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Something Wild
12:41 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Something Wild: Banding The Peregrine Chick

Though she's been through this before with Chris, Mother Falcon is still unnerved by this annual ritual.
NH Audubon

Those of you who keep a close eye on the Peregrine Falcon cam in Manchester, will be well acquainted with the saga these birds have undergone this year. If you're not, NH Audubon's Chris Martin has a quick recap and explains the latest developments, as he bands this year's chick.

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NH News
10:43 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Amherst, Merrimack 4th Of July Parades Hub For U.S. Senate Candidates

Merrimack's 4th of July parade.
Credit www.merrimack4th.com

If you want to catch a glimpse of New Hampshire's U.S. Senate candidates on Independence Day, head to Amherst and Merrimack.

Both parades will feature all four major candidates running this year, including incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

She'll be joined by the three Republican challengers: former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown, former New Hampshire U.S. Senator Bob Smith, and former state Senator Jim Rubens.

The Amherst parade kicks off at 10 at Wilkins Elementary School.

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NH News
10:18 am
Thu July 3, 2014

$285,000 In 'Moose Plate' Grants Available In 2015

   

The State Conservation Committee is taking applications for $285,000 in conservation grants made possible by sales of the state's "Moose Plate."

When drivers' register their vehicles, they can spend an extra $30 for the moose plate. All funds raised through the program go to promotion, protect and invest in New Hampshire's natural, historical and cultural resources.

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NH News
10:03 am
Thu July 3, 2014

NHIA Faculty And Students Worry About Possible Merger With SNHU

Executive Vice President, Rick Strawbridge (left) led the town hall meeting during the rainy Wednesday evening.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

At the first public meeting since it was announced the New Hampshire Institute of Art was engaged in merger discussions with Southern New Hampshire University, faculty, staff and students voiced their concerns.

In the NHIA auditorium, filled with about fifty people, reactions to the prospect of a merger with SNHU ranged from cautiously optimistic to skeptical. Like faculty member Sean Beavers.

“I just have a lot of concerns and I see no benefit.”

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From the Archives
9:04 am
Thu July 3, 2014

From The Archives: America Hustles

“Our country is a nation on the make,” according to historian Walter McDougall. He says we’re builders, dreamers, go-getters, inventers and organizers, so much so that "hustling" has become an indelible part of the American character and American history. He means it in all senses of the word, even going back as far as colonists's first arrival on American soil.

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North Country
5:26 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Hassan Signs Bill That Saves Tiny Millsfield From Huge Tax Hike

Governor Hassan signed a bill Wednesday that keeps about two dozen residents of tiny Millsfield in the North Country from having to pay huge increase in property tax bills...  

Millsfield was facing the increase in the state tax bill because of a deal Coos County commissioners – Paul Grenier, Tom Brady and Bing Judd - made in 2008.

That’s when they decided the value of a newly proposed wind farm –mostly in Millsfield - was $113 million.

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The Currency
5:21 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

The Currency: Nashua Company Scores Contract To Tutor Feds In Foreign Languages

Credit Angel Raul Revelo Rodriguez / Flickr Creative Commons

The Currency is our ongoing look at economic and business news in New Hampshire. 

Fireworks Industry Thrives In N.H. Amid Loose Regulations

Backyard pyrotechnics are a favorite—and legal—way for Granite Staters to celebrate the Fourth of July.  And the fireworks lobby has been fighting to not only keep them legal, but to deregulate them. 

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NH News
5:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Mitt Romney Endorses Scott Brown; Says Shaheen Is Playing 'Simon Says'

Supporters showed up to watch Mitt Romney endorse Scott Brown for U.S. Senate.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  The crowd was smaller at Scamman Farm in Stratham than it was two years ago, when Mitt Romney kicked off his campaign for president. But supporters were enthusiastic in the almost 100 degree heat, as Romney told them a vote for Scott Brown is a vote against the man who beat him in 2012.

I know the president is not on the ballot this November, but the people of New Hampshire have a chance to vote at what they think of the president’s agenda.  And they’ll do that by saying what they will about the president’s number one supporter, Jeanne Shaheen.

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All Things Considered
4:36 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Former Concord Monitor Editor To Administer Pulitzer Prize

Credit www.puitzer.org

One of the most prominent voices in New Hampshire journalism will now lead the committee awarding one of the most prestigious awards in journalism. 

The new administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, which also recognize  excellence in literature and the arts, is Mike Pride. He served as editor of the Concord Monitor for 25 years, and spent five years before that as managing editor. During that time, the paper won numerous national and regional awards, including a Pulitzer Prise for feature photography in 2008. Mike Pride joins me now to talk about his new job:

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Politics
4:35 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Shaheen Campaigns Against Hobby Lobby Ruling In Concord

Campaigning in Concord today, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen took aim at the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that clears the way for some for-profit corporations to deny contraception coverage to their employees on religious grounds.

At a roundtable lunch with a half-dozen women, Shaheen warned that the ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby restarts a bitter fight  -- across the country and in the U.S. Senate  -- over women’s health care.

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NH News
4:35 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

In Wake Of 'COPSLIE' Ruling, DMV Temporarily Halts New Vanity Plates

The state’s Division of Motor Vehicles has temporarily stopped issuing new vanity license plates.

New ones won’t be issued until the DMV approves a new set of rules for determining which plates are inappropriate and are rejected.

The DMV was forced to come up with a new process after the state Supreme Court earlier this year sided with a man who wanted the vanity plate “COPSLIE.”

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NH News
4:29 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Police Say They'll Be Out In Force This Weekend

Credit Roger Wood

A New Hampshire Marine Patrol boat circled the waters of Great Bay, while State troopers flanked a Massachusetts State Police strategic vehicle. They were there to urge motorists in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts to drive responsibly. NH State Police major Chris Aucoin said that this weekend they’ll be looking for speeding motorists as well as those who are under the influence.

“It continues to be an ongoing phenomena that is killing people on our highways, in addition to distracted driving.”

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Breaking
3:14 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Outages, Flood Warnings Follow Severe Thunderstorms In New Hampshire

Updated 5:06 pm

Several thousand homes and businesses are without power following the severe thunderstorms that came through New Hampshire Wednesday afternoon.

Utilities reported some 6,500 outages as of 5pm Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says the storm brought more than 2 inches of rain to parts of New Hampshire, prompting concerns about flooding.

A flash flood warning is in effect for parts of Sullivan, Carroll and Grafton counties, until about 8pm.

Word of Mouth
2:04 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Hoo Loves Owls?

Spotted owl chicks
Tom Kogutus/USFWS via Flickr Creative Commons

Today on Word of Mouth we talked with historian Martin Windrow about his beloved pet owl, Mumbles.  Listen to the segment here and check out this slideshow of oh-so adorable owls.

NH News
1:33 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Fireworks Lobby Succeeds In Keeping Controversial Devices On Store Shelves

Reloadable mortars.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

Backyard pyrotechnics are a favorite—and legal—way for Granite Staters to celebrate the 4th of July.  And the fireworks lobby—yes, there really is a lobby for everything—has been fighting to not only keep them legal, but to deregulate them.

Two years ago this week in Pelham, a homeowner piled up nearly 350 mortar shells on his deck. And when sparks from a stray spinner landed on them, they exploded and more than a dozen people were injured. In 2011, the legislature had legalized those two types of fireworks.

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