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EarthTalk
2:22 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Arctic Summer Sea Ice At Lowest Levels

Satellite data reveal how the new record low compares to the average minimum extent over the past 30 years (in yellow).
Credit NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I heard that the Arctic summer sea ice is at its lowest level since we began recording it. What are the implications of all this melting?]

-- Jo Shoemaker, Bowie, MD

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Elections 2012
1:24 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Pres. Obama and Romney Escalate Ad War In New Hampshire

Five days before the Nov. 6 election, Republican nominee Mitt Romney and independent groups that support the presidential candidate are poised to outspend President Barack Obama on television ads targeting New Hampshire voters.

A review of television contracts filed this week with Federal Communications Commission show that the pro-Romney team reserved about $947,000 in air time from Oct. 29 through Election Day on WMUR, WBZ and WHDH.

Meanwhile, the Obama for America campaign reserved about $653,000 in air time on the three stations during the final week of the campaign.

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Arts & Culture
11:10 am
Fri November 2, 2012

NH This Weekend: NH Open Doors

This weekend restaurants, shops, farms and art galleries will once again participate in New Hampshire Open Doors, an event highlighting locally-made products and cultural attractions. It’s an event that has grown over the years and includes businesses and artists from every region in the state. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us more.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Next week on the Exchange - November 5, 2012

Next week on The Exchange, we begin with a panel of political experts here to answer any final questions you may have before you go to vote.  Then on the big day, we talk with constitutional experts about what our nation’s most important document says about voting. And the day after, we crunch the numbers as to who won, who didn’t and where the state and nation go from here. Join us all next week for the Exchange every morning live at 9 and again at 8 p m, here on NHPR.

The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Second District Congressional Candidate Ann McLane Kuster

We sit down with Second District Congressional candidate Ann McLane Kuster.  The Hopkinton Democrat is trying for a second time to unseat Republican Charlie Bass.  The two part ways on just about every major issue, from health care to federal debt and Kuster has tried to chip away at the moderate image Bass projects while he has calls her a partisan liberal.  Today we talk with Ann McLane Kuster on the issues and why she says she's the best next person for the job.

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Abortion Feature
7:30 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Two Pro-Choice Candidates Face-Off Over Women's Health In Congressional Race

Credit Steve Rhodes / Flickr Creative Common

While voters say economic issues are their top concern, abortion is also a high priority this year.  In a recent Gallup Poll, nearly two-thirds of voters said it’s an important factor in their decision. 

But when you have a pro-choice Republican running against a pro-choice Democrat, abortion doesn’t seem like an obvious lightning-rod issue. 

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Environment
12:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

What's Good for the Goose

Daniel D'Auria

November's gray skies carry the last of the migrating Canada geese, graceful ribbons of true wild Canadians on a long-distance flight. These aren't the New England locals, flying low from golf course to cornfield.

The northerners are vocal in flight. Geese are highly social, vocal year-round as they maintain relationships both within the family grouping and the greater flock. Vocalizing by young begins within the egg before hatching, and helps build a strong family bond that lasts a full year.

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Elections 2012
6:24 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Income Tax Amendment Takes A Backseat To Tight Races

Protecting New Hampshire from a broad-based sales or income tax has been a major issue in New Hampshire elections for decades – at least according to political scientist Dean Spiliotes.

"It goes back to the 1970s when Governor Meldrim Thomson pledged to veto any sales or income tax."

And this year’s races for Governor, and even Congress have been no different. 

But for all the talk around the income tax this season, the proposed constitutional amendment banning a personal income tax hasn’t gotten much attention.

Why?

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Elections 2012
5:54 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

On Jobs and the Economy: Annie Kuster

Annie Kuster, in a photo from the 2010 campaign.
Credit Amy Quinton, NHPR

We’re talking this week with candidates in New Hampshire’s 2nd congressional district about their ideas on jobs and the economy. Today we hear from the Democratic candidate, Annie Kuster. She talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.

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NH News
5:25 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Exeter Hospital Ordered To Release Patient Records To State

A judge has ruled that State health officials can access private health records at Exeter Hospital, as it continues to investigate an outbreak of Hepatitis C.

In August, the Hospital went to court seeking a protective order, arguing that the Division of Public Health’s request for patient records violated privacy laws.

But Superior Court Judge Richard McNamara has denied that request, saying that patient privacy must give way to the state’s interest in investigating a public health threat.

NH News
4:31 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Medicaid Lawsuit Lurches Forward

At the end of September, Judge Steven McAuliffe did something unique: he invited U.S Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to come to Concord and weigh in on the suit.

The Judge is looking for help in deciding whether or not the State’s slashing of Medicaid reimbursements to hospitals followed proper guidelines.

Well, the Secretary didn’t show. But an attorney for her agency did phone into the hearing, and informed the judge that Sebelius isn’t quite ready to give her opinion.

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North Country
3:02 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Appraisal Triggers Latest Dispute Over Northern Pass

Jim and Sandy Dannis: The original route proposed by Northern Pass would have crossed their land in Dalton.
Credit Chris Jensen, NHPR

It began on about 135 acres of land in Dalton.

The land is owned by Sandy and Jim Dannis, who were attracted by its classic North-Country splendor and its lost-in-time seclusion.

Standing in the middle of a hilltop field  - with a spin-around  360-degree view  - Jim Dannis turns and turns.

“It is a beautiful exposure,” he said.

But now it has become the center of a new Northern-Pass controversy, one that opponents of the project worry has ominous implications for the state.

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North Country
9:09 am
Thu November 1, 2012

North Country Events

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Issue of the Week: The Economy

Credit Flickr - Images of Money

Our issue of the week series concludes with economic policy.  No matter who wins office both nationally and in New Hampshire, they’ll face enormous budget challenges from the so-called “fiscal cliff” in Washington to tax and spending decisions in the Granite State.  And these actions will affect the broader economy.  We’ll look at the candidates’ positions.  

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Elections 2012
10:33 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Infographic! Are Granite Staters Better Off Now Than Four Years Ago?

Find the rest of this infographic at StateImpact New Hampshire

Are you better off now than you were four years ago? StateImpact New Hampshire looks at key economic indicators to understand how Granite Staters are doing.  And it's not the same for everyone. If you're a business consultant, construction worker, nurse or public servant -- come see how you fit into the puzzle, and share your thoughts -- at StateImpact New Hampshire.

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