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This week on The Exchange:

Monday, 6/29: Is Gun Violence a Public Health Issue?

Tuesday, 6/30: Reassessing The Value of Home Ownership

Wednesday, 7/01: Political Junkie with Ken Rudin

Thursday, 7/02: Lawmakers Debate the State Budget

Friday, 7/03: Friday N.H. News Roundup

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Since Governor Hassan’s budget veto last week, lawmakers have called for compromise, though there’s been little action on that front. Meanwhile, as state government continues to operate under a temporary resolution, agencies are struggling with uncertainty. We sit down with leaders from both parties to discuss the way forward.

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The US supreme court issues some huge rulings on same-sex marriage and the affordable care act. The shooting deaths of nine black churchgoers in Charleston prompts renewed political discussion of gun control, and the confederate flag. And, the republican presidential field grows ever larger.

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More Americans than ever are renting rather than buying. Reasons range from more stringent mortgage requirements to lifestyle preferences for mobility over stability. Some say owning a home is still a great bet. But others say it’s time to rethink that notion, as well as the tax benefits that favor owners over renters.

Is Gun Violence a Public Health Issue?

Jun 29, 2015
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After the latest mass shooting, both sides of the divisive gun debate are digging in and change appears unlikely. But there are some who frame gun violence in a third way -- as a public health issue. Still others see this as a thinly veiled approach to more gun control.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - June 26th, 2015

Jun 26, 2015
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House and Senate lawmakers pass a state budget, which Governor Hassan vetoes as promised. Bobby Jindal joins the crowded field of presidential contenders for the GOP nomination. And bird watchers delight at the sight of rare piping plovers on New Hampshire’s seacoast.

The Emerging Science of Gut Health and Probiotics

Jun 25, 2015
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Scientists have long known that bacteria live in the human gut, working with the digestive system to break down food. But researchers have recently discovered even more far-reaching effects of the trillions of microbes living in our bodies, impacting everything from our immune systems to chronic illness. We examine the science of gut health.

The Dollars and Cents of Recycling in N.H.

Jun 24, 2015
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When local recycling took off in the nineties, it was called a win-win, helping both the environment, and the municipal bottom line. Now, though – the economics aren’t working out as hoped, and some towns are questioning the benefits. We’ll examine the market forces behind this and how they’re playing out in New Hampshire. / Flickr / Creative Commons

For years Americans have been warned that longer life spans, increasing healthcare costs, and decreasing support from employer pensions will have serious consequences for the future of retirement. We’ll speak with the author of a new book that offers solutions in both public policy and personal finance.

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Congress is in the throes of debate over complex trade deals that include President Obama’s bid for fast-track authority to expand trade with Asia.  Critics say these proposals hurt American workers. Supporters say they improve the flow of goods in the global economy. We’ll dig into this debate and find out how New Hampshire might be affected.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - June 19th, 2015

Jun 19, 2015
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Governor Hassan issues a threat to veto the proposed state budget over what she calls “dishonest” business tax cuts. Jeb Bush visits the Granite State after announcing his candidacy for President. And some state troopers file a complaint over who pays for dry cleaning their uniforms.

Growing Up Transgender In N.H.

Jun 18, 2015
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While most have long been familiar with the L, G, and B of LGBT, many still don’t know much about the T: transgender. Individuals who are transgender are not comfortable with the gender they were assigned at birth and come to identify as another. We look at the youngest making this transition: kids under eighteen, and the challenges that they face.

U.S. Weighs Options as ISIS Makes Gains in Iraq

Jun 17, 2015
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The militant group ISIS continues to make gains in Iraq, taking several major cities, despite U.S. air strikes. That’s prompted heated debate over what this country should do next.  We’ll look into the options now under consideration, including President Obama’s plan to ramp up military assistance there.

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New Hampshire is among twenty three states that allow therapeutic use of cannabis. Yet often, the process of dispensing it can be rife with legal and logistical challenges, We’ll look at how implementation efforts are shaping up in this state and find out what’s happening elsewhere, as these laws continue to spread across the country.

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We're checking in booksellers and a librarian for their picks of what to read this summer.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - June 12th, 2015

Jun 12, 2015
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Three companies receive state approval to run medical marijuana dispensaries, with locations still to be determined. The Union Leader announces an alternative Presidential debate, for those shut out of the first official forum. And the State Supreme Court rules in favor of Keene’s Robin-Hooders and their anti-parking meter campaign.

