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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

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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
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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

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

Are We Reaching The End Of The Password Era?

Biometric Security, Non-Contact Hand Vein Scan
Credit Worklife Siemens via flickr Creative Commons

Of all the features on Apple’s newest iPhone, the one generating the most buzz by far is the finger print scanner.  The iPhone 5s allows people access to their phones without entering a passcode or even a swipe. So, is this the latest gimmick to sell phones or the beginning of the end of the password? David Ewalt writes about technology, games, space, and other geeky stuff as senior editor at Forbes…which is where you can find his blog, “Spacewar.”

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NH News
1:15 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Former GOP Senator Judd Gregg Says: Ignore Republicans

Gregg, appearing on NHPR's The Exchange in 2012
Credit NHPR Staff

  In an opinion column on The Hill, former Senator Judd Gregg says Americans should ignore the "self promotional babble of a few" that has become the Republican Party. 

"You can not in politics take a hostage you can not shoot," Gregg writes, referring to the GOP's threats to defund Obamacare or else default on the debt ceiling.  

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Word of Mouth
9:53 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Word Of Mouth 09.21.13

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Word of Mouth's Saturday show is everything you've come to expect from the public radio masterminds at WOM Inc.: you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be compelled to listen twice. This week's show features our own Taylor Quimby working the controls, giving the lovely Virginia Prescott a well deserved vacation from our little radio factory:

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NH News
8:21 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Guinta Announces He's Running To Reclaim 1st District Seat

Guinta in 2010
Credit NHPR Staff

  Former 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta has formally announced his intention to run for the seat he lost to Carol Shea-Porter last November.

Guinta made it official with a two-minute video posted on his campaign website Monday morning.

"The middle class is really getting squeezed right now. Rising health care costs. Higher tuition bills. Lower take home pay. And we have a government that can't get anything done."

The Republican served two terms as mayor of Manchester.

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NH News
7:58 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Reflecting On Hepatitis C Outbreak, N.H. Hospitals Discuss Drug Diversion Prevention

Exeter Hospital
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  New Hampshire hospital officials from around the state are looking back at what they learned from the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital and ahead to how they can prevent future incidents.

The New Hampshire Hospital Association created a committee last year to bring together hospitals, pharmacists, lawmakers and others to explore previous drug diversion incidents and ways to address the problem. Participants will discuss changes that already have been implemented, as well as future plans, at the association's annual meeting Monday.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Judge Puts Part of "Auto Dealers' Bill of Rights" on Hold

An expanded “Auto Dealer Bill of Rights” law is set to take effect today.  It offers auto and equipment dealers protections from some requirements set by manufacturers.  But a key part of the law is now on hold.

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Folk Show
12:08 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Folk Show Playlist 9.22.13

Old Dog/ Bill Evans & Megan Lynch/ Let's Do Something…/ Native and Fine Records

Holden's Blues/ Bill Morrissey/ Come Running/ Turn and Spin Media

Symphony/ Emily Kurn/ I'm Just Like You/ Emily Kurn

Come On The Road/ Stephen Nystrup/ Folk Next Door 7/ WWUH

A Little Love/ Danielle Doyle/ The Cartographer's Wife/ Danielle Doyle

Saint Mark/ Beth Amsel/ Folk Next Door 7/ WWUH

Quarter Moon/ Cheryl Wheeler/ Different Stripe/ Philo

Autumn/ Erica Wheeler/ The Harvest/ Signature Sounds

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