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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PORTLAND, Maine - More than half of U.S. businesses with 50 or more employees have workplace wellness programs. The goal is to improve health and reduce insurance costs.

While recent studies have cast doubt on the overall effectiveness of these programs, the $6 billion a year industry has an ever-changing line-up of options. One of the more recent additions embraced by some companies in Maine targets an area of health often overlooked by workplace wellness programs.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Residents of Portland will likely vote this November on whether to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. 

On Friday, members of the group Portlanders for a Living Wage submitted 3,000 signatures to get the issue on the ballot.

Steering committee member Tom MacMillan says the proposal puts an end to poverty wages.  "Big businesses with over 500 employees would be required to pay $15 an hour by July of 2017, while small businesses will have until 2019."

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed Meals on Wheels funding as a line item in the proposed state budget.

The executive director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Jessica Maurer, says she's shocked that the governor crossed off the proposed $55,000 funding for the program.

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PORTLAND, Maine - FairPoint workers hit the picket lines again Thursday morning just months after a four-month strike ended in February.

Local Maine IBEW 2327 union President Diane Winton says they're protesting planned layoffs for 260 employees across the company's 17 markets.

"A lot of the departments they've targeted are into forced overtime, and we don't understand," Winton said. "If you're mandatory making people work overtime, how can you cut from that department?"

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PORTLAND, Maine - The group Physicians for Social Responsibility has released an update to a 2010 report on the health consequences of climate change.

Board member of the Maine chapter, Dr. Lani Graham, says the rise in vector borne-diseases is particularly troubling. The number of reported Lyme disease cases in Maine has increased 1,800 percent in 14 years.

"It's not just going to be Lyme disease," Graham said at a Portland news conference. "There are other diseases and illnesses out there that are going to be present."