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6:40 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Sen. Shaheen, Rep. Kuster Weigh In On Syria

New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is weighing in on possible military intervention in Syria.  This after President Barack Obama announced he would seek congressional approval for a military strike to punish the Assad regime for allegedly using chemical weapons. 

At an AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral  in Manchester, Senator Jeanne Shaheen stopped short of saying she supports military action against the Assad regime.   But she did note that she has been raising the issue of chemical weapons use in the conflict since February of 2012.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

UNH Lamprey Researchers Win Competitive Grant

A University of New Hampshire team studying lampreys has received a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue research.

For those who don’t know what a lamprey is, the jawless fish look like eels. They are a species older than the dinosaurs.

UNH professor Stacia Sower’s team examines the reproductive hormones of the lamprey. Since the fish is one of the oldest and most basic vertebrate species out there, Sower says it can tell scientists a lot about other vertebrates, including humans.

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NH News
6:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Job Fairs Aimed At Helping Those Affected By Supermarket Closures

The state’s employment security office is holding a series of job fairs, following the closure of a dozen New Hampshire supermarkets over the summer.

Director of Employment Services Pam Szacik says the goal is to help the roughly 1,100 employees affected by the closings find work.

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Monadnock Summer Lyceum
3:00 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Susan Snively: Jumbo And Little Phil: Emily Dickinson's Romance With Otis Phillips Lord

Credit via Monadnock Lyceum

Since the posthumous publication of her poems in the 1890’s, Emily Dickinson has been portrayed as a virginal recluse, a mental case, and a victim of a broken heart. Susan Snively’s talk challenges these myths by discussing the poet’s letters to the powerful Judge Otis Phillips Lord, a widower who had been her late father’s best friend. Unpublished until 1954, the letters reveal a playful, tender, passionate Emily, happy in a mutual love that graced her middle age.

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NH News
10:24 am
Sun September 1, 2013

After Second Hepatitis-A Case, State Offers Vaccines

About 100 people between Friday and Saturday turned up at Bow High School for Hepatitis-A vaccines.  They were offered by the state after a second employee at the Covered Bridge Restaurant in Contoocook tested positive for the disease.  Rick Cricenti directs Emergency Services for the Department of Health and Human Services  He says the agency reached out to more people than those who were at the restaurant when the first infected employee was working.

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun September 1, 2013

Increase For Home Sales, Prices In N.H.

Since spring 2012, home sales in N.H. have steadily increased. This past July, sales were up 23 percent compared to last year. Home prices are also climbing.

New Hampshire Housing market numbers are up across the board. July saw the most sales in a single month since 2005. N.H. Realtor’s Association president Bill Weidacher says it’s an indicator of economic recovery, as well as increased homebuyer confidence.

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Writers On A New England Stage
1:34 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Writers On A New England Stage: Upcoming Events

Credit Image courtesy The Music Hall

The new season of Writers On A New England Stage includes events with Margaret Atwood, Bill Bryson, Woodrow Wilson biographer A. Scott Berg, and crime novelist Patricia Cornwell.

The authors will read from and discuss their latest works, and then sit down with Word Of Mouth host Virginia Prescott for a discussion and to answer audience questions.

You can see the full lineup and purchase tickets by clicking here.

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Word of Mouth
8:52 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Word Of Mouth 08.31.13

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The Saturday show bring you a spectacular mix of the best of Word of Mouth. On this week's show:

  • Abolishing tips:  usually, the debate around gratuity revolves around whether to leave 15 or 20 %.... Head of the Sustainable Restaurant Project at the University of Guelph , Bruce McAdams,  is in favor of getting rid of tips altogether.
  • Balloon Brigade: the career aptitude test video game.  A new startup designs mobile games that could help match fresh grads with job opportunities. 
  • The science behind the buzz: journalist and science writer Joseph Stromberg explains caffeine addiction.
  • Pirate Joe's:  Vancouver grocer Michael Hallat buys hundreds of thousands of dollars of dry goods from Trader Joe's in the United States, then sells them at a markup over the border.  We'll hear about his legal battle with the popular German grocery chain.
  • NASA's super-gun:  how scientists are researching meteorite impacts using a really, really, big gun.
  • Hollywood's animal-fails:  biologist Marlene Zuk argues that movies are making egregious errors when it comes to representing our animal kingdom. 

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Upper Valley Haven: Keeping Families Dry After Hurricane Irene

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When Hurricane Irene struck the Upper Valley in 2011, The Upper Valley Haven, an emergency shelter in White River Junction, was there to help those who had lost their homes. Al Carbonneau and his family were among those displaced. 

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NH News
5:32 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Tractor Pulls And Petting Zoos: Hopkinton State Fair Turns 98

The tractor pull is one of the highlights of the Hopkinton State Fair.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The Hopkinton State Fair celebrates its 98th season this Labor Day weekend.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the Hopkinton State Fair without a good, old fashioned tractor pull.

Onlookers cheer a good effort, then make their way to one of many classic events like the magic show, or…the petting farm.

Nine-year-old Gabe Brigham of Goffstown gets up close and personal with a few of the animals.

“I’ve pet some. Um, goats and sheep and stuff.”

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NH News
4:56 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

New Hampshire Group Will Monitor VT Yankee Decommissioning Plans

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A new work group will work to monitor the plans for decommissioning the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. The Department of Homeland Security will lead the interagency partnership, which will include representatives from a wide selection of government agencies.

The group will keep tabs on the long and complicated process of taking apart the nuclear plant. Entergy executives have announced they will use what’s called the SAFSTOR approach to shutting down the plant, which means they will have 60 years to fully dismantle the site after it shuts down in 2014.

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Granite Seen
3:45 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Photos: Week Of August 30

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Health
3:29 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Second Employee Tests Positive For Hepatitis A At Contoocook Restaurant

Dr. Jose Montero briefs reporters on the Hepatitis A investigation.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

A second employee at a Contoocook restaurant has tested positive for Hepatitis A, prompting state health officials to open vaccination clinics.

The bartender worked only two days at the Covered Bridge Restaurant: on August 13th and August 20th.  

Public Health Director Jose Montero says an estimated 100 to 200 people may have been exposed, though the risk of transmission is small.

"This is a really low-risk situation, I want to over-emphasize that," says Montero. "We are doing this just as a preventive measure."

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Foodstuffs
11:28 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Getting Corn While We Can

Piney Woods Farm
Michael Samuels

Now is the time for fresh, local corn, and farm stands are doing a brisk business as summer comes to an end.

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Something Wild
9:21 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Yellow Jacket Season

Credit Ross and Lori Reed via Flickr

Forests are often bone dry at the end of the hot summer. When dusty leaves of poison ivy and wild grape vines display the first crimson tinge of fall, underground “yellow-jacket” hornet nests reach their maximum annual size and ferocity beneath brushy fields and woodlands.

The papery hornet nests are packed with nutritious, fat and protein-rich larvae. The grubs are defended aggressively by agitated worker hornets that will soon lie dead after the first hard freeze.

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