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3:42 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Former Manchester Superintendent Dies Following Cancer Diagnosis

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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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NH News
6:18 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

STEM Taskforce of Parents, Profs And Administrators Plan For Future Workforce

The state’s businesses are clamoring for a labor force better prepared in the STEM fields, says Governor Maggie Hassan. "It has been very clear to me that the number one need that businesses identify is a 21st century workforce," she says.

She says both the state’s school districts and Universities aren’t doing enough. So, she's issued an executive order to establish a 14-member taskforce to plan the future of STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education in New Hampshire.

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NH News
6:09 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Feds' New Railroad Safety Rules Could Affect Propane Transport On Seacoast

On Wednesday the Federal Railroad Authority announced it will propose new rules this summer for railroad safety. That comes amid safety concerns on the Seacoast following a proposal to transport propane to Newington by rail. 

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Health
5:21 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Report Citing 90% Rate Increase Under ACA Called Into Question

The New Hampshire Insurance Department is disputing a report that claims a 90% spike in individual premiums under the Affordable Care Act. The report from Morgan Stanley, which has become the latest flashpoint in the political battle over Obamacare, was based on a national survey of insurance brokers.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

What The Psychics Said

Dante the Wandmaker casts a spell.
Sean Hurley

A 2013 Harris Poll survey on belief shows that Americans believe a bit less in angels - down 6 percent since the original survey in 2005 - and a little more in ghosts  - up 1%.  Less in Heaven - down 6, more in reincarnation - up 3.  While our faith in astrology remains level at 29%, our belief in witches has fallen off 5 per cent.  NHPR's Sean Hurley isn't quite sure what he believes when it comes to mediums, witches, and astrology - and to find out more, he recently visited two psychic fairs in New Hampshire.  A quiet gathering of 6 mediums in Londonderry and a larger fair with vendors at

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Something Wild
3:33 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Manchester Peregrine Finds New Mate

Male peregrine, banded by Chris in 2000. He was found with a broken wing and has been taken in for surgery and rehabilitation.
Credit Chris Martin / NHA

On Monday, the Union Leader reported that the peregrine family nesting high above Manchester had found a new papa bird. After her previous mate injured his wing and was taken in for surgery, the female falcon eventually left the nest in search of food. Within 72 hours of her former mate's disappearance, she successfully found a new male for her nest.

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NH News
1:57 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Under Senate's Casino Bill, N.H. Towns Would See New Revenue

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Casino supporters are betting that a plan to distribute more than $25 million in gambling revenue to New Hampshire cities and towns will convince House lawmakers to reverse their historic opposition to expanded gaming.

Less than a month after it killed a casino bill favored by Gov. Maggie Hassan, the House will begin discussion on Senate Bill 366, which proposes to authorize two casinos in the Granite State.

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From the Archives
10:39 am
Wed April 9, 2014

From The Archives: Poets Laureate

On a September evening 25 years ago a sold out crowd of logophiles gathered at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth to hear the state's preeminent poets speak in their native tongue. The program for the evening featured just four names, but a weighty four: Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon, Maxine Kumin and Charles Simic.

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Business and Economy
6:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Harsh Winter Was Great (For The Ski Industry)

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It was a long, cold and snowy winter- that was good news for New Hampshire’s ski areas. Karl Stone, Marketing Director for Ski NH says the numbers are good for the resorts AND the state’s economy in general.

How has the 2013/2014 season stacked up?

Right now the numbers look really good… last year was our 5th best on record, and we’re tracking relatively even with that.

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NH News
5:30 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Republican Candidates For U.S. Senate Debate, Scott Brown Declines Invite

From left, Karen Testerman, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith at the Bedford Public Library.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  Republican candidates for U.S. Senate Karen Testerman, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith debated in Bedford Tuesday night. The tone was cordial and while some disagreed on points of policy, they were united in their criticism of the absent candidate: Scott Brown.


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NH News
4:02 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Medical Marijuana Advocates: Grow-Your-Own Needed With Delays In Law

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With licensed dispensaries not expected to open until next year, medical marijuana advocates hope a bill could bring relief to patients sooner by letting them grow their own.

The bill went before a Senate committee today.

New Hampshire became the last New England state to legalize medical marijuana last year, but Matt Simon with the Marijuana Policy Project says the rulemaking process is delaying its implementation.

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North Country
3:29 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Wind Farm Owner OK With Expanding Ski Slopes At Balsams If Safety Isn't An Issue

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

 

The company that owns the wind farm near the Balsams is open to reducing the buffer zone between its wind turbines and the slopes, a key to a developer’s plan to  greatly expand  the size of the ski resort.

"As long as it is safe, we have no problems," Brookfield Renewable Power lawyer Harold Pachios said late Monday.

Maine entrepreneur Les Otten would like to quadruple the size of the Balsams ski area and reopen the hotel.

But Otten’s plan to make the ski runs longer requires skiers to get closer to the tops of mountains where the wind farm has turbines.

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NH News
1:54 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

House Speaker Norelli Says She's Optimistic Gas Tax Increase Will Pass

New Hampshire’s Speaker of the House is optimistic House lawmakers will pass a Senate proposal to increase the state’s gas tax by 4.2 cents.


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NH News
1:16 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

'Paycheck Fairness' Advocates Rally As Bill Moves To House

Sen. Andrew Hosmer speaks at a rally for the Paycheck Fairness Act, a New Hampshire bill that aims to bring pay for women in line with men.
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After gaining unanimous support in the state Senate, a bill that aims to bring pay for women in line with their male co-workers went before the House labor committee earlier today.

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