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5:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Female Inmates' Lawsuit Spurs Action Among Lawmakers

Women cook their own meals at the Goffstown Women's Prison,but unlike their male counterparts, they can not receive culinary certification.
Emily Corwin NHPR

Nearly 24 years after the courts first ordered a new facility for female inmates, the New Hampshire House has approved a capital budget with $38 million set aside for a 224-bed women's prison in Concord.

A class action lawsuit is driving lawmakers to act now.

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NH News
6:11 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

AG Pick Foster Praised At Confirmation Hearing

Credit Josh Rogers, NHPR

Former State Senator Joe Foster is a bankruptcy lawyer who has never prosecuted a case, but his confirmation as N.H.'s highest law enforcement official looks assured. Former colleagues of both parties hailed his judgment and legal knowledge.  Foster now manages the McLane law firm and says he well understands his new role would be different.

"You role as a lawyer is to represent your client, and that’s what I did at the law firm. You role at the law firm is to represent the people of N.H. and that’s what I am going to do, I am going to look out for their interests."

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Health
4:05 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Governor Creates Commission To Monitor Medicaid Managed Care Implementation

Governor Maggie Hassan announced today the creation of a new Commission to monitor the transition of the state’s Medicaid program to a managed care model.

The 11-person body includes public health experts, advocates for the disabled, doctors, as well as Donald Shumway, former Commissioner of DHHS, who will co-chair the group along with Mary Vallier-Kaplan.

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NH News
2:20 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Remembering Victims Of 1963 Submarine Disaster

Shipyard workers at ceremony
Credit Roger Wood

Hundreds of Portsmouth Navy Yard employees and personnel gathered at the shipyard Wednesday to honor those who died 50 years ago when the U.S.S  Thresher sank.

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NH News
5:30 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Protesters Outraged By Immigrant Arrests

Cell phone snap shot of ICE agents and MPD officers in El Mexicana, Manchester.
Courtesy of Marisela Rodriguez

Over the weekend, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested at least four undocumented immigrants in Nashua and Manchester. The arrests occurred less than a day after an immigration reform rally was held in Nashua. Immigration activists are calling foul and continuing demonstrations.


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NH News
4:04 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

50 Years After Tragedy, Crew Of USS Thresher Submarine Recognized

The USS Thresher
Credit From the collections of the Naval Historical Center. USNHC # NH 97551.

Governor Maggie Hassan is ordering flags at half-staff Wednesday to recognize the 50th anniversary of the loss of the USS Thresher.

All 129 crew members aboard the nuclear submarine were killed on April 10, 1963 when it sank roughly 200 miles east of Cape Cod.

The USS Thresher was based at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

D. Allen Kerr wrote a series of articles last year about the ship’s history for Seacoast Online. He says it went out to sea to make deep water test dives.

But because there were no survivors, what happened next is only conjecture.

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Health
2:24 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

State Republicans Push For More Input As Health Exchange Planning Takes Shape

Insurance Department Deputy Commissioner Alex Feldvebel hands out documents during today's oversight committee meeting.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

With an October 1st deadline looming, the state continues to move forward with implementation of a partnership health exchange.  In agreeing to that partnership, state Republicans say they were promised input on a planning document called a Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU.

But last week, the Feds said partner states don’t have to submit an MOU. Republicans say that shuts them out of the legislative process.

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Environment
2:24 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Prospects Good For Tighter Lead Laws

Stricter lead laws hope to reduce adult loon mortality. 49% of dead loons studied had been killed by ingesting lead, and half of the studied birds ate jigs that would be banned under this law.
Credit aaronHWarren / Flickr Creative Commons

  People who work to protect loons think that this year the stars could be aligned for passing a bill that would tighten restrictions on lead fishing tackle. The proposed bill would ratchet up restrictions on lead fishing jigs in 2015.

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Environment
1:19 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

ExxonMobil Found Liable In N.H. Pollution Trial

A jury in New Hampshire has ruled that Exxon-Mobile must pay the state $236 million dollars to help clean groundwater contaminated with a gasoline additive known as MTBE. But the monetary award is by no means a done deal.

In a little state like New Hampshire, $236 million is nothing to sneeze at.

Delaney: This is the largest verdict obtained by the state of New Hampshire in the history of the state.

That’s attorney General Mike Delaney announcing the verdict to reporters.

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Environment
1:15 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Rising Tides In Seabrook: Is the Nuclear Station Ready For Higher Seas?

Looking out at Seabrook Station from a "wildlife blind" that NextEra installed on a nature boardwalk next to the plant. The plant might find water lapping at its toes during storms in the coming decades, but the plants operators are confident that it will well protected from flooding.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The Sea is rising. Satellite measurements have found that globally the seas are coming up about 1.2 inches per decade; a rate that has increased by 50% since before the 1990s. On New Hampshire’s seacoast, there’s a lot of vulnerable infrastructure, the most obvious of which is Seabrook Nuclear power station.

Seabrook station sits in a salt-marsh, more than two miles from the open ocean. It’s nestled behind Seabrook and Hampton beaches, and you can see the buildings of the strip in the distance.

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Word of Mouth
6:00 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Kim Jong-un Is Working The Press, One Propaganda Video At A Time

Credit petersnoopy via flickr Creative Commons

A month into a continuing series of threatening ultimatums from North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, the 30-year old leader has an international fever that his fore-fathers would envy. Official statements and propaganda videos, such as last week’s reel of Jong-un shooting a handgun during a military drill, are soaking up views around the world.

Through aggressive threats and flashy shows of power, the North Korean leader has proven himself to be the champion of manipulating tense global news-wires. Conversely, he is the also subject of countless humorous memes. Here to discuss Kim Jong-un’s social media strategy is John Hudson, writer for Foreign Policy’s flagship blog Passport.

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Environment
5:51 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

With Borer Announcement, Merrimack County Under Firewood Quarantine

Kyle Lombard points out the "galleries" that Ash Borer larvae cut into the cambium of ash trees. This girdles the tree, keeping nutrients from reaching the trees extremities.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Merrimack county is under quarantine. Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive Asian beetle that has killed millions of Ash trees in the Midwest, has been discovered in Concord.

Once the beetle’s population has been established, they can spread incredibly fast, doubling every year. Today the state learned where the patient zero of the New Hampshire infestation can be found.

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NH News
5:21 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

New Owners Of Telegraph Of Nashua Plan To Downsize

A West Virginia-based publishing company has acquired the Telegraph of Nashua newspaper.


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NH News
5:09 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

N.H. Senate Opens Budget Hearings

House finance committee chair Mary Jane Wallner opened her testimony on the house’s $11b spending plan by holding it aloft, and then setting it gently on the table.

"We brought you a present, all tied up in a big gold bow. So there it is, house bill 1 and 2 as passed by the house."

The senate accepted the House budget politely, but Senators  also signaled they will be taking a different approach.  Casino Gambling, which the Senate and Governor Hassan support, is likely to be at the center of the Senate spending plan.

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NH News
5:04 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

A.G.: 'Several' New Complaints Against Former New London Chief

David Seastrand
Credit Town of New London

The state Attorney General’s office is investigating several new complaints against former New London Police Chief David Seastrand.

This comes after he stepped down following a complaint last month.

Assistant Attorney General Jane Young says she can’t go into detail about what the new complaints allege while the investigation is ongoing.

“We have received additional complaints from women regarding the conduct of the former chief.”

David Seastrand resigned as New London Police Chief last week and gave up his certification as a police officer.

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