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5:09 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Medicaid Battle Looms In Budget Negotiations

Governor Maggie Hassan, House Speaker Terie Norelli and Senate Minority Leader Sylvia Larsen all say expanding Medicaid under so-called Obamacare is a good deal for NH:  About 60,000 more people would have insurance,  and $2.5B would flow to the state at a cost of about $85M over seven years. Republicans in the senate didn’t include expansion in their budget, and instead have proposed a commission to study the issue. But Senator Larsen and Speaker Norelli say they support exploring whether expansion can take even if the Senate opposes it.

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NH News
4:59 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

What Is N.H. Food?

Republic's chef and co-owner Edward Aloise and the list of the local farms that supply food to the restaurant.
Brady Carlson NHPR

This week on All Things Considered we’re kicking off a feature on local food, which we’re calling Foodstuffs.

Local food is growing in New Hampshire – both in its size and its popularity. But it can be difficult to explain just what makes our state's food unique. NHPR's Brady Carlson takes us on a quest to find the answer.

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NH News
2:42 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

$25M Grant For Sarah Long Bridge Repairs Gets Congressional Backing

Congressional delegation members in Northern New England are looking for a down payment to help replace another aging span in the Seacoast.

All eight members of the New Hampshire and Maine congressional delegation have sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

In it, they’re voicing support for a possible $25 million dollar federal transportation grant. 

If approved, it would be applied toward the $160 million cost for a new bridge to replace the aging Sarah Long Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine. 

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Inside NHPR
11:11 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Top Stories: UNH President Opens Logo Deliberations; End Of Life Planning...For Backyard Chickens

Credit University of New Hampshire

The top stories of the week for May 27 - June 2.

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Politics
9:16 am
Mon June 3, 2013

On The Political Front For June 3

The NH Senate will be voting on its budget this Thursday; their plan calls for $10.7 billion in spending over two years, coming just under the House's budget, which calls for $11b, but doing it with large policy differences. One of those differences is Medicaid expansion, which the Governor and House favor. Looking forward to the 2014 US Senate election, in which incumbent Jeanne Shaheen is expected to run for re-election, Jim Rubens has been added to the list of possible Republican contenders, along with Jeb Bradley, Frank Guinta, and Scott Brown.

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NH News
8:01 am
Mon June 3, 2013

New State Vegetable, Protection For First Responders Set To Become Law

Governor Maggie Hassan is set to sign three pieces of legislation into law this week.

Gov. Hassan will be joined by a group of students in Derry on Tuesday, when she signs HB 535 into law.

The bill establishes the white potato as the state vegetable.

It’s believed the first white potato grown in North America was grown in Derry in 1719. Students from the town advocated for the legislation to be passed.

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NH News
7:03 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Bass To GOP: Don't Be On 'Wrong Side Of History' With Same-Sex Marriage

As New Hampshire marked the fourth anniversary of legalizing same-sex marriage today, Former Republican Congressman Charlie Bass joined a group calling for national marriage equality.

As a congressman in 1996, Charlie Bass voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples.

But in late 2012, just before leaving office after losing his bid for re-election, he changed his position, supporting a bill to repeal the law.

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NH News
6:45 am
Mon June 3, 2013

N.H.'s Own Lobster Beer

The Redhook Lobstah Lager table was the centerpiece to the May 26 Kickoff event.
Credit Rebecca Zeiber / N.H. Sea Grant

We don’t often hear about seafood in our beer but it’s actually not new. Oyster stout was the traditional seafood beer in the 18th century when regular stouts were accompanied by oysters in local taverns and pubs. Later, oysters were incorporated into the brewing process which was first documented in the 1930s. That’s what we call “oyster stout” today. It fell out of fashion for a few decades but as craft beers become increasingly popular in New England, several brands are coming out with their own take. Harpoon did an oyster stout a few years ago and, last year, Dogfish Head made a very bitter chocolate lobster beer.


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North Country
6:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Wanted: "Mules" With Muscle, Heart And Money To Tackle Mount Washington

Bella Hibberd of Bethlehem, who was born with cerebral palsy, was the force behind a fashion show Sunday at the Colonial Theatre to raise money for Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Lots of people climb Mount Washington. But a North Country non-profit group is wants help to go beyond a normal ascent.

They need people for the Sunrise Ascent to help push and pull two children and three adults with disabilities to the top.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Sandy Olney is the head of Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country and she cherishes her volunteers but she calls them mules.

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Education
5:30 am
Mon June 3, 2013

The Common Core State Standards: Not Yet In Place, Already Controversial

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

As this school year comes to a close, teachers are preparing for next fall, when a massive transition will begin. Starting next year, schools are expected to align their teaching to the Common Core State Standards. Those standards are a set of learning goals for public school students that have been adopted in 45 states and the District of Colombia. Released in 2010, they lay out what students should know when they finish each grade.

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Best of Public Radio
2:00 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

Vermont: The Small Town State

Credit Courtesy PRX

This episode of State of the Re:Union visits our neighbors across the Connecticut. Best of Public Radio airs Sundays at 3 p.m.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat June 1, 2013

At Serenity Place, Coming Clean From Addiction

Credit epSos.de / Flickr/Creative Commons

Serenity Place is a substance abuse recovery center in Manchester, offering detox programs and education to those struggling to overcome addiction. For Stephanie, Serenity Place provided a solid foundation for her recovery from drug and alcohol problems.

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NH News
5:55 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Historic Portsmouth Mansion Celebrates 250 Years

The historic Moffat-Ladd House in Portsmouth is celebrating its 250th anniversary on Saturday. 

There will be costumed skits, weaving demonstrations, and an heirloom plant sale at the mansion, which was built in 1763 by merchant and timber trader, John Moffat.  The house was built for his son Samuel, whose bad business decisions led him to flee to the Caribbean just five years after the house was built. It then went to his wife’s family.  

Museum director Barbara Ward says the mansion’s windows and clapboarding is undergoing restoration:

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NH News
5:54 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Many Farmers Markets Kick Off The Season This Week

Farmers markets in Concord, Dover, Hanover and elsewhere in the state are kicking off the season this week.

Some markets opened in May, others won’t open until July but Gail McWilliam Jellie at the state’s Department of Agriculture says many are getting under way this weekend:

I’m gonna guess that you’ll find at least 15 or 20 markets open as of this weekend.

And, McWilliam Jellie says, more markets will follow suit over the following weeks.  She adds that when markets open depends on the availability of the venue and the farmers:

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NH News
5:51 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

No Fishing License Needed On Saturday

New Hampshire Fish and Game is out angling for future fishermen.  With annual fishing licenses at $35 for state residents and $53 for nonresidents, Mark Beauchesne at the department says some people want to try it before they buy it.

But, he says, once they get their line in the water…

You know if somebody gets hooked, then they’re hooked for life.

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