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4:44 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Senate And House Negotiators Agree On New Womens Prison

Outside the women's prison in Goffstown
Credit Emily Corwin

  Negotiators for the House and Senate reached an agreement Tuesday on a $125 million capital budget which includes $38 million for a new women’s prison. 

The new women's prison is slated to be built in Concord, behind the current men’s prison.

Commissioner Wrenn with the Department of Corrections has sought a new women's prison for the last four state budgets. But this year, he says, he had the support of Governor Hassan, and both chambers.

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Business and Economy
4:38 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

N.H. Unemployment Rates Decrease

Numbers from the state show that unemployment in New Hampshire have fallen to 5.3 percent.

In the past, rates dropped because people seeking work stopped applying for jobs.

But this time, economist Annette Nielsen of the NH Employment Security says there has been job growth.

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NH News
3:03 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Deal On Medical Marijuana Wins Hassan's Support

At issue for Governor Hassan was a provision in the House version of the bill that would allow qualifying  patients to grow their own marijuan. Hassan also didn’t like that the House wanted to permit doctors to prescribe cannabis to treat PTSD.

The N.H. Senate had removed both provisions from the its version bill at Hassan’s behest, and House negotiators say under the circumstances going along made sense. Concord Democrat Jim McKay is Chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee.

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NH News
5:31 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Strafford County Superior Court Rules Against Education Tax Credit Provision

The Strafford County Superior Court ruled Monday that part of the education tax credit law passed last year is unconstitutional.  The court concluded that the privately raised scholarships amount to public funds.


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NH News
5:30 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Lawmakers Appear In No Rush To Compromise On Major N.H. Budget Issues

The (electrifying) scene inside of the Legislative Office Building as lawmakers hammer out the state's next budget.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

  

With a Thursday deadline fast approaching for an agreement on the state’s next budget, House and Senate leaders remain apart on many of the issues that divide them. 

Medicaid expansion--perhaps the most divisive single item--remains on hold. So do House-backed increases to the gas and cigarette tax.

The two sides did spar on the Senate’s proposed $50 million so-called back of the budget cut to state personnel. Democrat Mary Jane Wallner, lead House negotiator, opposes the move, and says public services have already been cut to the bone.

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NH News
3:06 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' Bus Tour To Make Stop In Concord

A nationwide bus tour organized by the gun control advocacy group Mayors Against Illegal Guns will make a stop in Concord Tuesday evening.

Gun violence prevention advocates will rally in front of the State House, as part of the "No More Names" bus tour.

Two Democratic state representatives posted details about the rally in the members notice section of the House of Representatives calendar and journal.

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NH News
2:44 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Moose Hunting Lottery To Be Held Friday

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials will hold the annual drawing for moose hunting permits this Friday.

Wildlife Programs Specialist, Linda Verville, says Fish and Game received more than 14,000 applications this year.

“This year we are giving out a total of 275 permits, 233 go to residents and 42 go to non-residents.”

Names are drawn at random, though applicants who have never received a permit are given better odds.

Lottery results will be available online with alternates posted on the Fish and Game website. 

North Country
12:07 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

As Northern Pass Opponents Worry, No Hint From Hassan On Whether She'll Sign Senate Bill 99

Some Northern Pass opponents are hoping Governor Maggie Hassan will sign Senate Bill 99, which they think may complicate approval of the controversial hydro-electric project. The bill may reach Hassan's desk this week but she says she hasn’t decided what to do.

“I haven’t reviewed the bill yet in any kind of detail so I’ll do that and then make up my mind,” she told NHPR Saturday.

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NH News
11:53 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Trapped By Tolls: Merrimack Hopes For Turnpike Freedom

This toll booth hits drivers before they head southbound on the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Merrimack. There is also a toll booth as drivers exit on the northbound side.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Merrimack is a town trapped by toll booths.

It’s a situation unlike any other in New Hampshire.

Longtime Merrimack resident Chuck Mower lives less than half a mile away from the toll booth at Exit 12 on the F.E. Everett Turnpike. 

He has a small coop he maintains at his Depot Road home.

He says the animals give children and neighbors a sense that they’re in the country.

“And as long as we can believe that, it satisfies that little need in us that helps us deal with these transportation issues that fly by us constantly.”

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NH News
11:34 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Final Section Of Memorial Bridge In Place

The final section of the Memorial Bridge is in place.
Credit Roger Wood

The final section of the New Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine is now in place.

It took less than half an hour to float the center span down the Piscataqua River from the New Hampshire State Pier. 

That’s where construction crews built all the new bridge parts for the new span.  After tugboats pushed the section into place, crews began the work of connecting it with the other finished sections of bridge. 

Scott Dennett, a Portsmouth native, has been documenting the entire bridge building process with his camera.

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Politics
8:20 am
Mon June 17, 2013

On The Political Front For June 17

A Thursday deadline is looming for House and Senate lawmakers to come to an agreement on the next two-year state budget. NHPR's Josh Rogers gets us caught up on the state of the negotiations, and what chance there is of Medicaid expansion being wrapped into the final deal.

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NH News
7:31 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Somersworth Man Charged In Death Of 2-Year-Old Boy

A Somersworth man is scheduled to be arraigned this morning, charged with causing the death of a 2-year-old.

Police have charged 30-year-old Jared Pope with manslaughter.

Somersworth police responded to a 911 call at a High Street apartment Friday evening and found 2-year-old Noah York in distress.

He was transported to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, where he was later pronounced dead.

An autopsy completed Saturday determined the cause of death was smothering and the manner of death was homicide.

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Politics
5:30 am
Mon June 17, 2013

'Obamacare' And Green Energy Bill Bound Together By Poison Pill Tactic

Credit Land Rover Our Planet / Alex E. Proimos / Flickr Creative Commons

New Hampshire is one of only three states with a split legislature: Republicans control the Senate, Democrats the House of Representatives. The two bodies have shown an ability to work together on some issues this session, including business tax credits and limits on lead fishing tackle.

But with the end of the legislative year fast approaching, inter-chamber gamesmanship is on the rise. It can start simple enough. A routine legislative procedure on the House floor.

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Folk Show
9:47 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Folk Show Playlist 6.16.13

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Don't Go Back to Asheville/ Steve Martin and Edie Brickell/ Love Has Come For You/ Rounder

Stick Brick and Mortar/ Smithfield Fair/ Stick, Brick and Mortar/ Stevenson Productions

Unwed Fathers/ Jeffrey Foucault/ Shoot The Moon Right Between The Eyes: Jeffrey Foucault Sings The Songs Of John Prine/ Signature Sounds

Three Little Birds/ Alice DiMicele/ If I Were An Otter: Songs For Kids Of All Ages/ Alice Dimicele

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Folk Show
8:57 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Folk Calendar

Wednesday, June 19

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

Thursday, June 20

>>> Bill Staines,  at The Public Library Writer's Night ~ Effingham, NH; 7 p.m. www.acousticmusic.com/staines/

Friday, June 21

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