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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Holiday Shopping
7:30 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Furniture Store Sees Success In Selling Prisoner-Made Goods

Tim Barry taught himself to paint in prison. Now, like many inmates, he sells his work at Grevior Furniture in Franklin.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

With Christmas a week away, shoppers are crowding into malls, outlets, and downtown shopping districts looking for last-minute gifts.  But, for those looking for unusual handmade gifts, there’s another, unorthodox, option available.

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LGC Order
6:00 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

12 Towns Push For Share Of $52 Million LGC Order

The LGC disputes the 12 towns' interpretation of last summer's order
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

A group of New Hampshire towns have banded together to demand the Local Government Center return a chunk of their insurance premiums.  Last summer, a hearing officer ruled that for years, the LGC had overcharged communities for its health insurance program.  And the LGC was ordered to return more than $52 million to members

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Voter ID Cost
7:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

State Begins Tabulating Cost Of Voter ID Law

Long after voters cast their ballots, the state will be adding up the costs of the Voter ID law
Credit NHPR

The Secretary of State’s Office says the first Election Day under the new Voter ID law was a low-cost success story.  But over the next few months, those costs will rise.

But how much money the state will have to pay to implement and enforce the Voter ID law is still an open question. 

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Utilities Commission Report
7:01 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Snowtober Report Praises Unitil Response, Criticizes PSNH

During Snowtober, branches and power lines fell under the weight of wet, heavy snow
Credit James Lee / Flickr Creative Commons

A new report from the state's Public Utilities Commission finds PSNH failed to properly prepare for last year’s October snowstorm.  Meanwhile, Unitil was able to effectively restore power to customers following Snowtober. 

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Grafton Wind Project
6:44 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Newfound Lake Group Opposes Grafton Wind Project

A Newfound Lake group has come out in opposition to the proposed wind farm
Credit Mark Seymour / Flickr Creative Commons

The Newfound Lake Region Association is adding its voice to those opposing a new wind farm. As proposed, the Wild Meadows Wind Power Project would include 37 turbines spaced out over six-thousand acres leased in Alexandria, Danbury, and Grafton.  At the blades’ peak, the towers would be 400-feet tall. 

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Fiscal Cliff
7:30 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Lame Duck Congress Set To Negotiate Fiscal Cliff

Credit Lawrence Jackson / whitehouse.gov via Wikimedia COmmons

Today , New Hampshire’s lame duck congressmen are back in Washington.  Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta will join their Republican colleagues in negotiating with President Obama and the Senate to ward off the fiscal cliff. 

That’s when the payroll tax cut and Bush-era tax cuts expire and sequestration hits--simultaneously--in January.  And while Second District Congressman Charlie Bass lost his seat, the pressure’s on for the lame-duck Congress to find a compromise.  But Bass says there’s not nearly enough time to reach a “Grand Bargain.”

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Consumer Protection
4:32 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

A.G. Fraud Unit Proposal Stalls Again

The creation of a new fraud unit at the state Attorney General’s office has stalled again.  Thursday, the Legislative Fiscal Committee voted to table a request to approve funding for it. 

The governor and Executive Council have approved the unit, which would be funded by the state’s mortgage settlement with big banks.  But the Republican-dominated committee has resisted allocating money to it, saying it would ultimately add staff to the government payroll.  But the AG’s Consumer Protection Bureau Chief James Boffetti says a fraud unit is needed.

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Voter Turnout
6:01 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Long Lines At Polls Not Because Of Voter ID Law

Many voters across New Hampshire had to wait in long lines before they could cast their ballots
Credit Susan Posner / NHPR

New Hampshire Elections officials say they heard a fair number of complaints about long lines at the polls.  But as they say something other than the new voter ID law is to blame.

Talk of long lines at the polls was common on Election Day.  And for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne, it even affected how Election Night played out. As supporters saw more and more returns favoring Democrat Maggie Hassan, a spokeswoman addressed the crowd.

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Elections 2012
4:39 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Kuster Wins 2nd Congressional District In Rematch With Bass

After losing to Republican Charlie Bass in 2010, Ann McLane Kuster won the 2nd District congressional seat
Credit Shannon Dooling for NHPR

It was a repeat match-up with a very different outcome in the Second Congressional District.  Democrat Ann McLane Kuster defeated Republican Congressman Charlie Bass by a roughly five point margin.  

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2nd CD Spot
7:30 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Bass, Kuster Square-Off Over DOMA

Friday night, St. Anselm College hosted the final debate between the candidates for the 2nd District congressional seat.  While abortion has been a signature social issue of the race, this time around, the candidates sparred on gay marriage.

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Voter Hotline
3:38 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Agencies Set Up Hotlines For Election Day Complaints

The US Attorney and state Attorney General will run special election complaint hotlines on Tuesday.  Assistant AG Richard Head says 30 lawyers and investigators will also be stationed at polling places across the state.  Typically, he says, the office fields around a hundred complaints on Election Day.

“There is no typical voter complaint," Head says with a chuckle.  "They can range anywhere from machines not working properly to signs--a wide range of issues.”

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Abortion Feature
7:30 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Two Pro-Choice Candidates Face-Off Over Women's Health In Congressional Race

Credit Steve Rhodes / Flickr Creative Common

While voters say economic issues are their top concern, abortion is also a high priority this year.  In a recent Gallup Poll, nearly two-thirds of voters said it’s an important factor in their decision. 

But when you have a pro-choice Republican running against a pro-choice Democrat, abortion doesn’t seem like an obvious lightning-rod issue. 

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PSNH Crews
7:30 am
Tue October 30, 2012

In Face of Sandy, Utilities Face Line Crew Shortage

Utilities across the state are assessing damage from tropical storm Sandy as they try to bring power back to thousands of customers.  And the state’s largest utility will do it with the help of contractors from across the country.

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Mormons
6:48 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

N.H. Mormons Navigate "Mormon Moment" As Election Day Nears

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints meetinghouse in Wolfeboro, NH is a second spiritual home for the Romneys.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

Governor Mitt Romney’s connection to New Hampshire is well-documented.  He owns a house on Lake Winnipesaukee, which he visits regularly.  And the Mormon meetinghouse in Wolfeboro serves as his second spiritual home.  But what’s less understood by many outside Mormonism is what it’s like being a member of this religious minority in northern New England.  

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Amtrak Closed
5:58 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Sandy Forces Amtrak Route Shutdown

As Hurricane Sandy makes its way northward, Amtrak service in New Hampshire has shut down. 

Amtrak’s Downeaster line connects Northern New England to Boston.  Passenger Rail Authority Executive Director Patricia Quinn says the agency was forced to shut down service early this afternoon. 

“There was a train, left Boston at 1:00 this afternoon, got as far as Lawrence, Massachusetts, there were wires down, and that train actually had to return back to Boston."

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