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4:54 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Enterprise/Investigative: Do People Know That Arsenic Is In Their Water?

There’s a band of bedrock in Eastern New England that makes the region one of about a dozen hotspots in the country for arsenic in drinking wells.

A U.S. Geological Survey study estimates nearly 50,000 people in Southeastern New Hampshire could be drinking elevated levels of arsenic.

And while it can sound terrifying that there are trace amounts of such an iconic poison in some people’s water, it can be fixed.

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4:50 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Soft Feature: Can Football Without Helmets Lead To Fewer Concussions?

On the field, the UNH Wildcats had a nearly perfect season, advancing into the playoffs as the top ranked team in its division. But off the field, a study using this team is trying to figure out how to reduce concussions. The big idea is to protect player’s heads by having them practice - without a helmet.

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4:46 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Sports: Stratham Champ Heads To Controversial Yoga Competition

Every year USA Yoga holds its annual national championships in San Antonio.  NHPR's Emily Corwin caught up with one of the competitors, 19-year-old New Hampshire resident Emily Avery as she prepared for the big day.

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4:43 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Writing: How An Abandoned Train Ended Up In A N.H. Forest

You've seen abandoned houses.  Windows broken or boarded up.  You've probably seen abandoned cars in the woods.  NHPR's Sean Hurley recently came upon an abandoned train in Bartlett.  To find out more about its history, he spoke with Conway Scenic Railroad Conductor Gordon Lang.

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3:56 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Series: The Northern Pass Debate & New England's Energy Future

Northern Pass is a highly controversial proposal to run 180 miles of new power lines from Canada, through northern New Hampshire, down to Concord, and then eastward to Deerfield.

While it's a high-profile debate in the state, many New Hampshire residents are unsure of how Northern Pass compares to past energy projects, what both sides have at stake, and what the future of the region's energy supply could look like.  NHPR's Sam Evans-Brown explores these issues in a three-part series.

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3:44 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Soft Feature: The Mazzaglia Trial Captivates ... But Why?

It’s been more than three weeks since the state’s trial against Seth Mazzaglia got underway.  The state alleges Mazzaglia murdered and raped UNH student Lizzi Marriott.  While NHPR doesn’t have a reporter at the Strafford County court house following daily developments, the story has captivated many in the state including our Seacoast reporter Emily Corwin.  And she’s taken her microphone along on a mission--to find out why.

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3:40 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

News Feature: Loophole Means Many Child Restraints Go Unreported In New Hampshire

Physically restricting a child’s movement by holding arms or legs or torso is a common--if controversial--practice in both public schools and group homes. So, too, is seclusion. Many states have reporting systems that ensure regulators and parents get notified of these events. But in New Hampshire, there’s a loophole in the process that’s allowing many incidents to go unreported. NHPR’s Todd Bookman has more.

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3:13 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

News Feature: Forced Overtime Exhausts Prison Officers, Costs State Millions

For more than a decade, New Hampshire prisons have been under enormous pressure.  The prison population has gone up as staff numbers have gone down.  Aside from the inmates, few feel the consequences as acutely as the state’s correctional officers.

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2:58 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Series: A Husband, A Wife, A Liver

Back in 2004, Derek Janiak had a string of migraines. His energy was down and he noticed he was losing weight. Doctors thought it might be cancer. But further testing showed Janiak had a rare liver disease, something called P.S.C. The prognosis was 10-15 years of slowly worsening health, and then he’d require a transplant.  Derek’s wife, Logan Shannon, works at New Hampshire Public Radio. And over the next three days, we’ll share their story.

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Politics
5:46 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Legislation To Benefit Growing School Districts Gets Preliminary House Approval

School districts with growing populations could benefit from two pieces of legislation that got preliminary approval today from the New Hampshire House. 

The House voted this morning to move forward a bill that would lift a cap on how much state aid growing school districts can receive, as well as a measure to provide more money for school construction projects. The House Education Committee recommended passage of both. 

NH News
8:27 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Weather Updates: Frigid Temperatures Settle In, Residents Should Take Frostbite Precautions

Emily Corwin for NHPR

Power outage maps and info: PSNH (Eversource Energy) | Unitil | National Grid/Liberty | NH Electric Co-op

School and other emergency closings from WMUR

511NH real time traffic/road closure information

Can you safely take a storm photo? Email it our way!

