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5:03 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Can An Automatic Pellet Boiler Lure Consumers Away From Heating Oil?

Peter Canning of Berlin figures he'll save enough on heating in three years to recoup the $5,000 his new boiler cost. He's participating in the Model Neighborhood Project.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

A pilot project in Berlin is helping homeowners get sophisticated boilers that are automatically fed wood pellets.

The idea is to persuade people throughout the region that they can save money and say goodbye to oil while bolstering the region’s forest economy.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Peter Canning is in basement of his home on a hillside overlooking Berlin.

He’s showing off his new wood-pellet boiler.

“You can open up down in the bottom here. I can show you how the pellets come in if you want to kneel down here and take a peek.”

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All Things Considered
1:28 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

A Pond in Mont Vernon With a Controversial Name

With Town Meeting Day set for March, February is when towns hold public meetings about the budget items and warrant articles that will go before voters.

Mont Vernon, in southern New Hampshire, is no exception; its public hearing is tonight. And one of the items drawing the most attention is a request to change the name of a small body of water known as Jew Pond.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:43 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

The Dead Celebrity Cookbook

The nation is mourning pop star Whitney Houston with heartfelt tributes at last night’s Grammy awards, fan testimonials and revivals of her old hits. “I Will Always Love You” is currently the number one download on iTunes sales. As the curiosity for the triumphs and the unsavory details of her life are revealed, we can only hope to glimpse more of Whitney’s humanity, and her struggles in and out of the spotlight. That’s the kind of affection that drives Frank Decaro.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:11 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Yoga: Use with Caution

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When William Broad held his first yoga pose in 1970, his intention was to attain better health, both in mind and in body. Now a practitioner of more than four decades, he’s looking at yoga from another perspective, trying to mete out the benefits of yoga from widely held myths, and along the way, revealing a downside of yoga that’s placed him firmly at the center of a decidedly un-zen firestorm of controversy.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:42 am
Mon February 13, 2012

The Interrupters: Replacing Weapons with Words

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Retaliatory killings, gang wars and a high murder rate are not Chicago’s problem alone. But it’s there that CeaseFire, a public health model based on science and street corner intervention, tracks volatile situations and cools them down.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Mon February 13, 2012

A Wake-up Call For the American Dream

Many say upward mobility isn't what it used to be in America, especially for those at the bottom of the economic ladder, and that the U. S. has become a less mobile society than other advanced nations. Still, skeptics point out that the country has grown wealthier overall, leading to higher incomes for new generations, even if they don’t move up in the class system. 

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Word of Mouth
12:07 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Word of Mouth 02.11.2012

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Part 1:

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

The Gambling Debate Returns to the Granite State

Once again, lawmakers are looking at bills to increase gambling options in New Hampshire.  With more gaming sites opening up in  Maine and Massachusetts some say that’s a reason to expand here, while opponents say just the opposite.  Meanwhile, Governor Lynch says he’s not willing to “make a bet” on gambling, making the reality of casinos in the Granite State tougher, but not impossible for this cause.

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NH News
5:58 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Group Sues the State Over Mental Health System

A federal class action lawsuit has been filed against New Hampshire for failing to take care of people with mental illness.

The suit comes less than a year after the U.S. Department of Justice charged the state with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Plaintiffs want the state to invest in more community services so more people can live independently.

Some lawyers say New Hampshire’s current mental health system is interrupting and in some cases, destroying people’s lives.

Newport resident Mandy D., 22, is confident.

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North Country
5:10 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Northern Pass Foes Eye New Tactic: Attacking Corporate Power

Lawyer Thomas Linzey says rights-based ordinances are one way to fight the power of corporations.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

Town meetings begin next month.

One issue some towns are looking at is a radical new tactic ultimately designed to challenge the legal power of corporations.

Opponents of the Northern Pass hydroelectric project are at the forefront of the move.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Northern Pass opponents have won what they see they see as a victory in their fight against the huge hydro-electric project.

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NH News
4:52 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

NH to Get $43.6 Million from Foreclosure Settlement

Sam Evans-Brown

The New Hampshire Attorney General announced the details of a settlement between the nation’s five biggest banks and forty-nine states. The deal means that borrowers who are struggling could start seeing relief within a few months.

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Health
4:21 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

For Profit Cancer Center Comes To NH to Make Its Case to Lawmakers

Cancer Treatment Centers of America is eyeing a spot in New Hampshire. The for profit chain wants to build a hospital in the Northeast. CTCA successfully lobbied Georgia to change its regulations so a specialty hospital could be built in that state. The company is hoping lawmakers in New Hampshire will make similar changes. A proposed law would exempt specialty cancer hospitals from certain regulations and also from Medicaid taxes.

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Liveblog: House Right to Work
1:35 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Liveblog: Right To Work House Committee Hearing

Liveblog: House Right to Work
12:53 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

We’re Liveblogging Today’s House Right To Work Hearing!

Michael Sauers Flickr

Today at 1:30, the resurrected Right To Work bill comes up for public hearing at the Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Committee.  Given union reaction to the legislation last year, and to other bills targeting collective bargaining this session, it promises to be an eventful hearing.

And we’ll be liveblogging it at Representatives hall, shortly before the hearing begins.

Word of Mouth - Segment
11:12 am
Thu February 9, 2012

The Complicated Numbers Behind American Nuptials

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Same-sex marriage is back in the headlines with a ruling on Proposition 8 in California and legislative action in Washington state. Earlier this week, New Hampshire saw rallies both for and against traditional marriage. As this front in the culture war rages from coast to coast, maybe it’s time to figure out exactly what we’re fighting over.

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