Patty Wight

News Producer

Patty Wight joined MPBN after working as a freelance radio reporter. She has produced pieces for National Public Radio programs such as All Things Considered and Morning Edition. She produced a 5-part documentary series on Maine’s gubernatorial campaign for Maine Things Considered in 2010. Patty also taught at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, where she first got hooked on radio as a student herself in 2000. After graduating, she immediately sought an internship with MPBN. She’s very happy to return as a reporter.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says the number of drug overdose deaths for 2015 is on track to be similar to last year - the worst on record. She calls that a crisis. But while the state battles drug overdoses, another public health issue is taking even more lives in Maine: suicide.

It was February, two years ago, when Tonya Bailey-Curry of Lewiston found out:  Her 21-year-old son Dante had killed himself.

BIDDEFORD, Maine - The Maine Attorney General's office has decided not to file criminal charges against a former Biddeford police officer accused of sexually abusing former city resident Matt Lauzon when Lauzon was a teenager.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The final rates for the Affordable Care Act's marketplace insurance plans in Maine have been released.

Emily Brostek, of Consumers for Affordable Health Care, says the plans for 2016 have only minor rate increases, and some have even decreased to be more competitive. 

"Despite what we've seen in national news - a lot of scary stories about 30 percent increase in rates in some markets - we're not seeing that in Maine," Brostek says. "And that's fantastic news."

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Thirty years ago this week, 13-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine died in a plane crash. Smith had gained international fame several years earlier for writing a letter to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov expressing her worries about a nuclear war.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a state lawsuit that sought to regain federal certification at Riverview Psychiatric Center. It's the latest blow to the state in its efforts to re-certify since deficiencies were found at the hospital two years ago. Millions in federal money to help care for individuals with severe mental illness is at stake.