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Education
4:33 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Senate Hears Bill To Restore Higher Ed Funding

The Senate heard arguments Tuesday for a bill that would send more than $200 million to higher education.


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Environment
4:29 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Wind Moratorium Won't Make It Out Of Committee

While wind opponents were frustrated today, the committee's vote sets the stage for an omnibus bill to come forward next session to reform how the Site Evaluation Committee makes its decisions
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

New Hampshire’s legislature will not put a moratorium on new wind projects... at least not now. Today a house committee voted to work on the bill over the summer. 

Several members of the Science, Technology and Energy committee, like Meredith Republican Herbert Vadney, indicated support for a moratorium, because of the controversy bubbling around Newfound Lake.

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NH News
2:50 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Unemployment In N.H. Ticks Up To 5.8%

The unemployment rate in New Hampshire rose a tenth of a point to 5.8% in January. More than 43,000 Granite Staters remain out of work.

But Annette Nielsen, an economist with NH Employment Security, says the trend for the state is heading in the right direction.

Nielsen: “The economy is growing...we are adding jobs, so people are not discouraged. They are actually encouraged by that activity so that they are joining in bigger numbers, and attempting to find employment.”

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North Country
1:43 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Gambling Bill Amendment: A Few More Details On Help For North Country

An amendment to Senate Bill 152, which proposes a single casino in the state, provides details on how money designated for use in the North Country would be used.

Sen. Jeff Woodburn, a Democrat from Dalton, says his amendment:

1) Requires the funds would be managed by “three public members from the North Country appointed by the governor.” Each would serve a two-year term.

2) Requires the money would be used for “job creation, economic stability and other activities which improve the standard of living of residents of the North Country."

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NH News
1:43 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Faculty Seek To Unionize At Plymouth State University

A Plymouth State University faculty group wants its 174 full-time, tenure track professors to be able to form a union.

The State Employee’s Association (SEA) filed on behalf of the faculty Monday to hold an election with the New Hampshire Public Employees Labor Relations Board.

Eligible members would vote to join the SEA later this spring. More than fifty percent approval is needed to pass.

Supporters of the union, like Associate Professor Scott Coykendall, say that it will improve communication with current and future university administrations.

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North Country
12:11 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Air-Quality Officials Investigate Balsams Renovation Fire

The Department of Environmental Services is investigating whether any air-protection measures were violated when several buildings at the Balsams were burned down as part of a renovation.

The fires took place on January 6th and destroyed a large dormitory and a second building once used to produce rubber and latex products.

Three North Country fire departments used the burn as a training exercise.

The fire also saved money for the new owners who wanted to demolish the buildings as part of a planned renovation.

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NH News
10:07 am
Tue March 5, 2013

New England Fishermen Say Federal Policies Continue To Hamper Industry

New Hampshire fishermen say the federal government’s most recent fishery management policy continues to push them out of business.

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Politics
9:47 am
Tue March 5, 2013

N.H. Panel Recommends Gambling Bill

A bill backed by Gov. Maggie Hassan to legalize a casino in New Hampshire has gotten the support of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

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All Things Considered
5:43 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Store Shelves Highlight Hunger Through Cans Of "Nothing"

Cans of "Nothing" are designed to highlight hunger on grocery store shelves.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

The new campaign from the New Hampshire Food Bank may mess with your head a little bit - at least when you first hear about it.

They are asking you, next time you go to the grocery store, to buy nothing. A whole can of nothing, in fact.

It’s part of a nationwide effort to bring more attention to hunger and the many people who actually face eating nothing.

Shawna Frechette of the New Hampshire Food Bank tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson more about the campaign.

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Arts & Culture
5:16 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Traveling Auschwitz-Birkenau Exhibit Stops In N.H.

Kathy Preston regularly tells her story to 8th grade classes learning about the Holocaust
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

A new exhibit that takes a closer look at what happened at a notorious Nazi death camp opened at the New Hampshire State Library today.

The exhibit, which is traveling the country on loan from Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, includes a set of 31 posters featuring photos of the horrific conditions at the death camp. 

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North Country
5:16 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Gambling Bill Has Consolation Prize For North Country - Maybe

A bill authorizing a casino with 500 slot machines and 150 table games faces its first vote in the senate ways and means committee Tuesday morning.

The proposal enjoys the backing of Governor Maggie Hassan and calls for the casino to be located on the Massachusetts border.

But as NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports, it’s also getting some attention in the North Country.

As drafted, Senate Bill 152, envisions a sending part of of the casino’s profits to the North Country for economic development.

Sen. Jeff Woodburn is a Democrat from Dalton.

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Business and Economy
5:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

The Power New England, Resident Power Situation Explained

Cheap natural gas prices have led to a boom in the construction of gas generating power plants. That combined with market deregulation in New England have set the stage for some tumultuous times in the New England electricity market for years to come.
Credit Duke Energy / Flickr Creative Commons

Many Granite State electric customers are scratching their heads after an electricity supplier, Power New England, was abruptly kicked out of the market two weeks ago. Customers of Power New England and its sister company, Resident Power, have had to try to sort out what's going on from media reports where utilities and power suppliers are slinging accusations back forth indiscriminately.

So here’s a breakdown of what has happened to date.

Who are Resident Power and Power New England?

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Health
1:28 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Kindergarteners Learn ABCs, Adjust To MS

Pam Sumner calls living and teaching with MS her 'new normal'.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

Pam Sumner, blonde with a quick smile, was diagnosed ten years ago with multiple sclerosis. She’s reliant on a cane and easily fatigued. 

The 46-years old sends her husband to the grocery store, and when her son toured military colleges last spring, she found herself falling behind the group of parents and teenagers. But inside her kindergarten classroom at Rindge Memorial School, Sumner has no trouble keeping up with the 5 and 6 year olds.  

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NH News
12:20 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

ExxonMobil Begins Its Defense In MTBE Case

Lawyers for ExxonMobil begin presenting their defense against the state of New Hampshire's claims that the oil giant should pay hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up groundwater contamination from the gasoline additive MTBE.

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Inside NHPR
10:44 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Top Stories: Seacoast Firm Stores Energy With Air; Video Game Industry Could Keep NH Tech-Savvy

Credit Courtesy Photo / SustainX

1. Environment: Who Needs Batteries? Seacoast Firm Stores Energy With Air

Solar and wind power are intermittent, and if enough of them are powering the grid, some kind of storage will be necessary. And storage means batteries, right? Not necessarily. In Seabrook New Hampshire, a start-up is doing it with compressed air.

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