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AUGUSTA, Maine - More than 200 demonstrators have gathered outside the State House in Augusta for a "Not My Presidents Day'' rally to oppose Republican President Donald Trump and his administration.
 
The Kennebec Journal reports that protesters on Monday chanted slogans including "We need a leader, not a creepy tweeter,'' and held up signs such as "Impeach Trump'' and "Not Our President.''
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine agency that holds the state's tourism account is picking up another high-profile client.
 
Nancy Marshall Communications has been named the agency of record for The Orvis Company, the fly-fishing retailer based in Vermont.
 

MILLINOCKET, Maine - Officials say a man slid more than 1,000 feet and died while climbing on Mount Katahdin over the weekend.

Officials with Baxter State Park in Millinocket say the 68-year-old Holden man had been camping with a large group and was trying to climb the Abol Trail with a companion Saturday when he lost his footing and fell.

Park rangers responded, but the man was declared dead at the scene. His name hasn't been released.

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CAMDEN, Maine - Immigration will be a hot topic again this week as President Donald Trump prepares to issue his new executive order this week.

AUGUSTA, Maine - When President Donald Trump unveils his infrastructure plan - expected to happen within the next few weeks - Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King says he hopes it will include an expansion of broadband.

King says Maine has the backbone for broadband in place but many rural areas still lag behind.

“It’s like a superhighway, it’s like an interstate without exits," King says. "It’s very hard to get
the broadband from the superhighway out into the communities, particularly rural communities.”

After a police officer shot and killed a man in Portland this weekend, advocacy groups are calling for the city to speed up its timeline on buying and using police body cameras.

Steven Biel with Progressive Portland, a group joined by the ACLU of Maine in calling for the change, says the City Council has budgeted $400,000 for body cameras starting in fiscal year 2019. But he says the shooting of 22-year-old Chase David Baker by Sgt. Nicholas Goodman illustrates why police need body cameras sooner.

WISCASSET, Maine - A working farm and an environmental group are sponsoring a forum about food security in Lincoln County, Maine.
 
The event will take place on March 4 and will be hosted by farm and education center The Morris Farm and environmental education organization Chewonki.
 
The groups say the event is the third annual Forum on Food Security in Lincoln County. They say about 14 percent of the county's population is food insecure, meaning residents don't have the resources for three balanced meals per day.
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - For those who want to really know where their meat is coming from, there's a cooking class for you.
 
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has been partnering with Maine's community colleges to offer wild game cooking workshops.
 
Professional chefs lead the workshops, which let participants learn how to prepare wild game meat and sample the completed recipes.
 
State wildlife staff will be on hand to help answer questions.
 

Scallops Scuffle Pitting Small Boats Against Big

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PORTLAND, Maine - A disagreement over the right to fish for scallops off of New England is pitting small boats against big boats in one of the most lucrative fisheries in the U.S.
 
The federal government maintains different rules for the small- and big-boat fisheries, though they work some of the same areas. Small boat fishermen say the conflict has arisen in the northern Gulf of Maine, a fishing area stretching roughly from Boston to Canada.
 

Steven Senne / Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine - Biologists want Mainers to report if they see brown rabbits this winter.
 
Fewer than 300 New England cottontail rabbits live in Maine, and they are an endangered species in the state.
 
Each winter, biologists from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife partner up with conservation groups to survey sites known to have cottontails.
 
The rabbits look similar to snowshoe hares most of the year, but remain brown in winter when the hares turn white.
 

BETHEL, Maine - A great horned owl is recovering after it was injured by a porcupine and rescued by a Bethel couple.
 
WGME-TV reports that Maria Boschetti saw the owl outside their antiques store last week. Her husband, Jay, says the owl was behaving unnaturally.
 
The couple watched the owl and photographed it with a high-powered lens. They realized it had been injured by a porcupine.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland police say an officer who fatally shot a man brandishing what turned out to be a pellet gun that looked like a rifle has used deadly force before.
 
Police say Sgt. Nicholas Goodman shot 22-year-old Chance David Baker. Police say Baker was walking through the parking lot of a strip mall Saturday screaming and pointing what looked like a rifle at cars. The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun.
 

Steven Senne / Associated Press

BOSTON - Hundreds of scientists, environmental advocates and their supporters rallied Sunday in Boston to protest what they see as increasing threats to science and research in the U.S.

The scientists say they want President Donald Trump's administration to recognize evidence of climate change and take action on various environmental issues.

The protesters gathered in Boston's Copley Square on Sunday.

The word “expulsion” probably brings to mind disruptive high-schoolers. But in fact, many children are expelled as early as preschool. New research shows that in Maine, nearly a quarter of childcare centers have expelled a child in the past year.

The U.S. Senate has voted to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Environmental activists are upset that the vote was allowed to happen before next week’s public release of emails between Pruitt and energy company executives.

The Senate voted 52-46 to confirm Pruitt after failed attempts to delay action on the vote. Lisa Pohlman, executive director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, says those senators that forced a vote may well live to regret their decision.

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