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7:36 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

State House Open House Features Made In New Hampshire Goods

Governor Hassan talking to a New Hampshire resident.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  Following the inauguration ceremonies earlier in the day, the State House was opened to the public last night for children’s activities, music and more. Governor Hassan was on hand to meet with residents and take pictures.

In the State House cafeteria, local businesses showcased their products like apples with edible prints on the skin, toffee and wine stoppers.

While, checking out the trade show, Hassan stops to speak with Mason Parker, a coffee roaster and wholesaler based in Greenfield.

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Education
4:52 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Dozens Of Dartmouth Students Charged With Cheating

Baker Memorial Library at Dartmouth
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Dartmouth College has charged 64 students accused of cheating in a sports ethics class with violating the Ivy League school's honor code.

College officials confirmed the number of students charged but declined to comment further until the appeals process ends later this month. Professor Randall Balmer told the Valley News that most of the students involved have been suspended for a term.

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NH News
4:51 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Foodstuffs: Who Makes The Best Latte Art?

This is a tulip design.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

The A&E Custom Coffee Roastery in Amherst is hosting a latte art throwdown. We decided to learn more about how latte art is made and judged.

Sam Delay really knows his coffee.

“This espresso that we’re using is our bonbon espresso blend.”

Delay is a trainer and wholesale account manager at A&E. And, as a barista, he puts a lot of pride in his art, describing the exact weight of the coffee grounds, the time it takes to pour, the volume of a double-shot and so on.

“Mugs that are very good for pouring art have a very curved bottom.”

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Word of Mouth
1:52 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Sleeper Films Of 2014

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The Golden Globes are coming up, the event that will spark moviegoers to re-watch their favorite – now award-winning – films of 2014. But what about the other films of 2014, the ones that didn’t make the cut? We spoke to Amy Diaz about her list of “sleeper” films – films that are not nominated, but that you should pay attention to anyway. From The Babadook to The Obvious Child, Amy gave us some great suggestions about what to watch on a snow day.

Guardians of the Galaxy

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Word of Mouth
1:23 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

The Uncommon Core - Invented Languages: Klingon & Beyond

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Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond

“I wanted to start teaching this course because I wanted a way to engage students in linguistics without having to actually teach them linguistics.  I wanted a kind of pop-culture back road into linguistics.  Also I’m a huge Star Trek fan.”

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Word of Mouth
1:20 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

1.8.15: Cuba's Internet, The Uncommon Core, & Sleeper Films Of 2014

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Last month’s announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will restore diplomatic relations sparked waves of speculation about what the thaw means for diplomacy, trade, and tourism. On today’s show: what normalized relations mean for Cuba’s internet infrastructure.  

And we usher in awards season by going off the red carpet. We’ll celebrate some of the best films of 2014 that were not nominated for a Golden Globe.

Plus, we kick off a new series on offbeat college courses, The Uncommon Core. Today: Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond.

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North Country
10:16 am
Thu January 8, 2015

North Country Events

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Does Homework Matter? N.H. Educators Weigh In

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The emerging focus in New Hampshire on what’s called “competency-based” education, emphasizes mastery of a subject over time in class or number of worksheets completed.  But traditional homework has many defenders, who say it solidifies class learning and fosters good study habits.

GUESTS:

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Morning Edition
8:20 am
Thu January 8, 2015

House Finance Chair: Balancing The Budget Will Require Tough Choices

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The new legislative session kicked off Wednesday, and by all accounts, the most pressing issue for lawmakers will be crafting a new, two year state budget.

The state is looking at potentially more than $100 million in new costs, and that’s before taking into account a possible multi-million dollar deficit in the current budget.

Republican Neal Kurk of Weare is the chairman of the House Finance Committee joined Morning Edition to talk about the task ahead for lawmakers.

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Politics
8:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Governor Hassan Inaugurated For Second Term: Live Blog, Analysis & Republican Response

The N.H. Statehouse on Inauguration Day 2015
Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Today, Governor Maggie Hassan begins her second term facing a far different political landscape than she faced two years ago. Scroll down for real-time updates from the Statehouse featuring news, tweets from NHPR reporters and photos by Allegra Boverman. Click through additional photos in the gallery above.

Visit the official inaugural committee website here. 

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NH News
6:48 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Report: Seacoast Will Lead N.H. In Job Growth Over Next Decade

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The Seacoast area is expected to see the greatest job growth in New Hampshire over the next decade.

That’s according to a report issued Wednesday by the state employment office.

The report projects 10-percent job growth statewide, with 14.7 percent growth in the Seacoast region, while only 4.8 percent in the North Country.

