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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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NH News
3:50 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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Special Series
3:36 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

250 Years In The Making: Towns We're Visiting

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Over the next year, producer Keith Shields will be visiting thirteen New Hampshire towns that are either turning or celebrating 250 years, looking to dig up the interesting, near-forgotten, and quirky stories that make each town unique. The series will kick off later this week with New Boston, with Plymouth coming up next month. Our map will let you know where else Keith will be going!

(Note: Numbers in legend do not indicate the order they will come up in the series.)

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Inside NHPR
1:26 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Top Stories: N.H. Roads: How We Got Here; One Decade Of The Free State Project

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

1. NH News: Video: N.H. Roads: How We Got Here

As lawmakers consider raising the state's gas tax, you may be wondering: are New Hampshire's roads getting worse? Why are they getting harder to pay for? And, does it really matter if we have a few more potholes? NHPR's newsroom answers those questions with a 3-minute animation.

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NH News
10:31 am
Mon April 8, 2013

N.H. Museum Exhibits Rare Monet Painting

A Currier Museum docent leads a group of fifth-grade students from Green Acres Elementary School.
Credit Ali Kuzmickas

A new exhibit at the Currier Museum of Art in New Hampshire features a rare impressionist painting.

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Politics
10:23 am
Mon April 8, 2013

On The Political Front For April 8

The House passes their budget, which does not include gambling, but funds some of Governor Hassan's priorities, such as mental health and higher education; the budget-writing process now moves to the Senate, where it is likely to see numerous changes; the Senate hears several high-profile bills this week, including a reinstatement of the state minimum wage; Scott Brown announces he "would not rule out" a Senate run in NH.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Volunteer Surrogate Parents Fill Role For Special Needs Students

Linda Potter conducts a training session for the educational surrogate program.
Michael Brindley/NHPR

Children with special needs are required to have someone making critical decisions about what’s in the best interest of their education. But some children have no one to fill that role.

That’s where New Hampshire’s educational surrogate program comes in. But it’s need of more volunteers to fill gaps in some parts of the state.

Linda Potter always starts her training sessions with a lesson in perception.

“Tell me what you see,” she asks the group.

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Folk Show
11:02 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

Folk Calendar 4.7.13

Tuesday, April 9


>>>The Tannahill Weavers at the Rialto Theater ~ Lancaster, NH ~ 7pm ~ 603-246-8998, www.gnwca.org



Wednesday, April 10


>>>The Tannahill Weavers  at the Skye Theatre ~ South Carthage, ME ~ 7pm ~ 207-491-0273  www.necelticarts.com


Thursday, April 11

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Folk Show
9:28 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

NHPR Folk Show Playlist 4.7.13

Spinning Gold/ Craig Werth/ The Spokes Man/ Craig Werth

Blessed/ Cheryl Wheeler/ Defying Gravity/ Philo

The Mixed Marriage/ Tommy Sands/ To Shorten the Winter/ Green Linnet

A Heart Needs A Home/ Richard & Linda Thompson/ Watching The Dark / Hannibal

Anyway/ Suzzy & Maggie Roche/ Zero Church/ Red House

Ruby Tuesday/ Patty Larkin/ Anyway The Main Thing Is/ Vanguard Records

Blind Willie McTell/ The Band/ Jericho/ Pyramid Media

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Business and Economy
3:29 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

145 Businesses Pitch Their Products At Made In N.H. Expo

The Skinny Towel & Washcloth Company's owners, husband and wife team Michelle and Marty O'Donnell, dressed as their company mascot.
Emily Corwin NHPR

More than 10,000 people filed into the Manchester Radisson’s Expo Center this weekend to taste test, try on, and purchase products made by 145 New Hampshire companies. 

Stretch’s Pickles of Keene was one of those businesses.

Owners Glenna and Craig Hjelm say both Craig’s parents and their kids pitch in to make the business thrive:

It’s all in the family, our website was created by one of our sons, they all help out at the farmers markets, boxing pickles, picking cucumbers, everything.

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