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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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Something Wild
6:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Solar Salamanders

Credit NH Fish & Game

The online blog “Zoo-logger” reports on “solar powered” spotted salamanders, an amphibian common to New Hampshire and migrating soon to a vernal pool near you!

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Granite Seen
12:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Photos: Week of March 29th

Photographer Thea Dodds holding her new book, Capturing Love
Credit Sean Hurley, NHPR
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All Things Considered
5:39 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

As The Supreme Court Considers Marriage, A Soldier's Wife Speaks Out

Charlie (left) and Karen Morgan, in a photo from 2011.
Credit Rick Ganley, NHPR

This week the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on two high-profile cases about gay rights, including a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA.

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NH News
4:17 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Senate Opts For Study on Northern Pass and Wind Farms

The New Hampshire Senate rejects placing a one year moratorium on wind farms and new electric transmission projects, and instead opts to study how such projects are sited and whether new transmission lines could be buried.

The study passed 23-1, but only after a long debate and the defeat of two proposals to impose moratoria strongly backed by opponents of wind farms and the Northern Pass project.

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NH News
4:15 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Former House Speaker O'Brien Inches Closer To Congressional Run

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Representative Bill O’Brien says he will file paperwork next week to launch a campaign committee in advance of a possible run for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District.

The Mont Vernon Republican says polling he’s done shows widespread dissatisfaction with freshman Democrat Ann McLane Kuster. From overspending in Washington to late payment of her own property taxes in Hopkinton, O'Brien says, "Ann McLane Kuster doesn't get it."

O’Brien says voters in the district are unhappy with Kuster’s positions on taxes and the Federal deficit, and are already seeking change.

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NH News
4:11 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Sen. Ayotte Says States Should Make Own Decisions On Same-Sex Marriage

Sen. Kelly Ayotte meets with business leaders in Manchester on Thursday.
Credit Michael Brindley/NHPR

New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte says states should be able to decide for themselves whether to legalize same-sex marriage.

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments this week challenging Proposition 8, a referendum passed by voters in California that bans same-sex marriage.

Senator Kelly Ayotte says it’s critical that states to be able to make their own decisions on the issue.

“Ultimately I do think this is a matter for the states and states should decide how to define marriage. New Hampshire’s already made that decision and I respect the decision.”

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Business and Economy
3:17 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Granite Staters Commute Longer Than Most, Paying Quarter Billion In Income Taxes To Massachusetts

Most common commutes to Boston from New Hampshire towns. Data from Census Bureau's American Community Survey.
Sara Plourde

At 6:15 every morning, Christine Suchecki leaves her house in Windham, NH, and spends the next hour and twenty minutes driving almost 40 miles to her job as a nurse in Boston. Her husband drives in a similar direction, to Waltham, MA. “We just look at it as either you’re going to pay financially in your proximity to the city, or with time in your commute,” Suchecki says.

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North Country
9:05 am
Thu March 28, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Waking Up the Ball Park

Credit Rick Ganley / NHPR

Late season snow won't stop the New Hampshire Fisher Cats from 'working on the show'.

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NH News
5:57 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

12 Cent Gas Tax Hike Clears House

The New Hampshire House has voted 206-150 increase the New Hampshire’ gas tax by 12 cents, phased in over 3 years for gas, and 4 years for diesel.

All but 8 Democrats supported the proposal -- which would raise $750,000,000 over ten years -- and all but 13 Republicans opposed it. The final vote came after almost 2 hours of debate. Nashua Democrat David Campbell is the bill’s lead sponsor.

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NH News
5:49 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Jilted PNE Customers Could Get A $9.50 Consolation Check

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Power New England, the electricity supplier that was kicked out of the regional market for not 

  paying its bills, has proposed a settlement with regulators. The company has agreed to reimburse customers for the confusion its hasty exit from the market caused. The settlement proposes cutting $9.50 checks  to the roughly 7,300 former PNE customers who were switched to Public Service of New Hampshire. In all the payments will cost PNE around $70,000.

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All Things Considered
5:41 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Boston's Fed President Sees Job Growth Ahead, But Plenty Of Economic Obstacles Too

Today four heads of Federal Reserve Banks gave public speeches about the economy – one of them was the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Eric Rosengren.

In his speech at St. Anselm College, Rosengren said the Fed’s policies had boosted the economy, and he said he expected more slow job growth over the next few years.

Eric Rosengren talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the state of the US economy and our place in it.

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Politics
5:02 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

House Rejects Eliminating Gun License Requirement

The House has rejected a bill that would have eliminated New Hampshire's license requirement for carrying concealed weapons.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

House Tables Bill To Limit Drone Use In N.H.

New Hampshire's House wants more time to consider whether drones should be allowed to spy on or launch attacks on its citizens.

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