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A Typical 'Ice Out' For Winnipesaukee, Even After A Not-So-Typical Winter

The traditional declaration of ice out on Lake Winnipesaukee came around the usual time in 2015, even after an unusually cold and snowy winter.
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NHPR has won four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including a prestigious win for Overall Excellence in reporting for the radio and online.

Stories by Environment Reporter Sam Evans-Brown won two awards for Feature and Investigative Reporting, and a story by Todd Bookman looking at unreported incidents of child restraint in N.H. schools won for best Hard News Reporting.

Here are the winning entries:

Investigative Reporting: Do People Know About The Arsenic In Their Water? - by Sam Evans-Brown

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The Anheuser-Busch plant in New Hampshire is planning for an addition to produce canned beer.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports the Merrimack Planning Board has approved construction of a 5,300-square-foot brewing facility and 50,000 square feet in warehouse and packaging buildings.

Canned beer is making a comeback, as new technologies such as polymer linings have allowed beer to be stored longer in cans without acquiring a metallic taste.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan says she doesn't think a market exists for two casinos in New Hampshire, as proposed in a bill that has passed the Senate and is now before the House.

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After a long and frigid winter, the sound of spring peepers singing from beaver bogs is a welcome one for New Englanders. But before frogs can start their songs spring, a massive migration has to take place. On a handful of spring nights, millions of amphibians mobilize all at once.

  

A North Country group says $200,000 provided by the Northern Pass is now available to businesses in Coos County hoping to maintain or increase employment.

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The New Hampshire Department of Transportation says cameras are being installed in all toll lanes in the turnpike system.

Cameras previously were in all dedicated E-Z Pass lanes and open road tolling lanes.

New cameras will be installed starting next week. They will be completed system-wide by mid-May.

The cameras will take images of license plates of drivers who are evading toll payment, and others requesting a "no funds" payment slip.

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Crews are planting more than 2,000 shrubs and trees near the Ammonoosuc River north of Lisbon, New Hampshire, to stop erosion and create new wildlife habitat.

The Caledonian Record reports that erosion has been eating into the river banks. Crews will establish a 35-foot buffer of mostly dogwood and willow trees. There will also be a riparian flood plain forest consisting of silver maple, red maple, cottonwood, box elder and American elm.

An upland forest is being created to include yellow birch and white pine and white ash.

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A lawyer for the state of New Hampshire says the language of a voter registration law that lower courts have declared confusing and unconstitutional is legally accurate.

In arguments to the NH Supreme Court Wednesday, Assistant Attorney General Stephen LaBonte says the 2012 law amending voter registration forms simply clarifies that those who reside here must abide by laws requiring them to obtain drivers' licenses and register their vehicles if they are residents.

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Finding a contractor to fix something in your house or remodel a room can be tricky. If you live in or around Nashua, Portsmouth, Durham, and Barrington, however, your search for the right contractor may have gotten a little easier.

The website BuildZoom has compiled all the data collected in these locations on every single remodeling and construction project over the past ten years. David Brooks, the author of the weekly Granite Geek science column for the Nashua Telegraph and GraniteGeek.org, spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello. 
 

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Those who want to revive the Balsams resort went before the House Finance Committee Tuesday arguing in favor of a $28 million state-backed loan for developer Les Otten. And to nobody’s surprise the hearing was packed with supporters...

Many came down from the North Country, thrilled with the possibility of a huge economic boost and supporters included Executive Councilor Joe Kenney, who represents the North Country.

“This project is so important to the North Country you couldn’t believe it.”

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NHPR News Wins Four 2015 Edward R. Murrow Awards

Environment Reporter Sam Evans-Brown goes the distance to bring you updates on N.H.'s natural resources, energy, and environmental policy.
 
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Friday N.H. News Roundup - April 24th, 2015

Hillary Clinton comes to the state for some low-key listening sessions in Keene and Concord. Governor Hassan comments on a casino bill before the House, saying two casinos is one too many. And lawmakers hear testimony on adding several qualifying conditions for use of medical marijuana including epilepsy and lupus.
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4.23.15: The Great Cursive Debate, Star Wars In Iambic Pentameter, & Consent And Dementia

Last month the New Hampshire Senate nearly made cursive a mandatory part of public school curriculum. But does the argument for keeping longhand in the classroom have more to do with nostalgia than it does educational outcomes? On today’s show we go inside the emotional, and surprisingly partisan debate over cursive.
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Putting Our Cursive Skills To The Test

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4.22.15: Engineered Recovery Food Or Junk Food, Diseases That Smell, & A Depression Fighting App

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

Something Wild

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Something Wild: Peregrine Falcon Field Trip

For the past 20 years, peregrine falcons have shared the cliffs in Rumney with the rock-climbing community, and Chris Martin has been directing the monitoring of these birds since they arrived. In addition to tracking the progress of the falcons as they emerged from their endangered status, Chris and the Forest Service work closely with the climbing community to support recreation and maintain the safety of the falcons.
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