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Mon October 22, 2012

Top Stories: Harvesting Chestnuts in the Granite State, Quake Hits Maine, Rattles N.H.

The top ten stories on nhpr.org for the week of October 15 - October 21, 2012.

1.) Word of Mouth: Harvesting Chestnuts in the Granite State

Its fall in New England and that means apples, cranberries, pumpkins, and – about a hundred years ago – it meant chestnuts. But last century an invasive blight wiped out chestnuts on the East Coast. So in order to get the feel of the autumns of yester-year, NHPR checked in with the effort to bring the once mighty chestnut back to New Hampshire forests.

2.) NH News: Quake Hits Maine, Rattles N.H.

An earthquake has struck southern Maine and rattled nearby New England states. The U.S. Geological Survey  said the epicenter of the quake was about 3 miles west of Hollis Center, Maine, and about 3 miles deep. That location is about 20 miles west of Portland.

3.) Word of Mouth: What Makes a Great Short Story?

The frost comes, the leaves fall, you  stock the woodpile, and begin to move inward,with stories. Today, we’re going to begin to burrow in to the making of a great short story with the editors of two new collections of short stories.

4.) The Exchange: Overcoming Obesity in the Granite State

Obesity is on the rise here in New  Hampshire, a recent study finds that the U.S. population is gaining too much weight. New Hampshire's numbers are also increasing, with about 26% of Granite Staters now considered obese. Its also predicted that by the year 2030, more than half of this state's population will be obese.

5.) The Exchange: A Look at Ballot Question #1

Ballot question one asks if New Hampshire should permanently prohibit an income tax?  In next month's election, Granite Staters will have to vote 'yes' or 'no' on this proposed change to the state's constitution. Supporters say this would settle a longstanding debate once and for all. Opponents say it would damage the state's fiscal standing.

6.) NH News: More Arrests Made In Apple Thefts At N.H. Orchards

Less than a week after four people were arrested on suspicion of picking apples after hours at a New Hampshire orchard, five more people have been accused of the same offense.

7.) NH News: N.H. Students Graduate With Highest Debt Loads In Nation

New data released today shows New Hampshire students graduating with the highest debt loads in the nation. According to a report from the Institute for College Access and Success, the Class of 2011 averaged $32,440 in debt.

8.) The Exchange: The End of the New Hampshire Advantage?

We look at a new study that suggests that those factors that have made New Hampshire the economic envy of the region, like its low tax burden, higher income levels and steady influx of well educated people may be waning.  And the one time New Hampshire advantage may be a thing of the past.

9.) Word of Mouth: But is Poe Still Scary?

We asked a variety of people, including Laura Knoy, Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman, and some adorable kids whether they think Edgar Allan Poe's work still stands up as "scary."

10.) Elections 2012: Guinta, Shea-Porter In Another Ad Accuracy Stir

The Guinta campaign has taken issue with another television ad in the race for the first congressional district. This is just the latest salvo of the tit-for-tat that has characterized the contest.

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