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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Ebola readiness
5:11 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Maine Medical Tests Readiness to Handle Ebola Patients

Brian Dougher, Maine Med's emergency management coordinator, dons booties and a one-piece Tyvek suit, as Gwen Rogers and John look on.
Patty Wight MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Officials at Maine Medical Center in Portland say they welcome the new federal CDC guidelines for Ebola, and say the hospital already exceeds many of the standards. Maine Med had a chance to test its preparedness earlier this month when a patient with possible Ebola symptoms came to its emergency room. On Wednesday morning, hospital staff gave reporters a glimpse of the protective suits and protocols they've put in place.

 

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Maine
2:34 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Cause of Prentiss Fire Under Investigation

State police spokesman Steve McCausland says the state Fire Marshal's Office is still trying to pinpoint the cause of a fire in Prentiss on Saturday night that sent eight firefighters and a trooper to a hospital.

"And the circumstances under which the firefighters and the trooper had throat irritation as a result of, obviously, getting a whiff of whatever was burning inside," McCausland says.

Child porn charges
4:04 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Ex-Prosecutor Facing More Jail Time on Child Porn Charges After Fleeing

PORTLAND, Maine - Former top Maine drug prosecutor James Cameron is facing extra jail time for jumping bail while awaiting an appeal on child pornography charges.

In an order issued last Friday by U.S. District Court Chief Judge John Woodcock, Cameron faces 24 to 30 years in prison.

One of the prosecutors in the case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Don Clark, says Cameron was initially sentenced to 16 years. "And now Mr Cameron faces an even higher sentencing range because of his flight," Clark says.

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FairPoint strike
5:15 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Striking FairPoint Workers: We're Trying to Keep Good Jobs in Maine

Maine 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat, joins FairPoint workers picketing in Portland Friday.
Credit Patty Wight

PORTLAND, Maine - Nearly 2,000 employees at FairPoint Communications began picketing at work sites across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont today, after months of contract negotiations broke down. Union employees say FairPoint leaders are trying to outsource jobs and cut health and pension benefits. FairPoint emerged from bankruptcy just a few years ago, and a company official says it needs to trim costs to stay competitive.  

 

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Health
6:31 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Maine CDC Director Says State Health Care Workers Ready for Ebola

The Maine Center for Disease Control has elevated its monitoring of Ebola after a patient at a Texas hosptial died from the disease and two health care workers have contracted it. The agency's director, Dr. Sheila Pinette, is assuring Mainers health care workers here are ready to handle Ebola should it arrive in the state.

Pinette says hospitals large and small are getting regular updates on best practices, which include isolating patients with Ebola-like symptoms and using contact precautions.

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