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1:21 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Statewide Project Looks At Ecosystems And Climate Change

UNH aqua-sensor technician Lisle Synder inspects an electrical cord at the Saddleback Mtn. site in Deerfield, N.H.
Ella Nilsen NHPR

A collaborative project between New Hampshire universities, the National Science Foundation, and state agencies is looking at ecosystem health and how the environment is affected by climate change.

At first glance, this part of Saddleback Mountain in Deerfield looks like a regular forest. But look closer and you see thick, black electrical cords running along the forest floor and silver instruments sitting among the trees.

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North Country
11:27 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Victim Of Crash In North Country Identified

New Hampshire State Police say the man killed in an accident Monday in the North Country was Harry Goodwin, 67, of Milan.

The accident happened about 10:40 am on Route 16 near the Appalachian Mountain Club Lodge in Pinkham’s Grant.

According to a news release from Troop F a Toyota Sienna minivan apparently crossed the center line and collided with a Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Goodwin, who died at the scene.

NH News
10:51 am
Wed August 21, 2013

DHHS Commissioner: Cost Of Rolling Out Medical Marijuana Law Adding Up

The commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services says he’s concerned about the cost to his department of implementing the state’s new medical marijuana law.

Appearing on The Exchange, Nicholas Toumpas says there is no shortage of issues facing his staff as it works through the early stages.

“There are legal issues that we have, there are systems issues that need to be developed, there are protocols that need to be developed, there is staffing that is required in order to go off and certify and license.”

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NH News
7:23 am
Wed August 21, 2013

State Employees' Association Endorses Arnold For Manchester Mayor

The state’s largest union has endorsed Ward 12 alderman Patrick Arnold in the race for the next mayor of Manchester.

The State Employees Association announced its endorsement of Arnold on Tuesday. He is challenging Mayor Ted Gatsas, who is seeking a third, two-year term.

Union President Diana Lacey says she supports Arnold’s vision for economic development and job growth.

Over the next few months, the union will be encouraging members who live in the state’s largest city to vote for Arnold.

Manchester’s municipal election is scheduled for November.

All Things Considered
5:12 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

New England Farmers Worried About Proposed Federal Food Safety Rules

Representatives from the US Food and Drug Administration are traveling around the country this summer speaking with farmers about the Food Safety Modernization Act – which is the biggest reform of food safety laws the country has seen in more than 70 years. 

The FDA held a public hearing on their proposed rules at Dartmouth College.  The farmers we met there are very concerned about the consequences the proposed rules could have on New England agriculture. 

Why FSMA?

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NH News
4:48 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Ground Broken At Site Of State's Job Corps Center

From left, Governor Maggie Hassan, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Kelly Ayotte, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Tuesday afternoon, local and national political figures helped break ground for the state’s new Job Corps Center in Manchester. The bipartisan project has been long in the making but some were not happy with the construction contract.


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NH News
3:36 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Backpack Giveaway Helps Nashua Families In Need Prepare For School Year

Backpacks are lined up on the gym floor at Ledge Street Elementary School in Nashua. More than 2,300 were available for low-income children, all filled with school supplies.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter held its annual backpack giveaway on Tuesday.

Families walked through rows upon rows of backpacks spread out across the gym at Ledge Street Elementary School.

“I’ll take the princess one,” said one girl, who was with her father.

The more than 2,300 backpacks are filled with school supplies, donated by local organizations and businesses.

This is the 21st year the soup kitchen has run the program, and as organizer Carol Weeks says, there’s no shortage of need for assistance among families in the city.

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NH News
3:35 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Bog Pond Offers A Unique Habitat For Wildlife And Plant Species

Emma Carcagno describes various plant species unique to wetland areas.
Abby Kessler

Bog Pond is tucked away off of Route 4a in Andover. The area is a wetland and peat bog habitat. And this past Monday, UNH wildlife program assistant, Emma Carcagno led a tour of the area. The event is part of a summer-long project called "Taking Action for Wildlife" sponsored by the Andover Conservation Commission.

NHPR's Abby Kessler went on the wetland walk and filed this audio postcard.

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Writers on a New England Stage
3:18 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

John Irving

Kevin Flynn for NHPR

From the youth spent at Philips Exeter Academy that pervades his body of work, through his studies with Kurt Vonnegut at the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop – known for producing authors the like of Pulitzer winners John Cheever and Philip Roth - John Winslow Irving has emerged as a true literary heavyweight, distinctly American of voice, and one of the most influential cultural exports to come out of New Hampshire.

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North Country
11:12 am
Tue August 20, 2013

North Country's Nash Stream: Putting On The Environmental Wayback Machine

Jim MacCartney, left, and John Magee are trying to restore Nash Stream.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Almost 150 years ago loggers in the North Country began changing the course of Nash Stream to make it easier to float logs downstream to the Upper Ammonoosuc River in Stark. But an effort is underway to get Nash Stream back to what Mother Nature intended.

Nash Stream is almost 14 miles long. It runs through the state-owned Nash stream Forest and its problems began around 1870.

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NH News
11:01 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Passenger Airline Relaunches At Seacoast Airport

Eric Fletcher
Credit Roger Wood

Airline passenger service is returning to Pease International Tradeport.

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NH News
8:09 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Manchester YWCA Set To Reopen Tuesday

A memorial on the front steps of the Manchester YWCA last week for 9-year-old Joshua Savyon.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The Manchester YWCA is set to reopen today, more than a week after police say a man shot and killed his 9-year-old son and then killed himself during a supervised visit.

The YWCA has been closed since the shooting on Aug. 11.

That’s when police say Muni Savyon brought up a gun into the facility and shot and killed his son, and then committed suicide.

Police say he had threatened to kill his son, his son’s mother and himself.

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All Things Considered
5:53 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

'Elisha Barber': A Grim (And Gory) Version Of Medieval England

Note the cutting tools on the cover of Elisha Barber. Author EC Ambrose says they're there to advise the reader of what's ahead, should he/she decide to open the book.

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

Today’s guest writes in the Granite State, but her book is definitely not set here.

It’s a dark fantasy novel set in an alternate version of 14th century England, with sorcery, battles, and plenty of blood.

It’s called Elisha Barber, and the author is E.C. Ambrose, who joins host Brady Carlson in the studio to talk about the book.

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North Country
5:18 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Northern Pass Promises $7.5 Million Job Program - If Project Gets OK

Northern Pass official Gary Long spoke to reporters in Lancaster.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Northern Pass says it will provide $7.5 million to fund a job-creation effort in Coos County, but the money won’t be available unless the controversial project is approved.

Northern Pass wanted to do something beyond the estimated 1,200 construction jobs the project would create statewide, said Gary Long, the past president of Public Service and now an official with Northern Pass.

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Inside NHPR
1:02 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Top Stories: Copper Cannon's Free Summer Camp; Doctor Shortage Could Impact Medicaid Decision

Credit Sean Hurley

1. Copper Cannon’s Free Summer Camp

Copper Cannon Camp is tucked away in Franconia Notch on 128 acres of White Mountain National Forest.  In some ways a typical overnight camp with sing-a-longs at night and archery during the day, Copper Cannon is unusual in one respect.  As Sean Hurley reports, it's one of only a handful of co-ed camps in the country that's absolutely free for kids of low income families.

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