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4:45 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Gov. Hassan To Check On Flood Damage In Westmoreland, Lebanon On Wednesday

Governor Maggie Hassan will tour Westmoreland and Lebanon on Wednesday, two communities hit hard by last week's flooding.

Hassan will be joined by the state's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Perry Plummer to see how the towns are recovering from the damage.

The governor declared a state of emergency due to the flooding, which officials say caused more than two million dollars in damage.

Officials with FEMA toured damaged areas Tuesday to determine whether the state will qualify for federal funds.

NH News
3:38 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

New Program Will Support Unemployed People Starting Own Business

People collecting unemployment benefits in New Hampshire will soon have another option for finding work – creating their own job.

Governor Maggie Hassan says she will sign the so-called Pathway to Work bill into law on Thursday.

Up until now, people receiving unemployment benefits from the state had to show they were actively looking for work.

But under the new law, people who qualify for the program can instead focus their efforts on starting their own business.

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NH News
9:57 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Growing Pains: What One N.H. Farmer Is Doing To Make Local Food More Profitable

Heron Pond Farm sells produce and other goods at their farm stand in Kensington, N.H.
Emily Corwin NHPR

With almost 60 farmers markets across the state, demand for local food is growing.  But local farmers still struggle to make a profit growing local food. In fact, about three quarters of all farms in New Hampshire gross less than $10,000 from sales each year.

This is the first installment in our summer business series investigating how a changing market place is affecting New Hampshire farmers.

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Health
1:10 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Special Medicaid Commission Gets To Work

A special commission looking into a possible expansion of the state’s Medicaid program met Monday for the first time.

The body consists of nine voting members, including five Democratic appointees and four by Republicans.

They put partisanship aside during the first meeting, unanimously selecting Jim Varnum to chair the group. He was tapped to serve by Governor Hassan after leading Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital for nearly three decades.

“I appreciate the opportunity and the confidence you have,” says Varnum. “This is such an important task for all of us.”

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Inside NHPR
9:29 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Top Stories: How Sunscreen Can Burn You; N.H. Cyclist Ted King Out Of Tour De France

Credit Roxanne King / Flickr Creative Commons

1. How Sunscreen Can Burn You

That sunscreen you dutifully spray throughout the day could actually get you burned. We're not talking sunburn. We're talking people bursting into flames because they're wearing sunscreen.

2. N.H. Cyclist – Ted King – Out Of Tour De France

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NH News
8:15 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Estranged Husband Accused Of Murdering Charlestown Woman

Credit New Hampshire Attorney General's Office

 

New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster announced this morning that James Robarge will be charged with murdering his wife, Kelly Robarge.

James Robarge is being held on unrelated motor vehicle charges in Vermont.

He will be arraigned later today in a Brattleboro court and charged with being a fugitive from justice.

Officials say that will initiate the extradition process to return him to New Hampshire to face a charge of second degree murder.

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NH News
7:48 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Swift Water Warning Issued After Series Of Deadly Drownings

The New Hampshire Marine Patrol has issued a swift water warning, following a series of deadly incidents across the state over the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Sgt. Dave Ouellette is urging recreational swimmers to use extreme caution.

Due to recent heavy rains, the state’s rivers and streams are running at high levels.

He says dangerous speeds and unexpectedly treacherous currents can be hidden under seemingly calm water on the river’s surface.

Over the weekend, the state saw three separate fatalities

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NH News
7:30 am
Mon July 8, 2013

LGC Issues Itself Refund While Coalition Of Towns Denied Voice In Appeal

From the LGC issuing itself a refund to protesting communities being denied a voice in the Supreme Court case, there have been some major developments in the Local Government Center saga.  

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Education
6:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

New Manchester Superintendent Embracing Critical School Audit

Kindergarteners busy at the computer at Hallsville Elementary School in Manchester.
Credit Manchester School District

The new school superintendent in Manchester says a recent audit taking the school district to task in several areas should be used as a blueprint to help address those is

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NH News
5:30 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Commission Starts Meetings

A commission created to study the expansion of Medicaid in New Hampshire is meeting for the first time today. Commission members will have to be asked to dispassionately weigh what has become a highly partisan issue.

The voting members of the commission include six state lawmakers – three democrats and three republicans – two representatives of the healthcare industry, and a policy expert from a conservative think tank.

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Folk Show
10:01 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Folk Show Calendar 7.7.13 (concerts, dances and festivals)

Wednesday, July 10

>>>Justin Townes Earle at Prescott Park ~ Portsmouth, NH ~ 7pm ~ www.prescottpark.org

>>> Vishten at the Skye Theater~ South Carthage, ME ~ 7pm ~ 207-562-4445, www.necelticarts.com

>>>Harvey Reid at Lobsters In The Rough ~ York, ME ~ 6pm ~ 207-363-4721

 

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Folk Show
9:45 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

NHPR Folk Show Playlist 7.7.2013

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Willow/ Brother Sun/ Some Part of the Truth/ Brother Sun Music

Wild Bill Jones/ Pharis and Jason Romero/  Long Gone Out West Blues/ Lula Records

Hard Travelin'/ Jimmy LaFave/ Woody Guthrie: At 100! (Live At The Kennedy Center)/ Sony Legacy

I Look So Happy,Triangle Mouth Waltz/ Kristina Olsen/ Kristina Olsen/ Rounder Records

Pastures of Plenty/ Judy Collins/ Woody Guthrie: At 100! (Live At The Kennedy Center)/ Sony Legacy

You Better Let That Liar Alone/ Harmony Sisters/ The Early Years/ Harmony Sound

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Monadnock Summer Lyceum
3:00 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

The Future Of Healthcare

Dr. Martin Makary
Credit Keith Weller / via monadnocklyceum.org

*Note: Due to an error on July 7th, we will air this lecture on Sunday, August 18 at 3 p.m. The audio is also available for streaming below. We apologize for any inconvenience.*

-What will healthcare look like in 10 years?

-How can I prepare for the new healthcare landscape?

-What are the best and worst aspects to the new healthcare system ahead?

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Sun July 7, 2013

Happy Frost Day! Historic Franconia House Hosts Poetry Event

Credit Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection

For more than 30 years, Robert Frost’s old home in Franconia has celebrated the poet on the first Sunday of July.  The Frost Place’s Executive Director Maudelle Driskell says the annual event draws a variety of visitors.

“And it’s everybody from people, just [from] the local area--they want to come out and listen to the readings and see the Frost Place--to people that specifically come up to hear readings on Frost Day, and tourists that are traveling through," Driskell says.  "This year, we hope that we’ll have more families.”

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Foodstuffs
1:17 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

2013 A Big Year For Small N.H. Brewers

Credit Adam Fagen / Flickr Creative Commons

Although New Hampshire has slipped to the number-two spot nationally in beer sales, it's been a good year for the state's small brewers.  New Hampshire Brewers Guild Kevin Bloom discussed these developments with Weekend Edition host Amanda Loder.

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