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Mon August 13, 2012
Top Stories: Internet Outage Resolution, First Day at State's First Magnet School
A list of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and StateImpact- NH website.
1) NH News: Fairpoint: Internet Outage Resolved After 12 Hours FairPoint internet service is back up and running in New Hampshire and Maine. The DSL internet service has since been restored.
2) Education: Back to School Already? First Day at State's First Magnet School Rochester’s Maple Street Elementary School is reopening this year as the state’s first Magnet School: an experiment in school reform that involves a longer school year and a specialized curriculum.
3) Environment: USDA: NH is Most Forested State in the Union A study from the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service shows that New Hampshire is the most forested of the 48 contiguous states. According to the USDA study 88.9 percent of New Hampshire is covered by trees, beating out neighboring states Maine at 83.1 percent and Vermont at 81.5.
4) NH News: Kayak Paddles Made in New Hampshire: A Family Legacy Earlier this week, at the London Olympics, the American team competed in the double canoe slalom. That’s when two men kneel inside a kayak and work together to navigate an obstacle course on whitewater rapids. If you watched this on NBC, you might have caught a glimpse of a pair of paddles made in New Hampshire.
5) NH News: From Classic Rock to Classical Pop Listeners tuning in to WWHK in Concord might remember the station as the “The Hawk,” which had a classic rock format. Now, the station has changed its tune in a big way.
6) Exchange: Riled up over Religious Freedom! Since the time of our founding, we’ve had the debate over the separation of church and state. And this election year, this theme is emerging again, in terms of contraception coverage, public prayer and policies regarding same-sex couples.
7) NH News: Fair is Big Business for NH Craftsmen The annual League of New Hampshire Crafts Fair at Mt. Sunapee is now in its 79th year. The show opened this past Saturday, and is the oldest, longest-running crafts fair in the country.
8) North Country: Farewell To 35 mm Film Means Hello To Trouble For Small Theatres Film studios are planning to replace 35 mm films with digital projectors that could cost $50,000 or more. That’s expected to improve visual quality and reduce costs for the film studios. But owners of small, community cinemas and drive-ins are worried.
9) North Country: North Country Fiddlers Head to Kennedy Center Four North Country fiddlers will represent New Hampshire on Wednesday at the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, carrying on the tradition of French-Canadian fiddle music.
10) Exchange: The Skills Gap Standoff With so many Americans out of work and so many companies claiming they can’t fill vacant positions, many have blamed a so-called 'skills gap'. But business professor Peter Cappelli says this is just blaming the unemployed victim, and in fact, many companies are responsible for this bind.