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6:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Soothing Cancer With The Arts

Jessica Gebard works on her writing with Marv Klassen-Landis
Liz Faiella/NHPR

A creative arts program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon is helping cancer patients and their families deal with life-changing illness.

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Health
7:59 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

What Medicaid Expansion Could Mean For New Hampshire Businesses

A top executive with one of New Hampshire's largest healthcare providers told a gathering of businessmen and women that they have a significant stake in how the state cares for low-income and uninsured residents.

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NH News
5:21 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

House Committee OKs Repealing Next Phase Of Voter ID Law

An effort to repeal the next phase of the state's voter ID law is moving onto the full House with a favorable recommendation to pass.

The action taken by the House Election Law committee this week takes a middle-ground approach on the state’s voter ID law.

The committee voted 11-7 to recommend passage of the bill that would roll back the next phase of the law set to take effect in September.

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All Things Considered
4:51 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Businesswoman May Gruber Remembered As Innovative, Compassionate

May Gruber in 2007, when she took part in the StoryCorps in New Hampshire project.

One of Manchester, New Hampshire’s most celebrated business owners has died. May Gruber owned Pandora sweaters for decades; it was one of the area’s biggest operations.

Several years ago May Gruber was the subject of a documentary, called “Sweater Queen.” All Things Considered host Brady Carlson talked with the film’s producer, Nancy Beach, in 2012. She started by telling the story of how Gruber and her family first came to New Hampshire.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Gas Tax Passes First Hurdle In The House

The New Hampshire House has voted 207 to 163 to hike the tax on gas and diesel fuel 15 cents per gallon.

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Environment
4:46 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Another Wind Farm Eyes The Lakes Region

Credit Donna Hiltz / NHPR

A group that opposes wind development in New Hampshire says another wind farm is in the works for New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. Members of New Hampshire Wind Watch say that a subsidiary of a German company, called Juwi Wind, has signed a lease for 1,300 acres of land Groton, for the purpose of building a wind farm.

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History
4:03 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

234 Years Later, Committee Passes Bill To Emancipate 14 Slaves

Credit Broadside quoting Marquis de Lafayette, issued 1800-1899 / Rare Books Collection, Boston Public Library, Flickr Creative Commons

Back in 1779, 20 slaves made the case for their freedom before the New Hampshire General Court.  After noting it wasn’t the right time, the body postponed the decision “to a more convenient opportunity.” 

Lawmakers never took that opportunity, and 14 of the petitioners died as slaves. 

But on Wednesday, a Senate committee unanimously passed the bill.  

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Health
2:35 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Public Health Advocates Say State Can't Grow Complacent

The HEAL NH event featured pastry, but also plenty of fruit.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

 Earlier today, public health advocates gathered inside the State House cafeteria--as good a place as any--to update lawmakers on initiatives aimed at combating obesity.

Healthy Eating Active Living, or HEAL NH, organized the forum. Community projects set up displays touting successes like playground gardens and improved sidewalks.

New Hampshire consistently ranks as one of the healthiest state in the nation, but Jeanie Holt with the NH Public Health Association says more investment is necessary.

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NH News
1:17 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

House Votes To Restore Lawyers In Child Abuse Cases

Parents accused of abuse or neglect of a child could again be appointed attorneys. At the State House Wednesday, a bill to restore legal representation passed the House unanimously.

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Education
12:27 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Funding Fix For Charters Headed Toward Finish Line

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives has passed a bill that would end what has been called a moratorium on new charter schools. The bill still has a way to go before it is law, but charters in the pipeline could still open in time for next school year.

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NH News
12:16 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Executive Council Confirms DRED And Banking Commissioners

The Executive Council has confirmed Governor Hassan’s appointees for the commissioner of both the Banking Department and the Department of Resources and Economic Development.

The council voted unanimously to confirm Jeff Rose as DRED Commissioner and Glenn Perlow as Banking Commissioner.

Rose, a Republican, held positions in both the public and private sector, most recently as head of communications for BAE Systems in Nashua. Perlow is moving up from the number two spot in the Banking Department.

NH News
9:14 am
Wed March 6, 2013

State Troopers Association Criticizes O'Brien's Position On Gas Tax

The New Hampshire State Troopers Association criticized former Speaker Bill O’Brien for proposing additional revenue raised by increasing the gas tax be used only for infrastructure.

In a statement released Wednesday morning, the association says the state constitution allows for funding the supervision of traffic on state highways through the gas tax.

“It is extremely unfortunate to see Representative Bill O’Brien and his colleagues continuing to undermine the safety of our communities,” the association says.

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Eco Business
7:30 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Green Business Initiative Sees Rewards, But Faces Challenges

EnerTrac founder and CEO Steve Owens holds customer meters his GLP company will design special monitors for.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

A taxpayer-funded eco-business program is paying off for New Hampshire.  The Green Launching Pad at the University of New Hampshire has given grants to more than a dozen start-ups in the state.  But it hasn’t awarded any new funds since last year.

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All Things Considered
5:25 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

After 100 Days, Still No Word From Journalist Foley - Or His Captors

Journalist James Foley at work in Aleppo, Syria, a few weeks before he was reportedly abducted by unknown gunmen.
Credit Nicole Tung, courtesy FreeJamesFoley.org.

It’s been 100 days since journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley was kidnapped in Syria, with no information about his condition, location, or even his kidnappers' identities.

Foley’s family is again appealing for help in finding him , using a website called FreeJamesFoley.org. His mother, Diane Foley, joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with more on those efforts.

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Education
5:09 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Gov. Hassan Nominates N.H. Education Commissioner To Second Term

Virginia Barry
Credit N.H. Department of Education

Governor Maggie Hassan plans to nominate Virginia Barry for a second term as the state’s commissioner of education.

Hassan will present Barry’s nomination to the Executive Council on Wednesday. The reappointment to a second four-year term is subject to the council’s approval.

Barry took over as the state’s education chief in 2009. Prior to that, she was a professor at Plymouth State University. She is also a former elementary school teacher and principal.

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