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10:11 am
Fri December 6, 2013

NH This Weekend: You Can always Go Downtown

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us city events in Concord and Manchester designed to draw spectators- and shoppers- downtown this weekend.

Midnight Merriment in Concord and Manchester's Spirit of New Hampshire Christmas Parade.

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Granite Seen
10:02 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Photos: Jobs, Protests, Thanksgiving & Bitcoin

Protesters lined up in front of a Manchester McDonald’s to take part in a national effort to raise the federal minimum wage.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

After an autumn hiatus, Granite Seen, our photo blog, is back! Here are some of the recent weeks' best photos from NHPR's newsroom.

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Something Wild
6:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Nature’s Brand Names

Credit Rick Ganley

Why do products cloak themselves in natural imagery and metaphor? The auto industry has long co-opted Nature nouns: Falcons, Jaguars, Cougars, Impalas, Mustangs and Rams…

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NH News
9:06 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Firewood: A Printable Guide

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Whether you use it to heat your home or just for atmosphere on a chilly night, it's firewood season in New Hampshire. Use this guide as a helpful shortcut to figure out which wood to buy, when to buy it, and how to store it.

To save a full-size copy for printing, click here, right-click the image, select "Save As.../Save Image As..." & choose your save location. Image prints at 8.5 x 14" (US legal) with an 1/8" (0.125") margin.

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Foodstuffs
6:07 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Better Tourism Through Cookies

Cookies. No more needs to be said.
Credit Brady Carlson

All this month Foodstuffs is looking at baking – something many of us do around this time of year. And we’ll meet a range of people who bake at the holidays for a range of different reasons. For some innkeepers and bed and breakfast operators in the White Mountains, baking cookies is good for tourism.

That’s the idea behind the annual Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie and Candy Tour, which takes place December 14th and 15th.

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Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
5:22 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, one of the world's most respected statesmen, died Thursday at 95.
Denis Farrell AP

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 11:57 am

Nelson Mandela, who was born in a country that viewed him as a second-class citizen, died Thursday as one of the most respected statesmen in the world. He was 95.

President Jacob Zuma announced the death in a televised speech.

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Education
4:59 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

At $32,698, N.H. Second-Worst In Nation For Average Student Debt

Credit Courtesy The University Of New Hampshire

A report released this week by the Project on Student Debt shows average student debt among New Hampshire’s college graduates increased slightly last year.

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NH News
4:57 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

More Students Choose Community College Transfer En Route To Bachelor's Degree

Great Bay Community College
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  Twenty-six thousand dollars. That’s about how much students can save by going to a community college for two years, then transferring to a four-year school. Not including financial aid or room and meals.

Those $26 thousand dollars are changing the plans of more and more students in New Hampshire. And that’s good news for students, and possibly for the University System at large.

Pragmatic Decisions

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Word of Mouth
4:31 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

“I promised myself I wouldn’t wish for Jacoby Ellsbury to get hurt.”

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin joined Word of Mouth’s Virginia Prescott at the Music Hall in Portsmouth for Writers on a New England Stage. Goodwin was there Wednesday to talk about her best-selling book, “The Bully Pulpit: Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism.”

But the first question for the famously rabid baseball fan was what she made of Red Sox centerfielder and lead-off hitter Jacoby Ellsbury jumping to the New York Yankees. The author of “Wait Till Next Year” and “Team of Rivals” said that, in light of the team's championship run in 2013, she's not willing to second guess the decision to let him go.

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NH News
3:34 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

NH Man Who Killed Parents Earns Conditional Parole

A 31-year-old New Hampshire man who has spent more than half his life in prison for killing his parents when he was 14 can be freed if he completes counseling and learns the skills he'll need to return to society.

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NH News
3:29 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Union-Backed Protesters Highlight Minimum Wage At Manchester McDonald's

Protesters in front of McDonald's on South Willow st, Manchester.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

More than a dozen protesters lined up in front of a Manchester McDonald’s to take part in a national effort to raise the federal minimum wage.


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NH News
3:07 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Senate Transportation Chair Proposes Gas Tax Hike To Boost Infrastructure Funding

A Derry Republican is proposing using an inflation formula to increase New Hampshire's gas and diesel tax about 4 cents next July.  

State Sen. Jim Rausch said Thursday that his bill would begin restoring purchasing power to the Department of Transportation. New Hampshire's 18 cent tax is used to maintain highways and bridges, but has not been increased since 1991.  

NH News
12:59 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Gulf Of Maine Closed To Shrimp Fishing In 2014

Credit Johnnyd2 / Flickr Creative Commons

Fishing for shrimp in the Gulf of Maine has been cancelled for 2014. There are only about 5% of the normal number of shrimp left in the Gulf, and regulators say the stock needs to rebuild.

The closure of the shrimp fishery has been on the horizon for years: since 2006 the abundance of the little crustaceans in the Gulf of Maine has been declining. Last year shrimpers only managed to catch 307 tons, compare that to 9,500 tons in 1996.

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Inside NHPR
12:45 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Note To Online Listeners: Livestream Test In Progress

We are currently testing a new stream encoder here at the station. If you have issues with your stream please contact me at rlavoie@nhpr.org.

This test will continue until some time Friday afternoon, December 6th.

Thank you for your patience as we work to serve you better!

- Rebecca Lavoie, Digital Director

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Foodstuffs
11:50 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Local Foods Flavor N.H. Microdistilleries

Back in the day the notion of homegrown hooch conjured images of backwoods brewers or bathtubs full of gin.

Not anymore. These days, micro-distilling--its fancier moniker--is less about the buzz and more about the artistry and science that goes into teasing spirits out of locally-sourced fruits, grains and herbs. Plus, it's legal and has been in New Hampshire since 2003.

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