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5:26 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Knee And Hip Replacement Goes Robotic

Dr. Jeremy Hogan demonstrates the robotic MAKOPlasty surgical took inside of Lakes Region General Hospital.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

It’s been two weeks since Bonnie Parker had her hip replaced.

She is 50, petite, a tattoo artist. So she’s no stranger to pain, but says the past few years have been really tough.

“I watched my mother suffer from arthritis, and she sat down one day and never got back up. And I found myself sitting down more and more and not getting up, and I thought, ‘No, I can’t do this.’"

After non-surgical solutions failed to help, Parker spoke with her doctor, and decided to try a new robot-assisted procedure: something called MAKOplasty.

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NH News
6:08 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

N.H. House Passes $11B Budget

Credit Emily Corwin, NHPR

The 194-172 vote was near party line, and came after both sides compared this year’s spending plan to the current state budget, crafted by republicans.  Democrat Cindy Rosenwald of Nashua is vice chairman of the house finance committee.

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NH News
5:32 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Sarah Long Bridge Repair Could Take A Month, Total Cost Unknown

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  State Department of Transportation officials say at least two steel trusses on the Sarah Long Bridge will need to be replaced, after a tanker struck the bridge on Monday.

While estimates of the total cost of repair remain unknown, it’s clear the damage from the accident earlier this week was substantial.

Department of Transportation Spokesman Bill Boynton says the bridge connecting Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine took a "big hit."

The tanker Harbour Feature broke free from its mooring and drifted into the bridge Monday afternoon.

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NH News
4:01 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Ann McLane Kuster Tours Nashua Control Tower

Mayor Lozeau (left) and Ann Kuster (right) in the Nashua Airport
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Nashua Airport tower will shut down this Sunday because of recent federal budget cuts. New Hampshire Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster visited the tower Wednesday afternoon to speak out against the sequestration cuts.


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Word of Mouth
12:39 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

The Anthropology of Trash

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Thanks to thousands of sanitation officials working around the clock, millions of New York City residents walk the streets without being overwhelmed by the overpowering stench and volume of the tons of garbage produced by that city each day. Robin Nagle has been the anthropologist-in-residence at New York City’s Department of Transportation since 2006; combining traditional field work techniques with hand-on social science. She examines the often-ignored issues behind the city’s elaborate—and under appreciated—system of refuse collection. Robin's new book is called “Picking Up”.

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Education
5:30 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Charter Schools Grow Despite Political Headwinds

Despite a moratorium on new schools in 2007, enrollment in charter schools has grown steadily since state authorized schools were allowed in 2003
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / Data: Department of Education

Today the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a budget that doesn’t fund $2.5 million for new charter schools. If that policy stands it would be mean a de facto, two-year moratorium on charter schools. It’s a move that was met with surprise and confusion by charter school advocates. But to understand the decision takes knowing something about the long, political history of charter schools.

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NH News
11:12 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

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 in this animation:

NH News
5:28 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Manchester Taxis Grounded Pending Repairs

State Police officers from Troop G conducting an inspection of a Manchester Taxi
Courtesy of Manchester Police Dept.

The Manchester City Clerk’s office suspended the licenses of all 18 of its city taxis Tuesday following a day of inspections.

All Manchester taxis have been taken off the road after collectively failing their annual inspections, according to the Manchester Police Department.


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NH News
5:23 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Sarah Long Bridge Closed Indefinitely After Sustaining 'Significant Damage' From Tanker Strike

The Sarah Long Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine sustained significant damage from a ship accident.  On Monday afternoon, a tanker ship drifted into the bridge. 

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and State Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement spent Tuesday morning surveying the damage.  The tanker Harbour Feature is now docked at the state pier, where the Governor updated her survey of the bridge damage assessment.

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NH News
5:30 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Liquid Cremation Process May Soon Be Legal In N.H. Again

Bio cremator in Maine Coast Crematory.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

A new form of cremation that proponents claim is more environmentally friendly may soon be legal in New Hampshire. It goes by many names including Resomation, Aquamation, bio cremation, and non-flame cremation. The scientific term is alkaline hydrolysis and it’s a process that uses a lye-like solution and hot water to liquefy human remains. But the jury is still out on whether the local funeral industry will adopt it.


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Arts & Culture
8:48 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

The Audio Orchard Podcast for April

1. Generationals, Ten-Twenty-Ten

April 24, State Theatre, Portland, ME

2. Alice Smith, Fool For You

April 9, Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA

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NH News
5:06 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Coast Guard To Investigate Why Tanker Crashed Into Sarah Long Bridge

The Sarah Long Bridge in Portsmouth was blocked off on Monday after a tanker collided with it.
Credit Roger Wood, NHPR

 

The U.S. Coast Guard will investigate why a tanker ship drifted into the Sarah Long Bridge between New Hampshire and Maine Monday afternoon.

As of Monday evening, the bridge remained closed to vehicle traffic.

 

The vessel, loaded with tallow, an export from the Port of New Hampshire, broke free from its mooring at the New Hampshire State Pier. Ports and Harbors Director Geno Marconi says that The Harbour Feature, a tanker, was secured at the pier, and had just undergone a refueling.

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NH News
4:15 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Teachers' Union Comes Out In Favor Of Casino Money

NEA President Scott McGilvray at the press conference hosted on Monday.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The state’s largest teacher’s union, the National Educators Association of New Hampshire, has come out in favor Governor Maggie Hassan’s budget, including its use of casino gambling as a source of funding.

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NH News
3:45 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Hassan To Nominate Former Sen. Joe Foster For AG

Joe Foster
Credit Courtesty of chambersandpartners.com

Joe Foster preceded Maggie Hassan as State Senate majority leader and like Hassan, was known for working closely with former Governor John Lynch. Foster sponsored bills to crack down on sex offenders, led the Senate’s Judiciary committee, and, after leaving office, served as vice chairman of Lynch’s gambling commission, which warned against making gambling decisions based on “immediate fiscal, political, or other pressures." Governor Hassan says she never spoke to Foster about the casino bill she favors -- which is opposed by the current attorney general.

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NH News
2:09 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Tanker Strikes Sarah Long Bridge In Portsmouth

The Sarah Long Bridge in Portsmouth was closed Monday.
Credit Roger Wood, NHPR

 

The U.S. Coast Guard says an oil tanker has crashed into a bridge that links Maine and New Hampshire, but there's no sign of a spill and no reports of injuries.

Lt. Nick Barrow says the 473-foot Harbour Feature was reported to have had a mechanical failure at 1:30 p.m. Monday and crashed into the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which crosses the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine.

Barrow said the Portuguese-flagged ship is carrying tallow oil, but there's no evidence of a spill.

NHPR's Roger Wood is at the scene.

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