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5:12 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Bill O'Brien Holds On To His Seat In Recount

Republican House Speaker William O'Brien is keeping his New Hampshire House seat.

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NH News
3:54 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

State Looks For New Tools To Battle Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse experts unveiled a new tool today to help lower opioid misuse in the state.

That new tool is a website containing information for doctors describing safe prescribing techniques and standards for pain management.

Dr. Seddon Savage, a chronic pain and addiction specialist at Dartmouth, says the cycle of abuse can start with a well-intentioned prescription.

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NH News
3:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Traditional Pork Production Finds Home In N.H.

Edward Epsen and two American Mulefoot pigs on Henwyn Farm.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

On Edward Epsen’s farm in Salisbury, New Hampshire, around 40 pigs are doing what lucky pigs get to do: forage for acorns and graze in pastures high with Timothy grass.

“So we are going to be killing this pig here, and the other one that was walking around on this side of the electric net," says Epsen. “It slipped out of sight for the moment…oh, there he is.”

The two that will die in a few minutes are American Mulefoots, a rare breed known for its lard.

When Epsen approaches, the 250-pound pigs roll onto their backs.

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NH News
1:50 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Branding Nashua: Where The Personable Meets High-Tech

Nashua City Hall
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

A firm that helps cities revise their image presented its findings on Nashua’s strengths and weaknesses at a public meeting Tuesday night.

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NH News
7:47 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Wind Farm Builder Makes Pitch To Skeptical Crowd

Iberdrola operates two other wind farms in the state. One in Lempster began operating in 2008, and was the first such project in New Hampshire, and one in Groton, pictured here from the banks of the Baker River in Rumney, is just coming online now.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Advocates and opponents to the latest proposed wind-farm got to ask questions of Spanish renewable developer Iberdrola last night at a town-hall meeting in Grafton. Though opponents were by far the most vocal in attendance.

This was the first of three meetings this week that Iberdrola has scheduled presenting a proposal to build 36 wind turbines a ridge between the towns of Grafton, Alexandria, and Danbury.

It was a full house and many in the crowd, like April Dugan, came to let Iberdrola know that they did not like the idea of 454 foot turbines in their back yard.

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NH News
6:09 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Health Insurance Advisory Board Gets Going

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Back in June, the state legislature passed a law prohibiting the state from creating its own health exchange. Instead, New Hampshire will let the Federal government set it up.

But with big Democratic gains in last week’s election, the state is likely to play a bigger role in shaping the exchange.

In case you don’t remember, exchanges are those on-line marketplaces where people will shop for health insurance beginning in 2014.

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All Things Considered
5:37 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Addison Capital Murder Case Heads to State Supreme Court

On Wednesday, the New Hampshire Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Michael Addison.  Four years ago, a jury found Addison guilty of first degree murder in the 2006 shooting death of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs.  The jury then sentenced Addison to death.

Addison’s lawyers have appealed to the state Supreme Court, and the court will hear a full day of arguments beginning at nine this morning.

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Elections 2012
5:33 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Carol Shea-Porter Goes Through Freshmen Orientation, Again

Credit Cheryl Senter, NHPR

One of New Hampshire’s new installations to the U.S. House of Representatives, Carol Shea-Porter,  has served there before. That means freshmen orientation is a little different for the returning Congresswoman.

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North Country
4:03 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

A State Known For The Outdoors Wants To Show Its Other Side

Van McLeod, the commissioner of the state's Department of Cultural Resources, left, and Tai Freligh of the Division of Travel and Tourism Development met in the Littleton Opera House with those involved in the arts. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

New Hampshire officials are hoping to start showing tourists the cultural side of a state best known for outdoor activities.

Skiing. Hiking. Kayaking. Fall foliage.

All things for which the state is known.

But tourism and cultural resource officials want to broaden that and make sure tourists know more about cultural activities.

They’re holding a series of statewide meetings at cultural spots around the state. That included Tuesday morning at the Littleton Opera House. 

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Education
12:13 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

N.H. Schools Stocking Their Virtual Shelves With E-books

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E-books are now selling more copies than hardbound, print books, and the average public library e-book collection has expanded by 55 percent in 2010 and 75 percent in 2011.

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Fiscal Cliff
7:30 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Lame Duck Congress Set To Negotiate Fiscal Cliff

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Today , New Hampshire’s lame duck congressmen are back in Washington.  Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta will join their Republican colleagues in negotiating with President Obama and the Senate to ward off the fiscal cliff. 

That’s when the payroll tax cut and Bush-era tax cuts expire and sequestration hits--simultaneously--in January.  And while Second District Congressman Charlie Bass lost his seat, the pressure’s on for the lame-duck Congress to find a compromise.  But Bass says there’s not nearly enough time to reach a “Grand Bargain.”

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NH News
4:10 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Residents In Merrimack Gather For Veterans Day Ceremony

From left, Chaplain Skitch Henderson, Roland Roberge and Commander Paul Shea
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Veterans of Foreign Wars in Merrimack held a ceremony Monday morning and added six names to its memorial wall. One of the names belonged to a field medic who was present at the legendary flag-raising of Iwo Jima.

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North Country
3:30 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Suit Balsams' Owners Said Blocked Financing Is Dismissed

Most of the furnishings of the Balsams were sold at auction. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR
Credit Chris Jensen / NHPR

A judge in Merrimack Superior Court has dismissed a suit that the owners of the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch said was holding up its re-opening.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The suit was filed by Andy Martin, a self-described public-interest advocate and corruption fighter.

Martin claimed the sale was “committed fraudulently.”

Among those sued were the new owners, Danny Dagesse and Dan Hebert, the town of Colebrook and the New Hampshire attorney general.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

The Story of the Bhutanese

For the past few years they’ve been our state’s largest incoming refugee group with hundreds coming every year.  A new documentary explores their journeys from nearly twenty years in refugee camps to new lives in the Granite State. We’ll hear their stories, their challenges and hopes for a new life in America. 

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Sat November 10, 2012

Special Veteran's Day Broadcast: ‘Vet’s Healing Journeys to Vietnam”.

Join us for a special Veteran’s day broadcast from Peace Talks Radio titled ‘Vet’s Healing Journeys to Vietnam”.  We hear from two former soldiers who travel to the land where they risked their lives in a war forty years ago. These men talk with one time enemies to try and heal themselves from long-term post traumatic stress disorder. We’ll listen to their journeys to Vietnam and into healing.. 

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