NH News
8:20 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Senate Bill Calls For More Transparency On Political Spending

Voters in Nashua, NH
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As the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a major campaign finance ruling Wednesday, a New Hampshire House committee heard testimony on a bill that would no longer allow some political groups to spend money on state elections without disclosing it to voters. 

The proposal, which cleared the Senate by a 19-4 vote February 6, would require any organization that spends more than $5,000 on so-called electioneering to filed detailed reports with the Secretary of State's office.

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NH News
7:24 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Report: PSNH Plants Would Be Worth Little On Open Market

LaCapra estimates that compared to a $500 million "book value" Merrimack station would sell for somewhere around $10 million, or 2% of it's value. Schiller Station could see a similar mark down, at 6.5% of it's value.
Credit LaCapra Associates

An independent assessment commissioned by electrical regulators has released a preliminary report that finds some of Public Service of New Hampshire’s fossil-fired plants hold little market value. The report agrees with what staff at the Public Utilities Commission said last year.

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NH News
5:11 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Sen. Ayotte To Host Discussion On Heroin Use In N.H.

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Senator Kelly Ayotte will host a roundtable discussion later this month that focuses on heroin use in New Hampshire.

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NH News
5:03 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Ban On Discrimination Against Gays Goes Before House Committee

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A constitutional amendment that aims to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation went before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

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New England Snapshot
4:58 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Maine Highway Signs Bill Draws Wide Opposition

Lawmakers in Maine are joining business owners and local officials in speaking out against a bill they say will hurt tourism in towns across the state.

The measure would remove nearly a third of the signs on Maine highways that direct motorists to secondary locations.

Officials with the Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority, which support the bill, say the law needs to be changed for Maine's interstates to comply with federal highway sign standards.

New England Snapshot
4:56 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Lack Of Funding Could Halt Vermont Highway Projects

In the past few years, many states, including Vermont, have embarked on hundreds of road and bridge construction projects and most of the projects were paid for with a large amount of federal funds.

But there’s a problem: the Federal Highway Trust Fund is running out of money.

Read or listen to Bob Kinzel's report on VPR's website.

Health
4:21 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Loophole Means Many Child Restraints Go Unreported In New Hampshire

Melissa Hunter says she wasn't immediately notified of the school's use of seclusion on her son.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

Like many kids with autism, Hunter Picknell has trouble expressing himself.

“His primary form of communication is sign language, but there’s certain things he can’t do with his hands and fingers because of his motor-planning issues,” says Melissa Hilton, Hunter’s mother.

“He makes kind of his own sign language, which is very idiosyncratic. We often joke around and say it is sign language with an accent.”

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Word of Mouth
2:54 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

4.2.14: Exotic Pets, NH Bats, Handwritten Bible & Humaira Awais Shahid

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Today on Word of Mouth, lions and tigers and bears - in cages. We're delving into the exotic pets debate. Then, on to a truly wild animal, but one whose population is dwindling. In the second half of the show, we hear from a man who spent seven years - yes, seven - transcribing the entire King James Bible by hand. Finally, Virginia sits down with Humaira Awais Shahid, journalist and human rights activist fighting for women's rights in Pakistan.

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4.2.14: Exotic Pets, NH Bats, Handwritten Bible & Humaira Awais Shahid

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Word of Mouth
2:52 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

The Exotic Pets Debate

Credit via Lauren Slater / National Geographic

From kangaroos bred in captivity to trained tigers, exotic pets come from all walks of wildlife…and ownership of wild animals is increasingly becoming a hot debate.  Exotic pet owners defend their right to care for critters from venomous snakes to angry chimps. Animal rights advocates meanwhile, are doing what they can to stop the purchase of exotic pets and place current ones into safe, accredited sanctuaries.  Both camps appear to share a love of wild animals. Lauren Slater  joined us to talk about the exotic animal ownership debate. She wrote "Wild Pets: The Debate Over Owning Exotic Animals" for National Geographic. Listen to Virginia's interview with Lauren Slater here.

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Education
2:41 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Students Sit In At Dartmouth Over Diversity Issues

Prankhurst Hall at Dartmouth College
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About 35 students staged a sit-in in Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon’s office Tuesday. They have been pressuring the College to increase enrollment of black, Latino and Native American students to at least 10 percent each, and to hire more faculty from minority groups. The 70 monetary demands outlined in their “Freedom Budget”  also include sweeping changes in the curriculum, financial aid, and residential life programs.

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