Newscast http://nhpr.org en Unions: Preliminary Vote Count Makes Fairpoint Strike Authorization Likely http://nhpr.org/post/unions-preliminary-vote-count-makes-fairpoint-strike-authorization-likely <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Unions representing </span>FairPoint<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Communications workers in northern New England say preliminary vote counts suggest an overwhelming majority of members support authorizing a strike. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Negotiations began in April on a contract that expires Aug. 2. Workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont recently held meetings to vote on whether to authorize a strike. Voting has finished in Maine and Vermont, but has been extended in New Hampshire due to storm damage. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:47:48 +0000 Associated Press 52270 at http://nhpr.org Federal Rules Stymie N.H. Easter Seals Efforts To Bid On National Guard Contract http://nhpr.org/post/federal-rules-stymie-nh-easter-seals-efforts-bid-national-guard-contract <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A program that helps New Hampshire National Guard members and their families is caught in a disagreement over whether aiding one group of veterans could end up hurting another. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Deployment Cycle Support Care Coordination Program has helped 3,000 individuals with suicide prevention, mental health care, employment and housing since 2007. It's run by the Department of Health and Human Services, the New Hampshire National Guard and Easter Seals New Hampshire. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:42:41 +0000 Associated Press 52268 at http://nhpr.org 96 Years Later, WWI Vet's Family Receives His Combat Medals http://nhpr.org/post/96-years-later-wwi-vets-family-receives-his-combat-medals <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The family of a World War I veteran from New Hampshire has been presented with some long-overdue service medals. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Frank Silva's son, </span>Cmdr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Frank Silva, and daughter, Kathleen Talley, received the Purple Heart and other medals on Friday at the American Legion, Post 37 in </span>Hooksett<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sen. Jeanne Shaheen presented the medals. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:20:52 +0000 Associated Press 52232 at http://nhpr.org 96 Years Later, WWI Vet's Family Receives His Combat Medals "Seek The Peak" Hiking Fundraiser Kicks Off On Mount Washington http://nhpr.org/post/seek-peak-hiking-fundraiser-kicks-mount-washington <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of hikers are heading up the summit of the Northeast's highest peak to raise money for the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The annual "Seek the Peak'' fundraiser at Mount Washington is being held Saturday. The event has raised more than $1.3 million since 2001, helping the observatory maintain its famous weather station atop the summit. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:07:09 +0000 Associated Press 52229 at http://nhpr.org "Seek The Peak" Hiking Fundraiser Kicks Off On Mount Washington NASCAR Race Prompts Lane Closures And Changes Today http://nhpr.org/post/nascar-race-prompts-lane-closures-and-changes-today <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lane changes and detours will be common around Concord on Sunday to deal with traffic congestion from the NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The race in </span>Loudon<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, but officials anticipate the most congestion will occur late afternoon and early evening. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Exit 14 ramp on I-93 northbound will be closed from 5 to 11 a.m. Sunday. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:08:33 +0000 Associated Press 51830 at http://nhpr.org Waterville Valley To Host N.H. Open http://nhpr.org/post/waterville-valley-host-nh-open <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Waterville Valley Tennis Center is once again hosting the annual New Hampshire Open, scheduled for July 18 to July 20. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 10,000 New Hampshire Open Tennis Championships is set on the 18 red clay court complex of the tennis center. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Athletes include top ranked New England and collegiate players who play the eastern summer tennis circuit. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:17:42 +0000 Associated Press 51413 at http://nhpr.org Waterville Valley To Host N.H. Open Northumberland Expects $278,000 Grant For Emergency Water Main Repair http://nhpr.org/post/northumberland-expects-278000-grant-emergency-water-main-repair <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A North County town is expected to get a $278,000 grant to make repairs to a broken water main suspended from a historic covered bridge across the Ammonoosuc River. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 100-year-old cast iron pipe suspended on the underbelly of the Northumberland Covered Bridge feeds wells and storage tanks. It broke in April, and only temporary fixes have been made. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:42:54 +0000 Associated Press 51045 at http://nhpr.org Data Shows N.H. Has Upped Spending On Disabled Home Care http://nhpr.org/post/data-shows-nh-has-upped-spending-disabled-home-care <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">New Hampshire has increased the amount of Medicaid funding it devotes to home-based care for the disabled since a 1999 U.S. Supreme Court ruling gave people a choice to live outside institutions.