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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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NH News
5:35 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Why N.H.'s Medical Marijuana Bill Doesn't Provide For P.T.S.D. Patients

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Thursday, the New Hampshire Senate will vote on a bill to approve the use of medical marijuana. The House already passed a version, but the Senate will vote on a bill that is different in a few key ways: it doesn’t include a “home-grow” provision or post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition.


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Business and Economy
5:01 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

New Hampshire Will Lag Neighbors In Job Growth And Housing Prices

New Hampshire likely won't recover all of the jobs it lost in the great recession until 2014. But Massachusetts has already made a full recovery. New Hampshire's Center for Public Policy Studies will present its biannual economic forecast Thursday at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.  

NHCCPS Economist Dennis Delay describes the New Hampshire forecast as landing somewhere between guardedly positive, and downright disappointing. 

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Environment
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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