The report cites the dispersed population and geographic isolation of the North Country as major reasons for its slow projected growth.

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NH News
5:27 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

State Says Telemarketing Settlements Show 'Widespread' Issues

The state has made another settlement over alleged violations of the state’s telemarketing laws.

The $90,000 agreement announced with Minnesota-based Ameriprise Financial Services is smaller than that of several other recent settlements, but it’s the seventh such deal in recent months, and state officials say that suggests these problems are widespread in the financial services industry.

The state says Ameriprise, like other companies, had not appropriately monitored its agents, who called people on the do not call list.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Push For O'Brien As Majority Leader Rejected; O'Brien To Form Alternative GOP Leadership Team

Rep. Bill O'Brien (left) and N.H. House Speaker Shawn Jasper
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The New Hampshire House rejected an effort by backers of former Republican Speaker Bill O'Brien to install him as House majority leader. But O’Brien says he’s still moving forward with plans to form his own leadership team.

Backers of O’Brien knew they faced long odds in trying to get a House majority to reject the course it set just last month when members chose Shawn Jasper as speaker,  but that didn’t stop them.

Steve Stepanek of Amherst told colleagues the very future of the house depended on ensuring that caucuses -not any speaker - get final say on who should lead.

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New England News
3:06 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

PSNH To Change Name To Eversource Energy

The new Eversource Energy Logo, retrieved from a federal trademark filing.
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The parent company of Public Service of New Hampshire says it and its subsidiaries will collectively change their names to Eversource Energy.

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New England Snapshot
2:27 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

In Vermont, Amendment Would Allow Gubernatorial Candidate To Win Without Majority

Under the Vermont Constitution, Gov. Peter Shumlin, shown here in January 2014, didn't earn enough votes for reelection, despite getting more than challenger Scott Milne. A proposed Constitutional amendment would allow a candidate to win with 40 percent.
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Longtime Washington County Sen. Bill Doyle says he'll propose a constitutional amendment to make it less likely that lawmakers will be asked to elect a governor in the future. Doyle says the results of this year's election show why his amendment is needed.  

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Word of Mouth
2:02 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Photoshopping Vladimir Putin

Putin on the Ritz.

Do a quick search of Vladimir Putin and you'll find a countless array of photoshopped images of the Russian leader riding a bear, a shark, a giraffe, an eagle and, because: puns, a Ritz® cracker.

There are a bevy of tumblr's devoted to photographs of Putin. Some are photoshop and mash-up photos, other are just " normal" photos of Putin, that manage to somehow appear photoshopped.

Uncomfortable Moments with Putin

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Word of Mouth
2:02 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

1.7.15: Putin's Macho Power Play & How To Think About Exercise

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A simple Google image search reveals countless images of a shirtless Vladimir Putin, riding horseback, fishing, and brandishing weapons. On today’s show: how the Russian leader uses machismo and gender stereotypes to build political legitimacy.

Then, among the most popular New Year resolutions, getting in shape ranks close to the top, but less than 10% of weight-loss resolutions last. A philosopher shares his take on how we should think about exercise, in order to maintain a regimen.

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NH News
1:31 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Manchester Opening Warming Shelter

Manchester will open an emergency warming shelter Wednesday night.

The shelter is in response to frigid temperatures and will be at the former police station on Chestnut Street.

It will be open through Friday, with hours of 6 pm through 7:30 am.

Manchester and Rochester schools also have announced a two-hour delay Thursday morning.

Politics
11:08 am
Wed January 7, 2015

N.H. Legislators Can Once Again Carry Concealed Weapons On House Floor

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Legislators can again carry concealed weapons on the floor of the N.H. House and in the legislative office building after the Republicans-led house voted to undo a prohibition on the practice put in place two years ago by Democrats.

The 228-149 vote came following a debate where Democrats like Len DiSesa, former deputy police chief in Portsmouth, argued allowing guns in the chamber risks public safety.

“The only people who should be armed in the House of Representatives are trained police officers.”

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Maine - Gambling
10:41 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Maine Gambling Numbers Hint At Flat Revenue Growth

Slot machines
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Early figures from the Maine Gambling Control Board show slot machine revenue at the state's two casinos remained nearly flat last year when compared to the previous year.

Slot players gambled $459.6 million last year at Hollywood Casino in Bangor, an almost 2 percent decline from the $468.9 million bet in 2013.

Exact year-end figures for Oxford Casino won't be available for a few months, but casino managers have told the state that it will pocket $31.5 million after taxes, just $7,600 more than in 2013 when players gambled $677 million on slots there.

