Nora Flaherty

All 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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Kevin Bennett / For Maine Public

Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to include Maine farmers and food distributors in a program that buys fresh produce, dairy and meat from farmers and distributes them to people in need.

Gerry Broome / Associated Press

State regulators have ruled that Central Maine Power will be allowed to continue sending disconnection notices to households with past-due balances during the winter season.

Nearly a quarter more people died in Maine from drug use in the first nine months of 2020, than the year before.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Gov. Janet Mills is proposing a two-year budget of $8.4 billion, a spending plan bolstered by federal pandemic relief funding and better-than-expected revenue forecasts.

Graeme Kennedy / Portland Museum of Art

Employees at the Portland Museum of Art finished voting in mid-December on whether to unionize — but those votes won’t be counted until the National Labor Relations Board decides whether to allow PMA management to exclude certain employees from the union.

A new law goes into effect on Friday that allows employees at many Maine businesses to earn up to 40 hours of paid leave a year, for use as either sick or vacation time.

Mal Leary / Maine Public/file

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, it shut down Maine’s court system, creating a serious backlog of cases.

Sixty-four people died in Portland while homeless in 2020. That’s according to the human services nonprofit Preble Street, which is holding its annual vigil virtually on Monday.

Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln says it has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and is now much more financially viable.

Steve Luciano / Associated Press file

UMaine men’s ice hockey has temporarily suspended team activities, and players and staff are in quarantine, after someone in the program tested positive for COVID-19.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

An unexpectedly heavy nor’easter is covering southern Maine and much of the Northeast with light, dry snow.

Southern Maine may get more snow Wednesday night into Thursday than it has seen so far this year, with more than six inches in some areas.

Mike Eckster of the National Weather Service office in Gray says it’s not certain exactly how much snow is coming.

“Generally looking like 6-plus inches in extreme southern Maine, especially in York County, and you’re going to get less snow as you head farther north,” he says.

Eckster says Cumberland County is likely to see 5-9 inches, but unlike the heavy, wet snow that fell during the last storm, this snow will be dry.

About 1 in 4 small-business owners in the U.S. say they’ll have to close if economic conditions don’t get better soon.

The new numbers from the National Federation of Independent Businesses aren’t broken down by state, but NFIB Maine state director David Clough says the story is no different in Maine, where small-business owners are in a much weaker position now than they were at the start of the pandemic.

He says many are reluctant to take on government aid that might come with strings attached, such as PPP loans that could require repayment.

The state is investigating contamination of dozens of wells in the Somerset County town of Fairfield.