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:56:30 +0000 Associated Press 50923 at http://nhpr.org UNH Touts Unique Compost System http://nhpr.org/post/unh-touts-unique-compost-system <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of New Hampshire is celebrating its use of a unique energy recovery composting system. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UNH is believed to be the only university in the nation with such a compost facility, which captures generated heat for water that can be pumped to reservoirs and used for wash water, provide pre-heated water for a boiler or be used in heating systems. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:49:46 +0000 Associated Press 50645 at http://nhpr.org Gov. Hassan, N.H. Business Delegation On Trade Mission To Turkey http://nhpr.org/post/gov-hassan-nh-business-delegation-trade-mission-turkey <div>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Maggie Hassan and a group of New Hampshire business representatives are on a trade mission in Turkey. &nbsp;</span></div><div>Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the state Department of Resources and Economic Development, says Hassan's presence will help open doors to businesses seeking to connect with Turkish businesses. He says Turkey has emerged as an important market and is New Hampshire's 12th largest trading partner. New Hampshire sent $79 million in goods and services to Turkey last year. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:47:36 +0000 Associated Press 50644 at http://nhpr.org UNH Shows Off New England Dairy Farming With "Open Barn" Event http://nhpr.org/post/unh-shows-new-england-dairy-farming-open-barn-event <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of New Hampshire is holding an "open barn'' to give the public a chance to see how a typical New England dairy farm operates. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station on the Durham campus calls Saturday's event "Meet Your Milk.'' Visitors can enjoy free milk and ice cream, wagon rides, tours and visits with the university's milking cows and calves. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:14:33 +0000 Associated Press 50624 at http://nhpr.org UNH Shows Off New England Dairy Farming With "Open Barn" Event UNH Cooperative Extension To Host Emerald Ash Borer Workshops http://nhpr.org/post/unh-cooperative-extension-host-emerald-ash-borer-workshops <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of New Hampshire's Cooperative Extension is going on the road to educate people about the destructive emerald ash borer. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Workshops are scheduled in Canterbury at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19, and at 4 p.m. Friday, June 20. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 15:21:03 +0000 Associated Press 50249 at http://nhpr.org UNH Cooperative Extension To Host Emerald Ash Borer Workshops Celebration Of Lupines Kicks Off Around Franconia Notch http://nhpr.org/post/celebration-lupines-kicks-around-franconia-notch <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Communities around New Hampshire's </span>Franconia<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Notch are holding their </span>21st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> annual Celebration of Lupines. &nbsp;</span></div><div>Though the festival focuses on the spiky purple wildflowers that grow in abundance across the region, flowers are just part of the event, which takes place throughout the month of June. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">This weekend incudes an open-air market in Sugar Hill. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 17:57:53 +0000 Associated Press 49877 at http://nhpr.org Celebration Of Lupines Kicks Off Around Franconia Notch Saint-Gaudens Historic Site To Host Climate Change Presentation http://nhpr.org/post/saint-gaudens-historic-site-host-climate-change-presentation <div>Saint-Gaudens<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire, is hosting a presentation on the effect of climate change on historical sites. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The discussion is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10 at 6 p.m. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It will look at how New Hampshire's </span>archaeological<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> resources, historic buildings and cultural landscapes are affected and threatened by sea level rise, coastal erosion, increased flooding, heavy rains and insect infestations. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 17:52:17 +0000 Associated Press 49876 at http://nhpr.org Former LGC Insurance Program To Return $17.1M In Illegal Subsidies http://nhpr.org/post/former-lgc-insurance-program-return-171m-illegal-subsidies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Local Government Center insurance pool <a href="https://www.pltnh.org/" target="_blank">Property-Liability Trust </a>will return $17 million in illegal subsidies.&nbsp; This despite earlier protests that it didn’t have the money on hand.&nbsp; The money will go to another former LGC insurance pool--<a href="http://www.healthtrustnh.org/" target="_blank">HealthTrust</a>—and then be refunded to member communities.&nbsp; </span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:19:53 +0000 Amanda Loder 49647 at http://nhpr.org Former LGC Insurance Program To Return $17.1M In Illegal Subsidies