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4:08 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

N.H. Gets Approved For Disaster Aid For February Blizzard

President Obama has granted New Hampshire’s request for a major disaster declaration for the blizzard that hit the state last month.

The state estimates it cost nearly 5 million dollars to respond to the storm that struck the second weekend of February.

The declaration covers the counties of Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford and Sullivan.

One eligibility requirement for disaster aid is whether counties received record or near-record snowfall. Carroll County got 30.5 inches of snow. Its previous record was 19 inches.

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NH News
12:50 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

N.H. Attorney General Michael Delaney Stepping Down

New Hampshire's Attorney General Michael Delaney has announced he's not seeking reappointment.

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Word of Mouth
12:28 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

Credit Logan Shannon

The moniker, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper came to Mainer Aly Spaltro in a dream, and has been popping up on marquees up and down the East coast ever since. Not to mention online, where we read reviews of her captivating – almost spellbinding --  live performances and steady output of original, idiosyncratic music that we’re calling a mix between Feist and Nirvana.  Ripely Pine is her first studio album, and has already been featured by Time Magazine and NPR setting Lady Lamb well on her way to becoming a national name.

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NH News
11:45 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Unemployment Rate In State Stays Flat In February

New Hampshire’s unemployment rate in February held steady at 5.8%. That’s according to new data from NH Employment Security.  The state has added nearly 8,000 private sector jobs in the past twelve months, but a growing labor force continues to keep the overall unemployment rate well above pre-recession levels.

New Hampshire continues to outperform most of New England. Only Vermont has a lower rate at 4.7%.

The national rate stands at 7.7%.

NH News
9:19 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Spring Snow Storms Into N.H.

A man shovels the sidewalk in front of Rig A' Tony's in downtown Derry on Tuesday. He said he's a friend of the owner and was helping out.
Michael Brindley/NHPR

New Hampshire was dealt a late-season winter storm on Tuesday.

With snow whipping across his face, Christian Driscoll did his best to stay warm as he filled up the tank of his wife’s car at a Londonderry gas station.

“I’m just grabbing some gas for the wife so she doesn’t have to do it then she’s on her way to Salem.”

While the calendar may say spring is only a day away, you wouldn’t know it by the weather. Driscoll says there’s not much you can do other than accept it.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Nashua Students Try Composting For Battery Power

In this photo: Meghan Dezurick, Priyanka Satpute, Christopher Jones and Madeline Doctor in the greenhouse/lab at Nashua North. Not pictured: Theresa Inzerillo and Craig Hammond.
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

A team of Nashua High School students is trying to create a bacteria-powered battery that runs off a composter. The team is one of 16 around the country that received up to 10-thousand-dollars in seed money from the Lemelson-MIT Program.

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All Things Considered
5:53 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

New Hampshire's Aging Population Could Lead To "Natural Decrease"

There’s a term in demographic studies, “natural decrease” – it’s when a county has fewer births than it has deaths, and it’s happening in parts of New Hampshire.

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NH News
5:08 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

USS Miami Catches Fire... Again

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard says a small fire occurred inside the USS Miami sub Monday afternoon. 

   

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NH News
4:21 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Two Police Unions Back Casino

The N.H. Troopers Association and the N.H. Police Association see a casino on the Massachusetts border as a way to boost law enforcement budgets.

Both unions have supported casino bills in the past, and at a morning news conference they said they don’t expect that position to change. Seth Cooper is President of the Troopers Association.

“It is our view belief that sb152 is a good plan for the state of NH, and will assist the funding of vital services for this state.”

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NH News
1:53 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Manchester Holds Special Election Tuesday To Fill Vacant House Seat

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A former state representative and a union president face off Tuesday in a special election to fill a vacant House seat in Manchester.

Republican Win Hutchinson is looking to reclaim the seat he lost representing Manchester in the November election.

His opponent is Democrat Bill O’Neil, who is president of the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

The seat became vacant just after the November election.

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Inside NHPR
11:33 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Top Stories: Digital Cash Finds Foothold In NH; How To Build Your Own Faraday Cage

Credit Logan Shannon via Rob Fleischman's Brain

1.  Word of Mouth: Digital Cash Finds Foothold In NH

A digital currency is getting traction with New Hampshire residents looking for an alternative to the dollar: the Bitcoin, a "decentralized digital currency."

2.  Word of Mouth: D.I.Y. Sistine Chapel Security: How To Build Your Own Faraday Cage

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North Country
10:57 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Ice Climber in North Country Falls

A New Boston man fell Saturday while ice climbing in the Crawford Notch, according to news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Eric Scoville, 55, fell about 2:30 p.m. while climbing on the Frankenstein Cliffs when he fell about 70 feet. He was climbing alone without ropes, Fish and Game reported.

Nearby climbers reached him, arranged a litter and carried him to the Arethusa Falls parking area where he was met by an ambulance.

He was then flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock where yesterday he was listed in critical but stable condition.

North Country
10:42 am
Mon March 18, 2013

North Country Reps Overwhelmingly Favored Legalizing Marijuana

North Country representatives overwhelmingly favored legalizing small amounts of marijuana, although as The Associated Press reported the bill failed.

As the AP said “supporters had argued that it was time to stop the government's war on marijuana users, saying tobacco and alcohol abuse are legal but pose a greater danger to personal health.

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Politics
10:33 am
Mon March 18, 2013

On The Political Front For March 18

Some key votes are coming up within a busy House docket: the tobacco tax increase, expected to pass, but at less than the Governor's proposed level; freezing the second phase of the Voter ID law, halting provisions set to take effect this fall that would eliminate some of the current acceptable forms of identification, namely college students' school IDs; a change of the "Stand Your Ground" law, reinstating the requirement that people make an effort to retreat before using deadly force.

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Word of Mouth
10:27 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Digital Cash Finds Foothold In NH

Credit Bitcoin.org

A digital currency is getting traction with New Hampshire residents looking for an alternative to the dollar.

 What is Bitcoin?

On the front door of the Pao Café in downtown Newmarket, there’s a familiar collage of credit card stickers - Amex, Discover, Visa - and one that’s not so familiar. It reads: ‘Bitcoin accepted here.'

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