Patty Wight

News Producer

Patty is a graduate of the University of Vermont and a multiple award-winning reporter for Maine Public Radio. Her specialty is health coverage: from policy stories to patient stories, physical health to mental health and anything in between. Patty joined Maine Public Radio in 2012 after producing stories as a freelancer for NPR programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered. She got hooked on radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, and hasn’t looked back ever since.

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Opening statements were delivered Friday in Waldo County Superior Court in the trial of Sharon Carrillo, charged with murdering her 10-year old daughter Marissa Kennedy in February of 2018.

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The trial of Sharon Carrillo begins Friday in Waldo County Superior Court. Carrillo is charged with depraved indifference murder for the abuse death of her 10-year old daughter Marissa Kennedy in February 2018.

The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting the state's first flu-related death of the season.

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A former Catholic Bishop who served in Portland from 2004 to 2012 has resigned from his post at the Diocese in Buffalo, New York, following criticism over his handling of sexual abuse allegations.

Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey has joined a coalition of colleagues in other states that is seeking to protect access to abortions.

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South Portland residents worried about toxic emissions from nearly 200 fuel storage tanks heard early results from an ongoing air monitoring survey during a City Council meeting Tuesday night.

A state task force examining the presence of the toxic chemicals PFAS in Maine has issued its preliminary recommendations to protect public health, including testing Maine's drinking water and food supplies for exposure.

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The surge in vaping among teens has alarmed many parents, pediatricians and teachers. Though the chemical of primary concern linked to reported illnesses and deaths has been identified as vitamin E acetate, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says that none of these devices are safe because they contain nicotine and other harmful chemicals. And even if a young person does decide to quit, it can be hard to do.

Health insurance costs are becoming less affordable for those with employer-sponsored plans, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund.

Independent state lawmaker Jeffrey Evangelos has asked the Maine attorney general’s office to review a contested finding in the death of a Massachusetts man while hiking in Maine this summer.

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More retailers and restaurants are eliminating toxic chemicals from food packaging, according to a report from the coalition Safer Chemicals Healthy Families.

The Coast Guard says a sailboat that it has been searching for in the waters off Mount Desert Island since Saturday has been located and is not in distress.

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A nationwide prescription drug shortage is being felt here in Maine.

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A new treatment for cystic fibrosis, or CF, is being hailed as a groundbreaking therapy that can potentially extend the lives of people with the condition.

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A hospital administrator from Maine is stepping down to become chief operating officer of the American Hospital Association.