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5:24 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

New York Man Dies In Avalanche

A 24-year-old New York man was killed in an avalanche Friday in the Huntington Ravine, according to a news release from the White Mountain National Forest.

The victim was identifed as James Watts, 24.  No hometown was given.

Officials said he was ice climbing alone and was apparently caught by an avalanche and swept about 1,000 feet down the mountain.

A hiker found the body about 3:00 pm.

Giving Matters
12:33 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Homeless Single Moms Have A Place To Stay In Strafford

The Homeless Center for Strafford County provides seasonal overnight shelter to single women and families. Almost half the people staying in the shelter are children – nearly all under five years old. Susan Ford directs the shelter and understands her clients’ first-hand. 

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Word of Mouth
8:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Word of Mouth 03.02.2013

Credit Leo Reynolds via Flickr Creative Commons

Our favorite content from the program, delivered in one sound-errific package.

This week, why robot interrogators might beat humans at getting to the truth. Mass shooter Amy Bishop's first victim...her brother, back in 1986. Why jury duty matters. The diverse cast of a New Hampshire production of "To Kill A Mockingbird." And the active social media lives of long-dead celebrities.

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Granite Seen
4:45 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Photos: Week Of March 1st

The main hall of the Museum of the White Mountains
Credit Sean Hurley for NHPR
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NH News
2:34 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Hassan Pushes Casino (And Pushes Back On Report)

Governor Maggie Hassan's latest pitch for a single casino along the Massachusetts border is that it's the logical next step in New Hampshire’s long history of state-sanctioned gambling.

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NH News
1:46 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

N.H. Delegates Weigh In On Sequestration

Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Ryan Lessard NHPR

New Hampshire Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte both say they hope a bipartisan deal can still be reached to avoid many of the worst effects of sequestration. Both Senators helped kick off the FIRST Robotics competition in Manchester Friday morning.

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she’s worried about how the sequester will affect the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and BAE Systems. And, she hopes it’s not too late to prevent the cuts.

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NH News
1:38 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

If Bumpy Roads Make You Grumpy, Click Here

South St. in Concord is on the state's list of roads in "poor" condition.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

 We want you to send us pictures of the worst roads you have to drive on

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Environment
10:52 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Who Needs Batteries? Seacoast Firm Stores Energy With Air

SustainX’s compressor is built from the lower half of a MAN Diesel Turbo engine. SustainX’s Richard Brody says this type of engine powers 80% of the world’s marine fleet, and is known for reliability.
Credit Courtesy Photo / SustainX

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.

It’s pretty easy to see how energy stored as compressed air works: When you let go of a full balloon, it flies all around the room because of the energy stored inside. So if you use electricity to run an air compressor, you basically just need to find a way to run that compressor backwards to get electricity again.

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NH News
10:36 am
Fri March 1, 2013

N.H. Parishioners Celebrate Pope Benedict

Bishop Peter Libasci leads a mass honoring Pope Benedict XVI at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Manchester on Thursday.
Credit Ali Kuzmickas

Thursday marked the end of Pope Benedict's nearly eight year tenure as spiritual leader of the Catholic Church. In New Hampshire, 150 parishioners attended a noontime mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Manchester honoring the Pope.

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

The Brown Creeper: Songs from the Wood

The tree-bark pattern of the Brown Creeper helps the bird to stay well hidden.
Credit Greg Clark, via mirror-pole.com

Welcome to March! If you walk in the forest this week, you might detect the song of a non-descript little brown bird called the "brown creeper." 

Brown creepers are hard to see. Their habit is to creep upward on tree trunks, often in spiral fashion remaining well-hidden. It sports mottled "tree-bark pattern" camouflage.

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Business and Economy
5:19 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Casino Could Bring N.H. More Social Costs Than Revenue, New Report Finds

Low stakes charitable gaming is popular at Rockingham Park, in Salem.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  Our reporters at StateImpact NH have the latest on a study from the Center for Public Policy Studies that finds a casino in New Hampshire may be a wash -- when it comes to balancing tax revenue with social costs. 

For background information on all three casino bills proposed this session, read up here.

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NH News
5:07 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Sequestration's Effects in New Hampshire Would Be Small, But Wide-Ranging

The across-the-board budget cuts set to go into effect Friday will reduce funding for programs that help a broad range of Granite Staters, from pre-schoolers to senior citizens.

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NH News
4:52 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Live Blog: Gov. Hassan On The Exchange

Governor Maggie Hassan on The Exchange.
Credit Sara Plourde/NHPR

9:59: Gov. Hassan will be discussing her budget tonight at the the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. 7 p.m., Shelburne Room, Town & Country Motor Inn, 20 State Route 2, Gorham.

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NH News
4:26 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

N.H. Signs On To Briefs Defending Same-Sex Marriage

New Hampshire has signed on to two amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court defending the right for same-sex couples to marry.

The briefs encourage the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and California’s Proposition 8.

“Because encouraging strong marriages for loving couples strengthens families and communities. We are urging the Supreme Court to strike down these discriminatory measures because all New Hampshire married couples should receive fair and equal treatment from the federal government,” said Governor Maggie Hassan.

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NH News
3:49 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Health Groups Object To Bill Allowing For Higher Premiums For Smokers

Credit SuperFantastic / Flickr Creative Commons

Several health advocacy groups object to legislation that would allow health insurance plans for small businesses to charge smokers higher premiums.

Michael Rollo with the American Cancer Society told members of the House Commerce Committee on Thursday that the bill could double health insurance premiums for many tobacco users.

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