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8:09 am
Wed July 3, 2013

'No Child' Waiver Will Increase Flexibility

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  Last week New Hampshire at long last was granted a waiver from the Bush-era education reform law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The federal government first announced the waivers in 2011 because of congressional inaction to reform No Child Left Behind. New Hampshire was the 39th state to be granted one.

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NH News
7:11 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

20 People Evacuated After Flash Flooding In Lebanon

About 20 people have been evacuated following flash flooding that washed out and damaged roads in Lebanon.

Gov. Maggie Hassan says more than 2 inches of rain fell in area between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, following Monday night's flooding from heavy rains.

Tuesday's thunderstorm and flash flooding covered Slayton Hill Road with water and rocks making it impassable.

The fire chief says 20 people were evacuated from a nearby apartment complex following the evacuation of 15 people the night before.

All Things Considered
5:17 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

How Do You Coax A Moose Out Of A City? Slowly And Carefully

This moose dropped by the south end of Concord over the weekend, stopping in the yard of NHPR's Brady Carlson. No word yet on whether the moose is an All Things Considered fan.
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Seeing a moose in New Hampshire isn’t supposed to be news – unless the moose is in a more developed area, like the south end of Concord… and the person seeing it is a public radio host.

That’s right. On Saturday morning All Things Considered host Brady Carlson found a moose in his yard. Twice. The moose even sat down for a rest at one point, though, thankfully, he avoided the Carlsons' vegetable garden.

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NH News
4:18 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Shaheen Backs President Obama's Attempts To Extradite Snowden

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shahean says NSA leaker Edward Snowden ought to return to the United States.  At a tourism event Tuesday morning in Portsmouth, she said she backs Obama’s efforts to extradite Snowden so he can be tried in court: I think Edward Snowden has released critical information in a way that has violated the law, he needs to come back to the US, explain his situation, appear before a court of law, and see the outcome of that kind of a trial.  Shaheen says she approves of actions in Washington that prevent him from receiving asylum from other nations. Snowde

NH News
4:10 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Shaheen Says U.S. Tourism Ads Are Working For N.H.

Senator Shaheen and Brand USA's Mike Fullerton take questions from tourism industry leaders at The Common Man in Portsmouth.
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This holiday weekend, 186,000 visitors are expected in the state, and New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen says a federal public/private partnership could help those numbers grow even bigger.  She stopped by Portsmouth Tuesday morning to talk with the state’s tourism industry leaders.  

  Back in 2009, Congress passed the Travel Promotion Act, which created Brand USA, a tourism promotion corporation that is funded equally with private dollars and federal matching grants. Senator Shaheen says Brand USA is going to bat for New Hampshire.

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NH News
3:44 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

State Police To Heighten Enforcement During July 4 Weekend

N.H. State Police Col. Robert Quinn, center, with counterparts from Maine and Massachusetts, left to right.
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Public safety officials in Northern New England are urging caution on the highways and waterways during the holiday weekend.

State Police and Marine Safety officials converged on Dover Point to emphasize their commitment to safe driving and boating, starting with the July 4th holiday.

New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert Quinn says that enforcement will be increased in three states.

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NH News
2:24 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Northern I-93 Speed Limits To Go To 70, After Gov. Hassan Signs Bill Into Law

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Governor Maggie Hassan has signed into law a bill that raises the speed limit on the rural section of Interstate 93, effective Jan. 1.

The speed limit goes from 65 to 70 miles per hour beyond mile marker 45, north past Canterbury and to the Vermont border.

The speed limit will not change on the stretch of highway that runs through Franconia Notch.

Hassan says caution must be used when considering an increase to the speed limit, but said the overwhelming bipartisan support from the House and Senate helped form her decision.

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North Country
1:47 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Weathering The Next Storm: Economic Protection For The North Country

Figuring that storms are as inevitable as death and taxes a North Country planning group will be looking at ways to minimize the impact of bad weather on the economy.

“You know we can’t predict the weather but maybe we can be prepared for what it might bring us,” said Patricia Garvin, the economic development coordinator for the North Country Council.

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Foodstuffs
1:08 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

New Hampshire Sinks To 2nd In Beer Consumption Ranking

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A study released Tuesday by the Beer Institute showed the Granite State dropped to second in the nation in beer consumption per capita, after taking the top spot in 2011.

North Dakota took the top spot in 2012.

Montana, South Dakota and Wisconsin rounded out the top five, in that order.

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NH News
10:43 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Commission Taking Shape

A nine-member commission charged with exploring whether to expand Medicaid in New Hampshire is beginning to take shape.

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NH News
4:48 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Bus Route Connects Concord To Airport

Beginning Monday airline passengers can now catch a bus from Concord to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport for $4 each way. 

The buses will run between Concord and the airport twelve times each day beginning at 3:55 a.m. and going through 12:45 a.m.  The five-day-a-week shuttle is part of a one-year trial that’s a joint effort between The Department of Transportation, the Manchester Airport and lawmakers.  It’s an effort to boost travel through the airport and to cut parking costs.

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Education
2:53 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Stafford Student Loan Interest Rates Double, After Congress Fails To Act

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Interest rates on newly issued subsidized Stafford loans doubled on Monday.

The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation has been working with families to help them understand what that means when planning for college.

As of July 1, the interest rate jumps from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

Tara Payne is vice president of the Center for College Planning.

She says her concern is that students who qualify for subsidized federal loans are the ones with the greatest need.

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North Country
1:21 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

White Mountain National Forest Warns of Water Danger

With rain and thunderstorms expected today and tonight - and possibly later this week - The White Mountain National Forest is warning visitors to be wary of water.

“We don’t want them to underestimate the power of water,” said Tiffany Benna, a spokeswoman for The White Mountain National Forest.

Benna says heavy rain or a thunderstorm can result in surprising and dangerous changes in just a few hours.

“The water levels can change daily, even hourly,” she said.

So, a stream that was easily forded in the morning could become impassable a few hours later.

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Inside NHPR
12:26 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Top Stories: The Widening Lyme Disease Debate; Our Annual Summer Books Show

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The top stories of the week for June 24-30.

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Health
11:40 am
Mon July 1, 2013

With Dartmouth On Board, Managed Medicaid Transition A Step Closer

Dartmouth-Hitchcock is agreeing to join the Medicaid managed care program.  The state's largest health care system had been a key hold out in the new effort.

A transition from traditional Medicaid to so-called managed care is already a year behind schedule, costing the state an estimated $15 million in expected savings. One problem has been a lack of participation from hospitals. They’ve voiced concerned that the arrangement could pay them less for treating Medicaid patients.

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