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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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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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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North Country
1:22 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Northern Pass Predicts Approval In Two Years

A top executive with Northeast Utilities told analysts Tuesday that he expects to have final approval for the Northern Pass Project around the middle of 2015 and be importing hydro-electric energy from Canada two years later.

"Our plan has both the state and federal permitting processes complete by mid-2015. On that schedule we expect to bring the project into service around mid-2017," said Northeast Utilities chief operating officer Lee Olivier during a conference call with analysts.

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NH News
2:56 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

N.H. Sens. Shaheen, Ayotte Travel The State

From left: James Brett of The New England Council, Nancy Kyle of Retail Merchants of N.H., Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Will Tagye of Velcro U.S.A joined at Grappone Toyota in Bow to discuss implementing clean energy in businesses throughout the country.
Credit Abby Kessler

Both of N.H’s U.S. Senators  Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte were in the Granite State on Monday.

Senator Shaheen met with business leaders and advocates on Monday at Grappone Toyota in Bow to tour the only LEED certified car dealership in the state and support her energy efficiency legislation.

The so-called Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act introduced with Senator Rob Portman aims to establish a national energy strategy. The bill incentivizes the use of green technologies to businesses throughout the country.  

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North Country
2:36 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Hiker Found Dead On Appalachian Trail

Chris Jensen for NHPR
Credit Chris Jensen / NHPR

A 54-year-old North Carolina man was found dead on the Appalachian Trail near Warren Monday morning.

Lt. James Kneeland of New Hampshire Fish and Game says two hikers found the man’s body.

“Early this morning we received a report of a hiker that was not responsive in his tent up here on the Appalachian Trail in Glencliff.”

Kneeland said the hikers were apparently worried when they didn’t see any activity and looked inside the tent.

Officials from the state police, U.S. Forest Service and Fish and Game responded.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

N.H. Ukeladies Bring Hawaiian Shirts, Plenty Of Joy To Manchester Seniors

Kate Boisvert, left, sings as the Ukeladies perform a song at the Hanover Hill nursing home in Manchester.
Michael Brindley NHPR

While the ukulele has grown in popularity of late, a group based out of Manchester brings a unique twist to the instrument.

The New Hampshire Ukeladies is an all-female group of performers with a shared passion for the miniature member of the guitar family.

They come from all walks of life and different parts of the Granite State.

They meet weekly to rehearse, but they also perform, and when they do, they’re decked out in Hawaiian shirts and sharing a lot of laughs.

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Inside NHPR
11:16 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Top Stories: Medical Marijuana Becomes Law; Local Meat & Three New Slaughterhouses

Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

Top stories & shows for July 22 - 29:

1. Gov. Hassan Signs Medical Marijuana Bill Into Law

Governor Hassan signed a bill Tuesday, making New Hampshire the 19th state to legalize the use of medicinal marijuana. She says the law breaks new ground by giving seriously ill patients what they need.

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Queen City Crime
8:42 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Police Find 6-Year-Old Girl In Manchester Robbery Getaway Vehicle

Brian Cunneen
Credit Manchester Police Department

Two Lowell, Massachusetts men are due in the court this morning, charged in connection with an armed robbery in Manchester over the weekend.

Police say they also found a woman and her 6-year-old daughter in the getaway vehicle.

Twenty-two-year old Brian Cunneen is accused of robbing the Crosstown Variety on Bremer Street at gunpoint late Sunday morning.

After leaving the store empty handed, police say he entered a vehicle being operated by 27-year-old John Hickey and they both fled the scene.

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