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5:30 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Gulf Of Maine At High Risk From Ocean Acidification

Commercial oyster cultivation has become the poster child of the impacts of Ocean acidification. Juvenile oysters melt away in just slightly acidic water, and on the west coast farmers have been struggling as climate change has resulted in more and more acidic oceans.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Saturday was World Ocean Day. Coastal and Marine scientists used the occasion to highlight their growing concern over Ocean Acidification, and it’s impacts on New Hampshire.

The laws of thermodynamics dictate that as CO2 increases in the atmosphere, the ocean will absorb more CO2 as well. As that happens, the acidity of the ocean slowly begins to rise, which can start to dissolve the shells of young plankton, the foundation of the ocean’s food chain. 

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Health
5:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

New Hampshire's Health Exchange Monopoly

via WUKY

It wasn’t exactly a victory lap, but the president was in California last week praising an early success of the Affordable Care Act.

Speaking in San Jose on Friday, Obama touted the California health insurance exchange--one of the new online marketplaces where individuals and small business employers can shop for coverage and apply for subsidies starting October 1.

California's exchange will have 13 companies competing for business and rates far below what experts predicted.

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Folk Show
9:59 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Folk Show Playlist 6.9.13

Gent

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Deline/ Genticorum/ Enregistre Live/ Genticorum

How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat/ Amy Speace/ How To Sleep In A Stormy Boa/ 1-2-3-4- Go!

Succotash/ Putnam Smith/ Kitchen Love/ Itchy Sabot Records

The Good Years/ Karine Polwart/ Threshold/ Borealis Records

Pocket Change/ Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki/ Into The Cold/ Jordan Tirell-Wysocki

What Are They Doing In Heaven Today/ Jorma Kaukonen/ Blue Country Heart/ Sbme Special Mkts.

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Folk Show
8:46 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

Folk Show Calendar

Wednesday, June 12


>>> McAuley, Horan & O’Caoimh at the Skye Theater~ South Carthage, ME ~ 7pm ~ 207-562-4445, www.necelticarts.com



Thursday, June 13


>>>Fatoumata Diawara (Mali folk/rock)at the Loft (Portsmouth Music Hall) ~ Portsmouth, NH ~ 8pm ~ www.themusichall.org


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Business and Economy
6:55 pm
Sat June 8, 2013

PUC Report: Current Electric Market Conditions "Unsustainable" for PSNH

PSNH's rates have trended above the market rate since mid 2009, with a notable spike this year. This has spurred exponential growth in the number of competitors entering the residential market to court rate-payers away from the last N.H. utility to own power plants.
Credit NH Public Utilities Commission

Staff for the agency that regulate electric utilities have released a strongly worded investigation into the effects of cheap natural gas on Public Service of New Hampshire’s electric rates. The report on market conditions suggests the current situation is unsustainable.

The Public Utilities Commission’s report offers several alternatives to the status quo, including PSNH selling all or some of its power plants, or retiring some of them.

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NH News
4:58 pm
Sat June 8, 2013

Bears In Seacoast Spark Anxiety, Questions

Two separate black bear sightings in Portsmouth earlier this week startled residents and raised new questions about bears in urban areas.

Early this week, two Portsmouth residents reported black bear sightings to police. Officers responding to the calls said they believed the bears were cubs, but were unsure if a larger bear was with them. Bear sightings are rare instances in the Seacoast, but N.H. Fish and Game’s Wildlife Damage Specialist Rob Calvert says that this behavior isn’t entirely out of character.

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North Country
7:59 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Berlin Biomass Contractor Accused Of Fraud

The company in charge of building a huge biomass plant in Berlin is suing one of its contractors claiming fraud.

But a spokesman for the plant’s owner - Berlin Station - says it should still open late this year, right on schedule.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen has this report.

The suit was filed in federal district court in New York by Babcock & Wilcox Construction Company.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat June 8, 2013

The Raymond Coalition Steers Youth Toward Smart Choices

Credit Courtesy of The Raymond Coalition

The Raymond Coalition for Youth is committed to helping kids make healthy choices and form positive habits. Through its "Youth Action" program, the Coalition empowers teenagers, like Kirsten Roman, to involve themselves in community outreach. "I was really interested in helping out the community more, and to help my peers make good choices," says Roman. "We focus on positive choice: not doing drugs or alcohol; eating healthy and exercising."

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NH News
9:14 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Flood Watches Issued For Parts of N.H., Maine, Vermont

The National Weather Service is issuing flood watches in parts of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont as a tropical storm bears down on New England.

Forecasters are warning of heavy rain Friday night and Saturday across southern Vermont, the southern half of New Hampshire, and western and coastal Maine.

The forecast calls for 2 to 3 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts, from the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea.

All Things Considered
5:46 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Three Exeter High School Teachers Resign After Misconduct Allegations

This is a time of year when educators and students are turning their minds toward graduation or summer plans.

In Exeter, though, many people are focusing on something more troubling: three teachers at Exeter High School have been accused of misconduct. All three have resigned, including one of them today.

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NH News
5:36 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Laconia Motorcycle Week Turns 90

The 90th Annual Laconia Motorcycle Week starts this Friday and runs through next Sunday. The event attracts riders from all across the U.S.

Despite the rain forecasted for this weekend, Motorcycle Week is still expected to draw upwards of 300,000 riders to Laconia. At 90 years old, it’s one of the oldest continuous motorcycle rallies in North America. During the week, riders can take tours around the state, including a state-wide farm tour. Rally coordinator Charlie St. Clair says the farm tour offers something new for out-of-state riders.

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Foodstuffs
5:27 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Rhubarb: It's Not Just For Pie Anymore

Rhubarb, sweet rhubarb. Actually rhubarb is sour, but why get technical over something so tasty?
Credit harald walker via Flickr/Creative Commons

There are two things we all seem to know about rhubarb – it grows and grows, and you can make pies with it. But there's a world of rhubarb that goes beyond the (admittedly delicious) pie - in fact, it's a hot commodity among bartenders, who are mixing up cocktails and other tangy rhubarb-based beverages. And bakers might like to try a rhubarb upside-down cake.

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Environment
4:57 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

With Lower Caps Announced, RGGI Carbon Prices Climb

Credit Captain Kimo / Smokestacks

The price of carbon under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative or RGGI is on the rise. For some time the cost that a New England Power plant has paid for the right to emit a ton of carbon dioxide was bumping along near the floor price of $1.98.

That price has jumped ever since the RGGI states announced that they would lower the cap on carbon dioxide, bringing it in line with the lower emissions that have resulted from the region’s switch to natural gas. In the last two auctions, carbon has gone for $2.80 and $3.21 a ton.

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NH News
4:55 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

234 years later, 20 Enslaved Revolutionary War Veterans Are Granted Freedom

Hassan signs a bill posthumously freeing 20 enslaved Revolutionary War veterans
Credit Roger Wood

  Governor Maggie Hassan has signed legislation that finally officially grants freedom to African Americans who served in the Revolutionary War. 

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NH News
1:01 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Concord Approves Downtown Overhaul

The Concord City Council has approved a dramatic Main Street overhaul.  Under the plan, Main Street will be converted from four lanes to a modified three-lane set-up.  New lighting, wider sidewalks, more benches, and bike racks are also part of the plan.  

A big concern for merchants is the loss of downtown parking.  Developer and advisory committee member Steve Duprey says in the end, the city is only losing five parking spaces.  And the benefits outweigh the risks. 

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