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12:37 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Officials: 2014 Likely A Record Year For Lyme Disease

Lyme disease rash
Credit Via U of Iowa

Public health officials in northern New England say 2014 was another big year for Lyme disease in the region.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Sheila Pinette says the state is likely to exceed last year's record high of 1,384 cases of the illness. Vermont officials say their state is on track for its second- or third-highest total on record following the 2013 high of 671. New Hampshire officials say the Granite State's numbers are in line with recent years, which included a record-high in 2013.

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NH News
12:33 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

N.H.'s Catch Limit Fishing Rules Will Change In 2014

New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department says changes have been made to rules for catching smelt, striped bass, white perch, haddock and cod for 2015.

Daily limits have been reduced for smelt to accommodate a decline and striped bass to comply with a fishery management plan.

The daily limit of 25 white perch for coastal waters now matches the limit for inland waters.

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Politics
12:30 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

State Spending Will Be Focus Of Upcoming Legislative Session

Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The state budget will serve as the political battleground between Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and Republican lawmakers in the upcoming session, with state spending on universities, prisons and services for vulnerable populations at the center.

The state is facing more than $100 million in new costs driven by one settlement with hospitals over a controversial tax and another with the federal government over mental health services.

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Giving Matters
12:53 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Giving Matters: The Library Is A Town Hub in Gilmanton

The Gilmanton Year-Round Library opened in 2009 -- entirely the product of volunteer labor and donated funds. Jenn MacLeod and her four kids could not imagine the town without it. “My son, who’s 3, comes into the library, takes off his shoes, hangs up his coat and says ‘I’m home.’”

 

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NH News
4:02 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

'Women's Leadership Expert' Named Dean Of UNH's Paul College

Deborah Merrill-Sands named dean of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire
Credit University of New Hamshire

The University of New Hampshire has appointed Deborah Merrill-Sands to be dean of the Paul College of Business and Economics.

In a recent press release, UNH Provost Lisa MacFarlane called Merrill-Sands a "leading authority on women's leadership and women's workforce issues.”

The dean’s seat was vacated over a year ago, when Daniel Innis resigned to make a bid for U.S. Congress.

Merrill-Sands, who is currently the dean of the Graduate School of Business at Mills College, will begin her role in Durham this March. 

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NH News
2:44 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

FairPoint Workers Mark 10th Week Of Strike With Statehouse Rally

Stiking FairPoint workers gathered at the Statehouse plaza Friday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

FairPoint workers marked the tenth week of their strike with a rally on the Statehouse plaza in Concord Friday.

The workers held signs in protest and weren’t shy about sharing their reaction to a recent statement by FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu accusing the union of not bargaining in good faith.

“If I say ‘Sunu’ you say liar!” said Glenn Brackett, leading the chant.

“Liar!” the crowd of 200 responded.

Brackett is on the union’s negotiating team, and says it’s the company that refuses to consider a fair deal.

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NH News
8:11 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Portsmouth Debates How Uber's Third-Party Drivers Should Be Regulated

    

The ride-sharing service Uber is causing a stir in Portsmouth.

The company hires third-party drivers and allows customers to request rides using a smartphone app. It’s been operating in the city for at least the past month.

The company also has drivers in Manchester, where city officials have been debating whether the service should be subject to the same regulations as taxis.

That same debate unfolded this week during a meeting of the Portsmouth taxi commission.

Peter Bresciano is the chairman of the commission. He joined Morning Edition.

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Something Wild
12:33 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Something Wild: 12 Days of Christmas NH Redux

The Ring-necked pheasant.
Credit Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Tis the season for Christmas carols but at Something Wild one in particular captures our attention: The Twelve Days of Christmas.  There are a lot of birds featured in the song but, like so many of our carols, the lyrics are from old Europe and don’t really speak to life in 21st century New England.  So we thought maybe it’s time for an update… a rewrite… a New Hampshire Christmas carol.

We’ll skip over days twelve through eight – those all have to do with crafts people and artisans – and jump right to the important stuff – the BIRDS!

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North Country
5:16 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Renovation Progress Claimed As Balsams Owners Ask To Take Snowmaking Water From The Androscoggin

In 2012 - with the Balsams closed - the owners held an auction to get rid of most of the furnishings. Photo by Chris Jensen

In what is being described as progress in the $100 million renovation of the closed Balsams resort, its owners are asking state officials for permission to take water from the Androscoggin River for expanded snowmaking.

“The fact that we have submitted an application to withdraw water for our snowmaking operation is a significant step forward for the project,” said Scott Tranchemontagne, a spokesman for developers, Dan Hebert, Dan Dagesse and Maine businessman Les Otten.

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All Things Considered
5:16 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Cost, Tax Concerns Prompt Vermont To Hold Off On Single-Payer Health Plan

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, at an event in 2012.
Credit Delaywaves via Creative Commons

Vermont's big experiment in creating a single-payer health care system is over, at least for now.

On Wednesday Governor Peter Shumlin announced he would effectively kill the plan to create a publicly-financed insurance system that was to be known as Green Mountain Health Care. "In my judgment," Shumlin said, "now is not the right time to ask our legislature to take the step of passing the financial plan for Green Mountain Health Care."

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Politics
4:39 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Proposal to Allow Concealed Weapons In House Chamber Clears Committee

Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Concealed weapons would again be allowed in and around the N.H. house chamber under a policy endorsed Thursday by the House rules committee.

Goffstown republican John Burt sponsored the change, which would restore polices in effect at the N.H. House from 2011 to 2013.

"When you have a gun free zone it’s a false sense of security. It really is, you know some people might feel good and say we are safe in there. We are really not."

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NH News
4:36 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Rules Committee Rejects Bid To Elect House Leaders

No one expected this proposal to win favor in a committee led by House Speaker Shawn Jasper and made up of lawmakers who back his leadership.

But those loyal to Bill O’Brien, like Amherst Representative Steve Stepanek, gave it a try.

"For the integrity of the house it is important to put things in rules now that we took for granted as being precedent."

Before the committee voted it down, House Speaker Jasper, countered that not having a Speaker appoint leaders is what lacks precedent.

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NH News
11:46 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard To Hire More Than 700 New Workers

Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard plans to hire more than 700 new employees next year.

The shipyard, based in Kittery, Maine, is recruiting applicants for a number of positions, including engineers, technicians and shipfitters.

Shipyard commander Capt. William Greene says the expansion is needed to keep up with the increased workload of overhauling nuclear submarines, and to make up for about 200 workers who are retiring or leaving for other jobs.

Once the positions are filled, the shipyard's workforce will grow to more than 5,000 civilian employees.

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NH News
8:59 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Brentwood Police Seek Donations To Get To Fallen Officer's D.C. Ceremony

Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Member of the Brentwood Police Department are raising money to help fund a trip Washington, D.C. in May, when fallen officer Stephen Arkell will be honored.

Arkell’s name will be added to the Wall of the Fallen at the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial.

The part-time officer was killed in May of last year, responding to a domestic disturbance call.

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NH News
8:26 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Group Appeals Denial Of Homeless Day Center In Exeter Neighborhood

A nonprofit organization seeking to open a day center for the homeless in an Exeter neighborhood has appealed a decision by the town zoning board rejecting its application.

Seacoast Family Promise currently operates out of the Stratham Community Church, but the group says it has outgrown its space.

The day center in Exeter would provide training, medical, and social services.

Neighbors raised concerns about whether the center would reduce property values and impact neighborhood safety.

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