NH News
6:05 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Renters Get Victory in Senate

The Senate has all but killed a measure that would have given landlords greater flexibility to evict tenants.

Bill opponents say the move preserves some equity between tenants and the property owners.

Originally the legislation would have allowed large-scale landlords the ability to evict a tenant when a lease expires.

Owners already can remove a tenant for any number of reasons, including rent hikes or personal business needs.

New Hampshire Legal Assistance attorney Elliott Berry says tenants are entitled to not be arbitrarily evicted.

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The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers
6:01 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Pennsylvania Doctors Worry Over Fracking 'Gag Rule'

Plastic surgeon Amy Pare says it's important for doctors to know what kind of substances patients she's treating might have been exposed to.
Susan Philips WHYY

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 7:30 pm


A new law in Pennsylvania has doctors nervous.

The law grants physicians access to information about trade-secret chemicals used in natural gas drilling. Doctors say they need to know what's in those formulas in order to treat patients who may have been exposed to the chemicals.

But the new law also says that doctors can't tell anyone else — not even other doctors — what's in those formulas. It's being called the "doctor gag rule."

'I Don't Know If It's Due To Exposure'

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NH News
5:48 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Income Tax Amendment Flies Through Senate

The state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment to ban an income tax.

Lawmakers now must agree on the plan before it makes it to the ballot this fall.

Many Senate and House Republican leaders strongly favor prohibiting the state from collecting an income tax.

That’s why it’s likely the two sides will reach agreement on constitutional amendment language when they meet later this month.

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley told his colleagues supporting this plan is noble and worthy.

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The Two-Way
5:31 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

New Evidence Released: Trayvon Martin Had Traces Of Pot In System

A photocopy of a picture of George Zimmerman taken the night of the shooting.
Sanford Police

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 10:06 pm

A huge trove of documents has been released by prosecutors in the Trayvon Martin case. Among the biggest revelations so far is that the autopsy reveals Martin had THC in his system. But police said the shooting was "ultimately avoidable."

ABC News, which is digging through the documents, reports:

"The autopsy report shows traces of the drug THC, which is found in marijuana, in Martin's blood and urine.

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The Record
5:29 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

The Many Voices Of Donna Summer

"Queen of Disco" Donna Summer performs in 1979. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 4:36 pm

Pop singer Donna Summer, whose long career began in the 1960s and reached its apex in the disco era of the '70s, died of cancer on Thursday at her home in Naples, Florida. Summer was 63 years old. According to Billboard magazine, the singer born LaDonna Gaines had 32 singles that charted in the Hot 100. Fourteen of them made it into the top 10. To hear Sami Yenigun's appreciation of Donna Summer's life and career, as heard on All Things Considered, click the audio link.

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It's All Politics
5:12 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Billionaire Donor Joe Ricketts: From Behind The Scenes To Center Stage

Joe Ricketts, whose American Film Company produced The Conspirator, arrives at the film's premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010.
Alberto E. Rodriguez Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 9:04 am

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Research News
5:10 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Ancient Deep-Sea Bacteria Are In No Hurry To Eat

Researcher Hans Roy opens a core sample taken from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. A core sample like this one contained bacteria that settled on the seafloor 86 million years ago.
Bo Barker Jorgensen Science/AAAS

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 7:16 pm

Back when the dinosaurs ruled the Earth, some hardy bacteria took up residence at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Eighty six million years later, they're still there. And a new study says they're living out the most Spartan lifestyle known on this planet.

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4:58 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Closing Arguments Made In John Edwards Trial

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 7:16 pm



You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

Impassioned, theatrical, exhausting. Four hours of closing arguments today in the trial of John Edwards in a federal courtroom in Greensboro, North Carolina. The former presidential candidate and vice presidential nominee is accused of accepting about a million dollars of secret payments to cover up an affair with a campaign worker.

North Carolina Public Radio's Jeff Tiberii was in the courtroom. He joins us now.

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Around the Nation
4:57 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

All Eyes On Same-Sex Wedding Of Mayoral Hopeful

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 7:16 pm



When the speaker of the New York City Council gets married it is generally not a big deal. But Christine Quinn happens to be the first openly gay council speaker in New York's history. And she is considered the frontrunner to be the city's next mayor.

So Quinn's wedding this weekend is attracting lots of attention, as we hear from NPR's Joel Rose.

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4:56 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Key Witness Testifies In Clemens' Perjury Trial

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 7:16 pm

The key witness in the perjury trial of baseball star Roger Clemens is on the stand this week testifying that he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs. Nina Totenberg talks to Melissa Block.