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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At first it looked like a Republican House candidate, who has been strongly criticized for his Twitter remarks about two students who survived the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was not going to have any opposition in the race. He now has two opponents, including a primary challenger.

Les Gibson, who is seeking the Maine House District 57 seat, representing Greene and Sabattus, wrote that one of the Parkland students was a "skinhead lesbian," the other a "bald-faced liar."

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Maine Democrats have announced that a party member from Greene will run against a Republican Maine State House candidate from Sabattus, Leslie Gibson, who has been criticized for calling one Florida school shooting survivor a "skinhead lesbian" and another "a bald faced liar."

Democrat Eryn Gilchrist is a political newcomer who works for a medical device company in Bowdoin.

Joel Clement, a scientist from  Maine and the former whistleblower from the Department of Interior, spoke at Bates College Wednesday evening and at Maine Audubon Thursday. He joined Nora Flaherty on Maine Things Considered to discuss his whistleblower complaint and his turn to climate change-centered activism.

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The third nor’easter to hit Maine in the last couple weeks is dumping 12 to 18 inches across much of the state - and more in some areas - with far northern Maine getting most of its snowfall Tuesday night and Wednesday.

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A nor'easter that's sweeping across the Northeast has dumped as much as 19 inches of snow and caused more than 20,000 power outages in Maine.

The boyfriend of the owner of two dogs who disappeared after the state Supreme Judicial Court upheld an order to have them euthanized, was in court today. Brandon Ross pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to comply with a court order.

Shortly after the court upheld the order, their owner, Danielle Jones, took them out of the shelter where they were being held, and didn't bring them back. She said they'd slipped their leashes and run into the woods.

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The people's veto campaign to overturn a law that would eventually repeal Maine's landmark ranked-choice voting system has qualified for the June ballot.

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As the strong nor'easter storm moves in and causes problems in southern Maine, Maine's power companies say they've prepared for the storm, which is expected to bring high winds to the state over the next day.

In an email, Central Maine Power (CMP) spokeswoman Gail Rice says it has brought in about 100 additional crews from contractors in New Brunswick and Maine. She says so far crews have been able to deal with the issues that have come up.

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A rural Somerset County school district said that students and staff will be penalized if they choose to take part in the national school walk out planned for Wednesday, March 14, to protest gun violence.

A new American Lung Association report finds that Maine has one of the highest rates of new cases of lung cancer in the U.S. The report also finds that those Mainers who do get lung cancer are slightly likelier than the national average to survive it for five years.

The report uses data from 2009-2013 and finds that Maine's incidence of lung cancer is just under 75 cases per 100,000 people, which is the sixth-worst rate in the country.

The Portland Jetport had its busiest year in 2017, with more than 1.8 million passengers.

Assistant Airport Director Zach Sundquist says this is largely down to an increase in flights on already-existing routes, so more seats are available to fly to Washington, D.C., or Charlotte, for example.

“All those additional seats are just more frequency for business travelers, and leisure travelers, to get in and out of Maine,” he says.

Sundquist says some airlines are flying bigger planes, with a business-class section.

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A Scarborough-based ambulance provider has settled with the U.S. Attorney's Office for $825,000 over allegations that it billed Medicaid for unnecessary ambulance rides.

In a separate settlement, Portland-Based Maine Medical Center will pay $600,000.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says that starting in 2007, North East improperly billed Medicare to transport patients who'd been discharged, in ambulances and that ambulance transport wasn't medically needed for those patients.

South Portland's city council has passed an ordinance designed to deal with the growth in short-term rentals.

Councilors voted to pass the ordinance, 6-1, Tuesday night. It will make it illegal for people who own homes in residential neighborhoods, but don't live in them, to offer them as short-term rentals.

City Councilman Claude Morgan represents District 1, which includes the popular Willard Beach area. He says for some people, renting out a room in their house works well as an income supplement, but many have taken the short-term rental system a step further.

Gas is about six cents cheaper this week than last week in Maine, with an average price of $2.55 a gallon. But Gas Buddy analyst Patrick DeHaan says it depends where you're looking,

Across Maine, if you're shopping around, some of the cheapest prices - there's some stations in the $2.40s, but if you're not shopping around you may spend quite a bit more - up to 30 cents a gallon more - on the highest end with some stations as much as the $2.70s."


The LePage administration last year announced a plan to devote almost $5 million in state and federal money to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, especially for people who don't have health insurance. The "Opioid Health Home" program was supposed to be a big step forward in comprehensively dealing with the opioid crisis.