The results of this weekend’s elections, many say, will have enormous consequences for the country’s future - from the status of ongoing U.S. military support, to whether recent civil rights gains are maintained. But the balloting has been marred by violence, and deep-seated concerns about fraud.
We're looking at the top stories of the week: a Senate Committee hears testimony on a House bill to repeal the state’s death penalty law, another Republican plans to jump into the New Hampshire Governor’s race, and limited backyard chicken farming comes to Manchester despite a few clucks of dissent.
We're sitting down with Corrections Commissioner, William Wrenn. We'll talk about the national trend toward prison reform, as well as the issues in front of his department, including plans for the new women's prison, and the state of New Hampshire's halfway house system.
William Wrenn - New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner
This agency does much more than serve hunters and anglers, it’s also involved in search and rescue, land conservation, and habitat management. Despite all these responsibilities, hunting and fishing license fees are the main revenue source. Now, some in the Statehouse are taking hard look expanding that base - to hikers, canoers, and the many others who enjoy the great outdoors.
It’s halftime at the New Hampshire Statehouse, with last week’s so-called “crossover day”, where those bills that have passed the House go to the Senate for a vote, and vice versa. Major issues that remain in play include a gas tax increase, a death penalty repeal, and once again, expanded gambling. We’re checking the score thus far, and seeing where these bills go from here.
Under the Affordable Care act, Monday is the last chance for uninsured Americans to choose a plan or pay a penalty. We’ll get the latest on New Hampshire enrollments, and other aspects of this law in the Granite State, including the newly signed Medicaid Expansion and new players coming to the state’s insurance market next year.
Taking on the Telecom industry with “net neutrality,” the concept that all websites are treated equally in terms of cost and access. There’s a rising concern that internet companies are gaining too much control over online content, and a court recently ruled in favor of the industry. We’re talking with the author of a new book called “Captive Audience” and see what may happen next.
When one of country’s first wind farms came to Crotched Mountain New Hampshire in 1980, wind power seemed an environmental “no-brainer”: a pollution-free renewable energy source. Although the project only lasted a year, it was considered a success for the future of wind development.
Despite protest and punitive measures on the part of the U.S. and the European Union, Russia went ahead and formally annexed Crimea away from Ukraine. The move fueled tension in the region and raised fears of more Russian aggression and even a Cold War revival. We’ll talk with a panel of New Hampshire guests who have ties to Ukraine.
James Earl Carter Junior is better known to the world as Jimmy and to the nation as our 39th president. Other images appear in our minds as well: a one-time peanut farmer, the man who struggled during his time in the White House and after his presidency, and a humanitarian and global peace maker. But in a new book, Dartmouth professor Randall Balmer takes a new look at Carter., who he says ‘was capitulated to the nation’s highest office by an electorate weary of political corruption, and enamored, however briefly of Carter’s evangelical rectitude.” But many who supported Carter’s religi