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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LEWISTON, Maine - The number of Mainers who purchased insurance in the Affordable Care Act's online marketplace has already sky-rocketed beyond last year's record statistics.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine has slipped from being the first  - and only - state in the nation to achieve straight A's in an annual Lung Association tobacco control report to earning two D's. 

Ed Miller, senior vice president of public policy for the American Lung Association of the Northeast, says the latest report finds that Maine falls short in two areas: the cigarette tax, and spending on tobacco prevention and control.

Patty Wight / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - The new legislative session has barely gotten underway, and pro-choice groups are already gearing up for a fight over an innocuous-sounding bill they say could restrict abortion access.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine women's groups have identified four priority bills they'll support this legislative session.

The chair of the Maine Choice Coalition, Ruth Lockhart, says the state must build a strong economy to ensure that women succeed.

"The first step toward economic security is the ability to decide whether and when to have children," Lockhart said.

One bill would expand access to family planning services for women whose health care does not cover contraception.

Mal Leary / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - Under Gov. Paul LePage's proposed budget, Riverview Psychiatric Center will receive more than $2 million in additional funding over the next three years.

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