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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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North Country
2:59 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia

The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

LOVE LETTERS AT THE PAPERMILL THEATER, LINCOLN

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Writers on a New England Stage
2:21 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Dave Barry

Dave Barry with host Virginia Prescott
Credit Monte Bohanan, The Music Hall

The Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist joins us with his first solo adult novel in over a decade – the darkly comic Insane City. The book is a riotous tale of a destination wedding gone awry with Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a very desperate Haitian refugee on the run with her two children from some very bad men, and an eleven-foot Burmese albino python named Blossom.

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NH News
2:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Jury Convicts N.H. Woman In Rwanda Genocide Case

Jurors have convicted a New Hampshire woman accused of lying to obtain U.S. citizenship by denying her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

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Health
12:19 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Mental Health Math Doesn't Add Up For Hospitals

Louis Josephson inside a safe-room at Concord Hospital.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

In the 1950s, the state psychiatric hospital in Concord was home to about 2,500 adults. The manicured campus had it all, including a golf course, barber shop, skating rink.

“For some folks, they talk about those days like some of us talk about going to college," says Ken Norton, Director of National Alliance on Mental Illness in New Hampshire (NAMI-NH).

“There was bowling and movie theaters and different events at night. They had their friends there and they were very used to the way that the hospital functioned.”

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North Country
10:13 am
Thu February 21, 2013

How North Country Reps Voted On Repeal of Education Tax Credit

Ten North Country representatives – all Democrats - were among those who voted Wednesday to repeal the education tax credit.

Six North Country representatives – all Republicans – voted against the repeal.

As NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown reported the law grants an 85% tax credit to businesses that donate to scholarship organizations, which give the money to students going to a private school, an out-of-district public school, or home school.

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Morning Edition
8:16 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Growing a Medical Marijuana Dispensary



  


Newly-elected Governor Maggie Hassan has expressed willingness to support medical marijuana, which means this year’s attempt at a bill stands a better chance of becoming law.  To get an idea of how things could play out if that happens, we thought we'd turn to our western neighbor, Vermont, and see how the program is working there.


Shayne Lynn of Burlington recently obtained a license to operate a state-sanctioned dispensary. I began by asking him why he's starting a dispensary.

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Politics
6:03 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

House Rejects Effort To Let Lawmakers Receive Free Ski Passes

New Hampshire lawmakers will no longer be hitting the slopes of state-owned Cannon Mountain for free.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday killed legislation that would have exempted the free ski passes lawmakers received in the past from the definition of a gift.

House Minority Leader Gene Chandler says the intent of the long-held practice was for lawmakers to experience first-hand a park they oversee in the budget.

“But now I think it’s gone past having an explanation about how it might be a good idea and it’s just flat out gonna look bad if we do it.”

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NH News
3:55 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

House Wants Lawsuit Protection For Gun Owners

The N.H. House votes 211-151 to give gun owners immunity if their weapons are stolen and then used in a crime.

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Word of Mouth
10:47 am
Wed February 20, 2013

A Mass Shooter's First Victim

Credit Photo courtesy allvoices.com

Patrick Radden Keefe's stunning investigation into mass shooter Amy Bishop's past has gone hyper-viral. The New Yorker writer joins us to talk about Bishop's 1986 shooting of her younger brother, and how family dynamics may have played into her 2010 murder of three colleagues at the University of Alabama.

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Word of Mouth
9:51 am
Wed February 20, 2013

The Fula From America

In 1981, playwright, performer and theater company director Carlyle Brown decided on a whim to take a trip to Africa. That launched a journey of self-discovery and an adventure that became the basis for a one-man show called “The Fula from America: An African Journey," which Brown performs tonight at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. It’s a fund-raising event for Portsmouth’s African Burying Ground, and will be followed by a candelight procession to the site where the design for a memorial will be unveiled.

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NH News
12:57 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Manchester Mayor Unveils Budget Proposal

Mayor Gatsas presents his budget proposal to aldermen and department heads
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Mayor Gatsas unveiled his budget for fiscal year 2014, which raises taxes and allots more funding to schools.

Gatsas' budget pushes for the maximum amount of new revenue allowed under the city's tax cap. That's just more than a two-percent increase.

The bulk of new revenue would go towards bolstering the city's school system, which has experienced layoffs and overcrowding in recent years.

Gatsas was optimistic that the budget could be hammered out before the city's June deadline, but acknowledged it would be a difficult process:

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