Top Stories: How N.H. Gun Laws Stack Up; Lost & Found: The Ski Hills Of N.H.

Dec 26, 2012

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1) Politics: How New Hampshire Gun Laws Stack Up Against Vermont’s And Massachusetts’

New Hampshire and Vermont do not require that mental health information be reported for use in firearm purchaser background checks. Massachusetts, on the other hand, will not issue any firearms license if the applicant has been confined to any hospital or institution for mental illness, unless the applicant submits a physician’s affidavit.

2) Morning Edition: Lost & Found: The Ski Hills Of N.H.

Years ago while chasing my then- toddler  around a small hillside park in Derry, I found a large chunk of iron; It was an odd site, this hulking engine block in the brush and undergrowth at the top of the hill. Then I noticed the telephone poles.  They were several feet back in the woods. Two of the poles had wheel hubs displaying just a hint of the yellow they were once painted. A thin wire bowed between two of them: This was a rope tow.

3) Word of Mouth: The Case Of The Missing Santa Claus

It’s a sad sign of holiday desperation that in many towns, burglaries and thefts spike around the holidays. Two years ago a landmark seasonal statue was stolen from a small New Hampshire town…now a gallery in Massachusetts is trying to find it through the power of art.

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4) NH News: Furniture Store Sees Success In Selling Prisoner-Made Goods

With Christmas a week away, shoppers were crowding into malls, outlets, and downtown shopping districts looking for last-minute gifts.  But, for those looking for unusual handmade gifts, there’s another, unorthodox, option available.

5) NH News: N.H. Gun Shop Sees Spike In Sales Following CT School Shooting

In the days following the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut one gun shop in New Hampshire reports higher than normal sales. Riley's Sport Shop in Hooksett sells a variety of firearms. Manager Doug Dack says the week before Christmas is normally busy. But this past weekend the store saw a noticeable spike in sales.

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6) NH News: On Assault Weapons Ban, Sen. Ayotte Only Holdout Among N.H. Delegation

New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte is the only member of the state’s Congressional delegation who has not pledged support for an assault weapons ban this week.

7) The Exchange: Solving Our Math Problems

The latest round of international testing shows mediocre results for American students, compared with many other countries.  Meanwhile, states including New Hampshire are adopting a more rigorous approach, and the Granite State is also considering more math coursework in high school.

8) Politics: Hassan Adds Staff

Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan names veteran statehouse staffers and an Obama campaign worker to advise on legislative matters, policy, and appointments.

9) NH News: Day After CT School Shooting, N.H. Sets Record For Handgun Background Checks

If there was any question whether gun sales spiked in New Hampshire following the school shooting in Connecticut last week, State Police answered it Wednesday. Sgt. Sean Haggerty said there 468 requests for background checks for handgun sales Saturday. Haggerty said that is by far the highest single-day number of requests in state history.

10) Word of Mouth: Is Die Hard A Christmas Movie?

To many, any best-of action film list would ring hollow with the exclusion of Die Hard - but each year, as the holiday season approaches, it begins to fly under a different flag:  an admittedly less warm, less traditional Christmas classic.