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12:51 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

On The Road To Better Teacher Evaluations

Students at the Lyme School play Twister in gym class. The Lyme School is on the forefront of designing a comprehensive teacher evaluation system in the Granite State, though it is still in a pilot phase.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The Department of Education is set to release the culmination of three years of work. It’s a model system of how the DOE recommends schools should evaluate their teachers. New Hampshire schools are free to do what they will with those recommendations… for now.

For starters, why do teacher evaluations matter?

New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry has put improving the state’s public school teachers at the center of her time in the office, and she has a ready answer to that question.

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Word of Mouth
12:18 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Word of Mouth 01.05.2013

Credit Leo Reynolds via Flickr Creative Commons

Word of Mouth's weekly show...the best of the best of Word of Mouth.

Part 1:

A new study shows that the act of holding a gun changes perception, as participants saw guns that weren't actually there. And Clay Wirestone wraps up the latest in video game trends, and looks forward to what's coming in 2013

Part 2:

TED cracks down on pseudoscience at local spinoff TEDX conferences. And film critic Garen Daley tells us what we can expect on the big screen in 2013

Part 3:

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North Country
9:25 am
Fri January 4, 2013

North Country Events

Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

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.

METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD, ST. JOHNSBURY

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Something Wild
8:15 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Walls in Winter Woods

Credit via sogrady, Flickr Creative Commons

Experts estimate that by 1871 there were more 250,000 miles of stonewalls throughout in New England and New York—enough to circle the earth ten times. The majority of New England stonewalls were built between 1810 and 1840. Naturalist, Tom Wessels refers to these decades when forests were cleared to pastures enclosed by stonewalls as "Sheep Fever." He calculates the mass of stone in walls to be greater than the Great Pyramids of Egypt suggesting stonewalls should rightfully be considered "the eighth wonder of the world."

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NH News
6:54 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Hassan Calls For Cooperation

Democrat Maggie Hassan said it early, and she said it often: NH’s leaders need to reach across the aisle.

“The people if NH have made it clear that they want to restore balance, that they want us to work together.”

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NH News
5:14 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Family Of Kidnapped N.H. Journalist Speaks Out

The freelance journalist James Foley of Rochester, New Hampshire was taken captive in northern Syria on Thanksgiving Day. Now, after weeks of silence, his family is speaking out.


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NH News
4:56 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Nashua School District Fast Tracks Security Upgrades After CT Shooting

Charlotte Avenue Elementary School in Nashua.
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

In the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., the Nashua School District is putting its security upgrades on the fast track.

Nashua’s Board of Education is moving forward with a nearly $2 million upgrade to the security systems in its 17 schools.

It’s almost the same plan the board proposed three years ago, but then delayed because of budget restraints.

But the assault at Sandy Hook Elementary School is prompting the district to ramp up the pace on two items in the system.

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Health
5:00 am
Thu January 3, 2013

The Alzheimer's Café: Unforgettable Therapy

John and Rhea Pereira attend the Alzheimer's Cafe in Dover each month.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

Once a month, it’s a decidedly older demographic meeting here at the Children’s Museum in Dover.

A dozen or so seniors gather inside a brightly painted conference room. There’s coffee, cake and, this month, some live entertainment from 'The Sea Reeds,' a quartet of local clarinetists.

For Rhea Pereira, the music is a chance to sing along with friends. She and her husband John moved here from Florida three years ago, when Rhea began experiencing memory problems. 

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All Things Considered
5:22 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Nashua Telegraph Hopes To Keep "Voice" of Area If Sold

We’re starting 2013 with a big story in New Hampshire media – the owners of the Nashua Telegraph, the second largest daily in the state, are putting that newspaper up for sale.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

N.H. House Bans Guns From Floor And Gallery

The New Hampshire House has voted to 196-153 to ban deadly weapons from Representatives Hall.

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NH News
5:03 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

N.H. Journalist Jim Foley Kidnapped In Syria

The family of an international journalist from Rochester, New Hampshire says gunmen in Syria kidnapped him on Thanksgiving Day.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Live Blog: Gubernatorial Inauguration

Gov. Maggie Hassan shares a laugh during the reception line following her inauguration.
Michael Brindley, NHPR

Governor Maggie Hassan focuses on unity in inauguration speech.

1:00: Hassan closing remarks: "Addressing our challenges will not be easy. It will be hard. But we are Granite Staters and Americans and we are supposed to do hard things. The question is whether we will live up to the grand vision that our founders had. Remember, the notion that we could operate as a true citizen democracy while also becoming an economic force in the world was, at the time, a revolutionary one...

In this time and in this place, let's choose to move our state forward with the optimism and pragmatism that is our hallmark. With "gladness of heart," let's choose to remember what a gift it is to be citizens of the Granite State."

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North Country
4:34 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Lincoln State Rep Proposes Two Casinos

Several bills that would expand gambling in New Hampshire are likely to be introduced this session.  One North Country lawmaker plans to file a bill to allow two casinos in the state.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

As the legislative session begins, Governor-elect Maggie Hassan has repeatedly said that she’s open to expanded gambling in the state.

And she thinks New Hampshire would benefit most from a single high-end casino near the Massachusetts border.

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NH News
3:46 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

A.G.: Criminal History Bars Nashua Transgender Woman From Holding Office

Stacie Laughton
Credit Image courtesy of Twitter

An opinion from Attorney General Michael Delaney issued Monday concludes a Nashua woman is ineligible to run for office because of her criminal history.

As a result of the opinion, Stacie Laughton says she plans to withdraw her candidacy for special election to fill the vacant seat representing Hillsborough County District 31.

Voters elected Laughton to the seat in November, but she stepped down after reports surfaced about past felony convictions.

Laughton later reconsidered and filed paperwork last week to run as a candidate in the special election.

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NHPR Events
3:17 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Justice & Journalism

Justice & Journalism: A Joint Project of NHPR & UNH School of Law 

New Hampshire Public Radio and the UNH School of Law have come together to bring you a new series in the Capital Region.  This ongoing series will present a range of speakers throughout the year to discuss the intersection of justice and journalism and share experiences related to the media’s coverage of public policy and law.

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