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8:15 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

Bah Humbug! Thieves Snag Lights From Boscawen Christmas Tree - Twice

Thieves have stolen the lights off a small New Hampshire town's Christmas tree twice in less than a week.

Officials in Boscawen say someone stole the bottom set of lights off the town tree in the overnight hours last Monday or Tuesday just hours after firefighters had put the lights up. The tree has been a tradition in Boscawen for decades, standing by the road at a well-traveled junction.

Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat December 8, 2012

B.R.I.N.G. I.T.!

Sevda Islamova (right) and her fellow trainee are learning to become nurse.
CSenter

The BRING IT Nursing Program, part of the New Hampshire Nursing Diversity Pipeline Project, encourages minority youth to consider careers in nursing. Sevda Islamova is a Turkish immigrant from Russia who joined the program.

Sevda: : In the program, I learned how to take blood pressure, CPR, first aid care, and most importantly, I learned that I need to believe in myself. If you don’t believe in yourself you won’t be able to achieve anything.

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Environment
5:42 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Seacoast Scientists Say Great Bay Is In "Stasis"

The Great Bay Estuary has been called the most studied estuary in the country, and many who watch this ecosystem worry that it is on the verge of a collapse
Credit Flikr Creative Commons / Rickpilot_2000

A new report out Friday finds that the Great Bay Estuary is still struggling. Every 3 years the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership, or PREP releases its State Of Our Estuaries report. The report’s data plays into an ongoing battle over the cost of new wastewater treatment plants on the seacoast.

If you’ve been following the efforts of conservation groups on the Seacoast, PREP’s data from the last three years are no big surprise.

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NH News
5:42 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Historic Bridges House Gets A Makeover

The Bridges House in 1977

The newly renovated Bridges House, New Hampshire’s official but unused governor’s residence is now opened for tours.


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Health
5:11 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Report: State Ranks Last In Anti-Smoking Efforts

Credit Justin Shearer / Flick/Creative Commons

A new report ranks New Hampshire last in the nation when it comes to funding anti-smoking programs.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids annual release says that New Hampshire allocated zero state funds for tobacco prevention efforts this fiscal year.

That’s despite the fact that the state collected more than $250 million dollars in tobacco tax revenue combined with the state’s portion of a 1998 settlement agreement.

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North Country
4:26 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Hassan Picks "North Country Priorities" Team

Governor-elect Maggie Hassan says she wants the North Country Priorities task force to gather information so the needs of that area
Credit Paul Filippov for NHPR

Saying the North Country communities “possess unique strengths and face unique challenges” Governor-elect Maggie Hassan has appointed a North Country Priorities team.

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NH News
12:20 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Ayotte: We'll Have A Female President In My Lifetime, But It Won't Be Me

The nation's first all-female delegation gathered at Saint Anselm College Friday. From left, Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan, Rep.-elect Ann Kuster, Rep.-elect Carol Shea-Porter, Sen, Kelly Ayotte and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
Michael Brindley, NHPR

Originally broadcast 12/7/2012.

While seen as a rising star in her party, Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte says she has no plans to be the nation's first female president.

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Local Farm-Raised Christmas Trees

Baby Christmas trees, Lee, NH
Credit Selbe B via Flickr Creative Commons

According to the National Christmas Tree Growers Association, buying a natural, farm-grown Christmas tree is a traditional custom for up to 30 million American families who celebrate the holidays with the fragrance and beauty of locally-raised, farm-grown Christmas trees. Today, the majority of Christmas trees are plantation-grown. There are an estimated 350 million Christmas trees growing nationwide.

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Environment
6:45 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

In A State Where Snow Is Money...New Study Examines Climate Change And Tourism

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A new study warns that climate change could devastate the economies of states like New Hampshire that rely heavily on winter tourism.

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NH News
6:45 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

State's Largest Department Gets To Work Meeting Hassan's Budget Demands

Nick Toumpas

State department heads will spend the coming weeks working to meet Governor-elect Maggie Hassan’s mandate to cut spending by 3 percent next year.

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Health
4:50 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Telemedicine In New Hampshire Gets Boost

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Let’s say you are one of the 904 or so residents of Warren, New Hampshire. Let’s say you get sick.  Maybe you just started on a new prescription and are having unwanted side effects.

“Today, they have one of two options,” says Shawn Tester, who runs the day-to-day operations at Ammonousuc Community Health Services, which has five primary care clinics in Grafton and Coos County.

“They either do without. Or they have to travel, oh, I don’t know, 45 miles to our Littleton office to receive that consultative service.”

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Politics
4:48 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Legislation Would Restore University Funding

Credit Kyle Todesca, UNH

The state senator whose district includes Durham has filed legislation to restore cuts in funding to the University system made by the last, republican-controlled legislature.

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North Country
10:18 am
Thu December 6, 2012

North Country Events

Boundary Pond in Coos County.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

MARKET PLACE AT THE ROCKS ESTATE, BETHLEHEM

Daily through December 23, 10AM - 4:30PM, wares from New England crafters harvest your own Christmas trees, hand-crafted wreaths. Horse-drawn wagon rides on weekends. For more information: www.therocks.org.

ACTIVITIES AT AMC HIGHLAND CENTER, BRETTON WOODS

MOVIES AT 7:30 pm

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Education
6:00 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Online Petition Pushes For Transgender Policy In Nashua

An online petition asks the Nashua school district to establish anti-discrimination policies for transgender students.

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NH News
5:57 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Gov.-Elect Hassan Tells Agencies To Cut Back 3 Percent In 2013 Budgets

Maggie Hassan
Credit Paul Filippov

Gov.-Elect Maggie Hassan is instructing state agencies to make 3 percent cuts in next year’s budgets.

In a memo sent out Wednesday to department heads, Hassan says the budget targets will give the state flexibility to deal with unexpected financial issues.

The directive requires agencies to craft budgets for Fiscal Year 2013 that are 97 percent of this year’s adjusted appropriations.

For Fiscal Year 2014, Hassan wants budgets that are 100 percent of the adjusted 2013 spending.

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