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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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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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,

Thursday, June 20

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

Friday, June 21

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Playing On The Air: Out There

James Lescene
Credit via PRX

Playing on the Air is a new program featuring 10-20 minute short plays with the highest caliber talent including Oscar, Tony and Emmy award winners. Each short short play is followed by a personal interview with its artists. These bite-sized pieces are authored by America's best including Pulitzer and Tony award winners.

This week’s plays…

There You Are, with Olympia Dukakis and Maria Tucci, is about two women who meet again at an outdoor concert and pursue the relationship they didn't dare to in their youth.

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North Country
6:00 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Ride The Wilds: Citizen-Powered Economic Development

Governor Hassan and Harry Brown, a Stewartstown resident and major force between the Ride The Wilds economic development. Hassan drove an ATV to the lookout.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

A new economic development effort got underway Saturday in the North Country.

It is called Ride the Wilds and it is a linking of ATV trails designed to attract ATV-riding tourists from the Northeast and Canada.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

For decades the North Country has had hundreds of miles of trails on which ATVs could rumble along.

Sound of ATVs…

But they were not linked. So, riders had to stop and put their ATVs on a trailer to get from place to place.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat June 15, 2013

For Struggling Youth, The Webster House A Second Home

Credit Courtesy of The Webster House

The Webster House is a children's home in Manchester that has been in operation since 1884, caring for youth who are unable to live at home.

Gabrielle Dante came to The Webster House when she was in her mid-teens. She had been experiencing problems at home and at school, and was struggling to overcome an eating disorder.

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NH News
4:46 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Sen. Shaheen Calls For Action To Prevent Student Loan Rate Hike

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen is calling for congressional action to prevent federal student rates from doubling next month.

If Congress does nothing, interest rates on subsidized Stafford Loans will increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1.

At a roundtable discussion at Granite State College on Friday, Shaheen said Congress has a responsibility to prevent that from happening, especially at a time when Americans owe more on student loans than credit cards.

NH News
4:42 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

State Budget Negotiatons Begin Quietly

The talks kicked off with small agreements, like the House agreeing with the Senate’s desire to drain $16m from a renewable energy fund,  and also to pay for local water projects starting in 2014 rather than 2015.

But while top budget writers stressed their common goals, big disagreements loom, on taxes and Medicaid expansion.

"Monday we’ll start the hard work of really talking about the issue where we may have some disagreement."

Democrat Mary Jane Wallner is House Finance Committee Chairman; Republican Chuck Morse leads the Senate’s finance panel.

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