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The State House has narrowly approved a proposal on recreational marijuana that it voted down earlier in the day.

The bill would legalize up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational use for anyone age 21 and older; it would also allow people grow up to six marijuana plants in a controlled environment

The House first voted down the measure this afternoon, by a vote of 170 to 168. But lawmakers immediately took up a motion to reconsider that vote, and it passed, which restarted debate.

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  Only 161 homes fell into foreclosure in November, the lowest single monthly total since 2007.

New data from the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority shows foreclosures were down 25% through the first 11 months of 2013, compared to a year prior.

The report credits slow but steady improvements in the housing market and overall economy, and banks allowing more short sales for homeowners who owe more than their house is worth.

The  enrollment period for new CAB members is now closed.  NHPR is no longer accepting applications. 

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Our Community Advisory Board, called “The Sounding Board,” is a panel of dedicated listeners from across the state that allows us to gather meaningful feedback about our programming, policies and services.

We rely on a Community Advisory Board to give the station regular feedback on our programs, Trustee decisions, and the needs of our audience.

New Hampshire State Police

Motorists are being urged to use caution and leave extra time for travel as a winter storm promises to deliver more snow and bitter cold temperatures to the Granite State.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Bonyton said roads are slick and that drivers need to take it slow. Speed limits have been reduced to 45 MPH on New Hampshire's interstates and turnpikes. 

The local jobs picture in New Hampshire continues to improve. New data out Thursday from N.H. Employment Security shows that all ten counties had lower unemployment rates in November than compared to the start of 2013.

The rate in Coos County remains the highest in the state, but it’s down 2.4% from last January.  Cheshire and Strafford have each seen their jobless rates fall by 2 percentage points.

A Second iPad Air!

Dec 19, 2013

Did you miss out on the first iPad Air drawing? Make a donation before 10 a.m. on December 20th and you will automatically be entered into our final drawing of the December Fund Drive, a second 16gb iPad Air - this one's white!  Weighing only one pound, the iPad Air is lighter and faster and still loaded with features like FaceTime, iSight camera, Ultrafast Wi-Fi, thousands of available apps and a 10 hour battery life.

To Donate:

Winners of a 16gb iPad Air: Ruth Larson & Hunter Taylor of Alton, NH

Winner of a $250 King Arthur Flour gift card: Diana Anderson of Northwood, NH

Winner of $500 in Settlers' Green gift cards: Mark Denoncour of New Hampton, NH

Winners of 4 ski passes to Loon Mountain: Nathaniel Raymond & Lily Bosman of Portsmouth, NH

Winner of our NHPR Super Fan Pack: Carrie Klonel of Greenfield, NH

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After an autumn hiatus, Granite Seen, our photo blog, is back! Here are some of the recent weeks' best photos from NHPR's newsroom.

No purchase or online entry necessary to be entered in drawings.  Void where prohibited.  Open only to legal residents of the 50 states of the United States of America (including the District of Columbia) and Canada, 18 or older.  Various drawings will be conducted during and at the completion of New Hampshire Public Radio's 2013 December Fund Drive and no later than December 23, 2013.

All times referenced in drawing is Eastern Time.

NHPR Staff

Anthem Blue Cross says it’s extending the renewal date for canceled health insurance plans to December 16. 

Last month, the company sent cancelation notices to 22,000 New Hampshire customers because current plans didn’t satisfy stricter new protections in the Affordable Care Act. Customers looking to renew originally had until November 15 to start the process, though that deadline was pushed back to December 1. Today's announcement gives policyholders an additional two weeks.

Holiday Specials 2013

Nov 22, 2013
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Wednesday, November 27

7:00 PM     Hanukkah Lights 2013

A perennial holiday favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors, expressly for the show, as read by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Thursday, November 28

9:00 AM     Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food, and Gratitude

Stories and music for Thanksgiving, with special guests actor Julia Sweeney and best-selling author Anne Lamott.

