At the end of the legislative season, New Hampshire lawmakers decided to spend the summer studying whether the Granite State should accept or reject federal funds to extend Medicaid to more residents. A special committee has held weekly sessions on this, with a deadline of mid-October. We’ll find out what they’re looking at and what they may decide.
As unrest continues in Egypt, we'll get the thoughts of Granite Staters with an affiliation to the country. We’ll get their thoughts about the recent unrest in that country after the army ousted President Mohammed Morsi last month. We’ll find out what they’re hearing from friends and family in Egypt and hear their hopes and concerns for the country’s future, including its relations with the U.S.
Next week on The Exchange, we begin with Granite Staters reflecting on the unrest in Egypt, including those worried about friends and family back home. Then we'll look into this summer’s hearings on whether or not New Hampshire should extend Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, with a fall deadline approaching. And then two-days on the Economy, both in New Hampshire…and then, specifically in the North Country. E-mail us at NHPR dot org and join us all next week for The Exchange every morning live at 9/and again at 8 p m, here on NHPR!
It’s our Friday New Hampshire New Roundup! Yes it’s early, but conversation is already swirling around possible candidates for next fall’s elections. Meanwhile, another grocery chain, “top and Shop announces closures in New Hampshire, leading to hundreds of layoffs.. And a Concord mom makes headlines, over whether she has the right to pray outside her teen's high school. We'll look at the big stories of the week!
Recently, more New Hampshire police departments have been acquiring the controversial armored truck, called the BearCat, causing outrage among some groups concerned about civil liberties and what they see as an increasingly militarized police force. But officers say they increasingly face deadly threats and that these methods help protect them and the public.
We’ll examine some of the latest headlines from Space Science. There’s a huge amount of excitement about the “Comet of the Century”, coming this fall. Also, NASA’s Mars rover “Curiosity” turns one year old and mysterious geysers on one of Saturn’s moons leads to speculation about the presence of water far out in Space.
New research raises new questions about how green burning wood really is, given the carbon impacts of both cutting and burning trees for energy. But biomass supporters say carbon calculations are complicated…taking into account the lifecycle of trees, the sustainable practices of foresters today…and although not perfect, is far better than fossil fuels.
Andrew Friedland - the Richard and Jane Pearl Professor in Environmental Studies in the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College: He researches carbon cycling in forests.
Next week on The Exchange, we begin with more “fuel for debate” over Wood energy, as new research casts doubt how “green” it really is. Then historian and author Nathanial Philbrick on his new book “Bunker Hill”, the untold story of the battle he calls “the great tipping point” of the American Revolution. Later, our Sky Guys with an update from the “way beyond” including the coming of “the comet of the century” this fall. Email us at NHPR dot org and join us all next week for The Exchange every morning live at 9 and again at 8 p m...here on NHPR!
New Hampshire number crunchers celebrate as the Granite State ends its fiscal year, forty eight million dollars above expectation, house and condo sales have reached an eight year high, while our food banks seem to be running out. House republicans rank their representatives giving six a perfect score, while a high amount of rainfall creates imperfect conditions at local beaches.
They're the villain cousins of invasive plants... The spiny water flea, the Emerald Ash Borer, the Rusty crayfish and Rocksnot. Each either in New Hampshire or threatening to do so and harming not only the water, plants and land but indigenous animals, plus they have not natural predators. We'll look more closely at these invasive fish, insects and mollusks and what's being done to combat them.
Purple Loosestrife, Autumn Olive, Norway Maple and Multi-flora Rose may sound like plants you'd want in your garden, but actually, they're four of the 423 invasive plants currently in New Hampshire. These non-indigenous weeds, trees and shrubs, grow with a great ferocity strangling and starving the native species. Now some are fighting back against these green villains and making some progress as well. Today we begin a two part series on invasive species in New Hampshire, starting with weeds, trees and other non-native plants.
After a few attempts and two defeats by veto, New Hampshire became the last New England state to pass a medical marijuana bill into law. The law is one of the strictest in the country as users cannot grow their own plants and the list of ailments allowed are small. Now as the state prepares for it, it also has to answer questions around dispensing the drug and how to keep it in the right people's hands. We'll look at the big unanswered questions and what roadblocks still may be in the way.
Long before Bullwinkle, has the moose been an iconic favorite in the state. In fact, naturalists for years have referred to them as 'charismatic megafauna'. But recently the numbers of these gentle giants have reduced, some blame disease, others climate change. Now the state is doling out nearly $700.00 to tag and study the antlered animal. Today we learn more about the moose and what's being done to bring its numbers back.
Next week on the Exchange: We talk with wildlife experts, including a veteran moose biologist, about the steep decline in New Hampshire’s moose population. We’ll find out how New Hampshire plans to tackle the issue. We’ll also look at how the state plans to go about regulating and dispensing marijuana now that a compromise medical marijuana bill, minus the home-grown option, has been signed into law. We’ll spend two days looking at the latest on invasive species of the plant and animal varieties and don't forget about our Friday New Hampshire News Roundup.
Governor Maggie Hassan signs a few handful of bills into law, including one for medical marijuana and one establishing a state energy strategy. The battle over Medicaid expansion continues with a study panel weighing the pros and cons of accepting federal money for this program. Some new and some more familiar names are considering runs for Congress and Senate in 2014 and a UNH Recycling program goes national. We'll look at some of the big stories that have happened in the Granite State during the week of July 22nd