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U.S. Border Patrol Checks on Buses Increasing Across Maine

Maine Public The U.S. Border Patrol is running daily citizenship checks on buses traveling from Fort Kent toward the state’s interior and making periodic checks on buses originating in Bangor. Civil rights advocates say these checks may be in violation … Continue reading

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Maine Court Turns Back LePage Limits on Food Stamps for Immigrants

Maine Public – by Fred Bever The Maine Supreme Court has turned back an attempt by Gov. Paul LePage to limit welfare benefits for some immigrants. The case was brought forward by Euphrem Manirakiza, an asylum seeker from Burundi who … Continue reading

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Story Of Bangor Native Who Survived Waco Siege Told In New TV Miniseries

Maine Public – by Emily Burnham The story of the Bangor native who survived the siege and assault on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas in April 1993 will be told in a new six-episode miniseries, “Waco,” that premieres tonight. The … Continue reading

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Construction Company Bondeko Strives to be an Inclusive and Welcoming Work Force

Maine Public – by Caroline Losneck The Portland-based construction and renovation company Bondeko actively trains and hires immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Orson Horchler, who started the company two years ago, says the word Bondeko is from Lingala, a Bantu … Continue reading

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Lawmakers To Study Proposed 925-Bed Corrections Complex In Northwest Vermont

VPR – by Bob Kinzel Key legislative leaders say a new proposal by the Scott Administration to build a multi-purpose 925-bed prison in Franklin County is an ambitious plan that deserves a comprehensive review. One of the biggest questions about … Continue reading

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Thousands Of Mainers Vie For 11 Licenses To Fish Baby Eels

Maine Public – by Bill Trotter More than 3,000 Mainers are vying for one of just 11 new baby eel fishing licenses that Maine will issue this year as it reopens the lucrative fishery. The Maine Department of Marine Resources … Continue reading

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Martha Stewart heading to the ‘Doomsday’ Arctic seed vault

Daily Mail Who else would have access to the best stocked pantry in the world but Martha Stewart? The lifestyle guru is inviting a member of the public to join her on the first ever expedition to the ‘doomsday’ Svalbard … Continue reading

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For Undocumented Workers On Vermont Farms, 2017 Was A Year Filled With Anxiety

VPR – by John Dillon An escalation in immigration enforcement over the past year has brought a new level of anxiety for the several thousand migrant farm workers living in Vermont. For the first time since 2010, arrests and detentions by the … Continue reading

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Residents fled gun violence at a Pittsburgh public housing project. But refugees are still moving in.

DPR When Bill Gandy was growing up in Northview Heights in the 1970s and 80s, no one had to show identification to get in. But now there are armed guards and 200 security cameras dotted around this sprawling, isolated public … Continue reading

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Security Tab For Top Officials’ Israeli Visits Tops $150,000

Texas Public Radio Israel has long been a focal point in international policy for Texas Republican lawmakers. Several current Texas officials have traveled to the country. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick even got baptized in the Jordan River. But Peggy Fikac, Austin bureau chief … Continue reading

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America’s homeless population rises for first time in years

Denver Post LOS ANGELES — The nation’s homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities. The … Continue reading

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As Louisville gets rid of homeless camps, some wonder: Where is the ‘compassionate city’?

Courier Journal – by Justin Sayers and Phillip M. Bailey Jeffery Byrd squats down on a plastic crate, wearing the same white paint-splashed jeans and beige coat he’s been wearing for two weeks without a shower. To his left is Roc … Continue reading

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Yazidis From Iraq Find Welcome Refuge In Nebraska

NET News – by Jack Williams A small classroom down a hall at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Lincoln is a long way from Iraq, but this is where a group of Yazidi women find themselves. They’re part of a class led … Continue reading

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Bowling Green Manufacturer Fills Jobs with Training and Translators for Immigrants

WKYU FM – by Rhonda Miller South central Kentucky is expected to have 22,000 open jobs in the next five years. That’s going to intensify the current shortage of workers in the state – an issue that’s facing the entire … Continue reading

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Pilot Program Will Help Pittsburgh’s Immigrant Population Rebuild Careers In U.S.

WESA 90.5 A pilot program to provide skill-building career services to immigrants is launching at seven Pittsburgh organizations. These include resettlement agencies, the Allegheny County Library Association and the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. The program, which is free to participants, … Continue reading

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More Than 3K Pennsylvanians Requested Permits To Eat Roadkill This Year

WESA 90.5 Most drivers who hit roadkill leave the carcass on the ground, but several thousand Pennsylvanians in 2017 wanted to make the dead animal their next meal. As of mid-December, the Pennsylvania Game Commission had received more than 3,300 … Continue reading

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The Foster Care System Is Flooded With Children Of The Opioid Epidemic

NCPR – by Scott Simon The U.S. foster care system is overwhelmed, in part because America’s opioid crisis is overwhelming. Thousands of children have had to be taken out of the care of parents or a parent who is addicted. … Continue reading

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Chinese tiremaker picks North Carolina site for major plant

Fox Business RALEIGH, N.C. –  A Chinese tiremaker is moving more aggressively into the U.S. market, announcing plans Tuesday for a North Carolina factory that is to eventually employ 800 and produce six million tires a year. A state committee … Continue reading

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Key Vermont Lawmaker Eyes Changes To Seatbelt Law In 2018

VPR The chairman of the House Committee on Transportation says he’ll push for more stringent seatbelt laws during the next legislative session. Colchester Rep. Pat Brennan is a somewhat unlikely advocate for strengthening Vermont’s seatbelt law. “Personally, I wasn’t until … Continue reading

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The new U.S. embassy in London: A crystalline ‘sugar cube’ worth a billion dollars

Washington Post – by William Booth LONDON — At $1 billion, it is the most expensive embassy ever constructed. But its designers say the new American chancery on the Thames River marks a paradigm shift: The U.S. Embassy here will exude … Continue reading

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