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3:33 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

From Farm To...Desk? Plymouth Farmers Market Delivers Local Food To People At Work

Regina Rinaldo in the Local Foods Plymouth office.
Sean Hurley

Local Foods Plymouth has been connecting area residents with local farmers and bakers via their online farmer's market since 2006. Members can order meat, vegetables, bread, hot sauce, even hand-made soaps online and collect their goods at a local pick-up spot.  Last year, they made it even easier with a delivery service they call "Farm to Desk" as NHPR's Sean Hurley reports.

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Politics
7:06 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Trump Visits New Hampshire As He Eyes Presidential Bid — Again

Donald Trump
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Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump is heading to New Hampshire as he again considers a presidential run.

Trump will attend a reception Thursday at the Amherst home of Republican state Rep. Steve Stepanek.

The visit comes one day after Trump announced plans to form a presidential exploratory committee, allowing him to raise money and hire staff as he weighs a White House bid. Trump says he's already hired political aides in the key early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

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Politics
6:02 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

N.H. House Finance Chairman Says Transportation Cuts Will Pass Committee

The N.H. House Finance Committee debates cutting more than $88 million in Department of Transportation funding from the Governor's proposed budget.
Credit Paige Sutherland/NHPR

The Department of Transportation is warning New Hampshire House budget writers from voting to slash more than $88 million in funding from the Governor’s proposed budget.

The House Finance Committee is expected to vote on the bill Thursday morning.

Deputy Commissioner of the department Patrick McKenna said he is appalled by the cuts,  adding that it would result in the loss of more than 600 jobs, the closure of hundreds of bridges and would drastically affect the state's infrastructure by limiting road maintenance and plowing. 

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North Country
3:12 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

After Six Generations, Making Sure The Family Farm Stays A Farm Forever

The Johnson farm covers 311 acres and includes two islands. Photo courtesy of The Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust.

Alarmed that farmland in New Hampshire is being lost to development, an unconventional type of conservation easement that encourages farming is literally gaining ground...

Tuesday Richard Johnson became the latest example.

Six generations of Johnson’s family have farmed 311 acres in Monroe since 1803.

At age 63, he’s the last of his family and it was an emotional moment when the burly, shy farmer signed an agreement that would ensure the acreage would remain farmland forever.

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New England News
2:30 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

A Step Closer To Train Service From Vermont To Montreal

Amtrak Service to Montreal through Vermont, which ended in 1995, is a step closer to resuming.
AP/Toby Talbot

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 10:18 am

A significant hurdle to the resumption of Amtrak rail service through Vermont to Montreal was cleared Monday when the United States and Canada signed an agreement allowing the creation of a U.S. Customs facility in Montreal.  

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NH News
6:25 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Campaign Created To Ready N.H. Drivers For Hand-Held Devices Ban

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A law banning the use of all hand-held electronic devices is going into effect in New Hampshire on July 1, and transportation officials are unveiling an education campaign about the change.

The campaign being discussed Wednesday includes a new public service announcement, website and materials available for residents to familiarize themselves with the new law.

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Politics
6:19 am
Wed March 18, 2015

House Budget Writers To Vote On Transportation Cuts

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House budget writers are preparing to vote on whether to cut millions of dollars from the Department of Transportation's budget, forcing layoffs and a decline in road maintenance.

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Politics
6:14 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

N.H. House Budget Writers Slash H.H.S. Funding

Credit Allegra Boverman / NHPR

The Department of Health and Human Services is warning House budget writers against cutting $160 million from the Governor’s proposed budget.

So far the House Finance Committee is proposing roughly $117 million less from the H.H.S budget. Meanwhile a proposal to cut more than $28 million from the state’s mental health services remains on the table.

Deputy Commissioner of the department Marilee Nihan tells the committee these cuts are “aggressive.”

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NH News
5:30 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Citing Lack Of Support, Broderick Steps Down From UNH Law Post

John Broderick at the Rudman Center in October 2014.
Credit Allegra Boverman / NHPR

The former New Hampshire state supreme court Chief Justice is stepping down from the UNH School of Law Warren B. Rudman Center.

John Broderick , who was Dean of the UNH Law School before he left that post to lead the Rudman Center last year, told NHPR that he and university administrators differed over the Rudman Center's future.

"I love the Rudman Center and what it stood for and its potential, and I can assure you I would never have left a job I love that much and a center that I helped found if I was getting support from the university," Broderick said. 

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Granite Geek
5:27 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Granite Geek: The Software That Tries To Improve Our Road Designs

Life is a highway, and I want to use GIS-based software to design it all night long...
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The idea of building a road is pretty straightforward – you build a path and let vehicles go on the path.

