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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Finding a cause of death for hundreds of surf clams that washed up on Old Orchard Beach last week isn't a major priority.

That's according to a spokesman for the state Department of Marine Resources.  Jeff Nichols says commercial harvesting is already prohibited in the area, so no one is likely to eat and be sickened by the clams.

"It is a closed area for harvesting so the bureau is not focusing its resources on that at this point," he says.

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Danny Moody and Dan Giguere both recently finished hiking the nearly 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail.

The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed Halsey Frank as the new U.S. attorney for the district of Maine.

Frank is a longtime assistant U.S. attorney in Maine, and before that he did the same job in Washington, D.C.

Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins recommended Frank for the post. "Halsey has some 30 years of experience as a federal prosecutor so he's extraordinarily well qualified for this position and can hit the ground running," she says.

An effort to get more Native American college students to study science, technology, engineering and math subjects is getting funding from the National Science Foundation.

The $300,000 grant will help establish a program to bring traditional knowledge and learning methods into higher education. Darren Ranco, chair of Native American programs at the University of Maine in Orono, says this kind of approach is known to help students.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage told reporters Thursday morning that Anthem's decision to drop out of Maine's ACA marketplace next year has nothing to do with anything President Trump has done. Instead, LePage blamed the Affordable Care Act itself.

"They are dying in the individual market - they can't make money," LePage said Thursday, at a conference in Falmouth on natural gas.

Maine will get almost $6 million in federal money to continue its home visiting program for pregnant women and new parents.

The $5,944,280 is part of $342 million that the Health Resources and Services Administration is providing to 55 states, territories and nonprofit organizations to continue the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

Maine will get almost $6 million in federal money to continue its home visiting program for pregnant women and new parents.

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A controversial campaign to build a York County casino is touting an analysis that says the project will bring millions of dollars in state revenues, thousands of jobs and a boost to the region’s household earnings. The analysis was paid for by Progress for Maine, the political action committee leading the campaign to approve Question 1.

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More than 500,000 Mainers’ personal information may have been accessed in the massive Equifax breach last week, but Maine’s superintendent of consumer credit protection says not to panic, even if you find out you’ve been breached.

On instruction from New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, the New Hampshire Attorney General's office has sent a team to Claremont, NH, to assist in the investigation of an Aug. 28 incident in which an 8-year-old biracial boy was allegedly nearly hanged by a group of white teenagers.  

The teens are alleged to have thrown rocks at the boy and taunted him with racial slurs. He was treated for rope burns and cuts to his neck.

The death of a 54-year-old Portland man over the weekend has been ruled a homicide.

Portland police are investigating the death of Sunao Thomas Yamada Jr., who was found dead early Sunday morning in downtown Portland.

They say Yamada was homeless and tended to spend his time in the area of Temple Street and Monument Square, where he was found.

It is believed that he was killed around 3:20 a.m. Around that time he was seen with a white male, 25-30 years old, 6 feet tall, with a thin build and short dark hair.

A research institute at Maine Medical Center will get $11 million from the National Institutes of Health to create a multidisciplinary research center to study human metabolism and metabolic diseases such as obesity, osteoporosis and diabetes.

Researchers at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute have been studying how fat, bone and the brain control overall metabolism in the body. Faculty scientist and Program Director Lucy Liaw says the award provides funding to young investigators to conduct cellular, molecular, biochemical and clinical research.

The Trump administration says it will cut the funding for the program that helps people navigate the Affordable Care Act sign-up process by about 43 percent. That’s in addition to dramatically cutting advertising for the ACA’s open enrollment period.

In Maine, the navigator program is coordinated through Western Maine Community Action, with in-person navigators available throughout the state. Program Coordinator Ashley McCarthy says Thursday’s announcement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was a shock.

Middle school students in Lewiston will now be required to keep their cellphones turned off, from the start to the end of the school day.

Jana Mates is principal of Lewiston Middle School. She says while elementary schools in her district don't allow cellphones, the high school allows them at teachers' discretion, for things like doing research, online learning or listening to music between classes.

A job fair Tuesday will kick off Maine’s annual Hire-A-Vet campaign.

Auta Main, veterans program manager at the Maine Department of Labor, says veterans bring a very desirable skill set to any job.

“Even at a young age they become leaders, they’re often supervising 30 or 40 people when they’re 20 years old. They come with leadership skills, teamwork. They’re prompt, they show up on time, they’re disciplined. They love mission and purpose,” she says.