Rick Ganley

Host, Morning Edition

Rick joined NHPR as morning host in January 2009. He has a 20 year career in radio including on-air work at stations in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire in formats from rock to classical. He was co-owner of an FM station in Maine in the mid 90s. Rick spent the last ten years as Operations Manager and Morning Host of WPNH-FM, Plymouth NH and Production Director for Northeast Communications Corporations' five-station group. He also writes occasional pieces on media and music for the Hippo, Manchester's weekly paper, and voices radio and TV spots on a freelance basis.

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New England News
6:00 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Battle Lines Are Drawn For Maine's Budget Process

Maine's State House
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  Earlier this month, Maine’s Republican Governor Paul LePage presented his $6.3 billion, two-year budget. Along with some sweeping changes to the tax structure, LePage has proposed eliminating local aid to towns and cities.

Christopher Cousins, statehouse reporter for the Bangor Daily News joined Morning Edition.

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NH News
6:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

DRED Commissioner Rose To Decide On Sunapee Plan By Spring

West Bowl area highlighted in yellow.
Credit Mount Sunapee Advisory Committee

The Mount Sunapee ski resort is hoping to build out a new 75 acre area of the mountain known as the “West Bowl” with new trails and a new, high speed chairlift. But to do that, it needs to overcome some environmental concerns. Opponents to the plan say the build-out would likely raze a section of forest that a new report says is part of a thriving ecosystem with some trees as old as 170 years-old.

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NH News
6:00 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Katrina Swett And Petitioners Offer To Take Saudi Man's Lashes

Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam.

A New Hampshire woman, along with hundreds more, is offering to receive a portion of the 1,000 lashes reserved for Raif Badawi. Badawi is a Saudi blogger sentenced by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the charge of insulting Islam.

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett is the wife of former New Hampshire congressman, Dick Swett. She’s presently serving as chairwoman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and as President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

University System Trustees Hopeful But 'Realistic' About State Funding

Wildcats statue at UNH
Credit courtesy University of New Hampshire

  The Governor’s budget proposal would fund the University System of New Hampshire with an additional thirteen million dollars which just a portion of the money the university system is asking for.

The system has stated that amount would be insufficient to maintain a freeze on in-state tuition, but they are waiting until the budget is finalized before setting rates.

Pamela Diamantis, the chair of the university system board of trustees, joined Morning Edition.

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NH News
6:00 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Concern and Confusion Surround Child Restraint Law Change

Credit Thomas Favre-Bulle / Flickr Creative Commons

Morning Edition speaks with two experts on changes to the child restraint law this month. Scroll down to see our more recent conversation with disability rights advocate Mike Skibbie.

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2/10/15

Some New Hampshire school officials are raising concerns about a newly revised state law meant to limit the use of restraint and seclusion on students.

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NH News
6:00 am
Wed February 18, 2015

N.H. The Only State In Region With No Addiction Recovery Services

New Hampshire is in the midst of a drug epidemic. The state’s Medical Examiner’s office says drug-related deaths have risen to a record high of 300 in 2014. To combat the most addictive drugs, lawmakers will consider tripling funding for the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.

Of those three things, recovery services are severely lacking in New Hampshire, compared to neighboring states.

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Arts & Culture
8:35 am
Fri February 13, 2015

N.H. This Weekend: Hot And Cold

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  Hippo Editor Amy Diaz joins Morning Edition to discuss some of the activities in store for the hot and steamy Valentine's Weekend, which forecasters predict will be anything but hot or steamy.

Lets embrace the cold...

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Politics
6:00 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Kuster Wants To Keep U.S. Involvement In ISIS Conflict From Escalating

Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

In the wake of President Obama's recent budget proposals and the continuing threat of ISIS in the Middle East, the U.S. Congress will have a lot of important decisions to make.

To check in with the New Hampshire's delegation, we start by talking with our 2nd Congressional District representative. Congresswoman Anne McLane Kuster joined Morning Edition. 

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NH News
6:00 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Photography Exhibit Features People, Planes Of New Hampshire Aviation

One of the photos from “A Focus on New Hampshire Aviation: A Photography Project”
Daniel Peters

A photography exhibit focusing on aviation in New Hampshire recently opened at the state library in Concord.

It will be on display through Feb. 25.

Rita Hunt works in the Bureau of Aeronautics for the state Department of Transportation, and joined Morning Edition to talk about aviation in the state and the exhibit.

People don’t often think of New Hampshire as a state with a rich aviation industry, but there’s a lot going on here.

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Environment
6:47 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Seacoast Marine Mammal Rescue Team Conducts 73 Rescues In First Year

Belmont was the first rescue for the Seacoast Science Center's Marine Mammal Rescue Team. Has abandoned by his mother, and spent four months in rehab. He was released in September.
Credit www.seacoastsciencecenter.org

The Seacoast Science Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue Team just wrapped up its inaugural year.

