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Public Hearing On Sunapee Expansion Draws Passionate Crowd

Opponents and backers of an expansion to the Mount Sunapee ski area packed a public hearing on the state's proposed deal that would allow that expansion. After two hours of testimony in the packed Sunapee Base Lodge, opponents of putting a new chairlift and trails in the western bowl of the mountain outnumbered proponents.
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Contamination at Pease International Tradeport and how the state responded to it is the subject of a Right to Know request filed by Seacoast Media Group and the Portsmouth Herald. The paper requested emails regarding blood testing for people who were possibly exposed to the contamination. The company made the request two months ago, and the state still has not handed over the emails. Both sides met in court Tuesday. Portsmouth Herald reporter Jeff McMenemy speaks with NHPR's Peter Biello. 
 

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New Hampshire House has again voted to make fetal homicide a crime.

Lawmakers voted 193-159 on Wednesday to amend the Senate’s version, which applies the law to fetuses which have reached the stage of viability.  

The House changed that to fetuses that have passed eight weeks, but it excludes cases involving abortions or any other medical procedure.

Republican Leon Rideout of Lancaster, who sponsored the House version, says the bill gives justice to families who have lost a child in an assault or car accident.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich is back in New Hampshire for his third trip so far this year.

The presidential hopeful has not officially entered the GOP race and says that decision hangs on whether he can raise enough money, but would not specify how much that was.

On Wednesday Kasich mingled with New Hampshire lawmakers at The Barley House in Concord where he touted his record for small business issues and taxes, but ducked invitations from lawmakers to bash other candidates in the race such as Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio.

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The N.H. House has approved a bill that would allow a state-backed $28 million loan to the developer of the now-closed Balsams resort.

North Country legislators including Bill Hatch, a Democrat from Gorham, urged its passage.

“Please know that we are in dire need of any kind of economic development.”

Senate Bill 30 allows an unincorporated area – such as that around the Balsams - to become a tax district.

That alone doesn’t provide any money to the Balsams.

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City officials in Nashua want to change campaign finance rules after two mayoral hopefuls established exploratory committees. The city holds its mayoral primary in four months.

Mayor Donnalee Lozeau is not running for re-election and two potential and four declared candidates, Michael Broderick, Douglas Carroll, David Deane, and James Donchess, are beginning to court voters. 

The two prospective candidates - Alderman-at-Large Daniel Moriarty and Nashua Chamber President Chris Williams - have launched exploratory committees with active social media sites.

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New Hampshire saw a slight uptick in the number of residential foreclosures in March, but the market as a whole continues to stabilize. 

Lawmakers in the New Hampshire House will consider a bill Wednesday that would ban the sale and possession of synthetic drugs.

The issue came to the forefront last year when Gov. Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency.

That was in response to a spate of nearly two dozen nonfatal overdoses in Manchester from people using a brand of spice, or synthetic marijuana.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan says she plans to restore $3.9 million in rate increases for New Hampshire nursing homes. Nursing homes were told earlier this year they would not receive any increases, although many had already written budgets around them.

The state's nursing homes will receive the money immediately. The Department of Health and Human Services initially planned to halt the rate increases due to a budget shortfall. The proposal drew fire from the nursing homes and Senate Republicans.

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Hundreds of New Hampshire residents turned out Tuesday to weigh in on the State budget, with more than 400 people signed up to testify during the hearing.

While waiting their turn activists filled the chamber and hallways wearing shirts that read  “addiction kills” or printed stickers with “people can’t wait.”The hearing went well into the night with 30 people left to speak around 11 p.m.

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In this high-tech information age, farming equipment is becoming more computerized, which means it’s becoming increasingly difficult for farmers to fix their own tools. Enter Farmhack.org, a New-Hampshire based website that’s tilling the Internet for solutions to tricky farm problems. David Brooks, author of the weekly Granite Geek science column for the Nashua Telegraph, spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello.

So how does Farmhack work?

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Senate Considers Fate Of Medicaid Expansion / A New Approach To College Rankings

New Hampshire’s Health Protection Program faces sunset in twenty sixteen unless the legislature votes to extend it. We’ll find out more. Then later – a new, national report ranks colleges based on the economic value of their degrees and a New Hampshire Community college tops the list.
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5.5.15: Death Penalty Support On The Decline, Graphic History Of The Civil War, & Grammar Shame

Last week, the New Hampshire supreme court unanimously upheld the death sentence for Michael Addison, who was convicted in the slaying of a Manchester police officer. On today’s show we’ll look at the bipartisan politics of the death penalty, and why fewer Americans – both Democrat and Republican – support it. Plus, nearly 60,000 books have covered the Civil War that ended 150 years ago this month. We’ll speak to an illustrator about his new graphic novel that goes for a human-scale history from the ground up.
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Warm Weather Heralds Prime Bird Watching Season

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5.4.15: Spring Bird Season, #WorstBirdPics, & Farming The Roof Of Fenway Park

Word of Mouth Producer Taylor Quimby's exploration of unusual courses being taught at colleges around the country.

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Something Wild: David Carroll Speaks For The Trees

Something Wild takes pride in introducing to the residents of the state to the wonder in the wild that surrounds us all. Someone who discovered that wonder at a young age is David Carroll, “I was 8 years old when I had that experience with the first spotted turtle.” Naturalist, writer, artist are among the many descriptors frequently attached to Carroll’s name.
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Something Wild: Peregrine Falcon Field Trip