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12:00 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Acting Gets Upstaged At Winnipesaukee Playhouse

The educational center building at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith, N.H. April 8, 2013.
Cheryl Senter

When Kat Morris's eldest daughter asked to try out for a play at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, she could not have guessed the effect community theater would have on her entire family. 

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All Things Considered
5:51 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

New Hampshire Poets Set Sights On National 'Slam'

Slam Free Or Die t-shirt.
Credit photo: Brady Carlson, NHPR

Each week, at a club in Manchester called Milly's, some of the region's top poets take the stage for what's known as a slam. 

Next week some of the poets who take part in Slam Free Or Die head to Boston, as a team, to compete in the National Poetry Slam.

Mark Palos is Slam Free Or Die's SlamMaster, and a member/coach of the team heading to Boston. He gives All Things Considered host Brady Carlson a preview of the 2013 team.

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NH News
2:12 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Hepatitis A Vaccination Clinics Friday And Saturday In Hopkinton

Dr. Jose Montero, the state's public health director, receives his heptatitis A vaccination in Hopkinton on Friday.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The first of two vaccination clinics for people potentially exposed to hepatitis A was held at Hopkinton High School Friday.

The Friday clinic runs until 8 tonight.

Even the state’s Public Health Director Dr. Jose Montero isn’t immune from having to receive a vaccination shot.

“It was painless. It was quite quick. And I know that I don’t like needles. It’s a well-known fact,” Montero said.

He ate recently at the Covered Bridge Restaurant in Contoocook, where state health officials say a bartender was diagnosed with hepatitis A.

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Foodstuffs
1:30 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Community Helps Build New Brewery In Dover

Michael Samuels

Eight years ago, Josh Henry's wife got him a home brewing kit, and he and his friend Dave Boynton made a batch of Imperial Brown Ale.

They labeled the batch “7th Settlement,” in honor of the Dover-Portsmouth area's status as the seventh permanent European settlement in America.

For plenty of home brewers the story would end there.

But Boynton happens to be the director of Seacoast Local, an organization that promotes local food and local business, and Henry is a construction contractor who's really into beer, and pretty sick of construction.

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Granite Seen
11:16 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Photos: Week Of August 9

Runners get underway on Elm Street in Manchester at Thursday's CIGNA/Elliot 5k Road Race.
Credit Logan Shannon / NHPR
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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

NH's Dragonflies Abound

A Rusty Snaketail emerging from exuvia.
Pam Hunt; NH Audubon

We’re standing up to our shins in Turkey Pond, on a warm July morning with Pam Hunt, a biologist with New Hampshire Audubon who has spent the last five years organizing, in conjunction with NH Fish and Game, the New Hampshire Dragonfly Survey. Hunt trained about a hundred volunteers to gather data and help map the distribution of dragonflies across the state. 

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Sports
10:52 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Olympic Medalists Compete At Hampton Falls Show Jumping Tournament

1996 Olympian Peter Leon
Emily Corwin NHPR

Olympic level horses and their riders are descending on Hampton Falls this weekend for the Silver Oak show jumping tournament.  9,000 spectators are predicted for the event, which began Wednesday and culminates in a Grand Prix competition on Sunday. 

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All Things Considered
5:13 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Two Chains Close N.H. Stores In A Competitive Grocery Industry

The state is deploying its Rapid Response Team to assist over 1,100 workers set to lose their jobs as two supermarket chains close some of their stores.

Shaw’s is planning to shutter six of its 34 New Hampshire supermarkets, while Stop and Shop is closing all of its stores and gas stations in the state.

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North Country
11:57 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Northern Pass Says State Could Overrule Forest Society Land Claims

Northern Pass wants to bury its transmission line along this section of Route 3 in Clarksville but the forest society says it owns the land on either side and beneath the road.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

In what appears to be a groundbreaking  tactic Northern Pass says it plans to ask the state’s Site Evaluation Committee to give it permission to bury its transmission lines on roadside property that the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forest says it controls.

But there are serious doubts that the Site Evaluation Committee has that authority, leading to the prospect of a court fight and delay in the project.

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NH News
11:07 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Concord Police Chief Defends Decision To Apply For Armored Vehicle

The chief of police in Concord is defending his decision to apply for a Bearcat, an armored vehicle that several other New Hampshire communities have already received.

Appearing on NHPR’s The Exchange, Chief John Duval said incidents such as the Boston Marathon bombing and the shooting at Sandy Hook show cities like Concord must prepare for anything.

“Law enforcement would be remiss and quite honestly irresponsible if we didn’t adequately prepare our communities for such a thing to happen here.”

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NH News
10:03 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Long-Awaited Memorial Bridge Is Open

Construction crews and spectators try to get a view of 95 year old former Mayor Eileen Foley, as she cuts the Memorial Bridge ribbon.
Emily Corwin

Well-Wishers from both sides of the Piscataqua gathered in Portsmouth today to celebrate the opening of the new Memorial Bridge, after two years of construction.

There were bicyclers, bridge-enthusiasts from near and far, police and bomb-squad dogs, construction workers, balloons, children, a brass band, and lots of reporters all pressed together on the entrance of the new Memorial bridge joining Portsmouth and Kittery.

Members of both the New Hampshire and Maine congressional delegations were there.

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NH News
6:40 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

PSNH In The Hot Seat: Lawmakers Weighing Options As Customers Flee

Gary Long, recently stepped down as president of PSNH to focus on Northern Pass and policy, faced tough questions over whether the utility has passed a tipping point. Increasingly lawmakers seem to believe PSNH has lost too many customers to remain competitive.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

There’s a growing sense among some New Hampshire legislators that Public Service of New Hampshire is headed towards a crisis. But on Wednesday PSNH insisted to lawmakers at subcommittee hearing that it is the best positioned power company in New England to weather an uncertain energy future.

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NH News
5:19 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Hepatitis A Case Reported In Contoocook

The state Department of Health and Human Services is investigating a case of Hepatitis A contracted by a food service worker in Contoocook.

The person who contracted Hepatitis A was identified only as a bartender who worked at the American Legion and Covered Bridge Restaurant. The timeframe for exposure was between July 20-August 3 and approximately 600-1000 people could have been exposed.

Public Health Director Jose Montero characterized this case as a ‘low-risk situation,’ because the bartender was not in direct contact with raw food.

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Queen City Crime
3:52 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Manchester Police Cautiously Weigh Ramping Up Social Media Presence

More and more, police are using social media as a way to connect directly to residents in their communities.

But the Manchester Police Department has yet to join the ranks of agencies on Facebook and other popular sites.

As the events of the Boston Marathon bombing unfolded and police hunted for the perpetrators, reporters turned to Twitter for the latest developments.

Their best source? The Boston Police Department.

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NH News
1:47 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

N.H. Supreme Court: Loaded Means Loaded

The N.H. Supreme Court has ruled that guns must contain ammunition to be considered loaded under state law, invalidating a misdemeanor charge brought against a Manchester man for carrying a pistol without a permit.

The court said prosecutors were wrong to charge 31-year old Oriol Dor  after police found an empty semi-automatic pistol and a loaded magazine in the glove compartment of Dor's car.

Prosecutors argued the proximity of the ammunition to the weapon was enough for it to be considered loaded under state law.

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