Home 5 Things (5TYNTK) Tuesday, November 6, 2018

(5TYNTK) Tuesday, November 6, 2018

1. Today is Election Day, and Maine, a state continually recognized for its high voter turnout — No. 3 of all states in 2016 with nearly 70 percent of eligible voters casting ballots — has four major races to decide: federally, a U.S. Senate seat and two U.S. House seats, featuring incumbents Sen. Angus King (I) and Reps. Chellie Pingree (D) and Bruce Poliquin (R); and statewide, an open gubernatorial seat to replace term-limited Gov. Paul LePage. (NewsCenterMaine)

2. Gov. Paul LePage said Monday that he plans to move to Florida for tax reasons and teach at a university there, regardless of who Mainers elect to succeed him. “I am done with politics. I have done my eight years. It’s time for somebody else.” (Press Herald)

3. A man from Westbrook survived his car’s plunge off a docked Frye Island ferry into Sebago Lake on Monday night. Patrol Capt. Scott Stewart said Dennis Feeney, 64, drove his white 2016 Mercedes onto the ferry but failed to put the car in park. It went forward and into the water. Feeney and his two dogs were inside the car when it entered the water. Feeney was able to get out on his own and swim to the surface but his two dogs did not survive. (NewsCenterMaine)

4. Amazon’s highly anticipated “HQ2”–the second headquarters it plans to build outside of its Seattle hometown–will reportedly be split into two HQ2’s. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Jeff Bezos’ tech behemoth is deciding to “split its second headquarters evenly between two locations rather than picking one city” in order to “allow it to recruit more of the best tech talent.” That report came after it was reported this past weekend that the Washington, D.C., suburb of Crystal City, Virginia, has emerged as an HQ2 frontrunner. The New York Times then reported Monday that the neighborhood of Long Island City in Queens, New York, is also in advanced talks with Amazon to build a headquarters there. Amazon received 238 proposals last year from cities and regions across North America vying to host the company’s second headquarters, which would create up to 50,000 jobs. (CNBC)

5. Which states are home to the fattest people in the U.S.? WalletHub crunched the numbers based on 25 different factors–including share of obese and overweight population, sugary-beverage consumption among adolescents and obesity-related health care costs. Mississippi is the fattest state in the U.S. for 2018. Colorado is the least fattest state. Maine came in on the top half of the list at number 19. (WalletHub)

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