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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Several Maine libraries, including in Brunswick and Limerick, are opening the week of June 1 for curbside pickup, while others, including in Belfast, will open for limited services inside. The Portland Public Library has also announced it plans to open for curbside pickup on June 8.

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Included in the federal government's array of pandemic relief aid programs is an automatic pause – or forbearance – on federal student loans.

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Beaches in the towns of Scarborough and Old Orchard Beach will be open for recreation Wednesday. That is a change from a walking-only rule the towns had put into place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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As the 2020 Census count continues, Maine has one of the lowest response rates so far, at just over 50 percent.

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Much of the aid that Congress has provided to Americans in financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic has come in the form of vastly expanded unemployment insurance program.

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Maine health officials are reporting another 58 new cases of COVID-19 since Wednesday, for a total of 1,877 positive diagnoses since the pandemic began.

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As Maine’s food pantries struggle to keep up with increased demand, hunger relief organizations around the country are calling for long-term changes to minimize the kinds of supply-chain issues that hit supermarkets hard early on in the pandemic.

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April has always been a key month for state revenues. It’s been the month when people who owe income taxes have to pay or face penalties and interest, so most write that check and pay the taxes they owe. But like so many things this year the coronavirus pandemic has changed that.

State and local governments have been front and center in the U.S. as we face the coronavirus pandemic. That is especially true because of inconsistent messaging from the Trump administration, and the fact that the federal government has not met states' needs for testing and medical equipment. So how has Maine responded since our first case of COVID-19, which was nearly two months ago?

Maine Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman will appear before the Legislature’s Labor and Housing Committee Wednesday to talk about the state's efforts to get unemployment to Mainers who have lost income because of COVID-19.

The coronavirus has changed all of our lives, and this month Maine Public is looking at some of the big emerging issues here, including the state’s public health response to the virus, its impact on the economy and education during social distancing.

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Gov. Janet Mills announced on Tuesday that “cloth face coverings” must be worn, under certain circumstances, as part of her administration’s plan to reopen Maine. Her executive order released Wednesday offers some detail — here’s a look at where you’ll be required to wear a face covering, and when you won’t.

Calais Regional Hospital is cutting about 10 percent of its full-time staff.

A temporary homeless shelter opened Wednesday at the Lewiston Armory.

The veterinary diagnostics and software company IDEXX is announcing a new COVID-19 test for pets, and it’s developing a testing kit for people, as well. It says that effort is in its early stage of development.