NH News
1:17 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Gov. Hassan Eyes Former State Senator Joe Foster For Attorney General

Joe Foster
Credit Courtesty of

Governor Maggie Hassan she will nominate former Democratic state senator and Nashua attorney Joe Foster as the state’s next attorney general.

“The role of Attorney General in protecting and ensuring justice for the people of New Hampshire is one of the highest responsibilities in our state,” Hassan said in a press release Monday. “I am confident that Joe’s judgment and experience make him the ideal candidate to serve as New Hampshire’s chief legal and law enforcement officer.

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Inside NHPR
10:37 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Top Stories: More Details On Balsams Renovation; NH Nanobrewery A Big Name In Small Scale Beer

Artist's conception of the renovated Balsams.
Credit Courtesy of the owners

1. North Country: More Details On Balsams Renovation And A Step Forward

When the $30 million renovation of the Balsams Grand Resort is complete it will look a lot like the old grand hotel but will feature much-needed modern amenities making it far nicer for guests and a lot  cheaper to operate.

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NH News
9:04 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Live Blog: The Fate Of N.H.'s 'Stand Your Ground' Law

9:50: Shurtleff says, “We need to have common sense any time we use deadly force.” There are some circumstances where we have to use deadly force and retreat is not possible, but “If you’re just involved in a verbal confrontation, just walk away.”

9:46: Boutin says he’s never owned a gun; when asked whether person would be held responsible if bystander shot in Stand Your Ground situation, “Police officers shoot bystanders too…Things like that can happen.”

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8:58 am
Mon April 1, 2013

On The Political Front For April 1

The House votes this week on their State budget bill; an as-yet-introduced amendment to the casino bill seeks to limit any future casino from competing with the Verizon Wireless Arena with a large audience entertainment venue; gambling looks to have staying power in the legislative budget process.

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NH News
5:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

N.H. Agency Asks Residents To Remove Bird Feeders

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is warning residents to remove bird feeders by April 1.

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Folk Show
9:12 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

Folk Show Calendar 3.31.13

Tuesday, April 2

>>>The Hardtacks present their "Rally Round the Flag: Civil War through Folk Song at 6:30pm at the Pease Public Library, Plymouth, NH.


Wednesday, April 3

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Folk Show
9:08 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

Folk Show Playlist 3.31.13

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Orphan Girl Crooked Still Hop High/ Signature Sound

I'm Just Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail/ Pharis & Jason Romero A Passing Glimpse/ Lula Records

One More Dollar/ Gillian Welch/ Revival/ Acony Records

Easter Parade/ Steve Goodman The Easter Tapes/ Red Pajamas Records

He Had A Long Chain On/ Tim O'Brien & The O'Boys/ Oh Boy! O'Boy!/ Sugar Hill

Long Suffering Jesus/ Old Man Luedecke/ Tender Is The Night/ True North

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NH News
10:15 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Gov. Hassan Hosts Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Children and parents prepare for the egg hunt
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Parents and children from across the state attended the annual Governor’s Easter Egg Hunt in Concord.

Governor Hassan was on hand to kick off the Easter egg hunt. She extended special thanks to the organizers of the event as well as to the state employees in attendance:

“We are so grateful for the work all of you do and we are so happy that the weather is cooperating and that your children have decided to join us too.”

A crowd of children swarmed across the Bridges House grounds, searching high and low for the multi-colored eggs.

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NH News
6:04 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

New Hampshire's Vietnam Veterans Finally Get Their Day

Brenda Cormier holds a sign at the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event in Concord Saturday. Her husband Gerald served in the war. The couple is from Dover.
Michael Brindley/NHPR

Veterans of the Vietnam War were recognized at a ceremony in Concord on Saturday.

But those who served say the recognition was long overdue.

Like most Vietnam veterans, Bob Williams has never forgotten how he was treated after coming home.

“Being shunned. People avoiding me, ya know? Got spit at.”

Williams served in the Air Force. And like many at an event this weekend meant to recognize the efforts of those who served, he proudly donned his jacket and hat, stating he was a Vietnam veteran.

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6:00 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Baby Black Bears Nursed Back To Health

Benjamin Kilham

It's cuddly work, but someone has to do it.

The Kilhams are those someones. Last spring, black bear specialist Benjamin Kilham, his wife Debbie, and his sister Phoebe, who together operate a bear rehabilitation sanctuary near Lyme, New Hampshire, took on the care of twenty orphaned black bear cubs - much higher than their usual number of charges.

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Giving Matters
12:09 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Keeping History Alive At The Fells

Credit Seeing New England

John Hay was private secretary to Abraham Lincoln and secretary of state under Theodore Roosevelt. His summer estate on Lake Sunapee was a masterpiece of architecture and of horticultural artistry. In 1987, the estate was deeded to the US Fish and Wildlife Service and opened to the public, and recently became a private non-profit offering programs, tours and classes. David Bashaw is a volunteer docent, guiding tours at the Fells.

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5:22 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

"Hungry" UNH Wildcats In NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament

Wildcat statue on the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham.
Credit courtesy University of New Hampshire

The UNH Wildcats are taking on Denver University in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament.

Allen Lessels covers the Wildcats for the New Hampshire Union Leader. He talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the team's turnaround season and how it matches up against its first-round opponent.

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NH News
4:27 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Northern Pass Lets Another Route Deadline Pass By

Credit Chris Hunkeler / Flickr Creative Commons

Officials with the controversial Northern Pass project – a proposed 180 mile transmission line from the Canadian border to Deerfield – have missed another deadline.

A post on the project’s website states “although we have identified a new route which meets our project requirements, we believe it is in the best of interest of landowners, communities, and all stakeholders for us to continue to build on the details of this proposal and to take the time now to make some additional refinements before we begin the formal public review processes.”

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Arts & Culture
12:00 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Capturing Love: N.H. Photographer Writes The Book On Same Sex Wedding Photography

Thea Dodds

In 2005, photographer Thea Dodds was hired to shoot a wedding in Massachusetts. She spoke to the prospective bride on the phone and drove down to meet the happy couple.

Dodds: I went and met them and it was two women (laughs). So I didn’t even know before I met them that it was a same-sex wedding.

That two-brides no groom job led to other same-sex weddings. And as she gained more experience, Dodds began to realize that she was falling into the same trap.

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Business and Economy
7:30 am
Fri March 29, 2013

N.H. Entrepreneurs Launch Social Network For The Prayerful

Jamie Coughlin co-founded PlusGrace with his brother, Adam. He also runs the abi Innovation Hub in downtown Manchester.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

Billions of Christians around the world are in the midst of Holy Week observances in the run-up to Easter.  Many of these rituals have been in place for centuries. 

But how does an ancient faith adapt to the age of the internet, social networks, and smartphones? 

So far, the answer is “slowly.” 

But a pair of New Hampshire entrepreneurs hope they can speed up the process. 

It’s fitting that the idea for a prayer-based social network came to Jamie Coughlin and his brother Adam while they were parked on a pew at Mass.

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