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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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.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine State Police say two drivers are in critical condition following a crash on Interstate 95 in Pittsfield.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland says a truck driver was heading southbound in the northbound lanes of I-95 just before 7 p.m. Sunday.  He says the crash - and, in particular, one big question - is still being investigated:

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It’s well known among Maine art lovers that the iconic Andrew Wyeth painting “Christina’s World” is a portrayal of a real woman – Christina Olson – and her real house, in rural Cushing, Maine.

A Quebec musher won his eighth victory in Maine’s biggest sled dog race, the 250-mile Irving Woodlands Can-Am Crown.

Martin Massicotte finished late Sunday, completing the race in 20 hours, 7 minutes and 38 seconds. He was followed by two other Quebec mushers, Andre Longchamps and Denis Tremblay.

Race spokesman Beurmond Banville says those three finished within 47 minutes of each other.

“The winner, Massicotte, beat out Longchamps by 17 minutes, and then Denis Tremblay came in 3rd, and the three of them were within 47 minutes of each other after 221 miles,” he says.

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Unless you’re a hermit yourself, there’s a good chance you know about Chris Knight, better known as the North Pond Hermit. Knight lived alone in the woods in the Belgrade Lakes area for 27 years, stealing the necessities of life from camps before he was discovered and arrested in 2013.

PORTLAND, Maine - If you're a user of one of more than 219 libraries across Maine, you may have an easier time using your e-reader to get books.

Maine InfoNet works with public, academic, and school libraries on resource sharing. Executive Director James Jackson Sanborn says the new, app-based "Cloud Library" system should improve things for readers who've found the old program clunky.

BELFAST, Maine - Dozens of people in Belfast say they had money stolen from their bank accounts after using the ATM at the Down East Credit Union branch on Saturday.

Police in Belfast say someone apparently installed a so-called skimming device in that ATM, and that they haven't found any others in the area.

The credit union says the breach didn't happen internally and it believes fewer than 100 members were affected. Most of the withdrawals were made in New York.

PORTLAND, Maine - New numbers from the online short-term rental marketplace Airbnb show that about 174,000 people used the service in Maine 2016.  The company says that's a 100 percent increase from the year before. "Hosts," as they're called, in Maine, earned more than $26 million last year.

The majority of those rentals were in Portland, where about 51,000 people rented Airbnb's -- earning owners about $7 million.

The other top markets were Bar Harbor, South Portland, Ellsworth and Old Orchard Beach.

After a police officer shot and killed a man in Portland this weekend, advocacy groups are calling for the city to speed up its timeline on buying and using police body cameras.

Steven Biel with Progressive Portland, a group joined by the ACLU of Maine in calling for the change, says the City Council has budgeted $400,000 for body cameras starting in fiscal year 2019. But he says the shooting of 22-year-old Chance David Baker by Sgt. Nicholas Goodman illustrates why police need body cameras sooner.

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The new film “Best and Most Beautiful Things” tells the story of Michelle Smith, a young woman who is legally blind and on the autism spectrum. It’s a story about the obstacles Michelle faces because of her disability, but it’s not a story about her disability. Instead, it’s a look at a woman searching for independence and finding it, to a great extent, online.

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Parts of Portland’s Munjoy Hill are under a boil-water order after a water main break left a car-size hole in Portland’s Preble Street, one of three breaks the Portland Water District was handling Friday.

People on the portion of Munjoy Hill northeast of Sheridan Street are being told to boil their water for a minute before drinking, making ice cubes, washing food or brushing their teeth.

PORTLAND, Maine - The CEO of Freeport-based L.L. Bean told staff that the company stands with any employee affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban, and offered to support them in any way possible.

The publication Politico reports that, in an internal memo, Stephen Smith said the company supports diversity, and believes in an inclusive, welcoming work environment.