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6:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

N.H. This Weekend: Family Fun

Fight cabin fever; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about three things to do with the kids this weekend, including a treasure exhibit at the  McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery, making life-sized toys at  the Children's Museum of NH, and winter walk tours at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.

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All Things Considered
5:57 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Using Music To Teach Reading, Math And More

A New Hampshire schoolteacher is one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year.

Heidi Welch is director of the music department at Hillsboro-Deering High School. She is one of just four nominees in the country for that award.

She talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about how she teaches literacy through music and how overcoming challenges growing up in Manchester helps her reach students who could benefit from joining band and chorus.

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All Things Considered
5:43 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

A (Limited) Look Inside New Hampshire's 'Laurie List'

In 1993, the New Hampshire Supreme Court overturned a murder conviction for a man named Carl Laurie, because prosecutors had not disclosed that one of the police detectives on the case had an issue in his personnel file that might have raised questions about his credibility.

Today the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, and each New Hampshire county attorney, keeps what is called a “Laurie List," a record of law enforcement officers whose credibility could be called into question were they to testify in criminal trials.

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Politics
5:28 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Senate Democrats Outline Priorities

Senate Democrats say job creation and infrastructure investment are at the top of their to do lists, as the legislative session gets under way.

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NH News
3:56 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

USNH Officials Make Pitch For Restoring Cuts To Public Higher Educaton

The wildcat mascot at the University of New Hampshire
Credit courtesy University of New Hampshire

  University System of New Hampshire officials are making their pitch to restore cuts made in the last state budget that reduced support for public higher education nearly in half.

State university system Chancellor Ed MacKay relied on a timely economic catch phrase to describe the impact budget cuts have had on public higher education.

“You talk about a fiscal cliff; I think there’s no better depiction of a fiscal cliff than what we experienced in the current biennium.”

MacKay was speaking to members of the House Finance committee on Thursday.

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NH News
3:02 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

A.G. Delaney Forming Anti-Slavery Task Force

The State Attorney General’s office is forming a new Human Trafficking task force.


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Word of Mouth
12:40 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Guster's Ryan Miller, Unedited

Guster: Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, Brian Rosenworcel, and Joe Pisapia
Credit VikieVictoria via Flickr Creative Commons

Virginia Prescott chats candidly with Guster's Ryan Miller. Topics include: flying to the wrong city for a show, drawing album art on iPads, not wanting to listen to your own music, and the struggle to age gracefully as a band.

You can also listen and share on Soundcloud here:

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North Country
9:23 am
Thu January 17, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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Politics
7:30 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Governor, Legislature Prepare To Hammer Out Budget

During her campaign, Governor Maggie Hassan ran on restoring at least some of the money cut during the last round of budget writing.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

With a new governor, a divided statehouse, and continued uncertainty over federal spending, New Hampshire lawmakers are preparing to hammer out a budget.  It’s never a particularly easy process.  But hopes are high at the statehouse that this session, the inevitable fiscal fights will be more muted.

In her inaugural address earlier this month, Democratic governor Maggie Hassan struck a bipartisan tone about the state’s finances.

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Public Insight Network
3:36 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Help inform NHPR's series on guns in the Granite State

In a few weeks NHPR's newsroom will look in detail at guns, gun laws and gun culture in the Granite State and you can help. Share your experiences through our Public Insight Network and this short, confidential questionnaire.

Politics
3:30 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Gov. Hassan Would Veto Proposal To Increase N.H. Beer Tax

Gov. Maggie Hassan is pledging to veto a bill to raise New Hampshire's beer tax a dime if it reaches her desk.

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Education
2:33 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Charter School Funding Fix Slipped Through The Cracks

New Charter schools hoping to open next fall will likely have to wait a while longer before they can submit their applications to the state. A proposal to fix the charter school funding problem was delayed in the legislative shuffle.

According to the Attorney General’s office, the Department of Education can’t approve any new charter schools until a budget has been passed. That means a number of schools that were hoping to open in the fall, are hanging in limbo: unsure if they’ll have time to apply

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NH News
1:49 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

N.H. Sets Record For Background Checks During Manchester Gun Show

The line outside the gun show in Manchester last weekend stretched all the way around the expo center.
Credit Ryan Lessard, NHPR

A large turnout to a gun show in Manchester last weekend led to the state setting another high for background checks for handgun sales in a single day.

New Hampshire State Police conducted 611 background checks for handgun sales on Saturday.

Sgt. Sean Haggerty says that’s the most ever for a single day in New Hampshire. Saturday was the first day of a weekend gun show in Manchester.

On Sunday, state police responded to 233 requests for background checks.

At the same gun show last year, there were only 283 background checks on the first day.

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Word of Mouth
12:09 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Paging Dr. Roboto

Credit iRobot

Last week, RP-VITA (remote presence virtual independent telemedicine assistant) was announced as the first self-navigating communications robot to earn FDA approval for use in hospitals. Tele-medicine isn’t a new tool, especially in developing countries with limited access to highly skilled doctors, but this robot, created by iRobot and Intouch could mark the coming of age of robots as an integral part of hospital care.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

New Hampshire's Ice Climbers

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Conditions in New Hampshire’s White Mountains are notoriously for being more harsh than ranges of similar altitude. Those conditions make the Whites a perfect training ground for world class mountaineers.  NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown spent the day with Fred Wilkinson as he climbed Cathedral ledge.

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