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U.S. Senate candidate Zak Ringelstein of Yarmouth, Maine was arrested Friday morning outside a facility in McAllen, Texas while attempting to deliver water, food, blankets, books and toys to children being held at the border in detention facilities.

At this time, the specific charges are not known. There has been no communication from Ringelstein since his arrest about 9:30 a.m. although staff has updated his social media accounts.

A video of Ringelstein's arrest was shared on Facebook.

Maine lawmakers will return to work next week for a special session to vote on a spending package and other bills that were left in limbo after adjournment.

Appearing Thursday on Maine Calling, Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon and Republican Senate President Mike Thibodeau told Mal Leary that most members want to return to the State House and get the work done.

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To explain how citizens will experience Ranked Choice Voting next Tuesday Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap visited Maine Calling.

To clarify, as Dunlap noted, you can enroll with one of the two parties on election day if you are currently unenrolled, or have not registered to vote. But to change parties, you must do so 15 days before election day.

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The LePage administration is appealing a judge's order issued Monday that requires the state to begin implementing the expansion of Medicaid approved by Maine voters in 2017.

In an email sent to Maine Public Thursday night, Julie Rabinowitz, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, says Commissioner Ricker Hamilton appealed Monday's decision.

"The Commissioner has appealed and asked the Law Court to expedite briefing on this important constitutional question," Rabinowitz says, in a brief statement.  "An appropriation is essential to implementing any major public program, and Medicaid expansion is no different."

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