3:55 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Suspect In Hepatitis C Outbreak Changes Plea, Agrees To 30-40 Year Prison Term

A former hospital employee charged with spreading Hepatitis C in New Hampshire and seven other states is pleading guilty to federal charges.  

34-year old David Kwiatkowski was arrested last July for stealing syringes filled with fentanyl, a powerful pain medication. Officials say he would inject himself and then reuse the needles on patients inside Exeter Hospital, infecting at least 32 people with Hepatitis C.

Facing 14 federal charges including tampering with a consumer product and illegally obtaining controlled substances, Kwiatkowski is changing his plea to guilty. 

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NH News
11:44 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Critics Say Sen. Bragdon Serving As Head Of LGC A Conflict Of Interest

Sen. Peter Bragdon, R-N.H.
Credit Sate of New Hampshire

The Local Government Center has a new executive director – to the surprise of many, it’s Senate President Peter Bragdon, a Milford Republican.

But Bragdon’s decision to fill both roles raises questions about whether doing so creates an unusual conflict of interest.

The head of the state Professional Firefighters Union Dave Lang summed up the reaction of many on Tuesday.

“Um, we find the employment interesting.”

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All Things Considered
5:52 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Building A Family, One Mountain Climb At A Time

The cover of "The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie."

In 2011, author Dan Szczesny and his wife unexpectedly became caretakers to two nine-year-olds. One of them, a girl named Janelle, joins Dan on a quest to hike the New Hampshire mountains known as the “52 with a view.” That quest is the basis for Dan’s book The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie.

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NH News
12:02 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Questions Over Security Raised After Shooting At Manchester YWCA

A memorial has been set up for Joshua Savyon on the front steps of the Manchester YWCA. Police say Muni Savyon shot and killed his 9-year-old son during a supervised visitation at the center on Sunday. He then killed himself.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Authorities continue to investigate a shooting over the weekend at the Manchester YWCA in which a man killed his 9-year-old son and then shot himself.

The head of the New Hampshire YWCA answered questions today about security at the visitation center and what they can to make sure children are safe.

Monica Zulauf took questions from a swarm of reporters just a few feet away from a makeshift memorial for Joshua Savyon.

She says she is confident staff did all they could to prevent Sunday’s tragedy.

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Inside NHPR
10:03 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Top Stories: Heart Attack On AT; Northern Pass Says State Could Overrule Forest Society

Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

1. Heart Attack Felled ‘Lucky 10’ On Appalachian Trail

Robert Accola, the 54 year-old hiker found dead on the Appalachian Trail near Warren, couldn’t wait to get to New Hampshire, says a sister, Katharine Accola of Providence, R.I.

2. Northern Pass Says State Could Overrule Forest Society Land Claims

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9:42 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Potential Doctor Shortage Could Impact Medicaid Expansion Decision

If you’ve got health insurance, you know it can be hard to get a routine doctor’s appointment.

Representative Neal Kurk (R-Weare), who sits on the commission studying a possible Medicaid expansion, worries it could get harder.

“As a public official, will I start getting calls from my constituents saying, I had to wait another seven weeks for my doctor’s appointment? My operation took much longer on the left hip that it did on the right hip,” says Kurk.

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NH News
8:16 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Hundreds Gather To Honor Life Of Fallen Fish And Game Officer

N.H. Fish and Game officers gather to pay respects to fallen colleague Brian Abrams.
Credit Erik Eisele

Funeral services for a conservation officer who died last week drew hundreds to North Conway on Saturday. Police, firefighters, the governor, state officials and others went to celebrate the life of Sgt. Brian Abrams.

Green trucks fill the parking around the Congregational Church in North Conway.

Just outside the church door a row of 30 men stand at attention.

Each man wears a red jacket, green pants tucked into their boots, a Stetson and white gloves.

A crowd is growing, but the men remain silent.

