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10:48 am
Fri May 24, 2013

540K Tourists Expected To Flood Into Granite State For Memorial Day Weekend

Credit Camp Belknap view by Rebecca Lavoie

State tourism officials anticipate a busy Memorial Day weekend, as tourists are once again expected to flood into the Granite State.

Despite the gloomy weather forecast, the state’s travel and tourism department projects 540 thousand out-of-state visitors will travel to New Hampshire this weekend.

That would be roughly 1 percent higher than last year.

Tourists are expected to spend about 88 million dollars this weekend, up by about 2 and a half percent from last year.

The bulk of the tourists are expected to come from New York and other New England states.

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Morning Edition
9:22 am
Fri May 24, 2013

NH this Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend is known for flags, parades, and the unofficial start to summer; but Amy Diaz, Editor of the Hippo, has some alternatives.

Nashua International Sculpture Symposium

Lilac Festival at the Wentworth Coolidge Mansion

Senior Tour Auto Racers at Lee Speedway

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Granite Seen
8:44 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Photos: Week Of May 24

Lt. Jim Flanagan of the Manchester Police Department hands a pamphlet about distracted driving to a woman who was driving with her dog in her lap.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley
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NH News
6:30 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Remembering Rockingham Park: A Story Of Prestige And Decline

First Race at Rockingham
Leslie Jones, 1933 Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library

This week, NHPR has been taking a close look at what a casino would mean for the town of Salem, a likely location for a gambling establishment.  On Wednesday, the House voted down the idea of expanded gaming.  We end our series today with a look back at the best—and worst—times The Rock has faced.

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Strips of Green in the White Mountains

Credit Forest Society

Memorial Day Weekend is late for trees to unfurl tiny, tender pale green leaves. Yet trees growing at the highest altitudes of our State's White Mountain National Forest are among the last to leaf-out each spring.

Hikers are familiar with a curious phenomenon only conspicuous in late spring and again during autumn foliage season: faint diagonal stripes - like a barber pole - appear on forested flanks of many White Mountain peaks.

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Environment
6:36 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Senate Sends Lower RGGI Cap To Governor

New Hampshire’s Senate has joined the House of Representatives and voted to ratchet down the cap on carbon dioxide restrictions under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI. Because of the historic rise of cleaner burning natural gas, it’s been easy for  carbon dioxide RGGI’s existing caps. So earlier this year, the RGGI board asked the member states to lower those caps by 45 percent.

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NH News
6:02 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

A Day After Casino Vote, Senate Rejects Steady Stream Of House Priorities

Senator Nancy Stiles confers with Chuck Morse during a break in the session.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

    

A day after the New Hampshire House voted down a Senate-backed gambling bill, it was the upper chamber’s turn to weigh in on some key House legislation.

And there may have been some tit-for-tat.

The GOP majority quickly snuffed a House bill calling for a $0.20 increase in the tobacco tax.

Republicans did much the same with an effort to reinstitute a state minimum wage, and a bill that would have added $0.12 to the state’s gas tax over three years.

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NH News
4:05 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

House Kills Senate Casino Bill, May See Strained Relations

The democratically-controlled NH House voted yesterday to kill a bill authorizing a casino with as many as 5000 slot machines and 150 table games. The vote is blow to Governor Maggie Hassan, who lobbied hard for the bill.  As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports, the 199-164 vote was consistent with the house’s longstanding opposition to casino gambling, but may strain its relations with the state Senate, which had backed the plan by a supermajority.

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NH News
3:20 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

State Senate OKs Medical Marijuana Bill

NH Senate in session
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The New Hampshire Senate passed a medical marijuana bill 18-6 Thursday after changing a few key elements that were in the original House bill.


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North Country
3:17 pm
Thu May 23, 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.

AMERICAN VETERANS TRAVELING TRIBUTE AND MEMORIAL WALL, NORTH HAVERHILL

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NH News
2:31 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

State Senate Rejects Increases To Gas Tax, Tobacco Tax

The state Senate has rejected a proposal to increase the state’s gas tax.

The bill had already passed the House, and would have increased the tax by 12 cents, or 67 percent.

Republican Senator Jeb Bradley said such an increase would hurt families that are already financially stressed.

“A 12 cent increase in the gas tax is a large increase in the gas tax, and it will hurt the very people that we are sent here to protect.”

The Senate voted 18-6 to indefinitely postpone the measure.

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Health
10:11 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

GOP Budget Writers Vote Down Medicaid Expansion

Saying there’s simply too much uncertainty, top Senate budget writers voted 4-2 against expanding the state’s Medicaid program on Wednesday.

Senate President Peter Bragdon (R-Milford) says he has concerns the Federal government won’t be able to meets its promises to fund the expansion long-term.

And he says it’s unclear if the program would even improve care for the uninsured.

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NH News
8:55 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Pease Wins Bid For New Air Refueling Tanker

New Hampshire's Pease Air National Guard base has won its bid to be first in the nation to receive a new generation of air refueling tankers.

Pease bested four other finalists to secure the new KC-46A tanker, pending an environmental study, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte announced today.

NH News
8:52 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Open Road Tolling In Hooksett Open For Business

Drivers with an EZPass can now go through the tolls in Hooksett at up to 65 miles per hour, after the state launched four open road tolling lanes there on Wednesday.

Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton said the goal was to get the project finished before the arrival of tourists for Memorial Day weekend.

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All Things Considered
6:15 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

By 199-164 Vote, N.H. House Says No To Senate Casino Plan

House lawmakers prepare for debate on SB 152, a bill to legalize a casino in southern New Hampshire.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The State House has rejected a bill to legalize a casino in southern New Hampshire, by a vote of 199 to 164.

NHPR’s Michael Brindley was on hand for the debate today in Representatives Hall. He joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with the latest.

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