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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After an emotionally-charged city council meeting, South Portland is set to either repeal a second version of its short-term rental ordinance or send it to voters in November.

Gas prices in Maine were down a little this week, during what GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHahn says has been an unusually stable summer.

The number of overdose deaths in 2017 increased more in Maine than in almost any other U.S. state, and more than in any other state in New England.

Online absentee ballot are now available for Maine voters for the November election.

Maine State Police are investigating the deaths of two people in Gardiner Thursday.

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The Maine Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Portland landlord Gregory Nisbet, who was convicted of a code violation after a fire at one of his properties killed six people. He was acquitted of six counts of manslaughter from that fire.

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The quota for Maine's most valuable fishery by weight won't be increasing. The board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted down a proposal to increase the amount of elvers fishermen could catch by about 20 percent.

The vote comes after the elver season ended early this year because of illegal sales of the baby eels. Maine Department of Marine Resources Jeff Nichols says the quota will stay at just under 10,000 pounds.

PORTLAND, Maine - A combination of heat, high humidity and poor air quality is putting people along the Maine coast with respiratory problems at risk.

Maine Department of Environmental Protection meteorologist Martha Webster says a huge smoke plume from the western wildfires, is reaching the East Coast.

She says movement of air pollution is typical, but combined with the high heat and humidity, it's making even healthy, physically fit people more likely to get sick from the heat.  

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In recent years, the ukulele has become increasingly popular for would-be musicians of all ages.

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After a spill of more than 1.5 million gallons of partially-treated wastewater into Casco Bay last week, a report on the incident from Portland Water District says human error was to blame.

The report also says that there weren't any alarms on the tanks that would have indicated they were getting close to overflowing. Scott Firmin is the director of Wastewater Service for the Water District. He says the tanks weren't alarmed because they're regularly cleaned to prevent buildup of material on the bottom.

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The Peaks to Portland fundraising swim will go on as scheduled Saturday.

On Thursday about one million gallons of partially-treated sewage from the city's wastewater treatment plant spilled into Casco Bay.

Dave Madore of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection says the primary concern is bacteria in the water.

“The cove itself has a high dilution rate, so with one time behind it, a lot of that is going to move out and away. It may take some time for that to actually move out,” says Madore.

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Independent Sen. Angus King said that he is "genuinely puzzled" by what he describes as the Trump Administration's continuing efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

“Genuinely puzzled about what appears to be an obsession or a mania with removing health insurance from people,” King said. “With keeping people from having health insurance. I just don't get it.”

Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, King said having access to healthcare is a fundamental right.

South Portland is once again attempting to regulate short-term vacation rentals in the city.

Tuesday night, the City Council passed a new, modified ordinance to replace a measure it unanimously repealed in April, after a successful petition drive.

Among other things, the new rules limit short-term rentals of houses to commercial zones, unless the owners can prove the house is their primary residence.

City Councilor Adrian Dowling opposes the restrictions. He says most landlords who operate "un-hosted" rentals are responsible neighbors.