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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State testing confirms that the same strain of E. coli bacteria caused infections that claimed the life of one Maine toddler and hospitalized another.

State epidemiologist Dr. Siiri Bennett says that makes it extremely likely the infections came from the same source.

"We can't say for certain at this time what that common source may have been, and we are continuing our investigation," she says.

The state is testing samples from the Oxford County Fairgrounds, where the two toddlers visited the petting zoo in mid-September.

ALFRED, Maine — The woman accused of stabbing and killing a victim at random in a Saco supermarket pleaded guilty to murder in York County Superior Court this afternoon.

Connor MacCalister is requesting a life sentence.

MacCalister's attorney Robert LeBrasseur says his client accepts full responsibility for her actions.

"You have someone who is trying to do the right thing for her own reasons, as well as to make it better for the victim's family," LeBrasseur says.

PORTLAND, Maine — An E. coli infection claimed the life of a 20-month-old toddler on Monday, and another is in critical condition at Maine Medical Center battling the same illness.

The common link between the cases is that both children visited a petting zoo at a local fair.

As the state investigates to determine the source of the E. coli, physicians are reminding the public about safety measures that can help prevent such infections.

Jon Guay of Poland says he took his son Colton to the Oxford County Fair on two separate days during the third week of September.

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OAKLAND, Maine — A former employee at a T-Mobile call center in Maine says the company threatened to fire her unless she remained silent after complaining that she was sexually harassed on the job.

A new poll of 500 Mainers finds that a majority supports Planned Parenthood.

The poll by Washington, D.C., based Hart Research Associates asked voters from across the state whether they favor a proposal by Republicans in Congress to end government funding for Planned Parenthood after secretly recorded videos purport to show the organization profiting from the sale of fetal tissue.