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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The CEO of the company that lost its contract with the state after the death of an adult resident in its care says the Department of Health and Human Services is responsible.

The state announced Monday that it has terminated its MaineCare contract with a Biddeford-based provider following the death of an adult with developmental disabilities in August.

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Maine is receiving nearly $15 million in federal grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to identify and clean up lead in low- to moderate-income housing.

Maine's life science sector, which includes companies such as IDEXX and Jackson Laboratory, has grown by 14% in the past five years, according to a new report from the Bioscience Association of Maine. 

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Maine's Congressional delegation announced Friday that the city of Portland, Preble Street Resource Center and the Jewish Community Alliance will receive nearly $900,000 in federal funding for the aid that they provided to hundreds of asylum seekers who arrived in Maine this summer. The bulk of the funding is being awarded to Portland's family shelter.

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Former state Rep. Dale Crafts has become the latest Republican to announce his bid to run for Maine's 2nd Congressional District and unseat Democrat Jaren Golden.

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Maine Republicans rallied outside of Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden’s Lewiston office on Tuesday to protest what they say is his lack of support for President Donald Trump.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is considering an appeal in a case involving a teen boy who was detained at Long Creek Youth Development Center for seven months after being found incompetent to stand trial. Though the teen is now in residential treatment, his attorney argues that his case sets a bad precedent.

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It has been six weeks since hundreds of asylum seekers — mostly from African countries — had to vacate the Portland Expo, and the housing search for these nearly 450 people continues.

Maine Behavioral Healthcare unveiled a new treatment center in South Portland Thursday for people with opioid and other substance-use disorders. It's the fifth so-called 'hub' for treatment under the MaineHealth system, and it’s the only one that operates in Cumberland County, which has the most drug overdose deaths in the state.

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Four new lung illnesses related to e-cigarette use have been reported in Maine, according to the state Center for Disease Control (CDC). That brings the total number of cases in Maine to five.  The cases in Maine add to the growing list of more than 800 hospitalizations reported nationwide, as well as twelve deaths.

Maine has a shortage of caseworkers, according to a new analysis by the state Office of Child and Family Services.

Forty-eight veterans died by suicide in Maine in 2017, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — a number that has held relatively steady for the past several years.

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The state Fire Marshal says an explosion in Farmington that destroyed a social services agency earlier this month was caused by a leak in a propane line. Though the cause has been identified, the investigation into the blast is still not over.

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Seven deaths and hundreds of lung injuries in people who use e-cigarettes have prompted Democratic state Senator Rebecca Millett to draft a bill that would ban the sale of the devices.

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