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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Friday N.H. News Roundup - Week Of August 19

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The State Senate prepares to elect a new president, after Peter Bragdon said he’d step aside amid controversy over a possible conflict of interest. The first mosquitoes with Triple-E have been confirmed in the Granite State, and the Queen City prepares for 200 new refugees, one year after a proposed moratorium on resettlements.   We'll look at the stories that topped the Granite State headlines for the week of August 19th.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

The News On Nuclear Energy

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After thirty years of no new nuclear construction, two projects are underway in the south, as some argue this carbon-emission free energy source is vital due to climate change. But concerns over safety issues remain, as well as new challenges from a booming natural gas industry. We explore the problems and prospects of nuclear energy with a New York Times reporter who has been following the debate over nuclear. 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

A Conversation With Commissioner Toumpas

Whether it’s the debate over expanding Medicaid or the struggle to improve mental health services, his department has seen its share of challenges lately, but did receive a bit of a boost in the last budget.  We’ll talk with the commissioner about all this, and  controversy over the state’s Medicaid managed care plan.

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- Nick Toumpas - Commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue August 20, 2013

New Hampshire’s Supermarket Shuffle

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Shaws and Stop and Shop recently announced plans to shutter stores in the Granite State leaving hundreds of workers unemployed…and loyal customers wondering where they’ll pick up their groceries! But some say the closures are actually good for the state’s consumers, leading to lower prices, new players and greater choice.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Lengthening The Legacy Of Libraries

For millennia, libraries have been the holding pen of the written word, where people came to read, study and research but a new digital age has brought new challenges to libraries, with some suggesting they’ve lost their relevancy. But athenaeums are answering back with electronic ideas of their own along with a re-shifting in what their role in the community could be. We'll look at libraries today and how they're adapting to the times.

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The Exchange
4:00 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Next week on the Exchange - August 19, 2013

Next week on The Exchange, we begin with a look at libraries!  In an age of e-books and internet research, we’ll find out how these community institutions are surviving and thriving!  Then, we get the lowdown on the supermarket shakeup in New England, with some stores closing while others expand.  And later we sit down with Hampshire’s Commissioner of Health & Human Services, Nick Toumpas. 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!

The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Our Friday N.H. News Roundup - Week Of August 12th

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The Exeter hospital worker charged with infecting more than thirty patients with Hepatitis C at Exeter Hospital, pleads guilty in federal court. Senate President Peter Bragdon takes a new high-profile job, while saying he'll keeping his leadership post.   A fatal shooting at a YWCA raises questions about parental rights and security and Keene loses a long-time politician. We’ll cover the big stories of the week. 

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The Exchange
4:00 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Re-Inventing The North Country.

For a century, the North Country was dominated by the wood, pulp and paper industry. Today, those sectors have almost died out and now many see the region in the midst of an economic makeover, moving away from its paper past.  But what that future should look like is a still huge discussion…is it tourism, high-tech, manufacturing, government, or “all of the above”?  We'll look at what many are calling a North Country makeover.

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9:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

An Economic Update For The Granite State

The New Hampshire economy still is a good-news-bad-news scenario, athough a lot more good lately.  Unemployment ticked down in July, to five point-one-percent. Foreclosures ticked down as well, while home sales are roaring. But in the business world, a recent national study finds New Hampshire lagging in new business start ups, and construction is still sluggish.  We’ll look at the economy from all sides and what the future may hold.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Mulling Over Medicaid Expansion

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. 

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The Exchange
4:00 pm
Sat August 10, 2013

A Roundtable Of Granite Staters With Connections To Egypt

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.

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The Exchange
4:00 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Next week on the Exchange - August 12, 2013

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!

The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Our Friday N.H. News Roundup - Week Of August 5th

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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!

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The Exchange
4:00 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

The Tussle Over Police Tactics

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.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

A Summer Astronomy Update

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. 

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