July 1 Cell Phone Driving Ban: What You Need To Know

Jun 11, 2015
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As New Hampshire’s ban on the use of hand-held cell phones while driving looms, we revisit this effort to curb dangerous inattention behind the wheel. We’ll look at how these laws have affected traffic safety elsewhere, whether they’ve worked, and explain the rules of the road for New Hampshire’s version, to be enforced July first.

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We continue our discussion on the heroin epidemic in the Granite State with a focus on prevention.  Given the record numbers of drug overdoes deaths in New Hampshire, we’ll ask what steps health providers, educators, law enforcement, and other members of the community are taking to stop drug use before it starts.

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What began as a pet project for computer programmers and digital-privacy activists is today a financial technology worth billions of dollars. Author Nathaniel Popper takes us behind the scenes of that dramatic transformation and looks ahead at how this digital currency could shape the global economy of the future.

The Debate Over Presidential Debates

Jun 8, 2015
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New TV network criteria stir controversy, as the field of contenders for the twenty-sixteen presidential election grows. We’ll look at how organizers are managing this large group of candidates, and the impact it has on campaign strategies of both prominent and lesser known politicians.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - June 5th, 2015

Jun 5, 2015
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The State Senate votes on a budget, a plan that’s drawn republican kudos and democratic criticism. Governor Maggie Hassan vetoes and signs a flurry of bills, including approval of a new ban on teens using tanning beds. And the venerable Lakes of the Clouds hut celebrates one hundred years of service in the White Mountains.

N.H. Debates Business Tax Structure

Jun 4, 2015
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Is it time for a business tax reboot? Some in New Hampshire say a comprehensive re-examination of our business tax structure is long overdue, given questions about fairness – competition – and the huge role these taxes play in our budget. We’ll discuss how the system works now and the  pros and cons of the proposals to change it.

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We check in with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about some of the top stories in politics this month: After a caustic debate pitting Rand Paul against his fellow Senate Republicans, key provisions of the Patriot Act expire. On the primary front, Democrat Martin O’Malley and Republican Lindsey Graham declare their candidacies. And, as ISIS advances in Iraq Presidential hopefuls re-hash the Iraq war debate.

Sky Guys: An Astronomical Update

Jun 2, 2015

NASA celebrates twenty-five years of The Hubble Telescope and its groundbreaking glimpses into space and time. The Messenger spacecraft goes out with a bang, crashing –intentionally– into Mercury, after being the only spacecraft to ever orbit the planet. We’ll talk about these extraterrestrial milestones and more.

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The unemployment rate is below four percent in New Hampshire and the labor force is growing, but some say our overall economic growth is still falling short. We’ll find out more looking at demographics, trade, the political climate, housing and healthcare.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015
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This week in New Hampshire news:  budget votes, business taxes, and bipartisan rankings.  

The senate finance committee approved an 11.4 billion dollar budget, restoring money to social services that house members had cut from the governor’s proposal. Democrats decried the plan for shortchanging critical programs, while cutting taxes for businesses.

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As the heroin crisis in New Hampshire continues, and the number of overdoses grows, communities around the state are addressing the issues with increasing urgency.

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Twenty years ago, it was not considered a big problem in New Hampshire, but today – these little black-legged bugs are seen as a major threat to people, pets and wildlife.  We’ll get the latest on where their populations are expanding and on tick-borne illnesses, primarily – but not exclusively -- Lyme disease. We’ll also look the state’s new plan to address this.

Summer Camp: An Antidote To 'Helicopter Parenting?'

May 26, 2015
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We talk with author Michael Thompson, who argues in his new book that kids need summer camp more than ever.  With today’s over-scheduled and over-protected children, Thompson says summer camp remains one of the few places where kids have to rough it, stretch their boundaries, and conquer the challenges of the great-outdoors.

Iraq War Veterans: Stories From The Homefront

May 25, 2015
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We're talking with Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post reporter David Finkel about his work covering the lives of Iraq War veterans -- their experiences in war and returning home, where they often face what Finkel calls the "after-war."

Friday N.H. News Roundup - May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015
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Republican party officials line up to call for Congressman Frank Guinta’s resignation after a campaign finance violation.  Senate budget writers begin to finalize their proposal, restoring some funding for tourism and education. And a nineteen year old college student wins a special election for a seat in the New Hampshire House.