thursday at the news Verso will idle part of its mill in Jay — laying off about 300 employees permanently. “The news of the planned layoffs at the Jay mill is devastating for …

Group rallies around ballot question to reform Maine campaign laws

By Sun Journal on July 28, 2015, at 2:08 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – A group hoping to reform Maine’s campaign finance laws with a statewide ballot question this November rallied at the State House Tuesday with about 200 supporters in tow. The ballot question requires increased disclosures for political advertising and steep increases in the fines for campaigns and candidates …

Maine marijuana legalization campaign raises $53,011

By Sun Journal on July 15, 2015, at 1:12 p.m.
FALMOUTH | The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, a group hoping to place a ballot question before Maine voters to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, is reporting it has raised $53,011 in the second quarter of 2015. But $50,000 of the donation came from the Marijuana Policy …
Rep. William Noon, D-Sanford

Maine Legislator William Noon dies of cancer

By Sun Journal on July 15, 2015, at 1:02 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – State Rep. William Noon, D-Sanford, has died, according to a release from Maine Speaker of the House Mark Eves. Noon, 66, died Wednesday morning after a long battle with cancer, Eves, D-North Berwick, said in a press release issued by his office. The news comes just one …
Stacey Pingree of Poland runs electricity underground in August 2014 at Simard-Payne Memorial Park while getting the grounds ready for the Great Falls Balloon Festival. Pingree works for Harold Brooks Construction. The power cords were stored in a trailer that was burglarized. Festival organizers estimate $40,000 to $50,000 worth of copper power cords were stolen.

$40,000 worth of copper power cords stolen from balloon festival trailer

By Sun Journal on April 10, 2015, at 9:28 a.m.
AUBURN | Organizers of the annual Great Falls Balloon Festival announced Friday morning they had discovered that a storage trailer used to store festival property had been burglarized. The copper power cords used to electrify the field at Simard-Payne Memorial Park were stolen, according to a written statement from …

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Lewiston

By Sun Journal on March 07, 2015, at 1:24 p.m.
A local man was hospitalized Friday night after he was struck by a car while walking on Lisbon Street. Click on link to access the full story:
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew (left) and Dr. Sheila Pinette speak at a press conference in Bangor in this October 2014 file photo. Mayhew announced Tuesday that Pinette will become the chief health officer for DHHS.

DHHS commissioner replaces, reassigns Maine CDC director

By Staff Report, Sun Journal on Feb. 24, 2015, at 4 p.m.
Sheila Pinette is no longer head of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. However, even without managing the department, it appears she will still be responsible for a number of the public health-related duties she had at the CDC. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, which …
Cars cautiously go through the intersection of Pine and Bates streets after a power outage shut down traffic lights across Lewiston.

Three-quarters of Lewiston loses power after squirrel gets into substation

By Sun Journal on Oct. 30, 2014, at 2:19 p.m.
The city reported that three-quarters of Lewiston lost its electricity supply midday Thursday. Central Maine Power reports that a squirrel got into a substation. They are working to restore power to more than 6,200 customers. Lewiston School Superintendent Bill Webster says Longley, Farwell, Montello and Lewiston High …

Mechanic Falls woman killed by tractor-trailer in Auburn Walmart parking lot

By Sun Journal on Oct. 23, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.
A 33-year-old Mechanic Falls woman was killed when a tractor-trailer truck struck her in the parking lot of Walmart on Mount Auburn Avenue early Thursday morning. Kassandra Lavoie died at the scene, according to local police. Lavoie had been a suspect in a Lewiston theft case investigated …
Sen. Susan Collins

Collins’ re-election campaign kicks off with 3-day bus tour of Maine

By Staff Report, Sun Journal on Aug. 25, 2014, at 11:42 a.m.
BANGOR | U.S. Sen. Susan Collins hits the road this week on a three-day bus tour of the state as part of her re-election campaign. Collins, a Republican, is running for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate against Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows, the former executive director of the …

Girl dies from Minot swimming pool accident

By Sun Journal on July 21, 2014, at 12:10 p.m.
MINOT — A 5-year-old girl found at the bottom of a pool Thursday night died over the weekend, according to police. Lt. Glenn Holt at the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office said Abigail Rodrigue passed away on Saturday. Read full story here:
A Maine State Police officer takes photographs of a mini van involved in a two car, head-on collision on Route 202 in North Monmouth late Friday morning. The female driver was taken to Central Maine Medical Center with serious injuries.

One killed, one seriously injured in Monmouth crash

By Sun Journal on June 27, 2014, at 10:33 a.m.
A man was killed in a two-car crash just before 11 a.m. Friday on Route 202, according to Monmouth police. A woman was taken to Central Maine Medical Center with serious injuries. According to Officer Dana Wessling, a Lincoln heading north on Route 202 toward Winthrop crashed …

Town manager gets temporary protection order against resident

By Sun Journal on May 31, 2014, at 6:33 a.m.
NEW GLOUCESTER | The town manager has taken out a temporary protection from harassment order against a resident accused of threatening to kill town officials. Town Manager Paul First received the temporary order from the Cumberland County District Court on Friday against Frank Staton Jr. It covers all town …
Local and state police and DEA agents were at an apartment complex on the corner of Maple and Knox streets in Lewiston on Thursday morning during a series of crack cocaine and heroin arrests across the Twin Cities, the culmination of a months-long federal investigation.

Lewiston-Auburn drug sweep nets a dozen arrests Thursday morning

By Sun Journal on May 22, 2014, at 2:24 p.m.
Federal, state and city law enforcement agents were initiating a series of crack cocaine and heroin arrests across the Twin Cities on Thursday morning, the culmination of a months-long federal investigation. Lewiston Police Chief Michael Bussiere said more than 60 officers from multiple local, state and federal …