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The Hard Economics of Making Plush Toys in New Hampshire

This week, NHPR is digging into New Hampshire’s manufacturing sector: what’s been lost, and what could be regained in the years ahead. Today, we’re going to look at how one company, a toy maker in Keene, has navigated 60-years of change in that industry.

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National Grid is proposing a transmission project that would bring up to 1,200 megawatts of clean energy from Canada to the New England power grid and run along existing lines in Vermont and New Hampshire.

National Grid said Tuesday the project, which would primarily serve customers in Massachusetts, has two segments. The first is a high-voltage, direct current overhead line in Vermont alongside an existing one in an expanded right of way corridor from the border in Norton, to a proposed converter station on National Grid-owned property in Monroe, New Hampshire.

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New Hampshire utility regulators have rejected Eversource's plan to purchase about ten percent of the power from the proposed Northern Pass Project.

The proposed agreement would have reserved 100 megawatts of the Northern Pass power line for Eversource.

The deal was rolled out as a way to show that the energy over the power line would in fact benefit New Hampshire rate-payers.

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The House Finance Committee officially finished up its work on the next two-year state budget proposal on Tuesday.  The spending plan heads to a vote of the full House next Wednesday.

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Advocates for Pamela Smart, who's serving a life sentence for plotting with her teenage lover to kill her husband, say they are planning to file a petition seeking a reduced sentence.

Dr. Eleanor Pam, a legal advocate for Smart, tells WMUR-TV the new petition could reach the desk of New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu in a few months. Smart's mother is involved in preparing the petition.

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It's been about a month since N.H. Governor Chris Sununu delivered his budget address, which included $18 million for full-day kindergarten.  The House meanwhile appears to have somewhat different priorities  -- eliminating that funding in its version of the budget.

Scroll down to watch our Facebook Live video stream of Governor Sununu on The Exchange.

We'll get the Governor's take on this development, as well as his views on last week's collapse of the GOP health care bill. And we'll find out how far along he is on achieving his goal of talking with 100 companies in 100 days in hopes of convincing them to come to the Granite State.


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  A newspaper reports that New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut forwarded a department job opening to a Croydon School Board member, then passed along an application from her husband to a human resources administrator.

The Valley News reports reported on the email exchange from this month, obtained through a Right-to-Know request.

It's pretty quiet right now in Ogunquit, Maine. But Sarah Diment, owner of Beachmere Inn, says a surge of tourists in the summer will transform the city into a bustling New England ocean resort colony. And accompanying the tourists are an influx of foreign workers.

"Most of the women that have worked for us have come from Jamaica," Diment says. "They come, they work, they buy. It's an insane amount of goods that they ship home. And then they go home every year."

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The House Finance Committee on Monday included in its budget blueprint a proposal to address underutilization at the state’s only juvenile detention center.

The Sununu Youth Center in Manchester has 144 beds, only half of which are being used on a daily basis.

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Gov. Chris Sununu’s unpublicized visit to Washington last week included his attendance at a fundraising gala hosted by a pro-Lebanon advocacy group whose website refers to its “access to senior U.S. and Lebanese government officials.”

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New Hampshire state representative Steve Vaillancourt has died at age 65. Vaillancourt had been battling heart problems and was found dead in his apartment Monday morning.

He was serving his 10th term in the State House representing Manchester’s Ward 8.

Representative Neal Kurk, who served several years on the House Finance Committee with Vaillancourt,  said Vaillancourt’s lively personality will be missed.

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