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Mon November 5, 2012
Top Stories: Cleaning Up After Sandy, Appraisal Triggers Latest Dispute Over Northern Pass
1. NH News: Cleaning Up After Sandy
Clean up has commenced after the edge of Hurricane Sandy swept over the Granite State, depositing 1-3 inches of rain, and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of New Hampshire residents.
2. North Country: Appraisal Triggers Latest Dispute Over Northern Pass
It began on about 135 acres of land in Dalton. The land is owned by Sandy and Jim Dannis, who were attracted by its classic North-Country splendor and its lost-in-time seclusion. But now it has become the center of a new Northern-Pass controversy, one that opponents of the project worry has ominous implications for the state.
Governor Jon Lynch has announced a state of emergency in advance of the arrival of the worst of Hurricane Sandy. This declaration gives the Governor additional authority to deal with possible effects of the storm, and sets the state up to receive federal disaster relief if needed.
4. NH News: Speaker O’Brien Can’t Shake Election Spotlight
A joke about being New Hampshire Speaker of the House is that you get a parking spot, $125 annual salary, and the chance to bang a gavel. But when Bill O’Brien took the position in 2010, he took an important but largely under the radar position into the spotlight.
5. NH News: Many NH Schools Closed
Many schools in the state were closed last week because of power outages and weather conditions related to Hurricane Sandy.
6. NH News: N.H. Images Of Hurricane Sandy
Governor Mitt Romney’s connection to New Hampshire is well-documented. He owns a house on Lake Winnipesaukee, which he visits regularly. And the Mormon meetinghouse in Wolfeboro serves as his second spiritual home. But what’s less understood by many outside Mormonism is what it’s like being a member of this religious minority in northern New England.
8. Elections 2012: Reporter’s Notebook: The Political Neutrality Of The Mormon Church
In a recent story, I mentioned the Mormon Church’s stance on political neutrality. It’s a complex issue, and not one that can be explained at-length in a radio feature. For the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), this stance isn’t just to protect federal tax exemptions. It has deep religious and cultural roots.
9. NH News: Medicaid Lawsuit Lurches Forward
At the end of September, Judge Steven McAuliffe did something unique: he invited U.S Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to come to Concord and weigh in on the suit.
10. Elections 2012: Infographic! Are Granite Staters Better Off Now Than They Were Four Years Ago?
Are you better off now than you were four years ago? StateImpact New Hampshire looks at key economic indicators to understand how Granite Staters are doing. And it's not the same for everyone.