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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Spectrum of Birdsong

Courtesy JKD Atlanta via Flickr

Mid-May is like rush hour in the bird world. Migrants have returned for the nesting season and the air is full of birdsong. As you might guess, birdsong is as varied as birds themselves. In fact, birdsong is defined generously to include any and all sounds they make with territorial or courtship intentions. Let's start with a traditional vocalization and then branch out.  

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NH News
6:22 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

House backtracks on 20 week abortion ban

New Hampshire House lawmakers try and fail to revive a bill to ban late-term abortions.

The house first passed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in March. But that bill was quickly pushed aside by the senate. House lawmakers revived the proposal Thursday, tacking it on to bill related to health screening tests for newborns. Yet the narrowness  of the margin – it was adopted by just 4 votes -- prompted a quick change of heart. Lawmakers like Jennifer Coffey, a republican from Andover, told colleagues the abortion language put the newborn testing proposal at risk.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Lawmakers Take Up Tax Amendment, But Not Ed Funding Amendment

The flurry of activity continues at the New Hampshire statehouse. NHPR's Josh Rogers tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the latest, including a Senate vote on a constitutional amendment to ban personal income taxes, a proposal to track prescription drugs and several House bills related to abortion.

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NH News
6:05 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Renters Get Victory in Senate

The Senate has all but killed a measure that would have given landlords greater flexibility to evict tenants.

Bill opponents say the move preserves some equity between tenants and the property owners.

Originally the legislation would have allowed large-scale landlords the ability to evict a tenant when a lease expires.

Owners already can remove a tenant for any number of reasons, including rent hikes or personal business needs.

New Hampshire Legal Assistance attorney Elliott Berry says tenants are entitled to not be arbitrarily evicted.

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NH News
5:48 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Income Tax Amendment Flies Through Senate

The state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment to ban an income tax.

Lawmakers now must agree on the plan before it makes it to the ballot this fall.

Many Senate and House Republican leaders strongly favor prohibiting the state from collecting an income tax.

That’s why it’s likely the two sides will reach agreement on constitutional amendment language when they meet later this month.

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley told his colleagues supporting this plan is noble and worthy.

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NH News
4:09 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Minority Birth Rates In NH Don't Match National Trends

For the first time in U.S. history, more babies are being born to minority parents than to non-Hispanic white parents. 

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North Country
2:54 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Gallus Joins Four North Country Reps Favoring Private School Tax Credits

Sen. John Gallus, a Republican from Berlin, has joined only four North Country members of the House in supporting a bill that would give a business a tax credit when it donates to a parochial or private school.

As NHPR’s Dan Gorenstein reported the Senate Wednesday passed House Bill 1607.

Advocates of the bill say it gives less wealthy families more choices in where they wish to send their children.

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Environment
1:18 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Expanded Renewable Energy Rules Pass NH House

Biomass could get a boost if the new renewable rules pass
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The New Hampshire House has passed a new version of the rules that govern what counts as renewable energy. The bill would expand the definition of renewable to include thermal energy.

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Series: Shifting the Balance
12:48 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

America's First Locavores

Photo by Whatsername, via Flickr Creative Commons

Widespread obesity among Native Americans has led to spiking diabetes rates among young people in the current generation. The phenomenon partially blamed on the lack of access to healthy food on reservations. Edible Idaho’s Guy Hand recently looked at what a food coalition on the coeur d'alene reservation of North Idaho is doing to connect the people there to better eating, starting with their nutrient-rich roots. 

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Series: Shifting the Balance
12:28 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Obesity Game-Changer

Photo credit SteFou, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Today’s report from the USDA’s economic research service upends the notion that healthy food options are more expensive for consumers than sweet and fatty junk-foods. The report points out that price depends on how you measure it. When factored by calorie, a chocolate doughnut will often cost more than a tomato.

Price is the chief concern of Hank Cardello

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Morning Edition
7:26 am
Thu May 17, 2012

"Who Cares About Kelsey?"- A Success Story- and A Model

New Hampshire Filmmaker Dan Habib followed student Kelsey Carrol in the new film Who Cares About Kelsey. His cameras focused on Kelsey both in and out of school to get a sense of the obstacles this troubled teen faced in completing her high school education- and finding hope for her own future. A decade ago Somersworth had one of the highest dropout rates in the state. The movie profiles a program that has changed that, and become a model around the nation.  

Dan Habib will be at Red River Theatres in Concord Sunday for a screening and to lead a discussion about the film. 

NH News
5:55 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

"IB Bill" Goes Down in the Senate

The Senate has unanimously voted against a bill that would have prohibited the use of International Baccalaureate curriculum in New Hampshire Schools.

The state's IB program became controversial after parents in Bedford and Merrimack complained that it has political, anti-american overtones.

But even Senators who have concerns, like Republican Jim Forsythe, decided Wednesday not to supersede local schools’ decision to use IB.

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NH News
5:46 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Senate Passes Ed. Tax Credit Plan

The state Senate has passed a plan that would give business a tax credit for donations to private and parochial schools.

The bill has strong legislative support.

In essence, this bill gives businesses incentives to support non-public schools.

Backers say wealthy people already have the resources to send their children wherever they want.

Sponsor Republican Senator Jim Forsythe says making more scholarship money available gives more families more choices.

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NH News
4:52 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

New Pension Plan Backed by NH House

New Hampshire's House has voted to move ahead with a new public pension system for state employees and wants the Senate to reconsider its decision to study the issue instead.

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NH News
3:24 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

NH Senate Approves Limits On Landowner Liability

New Hampshire landowners who let the public use their land for hunting, hiking and other recreational activities wouldn't be required to keep the land safe under a bill passed by the state Senate.

The Senate voted Wednesday to expand liability protection for those who own, lease or manage land open to hunting, fishing, trapping, camping and other recreational activities. The bill would not protect landowners from malicious acts or if the injury happened while performing services for money.

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