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4:53 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

N.H.'s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Didn't Happen Without A Fight

Credit Minnesota Historical Society

It’s been 14 years since New Hampshire lawmakers voted to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

New Hampshire was the last state to have a holiday to observe King by name.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech, those who pushed for the holiday in the Granite State say it’s important to remember that it didn’t happen without a fight.

Arnie Arnesen remembers every detail of her first floor debate as a member of the state House of Representatives.

“It sounds crazy, but I can tell you what I was wearing.”

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NH News
2:38 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Senate Republicans Back Salem's Chuck Morse For President

Credit State of New Hampshire

Salem Republican Chuck Morse will be the next president of the state Senate.

During a closed-door caucus Tuesday, all 13 Senate Republicans backed Morse for the post, all but assuring he will get the position.

He replaces Peter Bragdon, who is stepping down as president after taking over as executive director of the Local Government Center.

Morse says he doesn’t anticipate much difference in his style of leadership.

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Morning Edition
10:23 am
Tue August 27, 2013

The Lunch Box Blues

Credit lunchboxblues.com

Associated Press Food Editor and Concord resident J.M. Hirsch talks with Morning Edition about packing quick and easy school lunches that are healthy- and that kids will actually want to eat.

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Word of Mouth
9:24 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Barbara Danais, Ms. N.H. Senior America: 'I've Still Got It'

Windham resident Barbara Danais, 70, performs a John Denver tune during the Ms. N.H. Senior America crowning ceremony held at the Windham Cable Access studio.
Credit April Guilet via NewHampshire.com

Come October, women from all across the country will flock to Atlantic City to compete in a pageant. It’s not Miss America, or Miss Teen America, or any of the other pageants that are so popular amongst reality television networks these days. This is Ms. Senior America. Word of Mouth’s Molly Donahue spoke with Ms. New Hampshire Senior America 2013, Barbara Danais.

NH News
9:12 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant Will Shut Down In 2014

Entergy Corp. says it will shut down the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station by end of 2014, ending a long legal battle with the state.

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Health
4:44 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Planning For The End: Talking About Death Often Stands In The Way

Roy Quimby rides a Harley to his chemotherapy treatments. "I've always been active. I plan on staying active."
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

A survey from the National Hospice Foundation finds that Americans are more comfortable talking to their kids about sex than they are talking to their elderly parents about death. End-of-life remains simply a taboo subject in many households. But these important conversations are necessary to create the living wills that can help keep dignity in dying. We continue our 3-part series on advance directives with this look at efforts around the state to get more people talking, and planning, for their end-of-life.

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Environment
6:25 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Eliot, ME Sends Petition Asking EPA To Monitor Schiller Station

The town of Eliot, Maine has submitted a petition to the EPA asking it to look in to pollution that drifts over state lines from New Hampshire power plants. The petition takes aim at Public Service of New Hampshire’s Schiller station, which has two coal-fired boilers in Portsmouth.

Normally such petitions are based on air quality monitoring data. No such monitoring has been conducted inside the town’s limits, but modeling done by the Sierra Club suggests when the plant runs at full power, it would exceed sulfur dioxide limits within the towns borders.

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NH News
5:37 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Group Protests Concord Police Grant For Armored Vehicle

Protesters on Concord City Hall steps.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

About a dozen people rallied at Concord City Hall Monday afternoon to protest the police plans to acquire an armored vehicle known as a Bearcat.


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NH News
2:02 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

AG: No Voter Fraud By Workers Who Stayed With Sen. Clark Clark Case

The N. H. Attorney General's office has dismissed GOP allegations of fraud against campaign staffers who voted from the address of State Senator Martha Fuller Clark.

The Attorney General’s office interviewed Senator Fuller Clark and 4 democratic campaign workers who stayed at her house during the run ups to the 2008 and 2012 elections.

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All Things Considered
2:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

'Eggplant Alley': A Look At A Tumultuous Time, With Parallels To Today

This month All Things Considered has been talking with authors who write in or about New Hampshire.

We conclude the series with D.M. Cataneo. His new novel Eggplant Alley tells the story of Nicky Martini, a 13 year old growing up in a run-down New York City neighborhood during the turbulent year of 1970.

D.M. Cataneo talks about the book with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

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Health
1:18 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

In Plain Language: A Glossary Of Terms For End-Of-Life Planning

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

The terms used in advance directive forms can be tough to understand and have the possibility for misinterpretation, given that their specific legal definitions can sometimes clash with common usage. Understanding the terms on the forms is vital to creating an advance directive that is properly representative of one's wishes.

As part of his series looking at the issues and changes around advance directives in New Hampshire, NHPR's health reporter Todd Bookman explains the following terms as they relate to end-of-life planning:

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Education
7:29 am
Mon August 26, 2013

School Year Gets Underway This Week For Most Granite State Students

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Another school year gets underway this week for most students across the Granite State.

Governor Maggie Hassan will greet students at Nashua High School South Tuesday morning.

Later in the day, Hassan will do the same for students at Pleasant Street Elementary School in Laconia.

This year marks a transition for New Hampshire schools to what are referred to as the Common Core State Standards.

This year, schools are expected to align their teaching to the Common Core, a set of learning goals for public school students.

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Health
5:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Planning For The End: New Hampshire's Advance Directive Gets An Update

Governor Hassan signing SB 170, a bill that alters the state's Advance Directive form, into law.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

New Hampshire’s advance directive form got an update Monday. Governor Hassan signed a bill that seeks to streamline and simplify the document.

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Folk Show
10:03 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Folk Show Playlist 8.25.13

Title/ Artist/ Album/ Label/

No More Cane on the Brazos/ Odetta/ My Eyes Have Seen/ Vanguard

Keg of Brandy/ Robbie O'Connell/ The Love of the Land/ Green Linnet

Wayfaring Stranger/ Simone Dinnerstein and Tift Merritt/ Night/ Sony

The House that Jack Built/ Brother Sun/ Some Part of the Truth/ Brother Sun Music

Can You Hear It/ Tara Greenblatt Band/ Animal Body/ Tara Greenblatt

Heart Like A Wheel/ Zoë Muth & The Lost High Rollers Old Gold Signature Sounds

Rabbit in the Moon/ Aztec Two Step/ Cause and Effect/ Red Engine Records

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Monadnock Summer Lyceum
3:00 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Judy Wicks: Good Morning, Beautiful Business

Credit via Monadnock Lyceum

Judy Wicks will discuss her evolution as an entrepreneur and how she would not only change her neighborhood, but would also change her world – helping communities far and wide create local living economies that value people, nature and place more than money. Focusing on what it takes to marry social change and commerce, and doing business differently, Judy shows how entrepreneurs, as well as consumers, can follow both mind and heart, cultivate lasting relationships with each other and the planet, and build a new compassionate economy that will bring us greater security, as well as happiness

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