NHPR Staff http://nhpr.org en NHPR Wins Four Regional Murrow Awards http://nhpr.org/post/nhpr-wins-four-regional-murrow-awards <p>The 2014 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards winners have been announced, with NHPR capturing four in <a href="http://rtdna.org/content/2014_region_10_murrow_winners#.U1aFcvRDvzg">our region.</a></p><p>For Feature Reporting, <em>Word of Mouth</em> Producer <a href="http://nhpr.org/people/zach-nugent"><strong>Zach Nugent </strong></a>won for his story <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/search-next-big-dog-star"><em>The Search For The Next Big Dog Star</em></a>, which followed regular dogs as they auditioned for the role of Sandy in Prescott Park's production of <em>Annie.&nbsp;</em></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:38:53 +0000 NHPR Staff 47183 at http://nhpr.org NHPR Wins Four Regional Murrow Awards Scott Brown Announces Exploratory Committee For U.S. Senate Seat http://nhpr.org/post/scott-brown-announces-exploratory-committee-us-senate-seat <p></p><div>Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown says he’s forming an exploratory committee to look into a possible run against Democrat Jeanne Shaheen for the New Hampshire Senate seat.</div><p></p><p></p><div>After months of speculation, Brown made the announcement Friday afternoon at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua.&nbsp;</div><p></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>During his remarks, he referenced his connections to New Hampshire and offered criticism of the Affordable Care Act.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:33:50 +0000 NHPR Staff 45103 at http://nhpr.org Scott Brown Announces Exploratory Committee For U.S. Senate Seat House Approves Boost To Minimum Wage http://nhpr.org/post/house-approves-boost-minimum-wage <div><p>The minimum wage would go up a dollar to $8.25 an hour next year under a bill approved by the Democratically-controlled House. The measure, which passed 173-118, increases the wage to $9 in 2016, and starting in 2017, ties it to the inflation rate.</p><p>Supporters say the move helps the working poor.</p><p>Opponents argue increasing the wage will hurt business and reduce employment. The measure faces an uphill fight in the GOP-held Senate.</p><p>Right now, New Hampshire doesn’t have its own minimum wage, and relies on the federal rate of $7.25.&nbsp;</p></div><p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:31:01 +0000 NHPR Staff 44988 at http://nhpr.org NHPR's Todd Bookman Wins Journalism Award For Advance Directive Series http://nhpr.org/post/nhprs-todd-bookman-wins-journalism-award-advance-directive-series <p>NHPR's Health Reporter <a href="http://nhpr.org/people/todd-bookman">Todd Bookman</a> was awarded second place in the 2<a href="http://healthjournalism.org/awards-winners.php?Year=2013">013 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism </a>by the <a href="http://healthjournalism.org/awards-winners.php?Year=2013">Association of Health Care Journalists</a>. The organization recognized Todd's series&nbsp;<a href="http://nhpr.org/post/planning-end-look-advance-directives">Planning For The End: A Look At Advance Directives</a>&nbsp;in the small market Consumer/Feature category.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:51:58 +0000 NHPR Staff 44948 at http://nhpr.org NHPR's Todd Bookman Wins Journalism Award For Advance Directive Series Kenney Wins Executive Council Seat To Replace Burton http://nhpr.org/post/kenney-wins-executive-council-seat-replace-burton <p></p><p>In a race that was too close to call Tuesday night, Republican Joe Kenney declared victory this morning in a special election to fill the vacant District 1 Executive Council seat.</p><p>He fills the seat left vacant by longtime North Country Executive Councilor Ray Burton, who died late last year.</p><p></p><p>Kenney took 51 percent of the vote, just enough to defeat Democrat and Grafton County Commissioner Mike Cryans.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:23:11 +0000 NHPR Staff 44945 at http://nhpr.org Kenney Wins Executive Council Seat To Replace Burton Sean Hurley Sings So You'll Support NHPR. YOU Can Make Him Stop! http://nhpr.org/post/sean-hurley-sings-so-youll-support-nhpr-you-can-make-him-stop <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You know our very own Sean Hurley. He's the voice behind some of </span>NHPR's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> most memorable stories, like </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://nhpr.org/post/world-cup-sandwich-nh">the one about that soccer game in Sandwich</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and that one about </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://nhpr.org/post/just-man-following-his-dreamsto-build-castle">the guy building his very own castle</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:30:03 +0000 NHPR Staff 44938 at http://nhpr.org Sean Hurley Sings So You'll Support NHPR. YOU Can Make Him Stop! Former Sen. Bob Smith Kicks Off Campaign http://nhpr.org/post/former-sen-bob-smith-kicks-campaign <p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:25:58 +0000 Associated Press & NHPR Staff 44522 at http://nhpr.org Former Sen. Bob Smith Kicks Off Campaign News Feature: Female Inmates' Lawsuit Spurs Action Among Lawmakers http://nhpr.org/post/news-feature-female-inmates-lawsuit-spurs-action-among-lawmakers <p>April 11, 2013</p><p>Nearly 24 years after the courts first ordered a new facility for female inmates, the New Hampshire House has approved a capital budget with $38 million set aside for a 224-bed women’s prison in Concord.