Jessica Hunt Producer, The Exchange | On-Air Host Jessica has been with NHPR since 2011. Prior to joining The Exchange as a producer, she worked as an on-air host, a role she still steps in to as a substitute on NHPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. N.H. House and Senate Need to Approve Study for Commuter Rail to Move Forward By Jessica Hunt & Mary McIntyre • Jan 19, 2018 CK4049 via Flickr CC Gov. Chris Sununu voiced opposition to a commuter rail in New Hampshire during his campaign. But now he's supporting a $4 million feasibility study to look at how commuter rail could work. NHPR's Jessica Hunt spoke with rail expansion advocate E.J. Powers on what Sununu's position change could mean for commuter rail in the state. What do you make of Sununu's new position on commuter rail? Pelham Voters To Consider Ban On 55-And-Over Housing By Jessica Hunt & Michael Brindley • Jun 23, 2017 A town in Southern New Hampshire is considering banning 55-and-older housing. Voters in Pelham will decide the issue during a special meeting this Saturday. The ballot question would also impose tighter zoning regulations on 62-plus housing built in town. The measure first passed in March, but the town is holding a re-vote because town officials failed to follow proper notification requirements leading up to the first vote. The issue is stirring a lot debate in the community about what to do about the town’s rapidly aging population. In Manchester, Summer Learning Program Sees Growth In Second Year By Jessica Hunt & Michael Brindley • Jun 22, 2017 www.graniteymca.org The weather’s heating up, which means New Hampshire schools are letting out for the summer. But for many students, especially those from low-income families, those two months away from the classroom can often lead to regression when they return in the fall. A program in Manchester aimed at curbing that summer slide is expanding this year, with more than 100 middle school students taking part at no cost to families. N.H. Considers Online Scratch Tickets To Boost Lottery Revenue By Jessica Hunt & Michael Brindley • Jun 21, 2017 Online scratch tickets could soon be a reality in New Hampshire. Lawmakers are betting on this expansion of the New Hampshire state lottery to generate millions of dollars in revenue in the next two-year state budget. That $11.7 billion spending plan is set to go before the full House and Senate on Thursday. 84 Great Danes Rescued From Alleged Puppy Mill In Wolfeboro By Jessica Hunt & Michael Brindley • Jun 19, 2017 Meredith Lee/The HSUS Officials have uncovered what’s being described as a puppy mill in a mansion in the town of Wolfeboro. Eighty-four Great Danes were discovered as part of a raid carried out Friday. Investigators say the dogs were living in squalid conditions. The owner of the house – Christina Fay – was arrested and charged with two misdemeanor counts of animal neglect. She’s free on bail and will be arraigned in August. Lindsay Hamrick is New Hampshire state director of the Humane Society of the United States, and was part of the team that carried out this rescue operation.