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The state-owned park is beloved for both its mountain and lake. But the private company that owns the ski operation has long wanted to expand.  Now, the state has given preliminary approval, setting off a process of review and hearings and raising a larger conversation about balancing natural beauty with economic development.

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The traditional declaration of ice out on Lake Winnipesaukee came around the usual time in 2015, even after an unusually cold and snowy winter.

Dave Emerson is owner and president of Emerson Aviation in Laconia. He declared ice out on Friday, which he says it typical even given the many winter storms that moved through New Hampshire.

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A $250,000 federal grant will assist two North Country groups in improving access to food.

The Northern Forest Center and the Northern Community Investment Corporation will use the funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Congresswoman Annie Kuster says the grant will help boost local economies and increase access to natural foods grown in New Hampshire. 

The program supports private, nonprofit community-based housing and community development organizations, and low-income rural communities.

Next week Dartmouth College will showcase the work of its digital artists, from animators and game designers to those developing interactive pieces and even fashion.

Lorie Loeb is a professor in Dartmouth’s Computer Science department and director of its digital arts program. She joined Weekend Edition with a preview of the 4th annual Digital Arts Exhibition, known as DAX. It takes place Tuesday, April 28th from 7-10 pm.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan says she would likely sign a two-casino bill now before the Legislature if it came to her desk.  

Hassan's comments on Friday are the first time she's said she would sign the measure and they come two days after she told reporters she doesn't think a market exists for two casinos in the state.  

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“Adolescent years are always the most difficult and I was right in the middle of that.” Sarah Gingras was a freshman at Concord High School when she started slipping through the cracks. “I wasn’t doing any homework, started skipping classes a lot and my grades went down significantly.” At the end of freshman year, one of her teachers recommended Second Start to her. 

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The New Hampshire city of Laconia will host this year's annual Pumpkin Festival after its long-time host city declined to issue a permit following violence near last year's event.

At the announcement in Laconia's historic train station Friday afternoon, Mayor Ed Engler said its experience hosting an annual motorcycle festival gives officials a good handle on security and public safety.

He says there are no "huge concerns" about security in the city of about 16,000.

Officials from Northern Pass are complaining that opponents have used misleading elements in a new YouTube video about its plan to run power lines through Concord if the controversial project is approved.

The video argues unless the power lines are buried there will be an adverse visual impact on Concord.

But Northern Pass says the video exaggerates the impact and has misleading material.

A major complaint is a scene showing a playground at Alton Woods without any electric towers.

Court officials confirm a New Hampshire defendant awaiting a jury's verdicts in a trial on multiple counts of sexual assault on a minor shot himself outside the Rockingham County Superior Courthouse. 

Authorities say 75-year-old John Goodwin, a longtime piano teacher in Atkinson, went on trial earlier this week on six counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. Prosecutors say he repeatedly sexually assaulted a student who is now 24. He pleaded not guilty. 

Court officials say the jury was deliberating when Goodwin shot himself Friday morning. 

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The New Hampshire Insurance Department is bringing together health care providers and insurers to explore why spending on health care is high and rising, and what can be done to change that.

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Disasters in developing nations bring out the better angels of the world’s governments and citizens, but where that aid goes has a lot to do with media coverage. On today’s show, we discover why the world’s worst disasters don’t always get the most aid. Also today, a political scientist argues that fringe candidates have a shot at the presidency – if they can get the support of their party. And, if you think Chris Christie is the first presidential candidate whose weight could make or break him, think again.

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The Portsmouth City Council is considering a ban on plastic bags. Portsmouth City Councilor Brad Lown is sponsoring the ordinance, on behalf of the New Hampshire Surf rider Foundation's ‘Rise Above Plastics’ campaign. The ordinance would ban single-use plastic bags in the city, and allow stores to pass on a 10-cent per bag fee for using paper bags. 

Tell us why you feel a ban on plastic bags is needed in Portsmouth.

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There is a theme to New Hampshire This Weekend; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz offers a slate of events that celebrate hobbies.

For those who are just wild about scrapbookn’, there’s the CKC Manchester Scrapbook Convention Friday and Saturday.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - April 24th, 2015

Apr 24, 2015

Hillary Clinton comes to the state for some low-key listening sessions in Keene and Concord.  Governor Hassan comments on a casino bill before the House, saying two casinos is one too many. And lawmakers hear testimony on adding several qualifying conditions for use of medical marijuana including epilepsy and lupus.

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New Hampshire's U.S. senators have voted to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general.

Lynch was confirmed Thursday by a vote of 56-43.

Every Democrat in the Senate voted to confirm, including Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who called the appointment of a black woman to the nation's top law enforcement job a historic achievement. Shaheen said Lynch has "sterling credentials" and a commitment to public service.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte joined nine other Republicans to support Lynch, calling her clearly qualified.

