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2:33 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Charter School Funding Fix Slipped Through The Cracks

New Charter schools hoping to open next fall will likely have to wait a while longer before they can submit their applications to the state. A proposal to fix the charter school funding problem was delayed in the legislative shuffle.

According to the Attorney General’s office, the Department of Education can’t approve any new charter schools until a budget has been passed. That means a number of schools that were hoping to open in the fall, are hanging in limbo: unsure if they’ll have time to apply

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NH News
1:49 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

N.H. Sets Record For Background Checks During Manchester Gun Show

The line outside the gun show in Manchester last weekend stretched all the way around the expo center.
Credit Ryan Lessard, NHPR

A large turnout to a gun show in Manchester last weekend led to the state setting another high for background checks for handgun sales in a single day.

New Hampshire State Police conducted 611 background checks for handgun sales on Saturday.

Sgt. Sean Haggerty says that’s the most ever for a single day in New Hampshire. Saturday was the first day of a weekend gun show in Manchester.

On Sunday, state police responded to 233 requests for background checks.

At the same gun show last year, there were only 283 background checks on the first day.

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Word of Mouth
12:09 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Paging Dr. Roboto

Credit iRobot

Last week, RP-VITA (remote presence virtual independent telemedicine assistant) was announced as the first self-navigating communications robot to earn FDA approval for use in hospitals. Tele-medicine isn’t a new tool, especially in developing countries with limited access to highly skilled doctors, but this robot, created by iRobot and Intouch could mark the coming of age of robots as an integral part of hospital care.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

New Hampshire's Ice Climbers

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Conditions in New Hampshire’s White Mountains are notoriously for being more harsh than ranges of similar altitude. Those conditions make the Whites a perfect training ground for world class mountaineers.  NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown spent the day with Fred Wilkinson as he climbed Cathedral ledge.

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Environment
8:09 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Innovation Comes To Ice Fishing

Mark Beauchesne of NH fish and game shows off a Bluegill.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

This week the Granite state is playing host to an ice-fishing legend.  Dave Genz is the only ice-angler to make the freshwater fishing hall of fame and many credit him with sparking a revolution in the niche sport. And according to the so-called “godfather of modern ice fishing” and learned that the emblematic bob-house may be becoming an anachronism.

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Health
6:31 am
Wed January 16, 2013

State Gets Failing Marks On Tobacco Report Card

Credit Justin Shearer / Flick/Creative Commons

A new report out from the American Lung Association gives New Hampshire a failing grade on smoking prevention efforts. 

The state received a 'D' on smoke-free zones in public spaces, an 'F' on tobacco prevention spending, and a 'C' on cessation efforts.

Lee Gilman, Senior Director with the Association, says the state also needs to rethink its low tobacco tax.

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Health
6:12 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

UNH Study Finds Use Of Food Stamps On The Rise Across Nation

A University of New Hampshire study finds that while poverty rates stabilized after the recession, recipients of the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, continued to rise.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Carsey Institute.

In 2011, 13 percent of American households relied on SNAP, a program formerly known as food stamps. That’s compared to roughly 8 percent in 2007.

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Politics
5:41 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Sen. Shaheen Seeks To Lift Congressional Ban On Earmarks

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen meets with the staff of Saving People's Smiles, a nonprofit dental clinic in Concord.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

  U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen wants to lift the Congressional ban on earmarks, imposed under Republican leadership in 2010.

Shaheen says earmarks, often criticized as so-called pork spending, were a useful way for lawmakers to target money to projects in their home states.

When they were in effect, Shaheen says taxpayers could find information online about who was requesting the money and where it was going. Now, she says under the ban those decisions about spending are left to the administration.

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Politics
4:29 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Facebook After Death Bill Gets Hearing

The proposal would grant executors power over the social media accounts of the deceased.

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NH News
4:21 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Lawmakers Mull Immunity For Overdose Calls

Proponents of the bill says would also granting civil and criminal immunity  to people who call 9-11 in suspected drug or alcohol-related emergencies -- and to the person who is the subject of the call -- will save lives. Jennifer Coffey, is a former GOP lawmakers and longtime EMT.

"I’ve had situations when I get there and people aren’t breathing.  I’ve had situation when I get there and people are long gone because nobody wanted to call for help because they are afraid."

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NH News
4:12 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Memorial Bridge Span Lowered Into Place

Governor Maggie Hassan and Commissioner Chris Clement (on right)
Credit Roger Wood

There is finally some visible evidence of progress in the rebuilding of the Memorial Bridge between New Hampshire and Maine.

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Health
12:19 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Mental Health Advocates Push For $37M In Funding

Advocates for the state’s mental health centers say the state hasn’t lived up to its own plan to improve services in the state. And this week, they’re calling for more than $37 million in increased funding to support a stretched system.

The state’s 10-year plan, called ‘A Strategy For Restoration,’ came out in 2008. It called for major investments in the state’s mental health system, and was hailed as a great step forward. But 5 years into the initiative, advocates say the state has actually slid backwards.

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Environment
5:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Appeals Judges Focus On 'Legislative Intent' In Yankee Case

Credit John Dillon, VPR News

Lawyers for Entergy and the state of Vermont faced off in a federal courtroom in New York on Monday in a case that will determine the state’s power to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

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Health
4:24 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Impasse in Washington Has N.H. Domestic Violence Advocates Worried

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Supporters of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) like to point out that since its passage in 1994, incidents of domestic violence are down by more than 50% nationwide.

But they also say this isn’t about stats, this is about people like Carrie Ann, who requested that her last name not be used.

"The abuse that I encountered was physical, mental, and sexual," she says. "It was constant, day-in-day out. By the end, I was virtually a prisoner. I wasn’t allowed to control my own finances. I couldn’t leave without fear that something truly horrific was going to happen."

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Health
6:26 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Study: Childhood Obesity Rates Decline In N.H.

For the first time in recent years, obesity rates have gone down in New Hampshire children. The Centers for Disease Control’s first national study on childhood obesity finds that 14.2 percent of preschool-age children in the state are obese, down from 15.6 percent in 2003.

José Montero, Director of Public Health Services at the New Hampshire Department Of Health and Human Services, sees the decline as modest, but encouraging.

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