Amanda Loder

Weekend Host/Business Reporter

Amanda Loder reports on business and the economy in NHPR's newsroom, and hosts Weekend Edition. Amanda  joined New Hampshire Public Radio following four years of reporting and hosting at Spokane Public Radio in Washington State. At Spokane Public Radio, she was recognized with regional Edward R. Murrow and SPJ awards for her feature and series reporting. During four years at SPR, she worked her way up from general assignment reporter to featurist, and was ultimately tapped to host All Things Considered. Amanda, a native Iowan, received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Religious Studies from Lawrence University, and a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.

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NH News
4:44 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

N.H. "Paycheck Fairness Act" To Become Law

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A bill designed to close the wage gap between men and women will become law, after it cleared its final legislative hurdle today.

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NH News
12:40 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Hassan Pushes For Hiring, Spending Freeze In Wake Of Sudden Revenue Shortfall

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Governor Maggie Hassan issued an Executive Order Wednesday that would freeze state hiring and purchasing, as well as out-of-state travel. The governor says the freeze is needed following a dramatic drop in revenue last month. 

Gov. Hassan says April education and general fund revenues fell short by almost $22 million.  Prior to that, the state had been running a roughly $25 million surplus.  She says the shortfall has lowered the state’s cushion to just below $4 million.

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NH News
6:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Nashua Aldermen To Consider Local Preference For City Contracts

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Nashua business owners could win more contracts from the city thanks to a local preference ordinance the Board of Alderman will consider this week.  

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NH News
6:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

How Caribbean Med Students Came To Make Up Half Of Plymouth State's MBA Program

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For years, universities have been looking for creative ways to drum up cash as their costs increase.  The most straightforward way to increase revenue is to bring in more students.  And for Plymouth State University, that meant heading south to the Caribbean in a rare partnership deal that some see as controversial.

(Infographic: By The Numbers: PSU's Partnership With American University of Antigua)

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Newscast
9:48 am
Mon May 5, 2014

PSNH Anticipates Rate Hike For Customers

New Hampshire’s largest utility estimates customers will see a two percent average rate hike this year.  Public Service of New Hampshire filed its rate adjustment forecast with the Public Utilities Commission Friday.  PSNH says higher energy prices over the winter and continued volatility in the market could translate into higher power bills.  The utility has not yet requested a rate change from the PUC.

NH News
7:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

N.H. Senate To Take Up Heating Fuel Consumer Protection Bill

This week the New Hampshire Senate is set to vote on a House bill designed to protect home heating fuel customers.  This comes after hundreds of Fred Fuller Oil Company customers suffered shortages and late deliveries in January.  

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NH News
2:52 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

N.H. Unemployment Rate Falls In March

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New Hampshire’s jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percent in March.  It now stands at four-and-a-half percent, well below the national rate, according to numbers released by the state’s Employment Security Department.  

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Sturm, Ruger Recalls Rifle For Trigger Issues

One year after its release, Newport-based firearms manufacturer Sturm, Ruger is recalling a popular rifle similar to the AR-15.  

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Tea Party Senator Mike Lee Addresses Granite Staters At Freedom Summit

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Political conservatives including Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Huckabee addressed Granite Staters in Manchester yesterday at the Freedom Summit.  Many of the speakers criticized so-called "Obamacare" and the administration's handling of Benghazi.  But Utah Senator and Tea Party favorite Mike Lee implored attendees to move away from complaining about policies, and start rallying around an agenda.

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NH News
11:13 am
Sat April 12, 2014

N.H. Judge: Medicaid Tax On Hospitals Unconstitutional

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 A judge has ruled that New Hampshire cannot collect a Medicaid Enhancement Tax from hospitals.   In a ruling released Friday, Hillsborough County Superior Court Philip Mangones says the state should have stopped collecting the tax in 2011 when a loophole in the Medicaid reimbursement system closed. He says the tax is unconstitutional.   Catholic Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital and Exeter Hospital sued in 2011, challenging the $31 million they paid in the tax that year.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Granite Staters Relish Belated Springtime Weather

Despite muddy conditions, some Concord residents turned out to White Park to enjoy the mild weather.
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After a long winter and several false starts, it looks like New Hampshire might finally be heading into spring. 

Mild temperatures on Sunday brought many Granite Staters outside to enjoy the weather.  Concord resident Annie Morgan brought her eight-year old son to a city park.  And she was confident that this time, spring was here to stay.  

“Well I’m determined!  It’s not going anywhere," she said with a chuckle.  "No, we’re not getting any more snow, and it’s going to be beautiful!”

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Long Winter Delays Spring Planting

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The long, cold winter has delayed spring planting in the Granite State.  That complicates matters for nurseries and lawn and garden businesses.  Charlie Cole is general manager of Cole Gardens in Concord.  He sees the late spring as a mixed bag for his business—although he’s optimistic.

“We’re really excited, because the pent-up need to be out in the garden is just building, and it’s still building.  And once our customer base are able to get in the garden and plant, we think it’s going to be a great spring,” Cole says.

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Newscast
9:26 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Amid Settlement Battle With Regulators, HealthTrust Announces $13.9M Refund

Offices of HealthTrust, Property-Liability Trust, and the N.H. Municipal Association, all formerly part of the LGC.
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Communities that carry HealthTrust insurance for public workers could split $13.9 million following a vote by the program’s board of directors.  In an announcement late Tuesday afternoon, HealthTrust noted that the refund was bigger than expected.  The money comes from another risk pool, Property-Liability Trust.  

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NH News
3:19 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

N.H. Gets Share Of National Settlement With J.P. Morgan

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New Hampshire will receive a share of more than $2.9 million as part of a national settlement with J.P. Morgan Securities.  

The investigation that prompted the settlement was led by New Hampshire securities regulators.

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