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3:10 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Manchester Police Seize Record Amount Of Heroin

The cylindrical "fingers" of heroin are ten grams each. They sell for about $1000 each in Manchester, which is twice the price for a similar finger in Lawrence, MA.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Manchester police have seized the largest amount of heroin in the city’s history.


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North Country
2:48 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Hassan In The North Country: State Must Work Together To Provide Healthcare For All

Photo by Chris Jensen

Some North Country Health officials told Gov. Hassan Thursday that increasing funding for psychiatric services and expanding Medicaid are vital for improving healthcare in the region.

Hassan met with workers at Ammonoosuc Community Health Services in Littleton.

Its executive director, Edward Shanshala, told Hassan it is good that she restored funding for primary preventive care.

And he is hopeful that Medicaid will be expanded to help low-income families in the North Country who can’t afford health insurance.

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Word of Mouth
2:14 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

"Pirate Joe" On Why Trader Joe's Wants To Shut Him Down

In June, the Concord Patch squashed a rumor making the rounds in New Hampshire’s capital: the truth is that gourmet grocer Trader Joe's is not opening a new store on Loudon Road.  The comments section for the article quickly filled up with complaints from residents tired of driving to Nashua for dark chocolate-covered salted almonds, cheap wine and artichoke pesto…one fan even started a petition to lure the popular store to the capital area.

One man has been profiting off Trader Joe's brand loyalty for the past two years. Michael Hallat buys hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of food at Trader Joe’s food in the U.S., and re-sells it across the border at “Pirate Joe’s” in vancouver.  The chain filed a lawsuit against Michael in may, but he has yet to change his strategy – though it hasn’t been easy.

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NH News
1:29 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

N.H. Congressional Delegation Urges Caution On Syria

New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is urging caution as the United States weighs a military strike against Syria.

First District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter says while it is obvious President Bashar Assad has committed crimes against humanity, she says the solution isn’t yet clear.

“If we have too strong a strike, we might replace Assad with equally bad actors. And if we do a light strike, it might bolster his claim that the United States and other countries are attacking him, but he has survived and he is strong.”

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NH News
11:41 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Pre-Pay Option Opens EZ-Pass Lane To The EZ-Pass Averse

Credit Sean_Marshall / Flickr Creative Commons

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation has introduced another way for motorists to bypass the hassle of stopping to pay for tolls. Drivers who would like to use the EZ pass lane but don’t want to pay for a transponder can now do so by pre-paying online.

The DOT says the program is in place for the upcoming holiday weekend. “This reaches that segment of the population that may travel to come on vacation or visit New Hampshire once or twice a year,” says Chris Waszczuk, administrator of the Bureau of Turnpikes, “this provides them an opportunity to prepay for that trip.”

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North Country
9:24 am
Thu August 29, 2013

North Country Events

Chris Jensen for NHPR

The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS
Whitefield Thursdays 6 PM through August 29 vocal/acoustic on the common
Bethlehem Sundays 6 PM through September 1 at the town gazebo

FARMERS MARKETS
Lisbon Thursdays 3-6 PM through September 19
Berlin Thursdays 3-7 PM through September 19 (not July 4)
Lancaster Saturdays 9 AM-noon through October 12

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Queen City Crime
5:30 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Manchester Skate Park Drains Police Resources

Officers Cruz and Jusza clearing out the skate park.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  In our Queen City Crime series, we’ve been looking at violent crime, drugs and burglaries but one issue the police deal with on a daily basis is unruly kids. And it often centers on Manchester’s skate park.


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NH News
5:42 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Portsmouth Marches To African American Burial Ground

Exeter Academy's Reverend Robert Thompson speaks to a crowd in Portsmouth on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  

The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington on Wednesday.  As church bells rang out across Portsmouth and the nation, a parade made its way to the city's African Burial Ground.  The Leftist Marching Band and singer Sharon Jones serenaded a small crowd, followed by a recitation of MLK's famous speech by Kelvin Edwards, and words from Exeter Academy's Reverend Robert Thompson. 

Hear the audio postcard: 

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NH News
5:11 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Canterbury Shaker Village Rings Bells For MLK

The 500 pound Paul Revere bell atop the Dwelling House at Canterbury Shaker Village. The bell tolled today at 3 p.m. to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech."
Ella Nilsen NHPR

Like many others across the country, the Canterbury Shaker Village celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” today by ringing their Paul Revere bell.

The 500 pound Paul Revere bell tolled at 3, following a Shaker Village tour focusing on equality. Museum interpreter David Witham spoke of the unique inclusiveness of the Shaker communities.

“At all Shaker villages, there were a number of blacks, actually freed slaves or former slaves.”

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Health
5:06 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Planning For The End: Miraculous Recovery, Little Regret

Sometimes, even thoughtful planning for the end of one's life can't foresee all the possible outcomes.

That was certainly the case for Reverend Canon Randy Dales of Wolfeboro, and his father-in-law. Canon Dales is a vocal advocate for the use of advance directives to maintain dignity in death, with his position formed by four decades of ministry and 30 years of work in a hospice he co-founded.

We continue our series on advance directives in New Hampshire with this audio postcard.

Other Stories In Our Series

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Environment
4:36 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Any Action On PSNH Power Plants Remains Distant

The mercury scrubber which came online late in 2011 remains at the center of the dispute surrounding PSNH's above market rates.
Credit PSNH / Flickr Creative Commons

New Hampshire lawmakers weighing the future of Public Service of New Hampshire are not ready to force the utility to divest, or sell, their power plants. During its third meeting of the summer on Wednesday, the joint Electricity Restructuring Oversight Committee admitted that they did not have enough information – and perhaps not enough expertise – to make an informed decision.

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NH News
4:36 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Digital Bookmobile Tour Promotes N.H.'s Downloadable Book Program

Inside the Digital Bookmobile, parked outside the Statehouse in Concord on Wednesday.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The State Library is in the midst of a three-day Digital Bookmobile tour meant to educate people about downloadable e-books and audiobooks.

The tour stopped outside the Statehouse in Concord on Wednesday.

Peek inside the 74-foot tractor trailer, and you don’t see any books.

Instead, there are computers and video screens, with attendants who explain how to get your library books online.

State Librarian Michael York says New Hampshire’s Downloadable Book Consortium has been in place for seven years, and has expanded to nearly 200 libraries.

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Health
4:58 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Planning For The End: When Courts Have To Make Medical Decisions

Dr. Tim Lahey is Chair of Dartmouth Hitchcock's Bioethics Committee.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

This week, we’ve been looking at end-of-life planning in the Granite State, and some efforts to streamline and increase the use of  advance directives--the legal documents that let people name who can make medical decisions for them and what treatments should be avoided to preserve dignity. We continue our series with this look at what can happen when there is no plan in place, forcing the medical system to turn to the legal system for answers.

Dr. Tim Lahey prefers to spend his days in hospitals and clinics, not courtrooms.

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NH News
5:12 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

New Hampshire Celebrates 50 Years Of 'I Have A Dream'

Here is a list of events happening Wednesday, courtesy of the New Hampshire Humanities Council

Amherst

The Congregational Church - UCC of Amherst will host a viewing of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech at 2:15 p.m. at the church at 11 Church St. At 3 p.m. participants will move to the narthex to ring the church bell, followed by a litany for justice and peace. 

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NH News
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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