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4:50 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Friday N.H. News Roundup - Week Of February 3rd

Credit Sara Plourde

The week of February 3rd was one headlined by political orations, snowy frustrations and Olympian ovations. Yesterday, Governor Maggie Hassan gave her first State of the State speech calling for one high-end casino, and standing firm against legalizing marijuana. UNH President Mark Huddleston gave an address of his own, defending a new $25 million athletic complex. A former high-ranking official for the Diocese of Manchester will face prison time due to theft charges, while oil company owner Fred Fuller gets a bill from a state bailout last month.

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Health
11:22 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

New Hampshire Lawmakers Agree To Expand Medicaid

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News of a deal on Medicaid expansion emerged just before Governor Maggie Hassan took to the microphone on Thursday to deliver her first State of the State address in Concord. The first-term Democrat relished in bringing one of her biggest priorities closer to fruition.

“With today’s positive step forward, it is clear that we can work through this together, and help working people access critical health coverage,” says Hassan.

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NH News
6:20 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

N.H. Senate Deal Opens The Door For Medicaid Expansion

Governor Maggie Hassan's first State of the State Address touched on a wide range of issues, including energy, infrastructure, and  education.

But the biggest news of the speech was a deal to expand the state’s Medicaid program, announced by Senate President Chuck Morse and Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen shortly before the governor's address. 

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Foodstuffs
6:08 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Maple Syrup: Before The Sap Comes Out, New Labels And New Questions

New Hampshire sugar houses will soon be busy boiling down sap into mapley goodness.
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It’ll likely be several more weeks before most of New Hampshire's syrup producers boiling their sap into maple goodness, but there are big ideas and changes in the air these days around syrup production, from new grading standards for syrup-producing states and Canadian provinces, to research on sap that suggests syrup could be produced in a way that's something akin to a row crop. 

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NH News
5:51 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Hassan Reiterates Opposition To Legal Pot, Wants More Drug Treatment

Governor Maggie Hassan, during her State of the State Address, criticized efforts to legalize marijuana. Hassan expressed concerns about New Hampshire’s current drug problem.


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NH News
5:47 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Word Cloud of Hassan's SOTS Address

Below are the most common words used in the Governor's first State of the State Address.

NH News
4:53 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Gov. Hassan Calls On Lawmakers To Increase N.H.'s Minimum Wage

In her State of the State address today, Governor Maggie Hassan called on state lawmakers to restore and increase New Hampshire’s minimum wage.

The state Legislature in 2011 eliminated the state minimum wage and defaulted to the federal wage of $7.25 an hour.

Senator Lou D’Allesandro, a Manchester Democrat, agrees the minimum wage should be raised, but knows the debate will be a long and difficult one.

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NH News
11:38 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Live Blog, Full Audio & Text: Gov. Hassan's State Of The State Address

Listen to the full speech here & scroll down for full speech text:

3:10: Hassan's closing statement: "We must continue to prove the strength of our democracy by working through our challenges together. With vigor, but with constant attention to our shared purpose and vision. Because, for the State of New Hampshire, the best way forward is always through."

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NH News
8:45 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Guinta Launches ACA 'Listening Tour' At N.H. Hospital

Frank Guinta in 2010
Credit NHPR Staff

Former U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta is starting a "health care listening tour" at one of the hospitals excluded from the provider network for health plans purchased through the Affordable Care Act.

Guinta, a Republican hoping to regain the seat he lost to Democrat Carol Shea-Porter in 2012, on Thursday is visiting Frisbie Memorial Hospital. The hospital is a vocal critic of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's new narrow provider network.

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North Country
8:31 am
Thu February 6, 2014

North Country Events

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

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North Country
7:17 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

DOE Says It Will Reveal Alternate Northern Pass Routes

 Under pressure from New Hampshire’s congressional delegation, the U.S. Department of Energy says it will disclose which alternatives to the route favored by Northern Pass it plans to study. That is something opponents of the controversial project have been seeking.

Before the Northern Pass project can go forward it must be approved by the DOE. And, the core of that approval is an environmental impact statement. It will focus on the 187-mile route Northern Pass wants to use.

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New England News
7:02 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

New England Payments To Powerplants To Rise Sharply

PSNH's Merrimack station, which has had to rely increasingly on capacity payments in recent years, since it has run less once low gas prices ducked under its fuel costs.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Power plants get paid just for being ready to turn on if they are needed, in something called the capacity market. And a recent auction in that market has revealed that in three years the region will experience a power shortage. This in turn means that come 2017, existing power plants in New England will be paid nearly twice as much just to keep their doors open.

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All Things Considered
5:53 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

At Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Actors Fake Dementia To Train Caregivers

About 90 percent of Americans who need long term care get it from unpaid family members. That puts a strain on a lot of relatives who have neither enough time nor the training to care for loved ones with brain disorders such as dementia.

So Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., gives classes to family caregivers, and recruits actors to play the patients.

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NH News
5:19 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Audio Postcard: Sledding At Alexander Carr Park In Derry

Cliff Favereau and his daughter Leah slide down a hill at Alexander Carr Park in Derry Wednesday.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

With plenty of snow falling across New Hampshire today, kids were, of course, out taking advantage of many of the great sledding spots across the Granite State.

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NHPR Blogs
2:31 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

The Sidebar: Eyes On The State Of The State

Credit Chris Jensen, NHPR News

Gov. Maggie Hassan will deliver her first State of the State address Thursday to a joint session of New Hampshire lawmakers.

Hassan ended her first year in office with decent job-approval ratings – 51 percent versus 21 percent who disapprove, according to a recent poll.

She begins her second with a heightened national profile: In December, she was elected vice chair of the Democratic Governors Association, which spent heavily to help her defeat GOP challenger Ovide Lamontagne in 2012.

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