The team took over responding to rescue calls for seals and other stranded mammals in coastal New Hampshire last January.

The New England Aquarium in Boston previously handled those duties.

Ashley Stokes is rescue coordinator for the Marine Mammal Rescue Team.

She joins Morning Edition to talk about the group’s efforts.

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Gov. Pataki: Debate Over Importance Of Vaccinations Has Been Settled

Gov. George Pataki
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

    

Former New York Governor George Pataki is in New Hampshire this week, as he weighs a run for president in 2016.

He joins Morning Edition to talk about his visit to the Granite State.

You’ve said you may be running for president, but you’ve said that before. What’s different this time?

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NH News
6:00 am
Wed February 4, 2015

N.H. Nursing Home Advocates Push Back On Proposed $7M Cut

New Hampshire Statehouse
Credit NHPR Staff

    

New Hampshire’s nursing home advocates are pushing back against a proposed $7 million cut in Medicaid reimbursement rates.

The cut is part of a plan recently unveiled by state officials to close a $58 million shortfall in the current Department Health and Human Services budget, which ends in June.

John Poirier is president and CEO of the New Hampshire Health Care Association, which represents more than 90 nursing homes and assisted living centers across the state.

He joins Morning Edition to talk about his concerns with the plan.

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NH News
6:00 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Manchester Police Chief: We Need A More Racially Diverse Department

Manchester Police Chief David Mara
Credit NHPR / Ryan Lessard

Manchester is the state’s largest city, and it’s also the most racially diverse.

In the wake of tensions between police and citizens in several large cities, the Manchester Police Department recently held a public forum to talk about policing in a diverse community.

David Mara is chief of the Manchester Police Department.

He joins Morning Edition to talk about the issue.

When you first talked about the idea behind the forum, you said you didn’t want to have a Ferguson in 10 years. What did you mean by that?

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Politics
8:36 am
Mon February 2, 2015

On The Political Front: Romney Drops Out; Education Funding In The Statehouse

Mitt Romney in N.H. in 2011
Credit Josh Rogers for NHPR

On The Political Front is our weekly conversation with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers. This week, what Mitt Romney's exit means for 2016, and a look at the issues up for debate this week at the N.H. Statehouse.

Let’s start with Presidential politics – Mitt Romney won't make said a third run for president. What was more surprising, that he said no, or that he was thinking of running again in the first place?

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Arts & Culture
11:56 am
Fri January 30, 2015

The RPM Challenge: Can You Create An Album In Twenty-Eight Days?

Credit Erwin Bernal via Flickr CC

Create an album in twenty-eight days - that's the idea behind the RPM Challenge. Those taking part have to create ten songs, or thirty-five minutes of original material, all of which has to be written and recorded during the month of February. 

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Morning Edition
8:27 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Sen. Bradley: Repealing Concealed Carry Permit Requirement Will Make N.H. Safer

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

    

The Senate Judiciary committee is expected to hear testimony Thursday afternoon on a bill that would repeal the requirement to obtain a license to carry a concealed gun.

The hearing is likely to draw a large crowd of gun rights advocates and those who have concerns about loosening the state’s firearms regulations.

Wolfeboro Republican and Senate Majority Leader Jed Bradley is the bill’s prime sponsor.

He joined Morning Edition to talk about his proposal.

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Morning Edition
6:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Tradition Vs. Technology: The Debate Over Drones, Smart Rifles In Hunting

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At a hearing Thursday, officials from New Hampshire Fish & Game will propose new rules banning drones, smart rifles, and live-action game cameras in hunting.

Officials are trying to regulate these so-called emerging technologies, saying they’re not appropriate or ethical.

New Hampshire is not the first state to tackle this issue.

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Morning Edition
6:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Should New Hampshire's Governor Serve A Four-Year Term?

Gov. Maggie Hassan
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

New Hampshire is one of only two states where the governor’s term is only two years, Vermont being the other.

In most other states, governors serve four-year terms.

Lawmakers will once again debate this session whether to amend the state constitution and make the governor a four-year term.

Such efforts have failed in the legislature in the past.

Democratic Rep. Mario Ratzki of East Andover is the bill’s prime sponsor.

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Morning Edition
5:30 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Manchester Uber Driver: We're Held To A Higher Standard Than Taxis

Antonio Correia is an Uber driver in Manchester. He's standing next to the 2014 Toyota Avalon he uses. There's an Uber sticker on the front windshield.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The ride-sharing service Uber has been at the center of debate and controversy in several New Hampshire cities the past several months.

The company is operating in Portsmouth, Manchester and has recently started up in Nashua. Local officials in all of those cities continue to discuss how Uber’s drivers should be regulated.

In the middle of all this are the drivers themselves.

Antonio Correia works as an Uber driver in Manchester.

He joins Morning Edition to talk about this issue.

For those unfamiliar with Uber, how does it work?

