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Gov. Hassan Calls Senate Finance Budget Unbalanced

Governor Maggie Hassan says a lot of work needs to be done to get the two-year state budget in place by June 30 because, as she sees it, the math in the Senate Finance plan just doesn't add up.
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Dr. Charles Blitzer is an orthopedic surgeon on the Seacoast – except when he lends his expertise to other parts of the world. He’s worked in rural parts of Malawi, in east Africa; Bhutan in Asia, and Haiti, following the devastating earthquake there.

Blitzer has just returned from three weeks in Nepal, where he treated some of those affected in the massive earthquakes there. He joined Weekend Edition to talk about some of his experiences.

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz took a stroll through downtown Concord during his trip to New Hampshire this Friday. 

Cruz first made a stop at the Republican Majority Caucus where he met State Rep. Bill O’Brien and Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith  – both have already decided to get behind Cruz in the GOP presidential race.

Cruz then made his way down Main Street greeting local residents.  

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Summer has made its unofficial debut and for many that means time on the water. And, on a recent Sunday, that included more than 100 canoes and kayaks slipping down the Connecticut River.

It called “Paddle the Border” and it started 12 years ago.

“This was started as a way for community groups from either side of the river to work together to show our shared asset: the Connecticut River,” says Mike Thomas, of the Newbury Conservation Commission.  

Once again, tick season is upon us, and the risk of tick bites and tick-borne infection is high.

Originally created in 2014, we have updated the graphic below to represent the latest statistics we have on confirmed cases of Lyme disease.

Read through to learn more about the life cycle of ticks, how they move and hide, the infections they can carry, and how to prevent being infected yourself.

The Bookshelf: Poet Carol Westberg

May 29, 2015
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The Bookshelf is NHPR's new series on authors and books with ties to the Granite State. All Things Considered host Peter Biello will interview authors, cover literary events and publishing trends, and get recommendations from each guest on what books listeners might want to add to their own bookshelves.

If you have an author or book you think we should profile on The Bookshelf, send us an email - the address is books@nhpr.org.

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As you may have noticed, it’s been unusually dry here in the Granite State for the past few months.

Thunderstorms Thursday afternoon provided some much-needed rain, but federal officials recently classified most of central and southern New Hampshire as being in a moderate drought.

David Miskus specializes in drought monitoring for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

He joined Morning Edition to talk about what this all means.

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A strong storm has taken down trees and power lines in southern New Hampshire and a lightning strike is believed to be the cause of a house fire in Peterborough.

WMUR-TV reports police had to block off a neighborhood in Salem after trees fell on roofs, lawns and cars. Branches and power lines were in the streets Thursday.

No injuries were reported.

The fire in Peterborough started in a basement Thursday afternoon and was put out quickly. No one was hurt.

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The Coast Guard and other agencies are finished cleaning up oily water that discharged into the Piscataqua River earlier this week.

The Coast Guard says the discharge came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Ferdinand R. Hassler ship on Tuesday. The Coast Guard says clean-up concluded on Thursday with assistance from NOAA, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and Enpro. Assessments of the shoreline found no impacts to wildlife.

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Former U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter says she is ready to win back the seat she lost to Republican Frank Guinta now that the Federal Election Commission has found that he accepted illegal campaign donations from his parents.

The case involves $355,000 that Guinta reported lending himself in 2010. He ran ads calling Shea-Porter a liar and denied the money came from his parents, but the FEC said recently it did.

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A battle is brewing at Pembroke Academy, and it’s all over a name.

Hundreds of people, including many staff and students, have signed a petition opposing the local school board’s decision to switch the title of the school’s top job from headmaster to principal.

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Friday N.H. News Roundup - May 29, 2015

This week in New Hampshire news: budget votes, business taxes, and bipartisan rankings. The senate finance committee approved an 11.4 billion dollar budget, restoring money to social services that house members had cut from the governor’s proposal. Democrats decried the plan for shortchanging critical programs, while cutting taxes for businesses. In 2016 news, Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders launched his campaign in Burlington and headed straight for New Hampshire, and former New York...
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Writers On A New England Stage: Sue Monk Kidd

On today’s show, it’s Writers on a New England Stage with Sue Monk Kidd, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. The author of The Secret Life of Bees explores the roots of American racism with The Invention of Wings, a novel about the unlikely alliance between a southern woman and a slave.
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Something Wild

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Something Wild: Ferntastic

Biologists like to talk about crocodiles, cassowaries, even chickens as being descendants of the dinosaurs. But in your back yard is likely something that can trace its ancestry to before the dinosaurs, some 360 million years ago. We’re talking about Ferns!
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