Newscast
12:32 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Police Officer's Early Jail Release Puts Spotlight On Obscure Law

The case of a former New Hampshire police officer who served a fraction of a one-year jail sentence for a hit-and-run accident that injured two teens has placed a spotlight on an obscure law.

Veteran Manchester police officer Steve Coco was convicted of two felony counts of misconduct and sentenced in March to a year in jail.

Coco was out of jail after 72 days under a law that gives county jail superintendents the authority to release convicts after they serve 14 days.

NHPR Blogs
4:36 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Is N.H. Really Home To The Longest Mini Golf Hole On The Planet?

View from hole 1
Sarah Thomas

Red Sox vs. Yankees. Coke vs. Pepsi. Facebook vs. Twitter.  And now – Chuckster’s Family Fun Park vs. Rocky Gorge 4 Seasons Golf Fairway.

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NH News
4:04 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Free Opiate Treatment Resources Offered Saturday In Portsmouth

Credit Doug Wheller via Flickr CC

Four licensed counselors will be on hand at Portsmouth Regional Hospital on Saturday to provide counseling and treatment resources to individuals and family members dealing with opiate addiction.

This will be the first event of its kind on the Seacoast.  

Justin Looser is the hospital’s director of behavioral health. He says individuals can deposit drugs and paraphernalia without risk of prosecution. In fact, he says, “the whole program will be completely anonymous even from the hospital’s perspective, we’re not going to take peoples’ names or write anything down.”

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Health
3:47 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Hassan Signs $11 Million Mental Health Package

Gov. Hassan signs House Bill 1635 into law, surrounded by mental health advocates and lawmakers.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

Governor Hassan has signed legislation designed to strengthen the state’s mental health system, a result of a class-action lawsuit filed in 2012.

The law allocates roughly $11 million through next fiscal year for increased community-based treatment options including supportive housing and crisis response teams. It is the first portion of a $30 million settlement agreement reached in December.

The Disabilities Rights Center and U.S. Department of Justice had sued the state in federal court over its lack of adequate care for people with mental illness.

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North Country
1:59 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

The Secrets Of Neighbors & The Helicopter In The Barn

What my neighbors see.
Credit Sam Hurley

Today, Here & Now broadcast one of our favorite stories by Sean Hurley, in which he discovers more than he expected about his neighbors. 

They are everywhere. We are surrounded by them.  You are probably one yourself.  Of the range of people you can know in the world, the neighbor occupies a curious spot.  As Sean Hurley writes, here in New Hampshire we have our own special kind of neighbor...and sometimes, they have helicopters.

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Sports
1:29 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Disc Golf: No Collared Shirts Required

Joe Montore readies his drive on the 18th hole.
Austin Cowan NHPR

Nestled deep in the woods of Canterbury, NH is a special type of golf course. No golf carts, clubs or balls can be found here. Bright polos and pastel shorts are left at the country club as well. Here, at Top O’ The Hill, disc golf is the game of choice.

For those that have never heard of the sport, think golf...but with a disc. It's that simple. Be careful to use the word "disc," however, never "Frisbee." This, I’m told, is seen as a slur in the disc world.

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Word of Mouth
12:18 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

7.13.14: Summer Brews and Foods

Credit Alexis Chapin

Today Word of Mouth explores new approaches to summer eating and drinking. First, we talk to Brian Aldrich and Michael Meredith, authors of the new book “New Hampshire Beer: Brewing from Sea to Summit.” Then, a conversation with AP food editor J.M. Hirsch about his creative endeavors in summer grilling. Plus, the newest movement in fighting off the threat of invasive species: eating them.

Full show 7.13.14

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Giving Matters
11:30 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Giving Matters: Hospice Is More Than End Of Life Care

Credit Rachel via flickr Creative Commons

Peg Kelly fought three different types of cancer over ten years. Towards the end of the decade her chemotherapy was designed more to reduce her discomfort than eradicate the cancer, because she was dying. She and her husband, Dennis, called the Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, who had been providing at-home service to Peg as she battled the cancer. This time when the Kellys called, they asked about the hospice service.

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North Country
9:18 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Exchange On The Road: North Country's Main Street Economies

Laura Knoy
Chris Jensen

The North Country economy is ever-changing and evolving. Laura Knoy went to the source to discuss this topic at the Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem.

  

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Friday N.H. News Roundup - July 11, 2014

Credit Sara Plourde / Flickr/CC

We're covering the top stories of the week: a U.S. Supreme court decision on buffer zones around Massachusetts Abortion clinics, the state’s fire Marshal considering a ban on certain types of fireworks, and the Division of Motor Vehicles' temporary stop to “vanity” plates, following a debate over free-speech.

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