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Frank Bidart, who was in New Hampshire in November to accept the 2017 Hall-Kenyon Prize in American Poetry, has won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his "Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016."

The Pulitzer committee judges wrote of Bidart's book of poems: "A volume of unyielding ambition and remarkable scope that mixes long dramatic poems with short elliptical lyrics, building on classical mythology and reinventing forms of desires that defy societal norms."

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Carl Kasell was a fixture on NHPR airwaves for many years until his semi-retirement in 2009. In June, 2011 the former newscaster, who died Tuesday, came to New Hampshire to speak about his tenure at NPR. He spoke about the early days of Morning Edition, and the advent of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me in front of an audience of NHPR listeners.

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Goodwill Industries of Northern New England says it took in a record number of donations in 2017 and is on track to do the same this year.

The non-profit says one factor behind the increase in donations is the region’s aging population. As baby boomers downsize, it seems a trip to the Goodwill is often in order.

Last year alone, Goodwill NNE says it diverted 60 million pounds of stuff from the waste stream.

Spokesperson Heather Steeves says even if those items aren’t sold in stores, they have lots of ways of keeping them out of a landfill.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

 

New Hampshire's new child advocate is pressing for changes to the law to strengthen her office's ability to protect the state's most vulnerable residents.

Lawmakers created the office last year as part of larger effort to reform New Hampshire's Division of Children, Youth and Families, which has been under scrutiny since two toddlers under its supervision were killed in 2014 and 2015.

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Keene State College is pledging to run its heat plant completely off biofuels, rather than heating oil, in less than two years. In that same window, it will look to cut per capita electric, heat and water use by 20 percent.

Those are among a number of new sustainability goals the college is announcing this week.

By 2030, the school is also pledging to cut overall greenhouse gas emissions by half over current levels, as well as divert upwards of 90 percent of its waste. 

Katherine Garrova

At her home studio, embroidery artist Sarah Benning stitches together one of her pieces. It’s a sun-filled room at this time of the morning. The artist’s finished work spills into the space around her with dozens of circular canvases bubbling up onto the walls. There are also plenty of house plants around.

 

“A lot of my work is inspired by my own house plants,” Benning says, “The very first plant pieces I stitched were actually inspired by houseplants that I killed, luckily I’ve gotten better and they’re not all dead plants now.”

Public Service of New Hampshire

A new report says the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has put $4 billion into Northeast economies since 2009.

The three-year study by the Analysis Group says those benefits have continued even as the program known as RGGI grew more ambitious.

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The Northern Pass project will go back before the state Site Evaluation Committee next month.

The panel denied the huge power line proposal in February, and developer Eversource had asked it to reconsider.

Now that its written denial of the project is out, the committee has set a hearing on the issue for May 24 in Concord, with an extra day scheduled for June 4 if necessary.

Jason Moon for NHPR

The U.S. Postal Service has installed a sign adding context to a controversial mural at the Durham Post Office.

A section of the mural titled "Cruel Adversity" depicts a Native American raid that happened in what is now Durham in 1694.

Some have called the image, painted in 1959, offensive for its one-sided depiction of history.

Eversource

 

High wind gusts and icing on wires across the state contributed to more than 12,000 electric customers losing power by late Monday afternoon.

 

New Hampshire Electric Cooperative reported 6,040 outages as of 5:30 p.m.

 

Eversource reported 5,351 customers without power.

 

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump will spend part of Tax Day in New Hampshire. The two White House officials will host a town hall discussion on taxes Tuesday afternoon at the Derry Opera House to highlight passage of the recent tax overhaul.

The event kicks off at 1 pm and will be moderated by former Governor John H. Sununu.

U.S. Court of Appeals

  A Brazilian immigrant living in Nashua who narrowly avoided deportation earlier this month is still at risk of having to leave the country.

 

Elvecio Viana is 65 and has lived in the U.S. for 27 years, according to his attorney.

 

Robert McDaniel is a litigation lawyer representing Viana. He's filed a motion for a stay of deportation.

 

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The state of New Hampshire sets aside money in its budget for hospitals that treat patients who are uninsured or on Medicaid.  Thanks to a court decision last month, the state now owes much more to hospitals than it had planned to owe.

Reporter Ethan DeWitt of the Concord Monitor broke the story and he spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello.

(This transcript was lightly edited for clarity.

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A tour of the Paddling Film Festival is set to make a stop in Concord at the Red Rivers Theatre.

The annual festival features whitewater, adventure, canoeing and sea kayaking films at over 120 venues around the world, making several appearances in the U.S., Canada and overseas.

