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Environment
11:50 am
Thu November 14, 2013

New England States Debate Sharing Costs For New Power Lines

A rift has developed among New England states over who should pay for transmission lines needed to carry electricity from renewable energy projects.

The issue is whether ratepayers across the region should foot the bill for power lines needed for southern New England. The debate has pitted Vermont against some of the more populated states to our south.

Southern New England – in particular Massachusetts and Connecticut – needs more renewable generation to meet their clean-energy mandates.

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North Country
11:25 am
Thu November 14, 2013

North Country Events

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

PROFILE PLAYERS PRESENT WEST SIDE STORY, BETHLEHEM

Thurs. Fri. & Sat. Nov. 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 PM and a matinee on Sat. Nov. 16 at 2 PM. Colonial Theatre. The cast includes 30 students from Profile School. Directed by Cindy Burlack. Musical direction by Alyssa Comeau, Profile music teacher. Tickets $4 students, $7 adults, at the door.

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North Country
6:20 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Ray Burton Memorial Service Scheduled

Ray Burton’s burial will be private, says BJ Perry, his administrative assistant. But there will be a public memorial service on December 14th.

It will start at 1 p.m. at Plymouth State University in the student union, Perry said.

Burton died less than three weeks after he announced his kidney cancer, said to be in remission, had returned and he would not seek re-election next year.

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NH News
5:03 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Coos Youth More Prone To Depression And Substance Abuse Than Rural Counterparts Nationwide

Young women in Northern New Hampshire are more likely to suffer from depression,  than their counterparts nationally, while young men are prone to substance abuse, says Sociology professor Karen Van Gundy, a fellow at UNH's Carsey Institute.  Young adults in general are four times more likely to suffer from both problems than their rural counterparts nationwide. 

Van Gundy says the causes of increased rates of depression and substance abuse are uncertain. But she believes it may have to do with stress from economic pressures:

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Health
4:40 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Data Reveal Low Insurance Enrollment Figures In New Hampshire

In New Hampshire, 269 residents have selected health plans through the new marketplace, according to figures released Wednesday by the federal government. 

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NH News
3:44 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Rockingham County Attorney Argues Suspension Was Unconstitutional

Credit Rockingham County Attorney's office

Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams is seeking to get his job back, arguing his suspension by the New Hampshire Attorney General was unconstitutional.

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Health
3:31 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

After Delay, Health Law Grant Awarded To Concord Firm

A Concord-based PR firm is getting $1.9 million to launch a statewide media campaign promoting the federal health law.

Louis Karno & Company says it will use the money to create a website with New Hampshire-specific information on the Affordable Care Act by December, and then begin a broader media push including television and radio ads meant to educate consumers.

The New Hampshire Health Plan awarded the federal funds. Executive Director Mike Degnan says information on this health law is greatly needed.

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NH News
3:21 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Sen. Shaheen Introduces Bill To Extend Health Care Deadline By Two Months

Credit NHPR Staff

 

Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has introduced a measure that would give people at least a two-month extension to make up for time lost to website glitches to sign up for health insurance plans under the new federal health care overhaul law.

The open-enrollment period current ends March 31, 2014.

The measure also would give the Health and Human Services Secretary flexibility to further extend enrollment if Healthcare.gov isn't fully functional as of Dec 1.

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NH News
3:10 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

A Lackluster Forecast For N.H.'s Economic Recovery

Although New Hampshire's economy is recovering, the outlook for the next several years is lackluster.   That’s according to a new economic forecast released Wednesday by the New England Economic Partnership.   

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Word of Mouth
2:35 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

What It's Like Being A Drone War Veteran

A Predator Drone
Credit twaffles via Flickr Creative Commons

A full decade into the drone war in the Middle East, we’re still asking questions: what does an unmanned military mean for the future of warfare?  Who chooses who lives and who dies? What does it mean to pull the trigger on a target half a world away?

And what is like being a veteran of the drone war?

Matthew Power is a freelance print and radio journalist and a contributor to GQ Magazine, where he wrote a profile of former drone operator and Airman First Class Brandon Bryant.

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Word of Mouth
2:02 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Is The Global Carbon Footprint Shrinking?

A view of Typhoon Haiyan from space.
Credit Fragile Oasis via Flickr Creative Commons

The opening of the U.N.'s climate change summit this past weekend in Poland was overshadowed by Typhoon Haiyan. A Filipino envoy broke down in tears when describing the devastation, and received a standing ovation when he announced that he would fast until a "meaningful outcome is in sight."

An increase in weather-related disasters, fluctuating temperatures and rising sea levels are among the discouraging issues being discussed at the 2-week summit in Warsaw. But, there is some encouraging news…a new report by a Dutch agency found that global greenhouse gas emissions showed signs of slowing in 2012. The slackened pace is not attributed to recession, and has, in fact, occurred as wealth continues to climb among the world’s top CO2 emitters. Fred Pearce is environmental consultant for New Scientist, and breaks down the optimistic report for us. 

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Health
1:29 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

GOP Rejects Hassan's Compromise On Medicaid Expansion

Governor Maggie Hassan
Credit Chris Jensen, NHPR News

Governor Maggie Hassan and House Democrats are offering to adopt the Senate’s plan for Medicaid expansion provided they make certain changes, but GOP leadership says the proposal falls short of a compromise.

On Wednesday, Hassan and House Speaker Terie Norelli outlined a package that would use the Senate’s language for expansion, but changes how and when individuals would access private insurance.

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NH News
11:42 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Nearly $70K In Uncashed Checks Found In Suspended County Attorney's Office

Investigators looking at a veteran New Hampshire county attorney and his deputy say they've found nearly $70,000 in uncashed checks in the office, but say the checks aren't connected to the investigation.

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NH News
10:46 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Republican Karen Testerman Makes 2014 U.S. Senate Bid Official

Karen Testerman, center, speaks with supporters Tuesday night at an event in Manchester.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Conservative activist and radio talk show host Karen Testerman announced her bid for U.S. Senate Tuesday night.

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Health
6:47 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Advocates Push For Medicaid Expansion During Public Hearings

Senate President Chuck Morse prepares to give testimony during a public hearing on Medicaid expansion.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

On Tuesday, both the House and Senate held public hearings on competing Medicaid expansion bills. 

Supporters of growing the health program pulled out the same blue stickers they’ve worn at other recent public hearings. And many of the voices were the same, including doctors, nurses, advocates and citizens who shared stories about how access to health insurance would benefit low-income New Hampshire residents.

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