During the 2013 legislative session New Hampshire grappled with the question of whether to allow the state’s first casino. NHPR followed the debate at the State House but also wanted to better understand the larger implications. We sent a reporter to Washington, Pa. where Millennium Gaming runs a casino. The company hopes to build a casino in New Hampshire. Throughout our coverage we learned how the area has benefited, but also looked into the social costs of gambling.
A group of developmentally disabled New Hampshire residents, along with the agencies that provide services for them, are heading to court later this week. They’re seeking to block the state’s plan to shift management of those services to private, out-of-state entities…a move the state says is necessary to cut costs. As NHPR’s Todd Bookman reports, the fight puts Governor Maggie Hassan, who has a disabled son, in a difficult position.
The most critical issue New Hampshire faced in 2013 was how to adopt and roll out the ACA. And those decisions didn’t come easily. State lawmakers must still decide whether to expand Medicaid and because of New Hampshire’s small size, only one insurance company offers plans on the federally-run online marketplace. Reporter Todd Bookman followed the twists and turns of the ACA and produced a mix of daily and feature stories to illustrate our state’s complicated relationship with the law.
In the past few years there’s been a resurgence in American moonshine, including high-end bottles on liquor store shelves. The movement comes thanks in no small part to the Discovery Channel reality show, Moonshiners. And while ‘White Lightning’ may have its roots in Appalachia, in the deep shade of New Hampshire’s forest, there’s at least one illegal operation.
Abigail Hernandez has now been missing for 19 days. Although local police and the FBI have combed thousands of acres and followed hundreds of tips, they say they still don't know what happened on the afternoon of October 9th when Hernandez disappeared.
Despite this, the Hernandez family and the local community remain hopeful. On Saturday night nearly 500 people attended a flashlight vigil in Schouler Park in downtown North Conway. It was meant to light the way home for Abby. Sean Hurley was there and has this report.
By October, competitive pumpkin growers have put in months of labor, gallons of water, and now, finally, they're getting ready for weigh-ins. NHPR’s Todd Bookman reports that in one family, bragging rights are also on the line.
TB: The Pattersons, Erin and Matt, live off a quiet road in New Ipswich. Dirt driveway on the left, beige house in the middle, pumpkins on the right.
MP: So this is it, this is Lola.
TB: Lola is the prize of the patch this year. She sits heavy in the garden, bigger than you can get your arms around.
They are everywhere. We are surrounded by them. You are probably one yourself. Of the range of people you can know in the world, the neighbor occupies a curious spot. As Sean Hurley writes, here in New Hampshire we have our own special kind of neighbor.
Have you hugged a President this week? Steve Wood has. As a card-carrying member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, Wood assumes the garb, voice and character of the country’s 16th President to educate people about Lincoln’s life and legacy.
Nashua resident Rawn Spearman (1920-2009) was a long-standing student of Harlem renaissance poet Langston Hughes. The actor and baritone singer, spent time at MacDowell Colony working on a documentary about Hughes. And in 2001 was awarded the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award by Gov. Shaheen.
In 1997, he organized a performance of Ask Your Mama, 12 Moods for Jazz, Hughes epic poem, designed to be performed with music. Spearman's performance at the Capital Center for the Arts sold out.
While looking for a photo to illustrate a Word of Mouth story on the history of skiing in N.H., I happened upon this gem on Flickr. The photo is of photographer Pam Brooks Crowley's father and his cross country teammates taken in Lisbon, New Hampshire in 1936.
Join NHPR's Digital Director Rebecca Lavoie as she emcees our 2nd annual Trivia Smackdown! The evening will include food donated by The Common Man, a silent auction, and a team trivia challenge hosted by Seacoast trivia guru Phil Kliger.
You will have the opportunity to mingle, meet some of NHPR’s famous folk and enjoy a lively evening of conversation and great food, while raising funds to support NHPR’s programming - and, of course, prove how smart you are!
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