Mon February 11, 2013
Top Stories: Storm Makes Its Arrival, Drops Nearly Two Feet; The Battle Against Chemical Restraints
Last weekend's storm brought a whole lot of snow but few major problems for New Hampshire. The NHPR newsroom covered the entirety of the storm with photos and updates from around the state.
Nursing homes around the country are under pressure from the Federal government to reduce their use of antipsychotics. This powerful class of prescription drug is meant for mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. But they are also being used on people with Alzheimer’s Disease at startling rates.
3. NH News: Governor Hassan Picks Jeffrey Rose To Head DRED
Governor Hassan nominated Jeffrey Rose to be the next DRED Commissioner during the Executive Council meeting last Wednesday. Rose, a resident of Goffstown, is the Public Affairs Director for BAE Systems in Nashua.
The Governor affirmed last Wednesday that it’s her office that gets to make the final call regarding the type of health insurance exchange New Hampshire operates. The Federal government has set a February 15th deadline for a decision.
5. Word of Mouth: Blind Hiker Takes On The Appalachian Trail
Trekking the entirety of the Appalachian Trail is an admirable accomplishment for anyone, and although the number of AT “thru-hikers”, as they’re called, is relatively small, Minneapolis attorney Michael Hanson is part of an even more exclusive club – he’s one of only two people in recent memory to hike the trail without the benefit of sight.
6. Health: N.H. Health Exchange Remains In Limbo
With a February 15th deadline looming, a group of lawmakers met last Monday to discuss the direction of the state’s health insurance exchange. But the committee meeting produced more questions than answers.
7. The Exchange: Naked Statistics
Statistics without the struggle: In a new book, Dartmouth professor Charles Wheelan explains how to make sense of the proliferation of data in this digital age….a task he calls “fascinating” and even “fun”! Wheelan also points out the pitfalls -- how research can be skewed by biased parties.
8. Writers on a New England Stage: John Irving
In this revealing and deeply personal program, Irving reads from his latest novel, In One Person, and then sits down to talk about his process, his lack of tolerance for intolerance, and the book he's working on now.
9. Word of Mouth: The Best Used Mini Cooper Ad In History
Back in November, “The Best Used Car Ad in Craigslist History” was brought to intern Bill Barry's attention through a Facebook post. He hit the "contact" button and got in touch with its author, New Hampshire’s own Tim McLaughlin. It's kind hard to describe…so Bill brings it to life for you.
10. Environment: New Hampshire’s Energy Future
New Hampshire is about to start re-thinking its ten year energy plan. In a weeklong series, NHPR's Environment Reporter Sam Evans-Brown looked at where we get our electricity from and where we will get it in the future.