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9:52 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Fire reported on nuclear-powered sub at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

A fire on a nuclear-powered submarine at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has injured seven people, including five firefighters.

Crews responded at about 5:40 p.m. Wednesday to the USS Miami SSN 755 at the shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

Rear Admiral Rick Breckenridge said the fire was out Thursday morning and the shipyard was open as usual. He said the three shipyard firefighters, two civilian firefighters and two crew members received minor injuries and were in good shape.

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NH News
6:26 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Disability Advocates Troubled by Bill

The Senate has agreed with a House bill that critics say will make it harder to improve access for people with disabilities.

Under current state law, if someone successfully sues a building owner over ADA violations, they are awarded legal fees.

The new bill would leave the matter of fee reimbursement to court discretion.

Proponents of the measure say the move is an attempt to align state and federal law.

But Michael Skibbie with the New Hampshire Disabilities Rights Center see it as a move to limit ADA compliance lawsuits.

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NH News
4:51 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Risk Pool Measure Now in Hands of Negotiators

Lawmakers will look to come to terms on how to regulate groups that sell insurance to New Hampshire cities and towns.

Some are concerned the House-passed plan could be hard on taxpayers.

This legislation comes on the heels of a Secretary of State investigation into the practices of New Hampshire’s largest public risk pool the Local Government Center.

State regulators charge LGC has violated the law and owes its customers – cities and towns – some $60 million.

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NH News
4:46 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Controversial House Bills Die in Senate

The New Hampshire Senate has killed half a dozen controversial measures supported by the House.

With little debate, Senators dispatched several hot-button issues that came up this session.

The measures were tied to completely unrelated bills.

Senators shot down a bill to require a 24 hour wait before an abortion could be performed, a 1 year moratorium on refugee resettlement in the state and a plan to weaken collective bargaining rights.

Senate President Peter Bragdon says on each of those measures the Senate had made its voice clear.

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NH News
2:39 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Bassett Confirmed as Supreme Court Justice

 

Jim Bassett is well-known and well-liked in the New Hampshire Bar. But his nomination drew criticism from some conservatives. They didn’t like that Bassett supported the Brady gun law on as a GOP congressional candidate in 1994. They also don’t like that Bassett said he accepted the Claremont education funding rulings as precedent during his confirmation hearing. Most councilors dismissed these concerns, and prior to the confirmation vote, District 2’s Dan St. Hillare predicted  Bassett would be a great addition to the court.

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Word of Mouth
11:54 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Enemies: A History of the FBI

Photo Credit Roger Schultz, via Flickr Creative Commons

Recently CNET reported that the FBI had been lobbying congress for a law that would require social networking companies and other web-based communication systems to make sure their systems are surveillance-compatible. FBI director Robert Mueller seemed to confirm that in an appearance last week before the senate judiciary committee.

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North Country
11:37 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Colebrook Planning Board Resolves Concern Over Balsams Tract

Dan Hebert, one of the new owners of the Balsams Grand Resort.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

The Colebrook Planning Board Tuesday night removed what the new owners of the Balsams Grand Resort have said was an impediment to the redevelopment needed to allow hundreds of people to get back to work.

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Word of Mouth
10:50 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Minority Report Made Reality

Photo credit Henry, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Modern advertisers will put commercials and billboards just about anywhere, but they’re not nearly as intrusive as depicted in the futuristic 2002 Steven Spielberg thriller Minority Report, where street side billboards address city-goers by name, and holographic spokespersons are literally projected into your path.

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North Country
10:12 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Four-Alarm Fire At Apartment Building In North Country

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Fire departments from throughout the North Country were called to Bethlehem Wednesday morning for what progressed into a four-alarm fire at an apartment building.

The fire at the Cedarcroft Apartments at 2323 Main Street burned through the roof of the three-story building but by 9:30 it was out and clean-up work - expected to take hours - was underway.

Departments responding included Littleton, Lancaster, Franconia, Whitefield, Twin Mountain, Sugar Hill and Lisbon.

U.S. Route 302 - which includes Main Street - was closed. 

NH News
6:00 am
Wed May 23, 2012

New Hampshire's Immigration Story - Come to Amoskeag!

Weave Room, No. 11 Mill, Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, Manchester, NH; from a c. 1910 postcard.
Photo: Weave room Wikimedia Commons

By the early 1900's, the Amoskeag mill was earning its reputation as the textile capital of the world. There may have been other cities that produced more cloth, but none had a mill that compared to Manchester’s.

No other single textile factory in the world had 17,000 workers, and it had around 30 buildings at one time and it was turning out cloth 50 miles per hour.

Robert Perrault is a Manchester based historian and author of the book "Vivre la Difference: Franco-American Life and Culture in Manchester, New Hampshire”

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NH News
5:31 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Refugees Start Fresh on the Farm

Anthony Munene, Farm Instructor
Todd Bookman/NHPR

As a farmer in Bhutan, Laxmi Narayan Mishre provided food and stability for his family.

But when ethnic tensions flared in the small Himalayan country, his land was seized.

With his wife and ten children, Mishre would spend the next two decades living in a cramped refugee camp in neighboring Nepal. Rumors swirled about a possible resettlement to America, and what life would be like here.

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NH News
5:31 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Managed Medicaid Delay Proves Costly

The Health and Human Services Commissioner expects the state’s new Medicaid program to begin in December.

That’s 5 months later than planned.

The state had planned on launching its new Medicaid program on July 1st.

It will cost the Department a little more than $1 million dollars a month until the new system is in place.

But Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas says he’s optimistic the new program will lead to long-term improvements, like changing the way health providers are paid.

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NH News
4:38 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Lawmakers Hopeful on Ed. Amendment

Lawmakers are hopeful they can reach common ground on a education funding constitutional amendment.

Senators and House members want to limit the court's involvement in future funding plans.

Over the past year and a half the Senate and House have had differences when it comes to education funding amendments.

Both have passed proposals by the necessary 3/5ths majorities.

The House’s aims to all but eliminate court oversight and give local school districts greater authority to set standards.

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Word of Mouth
11:42 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Style for the Ages (and the Aged!)

from Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen, published by powerHouse Books

Not everybody can make white hair and over large glasses look fashionable – but then few carry have the flair of 90-year old socialite and now makeup mogul, Iris Apfel. One of the striking subjects of a new book by Ari Seth Cohen called Advanced Style. The book, like the blog which inspired it, puts New York City’s stylish woman past a certain age on parade.

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Word of Mouth
11:04 am
Tue May 22, 2012

High Tech Athletic Support

Photo by Julie Pring, via Flickr Creative Commons

Every four years, the world gears up to become rabid, two-week fans of sports we’d never otherwise watch those featured in the Summer Olympics, like swimming, gymnastics, even equestrian eventing. For the elite athletes who compete at the Olympic level, however, the games are anything but a quadrennial concern. They’re the reward for working the hardest, being the best, and increasingly, it seems, having the latest hi-tech gadgetry in your corner.

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