 

The movie trailers can be viewed at paddlingfilmfestival.com .

 

The event on Wednesday is hosted by New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Contoocook River Canoe Company.

 

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PRESERVING NEW HAMPSHIRE’S PAST

Original textile machines, brick walls, wood floors and other reminders of America’s Industrial Revolution will be the inspired setting for a discussion about historic preservation in New Hampshire.

NHPR’s daily-call in show The Exchange will be in the Lakes Region for a special appearance at the historic Belknap Mill in Laconia on Friday evening, May 11.

NHPR Staff

Ahead of another student walk out to protest gun violence, around 200 gun rights advocates had their say outside the New Hampshire statehouse Saturday.

The National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans organized similar events outside statehouses across the country. Despite biting cold weather, gun owners and second amendment advocates from across New Hampshire showed up to hear a range of speakers and to show opposition to any further firearm restrictions.

Municipalities across New Hampshire are struggling to keep up with the rising costs of recycling programs.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Laconia Public Works director Wes Anderson about how he’s working to reduce those costs in his city.


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A New Hampshire utility is offering discounted rates to members who charge their electric vehicles during off-peak hours.

New Hampshire Electric Co-op says electric vehicle ownership is on the rise. It says members buying or leasing the vehicles can choose an off-peak charging option to reduce operating costs.

The utility says the goal of the off-peak charging program is to influence members to charge during times when regional electric demand is low and to not strain the New England transmission grid to meet the added demand for power.

Casey McDermott, NHPR

A crowd of about 600 New Hampshire Democrats gathered in Nashua for one of their biggest events of the year, the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner.

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The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case with huge potential impact on New Hampshire businesses, as well as anyone who shops online.

The case essentially pits the 45 states that impose a sales tax against the handful that don’t, including the Granite State.

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Bluegrass Train/ Blackjack Crossing/ Blackjack Crossing/ Blackjack Crossing

Virginia Rambler/ Anna and Elizabeth/ The Invisible Comes To Us/ Smithsonian Folkways

Shenandoah/ Mustard's Retreat/ A Resolution of Something/ Mustard's Retreat

Rank Strangers/ Roe Family Singers/ Songs of the Mountains, Songs of the Plains/ Pinecastle Records

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NWS

A winter weather advisory is in effect for New Hampshire until Sunday night. The state Department of Transportation has a travel advisory warning of slick roads across the Granite State.

The National Weather Service also issued a hazardous weather outlook, with a forecast that calls for freezing rain that will turn to sleet.

NH Seagrant

Scientists at UNH want the public’s help to search for invasive green crabs this spring and summer.

The second year of the monitoring project starts this Saturday.

New Hampshire Sea Grant biologist Gabby Bradt wants to find hotspots of green crabs, and determine when they molt, on the coast.

“And the reason for that is I'm really interested in figuring out when we can harvest soft shell crabs for a fishery and for a seafood market,” she says.

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is warning Granite Staters about a recall of food products containing powdered kratom made or processed by Triangle Pharmanaturals.

The public health alert comes after the Food and Drug Administration issued a recall on those products after finding several to be contaminated with salmonella.

The products include Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Emerald Green, Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Ivory White, and Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Ruby Red.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

New Hampshire's two Democratic U.S. senators say President Donald Trump's decision to launch airstrikes in Syria is appropriate.

The United States, France and Britain fired military strikes on Saturday that were intended to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for the alleged use of chemical weapons. U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan released statements in support of the intervention.

Courtesy Sarah Lindberg

New Hampshire wildlife officials have a new plan for a bear in Hanover that gave local and state officials the run-around last year.   

Jason Moon for NHPR

New Hampshire’s Seacoast is home to some of the earliest history of European settlers anywhere in the country. Believe it or not, much of that history is still being uncovered.

But now climate change and sea-level rise is adding new urgency to those efforts.

NHPR’s Jason Moon joined a UNH researcher for a hike to see a centuries-old archaeological site that is literally washing away.

Chris Jensen for NHPR

A pre-planned outage at Berlin's wood-burning power plant ends Saturday night.

The 75-megawatt Burgess Biomass Plant has been down for routine maintenance since last weekend.

Plant manager David Walker says they've been doing this twice a year since 2016.

"Biomass plants will typically schedule this time of year, because of what they call the spring and the fall mud season, so the loggers aren't allowed to get into the woods, or if the roads are posted and whatnot,” he says.

N.Y. Department of Taxation

The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office says it is investigating how the state Liquor Commission handles large volume, all-cash sales at its retail outlets across the state. 

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