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Former Maine DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew Appointed As Federal Medicaid Director

Former Maine Health and Human Services Commissisoner Mary Mayhew has been tapped by the Trump administration to become the deputy administrator and director of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

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The federal deficit ballooned to $779 billion in the just-ended fiscal year — a remarkable tide of red ink for a country not mired in recession or war.

The government is expected to borrow a trillion dollars in the coming year, in part to make up for tax receipts that have been slashed by GOP tax cuts.

Corporate tax collections fell by 31 percent in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, despite robust corporate profits. That's hardly surprising after lawmakers cut the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent.

Powerful gusts that topped 40 mph overnight have caused widespread power outages across Maine.

Maine police say a 67-year-old bicyclist who collided with a car earlier this month has died.

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U.S. Sen. Angus King is running for re-election against two challengers. Maine Calling Host Jennifer Rooks asked him what he believes needs to be done about the partisan divide in the United States.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Saudi Arabia after being dispatched by President Trump to meet with members of the royal court amid growing international tension over the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Pompeo met on Tuesday with King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud in the Saudi capital and financial hub of Riyadh.

"Thank you for accepting my visit on behalf of President Trump," Pompeo said on meeting the king. Details of the meeting were not immediately made public.

Tens of thousands of Maine residents and businesses are without power after strong winds knocked down trees and limbs onto power lines.  Central Maine Power reports that more than 55,000 customers in its territory were in the dark as of about 8:45 Tuesday morning. 

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against President Trump by adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who claimed the president had defamed her earlier this year on Twitter.

The lawsuit was filed over a tweet Trump sent in April suggesting Daniels was lying about being threatened in 2011 not to go public with her story of an alleged sexual encounter with Trump.

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NANTUCKET, Mass. - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the third death of a rare North Atlantic right whale this year has been confirmed.

The Trump administration said late Monday that it will require drugmakers to reveal the list prices of their medicines in television ads. The move sets the stage for months or possibly years of battle with the powerful industry.

The proposed rule would require pharmaceutical companies to include the price in a TV ad for any drug that costs more than $35 a month. The price should be listed at the end of the advertisement in "a legible manner," the rule states, and should be presented against a contrasting background in a way that is easy to read.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Public Health Association is using its annual conference to focus on the problem of addiction in the state.



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Tuesday—We learn about why there is both support for and opposition to CMP's proposed transmission corridor.

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