Nora Flaherty

All Things Considered/Maine Things Considered producer/host

Nora is originally from the Boston area but has lived in Chicago, Michigan, New York City and at the northern tip of New York state. Nora began working in public radio at Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor and has been an on-air host, a reporter, a digital editor, a producer, and, when they let her, played records.

She holds a BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. She’s received Associated Press, Public Radio News Directors, Inc., Association of Women in Radio and Television, and Edward R. Murrow Awards for her work.

Nora lives in Portland with her husband, their daughter and their two dogs.

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Next week the Maine Ethics Commission will take up a proposal designed to put some distance between lobbyists on the one hand and elected legislators and state officials on the other.

The proposal stems from a complaint against a former Democratic legislator who was hired by the Maine AFL-CIO.

Maine Public political correspondent Steve Mistler explains the controversy, and more importantly the purpose of, what are often called revolving door laws.

Q: Can you explain what a revolving door is in state government?

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PORTLAND, Maine - The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, along with five other New England ACLU affiliates, has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection over President Trump's Muslim travel bans.

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PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine land trust says it has purchased more than 2,000 acres of forested land in Surry for preservation. Blue Hill Heritage Trust bought the land for $650,000, including $400,000 in public funding.

The parcel was heavily logged last winter, and the trust's executive director, Hans Carlson, says he's looking forward to seeing how it recovers now that it's been put in conservation.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's judicial branch is looking into reports that court officers were clapping as a Somali asylum seeker was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents last Thursday.

Judicial branch spokeswoman Mary Ann Lynch says it's an ongoing personnel matter, so she can't comment on what happened, and how the branch might respond.

"If that kind of conduct occurred, it is clearly not appropriate," Lynch says. "We expect that all employees will treat everyone who comes to Maine courts with respect."

People in the Maine's Kennebec Valley are being targeted by yet another phone scam.

MaineGeneral spokeswoman Joy McKenna says this time scammers appear to be calling from MaineGeneral Health.

"These calls were trying to get credit card numbers, saying they wanted to make sure MaineGeneral bills are being paid, or to help with debt service," McKenna says.

Some of the calls are automated. McKenna says MaineGeneral does call people for payment on unpaid medical bills, but doesn't use an automated system.  

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PORTLAND, Maine - The number of loon chicks in southern Maine's lakes and ponds has increased dramatically over last year's count.

The count by Maine Audubon used almost 900 volunteer counters who looked at 304 lakes and ponds across the state.

They found a 76 percent increase in the estimate of chicks - to 384.

But Audubon wildlife biologist Susan Gallo says, contrary to appearances, the trend for chicks is flat.

Several Maine District Attorney’s offices say they’ll stop using a private prisoner-transport company after an investigation by the Lewiston Sun-Journal into allegations by a Lewiston woman, who was being brought from Florida to Auburn to face probation violation, that the company seriously mistreated her during the ride.

A Gorham woman is facing up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to federal fraud charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says between Feb. 2014 and Sept. 2016, Jamie Hussey embezzled more than $91,000 from the South Portland Housing Authority, where she worked as a resident services coordinator.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Perry says Hussey stole from a Housing and Urban Development program, the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, that allowed people to earn money for achieving certain goals.

When Maine author Ron Currie started working on his new novel a few years ago, he couldn’t have known how timely it would be when it came out in the spring of 2017. In an era when absolute truths seem increasingly difficult to grasp, “The One-Eyed Man” concerns K., an average guy who loses his wife to cancer.

The Maine attorney general’s office says it’s ready to fight efforts by the Trump administration to postpone or weaken new, tougher fuel economy standards for new cars and trucks.

Maine is part of a coalition of states, led by New York, that says it will oppose any weakening of the Obama-era standards, which would require corporate fleet vehicles to get 54.5 miles to the gallon by 2025. The Trump administration has ordered that the rules be re-evaluated, and it’s expected to roll them back.

PORTLAND, Maine - Revised rules on the state's new opioid prescription law are due in the next few days - and Maine veterinarians are looking for some changes.

The law sets limits on opioid prescriptions, and it requires vets to check the state's database of prescription records for owners - or whoever brings an animal into the office - before prescribing opioids for a pet.

A new report from the Maine Permanent Commission on the Status of Women says the state should do more to make sure children get affordable early childhood education and more opportunities to pursue jobs in higher-paying science, technology, engineering or math fields.

But acting commission Chairwoman Regina Rooney says educators shouldn’t just seek to funnel girls into traditionally male-dominated fields.

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Think about the huge stone buildings of France — Notre Dame, or the huge medieval castles. That stone had to come from somewhere, right? In fact, it came from huge underground quarries, some under what would become the battlefields of World War I.

Maine Veterans' Homes facility on Cony Rd. in Augusta

Maine Veterans Homes wants to build a new, 138 bed nursing facility in Augusta, across the road from MaineGeneral Medical Center. The existing facility would be replaced with what are described as “small house style” units. Marketing Director Devin Robinson says the “small home” model is the newest, most current nursing home style in the country. That’s in contrast to the current facility which was built using a hospital format with long hallways and large units.