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12:00 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Poetry In Life

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We'll tackle couplets, stanzas, limericks, sonnets, odes, dirges; free or rhyming verse of any meter. From the epic to the cursory, from the aggressive to the  consolatory, we’re all about poetry today.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Granite United Way's 2-1-1 Connects People and Services

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The Granite United Way's 2-1-1 New Hampshire service is a directory assistance of services available in the state. It puts those in need in touch with the services that can help.

Cassie called 2-1-1 for help with disability rights when she ran into trouble with her housing arrangement. Her landlord had issued an eviction notice after she acquired a dog, because her lease forbids pets from the building. But Cassie's dog isn't a pet; she's a psychiatric service dog that provided therapeutic assistance.

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Education
6:17 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Tax Credit Ruling Likely To Head To Supreme Court

Oral arguments were heard Friday in a lawsuit which will determine if the state’s new education tax credit is constitutional. The state argues that for the tax credit to be considered unconstitutional, the judge has to consider first if directing money through a tax credit is the same as spending money in the budget. Next the judge will have to determine if because some parents use that money to send their kids to religious schools, does that violate the state’s constitution?

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NH News
4:22 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Prescription Drug 'Take-Back' Day In New Hampshire

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On Saturday, New Hampshire citizens are able to turn in expired, unused or unwanted medication as part of Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Officials say drugs left unsecure in a home can lead to abuse and accidental poisonings. Environmental experts caution that pharmaceuticals can harm aquatic life if they end up in the water supply.

This is the 6th take-back day in the state. Previous efforts have yielded more than 18,000 pounds of unwanted medication.

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NH News
4:19 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Congress' Grant To Prevent F.A.A. Furloughs May Save Nashua's Control Tower

Manchester Control Tower
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Congress passed a bill to prevent traffic controller furloughs by granting $253 million to the Federal Aviation Administration. And it may also keep the contract towers slated for closure, like the one in Nashua, running through the end of the year.


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NH News
4:02 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Judge Issues Same Sentence In Fatal Home Invasion

A New Hampshire man convicted of hacking to death a woman and maiming her daughter in a 2009 home invasion in Mont Vernon has been sentenced once again to life in prison without parole, plus 76 years. 

Steven Spader was required to be re-sentenced under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving life sentences for people under the age of 18. He was a month shy of turning 18 when he killed Kimberly Cates in 2009, but in a recent letter to the court said he did not want a reduced sentence. 

Arts & Culture
2:38 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

For Artist, 'Draw New Hampshire' A Trip Down Memory Lane

Isles of Shoals from Rye
Sue Anne Bottomley

New Hampshire is already small, but for artist Sue Anne Bottomley, everyone's practically a neighbor.

Or they are since the New London woman spent the last two years visiting each town with the goal of drawing pictures of all of them. Bottomley has produced a blog called Colorful Journey where she displays her drawings and tells each town's tales.

Bouncing beside her grandpa down rutted dirt roads  in his old  Chevy pickup truck, a 5-year-old, Sue Anne Bottomley discovered New Hampshire.

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NH News
1:46 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Gov. Hassan Says Finishing I-93 Expansion Critical To Economic Growth

Governor Maggie Hassan says expanding Interstate 93 is critical to economic growth in the southern tier of the state.

Hassan told members of the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce she understands the urgency to the region of completing the project.

“We know there are businesses just waiting to grow and begin adding jobs but they need us to finish the I-93 project to take these steps.”

And she says while there is agreement about the need to improve the state’s aging highways and roads, lawmakers continue to debate how to pay for it.

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Granite Seen
10:10 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Photos: Week Of April 26th

News Director Sarah Ashworth guest hosts The Exchange
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Education
5:13 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Education Tax Credit To Have Its Day In Court

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the controversial Education Tax Credit will be heard today in Strafford County Superior Court. The law was passed last year by Republicans seeking to create more avenues for educational choice. But Democrats say it saps resources from Public schools and have targeted the law for repeal.

Morning Edition host Rick Ganley spoke with NHPR Education Reporter, Sam Evans-Brown about the lawsuit. 

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Going Woodcocking (And Making Memories)

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  One of the rituals I shared with my children when they were growing up was stalking woodcocks during their spring courtship display. I guess I was sort of emulating a hero of mine named Aldo Leopold.

At twilight on April evenings, the woodcocks perform what naturalist Aldo Leopold described as "The Sky Dance" in an essay of the same title from his book A Sand Country Almanac, it's a sort of Bible for conservationists.

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NH News
5:49 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

House Subcommittee Hears Testimony On Social Costs Of Casinos

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Testimony turned emotional today as a House subcommittee considered the social costs of allowing a casino in New Hampshire.   Most of the comments focused on studies of gambling behavior and public policy.  The exception was Mell Brooks, of Littleton.  He discussed his five years as a restaurant owner in Oregon, where he was allowed to have five video slot machines. 

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Environment
3:28 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Stabilizing The Suncook: Pacifying A River Run Amok

During the 2006 Mother's Day flood the sand pit showed in the square filled with water from the Suncook's secondary channel (the smaller river that breaks off south of Old Mill Road. Water spilled into the main channel, and released the river.
Google Earth: 2003

Since 2006 the Suncook River has been on a different course: it jumped its bank in the Mother’s Day flood, and the state has been trying to stabilize it ever since. Now as part of a recent fine for filling wetlands, a gravel company will give the project 8,000 tons of stone for the project. But this is only part of a continuing effort to live next to a changing river.

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NH News
3:13 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Union Leader Outsourcing Printing, Pressmen To Be Laid Off

Thirty-four pressmen at the New Hampshire Union Leader will lose their jobs after the newspaper stops printing its own paper in June.

The state’s largest newspaper reported this week that it entered into an agreement with Seacoast Media Group to print its paper in Dover.

As a result, the pressmen will be laid off, as well as some part-time mailroom workers.

Publisher Joe McQuaid says the decision was necessary because of the cost of updating and commercializing the press.

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Business and Economy
3:07 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Broadcast TV On Digital Devices Comes To N.H. Counties

Beginning next month, New Hampshire residents will be able to watch broadcast television on their digital devices, thanks to a controversial new service called Aereo, which is now expanding to Boston and beyond. 

A subscription costs a dollar a day, or 8 dollars per month, and will be available in Belknap, Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Strafford counties beginning May 15th. Those who have not subscribed already can do so beginning May 30th.

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