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's attorney general will join a federal lawsuit against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, over her decision to suspend rules meant to protect students from abuses by for-profit colleges.

The borrower defense rules were set to go into effect on July 1. The lawsuit demands that the federal government implement them.

AG Janet Mills says, since many of the loans students take out to attend for-profit colleges are federally subsidized, the current system is effectively subsidizing the schools' profits.

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Since April, Maine Public has been following Danny Moody of Winthrop, Maine, and Dan Giguere of Manchester, Maine, as they hike the Appalachian Trail.

As of this week, Danny, Dan, and Dan's dog Daisy have walked about 1,100 miles. Daisy is taking a break for a few days, as Dan passes through the difficult Pennsylvania portion of the trail.

Dan and Danny have separated for a few days, but Maine Public Radio's Nora Flaherty checked in with Danny from the trail's halfway point, near Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce's new CEO says the organization needs to change its ways if it wants to thrive in the future.

"There was a day, way back when, when businesses would join the chamber because it was their civic responsibility," says Quincy Hentzel. "Those days were gone."

Hentzel stepped in as interim CEO of the business organization in February, and she's now been hired as the chamber's permanent chief executive.  She says if chambers of commerce are going to stay relevant, they need to provide services that business owners need.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Augusta police say a man who threw a cup of bedbugs onto a counter at the municipal office building in Augusta has been charged with two misdemeanors.

Charles Manning released the bugs in the General Assistance office after learning he didn't qualify for help finding a new apartment, after he'd left one with a bedbug infestation. The building had to be closed for the day, so it could be sprayed.  

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It may feel like the number of mosquitoes in Maine this year is way up, but it’s just getting back to normal.

Maine Medical Center vector ecologist Chuck Lubelczyk says the dry weather over the last two summers led to an unusually low number of mosquitoes, but this year is more normal and the population is rebounding.

Lubelczyk says they’re a particular problem on the coast, where this year’s very high lunar tides have flooded salt marshes and created a mosquito baby boom.

Maine's government shutdown entered its third day on Monday, July 3, 2017, as union members hold a rally across from the Maine State House in Augusta, Maine.
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As many people are traveling to celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday, the state of Maine is experiencing a partial government shutdown. An impasse over the two year state budget continues at the state House in Augusta…where tensions are high. Mal Leary, Maine Public’s Political Correspondent discusses the situation with Maine Things Considered Host Nora Flaherty.

Portions of President Donald Trump’s travel ban will start being enforced at 8 p.m. Thursday. It applies to visa applicants from Syria, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya.

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Maine lawmakers have voted to extend the legislative session for five more days to give themselves more time to hash out a budget deal, as Gov. LePage threatens a shutdown over any new taxes.

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Maine wild blueberries once again decreased in value in 2016. New numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have the price at a 10-year low - 27 cents a pound.

But the harvest is only about a month away, and Maine Blueberry Commission Executive Director Nancy McBrady says growers have taken steps this year to reduce yields, and, hopefully, increase prices.

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Legislative leaders continue to negotiate in private in hopes of reaching an agreement on the state's two-year budget and avoiding a government shutdown.

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If you're planning to travel by car this Fourth of July weekend, you're in luck -- gas prices are down.

In Maine, the price of gas is down 3.5 cents - to $2.23 a gallon. analyst Patrick DeHahn says, in fact, prices this year are they lowest they've been in more than a decade. "Last summer was one of the best since 2005 to fill up and now it looks like this year may overtake that."

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It was less expensive to live in Maine, on average, than in the U.S. as a whole, in 2015.

In the Portland-South Portland area — one of Maine's three metropolitan areas — the cost of goods and services was just above the national average, however. Rent in this area was also almost 10 percent above the national average.

Comparatively, rents in Lewiston-Auburn were only about 80 percent of the national average and about 90 percent in Bangor.

Maine arts and cultural organizations and their audiences spent more than $150 million in the 2015 fiscal year — and supported the equivalent of almost 4,200 jobs, according to a new study from the national group Americans for the Arts.

In Waterville, one of five Maine communities highlighted in the report, total spending by the nonprofit arts and culture industry was almost $6.3 million.

A judge has denied a request for a new trial from the landlord of a Portland building where a fire in 2014 killed six people.

Supreme Court Justice Thomas Warren ruled the building had inadequate means of escape from third-floor rooms at the house.

Landlord Gregory Nisbet’s lawyer had argued that the prosecution was slow to turn over a memo from the state fire marshal detailing the use of windows as secondary escapes in older buildings.

People filing unemployment claims will now have fewer hours during the day to call and talk to someone about their claim. But they'll still be able to file online or using an automated phone system, at any time.

The Unemployment Claims Center had been open 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. weekdays; now it is only open until 12:30 p.m.

Maine Department of Labor Spokeswoman Julie Rabinowitz said the change will allow more availiblity in the morning, when the center gets most of its calls. The center will then have more people processing claims in the afternoon.