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8:37 am
Mon December 8, 2014

On The Political Front: Jasper's Victory Still Stings For Some In GOP

NHPR’s Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joins Morning Edition each Monday to talk about developments in New Hampshire Politics.

The implications of Shawn Jasper’s win over Bill O’Brien in the House Speaker election last week continue to emerge, don’t they?

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Health
8:27 am
Mon December 8, 2014

N.H. Close To Enrollment Target For Expanded Medicaid

Less than six months after sign-ups began, New Hampshire is already close to meeting its first-year enrollment target for the state's newly expanded Medicaid program.

The state's previous Medicaid program covered low-income children, parents with non-disabled children under 18, pregnant women, older residents and people with disabilities. The expansion adds anyone under 65 who earns up to 138 percent of federal poverty guidelines, which is about $15,900 for a single adult.

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NH News
7:06 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Ralph Baer, Inventor Of First Home Video Games, Passes Away At 92

Ralph Baer
Credit Courtesy of Ralph Baer

A man known as the father of the video game died at his Manchester home over the weekend.

Family members say Ralph Baer passed away Saturday.

He was 92 years old.

Baer was credited with creating the videogame console industry in the 1960s while working as an engineer in New Hampshire.

Baer held the rights to more than 150 patents, and among his inventions included the popular game Simon.

He was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2006.

And in 2010, he was admitted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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NH News
6:51 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Manchester Police Say Program Curbing Gang Violence In City

Chief David Mara
Credit Manchester Police Department

Police in Manchester say an initiative launched this summer has helped to curb gang violence and gun-related crimes in the state’s largest city.

Officials from the department are scheduled to hold a press conference later today to discuss their efforts.

The department says the program led to the prosecution last week of a gang-related crime.

The program, titled “Awareness, Deterrence, and Outreach,” received initial funding through the United States Attorney’s Office-Project Safe Neighborhood Initiative.

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Folk Show
9:31 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

NHPR Folk Show Calendar 12.7.14

Friday, December 12

>>>Griffin House w/ Connor Garvey at the Me & Thee Coffeehouse ~ Marblehead, MA ~ 8pm ~ 781-631-8987, www.meandthee.org

>>>Sweet Honey in the Rock at the Colonial Theater ~ Keene, NH  ~ 8pm ~ 603-352-2033, http://thecolonial.org

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Folk Show
9:31 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

NHPR Folk Show Calendar 12.7.14

Friday, December 12

>>>Griffin House w/ Connor Garvey at the Me & Thee Coffeehouse ~ Marblehead, MA ~ 8pm ~ 781-631-8987, www.meandthee.org

>>>Sweet Honey in the Rock at the Colonial Theater ~ Keene, NH  ~ 8pm ~ 603-352-2033, http://thecolonial.org

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Folk Show
9:25 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

NHPR Folk Show Playlist 12.7.14

Title/ Artist/ Album/ Label

The Dusty Meadow Variations/ Cassie and Maggie/ Sterling Road/ Cassie and Maggie MacDonald

Overture/ Christmas Revels From Parlour to Palace/ Revels Records

My Good Captain/ Annie Lou/ Tried and True/ Annie Lou

Doc & Dawg/ Doc Watson & David Grisman/ Doc & Dawg/ Acoustic Disc

The Rain/ The Sweet Lowdown/ Chasing The Sun/ The Sweet Lowdown

Roses In the Snow/ Emmylou Harris/ Roses In the Snow / Rhino

Second Effort/ Garnet Rogers/ In Studio Recording, NHPR/ NHPR

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Health
9:28 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Survey: Many Older N.H. Residents Lack Dental Insurance, Need Care

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A survey of senior centers in New Hampshire shows that nearly 19 percent of older adults are in need of early or urgent dental care that may be difficult for them to access.

A total of 610 adults age 60 and older were screened last winter and this spring in the survey, which was funded by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and New Hampshire Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services. The survey said 38 of the participants received restorative treatment using state funds.

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NH News
9:16 am
Sun December 7, 2014

N.H. Fish And Game Seeks Volunteer Fishing Instructors

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The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game's "Let's Go Fishing" program is seeking volunteer instructors to teach ice fishing, fly fishing or basic fishing to youth and adults.

Those interested are required to take free training sessions to become certified as an instructor.

Volunteers need to take an overview training session and at least one specialty training class. The sessions cover ethics, pond ecology, rules and regulations, and equipment and safety.

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NH News
9:11 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Plymouth State Forges Partnership With Local Agency On Sexual Assault Awareness

Credit Via Plymouth State web site

Plymouth State University is working with a local crisis intervention agency to raise awareness about sexual assault.

The university is partnering with Voices Against Violence to create a bystander intervention policy to help prevent sexual violence and provide support to victims. Similar to programs at the University of New Hampshire and elsewhere, the bystander policy encourages students to safely intervene when they see a risk of danger.

Meg Kennedy-Dugan, director of Voices Against Violence, says her organization will provide resources to students, faculty and staff.

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Giving Matters
12:55 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Giving Matters: A Lifeline For Kids With Cancer And Their Families

The mission of Childhood Cancer Lifeline is to “empower New Hampshire families who are coping with childhood cancer.” The Konrads are one such family.

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NH News
5:30 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

FairPoint Strikers Rally In Portsmouth On 50th Day Of Strike

Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  Standing in Market Square Friday afternoon, you could hear a hoarse striker’s voice cracking as he chanted along to “what do we want?” “A contract.” “When do we want it?” “Now.”

About 100 striking FairPoint workers were rallying  to mark the 50th day of the strike. These unionized telecommunications workers haven’t seen a paycheck since they walked off the job in October. Many have spent the time attending rallies as far away as Montpelier, Vermont and Portland, Maine.

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NH News
5:24 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Police Violence Against Black Americans Inspires Hanover 'Die In' Protest

Around the country, protestors have been gathering to voice their concern over violence against black Americans by police officers. Last night, one of those protests was held in Hanover. (You can see photos of the protest here.)

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Word of Mouth
5:02 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

12.7.14: Mental Effects Of Space Travel, Bill Littlefield, & Water Taste Test

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The recent disintegration and crash of a Virgin Galactic suborbital space plane raised questions about the safety and viability of space tourism. On today’s show we consider another issue for commercial spaceflight….the psychological effects of leaving earth.

Then, we can all remember our favorite sports movies – but what about our favorite sports-based books? Bill Littlefield of NPR’s Only a Game talks about his favorite sportswriters, and reads from his new collection of athletics inspired poetry. 

Plus, a conversation with America’s only water sommelier. That’s right, water sommelier.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

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NH News
4:15 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Ayotte, Shaheen Say Defense Secretary Nominee Well Qualified For Job

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New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says Secretary of Defense nominee Ashton Carter has a strong resume, but says she’s not yet ready to pledge her support.

During a stop in Nashua Friday, Ayotte, a Republican member of the Armed Services Committee, says it’s important to get through the nomination hearing process before making that decision.

“One of the things I will want to ask him a number of questions about is the administration’s foreign policy, and what his views are for a strategy for the challenges we face, whether it’s ISIS, whether it’s Russian aggression.”

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