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5:00 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Maggie Hassan's Inauguration Ceremony

Thursday, Maggie Hassan will be inaugurated as New Hampshire’s 81st governor, becoming the state’s 2nd woman to be elected to the corner office.


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Word of Mouth
5:01 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

The Audio Orchard Podcast for January

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North Country
3:40 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Bill Would Increase Allowable Gifts to Legislators

Among the bills to be considered by the legislature in 2013 is one that would significantly increase the value of a gift that could be accepted by legislators, who are paid only $100 a year.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Last year Edmond Gionet, a Republican rep from Lincoln, asked the legislative ethics committee whether it was okay for him to accept free ski passes to Cannon Mountain.

Gionet volunteers on Cannon Mountain’s advisory board and he saw the tickets as a nice thank-you.

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Politics
2:35 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

State Transitions To Online Payroll Software: Final Phase Of 7-Year Systems Upgrade

An IBM 370-3081 high-end mainframe from the mid-1980's
Credit Steve Jurvetson / Flickr

This month the state is retiring its twenty-year-old mainframe payroll system and is moving human resources and payroll services online for over 65 state organizations. 

This is the final phase of a seven-year-long process the state undertook when it purchased NHFirst, an Enterprise Resource Planning system that organizes much of the state’s management information with a single software program.

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Business and Economy
2:18 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

New "User Friendly" L.L.C. Act Goes Into Effect New Years Day

About 120,000 Granite Staters -- almost 10 percent of the state’s population -- are members of an LLC, or Limited Liability Corporation.  But too many LLCs fail because of internal disputes, says John Cunningham, a Concord lawyer and expert on LLCs.  On January 1, a revised LLC act that was signed by Governor Lynch in June will go into effect.  Cunningham -- who was the principle author of the original LLC law and chaired the committee that wrote the new act -- says the new law sets out to reduce disputes between LLC members by clarifying their responsibilities. He gives this example:

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NH News
6:00 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Upper Valley Home For Pregnant Teens Closes Its Doors

Hannah House in Lebanon, N.H.
Credit Charlotte Albright, Vermont Public Radio

Teen pregnancies have been declining for almost two decades now, and the rates in Vermont and New Hampshire are among the lowest in the nation. While that may be good news, it's also one reason a residential program for teen mothers in Lebanon, New Hampshire is closing its doors. That will leave some teens without social services they have come to depend on.

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North Country
4:55 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Northern Pass Misses One Self-Imposed Deadline, But Announces A New Route

For much of the year officials at Northeast Utilities have been saying they would have the new route for Northern Pass submitted to the US Department of Energy by the end of the year.

But the New Year is here and while nothing has been posted with the DOE Northern Pass says it has a new route.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

In a conference call with analysts early in October Northeast Utilities official Lee Olivier said the company was “still on track” to file a new route with the Department of Energy by the end of the year.

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North Country
3:58 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Canadian Hikers Rescued from Mount Lafayette

Two Canadian men who were lost in the White Mountains overnight were rescued Monday afternoon after an extensive search by Fish and Game and a National Guard Black Hawk helicopter.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The two Canadian men had planned to climb Mt. Lafayette, a 4,000-footer in the Franconia Notch.

But they lost their way late Sunday afternoon due to fog, high winds and blowing snow, says Dany Daigle of Quebec, one of the hikers.

“We found a big rock and sleep under it. We tried to make a fire and our matches didn’t work. And our water froze.”

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NH News
2:38 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

N.H.'s New DUI Law Covering Prescription Drugs Goes Into Effect Jan. 1

Starting  Jan. 1, driving under the influence of prescription drugs, over the counter medications or any other chemical substances is a crime in New Hampshire.

Law enforcement officials say the change will help them prosecute drivers impaired by drugs not previously covered under state law.  Lawmakers expanded the state’s driving under the influence law in 2012 and Gov. Lynch signed it into law last June.

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NH News
12:43 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Ringing In The New Year Across New Hampshire

New Hampshire communities are preparing to usher in the New Year with fireworks, parades and other First Night festivities.

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NH News
11:36 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Who Knew? Fireworks Better In Winter

Fireworks will light up the night sky tonight around New Hampshire.
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Many New Hampshire towns and cities usher in the new year tonight with fireworks displays. Turns out, winter is actually a great time of year for shows.

"The fireworks burn much cleaner. The colors are a bit brighter, because you don’t have the humid air," says Stephen Pelkey, CEO of Atlas Pyro Vision. "And it just makes for a wonderful backdrop."

The Jaffrey-based company is putting on 35 shows across New England tonight. Check local listings for events in your area.

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Inside NHPR
10:45 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Top Stories: SNHU Online Dispenses With Grades; Democratic Lawmakers Seek To Repeal Voter ID Law

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1. Education: SNHU Online Learning Program Dispenses With Grades And Credit Hours

Online courses in higher education have been around for decades. Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester has been offering online courses since 1996. Now the university is piloting a new online model — one that dispenses with courses, grades and credit hours.

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North Country
7:45 am
Mon December 31, 2012

North Country Towns Work On A Community Forest

The proposed Cooley-Jericho Community Forest in Easton flanks the White Mountain National Forest.
Credit Courtesy of Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust

A group of North Country residents is much closer to creating a community forest alongside the White Mountain National Forest.  

Now they’re beginning to think about what kind of playground it should be.

For years people in the western part of the White Mountains –have admired an 840-acre tract of privately owned land.

It is located in Easton, which abuts the better-known towns of Sugar Hill and Franconia.

From its ridgeline there are fabulous  views of the nearby White Mountain National Forest.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Comedian Finds Inspiration From Life In N.H.

Comedian Jimmy Dunn performs at a Heart Association event in Manchester
Credit Photo courtesy of P.T. Sullivan

Comedian Jimmy Dunn has some advice for wannabe comics in New Hampshire.

“If you want to make it here in NH, you have to get a car that you can drive a lot. The most important thing, you need a honda civic, because you’re going to be putting 300 miles a night on your car if you’re any good at all. My first year I had an old Volkswagen and I put 60,000 miles on my car."

Dunn has since upgraded to a Nissan pick-up truck, more often than not overstuffed with surf boards and kayaks.

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NH News
5:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

N.H. Lawmaker Wants To Make Training A Prerequisite To Owning Firearms

A New Hampshire lawmaker wants to make it a requirement for those purchasing firearms to have to go through safety training first.

State representative Cynthia Sweeney filed her request for the legislation prior to the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

But Sweeney, a Charlestown Democrat, says the tragedy makes the need for training those who own firearms more pressing.

Sweeney’s legislation would make it a requirement for anyone purchasing or acquiring a firearm to attend a gun safety course.

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