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4:55 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Senate Committee OKs Judicial Nomination For U.S. District Court

The U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved the nomination of Judge Landya McCafferty to serve as federal District Court judge for New Hampshire.

If approved, McCafferty would be the first woman to serve in the position.

President Obama nominated McCafferty in May to fill the vacancy.

Senator Kelly Ayotte applauded the committee’s vote, calling McCafferty well-respected and well-qualified to serve on the federal bench.

She encouraged Senate leadership to move quickly to bring the nomination to a final vote.

Foodstuffs
3:57 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Put Free Coffee On Laconia's Main Street, And People Will Come

Kevin Grollo (left) of Woodshed Coffee Roasters shows off some of the local blend at the New Hampshire Coffee Festival in Laconia.
Brady Carlson, NHPR

Organizers expected a nice, somewhat modest turnout for the first try at a New Hampshire Coffee Festival. But then, putting a sign out on Main Street that essentially says “free coffee” has a tendency to over-deliver.

“I literally cried in awe of the turnout and the people coming downtown to celebrate the Coffee Festival with us," promotions committee member Lori Chandler said.

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NH News
3:46 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

N.H. Retirement System Assets Grow $700M To $6.5B

The New Hampshire Retirement System is reporting a $700 million gain in assets and crediting improved economic conditions and federal monetary policy.

The system reported Thursday that the fund grew from $5.8 billion to $6.5 billion during the fiscal year that ended on June 30. That is a 14.5 percent rate of return on investments.

System executive director George Lagos cautioned that while the results are good, the system's primary focus is to meet or exceed a 7.75 percent rate of return over the long term.

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NH News
3:40 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Ayotte Looks For Answers In Washington Navy Yard Shooting

Credit CBS

Senator Kelly Ayotte is asking Navy officials to explain why the gunman in the Washington Navy Yard shooting was given an honorable discharge two years ago.

According to media reports, the Navy had originally pursued a general discharge for Aaron Alexis.

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North Country
3:22 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

75th Anniversary: New England's Greatest Hurricane

Flooding in Ware, Massachusetts effortlessly tore out a stone bridge.
Credit National Weather Service

That odd color of the sky.

On September 21, 1938 that’s what worried Beatrice Dorsey, a 10-year-old living in Plainfield, New Hampshire.

“The sky above my house was green. It was pretty scary, that ominous green,” said Dorsey.

Dorsey and many other New Englanders didn’t know that green sky meant the most damaging hurricane to hit New England was on its way.

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NH News
1:03 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Nashua Man Charged With Spree Of Commercial Burglaries In City

Calvin Degreenia
Credit Nashua Police Department

Nashua police have charged a man with burglarizing eight different downtown businesses in a three-week period.

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Foodstuffs
12:00 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Steam Cream: Ice Cream Powered By Steam

Clem Legates and wife scooping steam cream.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

If you’re looking for an uncommon food experience, very few are as rare as Steam Cream, a small batch of ice cream produced in New Hampshire only once a year.  


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Word of Mouth
10:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Trailer Parks: An Unexpected Solution For The Looming Boomer Housing Crisis?

The mass retirement of baby boomers could trigger yet another housing crisis. Boomers were responsible for roughly 80% of home construction in the 80’s and 90’s, and many of those homes were big, too big for empty nesters transitioning to a fixed income. Enter a housing solution that’s been with us all along: mobile home communities, or trailer parks.

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NH News
6:35 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Governor Continues 'Innovate NH' Tour In Merrimack

Credit NHPR Staff

A Merrimack company that makes engineered plastics for the aerospace, automotive and other industries is the latest stop on New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan's "Innovate NH" tour.

Hassan is visiting Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics on Thursday. Her office says the company has committed to reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to bring each new building's thermal performance into compliance with the most stringent national standard.

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Health
4:59 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Anthem Tells Senators It Likely Won't Add More Hospitals To Narrow Network

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO Lisa Guertin answered questions in Concord on Wednesday.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

New Hampshire Senators expressed frustration with Anthem Blue Cross on Wednesday about the insurance products they plan to sell in the new health marketplaces. 

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NH News
4:06 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

A.G. Says He Wants Uniform Security At Supervised Visitation Centers

Credit Courtesty of chambersandpartners.com

Attorney General Joe Foster says he’s working to make sure security is consistent at the state’s supervised visitation centers.

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NH News
3:53 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

N.H. Gleaners Redistribute Local Food

Gershfields glean tomatoes at Hungry Bear Farm
Credit Michael Samuels

In the fields, at farmer's markets, in food pantries and schools, gleaners are proving there's plenty of local fruits and vegetables to go around.

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NH News
3:24 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Jim Rubens Officially Enters Senate Race Against Jeanne Shaheen

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Former state senator, and Hanover resident Jim Rubens officially announced he will run for the Republican nomination to face Jeanne Shaheen in next year’s U.S. Senate election. He’s the first to enter the race.

Rubens has an eclectic platform that could be hard to sell to some Republican voters. He says he prioritizes reducing the federal deficit and repealing and replacing Obamacare, but is pro-choice and in favor of gay marriage. He also advocates cutting the payroll tax in order to institute a carbon tax.

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Word of Mouth
12:16 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

This Weekend's N.H. Arts Scene

Darlingside in Studio D at NHPR
Credit Logan Shannon for Word of Mouth

A round-up of this weekend's New Hampshire arts events, including:

Hawk and Dove & Darlingside, playing Friday at the Capitol Center for the Arts

The Telluride by the Sea film festival in Portsmouth, and Telluride at Dartmouth

"The Mudroom," a story-telling event at the AVA Gallery and Arts Center in Lebanon

Watch Darlingside perform Live From Studio D at NHPR:

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NH News
12:02 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Executive Council Approves $2.4M Design Contract For Women's Prison

The existing facility in Goffstown
Credit Emily Corwin for NHPR

The Executive Council has unanimously approved a $2.4 million contract with a Maine firm to design a new women’s prison.

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