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
7:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

N.H. Groups Awarded Federal Grants For Substance Abuse Prevention

New Hampshire ranks 5th in the nation for binge drinking and regular marijuana use among young adults.  That’s according to numbers released this month by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.  But the federal government has awarded some communities grants to focus on prevention.

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NH News
9:51 am
Sun September 15, 2013

A Big Summer For Flooding In N.H.

Governor Maggie Hassan tours a flooded area over the summer.
Credit Ella NIlsen / NHPR

    

Over the past few weeks, New Hampshire has seen an uptick in thunderstorms--and the accompanying flash floods. So far, the National Weather Service has tallied roughly 20 floods. Mike Ekster, Chief Forecaster in Gray, Maine says in a typical year, the state only sees about five.  He says some years have been even worse, especially when Tropical Storm Irene hit two years ago. But it’s still been an unusually wet summer.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Concord Celebrates First Weekend On The Water Festival

Plastic ducks awaiting release for the Concord Rotary Club's Weekend on the Water fundraiser.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

This past weekend Concord kicked-off its first ever Weekend on the Water festival at Kiwanis Riverfront Park, right along the Merrimack River. 

But the surprising thing about the festival is the way it came together.

In the past, the Concord Crew team has taken a weekend around this time of summer to hold a low-stakes regatta with other high school teams.  So how did it turn into a two-day event with a craft beer festival, live music, and touristy duck boat rides?  Concord Rotary Club President Chuck Willing says this year, the right people just found each other.

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NH News
4:33 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

LGC Takes Regulator To Court Over Reorganization

The Local Government Center is taking its regulator to court—again.  This time, over how the organization is restructuring.  On Tuesday, the LGC requested a Merrimack Superior Court judge to declare the restructuring legal.  

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NH News
6:40 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Sen. Shaheen, Rep. Kuster Weigh In On Syria

New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is weighing in on possible military intervention in Syria.  This after President Barack Obama announced he would seek congressional approval for a military strike to punish the Assad regime for allegedly using chemical weapons. 

At an AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral  in Manchester, Senator Jeanne Shaheen stopped short of saying she supports military action against the Assad regime.   But she did note that she has been raising the issue of chemical weapons use in the conflict since February of 2012.

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NH News
10:24 am
Sun September 1, 2013

After Second Hepatitis-A Case, State Offers Vaccines

About 100 people between Friday and Saturday turned up at Bow High School for Hepatitis-A vaccines.  They were offered by the state after a second employee at the Covered Bridge Restaurant in Contoocook tested positive for the disease.  Rick Cricenti directs Emergency Services for the Department of Health and Human Services  He says the agency reached out to more people than those who were at the restaurant when the first infected employee was working.

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun August 25, 2013

Communities Celebrate Old Home Day

Pembroke/Allenstown Old Home Day runs hay rides, with proceeds going toward next year's OHD.
Sara Plourde NHPR

August is the month when towns all over New Hampshire hold their Old Home Day festivals, featuring fair food, games, entertainment, and kid-friendly events.  Saturday was the big day for Pembroke, south of Concord. 

Pat Fowler is a life-long resident.  She chairs the Old Home Day Parade committee.  “At the end of the day, when I’m sitting back and watching all the families, watching the fireworks and the music’s on Main Stage, you just get that good feeling of family and friendship and community," Fowler says.  "I think that’s what keeps me coming back.”

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Senator Ayotte Calls For Cutting Off Aid To Egypt

Senator Kelly Ayotte has changed her views on sending aid to Egypt following continued, bloody crackdowns on Muslim Brotherhood supporters.  Speaking Sunday morning on Meet The Press, New Hampshire’s Republican Senator said President Obama isn’t doing enough to stem military violence against civilians.

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Art, Local Food, And Charity Combine At Farmers Market

The Nottingham Farmers Market will be the site of a so-called ‘vegetable mandala' today.  Traditionally, mandalas are intricate geometric designs used in Buddhist practice.  But in Nottingham, visitors will buy or bring their own local produce to a table and artistically arrange their donations to create a large-scale design. 

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NH News
12:48 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Communities Take Fight For LGC Payout To Court

Ten communities have filed a lawsuit to stop the LGC from issuing refunds.  Under a hearing officer’s order, by September 1st, the Local Government Center has to return tens of millions of dollars to communities that for years paid inflated insurance premiums.  

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NH News
10:13 am
Mon August 5, 2013

N.H. Domestic Violence Services Struggle After State, Federal Cuts

Domestic violence programs in New Hampshire are turning away some of the people coming to them for help each year.  This follows a series of state and federal budget cuts.  

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun August 4, 2013

FDA Releases Standards For 'Gluten Free' Label

The Food and Drug Administration has released the first set of national standards defining what makes food “gluten free.”  Gluten is a protein that naturally occurs in grains like rye, barley, and wheat.  Besides not using these grains, the new FDA regulations only allow foods with trace amounts of gluten to use the designation.

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Bacteria Advisory Lifted At Weirs Beach, But Source Of Contamination Remains Unknown

Credit VTDarkStar / Flickr Creative Commons

 The Department of Environmental Services has lifted the fecal bacteria advisory on Weirs Beach in Laconia.  But advisories remain in place for Bartlett Beach and Opechee Cove. 

DES Beach Program Coordinator Sonya Carlson says contrary to earlier reports, there is no evidence right now that bacteria at the Weirs could be coming from so-called “sewage sludge.” Carlson points to water samples the EPA took there last year looking for traces of pharmaceuticals.

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NH News
5:43 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

N.H. Mosquitoes Test Negative For West Nile Virus...So Far

Credit Hugo A. Quintero G. / Flickr Creative Commons

While mosquitoes in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont have tested positive for West Nile Virus, so far, Granite State bugs are coming up clean.  

The state doesn’t start testing mosquitoes until the first of July.  Vector Borne Disease Surveillance Coordinator Whitney Howe says that’s because it usually takes a few extra weeks for New Hampshire to heat up into good mosquito habitat.  And while it’s been a wet summer, Howe says that’s not a guarantee we’ll see an uptick in West Nile cases.

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NH News
7:30 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Depression-Era Pool At Center Of UNH, Durham Debate

At the heart of a heated debate between UNH and Durham residents is a swimming pool.  During the Great Depression, the pool was built over a popular pond as part of the New Deal.  Now, the university is pushing to upgrade its facilities and downsize the pool.

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