Jason Moon

Seacoast Reporter

Before joining NHPR in February of 2015, Jason held internships with a variety of public radio organizations including StoryCorps, Transom.org, and WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama. He studied philosophy, political science, and audio documentaries at Bennington College in Vermont.

The Community College System of New Hampshire today announced it had been awarded a 1.2 million dollar grant from the federal department of labor.

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As the race to become New Hampshire’s next governor enters the home stretch, the rhetoric from both campaigns is growing more contentious.

At a forum hosted by the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning, Democrat Colin Van Ostern and Republican Chris Sununu stepped up their attacks on each other’s backgrounds.

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In his campaign to become New Hampshire’s next governor, Democrat Colin Van Ostern often talks about his business experience and his votes on the Executive Council. But there’s another, less talked about portion of his resume that could be just as important to his run for governor.

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With just over two weeks until Election Day, campaigns from both parties are stepping up their efforts to reach voters in New Hampshire. NHPR’s Jason Moon tagged along with some Republican volunteers as they made their case to voters in southern New Hampshire over the weekend.

On Sunday afternoon a handful of canvassers with the state Republican Party met in the parking lot of a Derry restaurant. From there, they set out into a leafy, suburban neighborhood.

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Democratic candidate for governor, Colin Van Ostern, announced his plans to modernize state government and cut red tape for New Hampshire businesses. He made the remarks alongside business leaders at the education tech firm Motivis Learning in Salem.

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Federal regulators says they are ready to assess whether the Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant has a sufficient plan to address a chemical reaction affecting the plant’s concrete structures.

In 2009, staff at the Seabrook Station Nuclear power plant discovered something called an alkali-silica reaction happening in many of the plant’s concrete structures. The reaction, sometimes referred to as ‘concrete cancer,’ causes cracks and could threaten the structural integrity of the plant.

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The Governor’s task force on the Seacoast cancer cluster investigation continues to look for what might have caused a string of rare cancer cases in children on the Seacoast.

Yesterday’s meeting at the Portsmouth City Hall focused largely on the Schiller Station power plant, which has been suggested as a potential environmental cause for the cancer cluster.

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Democratic candidate Colin Van Ostern says as governor, he would invest in job training programs to strengthen the state’s workforce.

Speaking with representatives from the state’s community college system and healthcare employers, Colin Van Ostern stressed the need for more certificate and associate degree programs to help address the state’s labor shortage in key areas like nursing.

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Food trucks have been a growing culinary trend in big cities for several years now. In rural New Hampshire, the fad has been slower to catch on. But a recent food truck festival in Portsmouth may be a sign that that’s changing.

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Battles over funding for Planned Parenthood have become a familiar political drama over the past several years.

In this year’s gubernatorial election, Democrat Colin Van Ostern is hoping to use his opponent Republican Chris Sununu’s history on the issue against him. But the history can get complicated.

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign is working hard to woo young voters in New Hampshire -- a group that voted overwhelmingly in favor of her opponent, Bernie Sanders, just 8 months ago. But Wednesday, the two worked together to try and get those same young voters as excited about Clinton as they once were for Sanders.

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The University of New Hampshire is waiving its fifty dollar application fee for all in-state undergraduate applicants this year.

Last year, UNH had a record number of total applicants – over 20,000. But less than 25 percent of those were New Hampshire residents. The number of in-state applicants is down from five years ago.

Victoria Dutcher, head of enrollment management at UNH, hopes waiving the fees for in-state applicants will help change that.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern held a campaign stop at a solar farm in Lee today to emphasize his support for renewable energy.

Van Ostern spoke at the Oyster River Forest Solar Array in Lee, which was completed just a few months ago and is the state’s second largest assembly of solar panels.

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For families going through a difficult time, whether financially or emotionally, it’s sometimes the simpler things that make a difference. NHPR’s Jason Moon reports on a program in Portsmouth that offers one of those simple things – a meal and a little time to relax.

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Senate president Chuck Morse is calling for the state to enter into a settlement with Dover after a judge ruled a spending cap placed on the districts’ schools was unconstitutional.

Last week a judge ruled a legislative spending cap that had kept money from fast growing schools districts like Dover, was unconstitutional.

