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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.
Credit NCReed / Flickr Creative Commons

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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NH News
10:13 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Horse Enthusiasts Warn Against Paving Near Lawrence Barn

Lawrence Barn in Hollis
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

The town of Hollis holds its town meeting Wednesday evening.

In the high school gym, residents will debate town hall renovations, property tax exemptions for seniors and funds for the Old Home Days event.

But what’s likely to drum up the most vigor at the meeting is a warrant article that some say is detrimental to horses.

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Environment
11:54 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Newfound Voters Reject Wind Farms

New Hampshire Wind Watch has signs sprinkled around the region. Opposing green "Yes" signs have been distributed by Iberdrola, and can be found in front of a few homes as well.
Sam Evans-Brown NHPR

It’s town meeting season. Around Newfound Lake Several towns are contemplating non-binding resolutions to take the pulse of voters on the question of wind-farms.

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North Country
5:36 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Shaheen, Ayotte Query Feds On Northern Pass Trespassing Question

After some North Country residents complained that U.S. Department of Energy contractors working on the Northern Pass project are trespassing on their land, Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte have sent a letter to the federal Department of Energy looking into it.

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Health
4:41 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

State Hospitals Making Gains In Fight Against Infection

The number of dangerous infections acquired at hospitals in New Hampshire is falling. A new report shows that there were 110 acquired infections in 2011. That’s a 20% decrease from 2009 levels.

State law mandates that hospitals report infections following certain procedures, including heart, colon and knee surgeries.

Beth Daly, Chief of Infectious Disease Surveillance at the state Health Department, says these are important numbers to track.

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