The reality is, of course, is way more complicated. How many lanes does the road need, and in which directions? Which signs are necessary – and which are distracting? Does the road make it too hard for vehicles to get through – or can it actually be too easy?

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NH News
4:14 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

N.H. Unemployment Falls Below 4 Percent In February

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Unemployment in New Hamsphire fell to below 4 percent last month. According to New Hampshire Employment security, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 3.9 percent.

This brings the number of New Hampshire residents who have a job to 714,840, while only 29,270 are unemployed.

The unemployment rate has been declining steadily since 2010, when it peaked at 6.7 percent.

In a statement governor Maggie Hassan praised the news, calling the announcement “another encouraging sign that our economy continues to strengthen.”

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Education
4:09 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

At Least Three N.H. Schools Gave Students Wrong Version Of 'Smarter Balanced' Test

Central High School in Manchester
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Students attending at least three New Hampshire Schools took the wrong version of the new Smarter Balanced standardized test, due to a labeling error in the vendor’s software.

On Monday, students at three Manchester schools – Central High School, Beech Street School, and McDonough Elementary School – gave a practice test instead of the real thing. The tests administered were for the proper grade level.

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Environment
3:59 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

$1.3 Million In Grants Awarded To Connecticut River Habitat, Conservation Projects

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A total of $1.3 million in grants is going to 13 Connecticut River projects in New Hampshire and Vermont to improve water quality, restore habitat and conserve space.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation grants were announced Tuesday.

A fund dedicated to the restoration and protection of the river, its wetlands and shorelands is expected to provide about $21 million for the projects over 20 years.

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NH News
3:36 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

New State Prison For Women Delayed, Projected $12M Over Budget

The new women's prison will be located behind the State Prison for Men in Concord.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

A new state prison for women, originally slated to open in the fall of 2016, is running $12 million over budget and will be delayed by one year.

The building was supposed to cost $38 million and take two years to build. Contractors broke ground in August.

Now, Jeff Lyons with the Department of Corrections says, “the project is costing more than it was originally anticipated to cost, so we now have to look at our options.” 

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NH News
8:01 am
Tue March 17, 2015

New Castle Voters To Meet To Reconsider $1M Bond For School Renovations

Maude H. Trefethen Elementary School
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Voters in New Castle will meet Tuesday night to reconsider last week’s vote to defeat a $1 million bond for upgrades and renovations to the town’s elementary school.

Seacoast Online reports the reconsideration meeting will be held at the New Castle Recreation Center at 7.

At last week’s school district, voters defeated the bond question, which needed a two-thirds majority.

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NH News
7:46 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Uber Threatens To Pull Out Of Portsmouth If Ordinance Goes Through

Officials with the ride-sharing service Uber say they’ll pull out of Portsmouth if a proposed ordinance requiring background checks for its drivers goes through.

Seacoast Online reports the city council voted Monday night to delay action on the ordinance, following a public hearing.

It would require Uber’s drivers to undergo criminal background checks overseen by local police and have proof of insurance, similar to the city’s taxi drivers.

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NH News
7:18 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Croydon To Push Back On State Order Against Private School Tuition Payments

School officials in the town of Croydon plan to challenge a state Department of Education order that the district stop tuition payments to private schools.

After leaving the K-4 Croydon Village School, most of the town’s students attend Newport Middle/High School.

However, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports the town has been sending one student to Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, paying half of the roughly $30,000 tuition.

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Arts & Culture
6:52 am
Tue March 17, 2015

With New Home, 3S Artspace Hopes To Be Hub For Arts, Food In Portsmouth

3S Artspace exterior
Courtesy/Alyssa Grenning

A new home for 3S Artspace in Portsmouth opens this week.

The renovated facility will feature a music venue, an art gallery, artist studios, and a restaurant.

Chris Greiner is executive of director of 3S Artspace.

He joined Morning Edition to talk about the new facility.

You’ve talked about this new art space filling a unique niche that’s lacking on the Seacoast. Many already see the area as having a rich arts and culture scene, so what do mean by that?

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Education
5:43 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

First N.H. Students Begin Taking 'Smarter Balanced' Test

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Schools in New Hampshire started to administer a brand new standardized test Monday.

Ever since 2005, students all over New England have taken a standardized-test called the NECAP in 3rd through 8th grade and once more in high school, but this year the pencil-and-paper NECAP was replaced with an online test, the Smarter Balanced.

The Smarter Balanced is “adaptive,” meaning the questions get harder or easier depending on which questions the student gets correct.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Transportation Officials To Committee: $41M Cut Would Lead To Layoffs, Safety Hazards

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New Hampshire transportation officials say a $41 million budget cut proposed by House budget writers would have dire consequences on public safety and result in more than 300 layoffs.

