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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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.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Portland police are reminding the public to be aware of their surroundings following an alleged sexual assault on a popular walking trail in broad daylight Wednesday.

Police chief Mike Sauschuck says a white male suspect allegedly dragged a 34-year-old woman to tall grass near the half-mile marker of the Back Cove trail and sexually assaulted her.

The suspect is described as more than 6 feet tall and average build, with dark hair and a goatee, and wearing shiny orange shorts and a dark tank top.

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