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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Health
5:23 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Maine Advocates Rally for Public Hearing on Phthalates

Dr. Deborah Rice, former state toxicologist, testifies against phthalates at a public hearing in Augusta Tuesday.
Patty Wight MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine — The list of ingredients in cosmetics, lotions and soft vinyl plastics could soon have a new addition. The Department of Environmental Protection today took up a proposal to require manufacturers to report use of phthalates. Phthalates are hormone disrupting chemicals that can cause developmental and reproductive problems. More than 2,000 concerned Mainers say it's time consumers know what's in the products they're buying.

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Health
5:35 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

LePage: State Should Consider Giving Up on Riverview Certification

Riverview Psychiatric Center in August 2013.
Mal Leary MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says in the wake of a recent failed bid to qualify for federal certification, Riverview Psychiatric Center here should consider operating without it. Riverview lost its certification last September due to safety issues, and along with it about $14 million in federal funding, according to state estimates. The hospital has been working to improve ever since, but problems persist.

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Minimum Wage
5:04 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Progressive Vision Thrusts Maine Business Owner into National Spotlight

Jim Wellehan, the owner of Lamey-Wellehan Shoes.
Credit Patty Wight

President Obama recently thrust a Maine businessman into the social media spotlight. The president used Facebook and Twitter to link to an online video of Auburn businessman Jim Wellehan supporting a hike in the federal minimum wage. Wellehan has gained recognition for the way he treats his own employees at Lamey-Wellehan Shoes.

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Rabbi's dream
6:09 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Portland Rabbi Pursues Dream of Moving Young Family to Israel, Despite Violence

Portland Rabbi Akiva Herzfeld, who plans to move his young family to Israel.
Credit Patty Wight

Sometime next month, Portland Rabbi Akiva Herzfeld plans to move to Israel. The region has seen a surge in violence since the abduction and murder of three Israeli teens in June and the subsequent killing of a Palestinian teenager.

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Arson dogs
5:36 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Maine Fire Investigators Partnering With Four-Footed Helpers - Arson Dogs

Justin Davis of the San Antonia Fire Department, with his arson dog Kai.
Credit Patty wi

Arsons accounted for more than 150 fires last year in Maine. They killed three people, injured more than a dozen and caused more than $4 million worth of property damage. The state Fire Marshal's Office investigates thousands of fires a year to determine which are crimes, and increasingly relies on arson dogs to help with the investigations.

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Maine
5:59 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Maine Sheriff's Deputies to Picket for Higher Pay

Oxford County sheriff's deputies say they are among the lowest paid in the state. With a starting salary just under $15 an hour, they want a $3 an hour pay raise. The group has been working without a contract for two years and will picket in front of the South Paris courthouse tomorrow morning to draw attention to their situation.

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Singers compete
7:01 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Would-Be Stars Line Up in Portland to Compete for Spot on 'American Idol'

Advancing American Idol contestants Ryan Williamson and Tom Emerson.
Credit Patty Wight

The popular TV singing contest program "American Idol" sent its scouts to the Maine State Pier in Portland today, where would-be stars braved the blazing sun and long lines for a chance to compete.

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Wire transfers
6:27 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Maine Somali Residents Worry About Threats to Family Lifeline

Mohamed Ali provides wire transfer services for customers at his Lewiston store.
Credit Patty Wight

When Somali immigrants come to the U.S., they often leave many family members behind. Many Somali immigrants serve as a lifeline for these family members, sending more than $200 million back home every year, according to OxFam America.

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Buffer zone ruling
6:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Portland City Council Set to Repeal Buffer-Zone Law

Sign outside the clinic in downtown Portland where women are offered reproductive services, including abortions.
Credit Tom Porter

The Portland City Council tonight is expected to repeal an ordinance that allows for a protest-free buffer zone around a downtown health clinic that provides abortions.

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Somali Farmers
5:40 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

From Maine Soil, Opportunity Springs for Somali Refugees

Batula Ismail at the farm plot she tends in Lisbon.
Credit Patty Wight

Finding meaningful work can be tough in today's job market. And finding it as a refugee with language and cultural barriers is even tougher. One Maine program is working to connect refugees to work that they already know: farming. And one farm in Lisbon has proved to be crucial training ground to help refugees become self-sufficient.

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