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3:07 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Medical Marijuana Advocates Unhappy With Slow Implementation Of N.H. Law

Wednesday marks one year since New Hampshire became the final New England state to legalize medical marijuana.

Outside the State House in Concord today patient advocates marked the anniversary by saying the state is moving too slowly in making it legal to actually possess it. 

Matt Simon with the Marijuana Policy Project gathered with prospective patients in front of the State House on Tuesday to outline their complaints.

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NH News
3:07 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Two Seabrook Officers Fired After Police Brutality Investigation

A screen cap of the YouTube video of the event, which has been watched more than 200,000 times.

Two Seabrook Police Officers were fired Wednesday in connection with the November 2009 assault of a man who had been taken into custody.

The incident took place four and a half years ago, but didn’t become public until earlier this year, when the assault victim, now 24 year old Mike Bergeron, posted a video of the incident on YouTube.

In the video, Officers Mark Richardson and Adam Laurent are seen shoving Bergeron, then 19, headfirst into a concrete wall.

Seabrook Town Manager William Manzi says the investigation was independent and fair.

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Environment
11:52 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Power Lines, Railroads May Help New England Cottontail Population

The New England cottontail rabbit
Credit via Griffins Guide

DNA analysis of the endangered New England cottontail shows that power line rights of way, railroad edges and roadsides may help support their diminishing habitat.

The small, brown rabbit has been declining in the region for decades. Development and natural forest growth have cut into the dense patches of shrubs and brush that it prefers.

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Newscast
8:15 am
Wed July 23, 2014

UNH Hockey Coach Indicted On Assault Charges

Former UNH womens’ hockey coach Brian McCloskey has been indicted on three counts of simple assault against a player on his team.

The state is also charging McCloskey of criminal threatening.  The indictment states McCloskey placed his body on top of the players, pulled her backward by her jersey, and pushed and/or pulled her by her helmet while shouting at her.

The University fired McCloskey in December following an investigation into a November game against Ohio State.

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Newscast
6:33 am
Wed July 23, 2014

UNH Reports Record Fundraising Year

Credit Brainlesssteel via Flickr CC

The University of New Hampshire raised a record $49.2 million in private donations last year, with the largest gift accounting for about 40 percent of the total.

The results for the fiscal year ending June 30 were 35 percent above the previous year's record of $35.8 million.

The largest gift was a $20 million donation in September from television producer Marcy Carsey, a 1996 UNH graduate. That money is being used to create the Carsey School of Public Policy that is opening this fall.

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Politics
4:45 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads To Jobs

Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, greets Enis Sullivan, 101, during a visit to XMA Corp. in Manchester, N.H., on March 25.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 12:05 pm

Something pretty remarkable happened Tuesday afternoon in a small windowless auditorium next door to the White House. President Obama signed a new law: the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

It streamlines and updates the nation's job training programs and was 11 years overdue. The bill got overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.

"Folks in Congress got past their differences; they got a bill to my desk," Obama said at the signing ceremony. "So this is not a win for Democrats or Republicans; it is a win for American workers."

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Granite Geek
5:42 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Granite Geek: Get Paid For Buying Healthy? An Insurer Tests The Idea

Credit Ale Viyie via Flickr Creative Commons

The rewards card is everywhere these days. It usually works like this: the more consumers buy, the more incentives and discounts stores hand out.

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NH News
4:51 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Bare Shelves, High Spirits As Market Basket Employees Continue Rally

Justin Desjardins, a 22-year employee of Market Basket, rallies outside with his colleages.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Workers continued to rally outside Market Baskets across New Hampshire Tuesday.

Market Basket employees in downtown Concord line the front of the store holding signs urging customers to boycott.

Many have their faces painted red and white as drivers honk in support.

Jason Desjardins is a 22-year employee at the Concord store and says they’ll keep protesting until longtime CEO Arthur T. Demoulas is reinstated.

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NH News
2:07 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

N.H. Civil Liberties Union Suit Argues New Law Shuts Out Third Parties

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties has filed a lawsuit in federal court that challenges a new state law limiting the time political parties have to collect signatures to get on the ballot.

The organization filed the lawsuit on behalf of the libertarian party.

State law now requires that political organizations collect the signatures they need in the year of the election.

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Newscast
8:06 am
Tue July 22, 2014

N.H. Drops From First To Fourth In Kids Count Ranking

New Hampshire has slid to fourth place on a national ranking of places to raise children.

After decades in first place, the Granite State slid to fourth in the Kids Count Index, compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, with Massachusetts, Vermont, and Iowa now holding the top spots.

The drop was attributed to an increase in child poverty, up from 9 percent to 16 percent between 2005 and 2012.

Increases in homes with single parents and where the parents lack secure employment also factored into the decline.

Politics
4:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Can N.H.’s New Campaign Finance Rules Hold Up In Court?

Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire Wolf in Sheep's Clothing TV Spot

The attack ads with the cartoon sheep began airing in May, followed by the negative mailers.

Paid for by a conservative nonprofit called Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, they targeted Republican state senators who supported Medicaid expansion and a four-cent hike in the state gas tax. According to a spokesman, it was just the beginning of the group’s efforts to “fight” for a more fiscally conservative senate.

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NH News
3:47 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

UNH Manchester Waits On City To Approve Building Deal

88 Commercial St. (Aka the Pandora Building).
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  UNH Manchester is planning on selling its main building in the millyard to the company run by the inventor of the Segway. The university is looking to expand into a larger space—the millyard’s Pandora building.

For more than twenty years, UNH Manchester has been located at 400 Commercial street, next door to Dean Kamen’s company DEKA’s headquarters. Now, the school wants to consolidate itself in a nearby larger mill building where it already leases the first two floors from Kamen. The swap would mean Kamen can expand his corporate headquarters.

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NH News
3:16 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Investigators Ask For Public's Help In Ongoing Abigail Hernandez Investigation

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Updated Tuesday at 4:48 PM   

State and local authorities are asking for the public’s help as they investigate the disappearance and reappearance of 15 year old Abigail Hernandez.

Yesterday Attorney General Joe Foster announced that Hernandez had been safely reunited with her family, nine months after she went missing after leaving Kennett High School in Conway. 

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North Country
2:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

North Country Hospitals Form Umbrella Group To Explore Lowering Costs

Faced with increasingly worrisome economic challenges, four North Country hospitals said Monday they have signed an agreement to work together to try and find ways to “improve quality, increase efficiencies and lower cost of health care delivery in the region.”

The hospitals said their problems range from growing healthcare costs to Medicaid payments that don’t always cover services provided to the poor.

And, the situation has been getting worse, said Russell Keene, the CEO at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin.

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Health
9:15 am
Mon July 21, 2014

A Husband, A Wife, A Liver

Derek entertains Logan with his rendition of 'Oh Liver.'
Greta Rybus www.gretarybus.com

In 2004, Derek Janiak was struck by a string of migraines. His energy faded and he began losing weight. Doctors thought it might be cancer.

Further testing showed Janiak had a rare liver disease called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC). The prognosis was 10-15 years of slowly worsening health, and then he’d require a transplant.

Derek’s wife, Logan Shannon, works at New Hampshire Public Radio. Over the past year, she and her husband agreed to share their story with NHPR's Health Reporter Todd Bookman.

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