The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Expanded Gambling: Will New Bill Change Minds?

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After many failed attempts to pass a casino bill, supporters think they may finally have a winning hand -- proposing two casinos and a new revenue-sharing plan. Opponents are raising long-held concerns about gambling’s social costs, including addiction and crime. We’ll look at this new bill and its odds for passing.  

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Bob is a veteran Vermont journalist, specializing in political reporting. He is based in VPR’s Capital Bureau located across the street from Vermont’s Statehouse. Prior to joining VPR full time in 2002, Bob ran the Vermont News Service for 21 years. The service provided daily local news for eleven stations, including VPR. Bob started the News Service following a stint as news director for WNCS.

Environment
5:17 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Wood-Energy Group To Provide "Coaches" For Wood-Boiler Installs

Pellets being bulk delivered to a home with an automatic feed pellet boiler.
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Thanks to a $250,000 dollar federal grant a new group is working to promote the burning of wood for heating in high-efficiency boilers in the Granite state

The New Hampshire Wood Energy Council consists of nearly fifty biomass supporters from state agencies, non-profit organizations, and industry representatives. Those representatives will serve as ambassadors for using wood-pellet and wood-chip boilers.

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Giving Matters
12:08 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Certifying Teachers In The North Country

NCTCP graduate Amelia Alton.

The North Country Teacher Certification Program is a collaboration between Plymouth State University and White Mountains Community College. The program aims to increase the number of highly qualified teachers in the North Country. 

Amelia Alton was a pre-school teacher with more than 20 years of experience, who wanted to be a classroom teacher, “I always wanted to try my hand at the first and second grade level. But, I needed a different certification.” In 2010, with the help of the NCTCP, Alton went back to college and received her certification.

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Word of Mouth
2:21 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Word of Mouth 4.19.14

Avoiding awkward conversation on our lunch date - The "W" is startlingly good conversationalist.
Credit Sarah Thomas

Life can be awkward.  Dinner conversation even more so.  Elevator encounters?  AWWWK-WAAARD. We at Word of Mouth work hard not to be awkward, but hey... even the best radio interviews can get a little weird sometimes.  On today's program, the conversation is flowing just great... but the topic?  It's awkward.

Listen to the full show here!

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NH News
2:17 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

UNH To Put $54 Million Toward Buildings And Pool

Hamilton Smith Hall
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  The University System of New Hampshire voted Friday to put $54 million toward building renovations and acquisitions at UNH’s Durham Campus. 

$37 million will be spent renovating Hamilton Smith Hall, which houses UNH’s English Department, ESOL, Journalism and writing programs. The building has not been renovated in more than 30 years, and does not meet all disability and safety standards. 

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NH News
2:05 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Portsmouth Begins $50,000 Digital 3-D Downtown Modeling Project

Jared Foley of Kittery's Tanagram 3DS takes a photo of the Portsmouth Athenaeum.
Credit Emily Corwin

  Conflict between commercial growth and historic preservation is a constant in Portsmouth, where city meetings over building heights often run late into the night. Now, city leaders hope a new 3-D model of downtown Portsmouth will bring context to the conversation.

Portsmouth is paying the Kittery archetectural rendering firm Tanegram 3DS $50,000 to create this interactive map, which Portsmouth principal planner Nick Cracknell says will be used by land use and zoning boards.

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Arts & Culture
10:31 am
Fri April 18, 2014

NH This Weekend: Back To Nature

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Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has the details on Discover Wild NH Day and The New England Reptile Expo.

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Politics
9:27 am
Fri April 18, 2014

N.H. Senator Odell Announces Retirement

Sen. Bob Odell, R-New London.
Credit New Hampshire State Senate

 

Six-term state Sen. Bob Odell says he will not seek re-election this fall.

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NH News
9:18 am
Fri April 18, 2014

This Is Final Weekend For Skiing In N.H.

Cannon's trails are among the final slopes open in late spring.
Credit Via CannonMT.com

The three remaining ski areas that are open in New Hampshire are planning to close after this weekend.

The "Ski New Hampshire" website shows that Loon Mountain Resort, Cannon Mountain and Bretton Woods plan to operate this weekend.

Loon and Cannon plan to close at the end of the day Sunday. Bretton Woods is offering skiing through Monday.

Fifteen other New Hampshire ski areas are closed for the season, with many of the larger areas closing last weekend.

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