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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WASHINGTON - For the first time ever, power plants must limit carbon emissions under a Clean Power Plan released today by the Obama administration. The plan sets a target of reducing carbon emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Environment and health advocates across the state are calling the plan the single most important action the U.S. has taken to reduce carbon emissions. But there are concerns that Congress might may try to undermine the plan.

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration released its final Clean Power Plan this afternoon. The plan sets the first ever carbon emission limits from power plants.

The goal is to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030. Former Maine Public Advocate Steve Ward, who oversaw the public's interest in utility issues, says it's a positive step for the country as a whole and for Maine.

Susan Sharon / MPBN

AUBURN, Maine — A former shoe mill here is set to become a five-star medical tourism facility that caters to wealthy Chinese.

PORTLAND, Maine — The National Commission on Hunger was in Maine today seeking public input on how best to help people who struggle to put food on the table.

BANGOR, Maine — This week Medicare reaches a milestone. The program will officially turn 50 on Thursday, and proponents are celebrating at events across the state and the country.

Amidst the fanfare, some are calling for improvements to Medicare, and even an expansion of the government program to cover all U.S. citizens.

Democratic congressional hopeful Emily Cain sponsored a Medicare birthday party at the Sylvia Ross Home in Bangor on Wednesday. Before indulging in some birthday cake, 72-year-old Diane Grandmaison addressed the party-goers.

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