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3:19 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

State Health Officials Announce Launch Date For Medicaid Managed Care

Medicaid Managed Care is a go.

That’s the message from the Department of Health and Human Services, after the three managed care organizations were able to show their provider networks can meet the needs of the state’s Medicaid patients.

Commissioner Nick Toumpas says managed care will go live Dec. 1.

That will be the first day of coverage of the state’s 130,000 Medicaid patients, who will now have to choose between the three managed care vendors.

The state approved a $2.2 billion contract for managed care last summer, the largest contract in state history.

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NH News
2:03 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Gov. Hassan: Concerns Over Sen. Bragdon's LGC Job Should Be 'Thoroughly Addressed'

Governor Maggie Hassan says concerns raised about Senate President Peter Bragdon heading the Local Government Center should be "carefully and thoroughly addressed."

Her office released a statement today, in which Hassan's spokesman called Bragdon's appointment "uncharted territory," given the numerous issues that come before the Legislature that deal with the LGC and its members.

Meanwhile, the state Democratic Party wants to know more about the LGC's hiring of Bragdon as its executive director.

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NH News
12:36 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Study Finds Emerald Ash Borer In Concord Area

Credit Flikr Creative Commons / MJIphotos

A study on the emerald ash borer found the beetle in 12 out of 195 sites in New Hampshire.

When an emerald ash borer was found in Concord this spring, it spurred further inspections at nearly 200 sites concentrated in Merrimack County. The borer is an invasive species that kills ash trees, and UNH Cooperative Extension Forester Karen Bennett says it poses a risk for N.H. forests.

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North Country
4:43 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Copper Cannon's Free Summer Camp

Camp Director Peter Christnacht with Mt. Lafayette in the background.
Sean Hurley

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. 

I'm only at Copper Cannon Camp for 30 seconds when Zach and Rob, two eleven year old boys, spot my recorder and come racing over.

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Health
3:55 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Suspect In Hepatitis C Outbreak Changes Plea, Agrees To 30-40 Year Prison Term

A former hospital employee charged with spreading Hepatitis C in New Hampshire and seven other states is pleading guilty to federal charges.  

34-year old David Kwiatkowski was arrested last July for stealing syringes filled with fentanyl, a powerful pain medication. Officials say he would inject himself and then reuse the needles on patients inside Exeter Hospital, infecting at least 32 people with Hepatitis C.

Facing 14 federal charges including tampering with a consumer product and illegally obtaining controlled substances, Kwiatkowski is changing his plea to guilty. 

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NH News
11:44 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Critics Say Sen. Bragdon Serving As Head Of LGC A Conflict Of Interest

Sen. Peter Bragdon, R-N.H.
Credit Sate of New Hampshire

The Local Government Center has a new executive director – to the surprise of many, it’s Senate President Peter Bragdon, a Milford Republican.

But Bragdon’s decision to fill both roles raises questions about whether doing so creates an unusual conflict of interest.

The head of the state Professional Firefighters Union Dave Lang summed up the reaction of many on Tuesday.

“Um, we find the employment interesting.”

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All Things Considered
5:52 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Building A Family, One Mountain Climb At A Time

The cover of "The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie."

In 2011, author Dan Szczesny and his wife unexpectedly became caretakers to two nine-year-olds. One of them, a girl named Janelle, joins Dan on a quest to hike the New Hampshire mountains known as the “52 with a view.” That quest is the basis for Dan’s book The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie.

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NH News
12:02 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Questions Over Security Raised After Shooting At Manchester YWCA

A memorial has been set up for Joshua Savyon on the front steps of the Manchester YWCA. Police say Muni Savyon shot and killed his 9-year-old son during a supervised visitation at the center on Sunday. He then killed himself.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Authorities continue to investigate a shooting over the weekend at the Manchester YWCA in which a man killed his 9-year-old son and then shot himself.

The head of the New Hampshire YWCA answered questions today about security at the visitation center and what they can to make sure children are safe.

