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Immigrants Fear Rough Waters Ahead, Rally for Support

PORTLAND, ME– About 100 people gathered at Portland's Deering Oaks Park Saturday afternoon to voice their support of immigrant communities, and protest recent developments that bode ill for migrants seeking a new life in the United States.

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Gov. Paul LePage has nominated a former Democratic lawmaker to become the state’s next public advocate for utility customers.

Saco attorney Barry Hobbins has been tapped for the post currently held by Timothy Schneider, whose chances of getting another four-year term were doomed after he angered the governor for attempting to broker a deal on a landmark solar bill.

The governor picked Schneider for the public advocate post four years ago and seemed pleased with the Portland attorney’s work on behalf of Maine utility customers, until last year.

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau present the most detailed picture yet of the dramatic rise in the number of people covered by health insurance since the Affordable Care Act went into effect.

County-level data going back to 2010, when the law was signed, show a patchwork of people living without health insurance that ticked down slowly for the first three years under the ACA. But once the online insurance exchanges opened at the end of 2013 and Medicaid expanded, the population living without coverage dropped noticeably.

Scientists love patterns.

It's what makes science possible — and powerful — especially when it comes to infectious diseases.

Over the past 30 years, scientists have noticed a distinctive pattern of mosquito-borne diseases in the Western Hemisphere: Three viruses have cropped up, caused small outbreaks and then one day — poof! — they hit a city and spread like gangbusters.

Naples Man Detained by ICE, Faces Deportation to Guatemala

Apr 14, 2017

A 37-year-old Maine man was being held at Cumberland County Jail on Thursday after federal agents took him into custody in compliance with a federal immigration judge’s deportation order issued in June 2010, officials said Thursday.

Otto Morales-Caballeros, who lives with his wife in Naples, was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents near his home on Wednesday, said Shawn Neudauer, a public affairs officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

President Trump quietly signed legislation Thursday that rolls back an Obama-era rule protecting certain federal funds for Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide legal abortions.

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Maine’s ranked-choice voting law had its day in court Thursday.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments that could determine the fate of the citizen initiative passed by voters in November. The court’s views on the constitutionality of the law will likely influence legislators to either keep the first-in-the-nation system, ditch it altogether or try to amend the constitution.

Updated at 4 a.m. ET Saturday

A government spokesman has increased the death toll from Thursday's bombing using the "Mother of All Bombs" in Afghanistan to 94, up from 36.

Ataullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said in a tweet Saturday that 94 ISIS members were killed in the attack on an ISIS underground complex, including four top commanders.

"Fortunately there is no report of civilians being killed in the attack," Khogyani told The Associated Press on Saturday.

PORTLAND, Maine - Former presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez are kicking off a nationwide tour in Maine.

A rally is set for Monday evening at the State Theatre in Portland.

Sanders and Perez say they want to talk about growing a "stronger, grassroots'' Democratic Party that can take on Republican President Donald Trump and win elections.

Sanders told the Associated Press this week that Trump would be a one-term president because of his support for policies like the GOP health care bill.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Around the country and the world there’s a growing movement calling for the end to solitary confinement, also known as administrative segregation, restrictive housing or lockdown. Here in Maine, the Department of Corrections is leading the effort to curtail its use.

Congress is on break for two weeks, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District says she has been meeting with health care providers, who are expressing similar fears about the future of the health care system.

She says they are very worried about cuts to services that have either already been made or are under consideration.

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