When immigrants and refugees come to a new country like America, they are often cut off from their homeland, their loved ones and their culture. Often they are required, even at very young ages, to navigate a tangled web of bureaucracies and to adapt rapidly to new settings. Many newcomers find resources that help them make the transition to their new lives in New Hampshire yet others may find those resources lacking. We listen to firsthand accounts of the struggles involved in coming to the Granite State.
Governor John Lynch got a first hand look at two major projects on the Spaulding Turnpike in Southern New Hampshire.
The Governor personally toured the expansion projects now underway on the pike on the Northern end in Rochester, and the Southern end between Newington and Portsmouth. The widening projects are intended to relieve traffic congestion on both ends of the Spaulding, especially at the Little Bay Bridge over Great Bay.
Republican Herman Cain is back in NH today. The visit is his first since early October. NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports.
A lot has changed for Herman Cain in the last 5 weeks. The former businessman has faced sexual harassment allegations, and was videoed as he struggled to answer a basic policy question on Libya. Cain told reporters in Concord that he remains strong in the polls and said getting out of the race was never an option.
Former Utah Governor and Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman. He’s touting himself as the only candidate with real foreign policy experience, after serving as Ambassador to China and Singapore. We’ll talk with Huntsman about where he stands on the issues and why he’d be the best to take on President Obama.
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s surge to the top tier of the GOP presidential field has been sudden. Its also come without the benefit of a traditional campaign structure in early voting states. NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports.
Newt Gingrich predicted victory when he opened his state campaign headquarters in Manchester last week. But Gingrich also told supporters winning wouldn’t be easy.
New Hampshire lawmakers are trying to pressure the so-called “supercommittee” to exceed its goal of cutting $1.2 trillion from the debt, but the special panel remains grid locked as it nears its end date. If the supercommittee fails to reach a bipartisan solution by next Wednesday, deep spending cuts are supposed to fall on nearly the entire federal budget.
Some lawmakers want to scrap that agreement to protect the Pentagon’s budget and other favorite spending items.
The Northern Pass hydro-electric project is interested in buying a section of land associated with The Balsams Resort. If such a sale went through it’s likely to create a furor in the North Country. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.
One of the companies interested in purchasing a slice of the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch is Northern Pass.
“They have identified land that they would like.”
That’s Tom Deans.
He’s the president of the Tillotson Corporation. It has been hoping to stem financial losses by selling the resort.
Texas governor Rick Perry is stumping in the state today. The Republican presidential hopeful urged workers at a manufacturing plant in Manchester to put pressure on congress to change.
Rick Perry has been targeting the Washington establishment in recent days. He issued a plan to cut the salaries of senators and congressmen in half. Asked how he would get congress to go along, he said the public would need to browbeat them into agreement.
Perry said the counties around DC are some of the wealthiest in the country.
Exchange Executive Producer, Keith Shields visits Dame Elementary in East Concord, a school that over 10 years has seen a substantial growth in its immigrant and refugee population.
It’s lunch time at Dame Elementary School in East Concord. About 30 students sit enjoying a meal of burgers and fries. Their faces are a panoply of colors. They come from Sudan, Togo, Burundi, Afghanistan, Nepal and Egypt.
In 2009 Beth Olshansky, a pioneer in a theory of education called "art based literacy" brought her ideas to Webster Elementary school in Manchester. Olshansky worked with the school's large immigrant and refugee population, many of whom hardly spoke English, by having them illustrate then write a book on the stories of their lives. It was successful. The following year, Moharimet Elementary School in Madbury caught wind of the project and decided to bring a new group of Webster students over there to have them write their stories together.
Today, a walk down the Silk Road, where savvy web-browsers can buy anything from weapons to weed to weird. Also, how one teacher works to help immigrant and refugee schoolchildren learn language and adapt to a new home through pictures. Plus, the Total Artifical Heart, a primer on Permaculture, and a ride through the wilderness of Idaho in search of pioneer apples.
In recent years, children are arriving from new countries, bringing diversity but also new challenges. Many don’t speak English and some aren’t literate in their own language. We talk with people in the education system and folks dealing with foreign born newcomers on a daily basis and ask how they are working to overcome these issues.
June Tumblin: Department Head of the English Learner program at Manchester Central High School
Thomas Sica: Principal of Rundlett Middle School in Concord
Between 2000 and 2009 New Hampshire’s Latino population grew by 79 percent.
These changes have created new challenges for some New Hampshire schools.
SFX: announcements, and hall noises
Walking through the halls of Nashua South High school, it’s clear where everyone stands. Literally.
Students Talking: This is the Spanish corner, yeah basically yeah this is the Spanish corner, like Dominican, Puerto Rican, right there is the Mexican corner, for real. (Spanish chat fades away, hall SFX continues)
House Democrats are raising alarms that a handful of bills they oppose could be voted on later this month. The announcement comes before lawmakers return to Concord November 30th.
Speaker Bill O’Brien has taken the unusual step to call the full House together several times this fall already. The chamber is returning in two weeks to take up education funding constitutional amendments.
Democrats say they aren’t sure if Republicans will use that session day to push a number of controversial bills.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative faces an uncertain future in some states. New Jersey plans to end its participation and New Hampshire has considered legislation that would do the same.
But a new analysis shows the carbon dioxide cap and trade program has saved consumers money and created jobs. Under the program, power producers buy pollution allowances at auction for each ton of carbon dioxide they emit.
Something else that’s hard to come by these days for some businesses is credit.
Turns out there’s a visa program for that too. Foreigners can apply for an EB-5 visa, as long as they agree to invest a half million dollars or more in capital investment project for an American company.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 says "No person in the US shall on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance".
Pastor Joel Kruggel of the Bethany Covenant Church in Bedford talks about his congregation's work providing Sudanese refugees with their own place of worship, as well as computer literacy classes and computers.
Healthcare delivery is complicated enough without language barriers, financial difficulties and cultural misunderstandings. Being a newcomer in a strange country presents many new challenges but healthcare is one of the most difficult to overcome. We take a look at the myriad obstacles the foreign born population face, and what some local healthcare providers are doing to help overcome them.
Governor John Lynch promises to veto any bill that would allow casinos or similar forms of gambling in the state.
Governor Lynch struck preemptively. In a letter to the Republican leaders in the House and Senate, he said more gambling would increase social service costs and, with casinos likely to come to Massachusetts, fail to raise as much revenue as backers predict.
The governor’s spokesman, Colin Manning said furthermore, any expansion will lead to proliferation.