Local http://nhpr.org en N.H. Drops From First To Fourth In Kids Count Ranking http://nhpr.org/post/nh-drops-first-fourth-kids-count-ranking <p>New Hampshire has slid to fourth place on a national ranking of places to raise children.</p><p>After decades in first place, the Granite State slid to fourth in the Kids Count Index, compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, with Massachusetts, Vermont, and Iowa now holding the top spots.</p><p>The drop was attributed to an increase in child poverty, up from 9 percent to 16 percent between 2005 and 2012.</p><p>Increases in homes with single parents and where the parents lack secure employment also factored into the decline.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:06:40 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 52353 at http://nhpr.org UNH Manchester Waits On City To Approve Building Deal http://nhpr.org/post/unh-manchester-waits-city-approve-building-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>UNH Manchester is planning on selling its main building in the millyard to the company run by the inventor of the Segway. The university is looking to expand into a larger space—the millyard’s Pandora building.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:47:36 +0000 Ryan Lessard 52312 at http://nhpr.org UNH Manchester Waits On City To Approve Building Deal North Country Hospitals Form Umbrella Group To Explore Lowering Costs http://nhpr.org/post/north-country-hospitals-form-umbrella-group-explore-lowering-costs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Faced with increasingly worrisome economic challenges, four North Country hospitals said Monday they have signed an agreement to work together to try and find ways to “improve quality, increase efficiencies and lower cost of health care delivery in the region.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hospitals said their problems range from growing healthcare costs to Medicaid payments that don’t always cover services provided to the poor.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Chris Jensen 52195 at http://nhpr.org Nashua Man To Be Awarded Congressional Medal Of Honor At White House http://nhpr.org/post/nashua-man-be-awarded-congressional-medal-honor-white-house <p></p><p>Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts of Nashua will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House today.</p><p>Pitts will be ninth living service member to receive the nation’s highest military honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.</p><p>Nine soldiers died and Pitts was among 27 wounded in July of 2008 in the Battle of Wanat, when hundreds of insurgents attacked an Army outpost in Afghanistan.</p><p>Despite serious injuries from shrapnel, Pitts continued to hold off enemy fighters, hurling grenades and manning a machine gun.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Michael Brindley 52228 at http://nhpr.org Nashua Man To Be Awarded Congressional Medal Of Honor At White House Old Home Day Season Underway In New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/old-home-day-season-underway-new-hampshire <p>Towns across the Granite State will be celebrating Old Home Day in the coming weeks.</p><p></p><p>Residents lined Main Street in Pittsfield on Saturday for the town’s annual Old Home Day parade.</p><p>Longtime Pittsfield resident Tammy Colby says the day is a chance for community members both past and present to come together.</p><p>“People who have moved away or kids who have grown up come back to Old Home Day. They remember things from when they were little or they’re visiting grandma and grandpa. It’s just a nice way to get everybody together again.”</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:21:51 +0000 Michael Brindley 52242 at http://nhpr.org Old Home Day Season Underway In New Hampshire Collection Of Tolls At Merrimack's Exit 12 Comes To An End http://nhpr.org/post/collection-tolls-merrimacks-exit-12-comes-end <p>As of nine o’clock Friday night, motorists no longer had to pay tolls at exit 12 in&nbsp;Merrimack.</p><p></p><p>The change was included in the state’s new gas tax law, in order to relieve&nbsp;Merrimack&nbsp;residents who had to pay tolls at all three exits in town.</p><p></p><p>Bill Boynton with the state’s transportation department says after Friday, the exit 12 toll plaza’s three full time employees will begin working at adjacent plazas. &nbsp;Next month, he says, the state will ask companies to bid for the job of removing the toll plaza, at a cost of about $600,000.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Emily Corwin 52227 at http://nhpr.org FEMA Denies Emergency Funds For North Country Flooding http://nhpr.org/post/fema-denies-emergency-funds-north-country-flooding <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied New Hampshire's appeal for a major disaster declaration for April flooding in the North Country, saying the impact "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants" such a declaration.