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4:29 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Group Decries Impact Of Federal Healthcare Law

N.H. residents protesting the federal healthcare law rallied in front of the State House Thursday.
Credit Ella Nilsen

Conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity rallied against the Affordable Care Act in the front of the State House today, detailing concerns including rising costs and doctor shortages.

The protest comes as a panel examines Medicaid Expansion in N.H., a provision of the federal healthcare law.

Director of Americans for Prosperity – N.H., Greg Moore said the group opposes expansion.

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Health
4:27 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Insurance Switch Nets University System $10 Million In Savings

The state’s University System says it saved $10 million last year by switching how it provides health insurance for employees.

Rather than paying an insurance company a fixed amount per employee for health coverage, the University System now uses a self-insured plan, where it pays out of pocket as health bills come in.

Self-insured plans put more risk on the employer, but Todd Leach, Chancellor of the University Stem, says the model made economic sense for his institution.

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Foodstuffs
4:26 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

At Dinner Series, You Meet The Farmers And Eat Their Food, Too

Nashua beekeeper Kagen Weeks chats with Joey and Janis Paradise of Amherst at the Farmers Dinner.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Farm-to-table has become increasingly popular among people looking to eat local.

But a dinner series in Nashua takes that concept a step further, by connecting people directly to local farmers and the food they produce.

Chef Sergio Metes carefully pulls a large pan out of the oven.

He takes off a sheet of aluminum foil, releasing a wave of steam.

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Word of Mouth
3:40 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Scott Simon's Twitter Vigil

Scott Simon's parents on their wedding day
Credit Courtesy of Scott Simon, via NPR

A few years ago, NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon interviewed his mother, Patricia Lyons Simon Newman, for StoryCorps. She talked about what a great companion he was; when he broke down, in response, his mother told him to "stop crying."

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2013 Summer Car Raffle
11:49 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Early Bird Drawing Winner

We are pleased to announce the winner of our 2013 Summer Car Raffle: Catherine McDonah of Nashua, NH. Congratulations, Catherine and thank you for your support!

North Country
9:32 am
Thu August 1, 2013

North Country Events

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.

North Woodstock Saturdays 6:30 PM through August 24 Soldier's Park, Main St.

Bethlehem Sundays 6 PM through September 1 at the town gazebo.

Whitefield Mondays 7 PM through August 5 town band on the common.

Lancaster Wednesdays 8 PM through August 14 at the town gazebo.

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Health
5:48 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Smokers Can Expect To Pay Extra Dime Per Pack In N.H.

After a $0.10 cut two years ago, smokers in New Hampshire will again pay an extra dime in tobacco taxes starting today. 

Republicans in the statehouse lowered the tobacco tax in 2011, saying the cut would spur cross-border sales and boost state revenues. But tax receipts have come in $56 million lower in the past two years than the prior biennium.

Lawmakers included an automatic trigger to reset the tax if revenues fell, so today, the tax goes back up to $1.78 per pack.

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Environment
6:09 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

EPA 'Water Chief' Tours UNH Stormwater Center

Durham's town engineer Dave Cedarholm shows off one of the towns several rain gardens. The town hopes innovative "green infrastructure" like this will help them avoid expensive waste water treatment plant upgrades.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The chief regulator of EPA’s Water division visited Durham Wednesday to check out the town’s collaboration with UNH to create innovative solutions to pollution in storm-water runoff. Town officials used the opportunity to underscore a new approach to achieving clean water.

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NH News
2:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Gov. Hassan Appoints Three To Casino Oversight Commission

Governor Maggie Hassan Wednesday announced three new members to a commission charged with recommending how the state would regulate casino gambling, should it be approved.

Hassan’s appointments to the Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority commission include Democratic State Representative Richard Ames of Jaffrey and Londonderry Police Sergeant Patrick Cheetham.

The democratically-controlled House of Representatives voted in May to reject a proposal for one high-end casino, a plan backed by the governor and the GOP-led Senate.

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NH News
1:58 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

New Phone Scam Targeting N.H. Residents

The N.H. Attorney General’s office and N.H. Bankers Association are warning consumers about a new phone scam targeting state residents.

Senior Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti says that residents who have recently received a call or text message saying their debit or credit card has been compromised and asking for personal information may be the targets of a new scam.

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North Country
1:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Federal Safety Agency: ATVs On Pavement In Coos Is A Poor Idea

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

The plan to open some streets in Coos County to all-terrain vehicles as part of the “Ride the Wilds” network is being greeted with dismay by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission,  says Carl Purvis, an agency spokesman.

“It is much better to ride that ATV on terrain it was designed for as opposed to taking it onto a paved road,” Purvis said.

Purvis said ATVs were engineered for dirt and riders can have handling problems on pavement. They can also be struck by cars.

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Folk Show Performances
9:26 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Live In Studio: Leslie Vogel And Fred Simmons Of Folksoul

Leslie Simmons and Fred Vogel of Folksoul
Credit Kate McNally / NHPR

The Folksoul Band creates new music from old traditions, combining horns, vocals, wild rhythms, and New Orleans Mardi Gras spirit to create music for celebration and dancing. A seven piece group, they also work in smaller ensembles, sometimes as Lunatic Fringe or as The Folksoul Ensemble.

Two members, Leslie Vogel and Fred Simmons, stopped by the Folk Show to play in the studio and talk about their upcoming Folksoul Festival 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., August 18th, in Greenfield NH.

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North Country
4:15 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Heart Attack Felled 'Lucky 10' On Appalachian Trail

Robert Accola on July 21st. Photo courtesy of the family.

Robert Accola, the 54 year-old hiker found dead on the Appalachian Trail near Warren Monday, couldn’t wait to get to New Hampshire, says a sister, Katharine Accola of Providence, R.I.

“That is where we grew up hiking and that is the last place he hiked,” she said.

Accola, who began hiking north from Lee, Massachusetts on July 6th, died of a heart attack, according to his sister.

He was known on the trail by the nickname “Lucky 10.”

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Health
3:42 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Insurance Department Makes Case For Medicaid Expansion

Tyler Brannen, Jennifer Patterson and Alex Feldvebel of the N.H. Insurance Department testify before the commission considering Medicaid expansion.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

The New Hampshire Insurance Department took an overwhelmingly positive view on expansion during its presentation to the Medicaid Expansion Study Commission, the body that will decide if the state grows the health care program for the poor under so-called Obamacare.

Department officials told the nine-member body that expansion would benefit a wide range of groups, including insurance companies, hospitals and employers with low-paid workers.

Tyler Brannen, a health policy analyst with the Department, testified that people who buy their own insurance also stand to gain.

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NH News
2:24 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Rep. Kuster To Hold Telephone Town Hall On Senior Issues

Ann McLane Kuster

Second District Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster will hold a telephone town hall Wednesday morning focused on issues facing senior citizens.

Kuster says she will talk about programs such as Social Security and Medicare, and answer questions from constituents.

Experts from AARP will also take part in the conversation.

The telephone town hall will start at 11.

Those wishing to take part can sign up at Kuster’s website.

Those who register will receive an automated phone call when the town hall begins.

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