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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A local challenge to a new Trump administration rule that critics say would limit access to abortion was heard in federal District Court in Bangor Wednesday.

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Officials from Maine towns infested with browntail moths are urging state lawmakers to help them fight the invasive pest.

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The United States spends more per capita on prescription drugs than nearly a dozen other high income countries. In recent years, the prices of brand name drugs have shot up more than 60 percent.

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Three people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Lewiston man during a brawl last June. The death of 38-year-old Donald Giusti came at a time of rising ethnic tensions in the city and sparked a call for peace by immigrant community leaders.

A 21-year old woman from Bucksport has been charged with murder in the 2017 death of two-year old Kloe Hawksley. Savannah Smith was the partner of the child's father.

Hawksley was found dead inside a Bucksport home in October of 2017 after a 911 call about an unresponsive child. Her death was ruled a homicide that December.

Smith is at the Hancock County jail, and is scheduled to appear in court in Ellsworth at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

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Vaccination rates in Maine continue to drop, according to an annual school immunization report released Friday by the state's Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Thursday lawmakers on the Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Committee considered two bills that would limit the use of short term health insurance. The proposals are in response to the Trump administration recently expanding the availability of short term plans, which critics refer to as "junk" insurance.

A proposal before state lawmakers would establish two locations in Maine where people with substance use disorder can safely inject drugs.

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Dozens of Maine children who need residential treatment for severe mental health and behavioral issues are currently getting that care out of state. A bill before the state legislature aims to bring those kids back.

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Prenatal care and children's mental health are among areas of concern identified in the latest Maine Kids Count Data Book. According to the report produced by the Maine Children's Alliance, Maine's infant mortality rate is high, as is the number of children diagnosed with anxiety and depression. But the findings suggest that Maine has made progress in other areas.

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Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, a Democrat, has introduced a bill that would create a universal paid family and medical leave program in Maine.

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Nova Scotia energy company Emera is selling its Maine subsidiary to another Canadian company, ENMAX Corporation, for $959 million.

The Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) is trying to identify individuals who may have been exposed to rabies last weekend in Bangor through the handling a rabid bat.

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Maine's childhood screening rate for lead poisoning is the lowest in New England, according to a new report released by the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition.

Northern Light Health's Board of Directors gave unanimous approval Wednesday afternoon to pursue a merger with Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft.

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