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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Central Maine Medical Center is working with consulting firm The Greeley Company to correct deficiencies to meet a federal deadline at the end of the month.

Contract negotiations between Calais Regional Hospital and the Maine State Nurses Association have stalled after nearly nine months of negotiations.

Jessica Hill / Associated Press file

Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey is suing Purdue Pharma in Kennebec County Superior Court for unfair trade practices in its opioid marketing. The suit filed on Monday also names members of the Sackler family, who own Purdue.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Maine youth ages 10 to 24, and the rate of suicides among Maine's youth is higher than the national average.

Brunswick High School is responding to the problem with a new program that trains students to raise awareness and be a resource for peers. Maine Public reporter Patty Wight visited the student training Thursday as part of our ongoing series Finding a Way.

Samantha Sardina via AP

A custody battle over a pet dog that made it to Maine's Supreme Judicial Court is over.

Maine's Health and Human Services Committee is considering a pair of bipartisan bills Tuesday that address generational poverty.

Patrick Sison / AP Photo

A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston finds that prescribing practices are a stronger driver of the opioid crisis in New England than economic conditions. The goal of the study was to better understand the underlying cause of the epidemic, which has claimed 10,000 lives across the region in recent years.

Gov. Janet Mills has signed into law a bill that eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions from the state’s vaccination requirements.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

A Maine attorney says her 13-year-old client is being illegally detained at Long Creek Youth Development Center.

Elaine Thompson / Associated Press file

The Maine Center for Disease Control has confirmed a case of measles in a school-age child in Somerset County.

A hostage standoff in Auburn Tuesday ended when a member of the Maine State Police tactical team shot and killed the man involved, 29-year-old Steven Case.

Joel Page / Maine Public

The Maine House has passed a bill that would allow physician assistants and advanced-practice registered nurses to perform abortions.

Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth is holding a public forum on vaccines Tuesday evening.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has signed a bill into law that sets a goal of ending hunger in Maine by 2030. The task force will be led by the Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry.

Hepatitis A has been confirmed in a food service worker in Caribou.

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