Monday 11:10

Eversource (Formerly PSNH) outages have been restored, after a peak of about 2,500. NHEC outages had peaked at around 2,800 (including about 1,800 in Moultonborough) but are now down to about 400 remaining without power. 

Monday 9:44 a.m.

State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan is urging residents to clear roofs of snow and ice.  In a press release, the Department of Safety warns that flat roofs are not the only ones susceptible to collapse.

Buildings in Portsmouth, Seabrook and Hampton have been structurally compromised, and even collapsed.

According to the DOS, “buildings that can be considered most at risk are ones where the snow load is not even across the roof with large accumulations of snow and ice, buildings with large open floor areas, storage, warehouses, flat or low-sloped roofs and unoccupied buildings.”

Degnan also urges residents to do the following:

  • Clear roofs of excessive snow and ice buildup, being careful not to damage your roof along with gas and oil service to the building. 
  •   Keep all chimneys and vents clear to prevent carbon monoxide from backing up into the building.  Some vents, such as gas and oil heaters and pellet stove vents, may exit the building through a wall and are susceptible to being blocked by excessive snow buildup on the outside of the building.
  •  Keep all exits clear of snow, so that occupants can escape quickly if a fire, or other emergency, should occur.  Keep in mind that windows should be cleared to allow a secondary means of escape in case the primary means of escape is blocked by fire.  Keeping exits clear also allows emergency workers to access your building.

Monday 8:23 a.m.

Frigid temperatures and high winds will last through Monday, with scattered power outages being reported throughout the region.

For updates on outages around the state, click on the utility maps linked above. 

Sunday 5:29 p.m.

The snow part of this weekend's storm is over, but forecasters are warning that tonight will bring dangerously low temperatures throughout the region.

The National Weather Service reports that as blowing snow winds down this evening, very cold air will move into New Hampshire from the Northwest. This air will combine with strong winds to produce dangerously low wind chill values, which could drop lower than twenty below zero. 

Sunday 10:02 a.m.

According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest snow has ended across Maine and New Hampshire, but the winds are just beginning to blow.

Winds will cause significant blowing snow and lead to blizzard conditions for some areas. In addition, very cold air is moving in from Canada and will combine with strong winds to produce dangerously cold temperatures through Monday.

Sunday  8:28 a.m.

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3:25 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

News Series: A Matter of Degrees

This special series presented by NHPR takes a look at the uncertain future of New Hampshire's colleges, and how they are working to stay relevant, competitive, and worth the cost.

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3:21 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Continuing Coverage: U.S. Senate Race

During the Midterm elections, the race for U.S. Senate between Republican Scott Brown and incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen drew the most attention, locally and nationally.  We followed the campaigns in the months leading up to election day.

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3:16 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Overall Excellence

Content rundown:

May 12, 2014:  New Details Emerge In Officer's Death In Brentwood

Reporter Sam Evans-Brown was on the scene of the shooting death of Officer Steve Arkell.  His report recapped the day's tragic events.

April 2, 2014:  Loophole Means Many Child Restraints Go Unreported In New Hampshire

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2:36 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Newscast: Nov. 5, 2014

An example of one of our afternoon newscasts-- this one came on the day following midterm elections.

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Politics
12:34 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Governor Hassan Delivers 2015 Budget Address

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Governor Maggie Hassan delivered her 2015 budget address to a joint session of the N.H. Legislator Thursday.

Click through the gallery above to see photos of the address. Scroll down for our live blog, the full text of her speech, as well as related links, explainers, and photographs.

Governor Maggie Hassan's 2015 Budget Address

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8:41 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Writing: How An Abandoned Train Ended Up In A N.H. Forest

Description: You've seen abandoned houses.  Windows broken or boarded up.  You've probably seen abandoned cars in the woods.  NHPR's Sean Hurley recently came upon an abandoned train in Bartlett.  To find out more about its history, he spoke with Conway Scenic Railroad Conductor Gordon Lang.

