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4:55 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

234 years later, 20 Enslaved Revolutionary War Veterans Are Granted Freedom

Hassan signs a bill posthumously freeing 20 enslaved Revolutionary War veterans
Credit Roger Wood

  Governor Maggie Hassan has signed legislation that finally officially grants freedom to African Americans who served in the Revolutionary War. 

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NH News
1:01 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Concord Approves Downtown Overhaul

The Concord City Council has approved a dramatic Main Street overhaul.  Under the plan, Main Street will be converted from four lanes to a modified three-lane set-up.  New lighting, wider sidewalks, more benches, and bike racks are also part of the plan.  

A big concern for merchants is the loss of downtown parking.  Developer and advisory committee member Steve Duprey says in the end, the city is only losing five parking spaces.  And the benefits outweigh the risks. 

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North Country
12:36 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

SEC Accuses Laidlaw Energy Group Exec Of Insider Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Michael Bartoszek and the Laidlaw Energy Group – the original developer of the new biomass plant in Berlin - with insider trading.

In a filing Wednesday the SEC said Bartoszek failed in his obligation to publicly disclose the shaky financial state of his New-York based company before he sold his own stock.

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Education
11:21 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Manchester Superintendent Search Down To Three Finalists

The search for a new superintendent of the Manchester School District is expected to wrap up this weekend.

The search committee announced the names of three finalists for the job this week.

Two – Debra Livingston and Maureen Ward – are from New Hampshire.

Livingston is the superintendent of the Fall Mountain Regional School District, which covers several towns in the southwestern part of the state.

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Granite Seen
9:11 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Photos: Week Of June 7

Fishing boats in the harbor in Portsmouth. Shareholders in a new Community Supported Fishery will have opportunities to meet the fishermen who catch their fish.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR
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NH News
6:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

N.H. Fishermen Double Down On New Generation of Pingers To Save Migratory Porpoise

Gillnetter attaches a pinger to his nets.
Credit Future Oceans

Gillnet fishermen in New Hampshire will be using new electronic devices to prevent trapping harbor porpoise in their nets. Last year, the fishermen were penalized for problems with the devices known as pingers.  And this year’s purchase marks the largest mammal catch prevention initiative of its kind.


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Education
5:30 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Pulling Back The Camera, What Can We Expect From The Common Core

Credit Thomas Favre-Bulle / Flickr Creative Commons

NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown has spent this week digging into the Common Core Standards, which will roll out in New Hampshire schools next year.  He joins us now to pull the camera back a bit, and talk about what the Common Core means in the big picture. 

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

A Babe in the Woods

Credit the-whitetail-deer.com

White-tailed deer give birth to cryptic-colored, white-spotted fawns by early June in New Hampshire. Does typically give birth to twins, rarely triplets.  More single fawns are born to younger does, or in years of harsh winter weather with deep snow.   Does choose a secluded and yet open area to birth while scanning for any approaching danger.

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NH News
6:19 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

N.H. Senate Passes $10.7 Budget

GOP Senate leaders say the proposal is prudent, while democrats say republicans failed NH by opting to study – rather than expand Medicaid.

Budget debates tend to be partisan, and this was no exception. Republicans made clear from the outset their comfort with their spending calls.

"Our budget in senate finance increased spending over the house budget by 24 million dollars."

Chuck Morse chairs the finance committee.

“This is a strong budget.”

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Health
6:08 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

State Announces 'Secondary Case' In Hepatitis C Outbreak

State public health officials say another person has tested positive for Hepatitis C stemming from last year’s outbreak at Exeter Hospital. 

That brings the total number to 33.

A former hospital employee was arrested last July in connection with the spread of the virus inside the cardiac catheterization lab. Prosecutors say David Kwiatkowski reused syringes on patients after injecting himself with powerful pain killers.

Dr. Jose Montero, the state’s public health director, says it appears this latest case, though, is from sexual contact.

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Foodstuffs
5:33 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Veggie Growing Season Just Getting Underway In New Hampshire

New Hampshire's growing season traditionally begins Memorial Day weekend, but if you haven't gotten many plants into your garden this year, it's not too late to start.

That's according to Henry Homeyer, and he should know - he's a longtime gardener who's written newspaper columns and numerous books on the subject. His latest book is Organic Gardening (Not Just) In The Northeast: A Hands-On Month-to-Month Guide.

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NH News
4:10 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

New Hampshire GDP Growth Lags Behind V.T., M.A., R.I. And Nation

New Hampshire ranks 43rd in the nation for Gross Domestic Product growth in 2012, according to data released Thursday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

GDP grew only .5 percent in 2012 – that’s down from 2.2 percent growth the year before. That means New Hampshire lags behind VT, MA and RI – and the national average.

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NH News
2:13 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

NHDOT Holds First Meeting On Rail Expansion Study

Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation held a meeting in Manchester Wednesday night to glean public input on expanding passenger rail service between New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

The event marked the first of three such meetings to be held as part of a study commissioned by the state to determine the viability of commuter rail expansion from Concord to Boston.

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North Country
10:52 am
Thu June 6, 2013

North Country Events

COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY TOVA COHEN OF FRANCONIA

The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS

Whitefield Thursdays 6 PM through August 29

FARMERS MARKETS

Lancaster Saturdays 9 AM-noon through October 12

Bethlehem Saturdays 10 AM-2 PM through October 12

Littleton Sundays 10 AM-1 PM through October 13

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Inside NHPR
8:40 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Barbara & Dick Couch Fellowship For Innovation

NHPR is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Barbara and Dick Couch Fellowship for Innovation.  The fellowship was created to develop the next generation of public radio talent and to bring new ideas and perspectives to NHPR.  This six month fellowship focusing on show production and digital media is based at NHPR’s broadcast center in Concord, New Hampshire.  Fellows will gain hands-on experience working on The Exchange, NHPR’s flagship public affairs program and exposure to a wide range of activities at the station.  Responsibilities will include: generating and r

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