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 — The names of the 47 victims of the Lac-Megantic, Quebec, oil train explosion two years ago were read Monday afternoon at a remembrance here in Monument Square.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Another day, another huge decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - A College of the Atlantic program that helps students set up sustainable business ventures and receive college credit is getting a $1.5 million grant from a foundation honoring a former Mount Desert Island summer resident.

The grant from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation will provide the program - called "The Hatchery" - with money for support staff, and seed funding for startups.

PORTLAND, Maine - City and church leaders are gathering in Portland tonight to honor those killed in last week's church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. The city of Portland, the NAACP Portland Branch, Portland's Racial Justice Congress, Green Memorial AME Zion Church and Williams Temple Church of God and Christ organized the event at Merrill Auditorium.  Maine Things Considered host Nora Flaherty talks with Irwin Gratz, who is covering the gathering.

A similar event is scheduled for Monday evening in Bangor.

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - More than 30 Maine organizations, including energy companies, environmental groups, and five of the state's largest chambers of commerce, turned out on the Bowdoin College campus today for an unusual town meeting to discuss Maine's economy and climate change, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

"It's just one of the few opportunities I've seen to have a calm and rational conversation about climate that isn't all locked up in partisan politics," says moderator Alan Caron, of Envision Maine.

AUGUSTA, Maine - After a quiet period, Central Maine Power is reporting a new surge of scam calls to customers.

"This week we have received a number of reports from customers that are telling us that people claiming to be from CMP are calling them, threatening them with imminent disconnection, and demanding immediate payment," says CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice.

OLD TOWN, Maine - Old Town police and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating a death at the Expera Specialty Solutions pulp mill in Old Town.

Captain Lee Miller of the Old Town Police says his department responded to a call yesterday about 54-year-old truck driver Mark Guay, who fell from the trailer of his truck. "And he fell approximately 25 feet to the bottom of that hopper," Miller says, "and he died as a result of those injuries."

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KENNEBUNK, Maine - Kathleen Nolan of Kennebunk returned home Sunday from Nepal after surviving the devastating earthquake that hit April 25.

WASHINGTON - Maine's U.S. senators - Republican Susan Collins and independent Angus King - say the U.S. Department of Transportation's new rules for rail transportation of oil are a step in the right direction.

Both Collins and King have pressed for higher safety standards. Sen. King says there's still much more to do.

"I welcome the administration's new rule as a positive step toward enhancing rail safety, and safeguarding communities in Maine and throughout the nation," he says. "But I do intend to stay on this issue until it's fully resolved."

Maine taxpayers will be picking up the tab for some $16 million in payments to out-of-state investors over the next four years, after they took advantage of a state program aimed at creating jobs in economically depressed communities.

The complicated story of how those investors got hold of these payments from a deal involving the now-defunct Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket is laid out in a two-part story by Whit Richardson of the Portland Press Herald.

EDGECOMB, Maine - The search for a 74-year-old Edgecomb woman has come to a tragic end. Authorities say Lynn Crink's body was found in the Sheepscot River about five miles from her home, at about 2 this afternoon.

Mrs. Crink was last seen Friday afternoon, when she told her husband she was going for a walk.

Her body is being taken to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Augusta for an autopsy, and to determine the cause of death.

Investigators don't suspect foul play.

ORONO, Maine - A search and rescue organization based in Orono has received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to use unmanned aircraft systems -- often called drones.

"This is just a vast improvement: lower level, better resolution, and all weather," says Downeast Emergency Medicine Institute Director Richard Bowie .

Bowie says the FAA's permission will make DEEMI's searches for missing people safer, easier and more effective. He says the not-for-profit organization conducts about 25 search and rescue operations per year, all over New England.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A year after revelations that sick veterans were facing excessively long wait times for care at facilities run by the Veterans Affairs Administration - and that the VA was actively covering up those long wait times - some things have changed at the VA.

But, nationwide, one of those things is not wait times. According to an Associated Press investigation released today, the number of patients facing long wait times hasn't dropped at all -- in fact, the number of appointments that take more than 90 days to set up has almost doubled.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Registered nurses at Mount Desert Island Hospital have voted to authorize their union to call a strike.

Vanessa Sylvester, of the Maine State Nurses Association, says negotiations stalled over medical technology issues, management demands for what the union is calling "significant and arbitrary" cuts in pay rates for some nurses, and other issues.

Sylvester says the next step is federal mediation. "And it is our hope that through the federal mediator the hospital will come back to the bargaining table and work toward a resolution of this contract."

ORONO, Maine - An undergraduate animal and veterinary science major at the University of Maine at Orono has developed a method to evaluate lobster shipping viability based on claw strength.

Matthew Hodgkin developed a device that measures the closing strength of a lobster's crusher claw. The device allows for testers to determine muscle mass measurements without using a blood sample - a more onerous process that's standard in the industry. Lobsters with more muscle mass are better able to handle the stress of shipping.