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5:30 am
Mon August 27, 2012

One Year Out, Hardest Hit by Irene Make Slow Comeback

NHPR Staff Photo

A year ago Tropical Storm Irene devastated parts of Northern New Hampshire. One hard-hit business was the Crawford Notch campground, which was cut off from the rest of the state for three days by the storm.

Campground owner, Richard Garabedian, watched Tropical Storm Irene wash away 1.6 acres of his riverside campground, and the only roads that connected his business to the rest of the state.

He chuckles and says, "I still don’t sleep when it rains."

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NH News
5:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Irene Recovery Focuses On How To Minimize Future Damage

Irene construction analyst Peter Edlund oversees the statewide effort to rebuild homes damaged by Irene.
Steve Zind, Vermont Public Radio

One year after Tropical Storm Irene, the recovery process is still in high gear.  

It’s partly about pounding nails and painting walls, but it’s also about planning – and deciding what can be done to minimize the devastation of future storms.

Peter Edlund’s office has four wheels and gets about 40 miles to the gallon.  

As construction analyst for Central Vermont Community Action, Edlund oversees the work of rebuilding homes around the state damaged by Irene.  He spends his days in his car and today he’s in Moretown.

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North Country
3:02 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

An Injured Hiker And 4.4 Miles Of Trail

Rescuers carried a litter 4.4 miles.
NH Fish and Game

It took almost two dozen volunteers to carry an injured woman out of the White Mountains late Thursday, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Mary Jean Mork, 61, injured her leg on the last day of a five-day trip from Franconia Ridge to the Zealand Road in Bethlehem.

Her husband, Michael Donahue, went to the Appalachian Mountain Club hut for help because there is no cellular coverage in the area. The AMC huts have high-powered radios.

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NH News
2:52 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Gov. Candidate Kevin Smith Collects on LLC Loophole

Kevin Smith of Cornerstone Action introduces former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum at the Taxpayer Tea Party rally in Concord, April 15, 2011. (Brady Carlson, NHPR)

No candidate in the  2012 gubernatorial race benefited more from a major loophole in New Hampshire's political-finance regulations than Republican Kevin Smith. 

State election law limits corporate campaign contributions to $7,000 per election cycle, the same as individual donors. But nothing in the law prohibits multiple limited-liability companies controlled by the same individual to donate on behalf of each LLC, making it easy for wealthy donors to exceed the statutory limits.

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North Country
2:29 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Access To Natural Gas: A New Draw For The North Country?

There’s a new effort underway to attract businesses to the North Country with the prospect of cheaper energy.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen has the story.

An economic development group has a new way to encourage businesses to come to Coos.

It is taking advantage of a natural gas pipeline from Canada that crosses the county, says Jon Freeman, the president of the Northern Community Investment Corporation.

“Typically the natural gas will cost about one quarter of the price of oil.”

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All Things Considered
5:41 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

A Rare New England Bird May Actually Be Endangered

The Bicknell's thrush nests in mountain areas which are often tough for humans to cross, so they're not often seen by birders.
dickmfield via Flickr/Creative Commons - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dickmfield/5797669735/in/photostream/

The Bicknell’s thrush is a migratory songbird that winters in the Caribbean but comes to northern New England to breed.

It's long been hard to find in the region – and conservationists say that’s becoming a big problem. In fact, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week it’s considering the Bicknell’s thrush for endangered species status.

NH News
4:55 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Gubernatorial TV Spots Analyzed

Scene from gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley's Pledge Zombie ad.

You might have seen more than a few political TV ads this summer. Many candidates are gearing up for the general election this November, but New Hampshire still has a Primary coming on September 11th. Granite Staters will be voting to winnow the field of candidates for governor, and these candidates are using TV commercials as part of their campaign strategy.

To analyze these ads we spoke with…

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NH News
3:38 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

O'Brien Forms Committee To Probe Liquor Commission

The bipartisan committee of 11 house members will examining what House Speaker Bill O’Brien called the “numerous allegations” made against the commission.

According to O’Brien, the list includes improperly hiring a lobbyist, oppressing state officials, mis-allocating $100,000 in wine, and engaging in bootlegging activities.

O’Brien says the committee will determine if there is mismanagement, waste or illegal activities taking place at the liquor commission.

NH News
3:30 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Testing Continues as Hepatitis C Outbreak Grows

More than 1,200 patients potentially exposed to the outbreak of Hepatitis C at Exeter Hospital were tested at public clinics last week, according to officials at Health and Human Services.

Anyone who received treatment in Exeter’s intensive care unit or operating rooms between April, 2011 and May of this year has been asked to get tested.

Former employee David Kwiatkowski is accused of reusing syringes of pain medication at the hospital during that time period.

So far, 32 patients have tested positive for matching strains of the blood-borne virus.

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NH News
3:25 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Bus Line To Boston Has Strong First Year

The Department of Transportation says the Boston Express is the most successful new bus line in the country.

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NH News
3:24 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Cilley Defends Her Voting Record

Democratic candidate for Governor Jackie Cilley is defending breaking with her party to oppose mandatory seatbelt laws and banning pay-day loans. Former State Senator Cilley defended her record on NHPR’s the Exchange with Laura Knoy. Her primary opponent Maggie Hassan has criticized her refusal to support a seatbelt law and outlaw payday loans.

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NH News
2:03 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Housing Market Shows Signs of Life

Diana Parkhouse Flickr/Creative Commons

New housing data released today show a continued upswing in residential sales. Twelve-hundred-and-sixty homes were sold in July. That’s a jump of about 20% from a year ago.

John Rice with NH Association of Realtors believes that with sales on the upswing, housing prices may be starting to turn the corner.

“If they are not as low as they are going to get, they’ve got to be close to it," says Rice.

The median sale price in July was $215,000, basically the same as it was in 2011.

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NH News
5:55 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

First Case of West Nile Virus Reported in State

Gamma Man Flickr/Creative Commons

Health officials announced today that a Manchester resident has been infected with West Nile Virus.

It’s the first confirmed infection since September, 2010 in New Hampshire.

West Nile Virus first appeared in the state in 2000. Since then, four other humans have contracted the mosquito-borne virus.

National data from the CDC shows that the number of confirmed cases has risen dramatically in recent weeks.

There have also been 41 deaths; more than half in the state of Texas, where over 500 cases have been reported.

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Elections 2012
5:24 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Candidate Filings Only Part of Election Money Picture in New Hampshire

The candidates for governor are touting their fundraising ahead of Wednesday's midnight deadline to submit campaign finance.

What we know so far: Republican Ovide Lamontagne says his campaign raised about $1.2 million dollars. Democrat Maggie Hassan, $930,000; Democrat Jackie Cilley about $281 thousand dollars. No word as of Wednesday afternoon from Republican Kevin Smith.

That's what we know; but there’s a lot we don’t know about campaign money. And many election observers say a lot of campaign money won’t ever show up in candidate reports anyway.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Candidate For Sheriff Says He'd Use Office To Stop Abortions

In an interview with WMUR-TV, Republican Frank Szabo says if elected Hillsborough County Sheriff he'd arrest anyone who performs an abortion for any other purpose than saving the life of the mother.

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