</p><p>NHPR’s Emily Corwin tells us how a class action lawsuit is driving lawmakers to act now.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:20:15 +0000 NHPR Staff 44268 at http://nhpr.org Soft Feature: Fiddleheads, Tasty Forest Secrets http://nhpr.org/post/soft-feature-fiddleheads-tasty-forest-secrets <p>May 9, 2013</p><p>Fiddleheads are the whimsical, tightly coiled spiral of fern sprouts that push their way up from under the layers of winter debris on the forest floor. They are also a regional and seasonal delicacy, once you find them. Reporter Sam Evans-Brown catches up with people who harvest the sprouts to learn why fiddlehead patches are such closely guarded secrets.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:09:17 +0000 NHPR Staff 44267 at http://nhpr.org Enterprise/Investigative: Why More People Don't Have Advance Directives http://nhpr.org/post/enterpriseinvestigative-why-more-people-dont-have-advance-directives <p>Aug. 26, 2013 – Aug. 28, 2013</p><p>Advance directives—sometimes called living wills—let people decide who can make medical decisions for them and what invasive treatments should be avoided at the end of life. Many in the healthcare system say they are vital plans that ensure a patient’s voice is heard, but only 25% of Granite Staters have signed advance directives.</p><p>In this series, Health Reporter Todd Bookman digs into why so few people set up advance directives, examines efforts to increase that number, looks at the impact of not having a completed advance directive.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:58:46 +0000 NHPR Staff 44265 at http://nhpr.org Best Multi-Media Presentation: N.H. Roads, How We Got Here http://nhpr.org/post/best-multi-media-presentation-nh-roads-how-we-got-here <p>April 2, 2013</p><p>During the 2013 legislative session, state lawmakers intensely debated whether to raise New Hampshire’s gas tax.&nbsp; The current rate hasn’t gone up in nearly 20 years.&nbsp; During the debate, the commissioner of the state’s Department of Transportation repeatedly pointed toward a backlog of more than a billion dollars in maintenance projects and 1600 miles of roads that need to be rebuilt.&nbsp; But New Hampshire is a state historically opposed to raising taxes and lawmakers ultimately decided not to pass a higher rate.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:32:24 +0000 NHPR Staff 44253 at http://nhpr.org 'El Chapo' Faces Charges In New Hampshire, Among Other Districts http://nhpr.org/post/el-chapo-faces-charges-new-hampshire-among-other-districts <p>New Hampshire is one of seven court districts where a powerful Mexican drug kingpin faces indictment. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the alleged leader of the Sinaloa cartel, was arrested last weekend in Mexico on charges of drug trafficking.</p><p>In September 2012, New Hampshire prosecutors announced the arrest of four other high ranking members of the Sinaloa&nbsp;cartel—including a cousin of Guzman—after an international investigation involving FBI undercover agents and the Boston Police Department.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:29:23 +0000 NHPR Staff 44200 at http://nhpr.org Documentary: A Loaded Issue, Guns In New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/documentary-loaded-issue-guns-new-hampshire <p>February 17, 2013</p><p>New Hampshire is a gun-friendly state where gun owners face few restrictions. We also have very little gun violence and after the massacre in Newtown we decided to examine our state’s complicated gun culture. The newsroom produced the documentary <em>A Loaded Issue</em> that included a look at our state’s gun laws, the business of manufacturing guns, how parents are prosecuted in accidental shootings, the culture around open carry and the efforts to repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:46:58 +0000 NHPR Staff 44055 at http://nhpr.org Series: A Loaded Issue, Guns In New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/series-loaded-issue-guns-new-hampshire <p>February 11, 2013 - February 15, 2013</p><p>New Hampshire is a gun-friendly state where gun owners face few restrictions. We also have very little gun violence and after the massacre in Newtown we decided to examine our state’s complicated gun culture. The newsroom produced a series titled <em>A Loaded Issue</em> that included a look at our state’s gun laws, the business of manufacturing guns, how parents are prosecuted in accidental shootings, the culture around open carry and the efforts to repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:43:38 +0000 NHPR Staff 44054 at http://nhpr.org Continuing Coverage: The Push To Legalize N.H.'s First Casino http://nhpr.org/post/continuing-coverage-push-legalize-nhs-first-casino <p>March 14, 2013 - May 24, 2013</p><p>During the 2013 legislative session New Hampshire grappled with the question of whether to allow the state’s first casino.&nbsp; NHPR followed the debate at the State House but also wanted to better understand the larger implications.&nbsp; We sent a reporter to Washington, Pa. where Millennium Gaming runs a casino.&nbsp; The company hopes to build a casino in New Hampshire. &nbsp;Throughout our coverage we learned how the area has benefited, but also looked into the social costs of gambling.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:31:53 +0000 NHPR Staff 44053 at http://nhpr.org