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1:16 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Whooping Cough Hits N.H.

According to the CDC, there have been around 40,000 cases nationwide of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) this year.
Credit CDC

Pertussis starts like a cold, but after a week or so, it leads to severe coughing fits that can take weeks to shake.  It’s also called ‘whooping cough’ because patients make a high-pitched whoop sound as they suck in air.

There are 222 confirmed cases in the state this year, the highest levels since 2006.

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Inside NHPR
11:25 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Top Stories: How N.H. Gun Laws Stack Up; Lost & Found: The Ski Hills Of N.H.

Credit Emily Corwin and Sara Plourde / NHPR

1) Politics: How New Hampshire Gun Laws Stack Up Against Vermont’s And Massachusetts’

New Hampshire and Vermont do not require that mental health information be reported for use in firearm purchaser background checks. Massachusetts, on the other hand, will not issue any firearms license if the applicant has been confined to any hospital or institution for mental illness, unless the applicant submits a physician’s affidavit.

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North Country
8:53 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Bill Proposes Mandatory Fines For All Hiker Rescues

Credit BurningQuestion via Flickr Creative COmmons

Hikers could be charged for their  rescues even if they didn’t do anything wrong under a bill being filed by the NH House’s top republican.

Currently much of the money for rescue operations carried out by New Hampshire Fish and Game comes from fees such as licenses for hunting, fishing and snowmobiles.

Only those guilty of the most reckless behavior risk having to pay for their rescues.

But rescues cost about $300,000 a year, says Major Kevin Jordan, of Fish and Game.

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NH News
3:00 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

Lawmaker Wants To Extend N.H. Concussion Law To Middle Schools

Representative Rick Ladd says a law requiring high schools to be more vigilant in dealing with concussions needs to be broadened to include younger student athletes.

Ladd, a Haverhill Republican, says the law passed last year only applies to sports in grades 9 through 12.

The law requires high school student athletes be removed from games if they are suspected of having a concussion. Students cannot return to the field until they get clearance from a doctor and a parent’s permission.

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All Things Considered
2:19 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

A New England Christmas Card From Robert Frost

Robert Frost's handwritten greeting on his Christmas card to
Credit courtesy Dartmouth College

Some Christmas traditions – like trees, and ornaments and carols – seem to be as popular as ever. Others, like the annual Christmas card, aren’t faring quite as well. Last week a columnist for TIME Magazine asked whether Christmas cards are obsolete in the social media era.

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North Country
7:00 am
Tue December 25, 2012

North Country: Let's Put On A Radio Station

Nate Alberts
Chris Jensen for NHPR

A new community radio station is up and running in Littleton.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen tuned in.

Announcer – Red Hot Chili Peppers….

It would be an understatement to call the studio of North Country Community Radio modest.

There’s a single microphone and a hand-me-down control board with dozens of levers and switches.

There’s a flowered couch, a row of vinyl records.

Some eight-track tapes.

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NH News
4:00 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Democratic Lawmakers Seek To Repeal N.H. Voter ID Law

A group of Democratic lawmakers want to repeal the voter ID requirements implemented under Republican leadership.

Current law requires that voters be asked for photo identification at the polls, but does not require they have one to cast a ballot.

In elections this year, people who wanted to vote but did not have ID had to sign an affidavit.

Proponents argue the measure helps to prevent voter fraud, but Tim Horrigan, a Durham Democrat, says there is no evidence that a problem exists.

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NH News
3:26 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

2nd Arrest In UNH Student Murder Case

Kathryn McDonough is a 19-year-old Portsmouth resident who has been arrested for giving a false alibi when questioned by the police as to her whereabouts at the time of the disappearance of UNH student Elizabeth Marriott.
Credit NH Attorney General

A second arrest has been made in connection with disappearance and murder of UNH student Elizabeth Marriott. 19-year-old Portsmouth resident Kathryn McDonough has been arrested on charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution and conspiracy to hinder apprehension or prosecution.

Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley says McDonough was the girlfriend of Seth Mazzaglia who has been charged with Marriott’s murder.

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NH News
2:46 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Snow Storms Parading Into N.H.

The National Weather service's prediction of where it will be rain, snow, or freezing rain on 1pm on Thursday.
Credit National Weather Service / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

There’s some snow on tap for the Granite State. The Northeast seems to be in a pattern of unsettled weather, with two storms swinging through in just a matter of days. The first flakes should begin to fly tonight, as a weak system passed through clipping the bottom of the state.

Hometown Forecast Service’s Rob Carolan says this quick hit should amount to about an inch for the southern part of the state, and just a dusting up North.

Carolan: It should be all said and done by about noon tomorrow.

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NH News
6:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Ho, Ho, Ho! Merrimack Children Get Phone Calls From Secret Santas

Sgt. Ted Dillon of the Merrimack Police Department poses as Santa during a phone call to a child last week.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

When convincing a child on the other end of a phone line you’re Santa Claus, having the right voice goes a long way.

“Ho ho ho! How are you today Peyton?” says Merrimack police officer Greg Walters. "Good. Have you been a good boy? You have? Are you helping out mom and dad around the house?"

Walters is one of the officers in the department who makes calls to unsuspecting and, at times, speechless children as part of the town’s Santa Calling program.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

A Public Story About A Private Gift (Rebroadcast)

Credit Sean Hurley, NHPR

When reporter Sean Hurley heard that one of his neighbors was giving away Christmas trees, he wanted to find out more about this local charity. And what he found was that this man's very public act, letting people wander over his property to pick out and cut down one of the Christmas Trees, was also very private. This story won Second Place in the 2007 Best Feature category from the New Hampshire Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

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NH News
4:55 am
Mon December 24, 2012

All Options On The Table For N.H. Health Exchange

The President’s health law wasn’t all that popular with New Hampshire House Republicans.  Among other actions last session, they passed a law prohibiting the state from managing its own health insurance exchange.

And for now, the state is moving forward with a marketplace run by the Federal government.

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NH News
11:39 am
Sun December 23, 2012

Manchester Superintendent Skeptical About NRA Proposal To Put Guns In Schools

Manchester Superintendent Thomas Brennan
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

The superintendent of New Hampshire's largest school district is skeptical about the National Rifle Association's idea to put armed security personnel in every school as a bulwark against gun violence.

A week after the Connecticut school massacre that riveted the nation's attention to gun violence and school safety issues, the NRA came out with its armed guard proposal.

Manchester Schools Superintendent Tom Brennan tells WMUR-TV that it's time to think about other options, rather than suggesting more guns in school.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Rochester Opera House

The Rochester Opera House is a historic theater located in the Rochester city hall. It has been a center of community and community entertainment for more than a century. Now it is leased and operated as a non-profit, bringing a variety of shows and performance opportunities to the community. Shay Willard started acting there as a sixth grader; he is now a graduate student in film production and is directing a play at the opera house.

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Environment
5:18 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Legislators Will Take Up Great Bay Issues In January

Fertilizer running of from immaculate lawns in the Great Bay watershed is in the cross-hairs of one Newmarket lawmaker.
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Come January, New Hampshire lawmakers will consider a bevy of bills dealing with the water quality of Great Bay. Some proposals confront waste-water treatment plant costs head-on, while others skirt that controversy.

The decline in the ecosystem of the Great Bay, coupled with Portsmouth, Rochester, and Dover's decision to fight the EPA over required wastewater treatment plant to upgrades is inspiring action in Concord.

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