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4:06 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Speaker O'Brien: Will Seek to Outlaw Gay Marriage If Re-elected

New Hampshire Speaker of the House Bill O’Brien says he would again seek to outlaw gay marriage in the state if he wins another term as Speaker.

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NH News
3:59 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

O'Brien Defends Higher Ed Cuts and Targets UNH

New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O’Brien says the University of New Hampshire and its workers need to be more efficient. O’Brien, while speaking on NHPR’s the Exchange, defended lawmaker’s nearly fifty percent cut to higher ed funding, the largest in the nation. The Speaker also criticized UNH for increasing its tuition and, he says, not making the cuts necessary to become efficient.

 “Its union is seeking a 16 percent increase in its pay. Its workers are inefficient and unproductive. They don’t teach as many hours as they can.”

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Word of Mouth
11:42 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Comic-Con Comes to New Hampshire

Tintin aka NHPR's Ryan Lessard interviews Mike Pasha, Libertarian Filmmaker at Granite-Con
Silver Circle Movie via Flickr

Comic-Con in San Diego lured more than a hundred thousand visitors earlier this month so it’s no wonder that smaller Cons are popping up just about everywhere, not only because of comics’ continued bleed into pop culture through TV shows and blockbuster films, but because of the boost a Con can inject into a local economy, even Manchester, New Hampshire. Ryan Lessard brings us the story.

Check out Comic-Con International in San Diego (a slightly larger event than Granite-Con):

Word of Mouth
11:07 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Ballet is for Boys too!

Boys and Ballet via Flickr Creative Commons

We’ve recently noticed a trend of all-boys ballet classes popping up in dance schools, including the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater in Bedford. Word of Mouth Senior Producer Rebecca Lavoie, herself the mother of two boys, wanted to find out more about all-boys ballet, so she reached out to that school’s artistic director, Patricia Lavoie (just coincidence…no relation) for more on their all-boys ballet program, and the trend of these classes popping up all over the country.

8:06 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Merrimack Valley Teacher Wrestles With Life After Layoff

Lead in text: 
In part five of the StateImpact series “Getting By, Getting Ahead” reporter Amanda Loder talks with a recently laid-off teacher in the Merrimack Valley. In this series, StateImpact is traveling across New Hampshire, gathering personal stories from the people behind the economy.
Jillian Corey seems to belong at Memorial High School in Manchester. A teacher here for five years, she easily navigates the school’s network of dimly lit hallways, decorated with computer printouts and hand-written signs.
North Country
5:22 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Gorham Mill Puts White Mountains On A Map

For the first time since 2009 a guide to the White Mountains is being printed on paper produced in the North Country.

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Getting By, Getting Ahead
5:11 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Manchester Teacher Layoffs Follow Debates Over Tax Caps, Public Spending

There have been two very distinct trends during the economic recovery: the first has been very slow growth in private sector hiring. The second has been a series of losses in public sector jobs, from state employees to firefighters to schoolteachers.

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All Things Considered
4:57 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Navy: Portsmouth Shipyard Fires Caused By "Anxious" Arsonist

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

The US Attorney’s office says two fires at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard were caused by a civilian shipyard worker. The first fire caused massive damage to the USS Miami nuclear submarine.

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NH News
1:53 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

NHRS: Last Year Tough for the Pension Fund

NHRS Data

The New Hampshire Retirement System says last year the fund that pays for the pensions of the state’s public sector works grew by only .7 percent. That was seven percent shy of what the fund’s directors hope for.

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NH News
1:11 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Kittery Residents Relieved After Arrests in U.S.S. Miami Fires

Kittery, Maine residents are relieved that there has been an apparent resolution to the U.S.S. Miami fire and smaller blaze nearby at the Portsmouth Navy Yard. 

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Most Read Online
12:52 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Top Stories: Best Books Off Hot Indie Presses, And A Fast Track To Law School

Photo by Henry via Flickr Creative Commons

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

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Word of Mouth
12:11 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Sisterhood on Skates

Photo Credit 4nitsirk, Via Flickr Creative Commons

Roller derby continues to explode in popularity nationwide…in New Hampshire, numerous home and travel teams have formed over the past few years… boasting names like the Queen City Cherry Bombs and the Legis-Lashers.  In the early stages of the boom, we sent intern Erin Gleason to learn more about its appeal…Check out the link to Erin's original post.

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Environment
5:30 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Fewer Forest Fires Mean Fewer Habitats

Firefighter cadets with spray packs ensure that a small prescribed burn at the Concord airport doesn't get out of hand.
Sam Evans-Brown

Wildfires out West and in New Hampshire have been making headlines this spring and summer. Wildfires have burned 177 acres in the Granite State this year, damaging twelve buildings and injuring three people.

But when there aren’t any fires it can also lead to problems. Now some organizations have to set fires on purpose, to preserve a vanishing habitat.

If you want to get an idea what some parts of New Hampshire used to look like, you’ve got to find a spot where people don’t live. Like, alongside an airport runway.

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google
10:30 am
Sat July 21, 2012

Google's Get Your Business Online Event Launches In Hooksett

Emily Corwin

53 percent of small businesses in New Hampshire aren't online, says Jamie Hill, a Google spokesperson.  That, she says, is bad for Google, and bad for small businesses, too.  

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All Things Considered
5:55 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

"Reunited": A Fictional Story, WIth a Fictional Rock Band, That Plays Real Concerts

The young adult novel "Reunited" puts three former friends on a road trip to see their once-favorite pop band in a reunion concert in Texas.

Next week the band Level3 will perform at the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton - despite the fact that Level3 is a fictional band.

Confused yet? Not to worry – it’s all part of a new young adult novel called Reunited, in which three young women drive from New England to Texas to see the one-night-only reunion concert of their once-favorite band, Level 3.

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