NH News
1:54 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

House Speaker Norelli Says She's Optimistic Gas Tax Increase Will Pass

New Hampshire’s Speaker of the House is optimistic House lawmakers will pass a Senate proposal to increase the state’s gas tax by 4.2 cents.


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NH News
1:16 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

'Paycheck Fairness' Advocates Rally As Bill Moves To House

Sen. Andrew Hosmer speaks at a rally for the Paycheck Fairness Act, a New Hampshire bill that aims to bring pay for women in line with men.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

After gaining unanimous support in the state Senate, a bill that aims to bring pay for women in line with their male co-workers went before the House labor committee earlier today.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

N.H. Viewpoints On SCOTUS Campaign Finance Decision

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Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court came down on a decision that will change the way we fund elections.  In a 5-4 vote, the court removed a cap on how many candidates or committees a person can support per election cycle.  Although the amount is still restricted to $2600 per candidate, an individual can now gift that amount to as many politicians as he or she wants. Opponents of the ruling worry the decision may suppress ordinary voices: “where enough money calls the tune,” said Justice William Breyer, “the general public will not be heard.” But supporters like Chief Justice Roberts say that this case follows first amendment rights. “Integration and access are not corruption,” said Roberts, “they embody a central feature of democracy that constituents support candidates who share their beliefs and interests.

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CALLOUT:

  • John Greabe - director of the Rudman Center at UNH Law School. He teaches constitutional law, civil procedure, federal courts and jurisdiction.

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NH News
6:20 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Superior Judge To Rule On Legality of Rockingham Attorney's Suspension

Attorney Michael Ramsdell (left) argues on behalf of suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams (right).
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  Superior judge Richard McNamara heard arguments Monday on whether New Hampshire's Attorney General has the authority to continue the suspension of Rockingham County attorney Jim Reams. The Attorney General suspended Reams in November, and then pursued an investigation into alleged employment discrimination and financial mismanagement.  

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Environment
4:33 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

A Glimpse At Your Future Electric Bill? N.H. Utility Experiments Encourage Conservation

Home Energy reports like this one are being sent out to as many as 25,000 customers as part of a PSNH pilot program.
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New Hampshire’s two largest electric utilities are piloting new billing programs, aimed at getting people to save electricity. These programs could be part of a sea change in the way we are billed for electricity, aimed at encouraging efficiency and conservation.  And while convincing Americans to use less energy has always been a bit of a slog, these two pilot programs in New Hampshire hope to change that. One uses the brunt force of economics and the other uses the subtle science of psychology.

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Word of Mouth
4:24 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

4.7.14: Elevators, Life Once Removed & Abolishing 'Happy Birthday'

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Going up? Today on Word of Mouth, we're lifting you to new cultural heights with a look into the history of two architectural advancements in history - the elevator and escalator. We'll hold the door for you when we stop on a story about a family of mannequins. Last stop, a discussion about why we should all stop singing that pervasive birthday song.

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Word of Mouth
2:58 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Film's Greatest Elevator Scenes

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Andreas Bernard, author of Lifted: A Cultural History of the Elevator, calls the elevator a kind of "secular confessional".

The moment where people get stuck in an elevator together is always a moment of truth.  Let's say a couple who has hidden secrets gets stuck together - they confess it.  The room, which is so narrow and which is so close, is like a real confessional - a space where you're forced to say the truth.

That push towards truth is just one reason elevators have played so many pivotal roles in film and television. Whether cramped or quiet, large or small, slow or altogether stuck, elevators have served as makeshift matchmakers, provocateurs, and architectural comedians. Here are a a few of our favorite elevator scenes from film.

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NH News
2:13 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Hearing To Challenge Anthem's Network Postponed

Frisbie Memorial Hospital
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The state insurance department has postponed a hearing this week to consider a challenge to Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield's network of providers covered under the Affordable Care Act.

Margaret McCarthy, a patient of Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, has asked the department to require Anthem to include Frisbie in the network. 

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NH News
1:25 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Hundreds Of Red Sox Fans Pack Statehouse Plaza To See David Ortiz

Governor Maggie Hassan and Red Sox slugger David Ortiz greet the crowd at the Statehouse on Monday.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Hundreds of Boston Red Sox fans gathered in front of the Statehouse earlier today to catch a glimpse of World Series MVP David Ortiz.

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NH News
10:55 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Brown Tells Supporters He'll Make It Official Thursday

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After months of flirting, former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown plans to announce he’s running for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire Thursday in Portsmouth.

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