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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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine state Sen. Bill Diamond is looking to make carbon monoxide detectors mandatory in more buildings.

The Windham Democrat first introduced the idea in the Legislature in 2009, but he says at the time he doesn't think people were ready to accept the new technology - or the associated costs. But now, he says, that has changed.

PORTLAND, Maine - Two Maine breweries have made the Brewers' Association's list of the top 50 craft breweries, based on the volume of beer sold. Bart Watson is the chief economist with the association.

"The top 50 list represents the leading craft brewing companies in the United States, small and independent brewers," Watson says. "There were two from Maine this year, Shipyard Brewing Company, based in Portland, and Allagash Brewing Company, also based in Portland. Having two on the list is very impressive, given Maine's low population."

Maine Natural Gas is seeking a rate increase as part of a proposed three-year plan that could drive customers' bills up by nearly $50 per month by 2018.

The company says it needs more than $10 million in additional revenue over the next three years to improve the safety and reliability of its distribution system, expand customer services and bring earnings in line with industry standards.

The group that hopes to create a national park and recreation area in Maine's North Woods is holding a telephone town hall meeting tonight. Callers will be able to dial in and ask questions about all aspects of the proposals.

On the line answering them will be Lucas St. Clair, who has been managing the campaign to develop a national park and recreation area on land owned by his mother, Roxanne Quimby.

CAMDEN, Maine - The planned merger of two banks would create the largest Maine-based bank in the state. Camden National Bank and the Bank of Maine announced today they plan to join together under the Camden National Bank name.

The new bank will surpass Bangor Savings Bank in size, and, according to Camden National CEO Gregory DuFour, will hold about 10 percent of all Mainers' bank deposits.

DuFour says although current Bank of Maine customers will see their bank's name change, it's not yet clear what else might change. 

Courtesy: "I Learn America"

PORTLAND, Maine - A recent wave of immigrants to the city of Portland has meant big changes for the city's public schools, where about 25 percent of students don't speak English at home. As a part of the Portland Children's Film Festival this week, several hundred local high school school kids came together to watch and discuss a film that deals with immigrant teenagers' experiences at one New York City high school.

WATERBORO, Maine - The York County Sheriff's office is investigating an attack in the school yard of Massabesic High School in Waterboro last week in which one female student brutally beat another.

Thomas Baran is chief deputy with the Sheriff's Office. "There's a school resource officer assigned to Massabesic High School," he says. "He is working on this case and has been working on the case, and will be furthering the investigation as we go from here."

It's not yet clear whether the department will file charges in the case.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is asking people who plan to hike the whole trail to register in advance. The registration system is voluntary; it's intended to avoid overcrowding at popular start times for through hikers.

MILLINOCKET, Maine - Millinocket's school board is set to consider that district's first policy on transgender students when it meets tomorrow.

Superintendent Frank Boynton says his is one of several Maine districts to consider such policies in the wake of a Penobscot County Superior Court order that prohibits discrimination against transgender students.

PORTLAND, Maine - No one was hurt this morning when three crushed cars fell off a trailer and onto I-295 in Portland. But two of the highway's four northbound lanes were closed for more than an hour.

The truck was moving 15 crushed cars to a Topsham recycling plant when the accident happened at about 7:30 this morning.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says the cars fell when a cable securing them to the trailer broke near Tukey's Bridge. While drivers had to swerve to avoid the cars, "fortunately, they did, and made it through," McCausland says.

ALFRED, Maine - After an investigation that began in November, a York County Superior Court grand jury has indicted eight people on charges ranging from burglary to firearm violations.

The eight residents of Buxton, Limington and Limerick are alleged to have robbed a number of houses - one of which, by chance, belonged to a gun collector - and sold the stolen guns for drugs and money.

State Trooper Jeremy Forbes says the investigation began when three members of the group were arrested on burglary charges.

FRIENDSHIP LONG ISLAND, Maine - Many of us have been inconvenienced by this year's extreme winter weather, but perhaps few more than lobster researcher Diane Cowan.

LEWISTON, Maine - Most people don't like to talk about hair removal. But in America, it's a big business, and a big preoccupation for women and men alike.

In her new book, "Plucked: A History of Hair Removal," Bates College Professor Rebecca Herzig explores how American's views on hair have changed over time - from the first bearded Europeans who arrived on the continent and met smooth-skinned native Americans, to the growth of the waxing industry.

A new nationwide Gallup poll finds that the number of Mainers without health insurance dropped significantly in the first year since the Affordable Care Act's insurance requirement took effect.

In 2013, 16.1 percent of Maine residents were without insurance; in 2014 that number dropped to 11.6 percent.

China's rising middle class, along with Maine lobsters' big, meaty claws and relatively low price point, are helping fuel a big surge in American lobster sales in China.

China also buys lobsters from several other countries, but Robert Bayer of the University of Maine's Lobster Institute says the price of American lobster is very competitive.

"The primary competition in Asia in general is lobster from Australia and New Zealand, which has always been priced much, much higher than American lobster," Bayer says.  "So we're able to compete on price, bigtime."