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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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."

AUGUSTA, Maine - Representatives from Maine universities, cities and towns, and churches, as well as public employees, gathered today to encourage Maine's private citizens, public and private organizations and businesses to divest from fossil fuels.

The event at the State House in Augusta was one of what Karen Marysdaughter, of the Maine Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign, says are around 400 events around the world today and tomorrow.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Army National Guard will be sending about 60 soldiers to Massachusetts to help out there after record snowfalls in that state.

Massachusetts has struggled with snow removal with about six feet falling there in the last two weeks. Several roof collapses have been reported as a result of the heavy accumulation.

Maine Guard spokesman Pete Morrison says the troops will go to Massachusetts with heavy equipment to help clear the snow.

AUBURN, Maine - An Auburn company that makes polyester fabrics for the auto industry, is facing more than $100,000 in fines from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

OSHA spokesman Ted Fitzgerald says Formed Fiber's violations fall into two categories: First, equipment used in the production process wasn't properly shut down and locked to stop it from starting during cleaning.

PORTLAND, Maine — A major employee benefits company plans to bring 200 jobs to Cumberland County with a new office in Scarborough.

Sun Life Financial publicist Devon Portney Fernald says the company will start recruiting shortly for about 100 positions in the new office.

"Some of the positions in this office will be disability experts already with the company who work in the area," she says. "But there will be a lot of new jobs as well. We plan to open the office in April, and then over the next couple of years they'll hire about an additional 100 people."

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Office of the Maine Attorney General is urging those who suspect they have been affected by a recent data breach at Anthem take action now.

After a data breach in which hackers gained access to the personal information of about 80 million Anthem customers and employees, a spokesman for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maine says it's not yet clear how many Maine customers have been affected.

But Rory Sheehan say the company will contact those who have, by mail, in the coming weeks.

PORTLAND, Maine - The agency that coordinates public safety communication in Cumberland County has been certified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - or NCMEC  - as a member of its "Missing Kids Readiness Project."

Bill Holmes is director of the Cumberland County Regional Communications Center, which runs dispatch for many of Cumberland County's police departments and the county Sheriff's Office. He says getting information about missing or endangered children out to as many departments as possible, as quickly as possible, is key.

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One of the things that's surprising about Maine, coming from away, is how different politics are here.

Courtesy Lily King

YARMOUTH, Maine - Yarmouth author Lily King says she was "completely surprised, and thrilled, and extremely honored" by her nomination for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle award.

"Some of my very favorite writers are on that list," she says, "so it's truly thrilling to be a part of it."

Those writers include Chang-rae Lee for "Such a Full Sea," Marlon James for "A Brief History of Seven Killings," Rabih Alameddine for "An Unnecessary Woman," and Marilynne Robinson for "Lila."

AUGUSTA, Maine - In his inaugural address Wednesday, Gov. Paul LePage spoke about his plans to continue his focus on reducing domestic violence in Maine. But just how to do that is a complicated question.

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