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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Two weeks after Gov. Janet Mills signed an executive order to study the prevalence of a family of chemicals that pose potential public health risks, environment and health advocates are urging her to do more. They staged their call to action Tuesday at a dairy farm in Arundel, where contamination from the chemicals known as PFAS was discovered two years ago.

Gov. Janet Mills Tuesday signed LD1, a measure that codifies into state law consumer protections under the federal Affordable Care Act.

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A Maine law requiring that only physicians can provide abortion services was challenged in federal district court in Portland Monday.

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A bill that would eliminate philosophical and religious exemptions for vaccines drew hundreds to the Maine State House Wednesday.

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Gov. Janet Mills and Democratic Speaker of the House Sara Gideon have introduced a bill that would expand access to abortions in Maine.

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At the State House today, Democratic lawmakers unveiled a package of bills that tackle the high price of prescription drugs.

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State officials told members of the legislature's Government Oversight Committee Friday that improvements to the child protective system are underway. The panel held a public hearing on the latest report following the abuse deaths of two girls last winter, which details a number of concerns raised by caseworkers. Some lawmakers and citizens say they want more to be done, and soon.

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At a hearing in Augusta Thursday, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) considered whether to approve a negotiated settlement that Central Maine Power (CMP) is offering in order to build a 145-mile transmission line from Canada through western Maine to deliver power to Massachusetts. The deal has the backing of Governor Janet Mills and the state’s Public Advocate, but environmental groups are split, and several municipalities along the transmission line are also opposed.

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Maine Family Planning has filed a lawsuit to block what opponents call the Trump Administration's 'domestic gag rule' on abortion.

It's the latest legal challenge to the final rule released last month that places restrictions on providers who receive federal Title X funds, which cover family planning services for low income patients.

Mid Coast Medical Group

Mid Coast-Parkview Hospital in Brunswick is considering joining MaineHealth. The Mid Coast board recently voted to form an exploratory committee to move from a 25-year affiliation with MaineHealth to full integration.

The board of Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover Foxcroft will vote Wednesday night on whether to merge with Northern Light Health. 

Around 70 harp seals have been stranded in Maine since the beginning of the year, according to rescue organization Marine Mammals of Maine.

State lawmakers considered a proposal on Monday to create a paid sick leave law in Maine.

Town officials in Thorndike are working to rebuild their volunteer fire department after nearly all of its members quit at a Select Board meeting Wednesday night.

First Selectman Larry Ward says the controversy centers around George Russell, the assistant fire chief who resigned recently after Waldo County emergency response officials expressed safety concerns about Russell’s leadership capabilities in a letter.

Meals On Wheels

Hundreds of Maine seniors have been on a wait list in recent years to receive Meals on Wheels. Gov. Janet Mills' proposed state budget doesn't address the wait list, but advocates for seniors are hoping that lawmakers will. A pair of bills before the legislature's Health and Human Services Committee would increase state funding for the program.