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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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Politics
5:36 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

New Leaders Call for New Tone at Statehouse

Terie Norelli appearing on NHPR's The Exchange in 2010. Norelli was elected Speaker of the House for the next legislative session.
Credit Brady Carlson / NHPR

It's called Organization Day at the Statehouse - it's the day lawmakers are sworn in, leaders are elected, and, as they say, the future is yet unwritten.

NHPR's political reporter Josh Rogers joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with more on the House and Senate leaders and whether their calls for a new tone in the legislature were comments on the previous legislative session.

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North Country
5:34 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Berlin Biomass Plant To Open Late Next Year - $25 Million Boost To Economy Predicted

By the end of 2013 the new biomass plant in Berlin should be operating and putting about $25 million a year into the forest economy, says Scott Tranchemontagne, a spokesman for the facility’s owners, Cate Street Capital of Portsmouth.

Wednesday morning a key part of the facility arrived, a 132-ton steam turbine carried on a transporter that is 175-feet long and has 74 wheels.

Powered by 750,000 tons of woodchips each year, the Burgess BioPower plant is expected to provide 75 megawatts of power to Public Service of New Hampshire.

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NH News
4:53 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

N.H. Tourism Officials Predict 6.7M Visitors Will Spend $860M This Winter

Skiing in the White Mountains

After a rough winter season last year, New Hampshire tourism officials predict nearly seven million people will visit the state between now and the end of February.

The state Division of Travel and Tourism Development says those tourists are expected to spend $860 million, which would be up by 9 percent over last year.

Those figures come from the Institute for New Hampshire Studies.

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NH News
1:45 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

A.G. Report: No Wine Was Ever Stolen From Portsmouth Liquor Store

State liquor store.
Credit Joe Shlabotnik / Flickr/Creative Commons

The New Hampshire attorney general’s office says an investigation has found that no wine was ever missing from a Portsmouth state liquor outlet.

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NH News
1:36 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Bedford Leaders Hope Forum Will Calm Fears After Home Invasion

Bedford Town Manager Jessie Levine knows that statistics showing her town is one of the safest in the state have little meaning if residents don’t feel secure in their homes.

“The statistical safety and the sense of safety are two different things. We can reassure people that Bedford has a low crime index and that our police are doing everything they can but unless they actually really feel that then we’ve been unable to get that message across.”

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