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5:45 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Nashua Celebrates the Arts with Downtown Music Festival

Nashua's Downtown Music Festival presents '90s Night'
Tina Forbes NHPR

Nashua saw the second installment of its premier ‘Downtown Music Festival’ with a nineties music night July 21.

Ryan Callahan is wearing a large white cowboy hat and leather jacket. As a version of Tom Petty’s “Free Falling” plays, he walks through the crowd talking to everyone. Callahan moved to Nashua from Dallas, and says the city could use more events like this one.

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North Country
5:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

A Story Of Love, Death And A Boost To Music In The North Country

Fritz and Eleonore Kramer's ashes were blended and then buried in Sugar Hill.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

This story began 70 years ago with an Austrian musician fleeing the Nazis.

A Polish woman fleeing the Russian soldiers towards the close of World War II.

And their love affair.

Now it has ended with a surprise, $1 million donation to bring more music to the North Country.

For decades Fritz Kramer was a professional piano player in Europe.

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Health
4:35 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Report Cites Exeter Hospital For Failing to Maintain Proper Narcotics Supervision

Zaldymlg flickr

The first New Hampshire Health Department clinic to test people for hepatitis C related to an outbreak at Exeter Hospital is opening as a new report cites the hospital for violations, saying it failed to properly maintain supervision over narcotics.

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NH News
2:19 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Bringing Hollywood to the Granite State: A NH Coalition Wants Tax Incentives for Film and TV

Horia Varlan, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

A group of arts and media business owners have formed a coalition hoping to encourage film and TV production in the Granite State. 

The New Hampshire Production Coalition is currently developing a legislative plan that would help New Hampshire compete with more film-friendly states like Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, and Louisiana.

Tim Egan, of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, is the coalition’s president.

“Film, television, digital design, video gamers…  All the creative economy type industries don’t really have a trade association.”

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Not So Common Nighthawks

Photo Courtesy Lillian Stokes

In mid-August, one of the most elegant and least known migration flights begins. Common nighthawks, a long-distance migrant, are one of the earliest to depart their northern breeding grounds. Despite their species name, they aren't hawks and they aren't nocturnal. And, alas, they no longer are common. Nighthawks are crepuscular, a great word for the handful of species that are most active at dawn and dusk.

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All Things Considered
5:38 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Fishing Industry Hailing New Federal Administrator, Bracing for New Cuts

Next year could be a critical year for commercial fishermen in New England.

That’s because regulators said last week at a meeting in Portsmouth, that they may institute sharp cuts in catch limits on a number of groundfish species, like cod and haddock.

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NH News
5:00 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Neighborhood Stained by Graffiti Rallies

Taylor Quimby for NHPR

A rally was held in Concord today in reaction to racist graffiti discovered last weekend on the home of Somali refugees in the city’s South End. The crime is being linked to last September’s unsolved incident when three homes were targeted in the same neighborhood.  

By noon, about a hundred people had gathered on Thompson street in Concord’s South End.

Ten minutes later, the number had doubled.

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NH News
4:35 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Mayor "disturbed" by latest hate crime

Photo by the Concord Police Department

Concord’s mayor Jim Bouley says the city isn’t going to tolerate hate crime against its refugee residents. On Sunday morning, a racist message written in black permanent marker appeared on the house of a Somali family in the city’s South End. Bouley stopped by NHPR to talk about this latest incident, which was nearly identical to graffiti that appeared on three refugee homes last fall.

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NH News
2:33 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Governor Lynch Promotes New Hampshire Retail Industry

Governor Lynch praises NH retailers for supporting the state economy.
Tina Forbes NHPR

Governor John Lynch took to the new outlet mall in Merrimack today to promote New Hampshire’s lack of a sales tax.

Governor Lynch’s visit comes as Massachusetts is about to have a two day reprieve from its 6.25 percent sales tax.

Lynch praised state retailers for doing a good job promoting New Hampshire’s lack of a sales tax and stressed that retail sales are critical to the state’s economy.

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NH News
1:57 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Bass: SERVE Act Does Not Infringe 1st Amendment

Congressman Charlie Bass flanked by various veterans groups.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

New Hampshire Congressman Charlie Bass is celebrating the enactment of a law he backed to curb protests at military funerals Thursday.

At a statehouse news conference, Bass, flanked by veteran groups, said the new law strikes the right balance.

“I think that we have a fundamental obligation to ensure that fallen service members receive the honor and respect that they deserve.”

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Polling and Polarization, with Frank Newport: Editor-in-Chief at Gallup

In his many years analyzing American opinions, Frank Newport, Editor-in-Chief at Gallup, has noticed a growing and sharper political divide in this country, even for a nation that was founded on partisanship.  We’ll talk about these trends, the demographic and cultural forces behind them, and why we still say we want compromise.

Guest:

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Elections 2012
8:30 am
Thu August 9, 2012

G.O.P Gubernatorial Rivals Spar Over Gambling, Budget

Jonathan Lynch

In a largely bloodless exchange, Lamontagne and Smith took turns answering audience-submitted questions in front of the standing-room only crowd.

Both candidates said they oppose the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Both candidates affirmed they are pro-life and that they support traditional marriage.

They both staunchly oppose broad-based income or sales taxes.

But the two GOP candidates broke step when a question came up about bringing gambling to the granite state.

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North Country
5:42 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Farewell To 35 mm Film Means Hello To Trouble For Small Theaters

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Film studios are planning to replace 35 mm films with digital projectors that could cost $50,000 or more.

That’s expected to improve visual quality and reduce costs for the film studios. But owners of small, community cinemas and drive-ins are worried.

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NH News
5:08 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

DHHS: West Nile Virus Found in 26 Mosquito Batches

Eighteen new batches of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in the greater Manchester, Nashua and Salem areas.

The state epidemiologist says this is the first announcement of West Nile Virus from the state this year. The city of Manchester has already reported 8 mosquito batches that tested positive. That brings the state total so far to 26, 23 in Manchester alone. 2 batches tested positive in Nashua and 1 in Salem.

Last year New Hampshire only found a total of 9 positive batches.

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NH News
4:44 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

From Classic Rock to Classical Pop

crazybobbles via Flickr Creative Commons

Listeners tuning in to WWHK in Concord might remember the station as the “The Hawk,” which had a classic rock format.

Now, the station has changed its tune in a big way.  Classical covers of songs like “Pour Some Sugar on Me” are all that have played on 102.3 for weeks. The music, recorded by the L.A.-based Vitamin String Quartet, is a placeholder, and not likely to last. 

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