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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As Congress moves through the process of potentially passing a major tax reform package, we're still just starting to get a sense of what's in there - and what it might mean. Advocates for affordable housing in Maine are saying the package could be disastrous.

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Forestry officials are expanding an effort to combat winter moths, an invasive species that kills oak trees and other leafy trees and shrubs, into South Portland.

Maine Forest Service entomologist Charlene Donahue says Wednesday morning she and her colleagues buried a cage of cocoons, that will emerge in the spring as Cyzenis albicans, a kind of parasitic fly that preys exclusively on winter moths.

The flies have been used successfully in the Pacific Northwest, Massachusetts, Nova Scotia, Cape Elizabeth, Peaks Island, Harpswell, Vinalhaven Island, and Kittery.

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A Charles Dickens will perform the classic novel “A Christmas Carol” in Portland on Monday, Nov. 27. That’s Gerald Charles Dickens — the novelist’s great, great grandson.

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John Hodgman is known for a variety of things — he was a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” he has written several books of funny fake facts and hosts the podcast “Judge John Hodgman,” as well as writing a Sunday New York Times Magazine column as Judge John Hodgman.

Maine Hunters for the Hungry is once again asking hunters to donate some of their deer, moose and bear meat, to help feed hungry Mainers.

The state program takes donated meat from hunters and other sources and gives it to food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters around the state.

Jason Hall directs the program. He says it's easy for hunters to donate - they just bring their field-dressed animal to a local processor.

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We know that hepatitis C is an increasing problem, and that it’s closely tied to intravenous drug use. But what is it, exactly? How does it work in your body? Let’s find out.

Hepatitis C kills more Americans than HIV and AIDS, and the number of people who are infected with the disease is growing. Dramatically.

Twenty pedestrians and two cyclists have died in Maine this year after being hit by cars, according to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

The Maine Department of Transportation confirms those numbers, although they haven't officially entered the two most recent deaths.

MDOT's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager Patrick Adams says the number of pedestrians and bicyclists struck and killed by cars has grown dramatically over the last few years.

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When immigrants and refugees settle in Lewiston-Auburn they may not be thinking about lead, but often lead is waiting for them. The cities have the highest rate of lead poisoning in Maine — much of that in the cheap housing units that families rent when they first move to the area.

Just a few days after power was finally restored to nearly all of the hundreds of thousands of Maine customers who lost it in last week's storm, about 28,000 people are once again without it at this hour.

The culprit, once again, is gusty winds. The National Weather Service says winds are now gusting at 20-30 miles per hour across the state, with some gusts up to 40.

Central Maine Power is reporting just under 22,000 outages. CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice says these winds are causing more outages than usual because of last week's storm.

Maine voters voted overwhelmingly to expand Medicaid. But how long will it be before the 70,000 or so Mainers who qualify are covered? It could be months.

Maine Public State House Reporter Mal Leary and Maine Things Considered Host Nora Flaherty discussed the implementation of Maine’s Medicaid expansion. This interview has been edited for clarity.

Flaherty: I think when people heard the news that the referendum had passed many thought coverage would start shortly. Why is it going to take so long?

ImmuCell, an animal biotech firm based in Portland, is a big step closer to getting a new kind of treatment for dairy cows to market.

The company has completed a new facility where, pending approval from the FDA, it will manufacture a dairy-based treatment for mastitis, a common infection in dairy cows.

ImmuCell President and CEO Michael Brigham says using Nisin could save farmers a lot of money.  Unlike with traditional antibiotics, farmers can keep selling milk from cows treated with Nisin because if there is any residue from the treatment it's not a problem.

Maine's largest hunger relief organization will be able to provide about 10 million more meals a year in the state, thanks to a $1 million grant that will help pay for major improvements to its distribution center in Hampden.

Good Shepherd Food Bank works with local organizations to get food from Hampden, to communities all around the state.

Public Affairs Director Clara Whitney says the money will help pay for a renovation which will, among other things, create a lot more cold storage space for nourishing fresh foods.

Maine’s two U.S. senators say raising fees at Acadia and other national parks would be a mistake, and are urging the Interior Department to find other ways to address a $12 billion maintenance backlog.

The department is proposing increasing peak-season fees at 17 national parks, including Acadia, where the cost of a private vehicle pass would almost triple, from $25 to $70.

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine says he worries about negative consequences.

Waterville's chief of police says the office is still looking for two dogs who went missing just after Maine's highest court upheld an order to euthanize them.

The two dogs belong to Danielle Jones, of Winslow, but were being kept at the Humane Society Waterville Area's shelter. A judge ordered that they be euthanized after they killed a smaller dog and seriously injured its owner in 2016.

Jones went to the shelter to take the dogs out for a walk. Chief Joe Massey says when she came back, Jones  said they'd slipped their collars and run off.

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