Tina Forbes http://nhpr.org en Close Races and Voting Trends in Tuesday's Primary Election http://nhpr.org/post/close-races-and-voting-trends-tuesdays-primary-election <p>A handful of state senate races proved competitive in Tuesday’s primary.</p><p>It’s difficult to see a trend in the statewide legislative results says political analyst Dean Spiliotis.</p><p><em>There clearly are some races in which the tea party energy and conservatives seem to be winning out, but there also a number of races that we’re seeing in which more moderate incumbents are staying in through the primary. </em></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 05:39:28 +0000 Tina Forbes 12740 at http://nhpr.org Smuttynose Breaking Ground on Hampton Facility http://nhpr.org/post/smuttynose-breaking-ground-hampton-facility <P>Smuttynose Brewery breaks ground tonight on its new facility in Hampton about 10 miles down the coast from its current location in Portsmouth.</P> <P>Smuttynose says it’s moving to Hampton to support its growth.</P> <P>The brewery has been creating craft beers in New Hampshire since 1994. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 20:28:18 +0000 Tina Forbes 11023 at http://nhpr.org Granite State Athlete to Compete in Paralympics http://nhpr.org/post/granite-state-athlete-compete-paralympics <p>New Hampshire athlete Victoria Arlen headed to Europe Wednesday in preparation for the Paralympics on August 29.</p><p>Victoria Arlen&rsquo;s chances at a medal are pretty good. The Exeter High school senior broke two world records for competitive swimming at the Paralympics trial this past June. Arlen was an avid swimmer before an undiagnosed spinal inflammation put her in a vegetative state at age 11, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down.</p><p>Only three years after waking from her coma she broke records in the 100 and 400-meter freestyle, securing her place on the U.S. team.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:01:00 +0000 Tina Forbes 10967 at http://nhpr.org Ovide Lamontagne Outlines Campaign for Governor http://nhpr.org/post/ovide-lamontagne-outlines-campaign-governor <p>Republican candidate for governor, Ovide Lamontagne, came on NHPR&rsquo;s &lsquo;The Exchange&rsquo; today to discuss his campaign.</p><p>Lamontagne says his campaign is focused on the economy and jobs. He wants to loosen regulations on local business and support free enterprise.</p><p>He also says he would develop a &lsquo;zero-base&rsquo; or &lsquo;prospective&rsquo; budget versus New Hampshire&rsquo;s current &lsquo;maintenance&rsquo;-style budget.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 19:42:28 +0000 Tina Forbes 10865 at http://nhpr.org Ovide Lamontagne Outlines Campaign for Governor Nashua Celebrates the Arts with Downtown Music Festival http://nhpr.org/post/nashua-celebrates-arts-downtown-music-festival <p>Nashua saw the second installment of its premier <a href="http://downtownnashua.org/downtown-music-festival/">&lsquo;Downtown Music Festival&rsquo;</a> with a nineties music night July 21.</p><p>Ryan Callahan is wearing a large white cowboy hat and leather jacket. As a version of Tom Petty&rsquo;s &ldquo;<em>Free Falling&rdquo; </em>plays, he walks through the crowd talking to everyone. Callahan moved to Nashua from Dallas, and says the city could use more events like this one.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 21:45:00 +0000 Tina Forbes 10537 at http://nhpr.org Nashua Celebrates the Arts with Downtown Music Festival Governor Lynch Promotes New Hampshire Retail Industry http://nhpr.org/post/governor-lynch-promotes-new-hampshire-retail-industry <p>Governor John Lynch took to the <a href="http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=101">new outlet mall in Merrimack</a> today to promote New Hampshire&rsquo;s lack of a sales tax.</p><p>Governor Lynch&rsquo;s visit comes as Massachusetts is about to have a two day reprieve from its 6.25 percent sales tax.</p><p>Lynch praised state retailers for doing a good job promoting New Hampshire&rsquo;s lack of a sales tax and stressed that retail sales are critical to the state&rsquo;s economy.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 18:33:12 +0000 Tina Forbes 10502 at http://nhpr.org Governor Lynch Promotes New Hampshire Retail Industry Obama and Romney Appeal to Women Voters in New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/obama-and-romney-appeal-women-voters-new-hampshire <p>The campaigns of President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney were touting support from women today.</p><p>The Obama campaign released a report saying that the President&rsquo;s policies enable greater access to healthcare for New Hampshire women.</p><p>Meanwhile, &lsquo;Women for Mitt Romney&rsquo; hosted an event in Nashua to discuss welfare reform.</p><p>Four years ago, President Obama carried women voters by 13 percent. His pitch to women this election has focused on the healthcare overhaul. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 20:13:36 +0000 Tina Forbes 10413 at http://nhpr.org Michelle Obama Visits New Hampshire Thursday http://nhpr.org/post/michelle-obama-visits-new-hampshire-thursday <p>Michelle Obama will begin her tour in Holderness at a private fundraiser.