Ella Nilsen http://nhpr.org en UNH Lamprey Researchers Win Competitive Grant http://nhpr.org/post/unh-lamprey-researchers-win-competitive-grant <p>A University of New Hampshire team studying lampreys has received a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue research.</p><p>For those who don’t know what a lamprey is, the jawless fish look like eels. They are a species older than the dinosaurs.</p><p>UNH professor Stacia Sower’s team examines the reproductive hormones of the lamprey. Since the fish is one of the oldest and most basic vertebrate species out there, Sower says it can tell scientists a lot about other vertebrates, including humans.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Ella Nilsen 34074 at http://nhpr.org Increase For Home Sales, Prices In N.H. http://nhpr.org/post/increase-home-sales-prices-nh <p>Since spring 2012, home sales in N.H. have steadily increased. This past July, sales were up 23 percent compared to last year. Home prices are also climbing.</p><p>New Hampshire Housing market numbers are up across the board. July saw the most sales in a single month since 2005. N.H. Realtor’s Association president Bill Weidacher says it’s an indicator of economic recovery, as well as increased homebuyer confidence.</p> Sun, 01 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Ella Nilsen 34067 at http://nhpr.org Canterbury Shaker Village Rings Bells For MLK http://nhpr.org/post/canterbury-shaker-village-rings-bells-mlk <p>Like many others across the country, the Canterbury Shaker Village celebrated the 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” today by ringing their Paul Revere bell.</p><p>The 500 pound Paul Revere bell tolled at 3, following a Shaker Village tour focusing on equality. Museum interpreter David Witham spoke of the unique inclusiveness of the Shaker communities.</p><p>“At all Shaker villages, there were a number of blacks, actually freed slaves or former slaves.”</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:11:51 +0000 Ella Nilsen 33985 at http://nhpr.org Canterbury Shaker Village Rings Bells For MLK Same-Sex Couples Can Enroll For Benefits In August http://nhpr.org/post/same-sex-couples-can-enroll-benefits-august <p>Public employees on the state’s benefit plan can add their same-sex spouse to their insurance plan during a short enrollment period through the end of the month.</p><p>The State Employees Association alerted members this week that same-sex employees are now eligible to enroll. This is due to the Supreme Court’s overturning the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this year.</p><p>Deb Lacross is an accountant with the Department of Health and Human Services. She says the social and financial implications are huge for her family.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 19:07:09 +0000 Ella Nilsen 33648 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Poetry Society Seeks New Laureate http://nhpr.org/post/nh-poetry-society-seeks-new-laureate <p>The Poetry Society and N.H. State Council on the Arts are looking for a new poet laureate. The selection will be announced in early November.</p><p>The search comes after laureate Walter Butts passed away earlier this year.</p><p>The Poetry Society is accepting submissions until September 13; all eligible candidates must be N.H. residents and have published at least one full-length book of poetry. N.H. Poetry Society president Kyle Potvin says the announcement has generated a lot of buzz.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:47:26 +0000 Ella Nilsen 33579 at http://nhpr.org Statewide Project Looks At Ecosystems And Climate Change http://nhpr.org/post/statewide-project-looks-ecosystems-and-climate-change <p>A collaborative project between New Hampshire universities, the National Science Foundation, and state agencies is looking at ecosystem health and how the environment is affected by climate change.</p><p>At first glance, this part of Saddleback Mountain in Deerfield looks like a regular forest. But look closer and you see thick, black electrical cords running along the forest floor and silver instruments sitting among the trees.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:21:58 +0000 Ella Nilsen 33572 at http://nhpr.org Statewide Project Looks At Ecosystems And Climate Change Dartmouth Backtracks On Tengatenga Appointment http://nhpr.org/post/dartmouth-backtracks-tengatenga-appointment <p>The appointment of Malawi bishop Dr. James Tengatenga as dean of Dartmouth College’s Tucker Foundation has been rescinded, amid criticism of Tengatenga’s previous statements against homosexuality.</p><p>Dartmouth president Philip Hanlon said in a statement that the growing concern over Tengatenga’s appointment made him rethink the decision to hire the Anglican bishop to lead the college’s social justice foundation.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:22:43 +0000 Ella Nilsen 33181 at http://nhpr.org Study Finds Emerald Ash Borer In Concord Area http://nhpr.org/post/study-finds-emerald-ash-borer-concord-area <p></p><p>A study on the emerald ash borer found the beetle in 12 out of 195 sites in New Hampshire.