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5:13 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Lawmakers Consider A Lower Gas Tax Increase: 7-12 Cents

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering, Thursday, a smaller tax increase on gas and diesel fuel to pay for highway improvements.


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NH News
5:05 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

N.H. Senate Backs Gambling

The New Hampshire Senate has voted 16-8 to authorize a single casino on the Massachusetts border. The Senate margin is the strongest yet for a casino bill. But the real fight on this issue will be in the New Hampshire House.

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NH News
4:54 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Converting To Digital At Red River Theatres All About Survival

The new digital projector at Red River Theatres in Concord.
Credit Michael Brindley/NHPR

Red River Theatres in Concord is going through a transformation this week. Technicians put the finishing touches on installing digital projection equipment at the nonprofit theatre.

For Barry Steelman, going digital presents an internal conflict.

Steelman is the facilities manager at Red River Theatres. He knows the upgrade will make for a better movie-watching experience.

“They should notice a much brighter and clearer image here. Not that there was anything wrong with what was being presented here before, but this is an improvement upon that.”

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Military
2:39 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

SNHU Responds To Military Students Hit By Sequester

Many service members balance taking SNHU's online coursework with their regular duties
Credit DVIDSHUB / Flickr Creative Commons

Until about two weeks ago, active duty armed service members could count on $4,500 a year to help pay for college tuition.  But with the military suspending the benefit because of sequestration, Southern New Hampshire University is trying to bridge that gap.

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Word of Mouth
12:21 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Here's What's Awesome: Papal Edition

In that agonizing hour between the puff of white smoke and the world's introduction to Pope Francis I, the web was buzzing with anticipation, predictions, and of course, memes. Here to talk about Twitter's countdown and reaction to the #newpope is Brady Carlson, our very own Sherpa of all things awesome online.

Word of Mouth
11:33 am
Thu March 14, 2013

And The Dartmouth Idol Is...

Credit Photo courtesy Dartmouth's Facebook page

Last week, we spoke to two contestants and the producer of Dartmouth's annual singing competition, Dartmouth Idol. One of our guests, Nathaniel Graves, was victorious, so we tracked him down on his spring break to see how it feels to be this year's champion.

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Word of Mouth
11:16 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Makem & Spain Brothers' Rory Makem

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, we get a visit from Rory Makem of The Makem & Spain Brothers, a new generation of Celtic music royalty with roots right here in New England.

NH News
1:06 am
Thu March 14, 2013

New Hampshire Catholics Celebrate New Pope

Parishioners attend mass at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Manchester
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Catholics held a special mass in Manchester Wednesday night to celebrate the selection of the new pope.

Parishioners gathered on short notice at St. Joseph’s Cathedral Wednesday night to commemorate the anointing of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis I.

Bishop Peter Labasci was on hand to lead the mass. He asked those in attendance to welcome the new pope and to pray for his success in leading the church.

Labasci said the selection of the Argentine came as a surprise to him:

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NH News
5:08 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

N.H. Urges FAA Not To Close Nashua Airport's Air Traffic Control Tower

Boire Field at Nashua Airport
Credit Photo: Sheryl Rich-Kern

The Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation is urging federal officials to reconsider plans to shut down the air traffic control tower at the Nashua airport.

In a letter to the director of the Federal Aviation Administration, Commissioner Chris Clement says closing the tower at Boire Field would have an impact on safety.

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NH News
5:07 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

70 M.P.H. Speed Limit Bill Passes N.H. House

New Hampshire drivers looking at this would no longer have to keep their eyes peeled for state troopers.
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Drivers would be able to go 70 miles per hour on a stretch of Interstate 93 north of Concord, N.H. under a bill headed to the Senate.  

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Politics
4:53 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

N.H. House Rejects Bill To Legalize Marijuana

The House has killed a bill that would have legalized marijuana in New Hampshire.

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Politics
4:51 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

N.H. House Votes To Reverse Voter Registration Law

The House has voted to change a voter registration law that will make it clear that out-of-state college students have a right to vote in New Hampshire.

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NH News
4:40 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

House Kills Abortion Waiting Period Bill

Last year, the GOP-dominated House twice passed bills to require women to wait 24 hours before receiving abortions. Neither ended up clearing the state senate.  But with Democrats now controlling the House, this measure, which critics called theologically driven, was voted down 229-121. Rep. Sylvia Gale (D-Nashua) spoke for many when she told colleagues lawmakers should butt out when it comes to abortion.

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NH News
4:35 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Forum Discusses Importance Of Arts And Culture Organizations To N.H. Economy

Randy Cohen
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Arts and cultural enthusiasts from around the state gathered in Concord Wednesday to talk about the economic impact of cultural non-profits. And analysts say the arts and culture sector is a $115 million industry for the Granite State.


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NH News
3:04 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Diocese Of Manchester Hosting Special Mass Tonight To Celebrate New Pope

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was chosen as the new Pope. He has selected the papal name of Francis.
Credit AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, file

The Diocese of Manchester will hold a special mass at 6 this evening to celebrate the election of a new pope.

Bishop Peter Libasci will lead the mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Manchester.

Diocese Spokesman Kevin Donovan says the announcement of a new pope comes very early, compared to previous elections.

“The earliest that a pope has been elected in 100s of years was on the first day, and this is the second day, so still fairly early, which means there was consensus early on among the electors, the cardinals, electing the pope.”

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