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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PORTLAND, Maine - A new class-action lawsuit claims that an electric company deceived Maine consumers and shorted them of $35 million.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Portland Nov. 18 claims that Electricity Maine used fraud and deception to enroll 200,000 Maine households and small businesses with the promise of substantial cost savings.

But attorney Benjamin Donahue says after a certain amount of time, consumers' rates went up to more than the standard offer, and they weren't given the advance written notice they were legally required to get.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Mainers are driving into one of the busiest - and most dangerous - travel weekends of the year.

AAA of Northern New England estimates that 2.18 million New Englanders will be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. It's expected to be the busiest nationally since before the recession.

In Explain Maine, an occasional series, we look at some of the things that are unique, interesting and quirky about our great state, and we hope to solve some mysteries as well.

Margot Levy

In a year that’s seen a lot of negativity, Mary Latham is crossing the country looking at the positive.

Latham is a couple weeks into her “More Good” road trip, where she’s finding and documenting acts of random kindness all over the U.S. She’s a photographer who’s documenting her stories online.

The stories cheered her and her family up when her own mother was ill, and eventually she’s hoping to turn them into a book for hospital waiting rooms.

It has been 24 hours since most of the results of Tuesday’s election and we’ve heard a lot about how voters in rural areas turned out to vote for president-elect Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton and help tip the scales on Maine ballot questions.

Political correspondent Steve Mistler took a deep dive into the numbers and spoke with Nora Flaherty.

Nora: You’ve been digging into the election returns to see if the numbers tell us a story of the election. What have you found?

PORTLAND, Maine -  As the commission that regulates Atlantic fisheries is due to vote on whether to keep the shrimp fishery open for another year because of population concerns, a research project at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute is looking to get some real numbers about those populations.

The institute is sending Maine lobstermen out with acoustic equipment that will help them learn where the shrimp are congregating over the winter, and where they lay their eggs.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Democratic 1st District incumbent Chellie Pingree has won her fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Pingree beat Republican and political newcomer Mark Holbrook in a campaign characterized by the two candidates sharply differing views on issues including refugees, health insurance and gun control.

"I think there were some uncomfortable moments in my debates with my opponent and you never like to be disagreeable in a debate or having such strong contrasts, but that's what this race was like," Pingree says.

While Maine’s 2nd Congressional District — with over $7 million in independent expenditures — has dominated the headlines, state legislative races are also seeing some incredible amounts of independent expenditures.

PORTLAND, Maine - An airline that flies to Florida from airports in Bangor and Portsmouth, New Hampshire says it's true that it's suffered substantially more unscheduled landings than other carriers in 2015 - but those numbers are down more than 60 percent in 2016.

PORTLAND, Maine - A midcoast company that grows Maine-harvested baby eels to market size is getting some help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

American Unagi founder Sara Rademaker says the Thomaston company will get about $49,000 to help explore products made from the adult eels.

"Eel is commonly eaten as unagi kabayaki, which is what you see in sushi restaurants, so I'm looking at that product," Rademaker says. "And we're also looking at smoked products."

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The election is less than a week away and there are a lot of news stories about campaign spending. But are the voters getting a true picture of who is spending what to influence how they vote?

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The University of Southern Maine is looking to add housing for about 200 students, on a temporary basis, at an apartment building in Portland’s Bayside neighborhood.

The plan, approved by a board of trustees committee this afternoon, would allow the university to enter into a lease with the Bayside Village Apartment Complex.

University President Glenn Cummings says USM is hoping to ultimately have its own dormitories in Portland, as it does in Gorham, where dorms are very full.

PORTLAND, Maine - The severe-to-extreme drought that last week was affecting more than a quarter of Maine, has receded somewhat, thanks to the heavy rain we've been seeing over the last day or so.

That's according to National Weather Service hydrologist Tom Hawley; he says the U.S. Drought Monitor this week is looking very different than a week ago.

PORTLAND, Maine - Some Mainers will be able to ride the bus free to the polls on Election Day. In Portland, METRO marketing director Denise Beck says the agency read about other bus services offering the free rides, and it seemed like a good idea.

"It takes away a barrier for some people," Beck says. "There's going to be a lot of traffic, it may be hard some people to get to the polls. We have frequent service throughout the area, it'll be pretty easy because we have routes all over the place."

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's Sunday River resort will be without one of its ski lifts this winter.

The Spruce Peak Triple failed - and ultimately fell down - this summer. The resort investigated and found that the lift needed to be replaced. But the resort's communications director, Darcy Lambert, says it didn't make sense to do it right now. She says construction would mean closing a lot of otherwise open terrain during the resort's busiest season.