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4:21 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Sen. Shaheen Says Delay On Defense Secretary 'Disappointing'

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen meets with the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Concord on Friday.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen says delaying former senator Chuck Hagel’s appointment as Secretary of Defense has real national security implications.

Shaheen believes Hagel will ultimately be confirmed as the next defense secretary, but not until after the Senate returns from its break a week from Monday.

But she says delays to the process by her Republican colleagues do not serve the country well.

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Granite Seen
2:49 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Photos: Week of February 15

Freshly forged pistol blanks at Sturm, Ruger
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR
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NH News
2:33 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Federal Bill Ensures Equal Rights To Same-Sex Military Families

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen introduced legislation this week that would extend military benefits to same-sex military families.

Shaheen says the Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act of 2013 is named after the New Hampshire National Guard Chief Warrant Officer who died Sunday.

“As she was dying of breast cancer, she knew her wife and her daughter were not going to be able to get the benefits that she had earned on her active duty and guard service and that’s not right. It needs to change and this legislation is designed to do that.”

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North Country
11:54 am
Fri February 15, 2013

New Plant In Colebrook Takes Up An Old Family Business

Back in the 1950s, at a plant near the Balsams hotel, the Neil Tillotson family was producing products like balloons, latex gloves and disposable plastic eyedroppers. 

But a little more than two years ago, the Dixville Notch plant was forced to shut down when the Tillotson Corporation prepared to sell its Balsams resort.

But now Rick Tillotson, one of the sons of the plant’s original owner, is opening a new 100,000-square foot plant in nearby Colebrook to produce some of the same items.

Tillotson says it’s a dream he’s had since the  plant closed.

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A Loaded Issue
9:51 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Gun Shops And Mental Health Advocates Partner To Prevent Suicides

Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

Advocates of the rights to own guns and those who want to restrict the laws governing them are often on opposing sides of the conversation. But many find a common voice when it comes to reducing gun violence. In New Hampshire, gun shop owners are forging ties with mental health experts to prevent the most frequent kind of death by firearms: suicide.

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Arts & Culture
9:30 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Nordic Skating On The Connecticut River

Jamie Hess & Sean Hurley

This is the time of year many of us love to head out on the ice to do some fishing or play a pick-up game of hockey with the kids. NHPR's Sean Hurley decided to try something a little different - he went Nordic.

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Something Wild
8:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

A Red Squirrel Valentine

The latter half of February begins the onset of peak breeding season for many furbearers and rodents. At Valentine's Day, tracks in the snow increase exponentially as wild mammals seek available mates.

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A Loaded Issue
6:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Gun Crime In New Hampshire Is Well Below National Average

Credit Sara Plourde, NHPR

It's no surprise to Granite Staters that New Hampshire is one of the safest places in the country.

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A Loaded Issue
6:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Discussion Question: Does New Hampshire need stricter gun control laws?

As part of NHPR's news series, A Loaded Issue, we’re asking Granite Staters to weigh in with their thoughts about gun ownership, laws governing guns, and the culture here.

Each day we'll ask a new discussion question and throughout the week we'll read your comments on the air.

Today's Question:  Does New Hampshire need stricter gun control laws?

Please include your first name and your hometown.

Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

NH this Weekend: Unusual Valentine's

Credit Nils Geylen, via Flickr Creative Commons

If the usual just won't do this weekend, here are some events in the area for you and yours that may help Cupid hit the mark.  Maybe you'd like to find love with chocolate among the stacks of books at the Pelham Public Library.    Strap on some snowshoes for a Valentine's Hike at Maple Hill Farm in Hollis, go solo for a Ladies Night with a screening of Clueless, or

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NH News
6:05 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

In Budget, Hassan Lays Out Priorities

Legislators and audience members bow their heads for the pledge of allegiance, before the Governor’s address.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

The governor’s budget address is the starting point for the months of wrangling and compromises that will eventually determine where the state will spend its money.

In the budget released today Governor Hassan spelled out her priorities in key areas like education, healthcare and infrastructure.

On Education

Restoring cuts to the state’s public universities was a centerpiece of Maggie Hassan’s campaign for governor, and Education was at the center of her speech.

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A Loaded Issue
5:47 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Colebrook Residents: We Don't View Guns Through Lens Of Gun Violence

A welcome sign for Colebrook, New Hampshire. In 1997 four people were killed by a shooter in the small northern town, but many residents say the tragedy has not defined the way they look at firearms.
Credit Dougtone via Flickr/CC - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/5044123946/in/photostream/

Throughout this week’s series on guns, we’ve heard  from residents of rural New Hampshire who think of firearms as a tool.

That’s a perspective you’ll hear and see in the North Country town of Colebrook, where you can pick up a firearm and home improvement tools in the same store.

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NH News
5:13 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Hassan Makes Pitch For Raising Cigarette Tax

For Hassan, increasing the cigarette tax is both good for public health and the state's bottom line
Credit SuperFantastic / Flickr Creative Commons

Governor Maggie Hassan is looking to raise New Hampshire’s cigarette tax.  In her state budget address, she pitched a  30-cent increase as good public health policy.

“New Hampshire has the highest youth smoking rate in the Northeast, with 19.8 percent of high school students who smoke cigarettes," Hassan said.  "Cigarette taxes nationwide have proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent youth smoking.”

She also said it will raise $40 million in revenue without compromising cross-border sales.

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NH News
4:57 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Public Safety Gets Funding Boost In Governor's Budget

Hassan cited the State Police as one of her law enforcement funding priorities
Credit Dave Conner / Flickr Creative Commons

Calling public safety “our most important responsibility,” Governor Maggie Hassan outlined her funding proposals in today’s budget address. 

Comparing public safety to the state’s health care system, Hassan said it had taken “too many hits” in the last budget.  She called on legislators to “reverse course” immediately, in the interest of keeping New Hampshire residents safe.

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Environment
4:54 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

$900K River Dredging Project Underway In Newington

A $900,000 river dredging project is underway in Newington.

The Army Corps of Engineers is the contractor for the federal project, which is intended to make the Piscataqua River more navigable in one area. When completed next month, some 15 thousand cubic yards of sand and gravel will be taken from the Simplex Reach, upriver from the I-95 bridge. Tugboat Captain Chris Holt says that the project will improve navigation for vessels in that area.

Right now, he says, the three shoals created by river currents can create a hazard.

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