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5:23 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Feature Reporting: UNH Students' "Urine Diversion" Program Cleans Water, Fertilizes Farms

There are many challenges to a good town-gown relationship in college towns, but here’s one that doesn’t get a great deal of press: urine overloads.  On certain nights of the week, partying UNH students in Durham can overwhelm the town’s wastewater treatment plant.  But NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown reports a group of UNH students have teamed up with the town to get some of that nitrogen-rich urine out of the water, and put it where it could do some good.

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5:15 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Sports Reporting: Can Football Without Helmets Lead To Fewer Concussions?

On the field, the UNH Wildcats had a nearly perfect season, advancing into the playoffs as the top ranked team in its division. But off the field, a study using this team is trying to figure out how to reduce concussions. The big idea is to protect player’s heads by having them practice - without a helmet.

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5:10 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Sports Reporting: Stratham Champ Heads To Controversial Yoga Competition

Every year USA Yoga holds its annual national championships in San Antonio.  NHPR's Emily Corwin caught up with one of the competitors, 19-year-old New Hampshire resident Emily Avery as she prepared for the big day.

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4:58 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Sounds From New Hampshire’s Highland Games

Credit Sean Hurley / NHPR

In September of 2014, 55% of Scottish voters said no to the historic independence referendum. While pro-independence activists were left deflated by the loss, in New Hampshire, Scot spirits were high. NHPR reporter Sean Hurley traveled to Loon Mountain for the 39th annual Highland Games to capture the scene as competitors and spectators ate haggis, tasted whiskey, and tossed trees. 

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4:55 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Digital Ghosts: How I Deleted My Old Myspace Profile

Digital Darwinism. It’s a familiar concept for the millennial generation, particularly when it comes to social media. It seems there’s always a shiny new platform for sharing and connecting with others. Just as AOL made way for Gmail, MySpace made way for Facebook. But what happens to the old profiles we leave behind, and how easy it to erase a digital ghost? Taylor Quimby found out for himself.

 

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4:53 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Hard News: Loophole Means Many Child Restraints Go Unreported In New Hampshire

Physically restricting a child’s movement by holding arms or legs or torso is a common--if controversial--practice in both public schools and group homes. So, too, is seclusion. Many states have reporting systems that ensure regulators and parents get notified of these events. But in New Hampshire, there’s a loophole in the process that’s allowing many incidents to go unreported.

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4:45 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Hard News: Forced Overtime Exhausts Prison Officers, Costs State Millions

For more than a decade, New Hampshire prisons have been under enormous pressure.  The prison population has gone up as staff numbers have gone down.  Aside from the inmates, few feel the consequences as acutely as the state’s correctional officers.  Emily Corwin looks at the overtime pressures those workers face.

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4:37 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Investigative Reporting: Do People Know That Arsenic Is In Their Water?

There’s a band of bedrock in Eastern New England that makes the region one of about a dozen hotspots in the country for arsenic in drinking wells.

A U.S. Geological Survey study estimates nearly 50,000 people in Southeastern New Hampshire could be drinking elevated levels of arsenic.

And while it can sound terrifying that there are trace amounts of such an iconic poison in some people’s water, it can be fixed.

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4:18 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

News Series: The Northern Pass Debate & New England's Energy Future

Northern Pass is a highly controversial proposal to run 180 miles of new power lines from Canada through New Hampshire.

While it's a high-profile debate in the state, many New Hampshire residents are unsure of how Northern Pass compares to past energy projects, what both sides have at stake, and what the future of the region's energy supply could look like.

In this three-part series Sam Evans-Brown examines Northern Pass through these lenses, and in doing so, brings some new issues to light.

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NH News
5:57 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Winter Storm Update: Stalled Storm Means More Snow, More Sales For Some N.H. Businesses

Empty roads in Nashua on Monday
Sheryl Rich-Kern for NHPR

Scroll down for weather information, links to closings and our regional map. We've also embedded some of your tweets below and will be adding photos from around the state to the gallery above.

Have a photo you'd like us to share? Email it our way. Just make sure to include your name and town.

5:02 p.m. 