</p><p>She will then have two public events, one at Laconia Middle School and the other at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. Wed, 01 Aug 2012 17:37:50 +0000 Tina Forbes 9900 at http://nhpr.org McCain and Ayotte Discuss Potential Cuts to Defense Budget http://nhpr.org/post/mccain-and-ayotte-discuss-potential-cuts-defense-budget <p>Senators John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire stopped in Merrimack today as a part of their tour to discuss pending cuts to the defense budget.</p><p>McCain and Ayotte are seeking a bipartisan effort to prevent the Congress-enacted sequestration from going into effect January 1, 2013.</p><p>The sequestration was supported across party lines last year as incentive for each side to reach a compromise over the budget.</p><p>Since Congress could not reach an agreement, severe cuts to social programs and defense will automatically go into effect this January.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 19:32:21 +0000 Tina Forbes 9848 at http://nhpr.org McCain and Ayotte Discuss Potential Cuts to Defense Budget Phone Scam Targets NH Seniors http://nhpr.org/post/phone-scam-targets-nh-seniors <p>Senior citizens across New Hampshire and New England are the targets of a lottery scam originating from the Jamaican area code 876.</p><p>Here&rsquo;s what happens: seniors receive a call from an 876 area code, often mistaking it for a toll-free number. They&rsquo;re congratulated on winning a lottery or new car and asked to provide a fee of up to $4,000 to process their winning.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 19:44:20 +0000 Tina Forbes 9575 at http://nhpr.org State to Continue Monitoring Hospital C.E.O. Pay http://nhpr.org/post/state-continue-monitoring-hospital-ceo-pay <p>The state Director of Charitable Trusts Anthony Blenkinsop says transparency is the way to move forward with determining how to evaluate and compensate executives. Blenkinsop joined NHPR on The Exchange Thursday.</p><p><em>This is something that we want to make sure we&rsquo;re continuing to monitor yearly to ensure that there&rsquo;s current information out there for the public. We look forward to a dialogue with the hospital association in ways of developing best practices&mdash; how can we improve the process. </em></p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 21:40:17 +0000 Tina Forbes 9134 at http://nhpr.org Widespread Drought Affects New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/widespread-drought-affects-new-hampshire <p>The country is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years. Although New Hampshire has avoided the brunt of the drought damage, the loss of crops from the Midwest has far reaching consequences. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 20:26:48 +0000 Tina Forbes 9037 at http://nhpr.org Widespread Drought Affects New Hampshire Warmer Seasons Pose Danger to Local Moose http://nhpr.org/post/warmer-seasons-pose-danger-local-moose <p>Warm winters have been tipping the balance between New Hampshire moose and the winter ticks that feed on them.</p><p>The ticks have benefited from warmer temperatures, and their increasing numbers have become a problem for moose.</p><p>When too many ticks latch on to the moose, it suffers blood loss, hair loss, becomes sick, and sometimes dies.</p><p>Kristine Rines, a wildlife biologist with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, says the real enemy is weather.</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:10:59 +0000 Tina Forbes 8957 at http://nhpr.org New Hampshire Bats Receive Support http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshire-bats-receive-support <p>This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted more than $950 thousand to 30 states with bats affected by a fungal disease called &lsquo;white-nose syndrome.&rsquo; New Hampshire received more than $14 thousand.</p><p>State Fish and Game wildlife biologist Emily Brunkhurst says white-nose has severely impacted local bats.</p><p><em>In a couple of species we are seeing 99 percent declines. </em></p><p>State Fish and Game&nbsp;officials will use the&nbsp;grant to monitor bat populations and raise public support.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:33:56 +0000 Tina Forbes 8597 at http://nhpr.org New Hampshire Bats Receive Support New Hampshire Rental Rates On The Rise http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshire-rental-rates-rise <p>The New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority has released its annual &lsquo;Residential Rental Cost Survey.&rsquo; The survey shows increased rental costs coupled with decreased vacancies across the state.&nbsp;</p><p>The median monthly rent for a two bedroom unit including utilities has risen 3 percent in the past year to $1085 per month. The highest rent increases were evident in Grafton, Carroll and Belknap counties, as well as the cities of Manchester and Nashua.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 19:44:36 +0000 Tina Forbes 8578 at http://nhpr.org