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All Things Considered
5:27 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

State, Citgo Look To Settle Over MTBE

For nearly a decade, New Hampshire has been seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from oil companies over the chemical additive MTBE, which the state says caused contamination in the state’s groundwater. The legal proceedings originally involved 26 oil companies; as trial began this week, there were just two left, ExxonMobil and Citgo, and now there may be just one.

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North Country
5:17 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

PUC Says It Will Investigate Public Service Of New Hampshire

The state’s Public Utilities Commission is planning to investigate whether PSNH is charging consumers too much for electricity.

In an order issued Friday afternoon the state’s Public Utilities Commission says it wants to know more about how Public Service of New Hampshire is operating and how that affects consumers and the state.

In particular the commission says it will investigate “how PSNH proposes to maintain safe and reliable service” and “just and reasonable rates” in light of market conditions.

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North Country
2:38 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Three Injured In Mount Washington Avalanche

Three climbers caught in an avalanche Thursday got a rapid, tumbling ride down Mount Washington’s Huntington Ravine. But apparently they were not seriously injured.

The men were in the central gully of the Huntington Ravine when the avalanche occurred just after 5 pm, said Joe Lentini, a team leader for the Mountain Rescue Service, which participated in the rescue.

The snow rushing down the mountain was about waist deep, not enough to make being buried likely.

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Health
1:41 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Study: Excessive Alcohol Consumption Is Costing N.H. $1.15 Billion A Year

Credit J. Ronald Lee / Flickr Creative Commons

 

  A study finds excessive alcohol consumption is costing the state just over $1.1 billion annually due to factors such as lost worker productivity and medical costs.

The statewide nonprofit advocacy group New Futures put together the study, which also contains several policy recommendations.

Chief among them is incorporating alcohol treatment into Medicaid expansion. But Tricia Lucas with New Futures says that is dependent on lawmakers moving forward with expansion, something they will consider this session.

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Granite Seen
1:10 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Photos: Week of January 18

Mark Beauchesne of NH Fish and Game shows off a Bluegill.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR
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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

N.H. This Weekend: Family Fun

Fight cabin fever; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about three things to do with the kids this weekend, including a treasure exhibit at the  McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery, making life-sized toys at  the Children's Museum of NH, and winter walk tours at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.

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All Things Considered
5:57 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Using Music To Teach Reading, Math And More

A New Hampshire schoolteacher is one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year.

Heidi Welch is director of the music department at Hillsboro-Deering High School. She is one of just four nominees in the country for that award.

She talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about how she teaches literacy through music and how overcoming challenges growing up in Manchester helps her reach students who could benefit from joining band and chorus.

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All Things Considered
5:43 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

A (Limited) Look Inside New Hampshire's 'Laurie List'

In 1993, the New Hampshire Supreme Court overturned a murder conviction for a man named Carl Laurie, because prosecutors had not disclosed that one of the police detectives on the case had an issue in his personnel file that might have raised questions about his credibility.

Today the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, and each New Hampshire county attorney, keeps what is called a “Laurie List," a record of law enforcement officers whose credibility could be called into question were they to testify in criminal trials.

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Politics
5:28 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Senate Democrats Outline Priorities

Senate Democrats say job creation and infrastructure investment are at the top of their to do lists, as the legislative session gets under way.

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NH News
3:56 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

USNH Officials Make Pitch For Restoring Cuts To Public Higher Educaton

The wildcat mascot at the University of New Hampshire
Credit courtesy University of New Hampshire

  University System of New Hampshire officials are making their pitch to restore cuts made in the last state budget that reduced support for public higher education nearly in half.

State university system Chancellor Ed MacKay relied on a timely economic catch phrase to describe the impact budget cuts have had on public higher education.

“You talk about a fiscal cliff; I think there’s no better depiction of a fiscal cliff than what we experienced in the current biennium.”

MacKay was speaking to members of the House Finance committee on Thursday.

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NH News
3:02 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

A.G. Delaney Forming Anti-Slavery Task Force

The State Attorney General’s office is forming a new Human Trafficking task force.


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Word of Mouth
12:40 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Guster's Ryan Miller, Unedited

Guster: Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, Brian Rosenworcel, and Joe Pisapia
Credit VikieVictoria via Flickr Creative Commons

Virginia Prescott chats candidly with Guster's Ryan Miller. Topics include: flying to the wrong city for a show, drawing album art on iPads, not wanting to listen to your own music, and the struggle to age gracefully as a band.

You can also listen and share on Soundcloud here:

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North Country
9:23 am
Thu January 17, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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Politics
7:30 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Governor, Legislature Prepare To Hammer Out Budget

During her campaign, Governor Maggie Hassan ran on restoring at least some of the money cut during the last round of budget writing.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

With a new governor, a divided statehouse, and continued uncertainty over federal spending, New Hampshire lawmakers are preparing to hammer out a budget.  It’s never a particularly easy process.  But hopes are high at the statehouse that this session, the inevitable fiscal fights will be more muted.

In her inaugural address earlier this month, Democratic governor Maggie Hassan struck a bipartisan tone about the state’s finances.

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Public Insight Network
3:36 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Help inform NHPR's series on guns in the Granite State

In a few weeks NHPR's newsroom will look in detail at guns, gun laws and gun culture in the Granite State and you can help. Share your experiences through our Public Insight Network and this short, confidential questionnaire.

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