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:19:12 +0000 Associated Press 52226 at http://nhpr.org FEMA Denies Emergency Funds For North Country Flooding Winnipesaukee's Mail Boat Is Part Floating Post Office, Part Time Machine http://nhpr.org/post/winnipesaukees-mail-boat-part-floating-post-office-part-time-machine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Someone in your family probably remembers a time when receiving a letter was unusual. The message was typically handwritten and personal, and it told you that someone in another part of the world thought enough about you to sit down, organize their thoughts and craft a message, just for you.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are still places in New Hampshire where getting mail is just as special, mostly because of how it's delivered.</span></p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Ray Carbone 52176 at http://nhpr.org Winnipesaukee's Mail Boat Is Part Floating Post Office, Part Time Machine 18-Year-Old Hooksett Golfer Makes Run At NH State Amateur Championships http://nhpr.org/post/18-year-old-hooksett-golfer-makes-run-nh-state-amateur-championships <p>New Hampshire’s finest amateur golfers took to Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown this week for the 111<sup>th</sup> New Hampshire State Amateur Championships.</p><p>The the golfers in the tournament, which started on Monday,&nbsp; are a mix of fearless youngsters and seasoned veterans. The final will be contested Saturday between Damon Salo, a Johnson and Wales University golfer from New Ipswich, and Joe Leavitt from the Atkinson Resort and Country Club, who won the tournament in 2012.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:12:04 +0000 Austin Cowan 52206 at http://nhpr.org 18-Year-Old Hooksett Golfer Makes Run At NH State Amateur Championships Market Basket Employees Call For More Rallies Over Ousted CEO http://nhpr.org/post/market-basket-employees-call-more-rallies-over-ousted-ceo <p>The long-running dispute in the Market Basket supermarket chain appears to be growing.</p><p>Recently the company ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas, who had vocal support from Market Basket employees but had long been at odds with a faction on the board led by his cousin.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:09:32 +0000 Brady Carlson 52205 at http://nhpr.org Market Basket Employees Call For More Rallies Over Ousted CEO Market Baskets Protest Pinches Supplies At N.H. Stores http://nhpr.org/post/market-baskets-protest-pinches-supplies-nh-stores <p></p><p>Shelves are a little barer than usual in Market Basket stores around New Hampshire. An employee strike in support of ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas held up at least some food distribution.</p><p>Employees at the Market Basket in downtown Concord say no trucks came in on Friday, and the produce cooler was already virtually empty by mid-day.&nbsp;</p><p>“I shop here all the time so I did notice that the produce section was definitely lower,” says Heather D’Angelis, “and they did make a comment that they weren’t certain what trucks were running.”</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:16:57 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 52199 at http://nhpr.org Market Baskets Protest Pinches Supplies At N.H. Stores Vermont Asked To Consider Housing Undocumented Border Kids http://nhpr.org/post/vermont-asked-consider-housing-undocumented-border-kids Gov. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:12:15 +0000 Bob Kinzel 52186 at http://nhpr.org Vermont Asked To Consider Housing Undocumented Border Kids Water Lilies: Sunken Forest & A Summer Oasis http://nhpr.org/post/water-lilies-sunken-forest-summer-oasis <p>You need no special excuse to seek cool water on a hot summer day. Water lilies provide a perfect mid-summer setting to explore the specialized role of aquatic plants in NH ponds and wetlands. Paddlers and shoreline hikers alike admire scented, floating flowers of water lilies blooming in July. Fragrant yellow and white blossoms seem lotus-like amid a raft of floating lily pads atop shallow freshwater ponds.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:00:01 +0000 Dave Anderson 50987 at http://nhpr.org Water Lilies: Sunken Forest & A Summer Oasis Audio Postcard: Purana Hindu Festival http://nhpr.org/post/audio-postcard-purana-hindu-festival <p>For the first time, New Hampshire’s Hindu community hosted a week-long religious festival in Concord called the <em>Srimad Bhagavata&nbsp;Maha&nbsp;Purana</em>&nbsp;(or just Purana for short). It’s a ceremony where participants gather from across the region to pray for global peace, emotional wellbeing and spiritual enlightenment.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:00:07 +0000 Ryan Lessard 52136 at http://nhpr.org Audio Postcard: Purana Hindu Festival After The Shortage, Limes Return In Time For Midsummer Cocktails http://nhpr.org/post/after-shortage-limes-return-time-midsummer-cocktails <p><span style="font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">A Mexican lime shortage&nbsp;had some NH bar owners worried.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Margaritas, </span>mojitos<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, gin and tonics... w</span><font size="3">hen you think of summer drinks, there's probably a lime in the picture. But up until a few weeks ago, this summer looked pretty grim – at least lime-wise.</font></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:55:13 +0000 Michael Samuels 52034 at http://nhpr.org After The Shortage, Limes Return In Time For Midsummer Cocktails