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Word of Mouth
12:13 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

The Language Of Dementia Turned Into Poetry

Alzheimer's and dementia can create deep communication lapses between patients and their loved ones.
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People living with dementia can appear to live in their own world, a complicated, non-linear inner world not so easily communicated to, or understood by others. The London-based writer Susanna Howard is attempting to give people with dementia a voice by visiting with them and recording their words as poetry. 

Susanna is artistic director of Living Words, an arts and literature program helping people with dementia feel understood and heard even when communication seems lost. 

Check out the Living Words website here.

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Word of Mouth
11:42 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Mapping The Arsenic Seeping Into Our Diet

A screenshot of the U.S.G.S. map of arsenic concentrations in the U.S.

While many Americans struggle to trim sugar and fat from their diets, a far more dangerous ingredient may be seeping in…from the ground. Arsenic is an odorless, tasteless poison that exists in the earth’s crust. Last winter, the U.S. Geological Survey found that low levels of arsenic were present in forty percent of New Hampshire’s groundwater, for example,  with one in five wells measuring above ten parts-per-billion.

Independent researchers have also identified excessive levels of arsenic in water-intensive crops, including rice grown in the U.S. and abroad. Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist, columnist and blogger for Wired and The New York Times. She was given access to a U.S.G.S. map showing arsenic concentration across the U.S. ahead of its release to the public, and is joining us to share some of the findings. 

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NH News
11:31 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Concord Hospital Names New CEO

Concord Hospital is getting a new CEO.

The hospital Board of Trustees has selected Robert Steigmeyer. He is expected to start the first week of January 2014.

Steigmeyer has been the chief executive officer at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, Pa., since 2012 and a leader of a community medical center that eventually joined it.

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NH News
5:14 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Government Shutdown Could Strain Seacoast Economics

While for many the government shutdown is just another artifact in the news cycle, many thousands are facing losing some paychecks.
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The government shut-down hit home for more than 1,700 civilian employees at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and that could deal a serious blow to the economy of the seacoast region.

The scene outside of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Tuesday painted a picture of what thousands of furloughed federal workers looks like you’ll see a long steady stream of cars leaving the base, but just a trickle headed the other way.

That’s because while most at the shipyard were told to report to work, many were pulled one-by-one into the office of their supervisors and handed a letter.

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NH News
5:10 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Proposed Park Rules Spur Horseback Riders' Anger

Director Phil Bryce (second from left) sits and listens to dismayed riders.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

More than one hundred New Hampshire horse lovers turned out at a public hearing Tuesday to speak out against proposed rule changes for state parks. Horse-back riders fear the proposed changes would limit the availability of trails.


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Health
3:39 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Marketplace Navigator: Experience Without Health Insurance Drew Me To Job

Jaime Chabot, left, and Mariann White, right, are marketplace navigators for Planned Parent of Northern New England. They will be working directly with patients to help them enroll.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Open enrollment began today for the New Hampshire health insurance marketplace.

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NH News
7:25 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Arrest Made After High School Lockdown

A New Hampshire high school was under lockdown after police got a report that a former student was on the grounds threatening several people with a firearm.

Police said shortly after the lockdown at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston on Monday afternoon, they arrested 18-year-old Timothy Soucy of Danville on two counts of criminal threatening. It wasn't known if a weapon was recovered.

It wasn't immediately known if Soucy had a lawyer.

North Country
6:43 am
Tue October 1, 2013

The Shutdown: Impact On Tourism And White Mountain National Forest

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The extent to which the federal shutdown will hurt the White Mountain National Forest – and tourism - will depend on how long the shutdown continues, says forest supervisor Tom Wagner.

Wagner says the current workforce – about 120 people – will be cut to sixteen.

That’s to cover 800,000 acres.

People can still enjoy the views and the trails. But there’s a question about facilities.

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NH News
5:57 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Woman Involved In Car Chase, Police Shooting Dies

Authorities say a woman who'd been involved in an apparent police chase on Interstate 93 has died after later being shot by a state trooper in Manchester.

Television station WMUR reports  the shooting happened shortly after 6:30 p.m. Monday when the woman tried to ram a state police trooper and the trooper opened fire. No officers were injured.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin confirmed the woman's death.

Environment
5:28 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Outlines Of Plan For PSNH Power-Plants Begin To Emerge

New Hampshire lawmakers say new leadership at Public Service of New Hampshire has brought a change of tone. For policy-makers this as a welcome development as they seek a solution to the steady bleed of customers from the state’s largest utility.

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NH News
4:33 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Some Local Healthcare Providers Prepared To Help Uninsured Navigate A.C.A. Enrollment

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As the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment period opens, some affiliated healthcare providers are reaching out to uninsured Granite Staters.


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North Country
3:42 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

As Tourists Flock, Fed Shut Down Would Leave White Mountain National Forest Struggling

The benches aren't empty during high season in the White Mountain National Forest
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If the federal government shuts down at midnight it will affect the White Mountain National Forest at a time when many tourists are headed there for fall foliage.

The White Mountain National Forest covers about 800,000 acres and normally has about 120 full or part-time employees, says Tom Wagner, the forest supervisor.

If the federal government shuts down more than 100 of them will be off work.

“Sixteen of those employees between our law enforcement and our line officers at each office will continue to work if this is an extended shutdown," Wagner said.

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NH News
2:30 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

State Medical Examiner Confirms Body Is Missing UNH Student

The state office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirms that a body found in the Piscataqua River was a University of New Hampshire student who went missing nearly two weeks ago.

Police say the body was discovered Sunday morning near Prescott Park in Portsmouth.

In a statement Monday, the university said the body recovered was 19-year-old Jonathan Zygmont, a first-year UNH student who lived on campus and was last seen near the park on Sept. 17.

The university says foul play was never suspected but police were concerned for the student's well-being.

Word of Mouth
2:15 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

How Will The New Healthcare Law Impact New Hampshire Residents?

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With enrollment for healthcare plans under “Obamacare” set to begin tomorrow, NHPR’s health reporter, Todd Bookman, has kept a steady eye on the rollout of the affordable care act. He put together an easy-to-follow guide to what the new healthcare law means for New Hampshire residents, and joins us in the studio to run through some of those points.

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Health
2:14 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

11K Enrolled For Medicaid Managed Care, More Than 100K To Go

State health officials say 11,000 people have signed up for Medicaid managed care since the open enrollment period launched a little more than two weeks ago.

The Department of Health and Human Services has scheduled a series of forums to help others sign up.

Medicaid recipients were given until late November to select from one of three out-of-state companies to manage their health care plans starting in December.

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