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Health
5:29 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

12 New Beds At State Psychiatric Hospital Called 'Partial Solution'

Governor Hassan today announced the reopening of 12 psychiatric beds at New Hampshire Hospital. They'll be used to treat adults over the age of 55 in need of both psychiatric help and medical attention, and are meant to shore up a mental health system that the Governor calls deeply strained.

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Inside NHPR
11:38 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Top Stories: Common Core Not Yet In Place, Already Controversial; Common Core Skeptics & Supporters

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The most popular stories of the past week, from our newsroom, Word of Mouth, and The Exchange.

1. The Common Core State Standards: Not Yet In Place, Already Controversial

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Politics
9:08 am
Mon June 10, 2013

On The Political Front For June 10

It's committee season at the State House, as the legislative year nears its end. In the next couple of weeks, the budget will be getting the most attention, with some contention over Medicaid expansion, school building aid, charter schools, and personnel cuts. Other bills to watch for include medical marijuana and voter ID. US Senator Kelly Ayotte announces she supports a bipartisan immigration bill.

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NH News
8:35 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Gov. Hassan In Chicago For Education Forum

Governor Maggie Hassan is in Chicago for the next two days, where she will meet with other state leaders to discuss education.

Hassan is attending the 2013 Governors Education Symposium, which takes place Monday and Tuesday.

The forum is being held at Chicago’s Millennium Park and is sponsored by the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy.

Hassan's office says the National Governors Association is covering the cost of the trip.

NH News
7:59 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Sen. Ayotte Says She'll Support Immigration Reform Bill

Sen. Kelly Ayotte on "Face The Nation."
Credit CBS

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte said this weekend that she will support immigration reform legislation currently under debate in the Senate.

Appearing Sunday morning on CBS’ Face the Nation, Ayotte said she has examined the bill and called it a "thoughtful, bipartisan solution to a tough problem."

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NH News
7:10 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Manchester School District Taps Fall Mountain Leader As New Superintendent

Debra Livingston
Credit Manchester School District

A search committee chose the next superintendent for the Manchester School District over the weekend.

Debra Livingston was chosen from a pool of three finalists and over 30 applicants to head the state’s largest school district.

The city’s Board of School Search Committee voted unanimously in favor of Livingston on Saturday, following a series of final interview with the finalists that morning.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Plymouth: 250 Years In The Making

Archive photo of Plymouth, circa 1880

The writer Susan Cheever once said that Plymouth, “is a nice enough town but… it’s a town in the middle of nowhere, a town for people on their way to somewhere else”

But many locals in the Grafton County town would disagree. After all, Plymouth has been voted one of the best small towns in America. And nowhere is this town pride more conspicuous than in “Marking the Moment”; a two and a half hour musical written to kick off the town’s 250th anniversary.

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Environment
5:30 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Gulf Of Maine At High Risk From Ocean Acidification

Commercial oyster cultivation has become the poster child of the impacts of Ocean acidification. Juvenile oysters melt away in just slightly acidic water, and on the west coast farmers have been struggling as climate change has resulted in more and more acidic oceans.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Saturday was World Ocean Day. Coastal and Marine scientists used the occasion to highlight their growing concern over Ocean Acidification, and it’s impacts on New Hampshire.

The laws of thermodynamics dictate that as CO2 increases in the atmosphere, the ocean will absorb more CO2 as well. As that happens, the acidity of the ocean slowly begins to rise, which can start to dissolve the shells of young plankton, the foundation of the ocean’s food chain. 

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Health
5:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

New Hampshire's Health Exchange Monopoly

via WUKY

It wasn’t exactly a victory lap, but the president was in California last week praising an early success of the Affordable Care Act.

Speaking in San Jose on Friday, Obama touted the California health insurance exchange--one of the new online marketplaces where individuals and small business employers can shop for coverage and apply for subsidies starting October 1.

California's exchange will have 13 companies competing for business and rates far below what experts predicted.

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Folk Show
9:59 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Folk Show Playlist 6.9.13

Gent

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Deline/ Genticorum/ Enregistre Live/ Genticorum

How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat/ Amy Speace/ How To Sleep In A Stormy Boa/ 1-2-3-4- Go!

Succotash/ Putnam Smith/ Kitchen Love/ Itchy Sabot Records

The Good Years/ Karine Polwart/ Threshold/ Borealis Records

Pocket Change/ Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki/ Into The Cold/ Jordan Tirell-Wysocki

What Are They Doing In Heaven Today/ Jorma Kaukonen/ Blue Country Heart/ Sbme Special Mkts.

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Folk Show
8:46 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Folk Show Calendar

Wednesday, June 12


>>> McAuley, Horan & O’Caoimh at the Skye Theater~ South Carthage, ME ~ 7pm ~ 207-562-4445, www.necelticarts.com



Thursday, June 13


>>>Fatoumata Diawara (Mali folk/rock)at the Loft (Portsmouth Music Hall) ~ Portsmouth, NH ~ 8pm ~ www.themusichall.org


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Business and Economy
6:55 pm
Sat June 8, 2013

PUC Report: Current Electric Market Conditions "Unsustainable" for PSNH

PSNH's rates have trended above the market rate since mid 2009, with a notable spike this year. This has spurred exponential growth in the number of competitors entering the residential market to court rate-payers away from the last N.H. utility to own power plants.
Credit NH Public Utilities Commission

Staff for the agency that regulate electric utilities have released a strongly worded investigation into the effects of cheap natural gas on Public Service of New Hampshire’s electric rates. The report on market conditions suggests the current situation is unsustainable.

The Public Utilities Commission’s report offers several alternatives to the status quo, including PSNH selling all or some of its power plants, or retiring some of them.

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NH News
4:58 pm
Sat June 8, 2013

Bears In Seacoast Spark Anxiety, Questions

Two separate black bear sightings in Portsmouth earlier this week startled residents and raised new questions about bears in urban areas.

Early this week, two Portsmouth residents reported black bear sightings to police. Officers responding to the calls said they believed the bears were cubs, but were unsure if a larger bear was with them. Bear sightings are rare instances in the Seacoast, but N.H. Fish and Game’s Wildlife Damage Specialist Rob Calvert says that this behavior isn’t entirely out of character.

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North Country
7:59 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Berlin Biomass Contractor Accused Of Fraud

The company in charge of building a huge biomass plant in Berlin is suing one of its contractors claiming fraud.

But a spokesman for the plant’s owner - Berlin Station - says it should still open late this year, right on schedule.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen has this report.

The suit was filed in federal district court in New York by Babcock & Wilcox Construction Company.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat June 8, 2013

The Raymond Coalition Steers Youth Toward Smart Choices

Credit Courtesy of The Raymond Coalition

The Raymond Coalition for Youth is committed to helping kids make healthy choices and form positive habits. Through its "Youth Action" program, the Coalition empowers teenagers, like Kirsten Roman, to involve themselves in community outreach. "I was really interested in helping out the community more, and to help my peers make good choices," says Roman. "We focus on positive choice: not doing drugs or alcohol; eating healthy and exercising."

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