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Staffing Dispute at New Hampshire Hospital Could Mean Trouble for Mental Health Services

An ongoing staffing skirmish at New Hampshire Hospital threatens to create a backlog in the state’s already fragile mental health system. The conflict pits one of New Hampshire's most esteemed medical institutions – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital – against one of the most specialized psychiatric teams.
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Weekly N.H. News Roundup - May 27, 2016

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We'll be discussing the recent class action lawsuits by residents with private wells near the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics plant in Merrimack.  Saint-Gobain is the likely source of water contamination in the area, according to state officials.  With  bipartisan fanfare, New Hampshire launches the first statewide initiative of a national campaign called Change Direction, promoting more open discussion of mental illness.   Plus, the legislature winds up it's session with negotiation on issues from police body cameras to mandatory minimum sentences to short-term rentals like AirBNB.

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Republican State Senator Nancy Stiles of Hampton says she won't seek another term in the fall. 

Scientists are still working to understand all of the factors behind massive die-offs of honeybees in what’s known as “colony collapse disorder.”

It’s only been a year since Bernie Sanders stood on the waterfront in Burlington to announce his bid for the presidency. But his impact on the Democratic Party he chose to run under has already been substantial, and many left-leaning Vermonters say Sanders’ candidacy is shifting the ideological balance of the Vermont Democratic Party. 

Thomas Fearon

An ongoing staffing skirmish at New Hampshire Hospital threatens to create a backlog in the state’s already fragile mental health system.

The conflict pits one of New Hampshire's most esteemed medical institutions – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital – against one of the most specialized psychiatric teams.

Stanton Gleave hardly fits the stereotype of a modest, keep-to-himself Western rancher.

Standing in a collection of muddy pens taking a break from shearing sheep near his home in tiny Kingston, Utah, Gleave gives an earful about his frustrations with the Bureau of Land Management and environmental groups.

"That's who we're actually fighting with," says Gleave. "They've indoctrinated and got into this BLM and Forest Service 'til a lot of 'em are right up in the head positions now."

Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee introduced a bill today that would require presidential candidates to release at least three years of their most recent tax returns.

The legislation comes as likely Republican nominee Donald Trump continues to receive criticism for not releasing his returns, although an aide with the campaign said Tuesday that the returns would be made public once the Internal Revenue Service concludes an audit.

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A controversial practice that seeks to convert minors from being gay is likely to remain legal in New Hampshire.

Lawmakers this week failed to agree on a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy for those under 18.

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We think we know all about vitamins, but according to author Catherine Price, most of us know nothing about these thirteen invisible chemicals.  Over the century since they were discovered, vitamins have changed human destiny by preventing and curing many diseases.  Price's "Vitamania" points out that these micronutrients have also taken on a life of their own in the hands of marketers, affecting how we think about health, and the decisions we make about what we eat.


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We examine several key indicators and their impact on the Granite state.  One is rising inflation.  Another is consumer debt:  Americans are spending more, but we're also borrowing -- to the tune of nearly one trillion dollars.  Also, a new report finds a worrisome trend: business formation in small towns and rural counties has dropped dramatically.

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