Now, Senate President Chuck Morse, who had intervened to defend the cap in the lawsuit, says the state Attorney General should settle the case for the amount the cap cost Dover in fiscal year 2016. Dover says that’s about $1.5 million.

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In his first days campaigning for governor in the general election, Democrat Colin Van Ostern has focused on women’s health issues.  And today he did so again at a stop on the Seacoast.

Colin Van Ostern met with state senator Martha Fuller Clark and a handful of healthcare professionals at the Lovering health care center in Greenland.

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Virginia Senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine spoke to a group of millennials about workforce development in Portsmouth today.

Tim Kaine appeared alongside a panel from the group Stay Work Play, a nonprofit focused on attracting young professionals to New Hampshire.

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For Congressman Frank Guinta and his supporters, it turned out to be a long primary night, as results in the contest between Guinta and challenger Rich Ashooh proved too close to call.

About 50 Guinta supporters gathered at Murphy’s Taproom in Manchester, eating wings and downing beers as they watched the returns come in on TV screens above the bar.

The room of die-hard supporters was optimistic for Guinta’s chances, but as the returns began to show just how close the race was, Steve Miller of Merrimack nervously made a prediction.

On Sunday, police and fire officials in Portsmouth marked the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

About 75 people gathered outside the Portsmouth Police Department in front the piece of World Trade Center steel that serves as a 9/11 memorial.

The memorial service began at 8:46 AM, the exact moment when, 15 years ago, the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

Portsmouth Police Chief David Mara told the audience to remember the way the country came together after the tragedy in 2001.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Dartmouth-Hitchcock plans to lay off hundreds of employees after a poor financial performance last fiscal year.

In an email sent to Dartmouth-Hitchcock employees, CEO James Weinstein said the company needs to shave $100 million dollars in annual expenses to achieve financial stability. The company finished last fiscal year with a $12 million dollar deficit.

New Hampshire’s lone Olympic gold-medalist, rower Tessa Gobbo was honored at the statehouse today.

About 100 first and second graders crowded into the Executive Council chambers at the State House to witness Governor Maggie Hassan honor Olympic gold-medalist and Chesterfield native Tessa Gobbo.

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The Navy is planning 33 million dollars in repairs and construction at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

$25.7 million dollars will go toward repairs to components of one of the shipyard’s dry docks that are nearing the end of their service life.

The remaining 7.2 million dollars will go to the construction of a flood basin for another dry dock that will allow submarines to dock regardless of tidal activity.

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Republican incumbent Senator Kelly Ayotte and primary challenger Jim Rubens faced off in a debate on WMUR TV last night.

From the very outset of the debate, a clear dynamic emerged between Ayotte and Rubens.

Dover School District

A judge has ruled that a cap on the amount of money the state sends to local school districts is unconstitutional.

Each year, the state sends money to local school districts to satisfy a constitutional mandate to provide an adequate education. The amount it sends is calculated by a formula determined by the legislature.

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New research from the University of New Hampshire says taxes or bans on plastic bags are the most effective ways to manage their impact on the environment.

The research looked at the ways 13 different states and cities around the country have attempted to manage the use of plastic bags – from bans, to taxes, to recycling programs.

For Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern, two New Hampshire employers – Stonyfield Farm and Southern New Hampshire University -- figure heavily in his message to voters. NHPR’s Jason Moon reports on what Van Ostern’s time at these companies might tell us about how he’d operate as governor.

New research says an overwhelming majority of New Hampshire residents support paid family leave and medical leave insurance.

The survey found 88 percent of women and 76 percent of men support a law establishing a paid family leave and medical leave insurance program in the state.

Mark Connolly

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Connolly says he’s back in for an upcoming debate on WMUR TV, after labor dispute negotiations at the station showed signs of progress.

Last week, Mark Connolly had cited the dispute between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 1228 and WMUR, when he said he would not participate in a debate scheduled for this Tuesday.

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Of all the public parks and beaches on New Hampshire’s seacoast, Odiorne Point State Park in Rye may have the most complicated history. For our month-long series Life on the Seacoast, NHPR’s Jason Moon reports on how a world war created a state park.

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Six of the seven candidates running for New Hampshire governor participated in a forum on young children today at Saint Anselm College.

The forum was sponsored by Spark NH, an advisory council of governor-appointed early childhood professionals. Attendees included business owners, early childhood professionals, and elected officials.

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