</p><p>When an emerald ash borer was found in Concord this spring, it spurred further inspections at nearly 200 sites concentrated in Merrimack County. The borer is an invasive species that kills ash trees, and UNH Cooperative Extension Forester Karen Bennett says it poses a risk for N.H. forests.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:36:45 +0000 Ella Nilsen 33154 at http://nhpr.org Study Finds Emerald Ash Borer In Concord Area GMO Awareness Rally Supports Labeling Bill http://nhpr.org/post/gmo-awareness-rally-supports-labeling-bill <p>A GMO awareness rally will be held at noon today in front of the State House. The rally intends to promote a pending House bill supporting consumer labeling of genetically modified products.</p><p>Supporters of the upcoming labeling bill believe that genetically modified ingredients pose a number of health problems to consumers. Bonnie Wright, member of Right to Know GMO NH says that the group’s main goal is to make GMO information public.</p> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Ella Nilsen 32815 at http://nhpr.org Hepatitis A Case Reported In Contoocook http://nhpr.org/post/hepatitis-case-reported-contoocook <p>The state Department of Health and Human Services is investigating a case of Hepatitis A contracted by a food service worker in Contoocook.</p><p>The person who contracted Hepatitis A was identified only as a bartender who worked at the American Legion and Covered Bridge Restaurant. The timeframe for exposure was between July 20-August 3 and approximately 600-1000 people could have been exposed.</p><p>Public Health Director Jose Montero characterized this case as a ‘low-risk situation,’ because the bartender was not in direct contact with raw food.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 21:19:43 +0000 Ella Nilsen 32755 at http://nhpr.org Group Decries Impact Of Federal Healthcare Law http://nhpr.org/post/group-decries-impact-federal-healthcare-law <p></p><p>Conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity rallied against the Affordable Care Act in the front of the State House today, detailing concerns including rising costs and doctor shortages.</p><p>The protest comes as a panel examines Medicaid Expansion in N.H., a provision of the federal healthcare law.</p><p>Director of Americans for Prosperity – N.H., Greg Moore said the group opposes expansion.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 20:29:38 +0000 Ella Nilsen 32392 at http://nhpr.org Group Decries Impact Of Federal Healthcare Law New Phone Scam Targeting N.H. Residents http://nhpr.org/post/new-phone-scam-targeting-nh-residents-0 <p>The N.H. Attorney General’s office and N.H. Bankers Association are warning consumers about a new phone scam targeting state residents.</p><p>Senior Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti says that residents who have recently received a call or text message saying their debit or credit card has been compromised and asking for personal information may be the targets of a new scam.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:58:54 +0000 Ella Nilsen 32299 at http://nhpr.org Memorial Bridge Ribbon-Cutting Announced http://nhpr.org/post/memorial-bridge-ribbon-cutting-announced <p>The Memorial Bridge will have its ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 15, but it is still unclear when the bridge will be open for traffic.</p><p>Director of Project Development for N.H. D.O.T. Bill Cass says that the ceremony was pushed back because of delays due to weather and work on the bridge’s foundation.</p><p>“We were initially trying to organize a ceremony in conjunction with the actual opening, but the uncertainty of the opening made it more beneficial for everybody to set a date a few weeks out there that everybody could plan on.”</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:37:08 +0000 Ella Nilsen 31558 at http://nhpr.org N.H. D.O.T. Prepares For Loudon Race http://nhpr.org/post/nh-dot-prepares-loudon-race <p>The New Hampshire Motor Speedway is gearing up for its annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Loudon, and drivers should be prepared to adjust their travel routes on local roads. Sunday's race will bring about 37,000 extra drivers to state highways. N.H. Dept. of Transportation Public Information Officer Bill Boynton says that officials are prepared.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:11:00 +0000 Ella Nilsen 31120 at http://nhpr.org Hassan Tours Flooded Towns http://nhpr.org/post/hassan-tours-flooded-towns <p>After declaring a state of emergency this morning, Governor Maggie Hassan and state officials toured N.H. towns most affected by this week’s flooding, including Lebanon, Washington, and Alstead.</p><p>Monday's flooding brought more than $2 million worth of damage to the state, damaging 15 roads in Washington alone. While road crews work to clean up and start rebuilding efforts, Governor Hassan says she is already planning for future storms.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 21:56:54 +0000 Ella Nilsen 30657 at http://nhpr.org Hassan Tours Flooded Towns