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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There have been a lot of rainy days over the last few months, but the National Weather Service says much of the state is still too dry.

"We started out the summer pretty wet, but in early July things took a turn - they really started drying out," says meteorologist Todd Foisey, of the National Weather Service office in Caribou, "and right now eastern Maine from about Houlton to Calais, Eastport, Machias, are in a moderate drought."

Foisey says much of eastern Maine from York County up to Aroostook County is also classified now as "abnormally dry."

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The court master who oversees the rights of mental health patients at Riverview Psychiatric Center says there have been improvements, but there's still some way to go before the Augusta psychiatric hospital is ready to operate without the intense scrutiny of a consent decree.

Dan Wathen has served as court master for Riverview, since 1990, when he was appointed as part of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit by former psychiatric patients.

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For just $3.7 million, you can now buy a historic 44 1/2-acre saltwater farm in North Brooklin, Maine, with a guesthouse, ponds and lovingly maintained gardens.

There has been something of a spider issue. But for potential buyers of this house, that’s a selling point.

Courtesy University of New England

The number of great white sharks may be increasing in the Gulf of Maine.

With an eye toward increasing affordable housing in Portland, Mayor Ethan Strimling has proposed changes to a city zoning ordinance.

One change would double the amount of so-called workforce housing required in housing developments of 10 or more units. Strimling also wants to lower how much people would have to pay to own or rent such units.

Strimling says he wants to make sure middle-income people are able to afford to stay in the city.

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The city of Portland is taking inventory of trees and green space in the city and surrounding area.

The project started Tuesday. It's part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to get a sense of how "green" the nation's urban areas are.

Jeff Tarling is Portland's city arborist. He says forest inventories have been going on in more rural areas for decades, but urban data is important as well.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's attorney general will join a federal lawsuit against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, over her decision to suspend rules meant to protect students from abuses by for-profit colleges.

The borrower defense rules were set to go into effect on July 1. The lawsuit demands that the federal government implement them.

AG Janet Mills says, since many of the loans students take out to attend for-profit colleges are federally subsidized, the current system is effectively subsidizing the schools' profits.

Daniel Moody / Maine Public

Since April, Maine Public has been following Danny Moody of Winthrop, Maine, and Dan Giguere of Manchester, Maine, as they hike the Appalachian Trail.

As of this week, Danny, Dan, and Dan's dog Daisy have walked about 1,100 miles. Daisy is taking a break for a few days, as Dan passes through the difficult Pennsylvania portion of the trail.

Dan and Danny have separated for a few days, but Maine Public Radio's Nora Flaherty checked in with Danny from the trail's halfway point, near Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce's new CEO says the organization needs to change its ways if it wants to thrive in the future.

"There was a day, way back when, when businesses would join the chamber because it was their civic responsibility," says Quincy Hentzel. "Those days were gone."

Hentzel stepped in as interim CEO of the business organization in February, and she's now been hired as the chamber's permanent chief executive.  She says if chambers of commerce are going to stay relevant, they need to provide services that business owners need.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Augusta police say a man who threw a cup of bedbugs onto a counter at the municipal office building in Augusta has been charged with two misdemeanors.

Charles Manning released the bugs in the General Assistance office after learning he didn't qualify for help finding a new apartment, after he'd left one with a bedbug infestation. The building had to be closed for the day, so it could be sprayed.  

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It may feel like the number of mosquitoes in Maine this year is way up, but it’s just getting back to normal.

Maine Medical Center vector ecologist Chuck Lubelczyk says the dry weather over the last two summers led to an unusually low number of mosquitoes, but this year is more normal and the population is rebounding.

Lubelczyk says they’re a particular problem on the coast, where this year’s very high lunar tides have flooded salt marshes and created a mosquito baby boom.

Maine's government shutdown entered its third day on Monday, July 3, 2017, as union members hold a rally across from the Maine State House in Augusta, Maine.
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As many people are traveling to celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday, the state of Maine is experiencing a partial government shutdown. An impasse over the two year state budget continues at the state House in Augusta…where tensions are high. Mal Leary, Maine Public’s Political Correspondent discusses the situation with Maine Things Considered Host Nora Flaherty.

Portions of President Donald Trump’s travel ban will start being enforced at 8 p.m. Thursday. It applies to visa applicants from Syria, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

Maine lawmakers have voted to extend the legislative session for five more days to give themselves more time to hash out a budget deal, as Gov. LePage threatens a shutdown over any new taxes.