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Environment
10:37 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Mason Residents Raise Objections At Pipeline Forum

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Some residents of the New Hampshire town of Mason say they feel singled out by a proposed natural gas pipeline project that would cross the town twice over.

Related: Sam Evans-Brown reports on Kinder Morgan's plans to move their preferred pipeline route to New Hampshire.

They raised objections at a public meeting Tuesday night.

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NH News
7:21 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Tobacco Sales To Youth Up In N.H.

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New Hampshire heath officials say the percentage of retailers selling cigarettes to children increased slightly last year.

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Politics
6:56 am
Wed January 7, 2015

N.H. Legislative Session Expected To Open With Debates On Leadership, Guns

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Fights over Republican leadership and whether to allow guns in the House chamber will take center stage during the opening day of the New Hampshire legislative session.

House and Senate members meet Wednesday to officially begin the session. Sparks are likely to fly among two factions of House Republicans, as backers of Rep. Bill O'Brien will attempt to install him as the majority leader by changing House rules and going against Speaker Shawn Jasper. House members will also vote on whether to allow concealed weapons in the chamber.

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Lakeview
5:44 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Beleaguered Rehab Company Quietly Sells Most Of Its N.H. Programs

Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center, Effingham.
Credit Lakeview Systems

A beleaguered company accused of neglecting and abusing people with disabilities has sold off most of its programs in New Hampshire.

Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center in Effingham has come under heavy fire for neglecting the people it is paid to care for – minors and adults with disabilities and brain injuries. Since September the facility has been under review by the state.

And until last week, parent company Lakeview Systems owned eight other programs with a total of about 55 beds in six New Hampshire communities.

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Granite Geek
5:08 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Granite Geek: Will The Mastodon Become New Hampshire's Official State Fossil?

Granite Staters found a mastodon tooth - not a whole skeleton, like this one in Japan - but it might be enough to make the American mastodon the state's official fossil.
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New Hampshire has plenty of state symbols. The state rock is – no surprise - granite; the state fish is the brook trout. Our state tree is the white birch; our state insect, the ladybug; our state gem, smoky quartz, and so on.

Unlike many other states, New Hampshire does not have a state fossil – at least not yet.

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Politics
4:31 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Hassan's Inaugural Donors List Will Be Made Available, Bradley Calls For Mandatory Disclosure

Screenshot of the Inaugural Committee's website

Governor Maggie Hassan’s inaugural committee says it’s raised more than $200,000 dollars. State law permits such donations to remain private but a spokesman for the committee says the names and contribution amounts will be made available.

State law has never required the disclosure of inauguration donors, but one governor – John Lynch -- took the step of filing reports with the secretary of state’s office anyway.

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North Country
4:09 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Berlin City Council Bans Synthetic Marijuana

Image Courtesy of Manchester Police Department.

Berlin is the first place in the North Country to ban synthetic marijuana, sometimes called spice...

At a public hearing Monday night Berlin Police Chief Peter Morency said synthetic marijuana has become a serious problem in this city of 10,000 and "is really causing havoc here."

Father Andrew Nelson urged passage of the ordinance that would ban the possession or sale of “synthetic cannabinoids” that use any of a wide range of chemicals listed in the six-page ordinance.

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NH News
3:54 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

U.S. Marshalls Warn Concord Residents About Phone Scam

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The U.S. Marshals Service says residents in the Concord, New Hampshire, area have been getting calls in a scam about having to pay hundreds of dollars for failing to appear for federal jury duty.

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NH News
3:49 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

N.H. Officials Urge Residents To Take Precautions In Frigid Temperatures

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With wind chill temperatures forecast for 30 degrees below zero and lower for Wednesday night into Thursday, New Hampshire emergency management authorities are urging people to stay indoors as much as possible and dress in layers when they go outside.

Homeland Security Directory Perry Plumber encourages people to have emergency supplies in their car in case they get stuck.

People also should watch for signs of frostbite, such as the loss of feeling or white or pale appearance in fingers, ear lobes and the tip of the nose.

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Word of Mouth
2:35 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

1.6.15: Classical Music Needs A Revolution & The Danger Of A Condiment Monoculture

Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra @ Oslo
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Bankrupt orchestras, aging audiences, skyrocketing tuition at conservatories; the death knell for classical music in America is sounding again. On today’s show, a concert cellist offers some tough love for the classical music world.

Then we’ll investigate the condiment that brought down an empire. Among the disturbing parallels between America and the fall of Rome: over reliance on one condiment!

Plus: we’ll sample some of history’s craziest hangover cures. From fried canary to raw eel.

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