Nora Flaherty

All Things Considered/Maine Things Considered producer/host

Nora is originally from the Boston area but has lived in Chicago, Michigan, New York City and at the northern tip of New York state. Nora began working in public radio at Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor and has been an on-air host, a reporter, a digital editor, a producer, and, when they let her, played records.

She holds a BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. She’s received Associated Press, Public Radio News Directors, Inc., Association of Women in Radio and Television, and Edward R. Murrow Awards for her work.

Nora lives in Portland with her husband, their daughter and their two dogs.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's moose hunt begins today, but with several hundred fewer permits issued. Nearly 49,000 hunters entered the lottery for 2,140 moose permits, 675 fewer than last year.

State moose biologist Lee Kantar says the state issued fewer permits this year because certain targets for the number of moose - such as three moose per square mile -- and the number of moose that can be killed to reach those targets, changes from year to year.

PORTLAND, Maine - Bath Iron Works has announced that it plans to lay off 30 workers immediately and eliminate another 130 positions over time.

But Rich Nolan, president of the Machinists' Union local S6, says those layoffs won't affect union members."As I understand, salaried personnel," he says. "It will not affect any members of local s6."

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PORTLAND, Maine - The company that's developing the former Portland Company site at Fore Street in Portland today unveiled its plan for the $250 million mixed-use site.

The redevelopment of the 960,000-square-foot parcel is one of the biggest projects ever proposed in Portland, and the subject of a long permitting process.

PORTLAND, Maine - There's mixed news for Maine's metropolitan areas on the economic growth front, according to new numbers out today from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Among the three metro areas in Maine that the bureau tracks, the Portland-South Portland region saw the most growth: Its gross domestic product grew 1.4 percent, from $27.8 billion in 2014 to $28.9 billion in 2015. Bangor's economy grew 1 percent.  But in the Lewiston-Auburn area, the GDP actually shrank, by 2.8 percent.

PORTLAND, Maine - There were no big changes in Maine's unemployment rate in August. That's according to new numbers from the Maine Department of Labor.

State labor officials say unemployment rose slightly from July to August, from 3.9 percent to 4.0. That's down from 4.3 percent a year ago.

Meanwhile, payroll numbers, which show the number of jobs in a given area, are up from a year ago. 

PORTLAND, Maine - Heating prices are steady in Maine, and barring unforeseen events or very bad weather, they're expected to do so until well into next year.

According to the Sept. 12 survey, the statewide price for kerosene is $2.41, and propane is at $2.18. But Governor's Energy Office Senior Planner Lisa Smith says the most important number is heating oil at $1.88.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Chiefs of Police Association has come out in support of Question 3, the November ballot initiative that would expand background checks for gun sales in Maine.

And at a press conference this morning in Gorham, the association's executive director, Robert Schwartz, said Maine law now requires commercial gun dealers to conduct background checks on buyers, but he said that's not enough.

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You may have heard the recent news about two teenage boys who allegedly stole a front-loader parked near the Maine Turnpike in West Gardiner and led police on a low-speed chase for several miles.

During their drive — some of it the wrong way down the highway — the two boys did substantial damage to property, and deliberately hit two cars, one of which was a police car.

No one was injured, but on hearing the news, you may have wondered, “What on Earth were they thinking?”

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's only statewide food bank will get $3 million from the state to help buy food for hungry Mainers.

Kristen Miale, the president of Good Shepherd Food Bank, says the money will provide some much-needed stability for the organization.

"Up until now we've been almost entirely dependent on year-to-year individual and philanthropic funding," Maile says, "and for a program like this that's become so important to our farmers, and to the people that we serve, having at least a three-year source of funding is great."

PORTLAND, Maine - South Portland's City Council voted yes Wednesday on a ban on certain landscape pesticides.

The new ordinance doesn't carry any financial penalties, but it asks residents not to use - and retailers not to sell - an array of products, including Roundup and a class of pesticides called neonicitinoids, linked to a decline in the honeybee population.

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PORTLAND, Maine - After a City Council vote Tuesday night, Lewiston will be joining several other cities in Maine that allow backyard chickens in their more urban residential zones.

Bangor prohibits chickens except in the city's rural residence and agricultural zones. But Lewiston's neighboring city of Auburn also allows hens, with some restrictions, as do Portland and South Portland, among others.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine State Lottery says it finished the fiscal year that ended June 30 by setting a new record.  Total lottery sales exceeded $272 million.  

Tim Poulin, deputy director for the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations, says that total beat a record set the previous year by almost $20 million.

"We did a little over  $178 million in prizes to players, which is about 65 percent of our total revenue that we brought in, so that's excellent news for our players," Poulins says. "They're playing more and they're winning more."

PORTLAND, Maine - Two schools in Yarmouth have elevated lead levels.  That's according to voluntary tests performed by the school district in two of its older buildings.

Yarmouth Superintendent Andrew Dolloff says it's likely those lead levels are the result of corrosion in faucets. He says the district is already taking action to make sure students aren't exposed more than they already have been.

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If your electric bill has shot up from one month to another, you’re not alone. In a piece in today’s Bangor Daily News, business reporter Darren Fishell looks at this phenomenon.

PORTLAND, Maine - A day before a deadline set by Portland police, most or all of the people living in a longtime homeless encampment on privately-owned land behind a shopping center near Westbrook have moved on.

Police department officials said yesterday that camp residents would have until tomorrow to clear out - and then police would start issuing trespass warnings.

Homeless organizations have been working with residents for some time, trying to bring them into the shelter system, or get them vouchers for reduced-price housing.