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5:15 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

State Unemployment Rate Dips To 5.5%

New Hampshire’s unemployment rate in April fell to 5.5%, down from 5.7% in March, according to new data from N.H. Employment Security.

During the month, the state’s economy added 3,400 jobs, with some of the biggest gains in construction and retail.

Local and state government shed an estimated 1,000 jobs during the period.

The national unemployment rate stands at 7.5%. 

NH News
5:09 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Senate Urged To Exclude Tips From Business Enterprise Taxes

Hospitality industry advocates are urging lawmakers to exempt employee tips from being calculated into business enterprise taxes.

Adrienne Rupp with the Business and Industry Association says the push back is in response to a rule change by the Department of Revenue Administration.

“Where they have begun applying the BET, the business enterprise tax, to tips earned by employees.”

She testified Tuesday before the Senate Ways and Means Committee on behalf of the association’s restaurants and lodging members.   

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Health
5:08 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Commissioner Says Money Will Put 'Flesh On The Bones' Of Health Exchange Outreach Effort

State officials continue to press for action on $340,000 in federal money meant to help implement the health exchange in New Hampshire. 

Speaking to the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee, Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny repeated the need for quick acceptance of the grant money. Last month, a different legislative body, the Joint Fiscal Committee, delayed the funds, citing concerns over a lack of information.

Sevigny says the money would help "put flesh on the bones" of his Department's effort to help consumers understand the new health law.

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NH News
5:05 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Workers Exempt From Federal Furloughs

Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers learned today they will no longer be furloughed.

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NH News
3:38 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Funding, Access Issues For Programs Serving Returning Troops

U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter joins a discussion on the needs of troops once they come home.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

First District Congresswoman Carol-Shea Porter joined a roundtable discussion Tuesday on veterans and military families at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord.

The discussion focused on the needs of New Hampshire’s returning troops and their families and services available to them.

Representative Shea-Porter says she’s worked to make sure they have the benefits they need, but says nonprofit organizations are critical to helping troops transition once back home.

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Morning Edition
6:00 am
Tue May 14, 2013

More Open Road Tolling

Credit nh.gov

Three years after introducing open road tolling at the Hampton toll plaza on Interstate 95, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation is nearly done converting the Hooksett plaza on I93. Bill Boynton, spokesperson for the DOT, joined Morning Edition's Rick Ganley to explain the benefits and what drivers can expect.

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All Things Considered
6:00 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Speaking Up About Violence In A "Forgotten" Country

The cover of "Tell This To My Mother," the novel by Joseph E. Mwantuali.

It may be the largest war in the world that we don’t hear about. The death toll of what is now called the Great War of Africa likely stretches into the millions.

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NH News
4:19 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Estimated Tax Revenues Continue To Stir Budget Debate In Senate

While work on the state’s next two year budget continues in the Senate, the Medicaid Enhancement Tax (MET), a levy on hospital revenue, still sits in the spotlight.

MET collection is $34 million short of estimates for this fiscal year. In Monday's Senate Finance Committee meeting, lawmakers expressed concern about overly optimistic forecasts for the next two year cycle.

Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas testified before the committee. He says that while his agency oversees Medicaid, it doesn’t handle taxes.

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NH News
3:28 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Sarah Long Bridge Reopens

The damaged Sarah Long Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery is now open again to motorists.

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North Country
3:02 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

The Little Newspaper That Could

Charlie Jordan outside his home and the Colebrook Chronicle office
Sean Hurley

While most newspapers are downsizing, outsourcing, assimilating or outright folding, there’s a newspaper in the North Country that’s flourishing. Two weeks ago the Colebrook Chronicle opened a new business office in downtown Colebrook. As Sean Hurley reports, business at the Chronicle has never been better.

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NH News
2:22 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Sen. Shaheen: IRS Targeting Tea Party Groups 'Completely Unacceptable'

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen is calling for an investigation after the head of the Internal Revenue Service acknowledged it gave more scrutiny to conservative groups seeking tax exempt status.

An official with the IRS apologized last week, saying the practice of targeting groups with the terms tea party or patriot in their names was wrong.

On Monday, Senator Shaheen called the actions "completely unacceptable" and said an investigation must follow.

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NH News
12:26 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

N.H. Poll Finds Strong Support For Democratic Incumbents

A poll from New England College finds broad support for Governor Maggie Hassan and Senator Jeanne Shaheen and less support for Senator Kelly Ayotte. The poll shows more voters view Hassan and Shaheen favorably by 30 and 35 point margins, respectively. The polls director, Political Science Professor Ben Tafoya, says Senator Kelly Ayotte has a narrower lead of 5 points.

"I think our take-away is that folks are much more closely divided on their approval of job performance for senator Ayotte then they are for Senator Shaheen or Governor Hassan," says Tafoya.

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Word of Mouth
10:40 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Distributing Money From "The One Fund" Raises Tough Questions

Credit Photo via Flickr Creative Commons

In the four weeks since the Boston Marathon bombings, the One Fund set up to collect donations for victims has raised more than twenty-eight million dollars. The decision on how that money gets distributed goes to Kenneth Feinberg, the so-called “great decider”. 

At public hearings held last week at the Boston Public Library, Feinberg stated that there is not enough money in the One Fund to satisfy everyone. Here to discuss how dollars get assigned to tragedies is Juliette Kayyem, national security and foreign policy columnist for the Boston Globe. She’s former assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs at the department of homeland security.

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Politics
9:09 am
Mon May 13, 2013

On The Political Front For May 13

The New Hampshire House makes its first key vote as the casino bill is voted on by a supercommittee comprised of the House Finance and Ways & Means Committees; various amendments will be considered on Tuesday, with a committee vote and recommendation coming Wednesday. The New Hampshire Senate, meanwhile, continues to work on its budget, and the Senate Finance Committee prepares to hear from some of the larger state agencies - Health & Human Services, Transportation, and Environmental Services - on their budget needs.

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