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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun January 27, 2013

National Wildlife Week, March 18-24

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Dear EarthTalk: What is the purpose of National Wildlife Week, which I understand will take place in March 2013? -- Melissa P., Burlington, NJ

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NH News
8:49 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

GOP Elects Horn

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New Hampshire Republicans tap former congressional candidate Jennifer Horn to be party chair.

Jennifer Horn told fellow Republicans that under her watch the GOP will shake the image that she said hurt them in 2012.

"We must put to rest forever the notion that the Republican party does not care -- that we don't care about women, that we don't care about the elderly, that we don't care about children, that we are the party of old white guys."

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat January 26, 2013

New Parents Getting Back On Their Feet With The Family Place

The Family Place provides a variety of services to help young families through a myriad of challenges. Jennifer Smith learned about the Family Place when her daughter was a newborn and in neo-natal intensive care.

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NH News
6:52 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Friends Gather To Remember Senator Warren Rudman

Former Supreme Court Justice David Souter remembers his friend Warren Rudman inside the Federal Courthouse in Concord that bears his name.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

The two-term Republican was a budget hawk, a centrist… and to the crowd inside the Federal Courthouse that bears his name, a statesman. 

Among his many accomplishments was the successful nomination of Supreme Court Justice David Souter, who served under Rudman in the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.

Souter: “As we watched him and we listened to him, he brought out the best instincts that were in us. Whatever they were, including the instinct to laugh at yourself every once in a while.”

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All Things Considered
5:31 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Franklin Pierce Belongs To The Candy Ages - As A PEZ Dispenser

Franklin Pierce, 14th president of the United States and the only president to come from New Hampshire.

We started the week with a presidential inauguration, and on All Things Considered we looked at Franklin Pierce, the only president to hail from New Hampshire and one who added some unique touches to his inaugural ceremonies.

Well, we’re ending the week with another bit of Pierce lore – the 14th president has now made candy history by earning his own PEZ dispenser.

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Arts & Culture
5:17 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

This Weekend's Arts Scene

We start off the weekend with a critically acclaimed documentary that has no dialogue, narrative, or text. The film is Samsara, filmed over five years in twenty five different countries; it’s a combination of music and imagery full of life and culture from all over the world.  The film will be playing Friday, January 25 at Dartmouth’s Spaulding Theater.

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North Country
2:18 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Wind Farm Owner And Coos County Wrangle Over Payments

Wind turbines seen from Mount Kelsey in Northern Coos County.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Just as other wind farms are being considered around the state, Coos County officials are fighting with the operator of the 33 turbines located in their county over payment.

The county contends Brookfield Renewable Energy owes it twice as much as Brookfield wants to pay.

In 2008 three Coos County Commissioners approved a deal under which -  instead of taxes - the county expected to get payments of about $495,000 each year for a decade.

But now Brookfield says it only owes the county half of that, says Jennifer Fish, the Coos County Administrator.

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Granite Seen
1:41 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Photos: Week of January 25

Alexej Siren, UNH graduate student, atop Mount Kelsey to study the resurgence of the American Marten.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR
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Something Wild
9:24 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Two Sides To A Thaw

Depending on winter severity, the annual "January thaw" offers a brief, welcome reprieve for a few days in late January. While never guaranteed, the phenomenon creates a brief yet important window of opportunity for wildlife - even insects!

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Running Through Time On The Sandwich Notch Rd.

Credit Sean Hurley

There aren’t many roads that have books written about them, but we have one in New Hampshire.  In 1973, writer Elizabeth Yates published “The Road Through Sandwich Notch”, which more than anything else helped secure the road’s preservation status as a part of the White Mountain National Forest.  Sean Hurley has been running down and learning about the road for some time now and sends this reflection.

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Arts & Culture
6:40 am
Fri January 25, 2013

New Hampshire - Hockey Hub

The third annual Black Ice Pond Championship gets underway today. This event features three days of open air hockey the way it all started back in 1883 in Concord- on a frozen pond.  It got us thinking about the origins of the sport here in the Granite State. So we called up Jim Hayes, the Executive Director of New Hampshire Legends of Hockey, a non-profit that works to preserve the history of the sport in New Hampshire.

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All Things Considered
5:25 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Keep Watching The Skies: Exeter UFO Festival Saved From Cancellation

Hundreds of people visit Exeter each year for the UFO Festival. No word on whether this fellow will be among them.
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An unusual festival in Exeter, New Hampshire has avoided cancellation with help from a seemingly unusual benefactor.

It's the Exeter UFO Festival, and to explain more we turn to Jason Claffey, editor at Exeter Patch. He's been reporting on the UFO Festival and joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with an update.

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NH News
4:59 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Medicaid Managed Care Delay Could Leave $15M Hole In DHHS Budget

Implementation of the state’s Medicaid managed care program continues to stall.

Further delays could lead to a multimillion dollar budget shortfall in the state’s largest department.

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas projects a $9 million shortfall in his budget for the rest of this fiscal year.

As he explained to members of the House Finance Committee Thursday, that’s because savings from the managed care program were assumed in the department’s budget.

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NH News
3:49 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

NEC Poll Finds Support For Tighter Gun Laws

The automated poll of 656 random voters found 72 percent support an assault weapons ban and 88 percent support universal background checks on gun purchases. New England College pollster Ben Tafoya.

"Men, women, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, it doesn’t  matter – it’s all very high, and that is fairly surprising coming from a NH audience."

Tafoya says the numbers reflect the “deep and lasting effects” of the Newtown Connecticut shootings.  The poll’s margin of error is 3.82%.  NEC conducted the poll Monday and Tuesday nights. 

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NH News
3:39 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

N.H. Man Charged With Investment Fraud

New Hampshire prosecutors say a Dover man pocketed nearly $300,000 investors gave him to buy and rehabilitate distressed properties.

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