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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This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a case that could eliminate health insurance subsidies and potentially unravel the Affordable Care Act. Plaintiffs in King versus Burwell argue that the health care law only allows the federal government to provide subsidies to those who purchase insurance from state-run exchanges. The decision could affect tens of thousands of customers in Maine.

This month, Medicare began covering annual CT scans for lung cancer screening for those at highest risk of the disease. It's the first time a screening option proven to save lives is available for the disease that causes 160,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Over the past two months, the state medical examiner says five babies in Maine have died, and their deaths have been directly related to unsafe sleeping practices.

A federal judge has overturned a Maine law that allows consumers to purchase inexpensive prescription drugs from international online pharmacies.

PORTLAND, Maine - Tonight the Portland City Council will take up a resolution that would support a proposed federal Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution and strengthen federal ozone standards.

Jon, Hinck, one of the councilors who introduced the resolution, says it's important for cities to take a stance on clean air.

"It takes people like us who represent folks who have asthma, who suffer from having dirty air, to step forward and say, 'No. This is important for Maine, it's important for the country,' " Hinck says.