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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A new law took effect on May 1, changing the language used to describe substance use in Maine's laws.

Veterinary technology company Idexx has broken ground on a major expansion in in Westbrook.

The project will cost the company $62 million. It will add a multilevel, 135,000-square-foot expansion to the existing global headquarters. It is scheduled to open late next year.

Spokesman Pete DeWitt says more space is important for the growing company.

“We’re adding all sorts of different types of talent, because with the growth of our business comes a need for more people, new scientists, new people in research and development, new marketers,” he says.

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Scarborough voters decided yesterday, by a wide margin, to recall three school board members, following months of acrimonious dispute over later school start times, a new grading system and the controversial resignation of the high school principal, David Creech.

"There were three main issues in the school system, one being a drastic change in start time, the next being the implementation of an unproven grading system, the third being what is perceived to be the forced resignation of a popular high school principal," says Paul Johnson, one of the leaders of the recall effort.

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Maine faith leaders Tuesday gathered at Wayside Food Programs, a charitable food distribution center in Portland, to urge Maine's congressional representatives to reject the House farm bill.

The bill includes new work requirements and other changes that would make it harder for many people to access the SNAP program, generally known as food stamps.

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If you’ve ever read a story in the news about elver fishing season, you’ve probably seen some variation of this line: “Maine’s the only state in the U.S. with a significant fishery for elvers.”

Maybe you thought that’s because elvers don’t exist in large numbers outside of Maine — that would be a reasonable assumption. But the real reason is somewhat more complicated.

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In the Maine Sunday Telegram this week, reporter Eric Russell looked at overtime in the Maine State Police. Looking at payroll data, he found that police staff took home more than $5.6 million in overtime last year.

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Three more men were sentenced yesterday in the interstate baby eel poaching sting known as "Operation Broken Glass."

A superior court judge says he will not remove state prosecutors from the case of Sharon Carillo who, along with her husband Julio Carillo, is charged with depraved indifference murder in the death of her 10-year-old daughter.

Sharon Carillo's defense attorney, Chris MacLean, had asked for the prosecutors to be removed after a judge ruled they had failed to follow proper procedure in getting Carillo’s school and employment records from New York state.

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The Sanford school department is warning parents that there have been several cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, at the school.

District Superintendent David Theoharides says there have been four confirmed cases at Margaret Chase Smith primary school, and two at Sanford Junior High.

There is a vaccination for pertussis, and it's most common in school-aged kids. Theoharides says in most cases it's not severe for those kids. He says a bigger concern is when they bring it home to younger family members.

Town officials in the Androscoggin County town of Minot say there's no way in place to recall a new school board member elected after being fired from the school district after years of making sexist and racist comments.

But if there's public pressure, the town's administrator says there's a chance that could be changed, and Mike Downing could be recalled.

Downing was a bus driver for the school district, and ran for the board as a write-in candidate, with no opposition. Town Administrator Arlan Saunders says voters didn't have the information about why he was fired.

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It was a chaotic week for those attempting to follow developments of Maine's ranked-choice voting law. And it's still unclear how all of this is going to shake out.

Political correspondent Steve Mistler joined Nora Flaherty on Maine Things Considered to get us up to date and tell us how we got here.

A two-question screening tool that's now being used at primary care doctor's offices in southern Maine, is helping families experiencing food insecurity to find resources they need.

Maine Medical Partners, a division of Maine Health, is using the "Hunger Vital Sign," to find and help those families. Pediatrician Dr. Lucy Amory says since late January, all kids ages one to five get the two-question screener when they come in for their annual physicals.

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Gamblers in Maine spent nearly $54.6 million on slots and table games at the state's two casinos last year.

Those numbers are from the Gambling Control Board's annual report out this month. The report also finds that while Oxford Casino made about $2 million more in 2017 than in 2016, Hollywood Casino made about $900,000 less than the year before.

Milton Champion is the executive director of the Gambling Control Board. He says both casinos made some changes this year.

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The price of elvers in the first few days of the season, is being reported as the highest ever for the fishery.

Maine has the only significant fishery for the young eels, also called elvers, in the country. The Elver season started Thursday March 22, and the Maine Department of Marine Resources is reporting they're currently selling for just over $2,800 a pound.

Only about 30 refugees have been resettled in Maine this fiscal year, according to the Associated Press. That's a huge drop, and it's part of a national trend that's a result of new Trump Administration policies.

Catholic Charities is Maine's only refugee resettlement agency. Spokeswoman Judy Katzel says the Trump Administration has lowered the cap on total refugees by almost half, from 642 in fiscal year 2017, to 375 this year.