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Protesters gather to "March Against Monsanto"


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- People in Portland were buzzing about genetically-modified food on Saturday.

Protesters gathered in Monument Square for the " "March against Monsanto."

The protest, led by a group called 'Green Initiatives,' was aimed at raising awareness of what the group calls toxic chemicals and herbicides that the company Monsanto manufactures.

Some participants dressed up as a bees or butterflies, while others wore hazmat suits, to represent company employees killing pollinators.

Organizers say their hope is the event will open the public's eyes about the type of food they're consuming.

A bill is currently being considered by the Maine Legislature that would require GMO labeling on food sold in grocery stores.


Squirrel to blame for small fire at King MS


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A squirrel caused quite the commotion at King Middle School on Friday.

Principal Mike McCarthy said a squirrel climbed into a transformer just behind the school and caused it to blow. When CMP crews restored power, it caused a power surge in the school's gym. Two electrical motors caught fire and smoke poured out of the ducts.

The school was evacuated while crews put out the flames. Due to the smell of smoke and fire fighters working to clear the building, Principal McCarthy said they decided to release students for the day.

There were no injuries.

As far as damage, electricians were called in to replace the electrical motors and repair a portion of the electrical ducts.

Classes are set to resume as usual Tuesday morning.


Portland police seek identity of body washed ashore


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland police have confirmed the body of an Asian woman between the age of 60 and 60 has washed up on shore near 58 Fore St, Friday morning.

The body was discovered at about 6 a.m. Friday after a passerby spotted the woman in the water along a trail.

Police said the woman was wearing a blue denim jacket and teal colored jeans.

Police do not think this death is suspicious and the incident is being investigated by the Portland Police Department and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Anyone with information about the identity of the victim is asked to contact the Portland Police Department at 207-874-8575.

Fishery managers studying black sea bass population


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A multistate management commission is working on an assessment of the health of the black sea bass population.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is evaluating the status of the fish north of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to help inform the way it manages the species. The black bass commercial fishery was worth more than $8.5 million in 2013.

The commission is accepting data about the fishery until June 19. A meeting on the subject will take place in late June and early July in Warwick, Rhode Island, and peer review will take place in thereafter.

Scientists have said the bass are increasing in northern New England waters because of accelerated water temperature increases in recent years.


Memorial day weekend concerts


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Memorial Day weekend is upon us!

If you don't have any plans, or are looking for something to add to your agenda this weekend, Holly Nunan has some concerts you can go see!

Friday, May 22nd

Saved and Sound at Cole Farms in Gray, Maine

7pm, All Ages, Free

The Geeks at Mixers in Sabattus, Maine

8pm, 21+, Free

SeepeopleS and Vapors of Morphine at Port City Music Hall in Portland, Maine

9pm, 18+, $15

The Blast Addicts at the Downunder Club in Bangor, Maine

9pm, 21+, Free

Muddy Ruckus, Tricky Britches and The Suitcase Junket at Empire in Portland, Maine

9:30pm, 21+, $10

Saturday, May 23rd

Middle Eastern Dance Night with Zapion at Narals in Auburn, Maine

Activists rally against cuts to general assistance for immigrants


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hundreds of people from all over southern Maine rallied in Portland's Monument Square Thursday on behalf of immigrants trying to make a home in Maine.

"It's not okay to cut GA," they chanted as they marched from Lincoln Park to Monument Square.

People at the rally are fighting proposals that would cut government assistance to asylum seekers and immigrants. LePage, under his proposed budget, wants to eliminate General Assistance for undocumented immigrants.

They are also speaking out against Sen. Eric Brakey's (R-Auburn) bill that would make certain people ineligible to receive general assistance benefits based on their immigration status.

Man dies in Portland motorcycle crash


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland Police Department officials confirmed a motorcyclist died when he crashed into a tree on Brighton Avenue Thursday morning.

Police said 38-year-old John Fontaine of Biddeford was driving his 2003 Harley davidson when he crossed the center line and hit a tree.

Just before the crash, police said an officer saw a motorcyclist traveling at a very high speed on Brighton Avenue. The officer attempted a traffic stop, but lost sight of the motorcycle and shut off his sirens. Moments later, witnesses alerted the officer to the crash near Bradley Street.

Fontaine was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and that the 2003 Harley Davidson caught fire and was destroyed.