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3:49 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Berlin Biomass Plant Fully Operational, But At What Cost To Ratepayers?

The Burgess BioPower facility is located on the site for a former paper mill in Berlin.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

A new biomass plant in Berlin is finally producing electricity for Public Service of New Hampshire under a controversial 20-year contract that a report says will cost ratepayers $125 million more than if the electricity was purchased on the open market...

That estimate came from the consulting firm of La Capra Associates which did the report for the state's Public Utilities Commission as part of a wide-ranging review of PSNH’s operations.

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NH News
3:39 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Franklin Pierce University President Resigning

James Birge
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The president of Franklin Pierce University is resigning.

James Birge says he’ll step down next year, no later than June 15.

He’s been the head of the university in Rindge for six years, and is the school’s fourth president.

“I am proud of the accomplishments at Franklin Pierce and excited about its future because of these achievements,” Birge said. “As I reflected on these accomplishments and we begin to establish and implement additional changes at the University, I realized it is a good time to move on to allow new leadership to take on the new challenges.”

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NH News
10:44 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Plymouth State University President To Step Down Next Year

Sara Jayne Steen
Credit Plymouth State University

The president of Plymouth State University is stepping down.

Sara Jayne Steen has been president of the university for nine years, and says she will step down from the post in June of next year.

In a message to staff, Steen says this will allow her time for other academic pursuits and to travel with her husband.

Steen is also vice chair of the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission and on the executive committee of the New Hampshire College and University Council.

The University System Board will begin a national search for a new president this fall.

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North Country
9:19 am
Thu August 21, 2014

North Country Events

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

OUTDOOR CONCERTS
Saturdays Twin Mountain 7 PM at the town gazebo, junction of Routes 3 & 302
Sundays Bethlehem 6 PM at the town gazebo, corner of Main Street & Prospect Street

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Robots And The Future Of Work

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As computers and robotic machinery grow more sophisticated, there are concerns that automation is making it harder for human workers to compete. But others say robotic workers will lead to better jobs, more productivity, and even an age of leisure for humans. We’ll hear from the experts on how the rise of the robot may change the face of the workforce.

GUESTS:

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Elections 2014
5:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Primary 2014: A Conversation With U.S. House Candidate Marilinda Garcia

Marilinda Garcia
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Marilinda Garcia is in her fourth term serving the town of Salem in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

She's among the Republicans running in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District.

Why are you running?

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Politics
6:23 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Hassan, Havenstein Running Close In Gubernatorial Money Race

Thanks to nearly $1.5 million from his own pocket, Republican candidate for governor Walt Havenstein is keeping pace in the race for campaign money with Democratic incumbent Maggie Hassan.

According to reports filed today with the Secretary of State, Havenstein reports a campaign war chest of $1,989,876. That includes $1,474,000 in personal loans and another $17,000 from other family members.

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NH News
5:59 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Hometown Grapples With Death Of Journalist Jim Foley, Killed By Islamic State Militants

Sheri McSheehy put up a display in downtown Rochester, mourning the death of international journalist and Rochester native, Jim Foley.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  There’s been no shortage of people mourning the killing of James Foley by Islamic State Militants. President Obama interrupted his Martha’s Vinyard vacation Wednesday to recall Foley -- who disappeared two years ago in Syria -- and to condemn his killers.

“People like this ultimately fail,” Obama said. “They fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy. The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley and the overwhelming majority of humanity who are appalled by those who killed him.”

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NH News
5:06 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

GOP Candidates For Governor Debate Policy, Integrity

Credit Sara Plourde for NHPR

  Republican candidates for Governor, Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway, squared off Wednesday morning on WGIR. Their debate was heated and, at times, personal.

While this race remains tough to call, in this debate, Andrew Hemingway acted the part of underdog. He went after Walt Havenstein repeatedly, hoping to turn what Havenstein says is his strength—his experience leading billion dollar defense companies—into an example of how moneyed interests use campaign contributions to get their way at tax payers’ expense.

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Market Basket
4:34 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

N.H. Market Basket Vendors Pull Out In Support Of Workers

Shopping carts are arranged forming the letters ATD in the parking lot of a Market Basket Supermarket in North Andover, Mass., Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in support of former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.
Credit AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Some New Hampshire food and beverage vendors who supply Market Basket's shelves say they're backing workers by no longer selling products to the beleaguered grocery chain.

Moonlight Meadery of Londonderry makes honey wine, and the company's founder, Michael Fairbrother, says Market Basket was his biggest retail client, accounting for about one-third of sales. 

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NH News
3:59 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

N.H. Civil Liberties Union Sues Hudson Over Anti-Panhandling Methods

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties is suing the town of Hudson, claiming local police have been suppressing the free speech rights of panhandlers.

Staff attorney Giles Bissonette says the lawsuit filed in federal district court claims the town has been illegally restricting panhandling on public property for more than three years.

“And this practice includes detaining, harassing, threatening, dispersing, and citing panhandlers, in violation of the 1st, 4th, and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution.”

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NH News
2:17 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Slain Reporter's Parents Call Son 'Martyr For Freedom'

Credit Nicole Tung/freejamesfoley.org via AP

The parents of journalist James Foley, who was killed by the militant group the Islamic State, say their son is now a martyr for freedom.

“Jimmy did his work. So it's up to others to pick up the ball and go forward. You know?” said John Foley, James’ father, “Our government, other foreign governments. How long are we going to tolerate all this?”

Speaking to the press outside their home in Rochester earlier today, Foley’s parents said eye-witnesses had already told them their son was still alive.

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Word of Mouth
1:07 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

8.20.14: NASCAR's Concussion Problem, Artificial Wombs & The History And Future Of Clowns

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NASCAR drivers can reach speeds of 200 plus miles per hour. Remarkably, when wrecks occur, drivers overwhelmingly survive the accidents, but they don’t always walk away unscathed. On today’s show: concussions in NASCAR, and the challenges drivers face after the smoke clears. We'll also talk to a futurist about ectogenesis, or artificial wombs. Often referenced in science fiction, the idea of children being grown outside of a mother's body is inching closer to reality. Plus, earlier this year, the New York Daily News reported that the U.S. is in grave danger of a clown shortage. We head to a clown convention to find out why membership is down, but why clowns are unlikely to completely disappear. 

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8.20.14: NASCAR's Concussion Problem & The History And Future Of Clowns

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The Exchange
11:50 am
Wed August 20, 2014

In Today's News: The Death Of N.H. Reporter James Foley

Credit Credit AP PHOTO/NICOLE TUNG, FREEJAMESFOLEY.ORG

At the beginning of today's show, we checked in with the AP's northern New England correspondent, Rik Stevens. He has been covering the video released yesterday showing James Foley's beheading. (digital post by Faith Meixell)

HIGHLIGHTS:

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Newscast
9:51 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Bethlehem Landfill Approved For Expansion

The state of New Hampshire has approved an expansion to a landfill in the town of Bethlehem.

The Caledonian Record reports the application by North Country Environmental Services was approved with 17 conditions last week by the state Department of Environmental Services.

In this expansion, 8 acres would be added to the current 38-acre landfill and its lifespan would be extended by five to 10 years.

Residents have a 30-day window to appeal the DES approval.

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