NHPR Staff

July 10, 2013

In the past few years there’s been a resurgence in American moonshine, including high-end bottles on liquor store shelves. The movement comes thanks in no small part to the Discovery Channel reality show, Moonshiners. And while ‘White Lightning’ may have its roots in Appalachia, in the deep shade of New Hampshire’s forest, there’s at least one illegal operation.

October 28, 2013

Abigail Hernandez has now been missing for 19 days.  Although local police and the FBI have combed thousands of acres and followed hundreds of tips, they say they still don't know what happened on the afternoon of October 9th when Hernandez disappeared. 

Despite this, the Hernandez family and the local community remain hopeful. On Saturday night nearly 500 people attended a flashlight vigil in Schouler Park in downtown North Conway.  It was meant to light the way home for Abby.  Sean Hurley was there and has this report.

October 10, 2013

By October, competitive pumpkin growers have put in months of labor, gallons of water, and now, finally, they're getting ready for weigh-ins. NHPR’s Todd Bookman reports that in one family, bragging rights are also on the line.

TB: The Pattersons, Erin and Matt, live off a quiet road in New Ipswich. Dirt driveway on the left, beige house in the middle, pumpkins on the right.

MP: So this is it, this is Lola.

TB: Lola is the prize of the patch this year. She sits heavy in the garden, bigger than you can get your arms around.

July 29, 2013

They are everywhere. We are surrounded by them.  You are probably one yourself.  Of the range of people you can know in the world, the neighbor occupies a curious spot.  As Sean Hurley writes, here in New Hampshire we have our own special kind of neighbor. 

November 6, 2013

NHPR's newsroom broadcasts 19 newscasts each weekday and six over the weekend.  Our hosts strive to provide a mix of statewide and regional news along with weather and sports.  On November 6, 2013 we had two locally-produced stories from NHPR reporters on the major news stories of the day.  Our host then rounds out the newscast with a weather update.

Written Rundown:

Insurance Company Practice of ‘Fail First’ Called Into Question

On Town Meeting Day Wind Farms Prove To Be Divisive

Governor Pushes For Casino At House Hearing

Examining Gambling’s Potential Social Costs

Lighting The Way For Missing Teen Abigail Hernandez

The Common Core State Standards:  Not Yet In Place, Already Controversial

Self Defense Or Because I Can?  Open Carry Laws In New Hampshire

Reporter Debrief:  Breaking Down A Big Day In Health Care News

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.

July 29, 2013

They are everywhere. We are surrounded by them.  You are probably one yourself.  Of the range of people you can know in the world, the neighbor occupies a curious spot.  As reporter Sean Hurley writes, here in New Hampshire we have our own special kind of neighbor.

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Fx:  Crickets, night sounds

Where we live, on a dead-end dirt road in the White Mountains, the houselights of our neighbors are mostly out with the sun. 

Writing: Giants Among Us

Feb 17, 2014

October 10, 2013

By the height of pumpkin season in October, competitive pumpkin growers have put in months of labor, gallons of water, and now they’re finally getting ready for the big weigh-in. Reporter Todd Bookman reports that in one New Hampshire family, bragging rights are on the line.

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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.

October 28, 2013

North Country teenager Abigail Hernandez had been missing for 19 days when her hometown decided to host a vigil.  Hernandez disappeared on her way home from school and police had no leads.  It’s a disappearance that has rattled her small hometown known for its ski resorts.  Nearly 500 people turned out for a flashlight vigil at a park in North Conway meant to light the way home for Abby.

Feb. 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.

April 2, 2013

As lawmakers consider raising the state's gas tax, you may be wondering: are New Hampshire's roads getting worse? Why are they getting harder to pay for? And, does it really matter if we have a few more potholes?

NHPR's newsroom sets out to answer those questions in this video:

 

The Obama administration says about 5,000 more New Hampshire residents selected a health plan through the new federal insurance market last month.

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Original air date:  July 10, 2013

In the past few years there’s been a  resurgence in American moonshine, including high-end bottles on liquor store shelves. The movement comes thanks in no small part to the Discovery Channel reality show, Moonshiners. And while ‘White Lightening’ may have its roots in Appalachia, in the deep shade of New Hampshire’s forest, there’s at least one illegal operation.

Original air date:  May 10, 2013

Bass fishing is now big business in America, with high profile tournaments getting plenty of coverage on networks including ESPN. And it’s also New Hampshire’s newest high school interscholastic sport.  And last spring New Hampshire high school students got to show off their own angling abilities at a bass fishing tournament on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Original air date:  January 11, 2013

Conditions in New Hampshire’s White Mountains are notoriously harsher than their altitude suggests. But for World Class mountaineers this makes the Whites a perfect training ground.  Reporter Sam Evans-Brown spent the day with one out on the icy slopes.

The most critical issue New Hampshire faced in 2013 was how to adopt and roll out the ACA. And those decisions didn’t come easily. State lawmakers must still decide whether to expand Medicaid and because of New Hampshire’s small size, only one insurance company offers plans on the federally-run online marketplace. Reporter Todd Bookman followed the twists and turns of the ACA and produced a mix of daily and feature stories to illustrate our state’s complicated relationship with the law.

During the 2013 legislative session New Hampshire grappled with the question of whether to allow the state’s first casino.  NHPR followed the debate at the State House but also wanted to better understand the larger implications.  We sent a reporter to Washington, Pa. where Millennium Gaming runs a casino.  The company hopes to build a casino in New Hampshire.  Throughout our coverage we learned how the area has benefited, but also looked into the social costs of gambling.

Die Frau Ohne Schatten
February 15, 2014 - 1:00 p.m.
A legendary Met production directed by the late Herbert Wernicke returns for the first time in ten years. The fantastical genius of the Strauss score and the Hofmannsthal libretto will be interpreted by conductor Vladimir Jurowski and a thrilling cast. Anne Schwanewilms and Torsten Kerl are the otherworldly Empress and Emperor, and Johan Reuter is Barak. Christine Goerke, the rising dramatic soprano star, returns to the Met as the Dyer’s Wife, whose shadow the Empress must win to free herself from a fatal decree.

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 The New Hampshire Senate has voted down so-called “right-to-work” legislation.

The vote Thursday morning was 13 to 11, with every Senate Democrat and two Republicans voting against the bill to excuse non-union employees from paying fees to negotiate and administer contracts. 

The Republican-majority legislature in 2011 passed a bill, but they were unable to override a veto by then-Governor John Lynch. 

Opponents including Manchester Democrat Lou D’Allesandro argue "right-to-work" is bad for middle class families.

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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.

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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.

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

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