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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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.

The body of a 62-year-old man was found Thursday morning near Lower Wass Cover on the Pleasant River, in Washington County.

Delbert Caler of Harrington, went missing last night. He was a licensed shellfish harvester and he's believed to have been clamming when he went missing.

Caler was found after a search by the Maine Marine Patrol, the Warden Service, and local people.

A 14-year-old girl who went missing in Portland on Jan. 27, has been found in the Bronx in New York City.

The Portland Police Department said in a statement that she was found unharmed, and has been reunited with her family.

Hilda Vanessa Sanaguaray-Upaya ran away after arguing with her family, and wasn’t carrying a cellphone. She also wasn’t carrying much money.

After a search that involved Maine State Police, the FBI, police departments in New Jersey and New York City and information from social media, she was found by police in the Bronx.

Some Augusta police will be getting a big raise over the next two years. Under a new union contract, some officers' pay will increase by about 20 percent during that period.

City Manager Bill Bridgeo says the unions representing patrol officers and supervisors presented evidence that Augusta police were being paid about 20 percent less than other similarly-sized departments in Maine.

Officials at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor say a hard drive containing personal information on 660 patients has gone missing from the hospital after construction.

EMMC President Donna Russell-Cook says the drive doesn’t have the kind of information that could easily enable ID theft.

“There is no — I repeat no — Social Security number, no financial information, no addresses would be located in that. We understand the concern that patients may have but we feel the risk is very low,” she says.

Officials say Carbonite’s decision to trim its workforce at a Lewiston call center over the last few years while still taking advantage of a state tax incentive program doesn’t violate the program’s terms.

Doug Ray of the Maine Department of Economic And Community Development says that’s because the company gets the benefits of the Pine Tree Development Zone program for every job it adds to the economy, even if the company is offering fewer jobs this year than it did last year.

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Jason Savage, the Executive Director of Maine's Republican Party, was already under fire for his connections to an anonymous political attack website known as the Maine Examiner. Savage is now admitting that he didn't file income tax returns for two years. 

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees is still working on refining its policy on political activity by employees.

The recently unveiled draft policy has drawn criticism from faculty and others because of fears they'd be prohibited from expressing their views and engaging in the political process.

The second earthquake in the last week shook northern Cumberland County early Wednesday morning, though not very much.

Henry Berry, a geologist at the Maine Geological Survey, said the magnitude 2.3 quake happened at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, and would have been felt in the Paris and Otisfield areas.

There was another, somewhat stronger quake near Dresden last Thursday, but Berry said this does not indicate a trend.

“Earthquakes are actually fairly common in Maine at these small magnitudes,” said Berry. “We have a few in the magnitude 2’s every year, generally.”

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Returning an overdue book to the Bangor Public Library will no longer cost you.

As of the first of the year, the library is not charging fines for late books, as long as they are not more than one month late.

Library Executive Director Barbara McDade said abolishing fines will get rid of one of the biggest reasons people say they don't use the library.

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Twenty-one Mainers have died so far this season from the flu. That's according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

But Maine CDC epidemiologist Sara Robinson says that number is likely a little low. She says while 21 people had the flu listed as the cause of death on their death certificates, many more people die from other causes, as a result of having it.

The Lewiston City Council has concluded a two-year effort to assess the needs of immigrants and refugees in the city. Among the report’s biggest recommendations is the development of a centralized office to work with them and also to improve language services.

City Council President Kristen Cloutier says language barriers make every aspect of life harder for immigrants and refugees.

“It affects everything from accessing health care services to being able to communicate with your child’s teacher, to filling out a job application,” she says.

Camden National Bank plans to use some of the money it's saving on corporate taxes under the new Republican tax plan to give bonuses to its non-executive employees.

Full-timers will get a $1,000 bonus, part-timers $750.

Camden President and CEO Greg Dufour says while it's nice to be able to thank employees for their service, it's also about employee retention and long-term planning.

Biddeford has become the latest Maine city to file a federal lawsuit against several manufacturers and distributors of opioids.

The Biddeford City Council voted earlier this month to join the nationwide lawsuit which is intended to bring some relief to local cities and towns from the costs associated with the opioid epidemic. Those include medical expenses, additional law enforcement and treatment programs.

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The deadline to enter Maine's lottery for new elver fishing licenses is coming next Monday, Jan. 15.

Maine Department of Marine Resources spokesman Jeff Nichols says this year, there are 13 new licenses available for Maine residents who haven't had their eligibility suspended, and who are at least 15 years old.

"This is a nice opportunity for people to get into this - what is, by far, the most lucrative fishery we have on a per-pound basis," Nichols says.

In the last season, elvers were worth more than $1,300 per pound. Overall, the fishery brought in $13 million.

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