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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AUGUSTA, Maine - Nearly three dozen lawmakers - mostly Democrats - gathered for a State House press conference today in support of bills that aim to increase economic security for Maine women.

Democratic Rep. Sara Gideon, of Freeport, says when women succeed, so do their families and the economy.

"Yet women are more likely to work in a minimum wage and other low wage jobs, to go without healthcare," Gideon said, "and they often lack affordable, high quality child care that allows them to support and provide stability to their families."

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine police officers and sheriff's deputies could soon be required to receive special training to respond to mental health crises.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine has reached targets in some health indicators, but continues to lag in others. That's according to MaineHealth's fifth annual Health Index Report.

Deborah Deatrick, the organization's senior vice president of community health, says Maine hit goals in four areas: "That would include things like tobacco use, obesity, preventable hospitalizations, and cancer deaths."

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LEWISTON, Maine - Meals on Wheels programs across the U.S. and in Maine are scrambling to meet demand after an unexpected cut in federal funding. Maine was dealt a $130,000 blow, causing some programs to initiate waiting lists, or expand existing ones.

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PORTLAND, Maine — A rally for black lives drew a small gathering of supporters in Portland's Monument Square this afternoon.

It's part of a three-day event to build support for blacks in Maine.

One of the organizers, who goes by Miss LPK, says she wants to build a black nationalist platform in Maine.

"I'm not somebody who's interested in sitting back and saying 'I'll take what you give me,'" she says. "I'm interested in changing things and making permanent change that helps black people here in Maine."

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