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4:06 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Commission Pushes For Money To Combat Alcohol And Drug Abuse

Attorney General Michael Delaney, surrounded by members of the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

New Hampshire consistently ranks as one of the healthiest states in the nation. But advocates say that masks an alarming rate of substance abuse, specifically among young adults.

And so, the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse is launching a new campaign to highlight the need for more resources.

Specifically, they want to see a greater percent of sales from state-owned liquor stores be allocated for counseling services.

For the past decade, lawmakers have instead used those funds to help balance the budget.

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Granite Seen
3:33 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Photos: Week of February 22

David White from Sandwhich sashays across the ice, finishing the cut that the big radial saw started.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR
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Arts & Culture
9:24 am
Fri February 22, 2013

NH this Weekend: Dinos!

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has declared this Dinosaur Weekend in New Hampshire. She tells us about two museum events to take us back- way back- to the world of the dinos.

Dinosaurs! At the SEE Science Center

(read the Hippo story on this exhibit here)

Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney at New Hampshire Institute of Art

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Something Wild
9:11 am
Fri February 22, 2013

The Maligned Fisher

Credit ForestWander.com

The "fisher cat": ferocious predator of house cats whose bloodcurdling screams pierce the dark of night. Facts about this one wildlife species have mutated a long way into fiction. For starters, fishers are members of the weasel family—not feline. Properly referred to, they're "fishers," not "fisher cats." 

As for all the house cats they're thought to kill, here's what a NH Fish and Game species account says:

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Environment
7:18 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Reaping What Winter Sows: The Ice Harvest

The ice harvest at Rockywold-Deephaven has been keeping the camp's food cold for 115 years.
Sam Evans-Brown NHPR

Camp Rockywold-Deephaven is a rustic retreat on the North end of Squam Lake. For one-hundred and fifteen years, the camp has been cutting and storing ice from the Lake to keep food cold in their old-fashioned ice boxes. John Jurczynski, the co-manager of Rockywold-Deephaven, oversees a team of about fourteen helpers cutting grid patterns into 12 inch thick ice, and breaking off the squares like chunks of Hershey Bar. The squares are floated into a channel; prodded into a queue with long hooked poles where they bob in place, waiting to be hauled away.

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Arts & Culture
7:15 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Listening For The Elusive Sound Of Ice Chimes

Dartmouth students take a quick look a Ice Chimes on their way to class
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

This year, the Dartmouth College campus has become temporary home for a mixed-media menagerie called Ice Chimes.  And the 20-foot tall pagoda-like structure outside the Life Sciences building gets a lot of curious stares from students.

Ice Chimes is supposed to be interactive.  But it isn’t exactly intuitive.

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NH News
12:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Mt. Chocorua Makes Debut On Quarter

Credit Sean Hurley

Turn over a quarter in your pocket and you may now see a scene out of the White Mountains.  New Hampshire's Mount Chocorua is the latest addition to the U.S. Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

It's the sixteenth coin in the series and was unveiled Thursday in Plymouth. The Quarters program runs over twelve years and honors 56 national parks, forests and other notable sites.

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NH News
5:55 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Gun Owners Cite Constitutional Rights In Objection To Open Carry Bill

Don Gorman of Deerfield, a firearm instructor, removed his jacket to expose two firearms - one on each hip - during a hearing on HB 290 on Thursday.
Credit Michael Brindley/NHPR

Gun owners came out to the capitol in force Thursday to object to a bill that would make it illegal to open carry a pistol or revolver in a public building without a permit.

Holding up a copy of the New Hampshire constitution, Steven Stefanik of Manchester told lawmakers their oath required them to reject the bill.

“You can make laws, but you can’t go against the Constitution, and I just read you article 2A: we all have the right to keep and bear arms, any place, anytime we want to protect ourselves, our state, our families and our property.”

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Health
5:44 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Hepatitis C Outbreak Prompts Legislation

State lawmakers are working on a measure to create a Registry Board for Medical Technicians. The action comes in the wake of last summer’s outbreak of Hepatitis C at Exeter Hospital that left 32 patients infected.

David Kwiatkowski, a traveling medical technician, allegedly injected himself with painkillers before reusing syringes on patients, transmitting the Hepatitis C virus.

Representative Tim Copeland is proposing a bill to create an oversight board for all med techs in the state.

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All Things Considered
5:44 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

After Second Trial, Munyenyezi Convicted Of Lying About Genocide To Enter US

Jurors have convicted a New Hampshire woman of lying about her involvement in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda to enter the United States and to gain citizenship.

Following today’s verdict, Beatrice Munyenyezi of Manchester was stripped of her citizenship and ordered held until her sentencing in June. Defense lawyers say they will appeal the verdict.

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Politics
5:35 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Maine's Senators Warn Of Sequestration's Consequences At Naval Yard

Two Senators warned  of what they call “horrendous”  consequences for the workers and projects at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, if Department of Defense funds are sequestered.

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NH News
5:35 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Report: State Failing To Meet Legal Needs Of The Poor

Dr. Jim Squires, along with members of the state's legal community, held a press conference in Concord today.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

A new report titled 'The Justice Gap' finds that low income New Hampshire residents lack access to even basic legal services.

The report estimates that more than 60% of civil cases in the state involve people representing themselves. And they do so because they don’t have access to lawyers and paralegals.

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NH News
5:05 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Medical Marijuana Bill Heard In House

A proposal to legalize medical marijuana went before a house committee today.  Lead Sponsor, Exeter Democrat Donna Schlachman promoted the plan as one that has profited from experiences -- good and bad -- of medical marijuana laws passed in other states.

"You cannot physician shop, and just start getting multiple prescriptions. You have to be a qualifying patient, and there is very strict definition of what qualifies you for this prescription._

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NH News
4:07 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Supporters Of Bill Allowing For Armed Teachers Say N.H. Schools Are Vulnerable

A bill that would give New Hampshire cities and towns the option of allowing licensed school employees to carry concealed firearms in schools went before a House committee Thursday.

Supporters say creating gun-free zones at schools make children and teachers vulnerable.

Angela Joy of Dover is a parent of two.

“I want my children protected. If I feel that in their school and in their community that they need an armed person, then I want that option.”

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NH News
3:25 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Gas Tax Hike Headed For House Vote

A bill to increase the gas tax is headed for the floor of the N.H. House with the unanimous backing of the Public Works and Highways Committee, which voted 18-0 to raise N.H.’s gas tax by 15 cents over four years. The plan spreads the increase on diesel fuel over six years to ease the effect on truckers. The plan’s sponsor, Nashua Democrat David Campbell calls it prudent.

"This is not going to be an instant fix, but it’s going to be a lot of pressure in the right direction, and if we don’t do this we in the legislature will be negligent."

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