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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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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.

Lawmakers return to the State House for their second regular session in January. They’re already proposing more than 250 new bills for consideration. Legislative leaders are meeting Thursday to decide which measures will be allowed into the session.

Maine Things Considered host Nora Flaherty spoke with Maine Public reporter Mal Leary about the proposals and what might happen to them.

This interview has been edited for clarity.

Flaherty: That is a lot of bills to take up in the four months of the session.

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At Bates College Monday evening, a national expert on race - specifically racism - in America - spoke on the subject of how to be anti-racist. Ibram X. Kendi is the founder of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, and the winner of the National Book Award for "Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America."

Maine Public's Nora Flaherty spoke with Kendi before his talk, and asked him what he thinks Americans misunderstand about racism. Below is an edited transcript of their conversation:

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Maine's second-largest publicly-traded company officially broke ground on a new headquarters on the waterfront in Portland Tuesday morning.

Melissa Smith is the president and CEO of WEX. She says there were practical considerations to the company's decision to build near the water in Portland, but that's not all.

"We also liked the visibility that you get associated with the city," she says, "so the idea you can bring customers there and they can look at where cruise ships coming in, and this shipping channel they're going to be looking at."

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An MDI Biological Laboratory scientist's work on wounds is getting federal funding from the National Institutes of Health. 

Dr. Vicki Losick is getting $1.7 million over the next three years to study different ways that cells heal themselves after an injury.

Losick says wounds that don't heal - which are associated with diabetes and more generally with aging - are becoming more of a problem. "If your wounds don't heal you're at a higher risk for infection, and that's a considerable problem for Maine, where we have an aging population."