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Word of Mouth
6:14 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Word Of Mouth 09.28.13

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We like to think of the Word of Mouth Saturday show as a convenient, one-hour public radio field trip. So pack a special picnic lunch and grab a buddy, here's what's on the itinerary this week:

  • Bill Maher Love him or hate him, it really doesn't matter, Bill Maher is a great interview.
  • Field Trips Jay Phillip Greene explains his recent study on the power of the school field trip. Turns out they have real and powerful educational value.

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Environment
5:42 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

PSNH Asks Supreme Court To Weigh In On Scrubber Costs

Public Service of New Hampshire, the state’s largest electric utility, has filed an appeal with the state supreme court. PSNH is trying to head off regulators’ attempts to question whether the company should have installed a mercury scrubber on its largest coal-fired power plant.

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All Things Considered
5:10 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

N.H. Teacher Of The Year Wants To Prepare Students For A Changing World

Pinkerton Academy teacher Joe Lee (left) was named 2014 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Today New Hampshire’s Education Commissioner Virginia Barry announced the winner of the 2014 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year award.

Joe Lee teaches social studies at Pinkerton Academy in Derry; he also coaches the school's golf and hockey teams, and serves as advisor to the China exchange program.

He spoke about the award and his job with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

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All Things Considered
4:53 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

GraniteCon Turns 10, With Help From A DeLorean And Imperial Stormtroopers

A Ghostbuster and a Captain Jack Sparrow from GraniteCon 2012.
Credit Ryan Lessard, NHPR

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Granite State Comicon, also known as GraniteCon.

The annual gathering has come a long way - just as in many other places, it started small, and grew to the point that, for the first time, this year's GraniteCon will be a two day extravaganza, including costumes, comics, artists, actors, video game tournaments, even a time-traveling Delorean from the movie "Back To The Future 3."

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Education
4:05 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Pinkerton Academy Social Studies Teacher Named N.H.'s Top Educator

Pinkerton Academy teacher Joe Lee, left, talks with last year's New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Heidi Welch, right.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Pinkerton Academy social studies teacher Joe Lee is the New Hampshire Teacher of the Year.

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NH News
3:42 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Impass Another Sign Of Partisan Gridlock?

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Energy is one of the more divisive energy issues facing politicians today. But amid this push-pull, there is broad agreement that using less energy to do the same thing is a cheap and easy fix for many energy problems. This is why for over three years, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen has been working with Ohio Republican Rob Portman to pass a federal energy efficiency bill.

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Politics
3:21 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Ayotte, Shaheen Split Over Avoiding Government Shutdown

Senators Shaheen and Ayotte honor firefighters in 2012
Credit Via shaheen.senate.gov

New Hampshire's U.S. senators were split on a vote to keep government operating past Tuesday.

Republican Kelly Ayotte opposed the measure that, if approved in the House, will avoid a threatened government shutdown. Democrat Jeanne Shaheen voted in favor of the bill. It passed the Senate 54-44 Friday afternoon but faces an uncertain future in the house as the high-stakes stand-off continues into the weekend.

Ayotte says she opposed the measure because it exceeds spending caps and only lasts two months. She says that means the whole crisis will be repeated.

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NH News
3:08 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Democrats: It's Time For A Woman President

Hillary Clinton in 2012
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Democrats gathered in New Hampshire's largest city Friday's said the event wasn't designed to promote Hillary Rodham Clinton specifically. But Clinton supporters dominated the discussion hosted by EMILY's List, a group that works to elect female Democrats across the country.

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Clinton would be, quote, "the most qualified person to run for president, probably almost ever."

EMILY's List president Stephanie Schriock says several women could run for president in 2016, but Clinton rises above them all.

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Business and Economy
2:37 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Local Start-ups Win $100K in Prize Money

Steve Graves of Kinetic Surface Controls
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

The New Hampshire High Tech Council and the non-profit abi innovation hub , hosted the state's largest high tech start-up competition  at the second annual Tech Out competition in Nashua this week.

A tech-savvy crowd came to network and pitch their grand ideas to investors.

One of the 20 accredited investors, Jesse Devitte of Borealis Ventures says that, "We’re interested in smart, passionate people that have an idea that can make a material change in the market, where there’s real pain, and we’ll invest in those people."

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North Country
12:47 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Trial Monday Over Explosion That Killed Two North Country Men

Jesse Kennett, left, and Donald Kendall died in the explosion at the Black Mag facility in Colebrook. Courtesy of the familes.

A Vermont man will go on trial Monday in connection with the deaths of two men in an explosion in Colebrook more than three years ago.

Sixty-four year old Craig Sanborn of Maidstone, Vermont is scheduled to appear in Coos County Superior Court in Lancaster.

Sanborn owned the Black Mag factory - which made a gun powder substitute – when it exploded in May 2010, killing two workers and injuring a third.

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NH News
8:24 am
Fri September 27, 2013

TD Bank Blames 'Vendor Error' For Customers Receiving Others' Statements

Some customers of TD Bank in New Hampshire say they had their information sent to other customers because of what the bank called a "vendor error."

WMUR-TV reports TD Bank said a national firm responsible for printing and mailing statements accidentally sent some customers statements that had other customers' information on the back.

Stephania Pearce said she saw someone else's canceled checks on the back of her bank statement. She said she was offered a new account number at her branch in Alton.

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North Country
7:45 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Ohio Couple Rescued From Mount Washington

Foliage attracts large numbers of tourists to Mount Washington this time of year
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Fish and Game officers rescued two Ohio hikers from a trail on Mount Washington Thursday night because the pair didn’t have flashlights.

The husband and wife, Robert Scanlon and Candy Neville – both in their mid-60’s - from Shaker, Heights Ohio, rode the Mount Washington Cog Railway to the top of Mount Washington, Fish and Game Lt. Wayne Saunders said in a news release.

Then, they decided to hike down on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail.

But Scanlon began having knee pain on the rocky trail, slowing their descent and it got dark before they could reach the bottom.

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NH News
7:17 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Shaheen Seeks Visa Extensions For Iraqi Interpreters

Iraqis who risked their lives to serve as interpreters for the U.S. military during the Iraq war would get some help under a bill introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Shaheen introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday with Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Patrick Leahy of Vermont that would extend a special immigrant visa program for the interpreters.

The program is set to expire Sept. 30, but the proposed legislation would extend it for a year.

NH News
7:05 am
Fri September 27, 2013

N.H. Senators Join Bipartisan Effort To Protect Heating Assistance

N.H. Senators Shaheen and Ayotte honor firefighters in 2012
Credit Courtesy Shaheen.Senate.gov

New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen have partnered with a bipartisan group of senators to protect funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

The group is requesting nearly $3.5 billion in the spending bill before Congress. The program could see funding reduced during the upcoming winter without action.

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NH News
7:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Alstead: 250 Years In The Making

Welcome to Alstead Village
Keith Shields, NHPR

Most of the towns granted in 1763 by New Hampshire Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, were named after those Wentworth wanted to impress like personal friends or influential politicians… but according to New Hampshire history professor, Stuart Wallace, the town of Alstead, was a little different.

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