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
1:01 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Concord Approves Downtown Overhaul

The Concord City Council has approved a dramatic Main Street overhaul.  Under the plan, Main Street will be converted from four lanes to a modified three-lane set-up.  New lighting, wider sidewalks, more benches, and bike racks are also part of the plan.  

A big concern for merchants is the loss of downtown parking.  Developer and advisory committee member Steve Duprey says in the end, the city is only losing five parking spaces.  And the benefits outweigh the risks. 

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NH News
4:17 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

New Foreclosure Numbers Reveal Promising Trend

New New Hampshire housing numbers show 192 foreclosures in April.  That’s half of what the state recorded at the same time last year.  And it appears to be part of an ongoing trend.

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NH News
5:21 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

LGC Proposes Restructuring Plan

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Nearly a year after the Local Government Center was ordered to restructure and repay $52 million to communities, the organization has laid out its overhaul proposal. 

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NH News
4:22 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Conference Takes On Issues Facing Nonprofits

Terry Knowles explains the Charitable Trusts Unit's work at the Culture OneStop conference.
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With more than 8,400 nonprofits operating in New Hampshire, a lot of residents volunteer to serve on boards, sometimes without knowing what’s involved.  A number of state agencies held the "Culture OneStop" conference in Concord today.

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NH News
5:21 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Airline Industry Changes Hit Manchester, Small Airports Hard

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A recent MIT report shows many small airports are struggling as more passengers book flights out of big cities. 

And the findings are stark. Out of 74 small hub airports, only six added flights over five years.  The vast majority, like Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, saw declines. 

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NH News
6:30 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Remembering Rockingham Park: A Story Of Prestige And Decline

First Race at Rockingham
Leslie Jones, 1933 Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library

This week, NHPR has been taking a close look at what a casino would mean for the town of Salem, a likely location for a gambling establishment.  On Wednesday, the House voted down the idea of expanded gaming.  We end our series today with a look back at the best—and worst—times The Rock has faced.

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NH News
12:00 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

NH Casino Would Mean Building Addiction Services From The Ground Up

Ed Talbot is among a small core of people working to start a Council on Problem Gambling in New Hampshire.
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As the New Hampshire House prepares to vote on a casino bill this week, NHPR is bringing you a series of stories that look at the implications of opening a casino in the Granite State.  Today we turn our focus to the potential social costs related to gambling addiction: how the state is handling problem gambling now, and how it could in the future.

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Business and Economy
10:34 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Millennium Gaming Unveils New Plan For Rockingham Park

Millennium Gaming co-CEO Bill Wortman explains the company's updated plan for Rockingham Park.
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After first proposing a $450 million dollar casino at Rockingham Park, Millennium Gaming is now proposing a complex costing, in their words, “north of $600 million.”  The redesigned project was unveiled at a Town Hall meeting last night in Salem.

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Business and Economy
4:26 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Pennsylvanians Tout Casino Benefits To N.H. Lawmakers

Larry Maggi makes the case for a casino to lawmakers at a lunchtime presentation at the Holiday Inn in downtown Concord
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Millennium Gaming brought leaders from Washington County, Pennsylvania to Concord to tout the benefits of a casino to lawmakers at a lunch meeting today.  Millennium runs The Meadows casino and racetrack in Washington.  If New Hampshire allows a casino at Rockingham Park, Millennium would develop it. 

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Business and Economy
6:04 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Sturm, Ruger Announces Plans To Expand Out-Of-State

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It’s been a busy few years for Sturm, Ruger…so much so, the company is looking to start another factory out-of-state. 

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NH News
5:49 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

House Subcommittee Hears Testimony On Social Costs Of Casinos

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Testimony turned emotional today as a House subcommittee considered the social costs of allowing a casino in New Hampshire.   Most of the comments focused on studies of gambling behavior and public policy.  The exception was Mell Brooks, of Littleton.  He discussed his five years as a restaurant owner in Oregon, where he was allowed to have five video slot machines. 

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NH News
7:30 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Sign Language Puts Some N.H. College Grads On Path To Job Security

At a recent open house, Professor Patrick McCarthy describes the ASL Interpretation program in sign language, while Prof. Jack Hoza and a prospective student look on.
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Nine UNH-Manchester students are graduating this year with degrees in American Sign Language Interpretation.  The college hosts one of just 13 accredited programs in the country.  And given the high demand for interpreters, these newly-minted grads will likely find secure employment. 

But they probably won’t be jumping in right after graduation.

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Business and Economy
5:26 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Sequestration Hits Long-Term Unemployed In NH

The automatic federal budget cuts known as “Sequestration” will soon hit the long-term unemployed in New Hampshire.  People who remain jobless for more than 26 weeks are eligible for federally-funded emergency unemployment benefits. 

And those benefits will soon be cut.

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NH News
7:30 am
Fri April 12, 2013

One Year After Police Chief's Death, Memorial Fund Continues Service Legacy

After Chief Michael Maloney died, there was a massive outpouring of support for Greenland. Now, a memorial fund is trying to keep that community spirit, and Maloney's memory, alive.
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One year ago today, Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney was killed in the line of duty as he tried to execute a search warrant.  Not long after his death, friends and family established a memorial fund to serve the Seacoast in his name. 

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Business and Economy
7:30 am
Fri March 29, 2013

N.H. Entrepreneurs Launch Social Network For The Prayerful

Jamie Coughlin co-founded PlusGrace with his brother, Adam. He also runs the abi Innovation Hub in downtown Manchester.
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Billions of Christians around the world are in the midst of Holy Week observances in the run-up to Easter.  Many of these rituals have been in place for centuries. 

But how does an ancient faith adapt to the age of the internet, social networks, and smartphones? 

So far, the answer is “slowly.” 

But a pair of New Hampshire entrepreneurs hope they can speed up the process. 

It’s fitting that the idea for a prayer-based social network came to Jamie Coughlin and his brother Adam while they were parked on a pew at Mass.

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