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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have arrested a man who they say admitted to crossing illegally into the United States from Canada, at Calais.

45-year-old Benigno Godinez-Cortez, of Mexico, was detained on Tuesday.

"It's a very vast border, but obviously vast doesn't equate to porousness,” says Houlton Sector Public Affairs Liaison, Jonathan Maynard.

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It's not just law enforcement that is lamenting the lack of funding for treatment of substance use disorders. A 16-bed residential treatment center in Portland is ending its program Friday due to fiscal challenges.

Gov. Paul LePage once called the center, Serenity House, a model for treatment. But Serenity House's executive director says insufficient state reimbursements and restrictions on the number of treatment beds forced the program to end.

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The first Somali-owned farm stand opened this week in Lewiston.

Two cooperative farms joined together to open the produce stand, which will also feature a food truck that serves Somali cuisine. The hope is that the new business at 996 Sabattus Street will help the farmers build capital and foster connection with the wider community.

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Anxiety is growing in Portland’s lobstering community over the city's increasingly crowded waterfront. A traffic study that is in the works is calling the situation an "existential threat" to the city's marine industries, and lobstermen seem to agree.

Willis Spear fishes 800 traps from a Commercial Street wharf that also houses two restaurants, the Harbor fish market, and a major bait fish dealer. He says city officials are approving new developments too quickly, adding more and more cars to the downtown mix.

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Gov. Paul LePage has signed off on the sale of about $115 million in voter approved bonds after blocking the sale last month.

To deter what they say is an "out-of-control" problem, Auburn Police are going to start posting online the mug shots of people who are arrested and charged with shoplifting.

Auburn Deputy Police Chief Jason Moen says that under its new zero tolerance policy people charged with shoplifting will be arrested, brought to jail and booked. Moen says once a week the mug shots will be posted on the department's Facebook page.

Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

Thursday's Bangor Daily News - and Maine Public's Maine Calling program Thursday afternoon - will be focusing on so-called "sober houses." Haven't heard that term before?  You're not alone.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Gov. Paul LePage is threatening to keep the Legislature in session until Election Day in November unless it deals with a number of key issues he wants resolved. 

Courtesy University of Maine

A ban on the movement of ash in northern Maine is imminent, in the wake of the discovery of the invasive emerald ash borer in the region earlier this year.

Officials with the Maine Forest Service say they're working on an emergency order that's expected to be issued within the next two weeks. That order could be followed by additional state and federal quarantines, officials say.

Portland Jetport is resuming flight operations, after a twin-engine propeller plane made a belly landing there Thursday morning.

No one was injured, but the incident forced a number of inbound flights to divert to other airports, and it left outbound travelers stranded for a couple of hours. The aircraft involved was lifted, its landing gear deployed, and was towed off the runway.

The Portland Press Herald reports the Federal Aviation Administration's database shows the plane is registered to a small Waterville carrier.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

As Maine's population has grown older, the number of school-aged children has declined, forcing some communities to close schools that have been social anchors for years. One recent school closure may serve to reflect the challenges faced by Maine's rural communities.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Maine's fiscally conservative governor says he'd rather go to jail before expanding Medicaid and putting the state in "red ink.''

Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, told WVOM Radio Tuesday that he can't be forced to expand eligibility for Medicaid without an approved funding plan. 

"Nobody can force me to put the state in red ink," LePage said. "And I will not do that.  So, you can tell the Maine people, I'd go to jail before I put the state in red ink."

Leaders of both major political parties are scrambling to fill candidate vacancies across the state as 33 party nominees have withdrawn from legislative races. Most of the nominees were republican contenders. Mal Leary Mal Leary joined Maine Things Considered from the capitol to explain what this all means. 

This story was originally published July 11, 2018 at 6:05 p.m. ET.

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Senator Angus King says he has concerns about the judicial record of President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. King cites Kavanaugh’s ambiguity on Roe v Wade, the Affordable Care Act’s required coverage of pre-existing conditions and his comments about Presidential immunity as points of concern.

“He’s already pretty much stated that he doesn’t think it’s appropriate to even investigate a sitting President, which I find kind of bizarre,” King says. “In law school I learned that no person is above the law.”

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