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7:00 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Tea Party Senator Mike Lee Addresses Granite Staters At Freedom Summit

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Political conservatives including Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mike Huckabee addressed Granite Staters in Manchester yesterday at the Freedom Summit.  Many of the speakers criticized so-called "Obamacare" and the administration's handling of Benghazi.  But Utah Senator and Tea Party favorite Mike Lee implored attendees to move away from complaining about policies, and start rallying around an agenda.

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NH News
10:02 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Rand Paul Kicks Off GOP Summit With Rally In Dover

Kentucky Republican Rand Paul rallies Republicans in Dover
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  Kentucky Senator Rand Paul rallied Republicans last night in Dover. The event kicked off what will be a busy weekend of politicking by high-profile members of the GOP.

In addition to  Rand Paul,  TX Senator Ted Cruz, and Utah Senator Mike Lee will take the stage at the Freedom Summit, an event organized by conservative groups Americans for Prosperity Foundation  and Citizens United.

Last night in Dover,  Rand Paul stressed the need for Republicans to broaden their appeal if they want to win in 2016. Paul says that means courting young people and minority voters.

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NH News
2:35 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Art Exhibit Features Murals Created By N.H. Children And Incarcerated Parents

One of the murals on display at the Kimball-Jenkins Estate shows a son and his father playing checkers.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

An art exhibit featuring murals created by children and their imprisoned parents is on display in Concord this month.   

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Politics
10:19 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Document: Superior Court Judge McNamara's Decision On Reams v. Foster

Rockingham County Attorney James Reams filed a petition challenging his suspension by Attorney General Joseph A. Foster. Reams alleged his November 6, 2013 suspension was illegal and sought that the court order his reinstatement. A judge reinstated Reams on Thursday, April 10.

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Reams v Foster, Et Al. Order 4/10/14

NH News
12:53 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Scott Brown Kicks Off U.S. Senate Run In Portsmouth

Credit Josh Rogers / NHPR

Technically, Scott Brown’s been a candidate in this race since last month, when he filed with the FEC. But last night in a Portsmouth hotel ballroom the Republican who now lives in Rye, erased any remaining doubt.

“I am running to be a true independent voice for the people of NH and I will need you strength you help and you voters to succeed.”

Brown’s remarks stressed his connection new home state, where he’s summered as an adult and spent the earliest days of his childhood.

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Spring Sunlight

Credit Dave Anderson

Daylight floods a rural NH valley. A rooster crows in the village. The morning songbird chorus features mourning doves, red-wing blackbirds, a cardinal. The symphony will soon swell with grouse drumming, wood thrush flutes and a crescendo of warbler songs.

Strong sunlight of lengthening days is the catalyst that controls circadian rhythms influencing production of hormones - in birds, wild mammals and people.

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NH News
5:52 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Judge Reinstates Suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams

Attorney Michael Ramsdell argues on Monday before Judge McNamara (not pictured). Formerly suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams takes notes (right).
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

A New Hampshire judge has ruled that the continued suspension of Rockingham County attorney Jim Reams is illegal, and ordered his reinstatement.

Attorney General Joseph Foster suspended Reams’ power to prosecute in November, as the AG investigated allegations of sexual harassment and financial mismanagement.

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NH News
5:36 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Seacoast Towns Plan For Sea Level Rise At Climate Summit

Credit Don McCullough

  Sea level rise was the topic of discussion at the Coastal New Hampshire Climate Summit on Thursday.  There, scientists and city planners came together to take small steps toward solving big problems.

Dave Burdick researches Salt Marshes at UNH, where he’s a professor of Marine Wetland Ecology.   He says his recent measurements show the water level of salt marshes in Portsmouth rising at 4.3 millimeters per year – that’s two and a half times as fast as the same salt marshes were rising in 1996.

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NH News
5:33 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

FEMA's New N.H. Flood Maps Could Spell Insurance Woes For Some, Relief For Others

The Federal Emergency Management Agency released new preliminary flood maps for New Hampshire on Wednesday. These updated flood maps could affect property owners in flood hazard zones from Coos County to Keene, to the Seacoast. 

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NH News
4:54 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

This Guy Makes Homebrewed Beer With Syrup, Just Not The Kind You Think

Peter Ashworth (right) watches as his son James hammers a tap into a black birch tree.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Last week I tagged along with a man in Weare who’s tapping black birch trees for their sap. While its syrup is not as sweet as maple syrup, it can be an unexpected and tasty ingredient in home-brewed beer.


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NH News
4:53 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats That Never Was

The original New Hampshire Primaries logo.

  The New Hampshire Fisher Cats hold their home opener tonight in Manchester. It's the 10th season of a team that was originally supposed to be called The New Hampshire Primaries. That plan changed dramatically thanks to a group of vocal and mobilized Granite Staters. To remind us what happened, we talk with Vin Sylvia, the deputy managing editor for sports at the New Hampshire Union Leader. Ironically, the current name was selected through a democratic process not unlike the actual Primaries.

Brady's interview with Vin Sylvia looking back at how the Fisher Cats got their name.

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NH News
4:15 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Seabrook Officer Indicted On Assault Charge For Alleged Police Brutality

A Seabrook police officer has been indicted on one count of simple assault in connection to an incident of alleged police brutality.

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NH News
3:47 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Committee Backs Death Penalty Repeal On Revote

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The 3-2 margin came two days after an initial vote ended in a tie

The revote was requested by  Senator Donna Soucy (D-Manchester).

Soucy's district was where N.H.’s lone death row inmate, Michael Addison, committed the crime that persuaded a jury to sentence him to death -- the 2006 shooting of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs.

Soucy says given that, and the importance of the issue, she didn’t want to give the impression she might have been dodging it.

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NH News
3:42 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Former Manchester Superintendent Dies Following Cancer Diagnosis

Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

The former superintendent of the Manchester School District has died following a cancer diagnosis made just weeks after stepping down from the post last year.

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NH News
3:10 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Dartmouth's Big Green Gift

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Dartmouth College is receiving a $100 million anonymous donation, the largest single gift in school history.

"We are thrilled," says Dartmouth spokesman Justin Anderson. "And we're especially thrilled that it will be devoted entirely to strengthening Dartmouth's academic mission."

The gift will be added to school’s already sizeable $3.7 billion endowment. The interest earned will help fund an array of new initiatives, including the addition of 30 to 40 cross-discipline professorships.

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