A winter storm warning remains in effect until midnight. New Hampshire can expect total snow accumulation of 10 to 15 inches for southern sections, 6 to 10 inches for the Merrimack Valley and central New Hampshire, with lesser amounts in the North Country. 

Tomorrow, we'll see morning clouds, with partly sunny skies later in the day. It will be clear and cold on Wednesday, with more snow possible for Thursday.

4:45 p.m. - Some Businesses Seeing Snow-Related Uptick 

by Sheryl Rich-Kern

This week’s steady pounding of snow prevents some consumers from patronizing shops and restaurants. But for those running an outdoor equipment shop, business can’t get any better. 

Whether or not the current snowfall tops any records, many in the Nashua region can’t remember a barrage like this one. The slow but steady storm that began Sunday is dumping another foot of snow.

At Nashua Outdoor Power Equipment, business has been very brisk. Fred Hayden has been selling and repairing snowblowers since 1991.

"We’re a little overwhelmed. We haven’t see snow like this – ever - in the history of our business.  We’ve done as much volume in ten days as we do in one-third of the year. We’ve been here Sundays. We’ve been out here until eleven at night doing road calls."

Hayden says the light, fluffy snow freezes up carburetors, recoils, and starters on tractors. He recommends using high-octane gasoline that’s less than ninety days old — and adding a fuel stabilizer. 

11:42 a.m.

9:11 a.m.

Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says it’s been a grueling last two weeks, and this latest prolonged storm is testing the endurance of crews working to clear the roads.

“We’ve got some crews that have not been home since late Saturday night around midnight,” he said. “They’re taking breaks along the way, but there really haven’t been too many lulls that have allowed them to take extensive periods off. So the work continues and will throughout most of the day.”

Even though there are close to 700 trucks out, Boynton says drivers should expect snow-covered roads through most of the day.

8:50 a.m.

National Weather Service radar from Portland, Maine shows the stalled front, which is expected to cause prolonged snowfall across New Hampshire well into Monday night.

7:28 a.m.

Officials in Nashua are urging people and business owners to clear snow off their roofs, after a roof partially collapsed at a vacant commercial building Sunday night.

The city’s emergency management director Justin Kates says no one was hurt in the incident.

“But it really does show some of the concerns we’re looking at over the next couple of days as these constantly increasing snow packs on roofs continue to build up,” he said. “If people don’t take care of that by sending crews up or using a roof rake, we could be seeing some catastrophic consequences with roofs collapse.”

This comes just after heavy snow caused the roof an apartment building in the city to partially collapse last week, displacing two dozen residents.

Kates says the city has cleared snow off of several public buildings.

He says the city continues to work to clear snow that has fallen over several major winter storms over the past few weeks.

  6:56 a.m., Monday

A prolonged winter storm is bearing down on the Granite State.

Rob Carolan with Hometown Forecast says the storm that began Saturday night is expected to continue through tonight.

“Most of the state has picked up, at least south of the Lakes Region, around 1-3 inches of snow," he said. "We’ll probably pick up 2-4 inches today into tonight.”

A winter storm warning remains in effect for almost the entire state except for northern Coos county through midnight tonight.

Carolan says total accumulation for the southern part of the state will be tween 8 to 14 inches.

Only a few inches are expected north of the Lakes Regions into the White Mountains.

Speed limits on the state’s major highways have been lowered 45 miles per hour. 

Sunday night

A stalled front will continue to produce sustained snowfall across New Hampshire through Monday night. According to the National Weather service, waves of low pressure will allow for period of snow across the region.

While the snow at any given time will not be particularly intense, it will add up over the course of the storm, with some areas seeing well over a foot. The heaviest snowfall is expected across southern parts of the state. 

Have you taken an impressive snow photo you'd like us to share? Email it our way, and make sure to include your name and town.

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NH News
10:58 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Safety Officials Urge Drivers To Use Caution After 19 Cruisers Struck

A scene from a crash in January.
Credit Credit New Hampshire State Police

 

Nearly 20 New Hampshire police cruisers have been struck by other vehicles since Thanksgiving, prompting law enforcement, fire and emergency officials to warn drivers to slow down, move over and be more careful.

Col. Robert Quinn with the state police says the 19 crashes are three times the average for the winter season.

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