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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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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NH News
5:21 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Incorrect Rates Charged To Smokers With Insurance Policies On The Exchange

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According to the independent investigative journalism outlet ProPublica, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield canceled the health insurance policies of close to 100 New Hampshire smokers who purchased insurance policies on the state's health exchange.  That's because Anthem incorrectly charged them non-smoker rates. 

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Sen. Ayotte Calls For Harsher Sanctions Against Russia

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New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte is calling for tougher action against Russia for annexing Crimea.   

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun March 23, 2014

N.H. Sugar Shacks Open For Maple Weekend

Outside Sugar Kings shack.
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Dozens of sugar shacks across New Hampshire are opening up to visitors for Maple Weekend.  A typical operation is Courser Farm’s Sugar King’s shack in Warner.  The building is dominated by a huge wood-powered syrup boiler.  Visitors pack in almost shoulder-to-shoulder sampling cups of syrup and homemade donuts.  Penny Courser is one of several family members who pitch in for the weekend.  She says they expect to see anywhere from 200 to 500 people for the weekend.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Rustic Crust Pushes To Restart Production In April

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  Construction crews are working two shifts a day to open a temporary facility for the Rustic Crust company in Pittsfield.  Earlier this month a fire burned down its production facility.

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Polar Vortex Pushes Back Start Of Springtime Temps

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After a brief glimpse of springtime weather, the Granite State will once again feel the chill.

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NH News
11:54 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Canterbury Passes Looser Farmstand Regulations

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Regulations on farmstands in Canterbury will be loosened.  Two-thirds of residents voted in favor of the measure on Tuesday. 

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Canterbury Residents To Decide What Makes A Farmstand

Canterbury selectman Tyson Miller wants the town to bring farmstand regulations more in line with the state.
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While national interest in agriculture has declined over the past five years, the US Department of Agriculture reports a five percent increase in New Hampshire farms

And those farmers who open roadside farmstands reap the benefits of the local food movement.  But this traditional venture has become a point of contention—and an item on the Town Meeting ballot—for the town of Canterbury. 

What Makes A Farmstand A Farmstand?

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NH News
10:44 am
Sun March 2, 2014

A Late Start For Sugaring Season

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Relentlessly bitter temperatures mean maple sugaring season is still a good way off.  That’s according to Beaver Meadow Brook Farm co-owner Barbara Lassonde.   She says typically, her farm in Warner starts seeing sap runs during the last two weeks in February.  

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NH News
4:52 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

State Moves To Strip Former LGC Insurance Pool Of Nonprofit Status

HealthTrust, Property-Liability Trust, and the NH Municipal Association office in Concord.
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Despite a long-awaited state Supreme Court ruling, the legal wrangling between the state and the former Local Government Center continues.  This time, the focus is on the HealthTrust risk pool, which insures roughly 50,000 municipal and school district employees in New Hampshire. 

Motion, Counter-Motion

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

On Ukraine, Ayotte Calls For "Clear" American Message To Putin

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With Ukraine still torn between pro-European and pro-Russian factions, New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte is calling on the Obama Administration to take a strong stand against Russia.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Ayotte said the so-called “Reset Policy” with President Vladimir Putin had failed.  She pointed out the country’s siding with the Assad regime in Syria, harboring NSA leaker Edward Snowden, and alleged violation of a decades-old nuclear arms treaty.

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun February 16, 2014

N.H. Sees More Snow Than Usual This Winter

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A series of winter storms over the past couple of weeks have had Granite Staters alternating between hunkering down at home and digging out.  

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Sports
4:48 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Small N.H. Club Early Training Ground For Olympic Ski Jumpers

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 New Hampshire is well represented at the Olympic Games this year, with ten Granite Staters competing at Sochi. 

That’s particularly true in Men’s Ski Jumping, with two out of three team members coming from New Hampshire:  Nick Alexander of Lebanon and Nick Fairall of Andover.

Recently, NHPR visited the ski club where it all started for Fairall.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Sen. Ayotte Weighs In On Immigration Impasse

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New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte is weighing-in on immigration reform.  This after House Speaker John Boehner said he didn’t think he could pass a bill this year.  

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