Fifty years ago, more than two thousand bishops, under Pope John Paul the 23rd, set a new course for the Catholic Church, addressing its inner workings but also its role with the world, fostering friendly relations with other religions, for example. But to this day, some feel the Church has yet to fulfill the promise of Vatican Two, while others have downplayed its message - or say that the second Vatican council went too far.
In a season filled with traditions, here’s one that Granite Staters may not enjoy so much: another yearly study that ranks New Hampshire as the least charitable state in the country.
The conclusions in the new report “How America Gives” are actually a little more complicated than that, but they still cast the Granite State and its neighbors as a bit grinchier than other parts of the country.
A state computer contract that’s now 5-years behind schedule has received another extension from the executive council.
At an original price of $61 million NH’s agreement with Affiliated Computer Systems, or ACS was the largest computer contract in state history.
Under the deal ACS was to create a system to track Medicaid payment and information.
After numerous problems and several contract amendments, Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas says he believes ACS, now a subsidiary of Xerox, will have the system up and running on April 1st.
It’s a sad sign of holiday desperation that in many towns, burglaries and thefts spike around the holidays. Two years ago a landmark seasonal statue was stolen from a small New Hampshire town…now a gallery in Massachusetts is trying to find it through the power of art.
Donato Cabrera is the man Festival officials say will provide “bold, visionary leadership” in the years to come. But first, he joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson to talk about his new job - which, by the way, is in addition to jobs with orchestras in San Francisco and Green Bay.
Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan names veteran statehouse staffers and an Obama campaign worker to advise on legislative matters, policy, and appointments:
Will Craig, who served as a Hassan aide during her time in the State Senate and as a spokesman during her campaign, will be her Policy Director.
Amy Kennedy, Deputy State Political director for President Obama's reelection campaign, will be Hassan's Policy Adviser. Kennedy, has also been a staffer in the Florida statehouse and worked for Planned Parenthood.
New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she will support John Kerry for Secretary of State.
President Barack Obama is expected to tap the Massachusetts Senator to replace Hillary Clinton, who is stepping down.
In Hudson on Monday, Shaheen said Kerry is more than qualified for the job.
“I worked on his campaign to become president. I think he’s got a lot of experience internationally. I’ve served with him on the foreign relations committee for the last four years. I think he’d be terrific.”