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A Matter Of Degrees
5:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Question Of The Day: You Weigh In On Higher Ed In New Hampshire

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All this week, NHPR's reporters and programs presented A Matter of Degrees. This special series examined the uncertain future of New Hampshire's colleges, and how they are trying to stay relevant, competitive, and worth the cost.

Here’s today’s question for you:

With all you’ve heard about rising tuition, high student debt, and the push for colleges to innovate, would you choose to go to school in New Hampshire?

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Inside NHPR
11:38 am
Tue April 22, 2014

NHPR Wins Four Regional Murrow Awards

Producer Zach Nugent interviews 'Annie' actress Carly Gandell for his winning story on the search for the perfect Sandy.
Credit Sara Plourde for NHPR

The 2014 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards winners have been announced, with NHPR capturing four in our region.

For Feature Reporting, Word of Mouth Producer Zach Nugent won for his story The Search For The Next Big Dog Star, which followed regular dogs as they auditioned for the role of Sandy in Prescott Park's production of Annie. 

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NH News
5:33 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Scott Brown Announces Exploratory Committee For U.S. Senate Seat

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Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown says he’s forming an exploratory committee to look into a possible run against Democrat Jeanne Shaheen for the New Hampshire Senate seat.

After months of speculation, Brown made the announcement Friday afternoon at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua. 

 During his remarks, he referenced his connections to New Hampshire and offered criticism of the Affordable Care Act. 

Newscast
6:31 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

House Approves Boost To Minimum Wage

The minimum wage would go up a dollar to $8.25 an hour next year under a bill approved by the Democratically-controlled House. The measure, which passed 173-118, increases the wage to $9 in 2016, and starting in 2017, ties it to the inflation rate.

Supporters say the move helps the working poor.

Opponents argue increasing the wage will hurt business and reduce employment. The measure faces an uphill fight in the GOP-held Senate.

Right now, New Hampshire doesn’t have its own minimum wage, and relies on the federal rate of $7.25. 

Inside NHPR
12:51 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

NHPR's Todd Bookman Wins Journalism Award For Advance Directive Series

Todd Bookman is NHPR's Health reporter

NHPR's Health Reporter Todd Bookman was awarded second place in the 2013 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism by the Association of Health Care Journalists. The organization recognized Todd's series Planning For The End: A Look At Advance Directives in the small market Consumer/Feature category.

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NH News
11:23 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Kenney Wins Executive Council Seat To Replace Burton

Joe Kenney at Wednesday morning's Executive Council session.
Credit Josh Rogers

In a race that was too close to call Tuesday night, Republican Joe Kenney declared victory this morning in a special election to fill the vacant District 1 Executive Council seat.

He fills the seat left vacant by longtime North Country Executive Councilor Ray Burton, who died late last year.

Kenney took 51 percent of the vote, just enough to defeat Democrat and Grafton County Commissioner Mike Cryans.

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Support NHPR
10:30 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Sean Hurley Sings So You'll Support NHPR. YOU Can Make Him Stop!

This is Sean Hurley singing in the snow. And this is probably where he actually does it. That's just how Sean is.
Credit Sherwin Sleeves for NHPR

You know our very own Sean Hurley. He's the voice behind some of NHPR's most memorable stories, like the one about that soccer game in Sandwich, and that one about the guy building his very own castle

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NH News
4:25 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Former Sen. Bob Smith Kicks Off Campaign

Credit Josh Rogers

Bob Smith says he's back in New Hampshire, running for his old U.S. Senate seat, because too many people in Washington have no sense of urgency or vision to restore the nation to greatness.  

“It’s not about me, nor is it about any other candidate. It’s not about any political party, it’s not about republicans or democrats, its about saving the united states of America.”

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Award Submissions
2:20 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

News Feature: Female Inmates' Lawsuit Spurs Action Among Lawmakers

April 11, 2013

Nearly 24 years after the courts first ordered a new facility for female inmates, the New Hampshire House has approved a capital budget with $38 million set aside for a 224-bed women’s prison in Concord.

NHPR’s Emily Corwin tells us how a class action lawsuit is driving lawmakers to act now.

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2:09 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Soft Feature: Fiddleheads, Tasty Forest Secrets

May 9, 2013

Fiddleheads are the whimsical, tightly coiled spiral of fern sprouts that push their way up from under the layers of winter debris on the forest floor. They are also a regional and seasonal delicacy, once you find them. Reporter Sam Evans-Brown catches up with people who harvest the sprouts to learn why fiddlehead patches are such closely guarded secrets.

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1:58 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Enterprise/Investigative: Why More People Don't Have Advance Directives

Aug. 26, 2013 – Aug. 28, 2013

Advance directives—sometimes called living wills—let people decide who can make medical decisions for them and what invasive treatments should be avoided at the end of life. Many in the healthcare system say they are vital plans that ensure a patient’s voice is heard, but only 25% of Granite Staters have signed advance directives.

In this series, Health Reporter Todd Bookman digs into why so few people set up advance directives, examines efforts to increase that number, looks at the impact of not having a completed advance directive.

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12:32 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Best Multi-Media Presentation: N.H. Roads, How We Got Here

April 2, 2013

During the 2013 legislative session, state lawmakers intensely debated whether to raise New Hampshire’s gas tax.  The current rate hasn’t gone up in nearly 20 years.  During the debate, the commissioner of the state’s Department of Transportation repeatedly pointed toward a backlog of more than a billion dollars in maintenance projects and 1600 miles of roads that need to be rebuilt.  But New Hampshire is a state historically opposed to raising taxes and lawmakers ultimately decided not to pass a higher rate.

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Newscast
4:29 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

'El Chapo' Faces Charges In New Hampshire, Among Other Districts

New Hampshire is one of seven court districts where a powerful Mexican drug kingpin faces indictment. Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the alleged leader of the Sinaloa cartel, was arrested last weekend in Mexico on charges of drug trafficking.

In September 2012, New Hampshire prosecutors announced the arrest of four other high ranking members of the Sinaloa cartel—including a cousin of Guzman—after an international investigation involving FBI undercover agents and the Boston Police Department.

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11:46 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Documentary: A Loaded Issue, Guns In New Hampshire

February 17, 2013

New Hampshire is a gun-friendly state where gun owners face few restrictions. We also have very little gun violence and after the massacre in Newtown we decided to examine our state’s complicated gun culture. The newsroom produced the documentary A Loaded Issue that included a look at our state’s gun laws, the business of manufacturing guns, how parents are prosecuted in accidental shootings, the culture around open carry and the efforts to repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law.

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Award Submissions
11:43 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Series: A Loaded Issue, Guns In New Hampshire

February 11, 2013 - February 15, 2013

New Hampshire is a gun-friendly state where gun owners face few restrictions. We also have very little gun violence and after the massacre in Newtown we decided to examine our state’s complicated gun culture. The newsroom produced a series titled A Loaded Issue that included a look at our state’s gun laws, the business of manufacturing guns, how parents are prosecuted in accidental shootings, the culture around open carry and the efforts to repeal the state’s Stand Your Ground law.

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