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3:39 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Hassan Makes Case For Casino In Budget Address

Hassan says a number of her legislative priorities could be funded by casino licensing fees.
Credit Frank Bonilla / Flickr Creative Commons

Governor Maggie Hassan used her budget address to propose a new, high-end casino. 

Governor Hassan’s budget banks on this casino generating $80 million in licensing fees.  And she said the state is already dealing with the social costs of gambling allowed in other states, without benefiting from the revenue.

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NH News
2:51 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Governor Hassan Puts New Women's Prison In Her Budget

Goffstown Women's Prison
Cheryl Senter NHPR

Under Governor Hassan’s budget proposal, the state would receive a new women’s prison.


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North Country
1:42 pm
Thu February 14, 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.

DANCE PARTY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, FRANCONIA

Thurs. Feb. 14,  Potluck 6 PM, Dance 7PM, Neskaya Movement Arts Center, 1643 Profile Road, Franconia. Join with activists around the world for One Billion Rising global movement to end violence against women & girls. For more information call 603-823-5828 or movementarts@neskaya.com

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North Country
1:12 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Wind Farm Operator Ends Dispute By Paying Coos

Photo by Chris Jensen

Brookfield Renewable Energy has ended a dispute with Coos County over payments for its wind turbines by paying up.

Last month Brookfield, which operates 33 wind turbines, said it only owed about $245,000.

That is about half of what the county expected under a Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes agreement. The deal was for ten years.

The county argued the contract was clear and required payments for wind turbine generators that “are actually installed and either generating energy or capable of generating energy and permitted to generate energy as required by applicable law.”

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North Country
12:23 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

New Balsams' Owners Have A Plan But Still Need Money

Last May most of the furnishings of the Balsams were sold at an auction. Photo by Chris Jensen.

The new owners of the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch will be taking a plan for renovations to the Coos Planning Board later this month. But they have yet to come up with the financing.

The owners, Dan Dagesse and Dan Hebert, have filed an application for a building permit, said spokesman Scott Tranchemontagne.

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NH News
10:34 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Gov. Hassan's Full Budget Address

Here's the word cloud from Governor Maggie Hassan's budget address this morning.
Credit Courtesy of worditout.com

The following is the full text of Governor Maggie Hassan's budget address, as prepared for delivery.

Madam Speaker, Mr. Senate President, Madam Chief Justice, honorable members of the House, Senate and Executive Council, my fellow citizens:

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A Loaded Issue
10:27 am
Thu February 14, 2013

N.H. Congressional Delegation Reacts To Gun Control Measures

In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting there’s been an increase in calls for gun control on Capitol Hill.

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Politics
10:08 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Live Blog: Governor Hassan's Budget Address

Credit Courtesy photo

StateImpact NH reporter Emily Corwin is live blogging Governor Maggie Hassan's budget address this morning from the state house.

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A Loaded Issue
6:51 am
Thu February 14, 2013

'Stand Your Ground' Expected To Stay N.H. Law

As the debate over gun policy occupies center stage in Washington, N.H. lawmakers are also considering several bills that relate to guns.

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A Loaded Issue
6:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Discussion Question: Do you support President Obama's gun control proposals?

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:  Do you support President Obama’s gun control proposals?  Should there be criminal background checks for all gun sales, a ban on assault weapons and a limit on high-capacity magazines?

Please include your first name and your hometown.

NH News
5:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

State Criminal Justice Officials Discuss Death Penalty Challenges

From left to right: William Wrenn, Tina Nadeau, Phil McLaughlin and Chris Keating.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The UNH School of Law hosted a symposium Wednesday on the death penalty in New Hampshire.


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Health
4:55 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

State To Move Forward With Partnership Health Exchange

Update: Wednesday, February 13, 2013:

Rather than wait until the Friday deadline, Governor Hassan sent a letter today to the Federal government declaring the state's intent to enter into a partnership exchange. 

In a statement, the Governor said, "I do not believe it is in the best interest of our people to allow the federal government to impose a one-size-fits-all exchange on New Hampshire."

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A Loaded Issue
4:51 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Too Rural For Guns? Firearms Not Widespread In 18th Century New Hampshire

Historical photo of Flanders farm in Landaff, New Hampshire.
Credit Department of Agriculture photo, via Wikicommons

As we heard earlier in this series, many rural residents of New Hampshire have a strong connection to guns. But that wasn’t always the case.

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NH News
4:23 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

House Kills Latest Effort To Make Right-To-Work Law In N.H.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have made right to work the law of the land in New Hampshire.

Union workers broke into raucous applause after Speaker of the House Terrie Norelli announced the tally of votes on the right to work bill brought before the full House on Wednesday.

“The House will be in order," said Norelli, as she slammed her gavel.

The bill was defeated, 212 to 141. The vote fell mostly along party lines.

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LGC Leadership Change
3:41 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

LGC Supporters, Critics React To Carroll's Ouster

Questions remain following Maura Carroll's departure from the LGC
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

It's been just a few days since Maura Carroll announced she would step down as head of the Local Government Center.  Today, there are still questions about her severance package and what the change in leadership could mean for the embattled organization.  StateImpact New Hampshire's Amanda Loder has been covering the twists and turns in the

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