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12:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

The Beer Lovers' Guide To New Hampshire's Local Brews

A sampler of beers from the Portsmouth Brewery.
Credit James Lee via flickr Creative Commons

Fall is a good time for beer lovers. With the crisp air, light-bodied lagers and shandies are swept off the shelves to make way for dark and amber ales along with multiple versions of October-fest brews... For beer lovers wishing to combine a fall foliage tour with sampling the wares at one of the state’s many breweries, New Hampshire Magazine is here to help.  “The Beer Lovers’ Guide to the Granite State”, a comprehensive guide to enjoying New Hampshire’s local beer industry is now online.  Erica Thoits is assistant editor for New Hampshire Magazine.

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Word of Mouth
11:54 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Local Kids Stalk Birds Of Prey...For Science!

Here in Concord, flocks of fourth graders are boarding school buses to get a glimpse of something you definitely won’t see in a classroom: falcons.  Right now, birds of prey are migrating in massive numbers from their breeding grounds in the north to their wintering grounds down south. Independent producer Jack Rodolico met up with a group of kid scientists on a field trip at the Carter Hill apple orchard, and filed this report. 

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Word of Mouth
11:50 am
Tue September 24, 2013

The Smithsonian's Annual Museum Day Live

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Everybody can benefit from taking a field trip. And here’s your chance… this Saturday is Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day Live. Follow this link: Smithsonian's Museum Day Live to download a free ticket that will get you and a guest into any participating Smithsonian museum, including the McCauliffe-Shepard Discovery Museum in Concord, the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire in Manchester, and the Strawberry Banke museum…where you can learn – among other things – about Portsmouth’s long love affair with beer.  And while brewing may not be the focus of 7th grade class trip, there is plenty more to learn at Strawberry Banke.

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NH News
10:42 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Road To Be Redesigned After Heavy Flooding In Upper Valley

Governor Hassan speaks with officials in areas affected by flash flooding in the Upper Valley in June
Credit Ella Nilson for NHPR

A proposal to redesign a road damaged by flooding in a Lebanon, N.H., neighborhood calls for residents to surrender parts of their front yards.

The city's plan calls for larger culverts and ditches to be installed along Slayton Hill Road. Construction would start next year.

A total of 15 inches of rain fell in the area in June and July. Five inches of rain fell over two days.

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NH News
10:37 am
Tue September 24, 2013

N.H. Factory Owner Faces Trial In Explosion

The owner of a New Hampshire gunpowder factory that was the site of a 2010 explosion that killed two men is scheduled for trial next week.

Craig Sanborn of Maidstone, Vt., was indicted last year on two counts of manslaughter and two counts of negligent homicide for negligently engaging in the manufacture, production, testing and storage of explosive material.

The Black Mag plant explosion in Colebrook killed Donald Kendall and Jesse Kennett.

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NH News
10:30 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Howard Dean Visits N.H., Talks Healthcare

Howard Dean speaking at St. Anselm's Institute of Politics.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Former Vermont Governor, Howard Dean, visited New Hampshire last night. Speaking at Saint Anselm’s Institute of Politics, Dean spoke about some of the unintended but beneficial side effects of the Affordable Care Act.


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All Things Considered
5:40 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

'Domestic Migration' Picks Up In New Hampshire As Recession's Effects Recede

Newly released data from the US Census Bureau says Americans are on the move again – the country’s rate of domestic migration in 2012 hit a five-year high.

The story of migration in northern New England, however, is slightly more complicated. According to the results of the latest American Community Survey, New Hampshire saw a rise in migration after several years of decline. But Massachusetts and Maine saw decline.

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All Things Considered
5:26 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Your Comments: On Health Care, Bridges And Sunflowers

Time again for some of your comments on some recent news stories:

The conversation continues on health insurance, in particular the “narrow network” plan Harvard Pilgrim is launching with partners Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Elliot Health Systems. The companies say it will be 10% cheaper than other group offerings.

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NH News
5:03 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Hampton Police: Driver In Deadly Accident With Bicyclists Had No License

Police say the woman who hit and killed two cyclists did not have a license and had been stopped hours earlier for speeding.

Hampton Deputy Police Chief Richard Sawyer tells the Portsmouth Herald that 20-year-old Darriean Hess, of Seabrook, was stopped at 12:46 a.m. Saturday for speeding in the same area where the crash happened eight hours later.

He says she didn't have a license. She was ticketed and ordered her to wait for a friend to drive her car away.

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NH News
4:46 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

After A Funding Cut, CHINS Program Is Back

Judy Lavoie, grandparent
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

  Two years ago, legislators cut the budget for the Children in Need of Services program.  Only kids with severe emotional problems could receive help.

That left parents and parole officers with few resources to prevent kids from running away from home or skipping school.

But a new law restores the program , although in a slightly different form.

Unlike in previous years, families in conflict don’t have to go to court to receive social services.

State officials and child advocates are keeping a close watch on how the process unfolds.

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NH News
4:16 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

N.H. To Receive $3 Million To Review Insurance Rate Hikes

Credit 401(K) 2013 via Flickr Creative Commons

New Hampshire is getting a $3 million federal grant to fight unreasonable increases in health insurance rates and to make pricing more transparent.

The grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is part of the federal Affordable Care Act. The goal is to support state efforts to review health insurance rate increases, educate consumers and hold insurance companies accountable.

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Health
2:50 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Sen. Shaheen Says Health Law Already Having Positive Impact

Senator Shaheen speaking in Concord on Monday. She calls the law "the single biggest advancement for women's health, really, in my lifetime."
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

  At an event organized by the New Hampshire Women’s Health Network and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Senator Shaheen praised the law as the single biggest advancement in women’s health in her lifetime.

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NH News
2:37 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Forums Focused On Medicaid Managed Care Open Enrollment

State health officials will hold a dozen community forums for providers to learn about the open enrollment process for the state’s new managed Medicaid program.

The forums are geared towed anyone who works with Medicaid recipients or oversees agencies or organizations that deliver those services.

Open enrollment for most of the state’s 130,000 Medicaid recipients began earlier this month.

The program is set to launch December first.

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Word of Mouth
1:51 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

American Orchestras Are Facing A Crisis

National Symphony Orchestra
Credit NASA HQ PHOTO via flickr Creative Commons

Chalk up another casualty to the economic crisis of 2008…The American Orchestra. Throughout the 1990s, major orchestras grew inside of an economic bubble of their own -- with donors and corporations funding generous contracts for musicians, and underwriting new concert halls and designing ambitious programs to court bigger audiences.  That bubble has since burst, exposing some of the nation’s premiere institutions to bankruptcies, foreclosures, lockouts and strikes. Philip Kennicot art and architecture critic for the Washington Post and he wrote about the current crisis facing America’s orchestras for New Republic.

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Word of Mouth
1:42 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Returning Adopted Children

Credit Anthony Kelly via flickr Creative Commons

Adopting a child is for many people the culmination of a dream. But it takes work, and money – international adoptions can run from $15,000 to $40,000, and involve years of vetting and paperwork. Still, things don’t always work out.  A network of internet groups has become an underground market for advertising and discarding unwanted children – most of them adopted from abroad.  The process is called “private re-homing,” and it involves little or no government oversight. It’s the topic of an 18-month investigation by Reuters. Megan Twohey is investigative reporter at Thomson Reuters, and among those who worked on the 5-part series and multimedia presentation called, “The Child Exchange.”

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