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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue March 27, 2012

School Vouchers or Scholarship Tax Credits?

Today on the Exchange, we examine the controversy over education tax credits.  Under a proposal at the Statehouse, businesses could donate to private school scholarships,  and get a tax credit for doing so.  Supporters say it’s a way to help all students achieve, regardless of means, but opponents say it’s a back-door way to use public money for private-school vouchers.  We’ll look at this idea, and why it’s provoked so much debate.  

Guests:

Mary Stuart Gile -  Democratic State Representative from Concord 

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NH News
5:58 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Executive Council May Slow Down Managed Care

The Executive Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a new Medicaid contract worth an estimated $2.2 billion dollars.

It is believed to be the largest contract in state history.

But signs from an Executive Council meeting today suggest that vote may be pushed back.

The state may struggle to meet its July 1stdeadline.

Dan Gorenstein: This Medicaid contract is huge.

It’s huge financially, handing over several billion dollars to three managed care companies to run the state’s Medicaid program.  

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NH News
5:55 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Controversy Surrounds Teacher Preparation

Most people agree that good teachers help students succeed.
But how do good teachers learn to be effective?

One D.C.-based, private nonprofit is asking just that. They want colleges to participate in a study that ranks teacher preparation programs.

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PSNH
5:16 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Major Business and City Leaders Oppose Move To Get PSNH To Sell Power Plants

A house bill that would consider giving the Public Utilities Commission authority to force PSNH to sell its power plants to open up market competition is getting vocal opposition from business leaders and mayors in the state.

Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier says the move will raise electric rates and scare businesses away from his community.

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NH News
5:08 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Gambling Has Shot In House

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No bill authorizing slot machines or casinos has ever passed the N.H. house, but this plan, which would use the revenue -- projected at 290 million dollars -- to lower business taxes, is seen as having a shot. House ways and means chairman Steve Stepanek (r-Amherst) says N.H. must act.

“The game plan has changed because Massachusetts has expanded gambling passed. And Maine is pushing their expanded gambling. We have got to respond.”

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NH News
4:44 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Sarah Long Bridge Side Railings Hazardous

Another bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery Maine is undergoing emergency repairs.

Side railings on the Sarah Long, or Middle Bridge are so rusty; they present a hazard to any vehicle that accidentally slides into them. So, the two states are taking emergency measures to protect motorists.

Bill Boynton, with New Hampshire’s Department of Transportation, says that steel Jersey Barriers will be installed along the length of the 2800 foot span.

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Live Coverage
12:01 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Special Coverage: Health Care Law

We'll bring you special coverage of one of the most important legal and policy cases of our generation starting this evening, Monday March 26, through Wednesday. The U.S. Supreme Court justices will hear arguments and consider the constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act. 

This special coverage will begin each evening at 8 p.m. Listen on NHPR and NHPR.org.

 

Word of Mouth - Segment
11:23 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Siri v. Everyone Else

We begin with the implications of man-made beings in the 21st century, and some potential legal questions recently posed by New Hampshire attorney John Weaver.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:12 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Russia's Space Glitches

(Photo of Russian Rocket by NASA via Flickr)

Russia is the only country ferrying astronauts and cargo to the international space station and back since NASA retired its aging shuttle fleet.  But Russia has experienced a string of launch mishaps in recent months, which have some analysts worrying about the reliability of that country’s space program, and others worrying about an American conspiracy. From Moscow, Jessica Golloher has the details.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:03 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Rethinking Frankenstein

 Mary Shelley’s gothic novel, Frankenstein has long been read as a cautionary tale about the limits of technology, and a warning against scientific hubris. The monster is a man-made creation run amok, seeking revenge on the scientist that harnessed electricity and brought him to life…a horror recreated many times on film.

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Series: Shifting the Balance
10:31 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Stand in the Place Where You Work

Photo by Chotda via Flickr Creative Commons

Are you sitting down? Well, listen up: research shows that sitting too much shaves years off of your life. In 2011, a study in the emerging field of Inactivity Studies found that each hour of sitting per day increases a person’s risk of death due to cardiovascular diseases by 18 percent. It turns out that eating well and getting plenty of exercise do not offset the detriments of couch potato time as much as living and working in an environment where standing is the default option. As part of our continuing series Shifting the Balance, we spoke with Dr.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon March 26, 2012

New Hampshire Again Debates Abortion

Last year, the legislature adopted a parental notification law, over Governor Lynch’s veto.  Now, three House bills would further raise the threshold for abortion, including one that’s attracted the most attention:  requiring doctors give women detailed information about fetal development while considering abortion. 

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Folk Show - Tupelo Public Radio Project
8:00 pm
Sun March 25, 2012

Tupelo Public Radio Project Featuring Dar Williams

Dar Williams
(press photo) official website

Kate hosts Dar Williams at the Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction, Vermont.

North Country
7:14 pm
Sun March 25, 2012

Live WW II Grenade Found And Detonated In North Country

State police bomb squad member Jeffrey Dade
Chris Jensen for NHPR

 

A live World War II era hand grenade was found at the Moore Reservoir in Littleton Sunday.  NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

The grenade was found by two men using a metal detector in an area that would normally have been under water.

“They were very surprised. They were hoping to find, I think, a little bit more valuable item.”

That’s Littleton police officer James Gardiner.

“They told me they found a penny, an old New Hampshire token and then the grenade. They are done with today’s metal detecting.”

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Northeast Passage

16-year-old Victoria Arlen uses a wheelchair to get around. But before a neurological disorder left her partially paralyzed five years ago, sports were a big part of her life. Then she heard about a sled hockey team organized by Northeast Passage, an organization that specializes in therapeutic recreation and adaptive sports.

 

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