News Primer http://nhpr.org en Behind the Headlines: What New Carbon Rules Mean For New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/behind-headlines-what-new-carbon-rules-mean-new-hampshire <p>A lot of reporters were distracted by the big number in yesterday's announcement of proposed reductions in carbon dioxide emissions: 30 percent by 2030. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Indeed that was the <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/02/us-usa-climatechange-epa-idUSKBN0ED0U020140602">lead</a> <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/epa-to-propose-cutting-carbon-dioxide-emissions-from-coal-plants-30percent-by-2030/2014/06/01/f5055d94-e9a8-11e3-9f5c-9075d5508f0a_story.html">sentence</a> </span><a href="http://planetark.org/enviro-news/item/71646">in</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/02/obama-rules-coal-climate-change">almost</a> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/02/epa-carbon-rules_n_5428632.html">every</a> <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/epa-to-propose-30-percent-reduction-in-power-plant-carbon-emissions/">news</a> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/02/epa-carbon-rules_n_5428632.htm">story</a> about the new rules.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>But the 30 percent figure is not how the Environmental Protection Agency will measure success of the new regulations. The figure is&nbsp;arbitrary, chosen to give some nationwide context to what the state-by-state goals would mean.</p><p>The goals the EPA actually set <a href="http://www.snl.com/InteractiveX/Article.aspx?cdid=A-28272515-14375">vary</a>&nbsp;quite a lot from state to state. And, indeed, how the agency arrived at those figures is a good deal <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-05/documents/20140602tsd-goal-computation.pdf">more complicated</a> than just picking a nice, round number.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:55:27 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 49630 at http://nhpr.org Behind the Headlines: What New Carbon Rules Mean For New Hampshire Things You Should Know About Ticks [Infographic] http://nhpr.org/post/things-you-should-know-about-ticks-infographic <p>With tick season in <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/high-season-lyme-disease-begins-ticks-out-force">full swing</a> - and this year being described as the worst in recent history - the risk of tick bites and tick-borne infection is high. Read through the graphic below to learn more about ticks, the infections they can carry, and how to prevent being infected yourself.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 14:09:37 +0000 Sara Plourde 48956 at http://nhpr.org Things You Should Know About Ticks [Infographic] News Primer: Frisbie Hospital Challenges Anthem's Provider Network http://nhpr.org/post/news-primer-frisbie-hospital-challenges-anthems-provider-network <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>In the pitched political battle over the Affordable Care Act, Republicans and Democrats seem to have found common ground on one issue: Anthem’s so-called narrow network of providers.</p><p>From GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown to Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, a wide array of voices have complained that Anthem’s decision to exclude 10 hospitals from its plans sold through the new federal health exchange harms patients.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 19:09:40 +0000 Todd Bookman 48416 at http://nhpr.org News Primer: Frisbie Hospital Challenges Anthem's Provider Network NHPR News Primer: N.H.'s Cell Phone Ban http://nhpr.org/post/nhpr-news-primer-nhs-cell-phone-ban-0 <p>Gov. Maggie Hassan is expected to sign legislation making it <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/ban-hand-held-cellphone-use-while-driving-heads-governors-desk">illegal to use a hand-held cell phone</a> while driving or stopped in traffic.</p><p>The bill, passed by the New Hampshire House last week, represents “the most comprehensive distracted driving bill in the nation,” according to legislative testimony from Earl Sweeney, assistant commissioner of public safety.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 20:31:04 +0000 Brian Wallstin 48363 at http://nhpr.org NHPR News Primer: N.H.'s Cell Phone Ban NHPR News Primer: The Latest Medicaid Expansion Plan http://nhpr.org/post/nhpr-news-primer-latest-medicaid-expansion-plan <p>Full details of a Senate plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are out.</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:09:56 +0000 Todd Bookman 43525 at http://nhpr.org NHPR News Primer: The Latest Medicaid Expansion Plan News Primer: Gun Bills At The Statehouse http://nhpr.org/post/news-primer-gun-bills-statehouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire lawmakers are mulling two bills that would expand background checks for gun purchases.</span></p><p>The House is expected to vote Wednesday on legislation that would require private sellers to conduct sales through licensed firearm dealers who, under federal law, must perform background checks on prospective buyers.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:05:22 +0000 Brian Wallstin 43381 at http://nhpr.org News Primer: Gun Bills At The Statehouse News Primer: Legalizing Marijuana http://nhpr.org/post/news-primer-legalizing-marijuana <p>Earlier this month, the New Hampshire House became the first legislative body in the United States to pass a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana use.</p><p>The legislation faces numerous – some would say intractable - hurdles, beginning with Thursday’s public hearing before the House Ways &amp; Means Committee.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:19:22 +0000 Brian Wallstin 42650 at http://nhpr.org News Primer: Legalizing Marijuana News Primer: Fixing New Hampshire’s Mental Health System http://nhpr.org/post/news-primer-fixing-new-hampshire-s-mental-health-system <p>Attacks by<a href="http://nhpr.org/post/six-months-after-attack-family-works-recover"> two psychiatric patients awaiting treatment</a> at Manchester’s Elliot Hospital last year underscored the well-documented problems with New Hampshire’s mental health system.</p><p>In December, the state agreed to settle a federal lawsuit filed in 2012 on behalf of six plaintiffs who had cycled in and out of emergency rooms and the state mental hospital. The state has agreed to spend $30 million over the next three years to re-build its community-based system of care, once considered a national model.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Wallstin 42160 at http://nhpr.org News Primer: Fixing New Hampshire’s Mental Health System Infographic: Guns: A Primer http://nhpr.org/post/infographic-guns-primer <p>No doubt you've being hearing a lot about guns in the news lately. For the uninitiated, the types and terminology can be overwhelming, and can make understanding what you're hearing - and knowing if it's accurate - a veritable chore. As part of our series, A Loaded Issue, NHPR is aiming to assist in demystifying the firearm, starting with this infographic that outlines a few of the basics (click on the image to view at full size):</p><p></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Sara Plourde 21625 at http://nhpr.org Infographic: Guns: A Primer