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Morning Edition
6:57 am
Fri January 23, 2015

NH This Weekend: Henniker Hot Chocolate 5K/10K, Art And Bloom

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Amy Diaz, Editor of the Hippo tells Morning Edition about some interesting weekend events- including the Henniker Hot Chocolate 5K/10K, Art and Bloom in Concord, and the National Readathon.

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Morning Edition
5:30 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Plymouth State Research Could Help Drivers Avoid Dangerous Conditions

A sudden snow squall led to this recent 35-car pile up on Interstate 93.
Credit Ben Baldwin

    

As we all know, winter weather is a reality of life here in New Hampshire. More snow appears to be headed our way this weekend.

But until the storm actually gets here, it’s often hard to know if it’s going to be a wintry mix or freezing rain, or how dangerous driving conditions could be in certain areas of the state.

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Morning Edition
6:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

State Senator: County Attorneys Should Be Appointed, Not Elected

State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth.
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

County attorneys in New Hampshire have traditionally been elected, but a proposal going before state lawmakers seeks to change that.

A bill filed this session proposes to amend the state constitution to make the office of county attorney an appointed position, instead of elected by the voters.

A hearing on the bill is scheduled for the Senate Judiciary Committee later this morning.

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Politics
6:30 am
Wed January 21, 2015

'New Hampshire Rebellion' Stages Protest Of Big Money In Politics

The NH Rebellion protesters at the Statehouse in Concord 1/21/2015
Credit NHPR Staff

For the second straight year, a group of activists are marching across the Granite State to raise awareness for their goal of getting money out of politics.

Members of the New Hampshire Rebellion have covered more 300 miles over the past ten days, with marches starting in Portsmouth, Nashua, Keene and Dixville Notch.

Those four marches are set to converge in front of the Statehouse in Concord later today, marking the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

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Morning Edition
6:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Bill Would Require N.H. Employers To Offer Five Sick Days Per Year

Credit NHPR Staff

A bill going before New Hampshire lawmakers would require employers to offer workers 40 hours of paid sick leave per year.

House Democrat Mary Stuart Gile of Concord is one of the sponsors, and says under the legislation, businesses with fewer than 15 employees would be exempt.

"Essentially, this bill is looking at workers in the service areas and who work part-time," she said. "For example, under our bill, people who work in offices but are not full-time workers would be able to have paid sick days."

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Politics
6:20 am
Tue January 20, 2015

With N.H. Primary In Full Swing, No Clear Frontrunner Among Huge GOP Field

GOP candidates clockwise from top left: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul.
Credit NHPR Staff/Photo of Jeb Bush courtesy World Affairs Council, Chris Christie photo courtesy NJ National Guard

There’s still a year to go before any ballots are cast in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary.

Still, that hasn’t stopped Republicans expected to make a run for president from hitting the campaign trail in the Granite State.

Chris Galdieri is an assistant professor of politics at St. Anselm College who specializes in presidential races.

He joins Morning Edition to give us a roundup of how the field of candidates is taking shape.

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Morning Edition
8:41 am
Fri January 16, 2015

NH This Weekend: Mac & Cheese Bake Off, Winter Wine Festival

    

Amy Diaz, Editor of the Hippo tells Morning Edition about some interesting weekend events- including the New Hampshire Macaroni and Cheese Bake Off, the Downton Abbey Tea in Brookline, and the Winter Wine Festival.

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Morning Edition
6:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

STEM In N.H. Schools: How To Follow Through On Task Force Report

A report this week found New Hampshire schools must do more to graduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

The STEM Task Force report issued Tuesday came up with a wide range of recommendations to prepare students for careers in those fields.

You can read the report here.

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Morning Edition
6:52 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Professor: After Review, Addison Can Still Appeal Death Sentence At Federal Level

Michael Addison
Credit AP/Dick Morin

    

The New Hampshire Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Thursday that for the first time center on the fairness of a death penalty in the state.

Michael Addison is the state’s lone death row inmate. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 2008 for the murder of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs.

Thursday’s arguments will focus on whether Addison’s death sentence was fair compared to similar cases nationwide.

Buzz Scherr is a law professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

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NH News
6:00 am
Wed January 14, 2015

For Extending Commuter Rail To N.H., Money Still The Biggest Question

In her inaugural address last week, Governor Maggie Hassan made the push for extending commuter rail from Boston to Nashua and Manchester.

"We must find a consensus way forward on rail that will build on our many advantages and help set the stage for a new generation of economic growth by keeping more of our young people right here in the Granite State," Hassan said. 

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Morning Edition
6:00 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Head Of N.H. Community Colleges: Obama's Plan 'Bold,' Costs Still A Question

Nashua Community College

    

President Obama announced last week he wants to make community college free for students across the country.

Now, that would come with a hefty price tag – the federal government would have to pick up $60 billion in costs over the next decade, with participating states paying for the other 25 percent.

Students would also have to maintain a 2.5 GPA.

The ambitious initiative has sparked a lot of discussion in higher ed circles.

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