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A law banning hand-held cellphone use while driving in New Hampshire goes into effect on July 1, and state officials are handing out flyers and putting messages on electronic billboards to remind people of the change.

State transportation officials, police and the New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association are discussing their efforts to educate people at a news conference at 10 a.m. Friday. It's at the Transportation Department.

State officials say in the last four years, distraction was the cause of 124 crashes on New Hampshire's roads.

The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered the extradition of two men to New Hampshire to face charges in the deaths of two Nashua women nearly 27 years ago.

The Canadian Press reports the justices ruled Thursday on Anthony Barnaby and David Caplin.

The men are Canadian Micmac Indians who were working construction in Nashua when 48-year-old Charlene Ranstrom and 32-year-old Brenda Warner were bound, beaten and stabbed to death in their home in October 1988.

Police said new DNA evidence and witnesses justify extradition.

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For the past 20 years, peregrine falcons have shared the cliffs in Rumney with the rock-climbing community, and Chris Martin has been directing the monitoring of these birds since they arrived.  In addition to tracking the progress of the falcons as they emerged from their endangered status, Chris and the Forest Service work closely with the climbing community to support recreation and maintain the safety of the falcons. 

A fundraising pitch from Gov. Maggie Hassan's campaign to the chief executive officer of Sony Entertainment is among the documents released in last year's Sony hack that are now posted on Wikileaks.

The emails show Hassan's campaign asked Michael Lynton, the Sony executive, for a $7,000 campaign donation and a $10,000 donation to the state Democratic party in 2014. An assistant for Lynton responded that Lynton would donate the $7,000 to Hassan, but skip the party donation.

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New England governors and policy staff met in Connecticut Thursday to discuss energy. The meeting didn’t produce any block-buster announcements, but in a joint statement the New England governors have pledged to work toward the goal of reducing the cost of energy.

Putting Our Cursive Skills To The Test

Apr 23, 2015
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The Word of Mouth team wondered just how well our primary school cursive instruction stuck many years later, so we decided to put it to the test. The same issues that plagued us as children, continue to come up as adults. Why does the capital cursive 'Q' look like the number '2'? Why does the lowercase 'z' look nothing like the letter 'z'? 

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Last month the New Hampshire Senate nearly made cursive a mandatory part of public school curriculum. But does the argument for keeping longhand in the classroom have more to do with nostalgia than it does educational outcomes? On today’s show  we go inside the emotional, and surprisingly partisan debate over cursive.

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New Hampshire officials say the state has too many black bears and is mulling its options on how to curb the population.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says the state has 5,700 black bears roaming its wilderness. But officials want to trim that number to 4,700.

The Concord Monitor reports the state could lengthen the seasons for baiting, still hunting and hunting with hounds to help reach this goal.

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A lot of what you see at presidential primary events is pretty standard: a national political figure, local officials, members of the press, and, of course, voters.

On this night at the Snowshoe Club in Concord, there was something else: a long table with sixteen pies.

The guest of honor, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, says he mostly adheres to a paleo diet, which doesn’t include baked goods. But in the spirit of the evening, he dug into a slice of blueberry pie – and the potential 2016 candidate had no regrets over indulging.

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Republican hopefuls with their eyes on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave are flooding New Hampshire this month. Decrying the state of the nation and the Democrat in the Oval Office is part of today's rhetoric, but history shows us, is nothing new. 

NHPR has won four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including a prestigious win for Overall Excellence in reporting for the radio and online.

Stories by Environment Reporter Sam Evans-Brown won two awards for Feature and Investigative Reporting, and a story by Todd Bookman looking at unreported incidents of child restraint in N.H. schools won for best Hard News Reporting.

Here are the winning entries:

Investigative Reporting: Do People Know About The Arsenic In Their Water? - by Sam Evans-Brown

The Science of GMOs: Possibilities And Limitations

Apr 23, 2015
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Genetically modified organisms are a favorite villain of the modern food debate, with claims they threaten human health and the environment. But while many of these concerns have been debunked, media hype around this topic often distracts from the facts. We’re digging into that, and the possibilities and limitations of genetic engineering.

North Country Events

Apr 23, 2015
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS: The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.
 

SENATOR WOODBURN HOSTS GRAFTON COUNTRY TOUR WITH ENERGY LEADERS

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The Anheuser-Busch plant in New Hampshire is planning for an addition to produce canned beer.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports the Merrimack Planning Board has approved construction of a 5,300-square-foot brewing facility and 50,000 square feet in warehouse and packaging buildings.

Canned beer is making a comeback, as new technologies such as polymer linings have allowed beer to be stored longer in cans without acquiring a metallic taste.

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