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Folk Show
10:07 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Folk Calendar 8.11.13

Monday, August 12

>>>The Makem & Spain Brothers at the Lakeside Theater ~ Rangeley, ME ~ 207-864-5000

Tuesday, August 13

>>>The Makem & Spain Brothers at Mahoosuc Arts ~ Bethel, ME ~ 207-824-3575

Wednesday, August 14

>>>Dar Williams at Prescott Park ~ Portsmouth, NH ~ 7pm ~

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Folk Show
10:05 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Folk Show Playlist 8.11.13

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'/ Taylor, James/ Other Covers / Hear Music

Forget Me Not/ Anne Hills/ Angle Of The Light/ Collective Works

Talkin' Bout A Revolution/ Various Artists/ Playing for Change: Songs Around the World/ Hear Music

Box of Rain/ Sloan Wainwright/ Sloan Wainwright/ Waterbug Records

Zion / Village Harmony/ Best Of Village Harmony 2007-2008 / Village Harmony

Just Passiin' Through/ Tammy Fassaert/ Tammy Fassaert/ Strictly Country Records

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Folk Show
10:02 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Folk Show Playlist 8.4.13

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Image Of Me/ New Country Rehab/ Ghost of Your Charms/ Kelp Records

Bash/ Akira Otsuka/ First Tear/ Patuxent Music

Festival Night/ Mustard's Retreat/ The Wind and the Crickets/ Palmetto Records

John Keane's Boys/ Laura Smith/ Everything Is Moving/ Borealis

Payday At The Mill/ Alice Gerrard/ Bittersweet/ Spruce and Maple Music

Sweet South Anna River/ Alice Gerrard/ Bittersweet/ Spruce and Maple Music

Everything Is Bigger In Alaska/ Si Kahn/ Bristol Bay/ Strictly Country

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North Country
7:22 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

North Country Falls Rescue: 'I Can't Breathe' Is Good To Hear

When a 36-year-old Massachusetts man said “I can’t breathe” Abriana Tasillo was delighted.

Tasillo, an EMT and Boston University student, was at the Upper Ammonoosuc Falls Saturday when Freddy Poisson jumped into the water to try and help a 15-year-old who was screaming for help.

The falls – in Crawford’s Purchase not far from the Mount Washington Hotel – are well known for dangerous undercurrents.

Poisson was pulled under by the current just before the 15-year-old managed to grab a rock and climb from the water.

A few minutes later Poisson surfaced.

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NH News
5:54 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Police: Father Kills Son, Self In Manchester YWCA Shooting

New Hampshire officials say a father shot his 9-year-old son to death before taking his own life during supervised visitation at a YWCA office in the state's largest city.

The attorney general's office identified the father as 54-year-old Muni Savyon of Manchester and the son as 9-year-old Joshua Savyon of Amherst. Officials say an adult supervisor was present when the father produced a handgun and shot the boy several times before shooting himself late Sunday morning.

Investigators say the father had made previous threats.

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Monadnock Summer Lyceum
3:00 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

August Watters: Bluegrass: Celebrating An American Musical Art

Credit via Monadnock Lyceum

Bluegrass music is close to America’s musical heart. Its recurring themes of love, loss, and longing for home resonate deeply with the American psyche. The sounds of bluegrass – beginning with the fiddle and banjo - draw on the contributions of America’s diverse immigrant communities, from Europe to Africa.

Created just 70 years ago by professional musicians, bluegrass first raged across the country in the 1940s. It was a driving, supercharged view of American folk roots, named for the style’s creator and his band: Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys.

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North Country
9:27 pm
Sat August 10, 2013

Good Samaritan Almost Dies In Rescue Attempt

Two good Samaritans were involved in a dramatic rescue attempt at The Upper Ammonoosuc Falls in Crawford’s Purchase in the North Country Saturday that almost cost one his life, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The falls – not far from the Cog Railway – are well known for treacherous undercurrents.

According to Fish and Game about 4:30 a 15-year-old boy who was swimming got into trouble and began yelling for help.

Freddy Poisson, 36, of Haverhill, Massachusetts jumped into the water but was himself pulled under.

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2013 Summer Car Raffle
10:00 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Congratulations To Our Raffle Winners!

We'd like to congratulate the following on winning prizes in our 2013 Summer Car Raffle:

1st prize - $25,000 toward a new car:  Diane Palladino of Nashua, NH

2nd prize - Trek bicycle & Yakima roof rack:  Paul Partenope of Gorham, NH

3rd prize - Necky kayak:  Elizabeth Okeefe of Walpole, NH

We'd also like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who purchased tickets - your support is vital to NHPR!