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4:26 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Guinta And Shea-Porter Both Reading From The Same Playbook

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

This time around in the first congressional district the names are the same but the roles are flipped; Republican Frank Guinta, once the challenger, is now the incumbent. But that’s not the only way this year’s race is like a mirror image of last election.

When Congressman Frank Guinta goes out knocking on the doors of independents in Manchester – his political backyard – most everybody knows who he is.

Guinta: Good Morning!

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NH News
3:55 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

New Housing Data Shows Sales Strong, Prices Soft

Residential properties in New Hampshire continue to move at a strong pace. 

More than 1,100 homes sold in September. That’s a 7.5% jump from 2011 levels, fueled in part by very low mortgage rates.

Prices, though, remain flat. The average sale price last month was just under $200,000, a slight dip from August.

Ned Redpath with Redpath Realty in Hanover says buyers still control the market

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NH News
3:15 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Eastern Utilities Brace For Expected Super Storm

Utilities and governments along the East Coast are working to head off long-term power failures as forecasters predict a major storm to hit the region early next week.

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NH News
1:46 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Two Killed In Small Plane Crash Near I-93

Credit Sam Evans-Brown, NHPR

New Hampshire State Police say there's been a plane crash near Interstate 93 in Hooksett.  The state's Department of Safety confirms that two people have died, a man and a woman. 

State Police have identified the victims as Herman and Doris Hassinger, both age 83, of Rhode Island.

Herman Hassinger was ejected from the plane, and landed in the woods near the side of the highway.  Doris Hassinger was found still inside the craft.

Police say the small plane may have hit a light pole alongside I-93 northbound, sending it crashing into the woods next to the highway.

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Word of Mouth
10:43 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Lake Street Dive...Live

Credit Zach Nugent / NHPR

Schooled in jazz and infatuated with pop… the Brooklyn based band Lake Street Dive came together at the New England Conservatory with a goal to play improvised, avant-garde country music. Think Loretta Lynn meets Ornette Coleman. Yeah, it sounded about as rough as it is to imagine.

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Word of Mouth
10:01 am
Thu October 25, 2012

A Sudsy CSA

Credit David Clow via Flickr Creative Commons

In Maine, consumers can buy dairy products, meat, fish, eggs and organic produce via a growing array of subscription-based, community supported agriculture programs. CSAs encourage customers to pay a farmer or fisherman up front in exchange for weekly shares of, say, shrimp or mixed vegetables. As Jay Field reports, microbrew lovers on the Blue Hill Peninsula will soon be able to buy their beer the same way.

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Morning Edition
6:58 am
Thu October 25, 2012

The Sport Of Pumpkin Chunking

This November, tens of thousands will again head for a frozen field in Delaware to watch more than one hundred massive machines throw fruit into the sky. It turns out New Hampshire has some top teams in the sport of pumpkin chunking.

Yes, those who do it consider it a sport.

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North Country
7:35 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

More Groups Demand DOE Remove Consultants They Claim Were Selected By Northern Pass

Nine organizations have joined the Conservation Law Foundation in asking that the U.S. Department of Energy fire the firms selected to conduct an environmental impact statement on the Northern Pass project because of a conflict-of-interest.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Earlier this month the Conservation Law Foundation released emails it forced the  Department of Energy to hand over under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Elections 2012
5:54 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Christie, Richards In N.H. To Campaign

The president of the national Planned Parenthood Action Fund is calling Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan a champion for women's right to make their own health decisions.

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Elections 2012
5:52 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Sen. Ayotte Cancels Event With Mourdock

New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte has cancelled her plan to campaign with Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who said that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, "that's something God intended."

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North Country
4:01 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Head of Sierra Club Canada Says Hydro-Quebec Power Isn't Green

Sierra Club Canada exec John Bennett attracted a multi-generational audience of about 100. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

The head of Sierra Club Canada says Hydro-Quebec power can’t be considered green. He was in Plymouth Tuesday night. NHPR’s Chris Jensen was there and has this report.

John Bennett is the executive director of Sierra Club Canada. He’s been watching and fighting big hydro-electric dam projects in Canada for decades.

And he told about 100 people at Plymouth State University – including opponents of the Northern Pass project – that the electricity Hydro-Quebec produces by flooding huge areas is not friendly to the environment.

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Environment
2:52 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Vermont Yankee Debate Heats Up On Two Fronts

Vermont Yankee Power Plant
Credit US Nuclear Regulatory Comission

The legal debate over the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is heating up at federal appeals court and at the state Public Service Board.

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Elections 2012
4:35 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

UNH Poll Points To Hassan Win In Gubernatorial Race, Democratic Majorities In House And Senate

WMUR Granite State Poll / UNH Survey Center

The second in a series of polls out this week from WMUR and the UNH Survey Center predicts that Democrats will win the governorship and majorities in both the House and Senate.

This is the fourth poll in a row that shows a widening lead for Democrats in the “generic ballot” question: that’s to say “will you be voting for the Democrat or the Republican in your local House or Senate race?”

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Business and Economy
1:44 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Bipartisan Grassroots 'Fix The Debt' Campaign Launches In New Hampshire

Former Ambassador and Congressman Dick Swett, and New Hampshire Senator Lou D'Allesandro speak with CEO Dawn Wivell about the Fix The Debt campaign at the Legislative Office Building in Concord
Emily Corwin NHPR

If Congress cannot agree on a deficit reduction deal by January, a series of automatic tax increases and spending cuts known as the “fiscal cliff” will kick in. Today, a national bipartisan has launched in New Hampshire to make sure that doesn’t happen.

After a bipartisan debt-reduction plan commissioned by President Obama failed to gain support in Congress, its authors – Republican former Senator Alan Simpson and Democrat Erskine Bowles – went grassroots. They started the Fix The Debt Campaign -- a national group with state chapters.

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NH News
10:23 am
Tue October 23, 2012

N.H. Testing Fish For Radiation Levels

New Hampshire health officials are testing fish in various parts of the state to see if there are elevated levels of radiation following a 2010 tritium leak at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

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