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4:29 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

15th Annual Warner Powwow Kicks Off

A collective dance, the Grand Entry.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  Saturday marked the beginning of the annual intertribal powwow in Warner.

On the field next to the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, craft vendor tents, participants and visiting families surround a wide meeting circle at the field’s center. Lynn Clark is the Executive Director of the museum.

“It’s our 15th anniversary powwow. It’s one of the larger powwows in New Hampshire and it’s a very family oriented event and it’s a great social event—as you hear everybody reconnecting. There’s people that I sometimes see just once a year at the pow wow. It’s great fun.”

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Newscast
12:36 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

New England Governors To Meet With Canadian Premiers

Credit Bonnie via Flickr CC

The premiers of the Eastern Canadian provinces and governors of the New England states are scheduled to meet in New Hampshire for an annual conference to discuss how the neighbors can cooperate.

Energy and economic collaboration are the main topics at Sunday and Monday's conference at the Mount Washington Resort.

Eastern Canada is rich in hydropower and wants to send it south. Power-hungry New England markets are trying to figure out a way to shore up supply and control some of the nation's highest energy costs.

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Newscast
12:32 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Police Officer's Early Jail Release Puts Spotlight On Obscure Law

The case of a former New Hampshire police officer who served a fraction of a one-year jail sentence for a hit-and-run accident that injured two teens has placed a spotlight on an obscure law.

Veteran Manchester police officer Steve Coco was convicted of two felony counts of misconduct and sentenced in March to a year in jail.

Coco was out of jail after 72 days under a law that gives county jail superintendents the authority to release convicts after they serve 14 days.

North Country
1:59 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

The Secrets Of Neighbors & The Helicopter In The Barn

What my neighbors see.
Credit Sam Hurley

Today, Here & Now broadcast one of our favorite stories by Sean Hurley, in which he discovers more than he expected about his neighbors. 

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...and sometimes, they have helicopters.

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Sports
1:29 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Disc Golf: No Collared Shirts Required

Joe Montore readies his drive on the 18th hole.
Austin Cowan NHPR

Nestled deep in the woods of Canterbury, NH is a special type of golf course. No golf carts, clubs or balls can be found here. Bright polos and pastel shorts are left at the country club as well. Here, at Top O’ The Hill, disc golf is the game of choice.

For those that have never heard of the sport, think golf...but with a disc. It's that simple. Be careful to use the word "disc," however, never "Frisbee." This, I’m told, is seen as a slur in the disc world.

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Something Wild
9:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

A Salute To Bobolinks & Henry David Thoreau

Male bobolink
Kelly Colgan Azar via flickr Creative Commons

A tumbling jumble of bird song from across the field announces the presence of bobolinks. In his journals, Henry David Thoreau quoted a Cape Cod child who asked:

"What makes he sing so sweet, Mother? Do he eat flowers?"

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Foodstuffs
5:18 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Foodstuffs: Summer Plans For Winter Greens

Don't expect a lot of hydroponic winter tomatoes, says Brian Krug. Most varieties need more light and heat than New Hampshire gets in the coldest months.
Credit Jeff Couturier via Flickr/CC - http://ow.ly/z1nyR

Winter feels far away right now, but farmers looking to grow winter crops - and there are a growing number of them -  are starting to think about what they’ll put in their greenhouses.

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Health
5:08 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Medicaid Enrollment Jumps By 11,000, Stretching State Budget

An unexpected surge in Medicaid enrollments during the past six months is putting pressure on the state’s budget.

Medicaid has seen its enrollment jump by roughly 11,000 people since January 1. State officials attribute this to two main things: under the Affordable Care Act, there’s a streamlined application process, and that increased publicity surrounding the law brought out more applicants.

Health and Human Service Commissioner Nick Toumpas says it’s more than they expected, but that nearly 70% of the new sign-ups are children.

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NH News
5:04 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

FairPoint Workers To Vote On Strike Authorization

Two-thousand unionized FairPoint employees across New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine will vote this weekend on whether they are willing to strike. The vote comes after two months of unsuccessful contract negotiations.

The electrical and communication workers’ contracts end August 2.  Don Trementozzi, president of the union representing the communication workers, CWA local 1400, says FairPoint is demanding a lot of concessions, including the ability to outsource jobs that are currently union-only:

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NH News
3:55 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Mount Washington College Closing Two N.H. Campuses

Mount Washington College in New Hampshire says it will close its Salem and Nashua campuses and lay off 50 employees by Sept. 9.

The Eagle Tribune reports college spokesman Stephen White said about 540 students would be affected. They will be able to continue their studies at the college's campus in Manchester.

He said the decision was prompted by a 30 percent decline in enrollment over the last few years and a move to focus more on its online programs. A year ago, Mount Washington closed its campuses in Portsmouth and Concord.

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NH News
3:39 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Manchester Chamber of Commerce Expands Lunch In The Park Series

Residents and business people bring their lunches to eat at park tables at Veterans Park.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is expanding its summer Lunch in the Park series this year. Veterans Park is at the center of an effort to clean up the image of downtown area parks.

The hope is that every Thursday to the end of the summer people will venture out of their offices and homes to eat lunch in the city’s Veterans Park. Last year, Lunch in the Park events happened three times. This time it’s up to eight. Mike Skelton, the chamber of commerce president, says the events were first conceived when business owners complained about how the parks were being used.

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NH News
3:32 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

N.H. Opens First Criminal Court For Veterans

New Hampshire's governor and top judicial and military officials gathered to dedicate the state's first court designed to handle the criminal cases of military veterans.

Located in Nashua, the court will focus intensive treatment to address the substance abuse, trauma and anger management issues that often drive veterans' crimes.

Major General William Reddel — adjutant general of the New Hampshire National Guard — said the court is not about providing a get-out-of-jail-free card. He said it's about fixing the problems behind the crimes.

NH News
12:41 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Are STEM Majors Overrated? Census Bureau Digs In

Credit via Q1045

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 74 percent of those who have a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering and math -- known as STEM -- are not employed in STEM occupations.  

The Bureau also created a pretty cool interactive graphic comparing where STEM majors end up working, by  both race and gender. Here are some other takeaways: 

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Business and Economy
4:30 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

The Currency: As Paper Industry Folds Across U.S., N.H. Mill Thrives

Monadnock Paper Mills provides paper for special edition DVDs, high-end catalogs, and product packaging.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

The Currency is our ongoing look at economic and business news in New Hampshire. 

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NH News
3:16 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

For Now, N.H. Will Not Enforce Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Law

Credit Sara Plourde

New Hampshire will hold off on enforcing a new abortion clinic buffer zone law before a court hearing, scheduled for later this month. In a pleading filed Wednesday, Attorney General Joe Foster outlined a response to a challenge brought by a Conservative Christian advocacy group from Arizona.

Related: Christian Legal Group Sues To Halt N.H.'s Buffer Zone Law.

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