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Dozens Rally Against Detention Camps At South Portland DHS Office

Roughly 50 to 60 people stood outside United States Department of Homeland Security buildings on Gannett Drive in South Portland Friday to protest the detention camps and the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy at the U.S. and Mexico border.

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Maine Public Deep Dive

In this weeklong Deep Dive, Maine Public's explores the difficulty of accessing affordable, high-quality child care, as well as possible solutions.

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration recently released data tracking opioid pill distribution from 2006 to 2012. It shows more opioid pills were handed out in Penobscot county than in any other county in New England. But by 2016, Maine had already moved to address issues of overprescribing. The state passed a law that set education and training standards for opioid prescribers.

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Mainers will experience some exceptionally hot and uncomfortable weather this weekend, especially in the south and southwestern parts of the state.

A Maine company has been named the official ice cream of the New England Patriots.

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Lobstermen and their supporters, including top-elected officials, will rally in Stonington on Sunday to make a united plea for their livelihoods.

As part of its investigation into a cluster of Legionnaires' disease cases in the greater Bangor area, the Maine Center for Disease Control has found detectable levels of the bacteria Legionella in the Orono-Veazie water district.

President Trump appears to have identified his newest American enemy — paper straws.

His reelection campaign is selling reusable and recycled straws in its 2020 online store, and Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale blasted the slurping nonsoggy alternative in an email titled "Make Straws Great Again," a play on the president's famed slogan.

The headlines about presidential candidate Joe Biden's new health care plan called it "a nod to the past" and "Affordable Care Act 2.0." That mostly refers to the fact that the former vice president has specifically repudiated many of his Democratic rivals' calls for a "Medicare for All" system, and instead sought to build his plan on the ACA's framework.

Maine’s two senators, who serve on the Senate Intelligence Committee, say they are concerned about reports that President Trump may replace Dan Coats as the Director of National Intelligence.

Updated at 4:11 a.m. ET, July 20

British media outlets say the government is warning shipping to stay away from the area after Iran's military apparently seized the U.K.-flagged Stena Impero oil tanker as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz near Iran's coast on Friday.

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Gov. Janet Mills announced Thursday that the state is relaxing eligibility rules for General Assistance and will allow qualified asylum seekers to apply. The decision comes as more than 350 migrants have arrived in Portland since early June from the southern U.S. border. Local officials say the new rule provides needed funding as many of the newly arrived families relocate to other towns around the state.

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Rock Climbing

Friday—Maine offers abundant and varied rock climbing opportunities, both indoors and out. We'll learn about where to go, how to get started, and what to watch out for.