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8:29 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Candia Cemetery Theft Prompts Police Investigation

Police in Candia, N.H., are investigating the theft of a 1,000-pound granite obelisk taken from the top of an old family gravesite.

Police said the obelisk looks like the Washington Monument and is about 6 feet tall.

WMUR-TV reports police said there is evidence that someone backed a truck into the Candia Village Cemetery and put outriggers into the ground to lift the obelisk from its headstone.

NH News
8:27 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Officials: Faulty Pipes Led To Conway Explosion

Fire officials say piping work that didn't comply with building codes led to a propane gas explosion inside a house in Conway, N.H.

Conway Fire Chief Stephen Solomon tells WMWV-FM the source of the problem was most likely the home's hot water heater.

The house has been condemned and will be torn down Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the condition of the homeowner, identified as 53-year-old Philip Murphy, appears to have worsened. He was listed in serious condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland on Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, he was in fair condition.

North Country
5:30 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Northern Pass, Federal Agency Criticized At Hearing In Plymouth

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

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The U.S. Department of Energy held its second “scoping” hearing on Northern Pass’s amended route last night in Plymouth.  Opponents criticized not only the hydro-electric project but the federal agency.

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All Things Considered
5:37 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Keene State College Prof Uncovers A Lost Gem From Hollywood's Early Days

Mary Pickford stars in "Their First Misunderstanding," a 1911 short film believed lost. A copy of the film turned up in a barn in Nelson, N.H., and Keene State College took part in the process to restore the film.
Credit Courtesy Keene State College/Library of Congress

We use the phrase “long lost” more often than is probably warranted, but this story certainly qualifies.

Several years ago a contractor was cleaning out a barn in Nelson that he’d been hired to demolish. He found a 35 millimeter film projector and seven reels of nitrate film. Among those was a short film that had not been seen in decades. The film, called “Their First Misunderstanding,” stars an 18 year old woman named Mary Pickford, who would become one of Hollywood’s first and biggest stars.

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NH News
5:31 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Hampton Police Arrest Driver With Warrants For Two Class B Felonies

Police say Darriean Hess was behind the wheel on Ocean Boulevard in Hampton Saturday morning, when her car crossed the median and struck four cyclists, all  from Massachusetts. Two of the cyclists did not survive:  Pamela Wells, and Elise Bouchard.

Hampton Police Chief Jamie Sullivan says Hess could face up to 7 years in prison for two counts of two separate Class B felonies: two counts of Negligent Homicide, and two counts of Second Degree Assault. 

Health
5:28 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

No Paul Bunyan, But Health Law Education Efforts Ramp Up In State

The Fuller Public Library in Hillsborough hosts book groups, a story hour for preschoolers, and the occasional knitting workshop.

Also on the calendar this month? An hour-long presentation on the Affordable Care Act.

“Tonight, this is probably going to feel like you are drinking from  a fire hose,” says Kelly Clark, State Director for AARP New Hampshire.

She runs through a slide show for a group of about two dozen residents. It touches on all the main points of the law: the exchanges, the mandates, subsidies, and Medicaid.

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NH News
5:07 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Hassan To Lawmakers: Act Quickly On Medicaid Expansion Report

As a study commission nears its deadline to issue its findings on whether to expand Medicaid, Governor Maggie Hassan is urging lawmakers to take swift action once that report is released.

Speaking to members of the Nashua Rotary West Club on Tuesday, Hassan, who supports expansion, says the state can’t afford to wait.

“For every day that we delay expansion beyond Jan. 1, even conservative projections show that New Hampshire stands to lose $500,000 per day in the first year, and up to $1 million per day by 2016.”

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NH News
4:35 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Risk Level Raised After Ossipee Horse Tests Positive For E.E.E.

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Public health officials say a horse from Ossipee has tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis. A horse in Derry tested positive for the mosquito-borne disease last week. The most recent finding raises the risk level for the town of Ossipee from "remote" to "high." The surrounding towns of Tamworth, Madison, Freedom, Effingham, Wakefield, Brookfield, Wolfeboro, Tuftonborough and Moultonborough will increase to a "moderate" risk level.

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NH News
4:15 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Woman Charged With Negligent Homicide In Deaths Of Bicyclists

  Police have charged a 20-year-old woman with negligent homicide in connection with a weekend crash that killed two cyclists in Hampton, N.H.

Investigators say a car driven by Darriean Hess, of Seabrook, was speeding, crossed the center line and struck a group of riders at 8:30 a.m. Saturday on a bridge during an annual long-distance ride.

Hess was also charged with assault Tuesday.

The crash killed two Massachusetts women, Pamela Wells, of South Hamilton, and Elise Bouchard, of Danvers. Two other riders were injured.

Inside NHPR
3:17 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

WEVH Hanover Transmitter Site Gets An Upgrade

NHPR's Director of Technology Michael Saffell gives a tour of the upgraded equipment for the WEVH Hanover transmitter site.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Curious how the New Hampshire Public Radio signal gets to your radio?

Technology Director Michael Saffell gives the NHPR staff a  tour of the new WEVH Hanover transmitter site equipment, which will soon make its way up Moose Mountain.

NHPR has been working to replace the site's aging infrastructure.

This is our most compact, full-power transmission site - a main and backup transmitter and all the associated support gear in one equipment rack.

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Word of Mouth
1:17 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

The Bankable Legacy Of Grand Theft Auto

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Grand Theft Auto V, was released last week to rave reviews and record sales. The video game sold over 13 million copies in the first 24 hours and is projected to gross well over a billion dollars. Rockstar’s satirical crime series has regularly topped video game charts, but it’s just as often been presented as “exhibit a” in the debate over violent video games and whether they have a real-life influence on players. Grand Theft Auto III, the first mainstream success in the series, was at the center of one such debate in the early 2000’s, but a decade later the franchise is more popular than ever.

Joining us to talk a little bit about the history of how Grand Theft Auto became a household name and its legacy on the video game industry at large is Dr. Jeremy Saucier, the assistant director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games. Also with us is Jamin Warren, founder of video-game arts and culture company, Killscreen.

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Word of Mouth
1:03 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

When Field Trips Get Cut, What Are Kids Losing?

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Those of us who went to public school in New Hampshire will likely recall hopping on the school bus for a visit to the Museum of Science in Boston or Sturbridge Village. For decades, schools have embraced field trips as positive and popular learning experiences.  Today, museums, cultural institutions and the American Association of School Administrators report a steep drop in the number of field trips, and more than half of American schools did away with learning excursions altogether in 2010.

But what are kids losing with the cutting of field trips? Jay Phillip Greene is endowed chair and head of the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

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Word of Mouth
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.
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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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