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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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Word of Mouth
10:36 am
Tue May 22, 2012

The See All Sample

Photo by michahb37, via Flickr Creative Commons

The expansion of forensic databases by US federal agencies. DNA collection of convicted felons is a well- publicized procedure. Recently released documents reveal that the department of homeland security and other federal agencies will be required to collect DNA from any person over the age of fourteen who has been detained -- regardless of criminal activity -- and that plans to include children under 14 are being explored.  

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Arts & Culture
8:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

New Hampshire's Immigration Story - La Survivance and the Franco Americans

Monsignor Pierre Hevey

(Robert Perreault talking to his granddaughter)

As first generation French Canadian mill workers turned to second and third generation, Franco Americans outnumbered all immigrant groups in New Hampshire. And their presence is felt today.  Even though it was Robert Perreault’s grandfather that emigrated from French Canada, he still carry’s on many of his culture’s traditions. He speaks fluent French and so does his son. Now, they’re passing that tradition to his granddaughter.

(Sound of playing)

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North Country
7:10 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Latex Manufacturing To Resume in North Country

In some good news for the North Country an old family business is coming back to life.  NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Starting in 1931 Neil Tillotson made his fortune manufacturing natural latex products including balloons and later gloves.

That allowed him to purchase the Balsams Grand Resort.

Tillotson died in 2001 and a  latex plant located near the resort closed in 2010.

But Tillotson’s son, Rick, purchased the equipment and recently bought a 103,000 square foot building in Colebrook.

North Country
6:00 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Body of Massachusetts Man Recovered from Tuckerman Ravine

The body of a Massachusetts man who fell into a crevasse in the Tuckerman Ravine in April was recovered early Monday, according to a news release from the White Mountain National Forest.

Norman Priebatsch, 67, tripped while hiking and slid into a deep crevasse on April 1st.

While a searcher was partially lowered into the crevasse shortly after he fell the body couldn’t be seen and experts concluded he couldn’t have survived such a fall.

Additional efforts were suspended out of fear that a rescuer could be hurt or killed, officials said.

NH News
5:35 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Ayotte hopes Congress will avoid fiscal cliff

Senator Kelly Ayotte at a small business conference in Manchester's Radisson.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Addressing small business owners in Manchester Monday, Senator Kelly Ayotte said she hopes Congress will take action to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that will take effect in January.

“Please know that I am going to do everything that I can to make sure that as we get to this fiscal cliff, I’m hoping we do it… unlike we don’t do anything in Washington, we wait ‘til the last minute, I think we should be working on this issue now.”

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