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More Than 1,000 March Statewide in Support of Science

A global effort to promote science and scientific research produced ripples Saturday in Maine, where marches and demonstrations were held in six communities.

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Nearly 15 years after her first space launch, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson has now spent more time off-planet than any other American, at more than 534 days. Whitson, 57, is a biochemist who has twice commanded the International Space Station.

North Korea could reduce a U.S. strike force to a sea wreck if it's provoked, the country's propaganda outlets said Monday, adding to tensions on the Korean Peninsula. With the threat of a nuclear test in North Korea looming and another U.S. citizen reportedly detained there, China's President Xi Jinping is urging President Trump to avoid escalating the situation.

Congress returns Tuesday from its spring recess, facing yet another down-to-the-wire spate of deal-making — and a White House anxious to claim its first major legislative win.

On Friday night, the funding measure lawmakers approved last year to keep the federal government running will expire. The timing leaves members of the House and Senate just four days to reach a new agreement to fund the government, or risk a partial shutdown of federal agencies on Saturday — the 100th day of Donald Trump's presidency.

Andrew Catalina / Maine Public

This month we’re catching up with the first graduates of STRIVE U, a first-of-its-kind college education and training program for young adults with developmental disabilities, based in South Portland.

Sgt. Daniel P. Fitzpatrick II / Belfast Police Department/via Associated Press

BELFAST, Maine - Police in Maine have picked up some adorable intruders after two miniature goats escaped from their home and wandered the streets.
 
A Belfast police officer responded Sunday morning to find the pygmy goats in a woman's garage. They had been snacking on cat food. Officer Daniel Fitzpatrick used a cat leash to lead them into his squad car.
 
The trio drove around looking for the goats' owner as Fitzpatrick fed them carrots and celery. Belfast is a seaport town about 45 miles east of Augusta.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine and Massachusetts will host hearings about potential changes to the East Coast squid fishery.
 
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is hosting the hearings this week. It wants to reduce the number of latent permits for certain kinds of squid.
 
Longfin squid are fished from Maine to Virginia, with the majority of the catch coming ashore in Rhode Island. Regulators are concerned that the amount of participation in the fishery could become unsustainable if latent permits become active.
 

Doug Hitchcox / Maine Audubon

Maine’s birdwatching community is aflutter over the sighting this week of two species never before seen in Maine — one that usually hangs out in Mexico and the other in Europe.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Citizens would monitor the success and progress of the state-run welfare-to-work program under a democratic lawmaker's bill.

Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Nathan Libby is sponsoring a bill that would create an independent citizens oversight committee.

The committee would require the state Department of Health and Human Services to collect data about topics like employment, income levels, child poverty and food insecurity.

The bill also would require the department to set benchmarks to measure the program's success.

BATH, Maine - Maine's oldest functioning wooden fishing schooner has returned to the state.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports that the Mary E arrived at its new home, the Maine Maritime Museum, on Sunday. The vessel was built on the Kennebec River by Bath native Thomas E. Hagan in 1906. It has been used as a fishing vessel and mail carrier over the years.
 
The Maine Maritime Museum bought the boat from a New York man.
 

In a time of high drama over executions in Arkansas, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a case that could determine the fate of two of the condemned men in the Razorback state, as well as others on death row elsewhere.

At issue is whether an indigent defendant whose sanity is a significant factor in his trial, is entitled to assistance from a mental health expert witness who is independent of the prosecutors.

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