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8:58 am
Tue April 30, 2013

On The Political Front For April 29

Senator Kelly Ayotte has been in the news for her opposition to expanded background checks for gun sales; the NH Senate set to vote on a number of bills this week, with a number of them expected not to pass; one bill that may find bipartisan support is the proposed freeze of the Voter ID law, which would mean that more stringent requirements set to go into effect in September would be put on hold.

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NH News
6:07 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Senate Takes A Look At $2 Billion Budget For DHHS

Senate budget writers turned their attention Monday to the state’s biggest agency, the Department of Health and Human Services.

The proposed budget for DHHS comes in at just more than $2 billion. It seeks to restore the CHINS program and increase payments to hospitals for uncompensated care.

The budget also lays out $24.5 million over the next two years to shore up the state’s troubled mental health system.

Senator Lou D’Allesandro questioned if the state can wait that long for a fix.

Commissioner Nick Toumpas replied there really is no choice.

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NH News
4:09 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Critics Rally Against Sen. Ayotte's Vote On Background Checks

Erin, 6, and Liam, 4, joined their father Matt Murray of Merrimack at a rally in Concord on Monday. Speakers criticized Sen. Kelly Ayotte over her recent vote on gun legislation that would have expanded background checks.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Critics of U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte's recent vote on gun legislation rallied in Concord on Monday.

Last week, Ayotte voted against legislation that would have expanded background checks for firearm purchases at gun shows.

Granite State Progress organized the rally, where speakers were highly critical of Senator Ayotte’s vote against the bill. The legislation failed in the Senate.

Judy Stadtman is co-founder of the New Hampshire Project for Safer Communities.

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Folk Show
8:57 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

NHPR Folk Show Playlist 4.28.13

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Old, Old House/ Hit And Run Bluegrass/ Beauty Fades/ Hit and Run Bluegrass

Yesterday's Wine/ George Jones and Merle Haggard/ Essential Merle Haggard: The Epic Years/ Sony

Over Yonder (Jonathan's Song)/ Steve Earle/ Transcendental Blues/ Artemis Records

For Everyman/ Jackson Browne/ Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1/ Inside Recordings

The Mountain/ Levon Helm/ Dirt Farmer/ Vanguard Records

Multiply Pierced/ Cosy Sheridan/ Anthymn/ Wind River

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Folk Show
8:16 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Folk Calendar 4.28.13

Wednesday, May 1


>>>World Harmony at the Unitarian Church ~ Keene, NH ~ 7:30pm ~ www.monadnockfolk.org



Thursday, May 2


>>>Steve Earle & The Dukes at the Capitol Center for the Arts ~ Concord, NH ~ 7:30pm ~ www.ccanh.com



Friday, May 3

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Poetry In Life

Credit spo0nman / Flickr/Creative Commons

We'll tackle couplets, stanzas, limericks, sonnets, odes, dirges; free or rhyming verse of any meter. From the epic to the cursory, from the aggressive to the  consolatory, we’re all about poetry today.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Granite United Way's 2-1-1 Connects People and Services

Credit Milestone Management / Flickr

The Granite United Way's 2-1-1 New Hampshire service is a directory assistance of services available in the state. It puts those in need in touch with the services that can help.

Cassie called 2-1-1 for help with disability rights when she ran into trouble with her housing arrangement. Her landlord had issued an eviction notice after she acquired a dog, because her lease forbids pets from the building. But Cassie's dog isn't a pet; she's a psychiatric service dog that provided therapeutic assistance.

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Education
6:17 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Tax Credit Ruling Likely To Head To Supreme Court

Oral arguments were heard Friday in a lawsuit which will determine if the state’s new education tax credit is constitutional. The state argues that for the tax credit to be considered unconstitutional, the judge has to consider first if directing money through a tax credit is the same as spending money in the budget. Next the judge will have to determine if because some parents use that money to send their kids to religious schools, does that violate the state’s constitution?

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NH News
4:22 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Prescription Drug 'Take-Back' Day In New Hampshire

Credit Ian Turton / Flickr/Creative Commons

On Saturday, New Hampshire citizens are able to turn in expired, unused or unwanted medication as part of Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Officials say drugs left unsecure in a home can lead to abuse and accidental poisonings. Environmental experts caution that pharmaceuticals can harm aquatic life if they end up in the water supply.

This is the 6th take-back day in the state. Previous efforts have yielded more than 18,000 pounds of unwanted medication.

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NH News
4:19 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Congress' Grant To Prevent F.A.A. Furloughs May Save Nashua's Control Tower

Manchester Control Tower
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Congress passed a bill to prevent traffic controller furloughs by granting $253 million to the Federal Aviation Administration. And it may also keep the contract towers slated for closure, like the one in Nashua, running through the end of the year.


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NH News
4:02 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Judge Issues Same Sentence In Fatal Home Invasion

A New Hampshire man convicted of hacking to death a woman and maiming her daughter in a 2009 home invasion in Mont Vernon has been sentenced once again to life in prison without parole, plus 76 years. 

Steven Spader was required to be re-sentenced under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving life sentences for people under the age of 18. He was a month shy of turning 18 when he killed Kimberly Cates in 2009, but in a recent letter to the court said he did not want a reduced sentence. 

Arts & Culture
2:38 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

For Artist, 'Draw New Hampshire' A Trip Down Memory Lane

Isles of Shoals from Rye
Sue Anne Bottomley

New Hampshire is already small, but for artist Sue Anne Bottomley, everyone's practically a neighbor.

Or they are since the New London woman spent the last two years visiting each town with the goal of drawing pictures of all of them. Bottomley has produced a blog called Colorful Journey where she displays her drawings and tells each town's tales.

Bouncing beside her grandpa down rutted dirt roads  in his old  Chevy pickup truck, a 5-year-old, Sue Anne Bottomley discovered New Hampshire.

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NH News
1:46 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Gov. Hassan Says Finishing I-93 Expansion Critical To Economic Growth

Governor Maggie Hassan says expanding Interstate 93 is critical to economic growth in the southern tier of the state.

Hassan told members of the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce she understands the urgency to the region of completing the project.

“We know there are businesses just waiting to grow and begin adding jobs but they need us to finish the I-93 project to take these steps.”

And she says while there is agreement about the need to improve the state’s aging highways and roads, lawmakers continue to debate how to pay for it.

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Granite Seen
10:10 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Photos: Week Of April 26th

News Director Sarah Ashworth guest hosts The Exchange
Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR
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Education
5:13 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Education Tax Credit To Have Its Day In Court

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the controversial Education Tax Credit will be heard today in Strafford County Superior Court. The law was passed last year by Republicans seeking to create more avenues for educational choice. But Democrats say it saps resources from Public schools and have targeted the law for repeal.

Morning Edition host Rick Ganley spoke with NHPR Education Reporter, Sam Evans-Brown about the lawsuit. 

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