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 - There is a growing need for foster and adoptive families in Maine, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Nearly 2,000 children are in foster care, and the state is currently seeking adoptive families for 98 children.

DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew says there's a particular need for placements for siblings and older children.

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Cancer patients and their families have a new resource in the state: the Maine Cancer Resource Connection. The statewide hotline provides extra support to anyone affected by cancer, particularly those in rural areas. The hotline helps with issues that range from financial and transportation, to just needing someone to talk to.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee is considering a bill to increase women's access to reproductive health care.

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.