Monica Zulauf took questions from a swarm of reporters just a few feet away from a makeshift memorial for Joshua Savyon.

She says she is confident staff did all they could to prevent Sunday’s tragedy.

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Inside NHPR
10:03 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Top Stories: Heart Attack On AT; Northern Pass Says State Could Overrule Forest Society

Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

1. Heart Attack Felled ‘Lucky 10’ On Appalachian Trail

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

2. Northern Pass Says State Could Overrule Forest Society Land Claims

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Health
9:42 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Potential Doctor Shortage Could Impact Medicaid Expansion Decision

If you’ve got health insurance, you know it can be hard to get a routine doctor’s appointment.

Representative Neal Kurk (R-Weare), who sits on the commission studying a possible Medicaid expansion, worries it could get harder.

“As a public official, will I start getting calls from my constituents saying, I had to wait another seven weeks for my doctor’s appointment? My operation took much longer on the left hip that it did on the right hip,” says Kurk.

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NH News
8:16 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Hundreds Gather To Honor Life Of Fallen Fish And Game Officer

N.H. Fish and Game officers gather to pay respects to fallen colleague Brian Abrams.
Credit Erik Eisele

Funeral services for a conservation officer who died last week drew hundreds to North Conway on Saturday. Police, firefighters, the governor, state officials and others went to celebrate the life of Sgt. Brian Abrams.

Green trucks fill the parking around the Congregational Church in North Conway.

Just outside the church door a row of 30 men stand at attention.

Each man wears a red jacket, green pants tucked into their boots, a Stetson and white gloves.

A crowd is growing, but the men remain silent.

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Folk Show
10:07 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Folk Calendar 8.11.13

Monday, August 12

>>>The Makem & Spain Brothers at the Lakeside Theater ~ Rangeley, ME ~ 207-864-5000

Tuesday, August 13

>>>The Makem & Spain Brothers at Mahoosuc Arts ~ Bethel, ME ~ 207-824-3575

Wednesday, August 14

>>>Dar Williams at Prescott Park ~ Portsmouth, NH ~ 7pm ~ www.prescottpark.org

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Folk Show
10:05 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Folk Show Playlist 8.11.13

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'/ Taylor, James/ Other Covers / Hear Music

Forget Me Not/ Anne Hills/ Angle Of The Light/ Collective Works

Talkin' Bout A Revolution/ Various Artists/ Playing for Change: Songs Around the World/ Hear Music

Box of Rain/ Sloan Wainwright/ Sloan Wainwright/ Waterbug Records

Zion / Village Harmony/ Best Of Village Harmony 2007-2008 / Village Harmony

Just Passiin' Through/ Tammy Fassaert/ Tammy Fassaert/ Strictly Country Records

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Folk Show
10:02 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Folk Show Playlist 8.4.13

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Image Of Me/ New Country Rehab/ Ghost of Your Charms/ Kelp Records

Bash/ Akira Otsuka/ First Tear/ Patuxent Music

Festival Night/ Mustard's Retreat/ The Wind and the Crickets/ Palmetto Records

John Keane's Boys/ Laura Smith/ Everything Is Moving/ Borealis

Payday At The Mill/ Alice Gerrard/ Bittersweet/ Spruce and Maple Music

Sweet South Anna River/ Alice Gerrard/ Bittersweet/ Spruce and Maple Music

Everything Is Bigger In Alaska/ Si Kahn/ Bristol Bay/ Strictly Country

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North Country
7:22 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

North Country Falls Rescue: 'I Can't Breathe' Is Good To Hear

When a 36-year-old Massachusetts man said “I can’t breathe” Abriana Tasillo was delighted.

Tasillo, an EMT and Boston University student, was at the Upper Ammonoosuc Falls Saturday when Freddy Poisson jumped into the water to try and help a 15-year-old who was screaming for help.

The falls – in Crawford’s Purchase not far from the Mount Washington Hotel – are well known for dangerous undercurrents.

Poisson was pulled under by the current just before the 15-year-old managed to grab a rock and climb from the water.

A few minutes later Poisson surfaced.

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