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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The state of Maine could save $26 million dollars in 2016 if it expanded Medicaid, according to a new study.

AUGUSTA, Maine - By a vote of 24 to 10, the Maine Senate has given initial support to a bill that would ban the use of handheld cell phones while driving.

Supporters say distracted driving has surpassed drunk driving as the major public safety hazard on roads. But opponents argue that existing laws already allow law enforcement to penalize distracted drivers.

Last year, more than 2,000 collisions in Maine were the result of distracted driving, and most of them involved cell phones, says Republican Sen. Roger Katz, of Augusta. Twelve people died.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Medical Center is continuing to work toward a successful kidney transplant for Christine Royle, the South Portland mother whose story attracted national attention after she advertised for a donor on her car and a stranger volunteered.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Portland businesses, officials, and residents are gearing up for two anti-waste initiatives that start next week.

Beginning April 15, there will be a city-wide ban on foam packaging and a 5-cent fee on disposable shopping bags.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine's Sarah Lakeman says disposable bags may seem free, but there's a cost to using them.

"We believe the bag fee will help people get in the habit to use their reusable bags and the result will be a cleaner environment and less waste, which are both good things."

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PORTLAND, Maine - Of the 1.3 million people living in Maine, about 37,000 have dementia. Over the next five years that number is expected to increase to more than 50,000. There is no cure, so treatment focuses on managing symptoms.

One nursing center in Portland recently employed a new strategy. The Cedars is the first in the state to use the "Music and Memory" program, which advocates say can tap deeply into dementia patients' memories to help connect them to the present.