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11:17 am
Wed June 26, 2013

N.H. Reacts To Ruling On Defense Of Marriage Act

Executive Director of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union Devon Chaffee says the ruling will have a significant positive impact for same-sex couples in the Granite State.

“After this decision, we’ll see same sex couples marries in New Hampshire and elsewhere being able to benefit from programs like family medical leave, social security survivor benefits and access to healthcare for spouses.”

Same-sex marriage has been legal in New Hampshire since 2010.

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Writers On A New England Stage
9:13 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen
David J. Murray, cleareyephoto.com

The #1 New York Times bestselling author is back doing what he does best: spinning a wickedly funny, fiercely pointed Florida tale in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of pristine land get their comeuppance in a mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.

Hiaasen joined us in Portsmouth to talk about Bad Monkey and his other books on Friday, June 14th.  First, he shared his thoughts on storm-chasers, Hollywood monkeys, and what not to do with a dead raccoon.  Then he sat down with Virginia Prescott for a great interview about Florida scam artists, his foray into YA, and the twisted true stories behind his twisted fictional plots.

Writers on a New England Stage is a co-production of New Hampshire Public Radio and The Music Hall in Portsmouth.

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NH News
5:45 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Hassan Signs 'Dealers' Bill Of Rights'

Governor Hassan shakes farm equipment dealer Charlie Girardi, after signing the "dealers' bill of rights" into law.
Credit Abby Kessler

  Governor Maggie Hassan signed a bill into law today that gives New Hampshire auto equipment dealers new protections in their contracts with vehicle manufacturers.

The new law makes it harder for manufacturers to close down dealerships, and increases dealers’ reimbursements for warranty repairs. It also limits required building renovations to every 15 years.  

The biggest victors may be the state’s farm equipment dealers, who were not included in the state’s previous auto dealers bill of rights.

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Environment
4:38 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

President Obama's Climate Action Plan Comes Home To N.H.

Credit Steve Rhodes / Flickr Creative Commons

President Obama’s newly announced climate action plan could have impacts down the line for New Hampshire. The big headline for New Hampshire is that over the next two years the EPA will develop restrictions on carbon emissions from power plants.

“Power plants can still dump unlimited amount of carbon pollution into the air for free.” Obama told students assembled at Georgetown University, “That’s not right, that’s not safe, and it needs to stop.”

That raises questions for the state’s coal plants.

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Awards
1:28 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

NHPR Wins A PRNDI For Best Multi-Media Presentation

New Hampshire Public Radio has been honored with a first place award from PRNDI, Public Radio News Directors Inc. These annual national public radio awards honor excellence in areas such as writing, commentary, documentary, multi-media, and continuing coverage.

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Word of Mouth
12:51 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

The Search For The Next Big (Dog) Star

Carly Gendell with winner Buckley
Sara Plourde

The musical “Annie” opens this Friday at the Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth…more than 60 dogs barked their way through an open audition for the role of Sandy, little orphan Annie’s loveable and loyal canine sidekick. Producer Zach Nugent went to the Sandy Search  to get a look at the next big doggie sensation.

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Health
5:09 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Quirk In Health Law Creates 'Coverage Canyon'

Credit istock photo

At 60-years old, Wendy Rogers considers herself lucky. She’s healthy, her kids are grown. There’s just one thing that gets her down: health insurance.

“I really don’t let myself think about it, because it overwhelms me.”

Rogers lives in Franklin, in a tidy apartment decorated with framed photos of friends and family. She lost her insurance three years ago, after getting laid off from a local school district  where she was a kindergarten aide. Now she works part time at a child-care center.

Rogers says she relies on family for medical expenses.

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Education
6:14 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Ed Tax Program In Holding Pattern Pending Supreme Court Action

Credit Principia School / Flickr Creative Commons

New Hampshire’s new Education Tax Credit Program has been around for all of six months, and so far, it’s had a rough time.

Last week a superior court ruled the program can’t give scholarships to religious schools But this is just the latest difficulty for the program.

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Inside NHPR
2:43 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Top Stories: Trapped By Tolls; No Hint From Hassan On SB99

Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The top stories of the week, for June 17-23.

1. Trapped By Tolls: Merrimack Hopes For Turnpike Freedom

Merrimack is a town trapped by toll booths. It’s a situation unlike any other in New Hampshire. The tolls are something Merrimack residents have – begrudgingly – come to accept as a part of life, but how did we get to this point?

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North Country
12:53 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Indictment In Death of California Woman

Catherine Houghton
Credit Courtesy of The White Mountain School

A Vermont man has been indicted by a Grafton Country Grand Jury for second degree murder in the death of Catherine Houghton in Littleton in January.

The indictment - returned Friday - charges Rodney Hill, 37, of West Danville, Vermont with the crime.

Houghton, 70, was a trustee of The White Mountain School in Bethlehem. She came to the North Country for a meeting.

She was fatally injured January 28 when she went to the lobby of the Hampton Inn to ask about a television remote that wasn’t working.

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Education
12:25 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

N.H. NCLB Waiver Passed Over By Feds; State Says Acceptance Is Imminent

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The US department of education announced another round of waivers from the controversial federal education policy, No Child Left Behind, and once again New Hampshire’s application for a waiver has been passed over.

New Hampshire Education officials say that they believe the waiver will be granted imminently.   

It has been ten months since New Hampshire applied for flexibility from the requirements of No Child Left Behind, and several rounds of waivers for other states have been approved since the application was submitted.

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Politics
11:04 am
Mon June 24, 2013

On The Political Front For June 24

Before going into recess, lawmakers in Concord will vote this week on the state budget and other deals reached during committees of conference, including Voter ID and medical marijuana. The Democratically-controlled House and the GOP-controlled Senate have been at odds over a number of policy issues, but areas of disagreement over the budget were smaller than possibly expected, with the final budget including provisions sought by both chambers and Governor Hassan.

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Inside NHPR
9:44 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Programming Changes Come To Midday

As you may recall, NPR announced in March that Talk of the Nation will cease production at the end of this month.

As the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens. At NHPR, we have taken this opportunity to take a look at our entire weekday lineup, and challenged ourselves with some important questions. Which programs should we consider as possible additions to our schedule? Are we scheduling the right programs—at the right times—to provide our listeners with the best possible soundtrack to their weekdays?

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Folk Show
9:29 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Folk Show Calendar 6.23.2013

Tuesday, June 25


>>>The Indigo Girls at the Lebanon Opera House ~ Lebanon, NH ~ 7:30pm ~www.lebanonoperahouse.org


Wednesday, June 26


>>> Les Hay Babies at the Skye Theater~ South Carthage, ME ~ 7pm ~ 207-562-4445, www.necelticarts.com

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Folk Show
9:19 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Folk Show Playlist 6.23.2013

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Donald and June/ Craig Bickhardt/ Brother To The Wind/ Craig Bickhardt

Lucky Man/ David Francey/ Far End Of Summer/ Laker Music

Ring Of Fire/ Brad Colerick/ Lines In The Dirt/ Back 9 Records

Rose Bud In June/ Steeleye Span/ Below The Salt/ Shanachie Entertainment

Cherokee Run/ Terry Kitchen/ Summer to Snowflakes/ Urban Campfire

I Wish It Would Rain/ Nanci Griffith/ A Portrait Of An Artist/ MCA

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