Top Stories: Supporters, Critics Of Sen. Ayotte Clash; Old Man Of The Mountain's Legacy Lives On

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1.  Supporters, Critics Of Sen. Ayotte Clash At Town Hall Meeting

At a Town Hall Meeting in Tilton on Tuesday, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte field roughly a dozen questions from the audience, on topics ranging from immigration to Benghazi. But none dealt directly with her recent vote against expanded background checks for gun sales, a measure that failed in the Senate.

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2. Ten Years Later, Old Man Of The Mountain’s Legacy Lives On

Friday marked 10 years since the Old Man of the Mountain, New Hampshire’s most iconic symbol, collapsed from its point along the side of Cannon Mountain. One thing you can say about the Old Man of the Mountain – he’s got staying power.

3. Sturm, Ruger Announces Plans To Expand Out-Of-State

It’s been a busy few years for Sturm, Ruger - so much so, the company is looking to start another factory out-of-state. At Sturm, Ruger’s annual meeting in Arizona, President and CEO Michael Fifer announced the company’s plans to expand operations to a yet-to-be decided state.

4. Sunshine Having An Impact On Drug Company Payments To Doctors In N.H.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, pharmaceutical company payments to doctors will become public information starting in 2014. But a slice of those disclosures is already available, and the impact of transparency is being felt across New Hampshire.

5. Connecticut Law Could Be Good For Northern Pass, Bad For N.H. Biomass

Lawmakers in Connecticut are working to review and revamp the rules that encourage renewable electricity generation. And the changes as proposed could be good news for Canadian hydropower, and bad news for New Hampshire biomass.

6. Department Of Energy Responds (More Or Less) To Shaheen And Ayotte Concern Over Northern Pass

Last month, Northern Pass opponents complained that U.S. Department of Energy contractors working on the Northern Pass project were trespassing on their land to carry out environmental studies. That prompted Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte to ask the DOE about it. Now the DOE has responded, but things are still unclear.

7. Critics Rally Against Sen. Ayotte’s Vote On Background Checks

Critics of U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte's recent vote on gun legislation rallied in Concord last Monday. Ayotte voted against legislation that would have expanded background checks for firearm purchases at gun shows.

8. Homeschoolers Anonymous

According to the Department of Education, the number of kids being homeschooled nearly doubled between 1999 and 2007. A large a majority of parents who choose this route, say they do it for religious or moral reasons. Now, the first generation to age out of the Christian homeschooling movement that first took root in the 1980’s are speaking out about their experiences.

9. Innovation In Higher Education

In an era of soaring tuition and student debt, colleges and universities are looking for new ways to pursue affordability and flexibility – offering everything from online courses to three-year degrees.  We talked with some at the forefront of this trend and explore some of the questions being raised about these approaches.

10. The Life Of An Ex-Conspiracy Theorist

Mere hours after the Boston Marathon bombings, the internet lit up with conspiracy theories…Infowars and Alex Jones weighed in…so did Glenn Beck, who said he had proof that it was an inside job by the government. It’s kind of tough to back off from such a bold statement…and as evidence to the contrary mounted, those claiming to know the truth tend to get even more riled up and attack the poor saps who disagree with them. They get especially mad when one of their own disagrees