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4:24 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Lead Fishing Tackle Ban Charges Through N.H. House

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted to ban lead fishing jigs or sinkers that weigh less than an ounce.

The bill had a hard fight to get to this point. Last year it was scuttled in the House after passing unanimously out of the Senate. A big reason for that was opposition from the Fish and Game commission, an appointed body that many see as supportive of sportsmen.  That’s why Republican John Burt from Goffstown voted against the bill.

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NH News
3:32 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

State's Political-Spending Rules Fail To Make The Grade - Again

New Hampshire's campaign-finance regulations are a jumble of contradictions, a fact that people who study the issue never fail to point out.

A year ago, a consortium of good-government types awarded the Granite State a "D" for political financing, citing how easy it is for donors to get around the dollar limits on contributions.

Last week, a campaign-finance watchdog group weighed in, and once again New Hampshire found itself at the bottom of the class.

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Business and Economy
1:16 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

House Passes 'Auto Dealers' Bill Of Rights'

In a floor vote Wednesday, the New Hampshire House passed a bill known around the state house as the “auto-dealers bill of rights.”

The bill puts limits on the demands vehicle manufacturers can make on dealers – ranging from compensation rates for parts to frequency of facility upgrades.

Democratic Representative Ed Butler of Carroll urged his colleagues to vote for the legislation.

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NH News
10:11 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Live Blog: House Votes 199-164 To Kill Casino Bill

A supporter of SB 152, a bill legalizing a casino, walks out of the Statehouse Wednesday morning.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

4:40: The House has voted 199-164 to kill SB 152. This means amendments will not be considered to the gambling legislation and the bill is dead.

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NH News
6:29 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Whether A Casino Brings Big Bucks To Businesses Depends On These Factors

Seven hotels have popped up along Racetrack Rd in North Strabane, PA, since The Meadows opened in 2007. Three more are on the way.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  Whether a casino would be a boon for businesses in Salem  depends on a number of factors. Based on anecdotal evidence from a trip to Washington County, PA, these are a few important ones.

1. Is your business a restaurant or shopping mall within a half mile of the casino? 

2. Does the casino bring in out-of-town visitors?

3. Are casino employees local residents? 

To get the whole story, have a listen:

Geraldine Pajak and her friend Pauline Stripp feed dollar bills into a Gladiator-themed slot machine at The Meadows in PA.

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NH News
4:49 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

House Prepares To Vote On Casino Bill

The New Hampshire House will vote Wednesday on whether to legalize one casino along the  Massachusetts border.

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NH News
4:24 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

N.H. Primary Turns 100

Credit josh rogers, NHPR

The Executive Council chambers were packed as N.H.'s political class came together to honor what has become one of the best known things about the state,  the presidential primary. Bill Gardner.

"This is a special day in N.H., in the old days they’d call this a red letter day."

Bill Gardner is N.H.’s Secretary of State. He came equipped with plenty of historical detail, including the biography of Democratic  Rep, Stephen Bullock, who authored law that took effect May 21st 1913.

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North Country
3:36 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

State Says No Evidence of Air Pollution In Balsams Fire

Working largely on what amounts to the honor system state officials say they have decided state air pollution standards were not violated in a fire last January when two buildings at the Balsams resort were burned down as part of a renovation.

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NH News
12:18 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Manchester, State Police Work To Curb Distracted Driving

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

Manchester police partnered with State Police on Tuesday to educate people about the dangers of distracted driving.

Lieutenant Jim Flanagan approached drivers as they stopped at the corner of Hanover and Elm streets in downtown Manchester.

He had a smile on his face and an informational pamphlet about distracted driving in his hand.

“We’re just trying to get the word out and let people know before the worst happens. And we see most of our accidents, or a great deal of them, are related to distracted driving, in some fashion or another.”

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NH News
12:00 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

NH Casino Would Mean Building Addiction Services From The Ground Up

Ed Talbot is among a small core of people working to start a Council on Problem Gambling in New Hampshire.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

As the New Hampshire House prepares to vote on a casino bill this week, NHPR is bringing you a series of stories that look at the implications of opening a casino in the Granite State.  Today we turn our focus to the potential social costs related to gambling addiction: how the state is handling problem gambling now, and how it could in the future.

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Morning Edition
11:24 am
Tue May 21, 2013

What About Charitable Gaming?

If a casino is built in the state, charities in New Hampshire worry their low-stakes table games and bingo nights just won’t be able to compete. Many hold annual charity gaming events to raise funds, and fear big losses. Annmarie Timmins has been covering the casino debate for the Concord Monitor. She joined Morning Edition to talk about the possible effects to charitable gaming.

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Word of Mouth
10:14 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Birdwatching In New Hampshire

Hawkwatchers!
Credit Photo courtesy NH Audubon

Eric Masterson is a blogger and the author of Birdwatching in New Hampshire, and joins us for a hyper-local guide to spotting species around the state.

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NH News
8:37 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Problem Gambling By The Numbers

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NH News
5:32 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Superior Court Judge Puts Hold On Homeless Evictions From State Lands Until Next Hearing

The three homeless plaintiffs
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Merrimack County Superior Court judge has put a hold on all evictions from Concord homeless camps on state lands. The ruling came during preliminary hearing Monday for the suit filed by three homeless Concord men.

The hold on evictions will run for at least 10 days and up to the next court hearing. About 150 homeless people were removed from camps around Concord earlier this month.  


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Education
4:14 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

N.H. Still Waiting For No Child Left Behind Flexibility

The waiver request from No Child Left Behind has been going through drafts and iterations since last August
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

New Hampshire will have to wait a little longer for more flexibility from the federal education law No Child Left Behind. The US Department of Education granted three more states waivers today, but New Hampshire was not on the list.

With the addition of Alaska, Hawaii and West Virginia there are now 37 states that the DOE has exempted from many of the requirements of No Child Left Behind. Eight states, including New Hampshire, have waivers pending.

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