Local http://nhpr.org en UNH Reports Record Fundraising Year http://nhpr.org/post/unh-reports-record-fundraising-year <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The University of New Hampshire raised a record $49.2 million in private donations last year, with the largest gift accounting for about 40 percent of the total.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The results for the fiscal year ending June 30 were 35 percent above the previous year's record of $35.8 million.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:33:02 +0000 Associated Press 52418 at http://nhpr.org UNH Reports Record Fundraising Year Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads to Jobs http://nhpr.org/post/congress-and-biden-aim-job-training-actually-leads-jobs Something pretty remarkable happened Tuesday afternoon in a small windowless auditorium next door to the White House. President Obama signed a new law: the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.<p>It streamlines and updates the nation's job training programs and was 11 years overdue. The bill got overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.<p>"Folks in Congress got past their differences; they got a bill to my desk," Obama said at the signing ceremony. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 52412 at http://nhpr.org Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads to Jobs UNH Hockey Coach Indicted On Assault Charges http://nhpr.org/post/unh-hockey-coach-indicted-assault-charges <p>Former UNH womens’ hockey coach Brian McCloskey has been indicted on three counts of simple assault against a player on his team.</p><p></p><p>The state is also charging McCloskey of criminal threatening.&nbsp; The indictment states McCloskey placed his body on top of the players, pulled her backward by her jersey, and pushed and/or pulled her by her helmet while shouting at her.</p><p></p><p>The University fired McCloskey in December following an investigation into a November game against Ohio State.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:33:59 +0000 Emily Corwin 52411 at http://nhpr.org Granite Geek: Get Paid For Buying Healthy? An Insurer Tests The Idea http://nhpr.org/post/granite-geek-get-paid-buying-healthy-insurer-tests-idea <p>The rewards card is everywhere these days. It usually works like this: the more consumers buy, the more incentives and discounts stores hand out.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:42:15 +0000 Brady Carlson 52403 at http://nhpr.org Granite Geek: Get Paid For Buying Healthy? An Insurer Tests The Idea N.H. Civil Liberties Union Suit Argues New Law Shuts Out Third Parties http://nhpr.org/post/nh-civil-liberties-union-suit-argues-new-law-shuts-out-third-parties <p>The New Hampshire Civil Liberties has filed a <a href="http://nhclu.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Complaint-Filed.pdf" target="_blank">lawsuit</a> in federal court that challenges a <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1542.pdf" target="_blank">new state law</a> limiting the time political parties have to collect signatures to get on the ballot.</p><p>The organization filed the lawsuit on behalf of the libertarian party.</p><p>State law now requires that political organizations collect the signatures they need in the year of the election.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:07:59 +0000 Michael Brindley 52372 at http://nhpr.org 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 Can N.H.’s New Campaign Finance Rules Hold Up In Court? http://nhpr.org/post/can-nh-s-new-campaign-finance-rules-hold-court <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The attack ads with the cartoon sheep began airing in May, followed by the negative mailers.</span></p><p>Paid for by a conservative nonprofit called Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, <a href="http://www.strongnh.com/news/entry/7-news/145-tv-ads-wolf-in-sheep-s-clothing">they targeted Republican state senators</a> who supported Medicaid expansion and a four-cent hike in the state gas tax. According to a spokesman, it was just the beginning of the group’s efforts to “fight” for a more fiscally conservative senate.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Brian Wallstin 52279 at http://nhpr.org Can N.H.’s New Campaign Finance Rules Hold Up In Court? 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 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