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5:00 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Can Penalties Help Keep Patients Healthy?

Nearly 1 in 5 Medicare patients ends up back in a hospital bed less than 30 days after being discharged.
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If you’ve just gotten released from Concord hospital, Carriane Wood may be giving you a call.

“Do you have any questions or anything?” she asks a patient.

“It’s at 9:30 on Thursday.”

Wood is a medical assistant, and she’s working her way through a list of recently discharged patients, calling each one to confirm follow-up appointments, and making sure they understand any new prescriptions.

These phone calls are part of a larger movement at hospitals throughout the state and country to reduce hospital readmissions.

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NH News
2:08 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Roughly 13 Percent Of N.H. Retailers Sell Tobacco To Youth In Compliance Check

Illegal tobacco sales to New Hampshire youth increased over the past year.

The Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday released the results of compliance checks of tobacco sales from across the state.

During those checks, sales to minors increased from nearly 8 percent last year to more than 13 percent this year. Nearly 300 tobacco retailers were surveyed in this year’s check.

Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services Director Joe Harding says while this year’s figure is well below the federal requirement of 20 percent, the increase is concerning.

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NH News
1:54 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Report: Homelessness In N.H. Down 4 Percent In 2012

New Hampshire’s homeless population is down by 4 percent this year.

The data is included in a report released Thursday by the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness.

Director Cathy Kuhn says the slight drop is good news, particularly after an 11 percent increase from 2010 to 2011.

But big picture, Kuhn says the issues isn’t going away.

Over the past two years, the number of homeless people increased in seven of the state’s 10 counties.

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Word of Mouth
1:06 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Word of Mouth's "End of the World" Playlist

Like any major life event, the annihilation of life as we know it deserves a soundtrack.  It’s easy to decide what to listen to when the four horsemen of the apocalypse are coming around the bend…So, for everybody hosting an “end of the world party” in the next 48 hours, we compiled a few suggestions to help you kick out the jams one final time.  

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Word of Mouth
12:45 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Why Dystopian Reads May Be Good For Teens

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Most of us read 1984 and Lord of the Flies in high school, but the new dystopian novel has grown in popularity beyond the required reading list to include a new generation of young fans.  David Sobel looks at the legion of apocryphal novels set in worlds devastated by wars and environmental collapse now aimed at teens as emblematic of a rising tide of hopelessness. He is a member of the senior faculty at Antioch New England, and his article “Feed the Hunger” was published in the November-December issue of Orion magazine.


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Word of Mouth
12:01 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

What to Eat (and Drive) as the World Ends

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What would you want your last meal be? What would you choose for a getaway car? Are white shoes appropriate for a December apocalypse? To figure out the answer to at least the first two questions for the end-times we spoke with J.M. Hirsch, food editor at the Associated Press and author of the High Flavor Low Labor cookbook and  Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of US News Auto, which named “The 13 Best Cars for the Mayan Apocalypse.”



Word of Mouth
11:11 am
Thu December 20, 2012

What's the Deal With Nostradamus, Anyway?

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As the Western world’s favorite doomsday prophet, Nostradamus and his enigmatic four-line poems have been used to explain catastrophes and lately, the looming apocalypse. We spoke with Stéphane Gerson, Associate Professor of French Studies at New York University, and author of Nostradamus: How An Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became The Modern Prophet Of Doom to find out why a 16th century astrologer and poet came to represent the face of the four horsemen. He will be giving a free talk at the New York Public Library on February 4.


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North Country
9:30 am
Thu December 20, 2012

North Country Events

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Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia

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NH News
9:26 am
Thu December 20, 2012

N.H. Judge Says Girl Can Remain On Boys' Hockey Team

A New Hampshire judge has ruled that a high school girl can continue to play on the boys' varsity ice hockey team even though her school has formed a girls' team.

Seventeen-year-old Shelby Herrington made the boys' varsity team at Bishop Brady High School three years ago, when there was no girls' team.

Herrington is fighting a decision by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association that she needs to switch to the girls' team formed jointly by her school and Trinity of Manchester.

The Exchange
8:53 am
Thu December 20, 2012

A Review of Vatican Two

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Fifty years ago, more than two thousand bishops, under Pope John Paul the 23rd, set a new course for the Catholic Church, addressing its inner workings but also its role with the world, fostering friendly relations with other religions, for example. But to this day, some feel the Church has yet to fulfill the promise of Vatican Two, while others have downplayed its message - or say that the second Vatican council went too far.

Guests:

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Environment
5:55 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Hunters Take 4% More Deer In 2012

A mild winter meant the best deer season since 2007. The deer harvest is controlled by Fish and Game, which issues permits based on the size of the state's deer herd.
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Preliminary numbers for New Hampshire’s deer hunt are in, and it was a good year for hunters. A mild winter meant big deer populations, and a 4% increase on the hunting season from last year.

According to Fish and Game before the hunting season started there were about 85,000 deer in the Granite state. This year, hunters took about 14 percent of those animals, just fewer than 11,600 deer.

Sullivan, Strafford and Rockingham counties had the highest number of kills, and Belknap, Carroll and Cheshire had the least. It was the biggest dear season since 2007.

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All Things Considered
5:46 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

New Hampshire Gives (Just Maybe Not As Much As The Rest of the Country)

In a season filled with traditions, here’s one that Granite Staters may not enjoy so much: another yearly study that ranks New Hampshire as the least charitable state in the country.

The conclusions in the new report “How America Gives” are actually a little more complicated than that, but they still cast the Granite State and its neighbors as a bit grinchier than other parts of the country.

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NH News
5:16 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

MMIS Contract Wins New Extention

A state computer contract that’s now 5-years behind schedule has received another extension from the executive council.

At an original price of $61 million NH’s agreement with Affiliated Computer Systems, or ACS was the largest computer contract in state history.

Under the deal ACS was to create a system to track Medicaid payment and information.

After numerous problems and several contract amendments, Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas says he believes ACS, now a subsidiary of Xerox, will have the system up and running on April 1st.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Storyteller Rebecca Rule Turns A Scary Sled Ride Into A Children's Book

Rebecca Rule reads from her children's book at The Bookmonger in Waterville Valley
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Publisher Bennet Cerf once bet Dr. Seuss that he couldn’t write a book using only 50 words.

The words were:

…a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.

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NH News
2:16 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Day After CT School Shooting, N.H. Sets Record For Handgun Background Checks

If there was any question whether gun sales spiked in New Hampshire following the school shooting in Connecticut last week, State Police answered it Wednesday.

Sgt. Sean Haggerty said there 468 requests for background checks for handgun sales Saturday. Haggerty said that is by far the highest single-day number of requests in state history.

The figure from the day following the Newtown school massacre shattered the state’s previous high mark of 303 requests in a single day.

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