Now that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has launched, just how affordable will it make health insurance in New Hampshire? We hosted a special panel featuring Laura Knoy, host of NHPR's The Exchange, along with Tiffany Eddy of the Live Free or Die Alliance for a town hall discussion broadcast live on the web on Tuesday, November 19th. 

You can listen to the unedited audio from the event right here:

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Photos from the life and career of Executive Councilor Ray Burton.

Hello CAB Members!  Thank you for taking the time to complete the following assignment.  Please review the following shows from the Exchange.  To help you remember what the show was about, we've included a short excerpt.  If you would like to listen to the entire program again, the link to the show is posted below each topic.  It might be very helpful to listen to the show if you didn't hear it in its entirety the first time.  

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We're (festively!) excited to announce the winners of our World Series tickets drawing, Donald & Maggie Doane of Newfields, NH!

Congrats to Donald, Maggie, & all our drawing winners so far!

We're happy to announce the first two drawing winners of our 2013 Fall Fund Drive!

Patience Stoddard of Alstead, NH
Winner of a Wilderness Systems Tsunami kayak & $100 toward accessories

Bruce Whitman of Temple, NH
Winner of a $500 Apple gift card

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Owner: Ostensibly, Rebecca Lavoie; realistically, no one
Breed: Cockapoo
Likes: Witholding affection, Lifetime Movies, Sara Plourde & Zach Nugent
Dislikes: Basically everyone else, looking like a river otter after getting a haircut

Owner: Ryan Lessard
Breed: Miniature Schnauzer
Favorite Food: Cheese, glorious cheese
Favorite Activities: Barking at pandas, seals & other dogs on TV; inspecting visitor clearance levels

Mark Van Zant
Amanda Loder / NHPR

We're proud to announce that NHPR was awarded six awards at last night's Granite Mikes Awards, presented by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.

First Place, Radio Feature: Furniture Store Sees Success In Selling Prisoner-Made Goods

Poor Logan... she's just trying to sort some mail, and instead, she gets an abrupt introduction to the NHPR Blue Nano wireless Bluetooth speaker, the brand new thank you gift we're all excited about (yes, even Logan)!

Like a wrecking ball, you can make a serious impact - and take home the Blue Nano! - by supporting NHPR!

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Michael Brindley, our unflappable Newscast Producer, gets a surprise introduction to the NHPR Blue Nano wireless Bluetooth speaker, an awesome new thank you gift we're excited to offer!

Like a wrecking ball, you can make a serious impact - and take home the Blue Nano! - by supporting NHPR!

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• Call (888) 805-6477

Virginia Prescott, host of Word of Mouth, gets a surprise introduction to the NHPR Blue Nano wireless Bluetooth speaker, an awesome new thank you gift we're excited to offer!

Like a wrecking ball, you can make a serious impact - and take home the Blue Nano! - by supporting NHPR!

To Donate:
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• Call (888) 805-6477

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A Joint Project of NHPR and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy

NHPR and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy are pleased to bring you the next event in our ongoing series, Justice & Journalism.  This ongoing series presents a range of speakers throughout the year to discuss the intersection of justice and journalism and share experiences related to the media’s coverage of public policy and law.

You may have heard us talking on air about The Walter Peterson Legacy Society. In NH, the name Walter Peterson is synonymous with public service. Walter is remembered as a state politician who engaged all parties to come to agreeable solutions, engaged any community he was working with in civic dialog, and was a true gentleman. NHPR’s Walter Peterson Legacy Society carries on those values – supporting public radio in New Hampshire for the next generation of listeners and journalists.

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Corey Garland

We are happy to announce the promotion of Rebecca Lavoie, formerly Senior Producer on NHPR’s mid-day show Word of Mouth, to the newly created position of Digital Director. 

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Liz Faiella
Sean Hurley

1. Copper Cannon’s Free Summer Camp

Copper Cannon Camp is tucked away in Franconia Notch on 128 acres of White Mountain National Forest.  In some ways a typical overnight camp with sing-a-longs at night and archery during the day, Copper Cannon is unusual in one respect.  As Sean Hurley reports, it's one of only a handful of co-ed camps in the country that's absolutely free for kids of low income families.

Sean Hurley