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3:54 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Manchester Funds School Upgrades As It Fights Hooksett Exodus

The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved two bonds totaling $5.8 million dollars to fund technology, security and energy efficiency upgrades in the schools. This comes as the district tries to keep Hooksett students from withdrawing.


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NH News
2:34 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

NRA Spends $25K On TV Ad Backing Sen. Ayotte

The National Rifle Association says it spent $25,000 on the TV ad supporting Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
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The National Rifle Association is praising New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte in a TV ad set to begin airing this week.

It’s the latest in a series of ads hitting airwaves in the Granite State either attacking or supporting her.

The NRA says it spent $25,000 s on the ad, which will air for at least the next week on WMUR.

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NH News
11:44 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Group Looks To Counter 'Misinformation' About Refugee Resettlement Efforts In N.H.

Innocent Munguiko, a refugee from Democratic Republic of the Congo, now resides in Concord.
Credit Hank Osborne / Lutheran Social Services

Lawmakers and members of the public met in Concord today to learn more about refugee resettlement efforts in New Hampshire. The breakfast gathering was organized by Lutheran Social Services, a non-profit that offers new refugees a range of services including short-term housing and English-language training.

Steve Duprey, a prominent real estate developer, helped launch a work-skills program in conjunction with Lutheran Social Services for new arrivals. He says it is one of the best moves he’s made in business.

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Word of Mouth
5:21 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

The Middle-School Dress-Code Blues

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Junior high school can be an awkward, unsettling experience for anyone. Especially for teachers; imagine having survived it once, then witnesses cavorting teens finding their way over and over again. Jessica Lahey is an English, Latin, and Writing teacher at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, New Hampshire. She also writes about education and parenting for the New York Times and other publications, and on her blog, Coming of Age in the Middle. Her article, “A Dress-Code Enforcer’s Struggle for the Soul of the Middle-School Girl” was recently published in The Atlantic and she joins us to discuss the worry over dress codes and the chaotic middle years.

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NH News
4:46 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Senate Panel Rewrites Medical Marijuana Bill To Hassan's Liking

While serving as a state senator 4 years ago, Governor Maggie Hassan supported a medical marijuana bill with a home-cultivation option.

But no longer.

Prior to voting a redrafted medical marijuana bill out of committee, Senate health chair Nancy Stiles said the bill was to maximize its chances for survival when it gets to the Governor's desk.

"We did try to include everything that I though we had agreed on  -- and again with my meeting yesterday with the Governor’s Counsel – and what would work and not work."

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NH News
3:27 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Morse Says Senate Budget Will Be "A Whole Lot Different"

The top budget writer in the NH senate is signaling that the spending plan the senate will craft will be vastly different than the one adopted by the NH house.  Republican Chuck Morse of Salem says the house and Governor both inflated revenues for number of state taxes. Morse sees the state’s tax on hospitals, knows as the MET, as a prime example.

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NH News
1:02 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

State Supreme Court Upholds Mont Vernon Killer's Conviction

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the conviction of one of the killers in a 2009 Mont Vernon home invasion.

In his appeal to the Supreme Court, Christopher Gribble argued his conviction should be overturned.

Gribble, now 21, was convicted in 2011 of first-degree murder for killing Kimberly Cates in her home. He was also found guilty of attempted murder for attacking her daughter Jaimie Cates.

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Word of Mouth
10:59 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Beekeeping In New Hampshire

Ryan Lessard

Hundreds of first-time beekeepers across the state are anxiously awaiting their first shipment of honey bees this week. NHPR’s Ryan Lessard reports on the growing popularity of the hobby and what it could mean for the pollinating insects’ struggle for survival.

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All Things Considered
5:38 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Beekeeping's Costs Growing Along With Its Popularity

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As NHPR's Ryan Lessard recently reported, beekeeping is increasing in popularity in the Granite State - but the hobby is also getting more expensive. Joining us to explain why is Barbara Lawler, President of the New Hampshire Beekeepers Association.

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NH News
4:51 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

N.H. Police Departments Experiment With eTicket System

Police departments in three southern New Hampshire towns are piloting a program officials hope will cut back on the time it takes to issue a speeding ticket.

   Police in Pelham, Windham and Salem are testing what are called eTickets.

Officers will no longer hand-write tickets. Instead, they’ll enter the information into the computer.

Lt. Gary Fisher of the Pelham Police Department says the ability to instantly send ticket information to department headquarters and the court system will save time.

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NH News
4:45 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

State Investigating Former Manchester Diocese Official For Misuse Of Funds

The New Hampshire attorney general’s office is investigating a former top official in the Manchester diocese.

Monsignor Edward Arsenault is under investigation for improper transactions involving diocesan funds.

According to Diocese of Manchester, it was allegations about a inappropriate adult relations that prompted its scrutiny of Monsignor Edward Arsenault. That in turn, uncovered evidence suggesting Arsenault misused diocesan funds.

Arsenault was the diocese point person for during its  landmark settlement sexual abuse settlement with the state a decade ago.

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NH News
4:00 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

N.H. Bee Schools Are Big And Getting Bigger

Merrimack Valley Bee School
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Hundreds of first-time beekeepers across the state are waiting anxiously for their first shipment of honey bees this week. The hobby is growing in popularity and it could have both good and bad impacts on the pollinating insects’ struggle for survival.

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NH News
3:30 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Bald Eagle Chicks Are First Seen In Merrimack River Valley In Decades

Bald eagle adult with its two eaglets in a Manchester white pine.
Peter Gray

Bird watchers working for the New Hampshire Audubon have spotted the first bald eagle chicks hatched in the Merrimack River Valley in decades.


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NH News
2:09 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Video Postcards Urge Senate To Boost Substance Abuse Program Funding

Tym Rourke, chair of the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, speaks at a press conference in Concord on Monday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

A New Hampshire group advocating for more funding for substance abuse treatment programs has launched a video postcard campaign to get its message out to state Senators.

At a press conference in Concord on Monday, the nonprofit group New Futures says more than 100 residents have sent a video postcard electronically to their respective state Senator.

Executive Director Linda Saunders Paquette says they want the Senate to boost funding for substance abuse treatment programs.

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Inside NHPR
11:18 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Top Stories: Supporters, Critics Of Sen. Ayotte Clash; Old Man Of The Mountain's Legacy Lives On

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1.  Supporters, Critics Of Sen. Ayotte Clash At Town Hall Meeting

At a Town Hall Meeting in Tilton on Tuesday, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte field roughly a dozen questions from the audience, on topics ranging from immigration to Benghazi. But none dealt directly with her recent vote against expanded background checks for gun sales, a measure that failed in the Senate.

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