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
8:58 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Manchester-Boston Airport Open, But Flight Departures Hit-Or-Miss

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Manchester-Boston Regional Airport remains open today despite the winter storm.  But Deputy Airport Director Brian O'Neill says they've seen "a significant level of cancelations and delays."  While 13 flights have left on time, he says airlines have canceled 12 other flights so far.

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NH News
8:15 am
Wed February 5, 2014

DOT To Commuters: Beware Snow Covered Roads

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The state Department of Transportation is advising commuters along major highways and interstates in southern New Hampshire to travel no faster than 45 miles an hour.  But DOT spokesman Bill Boynton says in many cases, travelers may need to go even more slowly.  He says crews from Concord to the Massachusetts border are working in "the heart of the storm," and dealing with snow falling at about one to two inches an hour. "And that's going to limit visibility.  It's also going to mean snow covered roads.

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NH News
7:37 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Southern N.H. Takes Brunt Of Winter Storm

Dennis Martin of Londonderry shovels out of his driveway Wednesday morning.
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  A winter storm warning is in effect statewide.  Meteorologist Rob Carolan of Hometown Forecast Services in Nashua says the area south of the Lakes Region will see the heaviest accumulations, ranging from seven to twelve inches.  And he says southern New Hampshire will bear the brunt of the storm. "We could see snowfall rates across the southern third of the state approach one, one and a half inches an hour through the midmorning hours as this storm system develops," he says.  "The snow, though, from the Lakes Region northward is going to be lighter.

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NH News
1:35 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

State Begins Study On Moose Decline In N.H.

A moose family in Berlin, N.H.
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New Hampshire Fish and Game will closely monitor 43 moose in the state to learn more about why their numbers keep decreasing.  

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Calls On VT Non-Profit To Help Fill Skills Gap

Thirteen unemployed and underemployed people from New Hampshire and Vermont will soon be taking jobs with Dartmouth-Hitchcock as medical coders.  Today they graduate from an innovative cross-state program.

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NH News
3:06 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

NH Public Healh And Disaster Preparedness Improving

A national report says New Hampshire has made progress toward building and strengthening its abilities to prepare for a public health emergency.    Being prepared to prevent, respond to, and recover from all types of public health threats, such as disease outbreaks, chemical  releases, or natural disasters, requires that public health departments improve and maintain their capabilities in surveillance and epidemiology, laboratories, and response readiness.

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NH News
3:48 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

BIA Announces Bills Targeted For Opposition

The Business and Industry Association has come out in opposition to seven bills before the legislature this session.  

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NH News
5:10 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

State Touts Success Of Entrepreneurship Program For Unemployed

Governor Maggie Hassan, Senate Minority Leader Sylvia Larsen, and Citizens Bank President Joe Carelli at a news conference about the Pathway to Work program.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

More than 50 businesses have started in New Hampshire in the past six months thanks to a law allowing laid-off workers to fund them with their unemployment benefits.  That’s according to the Small Business Development Center at UNH, which administers the so-called “Pathway To Work” program. 

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Newscast
7:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Players, Spectators Congregate In Concord For Pond Hockey Tournament

Spectators watch the action at the Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

This past weekend Concord played host to the first major pond hockey tournament of the season.  The 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship is in its fourth year.  But it's said that the nation's first "organized" pond hockey game was played at St. Paul's School in Concord--back in 1883.  NHPR's Amanda Loder stopped by the event at White Park, and sends us this audio postcard.   

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Sports
7:00 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Pond Hockey Season Picks Up With Concord's 1883 Black Ice Championship

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Play continues today at the 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship  in Concord. Teams will play in the semi-finals and finals at White Park this morning from 8:00 until noon.

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NH News
3:34 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

No Change In N.H.'s Unemployment Rate For December

The state’s unemployment rate was unchanged from November to December.  That’s according to New Hampshire Employment Security.  

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Business and Economy
4:41 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Minimum Wage Debate To Return To N.H. State House

The debate over the minimum wage will return to the state house this session.  A proposal to reestablish a state minimum wage failed last year in the Republican-controlled state Senate.  This session, Democrats hope to set a state minimum wage at $8.25 an hour

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Business and Economy
2:50 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

How N.H.'s New LLC Law Will Affect Many Small Businesses

As of this month, most of New Hampshire’s small businesses—and a fair number of larger ones—will be operating under the state’s new Revised LLC Act.  

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Newscast
7:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Cold Front To Hit N.H., "Flash Freeze" Tonight

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A blast of cold Arctic air is moving into the Granite State today.  It’s part of the same system that’s put the Midwest into a deep freeze. 

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NH News
8:00 am
Sun January 5, 2014

EPA Proposes Tighter Woodstove Emissions Standards

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The EPA is proposing stricter emissions standards for wood stoves.  Manufacturers would have to build stoves that burn 80 percent cleaner than current models.  And for the first time, pellet stoves would be held to the same standards.  The EPA says pollution from these heaters is linked to asthma attacks, heart attacks, and stroke. 

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