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12:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Yankee Gothic November

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November becomes fitful; restless. Its moods teeter toward somber: steely-gray or blue and cold.  Even under fair skies, low-angle sunlight triggers some ancestral longing – winter is coming and pantries, root cellars and woodsheds should be chock-full.

Traditionally, November was the time for butchering livestock. Indoors, it remains “kitchen season.” The Thanksgiving holiday is a time to cook and eat - and then yawn and nap. Outdoors, it’s “forest season” custom-made for cutting wood or deer hunting at classic rustic, North Country hunting camps.

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Health
6:06 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

On Expansion, Lawmakers Have Two Weeks To Reconcile Two Competing Plans

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  Lawmakers returned to Concord Thursday to debate a major part of the federal health overhaul law: expansion of Medicaid. In New Hampshire, such a move would provide insurance coverage to an estimated 50,000 low income residents.

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Environment
6:04 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Committee Gives GMO Labeling Bill Thumbs Down

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A House committee voted 12 to 8  to recommende against passing a bill that would require retailers to label foods containing genetically modified crops, or GMOs. The vote means the chances are slim of getting the bill through a divided legislature.

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Foodstuffs
5:34 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

What Portsmouth's Chefs Learned From The Man Who Made It A Food Hotspot

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Portsmouth has long been considered one of the state’s food hotspots, and with Restaurant Week Portsmouth getting underway, we thought it was a good time to check in on Portsmouth’s food scene - a scene that got a huge boost in the 1970's from a chef called James Haller, who founded the Blue Strawbery restaurant.

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NH News
5:22 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

NRC Chairman Allison MacFarlane Addresses Concrete Degredation At Seabrook Nuclear Plant

The Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC, visited the Seabrook Nuclear Plant for the first time Thursday. Chairman Allison MacFarlane was looking into concrete degradation at the Seabrook plant.

Chairman Allison MacFarlane says the NRC is concerned about fracturing in the concrete walls at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant.  In Seabrook Thursday, MacFarlane held up a sample of cement affected by the alkali-silica reaction.

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NH News
4:41 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Report: Man Who Shot Son At Manchester YWCA Was Not Searched

The vigil outside the Manchester YWCA days after murder-suicide carried out by Muni Savyon on Aug. 11. Savyon killed his 9-year-old Joshua during a supervised visit, then killed himself.
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The man who killed his 9-year-old son and then himself during a supervised visit at the Manchester YWCA in August was not searched before entering the building.

The state Attorney General’s office released its final report on the incident on Thursday.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin says investigators interviewed employees who were working at the YWCA the day Muni Savyon killed his son Joshua.

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Word of Mouth
2:49 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

"Furious Cool: Richard Pryor And The World That Made Him"

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Richard Pryor changed stand-up. He created comedy with no jokes. Instead, he unleashed a parade of street characters rarely glimpsed by white people and mortifying to middle class African Americans. Pryor wrote that the neighbors, whores and winos he saw growing up around his family’s bars and brothels inspired a lifetime of comedic material.

Pryor’s stand-up was outrageously blunt, fearlessly black and openly angry. His talent ran in tandem with episodes of self-destructive, violent, behavior -- often triggered by drug use – which jeopardized his career and endangered his life. Yet, in movies, Grammy-winning albums, and even a short-lived TV special, Richard Pryor’s unapologetically irreverent comedy crossed over to capture a huge American audience; Brothers Dave and Joe Henry among them. Dave is a screenwriter, Joe is a singer and songwriter and together they’ve written Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him.

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Education
12:45 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

'Nation's Report Card:' N.H. Students Rank High In Math, Reading Proficiency

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New Hampshire fourth- and eighth-grade students continue to rank among the nation’s best in math and reading.

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NH News
11:08 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Rockingham County Attorney, Deputy Suspended Amid Investigation

Jim Reams
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Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams has been suspended as state and federal officials conduct an investigation into "managerial and operational" issues in the office.

Deputy County Attorney Tom Reid has also been placed on administrative leave.

At a press conference Thursday morning, Attorney General Joe Foster said a complaint made to his office by a former employee prompted the investigation.

Foster wouldn’t go into the nature of the complaint, but said he has stripped Reams of his prosecutorial authority until further notice.

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NH News
10:05 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Whole Foods Announces Plans To Open Portsmouth Store

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Whole Foods Market has announced it will open a store in downtown Portsmouth. The store will be about 40,000 square feet, and will employ approximately 175 team members.    

“We are excited to be reaching residents of coastal New Hampshire with this location in Portsmouth,” Laura Derba said in a press release Wednesday.  Derba is president of Whole Foods Market’s North Atlantic region. “We have been receiving requests for a Portsmouth store for many years, and we are pleased to be able to open and serve this vibrant community.” 

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NH News
9:33 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Frisbie Hospital Threatening Legal Action Over ACA Network Exclusion

The head of a New Hampshire hospital is threatening legal action over being excluded from the network of providers under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Al Felgar — CEO of Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester — is seeking a rehearing from the Department of Insurance over the failure by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to include his hospital and health care providers in the network of providers. If the hearing is denied, the hospital is prepared to file a lawsuit, a hospital spokesman said Thursday.

NH News
8:25 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

OSHA Fines Hampton Textile Firm For Safety Violations

The Hampton textile  firm Foss Manufacturing Company is facing $115,000 in fines, according to the state’s Department of Labor.

That’s after a federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation discovered 21 safety hazards, following an employee complaint. 

Investigators found a substantive probability of injury or death from electrocution, burns, and amputation injuries, as well as confinement in oxygen-deficient spaces.

Health
5:30 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Legislature Gears Up For Medicaid Session, With No Deal Yet Announced

For the next two weeks, lawmakers will be in Concord to discuss Medicaid expansion, including an up-or-down vote. Governor Maggie Hassan says she’s open to ideas for how to expand the health program, but wants to make sure any final plan works for the state.

Hassan and leaders of both parties have been meeting privately to discuss ways to expand Medicaid, but as of yet haven’t hinted at a deal.

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All Things Considered
5:14 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

High Court Will Compare Addison Death Penalty To "Similar Cases"

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has issued its ruling in the case of the only man on death row in the state - Michael Addison, who was convicted in 2008 of capital murder for shooting and killing Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs.

To explain the ruling we turn to Buzz Scherr, law professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.  He speaks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

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NH News
4:11 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Community Colleges' New Amenities Meet New Needs With New Fees

Zach Aumand sits with his friend Ryan Leavitt at Great Bay Community College's current Student Center.
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As a slow economy pinches family budgets and the cost of college tuition climbs ever higher, more high school graduates are choosing to start their educations at community colleges. As those students demand a more traditional college experience, community colleges in Nashua, Manchester, and now the Great Bay are building in new athletic facilities, teams and clubs.  

Michael Fischer is thumbing through the architectural renderings for Great Bay Community College’s new $5 million dollar recreational facility.

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