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While Immigration Policies Are Defined, Many Families Along The Southern Border Can Only Wait

It's a hot day in Brownsville, Texas. U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree of Maine sits shotgun in a silver Mercedes SUV, talking to her driver, a Brownsville city official. She turns around, leaning over her left shoulder and explains what it was like earlier in the day when she spoke with a group of migrant mothers in a nearby U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility.

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U.S. Senate candidate Zak Ringelstein was was released after posting a $1,000 bond early Saturday morning.

Ringelstein was arrested Friday outside of a U.S. Border Patrol facility in McAllen, Texas, after blocking access to a detention facility.

According to Ringelstein, the facility was holding immigrant children separated from their parents.

JEFFERSON, Maine - A small plane has crashed into a Maine marsh.
WGME-TV reports first responders were called to the scene of the crash in Jefferson around 5 p.m. Saturday.
The pontoon plane landed upside down, and two people were able to get themselves out. No injuries have been reported.
The plane remained in the marsh as of Sunday morning.
The Federal Aviation Administration is currently investigating.

PORTLAND, Maine - An agency supported by the federal government says it's going to award up to $3.9 million in grants to help the commercial fishing industry implement electronic monitoring technology.
Many fishing vessels are subject to monitoring to make sure they comply with rules and to generate important data about commercial fishing. Human monitoring can be expensive and inefficient, and some fishing groups have called for electronic monitoring as a viable alternative.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine forest rangers could carry firearms and receive training under a bill lawmakers sent to Republican Gov. Paul LePage's desk.
The House and Senate voted last week in strong support of the bill.
The issue of whether forest rangers should carry firearms has long been discussed in Augusta.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Lawmakers are returning to Augusta to deal with bonds, tax code reform and the fate of funds for publicly financed candidates.

The Legislature is set to meet Monday.

Lawmakers want to tap into $141 million in unappropriated surplus funds.

The Legislature last week passed two spending deals worth over $67 million. The deals address the opioid crisis, struggling nursing homes, lead abatement, county jails and individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism.

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Shaw’s grocery store executives are apologizing to an African American man after an incident this week in their Saco store. The man says he was singled out because of his race.

Rory Ferreira’s says his experience at Shaw’s this week has him feeling vulnerable in the state he calls home.

“I'm not new to this community,” Ferreira says. “I'm not someone who rabble-rouses in this community. I love where I live. I love my neighbors. I love Maine.”

Tick bites can cause all sorts of nasty afflictions. And if you're bitten by a Lone Star tick, here's one more to add to the list: a red meat allergy.

Laura Stirling, 51, a realtor who lives in Severna Park, Md., was diagnosed with the allergy last year. She got a tick bite while walking on a trail with her dog, Gunner, near her home.

"I found [the tick] 3 or 4 inches to the left of my hip bone," Stirling recalls. She says at the time, she didn't think much of it. "I just took it off and threw it away."

Turkey Elections: Erdogan Wins Second Term

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a second five-year term on Sunday in an election granting the Turkish leader unprecedented executive powers.

Addressing supporters from the Justice and Development Party or AKP headquarters in the nation's capital hours after his victory, Erdogan claimed Turkey's 81 million residents were the winners of the hotly contested election, state run media Anadolu reported.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says agents arrested a Guatemalan man Thursday who entered the U.S. border illegally near a Maine port of entry.

Spokesperson Dennis Harmon said U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a Guatemalan man near a Jackman port of entry and sent him back to Canada. The man had been living in Canada with a valid Canadian work visa. The man told agents he was trying to get to New York City to find a better paying job.

Border Patrol says that a citizen notified agents of a person walking south on Route 201 away from the international border.

An immigration checkpoint set up on I-95 in Penobscot County Wednesday resulted in the arrest of a man with an outstanding deportation order, 10 drug-related seizures and a formal warning to an immigrant who was not carrying his green card.

It has also raised questions about U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) practice of making random checks so far inland.



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