A pivotal vote in the House this week on expanded gambling as a super-committee advises the full house to vote “no”. Also, how big is that budget hole? Depends on who you ask: the State Senate says more than $160 million. And, yes, it’s early, but there’s already a plethora of presidential polls for 2016.
Started in 2009, Stay Work Play is an initiative aimed at attracting and retaining young adults in the Granite State. But New Hampshire’s demographic is still among the oldest in the nation.We’ll look at this effort and how it’s going, also what obstacles those who want to “stay, work, and play” face, from high housing costs to lack of nightlife.
A recent report by the Center for Disease Control shows a huge jump in the number of American kids with food and skin allergies. Some are so severe, they’re life-threatening. There are several theories about why this is happening, including the proliferation of anti-bacterial soaps. We’ll talk about that, and why advances in treatment has been so frustratingly slow.
Following the Boston Marathon bombings many Muslims in New England said they felt under scrutiny once again as reports of the attackers links to extreme Islamic ideology emerged. We’ll talk with Muslims here in New Hampshire about what kind of conversations are going on within their own communities, as well as the perceptions they encounter from others.
As the national economic mood picks up will New Hampshire join the party? U.S. unemployment is tracking downward, the stock market is going up, and housing trends look strong in many parts of the country. Meanwhile, here in the Granite State, the recovery’s been steady but lackluster. We’ll look at where the economic promise and perils may be found, moving forward.
Today on The Exchange, it's our Friday New Hampshire News Roundup. We're looking at some of the top stories of the week, from the one public hearing held on the state Senate's budget, to the House's hard look at the Senate casino bill, and the removal of "grow your own" policy from the medical marijuana bill.
Kevin Landrigan - Longtime political reporter for the Telegraph of Nashua.
This week, U.S. concerns over the civil war in Syria escalated with talk of chemical weapons and the real fear that the conflict could spill over in the broader Middle East including Israel. Now there’s debate in Washington about how this country should respond what the so-called “red-line is” and whether the Americans public is willing to cross it.
Social In-security! President Obama has said he’s willing to make changes in the nation’s safety-net system for the elderly…as part of overall efforts to reduce the debt. But he’s getting lots of criticism for it…especially from his liberal base. We’ll examine the President’s ideas….including a controversial proposal to use a new measure of inflation called “chained CPI”.
Our founding fathers established this right to be “secure against unreasonable search and seizure” but how far should that right extend? In the age of terrorism, how broad should police surveillance powers be...in the interest of public safety? And how do past debates shape our understanding of this amendment today?
In her new book, journalist Lisa Prevost examines the long history of policies she says have led to a lack of affordable housing in many New England towns. Prevost argues this “snob zoning” harms not only those who might need a reasonably-priced place to live, but also the very communities that fight against these developments as well.
Lisa Prevost - freelance journalist specializing in housing and real estate and author of Snob Zones: Fear Prejudice, and Real Estate
At the Statehouse, debates continue over the budget and expanded gambling. A May Day rally in Concord takes place, for immigrant and worker rights. New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte explains her votes on gun control. And Granite Staters remember the Old Man of the Mountain ten years after he fell. We'll look at the top New Hampshire News Stories for the week of April 29th.
We sit down with New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Thomas Burack. The state’s environment has seen some hopeful trends recently, particularly when it comes to air quality. The story changes, however, when it comes to our lakes and coastal waters. We’ll get an update on what’s been working in addressing these issues, and what still needs to be done.
Tom Burack - New Hampshire Commissioner for Environmental Services
Americans recently completed that annual ritual, when they file their returns to Uncle Sam. But over the century of this tax, there’s been lots of debate on its effectiveness and fairness. and a few states, including New Hampshire have decided not to do this at the state level. We’ll look at the history of the income tax and how it’s evolved.
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’ll talk with some at the forefront of this trend and explore some of the questions being raised about these approaches.
Biographer Amity Shlaes say our thirtieth president was deeper than his nickname Silent Cal suggests or what his critics called a man of few words and.. frequent naps.. but a visionary conservative who promoted ideas of limited government and individual responsibility and who oversaw an era of remarkable growth and optimism that preceded the Great Depression.