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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Next Week on the Exchange - Week of July 9th

Next week on the Exchange, we find out what’s brewing with the Tea Party. We’ll talk with statewide activists in this movement about where the party has been and where it’s going during this political season. Then, we look at the influence of the French Canadians to New Hampshire with local Franco American historian, Robert Perreault. We talk to the author of a new book scrutinizes the eco-friendly brands of several major companies. And two foreign policy experts call for a new American Grand Strategy on the international stage.

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All Things Considered
5:42 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

A Shipyard Tragedy Almost Fifty Years Ago

The USS Thresher in 1961, two years before it sank in the Atlantic.
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center. USNHC # NH 97551.

Navy officials continue to investigate the massive fire at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

The blaze caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to the USS Miami nuclear submarine, which had come to Portsmouth for an overhaul.

For longtime Seacoast residents, the accident brings to mind the tragedy of the USS Thresher, a nuclear sub based in Portsmouth. Nearly a half century ago, the Thresher sank several hundred miles off the East Coast; all of its 129 crew members died.

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NH News
5:19 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Vermont Yankee Opponents Say Water Permit Could Force Plant To Close

A loss late last month in federal appeals court has limited the state’s options to challenge Vermont Yankee’s operating license.

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NH News
4:24 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

New Hampshire Housing Market Continues Gradual Recovery

New data from the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority suggests the state’s housing market continues to show signs of a slow recovery.

The number of New Hampshire homes sold in May of this year jumped up from 2011-levels. That’s good. The bad news is that the average price of those properties is down two-point-four percent from a year ago, falling to $205-thousand dollars.

The 351 new foreclosures in May probably won’t help. Until the glut of properties on the market clears up, housing prices will remain low.

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National
10:41 am
Thu July 5, 2012

'Roller Skiing' Summer Training for Winter Athletes

Skiers at a camp for elite skiers in the North East practice their "double poling."
Sam Evans-Brown

Athletes all over the country are competing to secure their places on the Summer Olympics team. At the same time, Winter Olympians are doing what they can to stay in shape. For cross-country skiers, that means roller skiing. New Hampshire Public Radio's Sam Evans-Brown reports roller skiing has become a competition sport in its own right.

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NH News
6:03 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

121 New Citizens Take Oath In New Hampshire

Naturalization Ceremony In Portsmouth
Emily Corwin

So far this year in New Hamsphire, more than 1100 people have become new U.S. citizens.  

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Environment
5:36 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

White Nose Syndrome Found in Rockingham County for the First Time

USFWS Headquarters Flikr Creative Commons

Officials with New Hampshire Fish and Game have confirmed that bats infected with White Nose Syndrome have been detected in Rockingham County for the first time.

White nose was first detected on bats in Rockingham in 2010, but this March was the first time bats were visibly infected with the fungus. Fish and Game biologist Emily Brunkhurst says the disease has devastated bat populations in the Northeast.

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All Things Considered
5:25 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

The Fourth in Wolfeboro: A Parade, Several Romneys and a Few Secret Service Agents

Mitt Romney has marched in a number of New Hampshire parades during his two presidential runs, including the Milford Labor Day Parade in 2007.
Dave Delay via Flickr/Creative Commons

Mitt Romney is off the campaign trail this week. He’s vacationing at his home in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, but the Republican presidential candidate is set to march in the town’s 4th of July parade.

And that’s likely to bring more attention than usual to Wolfeboro and its festivities this Independence Day.

Grand Marshal Harold Chamberlin has organized Wolfeboro’s 4th of July parade for 17 years. He tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the parade and whether Romney's participation means any changes to his work.

North Country
5:11 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Biology Professor Says He's Positive He Spotted A Mountain Lion In The North Country

This is a file photo of a mountain lion, not the one seen by biology professor Jim Chace.
FlickR by AskJoanne

A biology professor from Rhode Island got a big, furry surprise recently when driving in the North Country.

It is called a mountain lion.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Jim Chace is a biology professor at a university in Rhode Island.

He was driving south on Route 3 from Lancaster towards Whitefield just south of the White Mountains Regional High School.

It was daylight.

There weren’t any cars ahead of him.

Then, it happened.

“Smack right in front of my car, running out ahead across the road was a large cat.”

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NH News
3:44 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Liberty Utilities Acquires National Grid's Gas and Electric Businesses in New Hampshire

Liberty Utilities Company completed its $250 million acquisition of National Grid’s gas and electric businesses in New Hampshire today.

Liberty Utilities now services National Grid’s 87,000 natural gas and 43,000 electric customers across the state. 

Ian Robertson, chief executive officer of Liberty Utilities’ parent company, Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. of Ontario, says the deal was 18 months in the making.

Robertson says the transition will be seamless, and National Grid customers can expect a more localized approach to business.

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Special Programs: Independence Day
2:01 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Independence Day Programming

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NHPR will air the following special programs for Independence day.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

9:00 a.m.   Socrates Exchange: Who Is American?

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North Country
1:06 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Plan To Build Austrian Pellet Boilers In US Could Help Forest Economy

Chris Jensen for NHPR

In a move that would be good for the region’s wood-based economy Maine Energy Systems of Bethel, Maine plans to start building automated, wood-pellet boilers in the United States instead of importing them from Europe, says Les Otten, founder and chief executive officer.

“We will do the majority of the manufacture and assembly in the United States,” he told NHPR. “There is no reason we can’t be competitive globally.”

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NH News
5:17 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

AG Questions Hospital CEO Pay

A new report finds that CEOs at New Hampshire's nonprofit hospitals saw their pay increase by an average of 18 percent from 2006 to 2009. 

The report CEO pay varies widely. An the low end, Colebrook’s  Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital pays its CEO 150,000. At the high end, the leader of the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester pulled down about a million dollars in 2009.  The salary report was commissioned by Attorney General Michael Delaney. He says while the report found hospital CEO pay here is on par for the region,

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NH News
5:03 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

More Confirmed Cases in Hepatitis C Outbreak

Public health officials say six more Exeter Hospital patients have tested positive for Hepatitis C. That brings the total number of infections to 27.

Local, state and federal law enforcement are still investigating the cause of the outbreak. An Exeter Hospital employee is suspected of exposing patients to the liver-destroying virus by mishandling needles.

Most Read Online
12:12 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Top Stories: White Mountains Innkeeper Struggles With Shifting Economic Landscape, Summer Books 2012

Amanda Loder StateImpact NH

A roundup of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and StateImpact - NH website.

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