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Politics
4:24 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

In N.H., Cruz Says GOP Needs Conservative Nominee

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Ted Cruz says history shows the GOP has been ill-served by presidential candidates based on their perceived electability.

Cruz favors abolishing the IRS in favor of a flat tax, and repeatedly said he plays to repeal every word fo so-called Obamacare, says the way to to avoid what he called the mushy middle,  is draw a line in the sand and make the race a clear choice. If that happens, Cruz says, the right sort of conservative would win broad support.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Sanders In N.H. -- Still Pondering 2016 Presidential Bid

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders attended a "Pints and Politics" event at The Barley House in Concord Monday afternoon. He has yet to decide if he will run for president in 2016.
Credit Paige Sutherland/NHPR

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is making stops in the Granite State Monday as he continues to flirt with the idea of whether to run in next year’s presidential race.

The Senator says having the funds to support a competitive campaign is one of the major issues holding him back.

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NH News
6:58 am
Mon March 16, 2015

New Hampshire Residents Warned About Spring Flooding

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As spring approaches, Gov. Maggie Hassan is encouraging New Hampshire residents to take precautions to protect their families and homes from flooding.

In the last 10 years, there have been 10 federal disaster declarations in New Hampshire for flooding, which most often occurs in spring but can happen at any time of year. The New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning estimates that $48 million has been paid for flood losses to New Hampshire flood insurance policy holders since 1978.

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NH News
6:54 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Nashua Teen To Be Arraigned In Stabbing Death

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A Nashua teen is heading to court after being charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a New Hampshire man.

Seventeen-year-old John Goff is due to be arraigned in District Court in Nashua Monday morning.

Police say Goff stabbed 49-year-old Benjamin Marcum multiple times March 12 on a bike path near Marcum's Palm Street home in Nashua.

Marcum was found just after 11 p.m. Thursday and rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Nashua police are asking anyone with information about the stabbing to call the department.

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NH News
6:51 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Senate To Take Up Bill That Bans Smoking In A Car With Minor

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Senate lawmakers are expected to take up legislation this week that would ban smoking in a car when a minor is present.

The bill will go before the Senate Thursday, but comes with a 3-2 recommendation from the Health and Human Services committee to kill the legislation.

The bill would make it a violation to smoke tobacco products in a car when a child under the age of 18 is in the vehicle.

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Health
6:00 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Federal Health Exchange Reopens For Special Enrollment Period

The Obama Administration has opened a special enrollment period for health insurance through the federal exchange.

The federal government is betting people who did not sign up for insurance last year are now noticing they will be paying a penalty on their 2014 taxes, which are due next month.

So the hope is by opening up a special enrollment period, those same folks will buy policies so they will not have another penalty on their 2015 taxes.

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National
6:34 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Shaheen In Town To Push For Human Trafficking Bill

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire met with local law enforcement and non-profits in Manchester Friday to talk about human trafficking in the state.
Credit Paige Sutherland/NHPR

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was in the Granite State Friday making several stops in Manchester including to meet with law enforcement and statewide agencies to advocate for her new legislation on human trafficking.

If passed the Senator’s bill would funnel more funding into treatment programs as well as cleanse a victim’s record of offenses such as prostitution or drug smuggling that occurred while being trafficked.

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Politics
6:14 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Shaheen Staffers Leave To Join Clinton's Likely 2016 Presidential Campaign

Credit U.S. Department of State

Two prominent staffers in U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s office will be leaving to lead Hillary Clinton’s efforts in New Hampshire as she prepares for her likely 2016 presidential bid.

Mike Vlacich was Shaheen’s 2014 campaign manager and Kari Thurman served as the campaign’s political director.

Vlacich received national attention last fall after defending Shaheen’s seat against well-funded Republican challenger Scott Brown.  

Shaheen, who was in the Granite State this week, tells NHPR she wishes her fellow employees all the best.

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Health
3:26 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

State Receives $8.6 Million Housing Grant For People With Mental Illness

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New Hampshire is receiving an $8.6 million grant to provide rental assistance for people with mental illness.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will help cover rent for up 150 individuals or families with mental illness.

Dean Christon is the director of the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority.

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NH News
9:41 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Nashua Police Investigating Homicide

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Police in Nashua are investigating a homicide that occurred late Thursday night.

Police say they found 49-year-old Benjamin Marcum injured on the ground in a bike path shortly after 11.

He was brought to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday to determine his cause of death, but police believe it was a homicide.

Police are asking for the public’s help as they search for a suspect in the case. 

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