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Health
4:09 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Lyme Disease Tests A Big Business, But Some May Not Provide Accurate Diagnosis

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As the tick population continues to explode in the Northeast, the number of cases of Lyme disease continues to grow. It’s a big issue in New Hampshire as we have thousands of cases of Lyme each year, but experts say the number is actually much higher than what is ever reported. There are also many other tick-borne diseases that are being misdiagnosed and treated incorrectly.

 Related: Things You Should Know About Ticks 

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NH Arts News
5:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Division Of The Arts Lands New Director

New Hampshire will soon have a new director of the Department of Cultural Resources Division of the Arts. Ginnie Lupi comes to the position after serving of the executive director of the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger lakes in Corning, NY. Lupi will take over the position in August. I spoke with Lupi about her appointment as director and her plans for art in the Granite State:

What does the department do and what is your role in the Arts Division?

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Morning Edition
2:03 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Bobcats In The Granite State

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Researchers out of Durham are close to completing a study on bobcat populations in the Granite State. Though no one is sure how many bobcats are in New Hampshire, increased sightings and captures over the past decade have led researchers to believe bobcats are rebounding.

Dr. Marian Litvaitis and her husband John, both professors at UNH, have spearheaded the investigation as part of a project collaboration . Now in the project's fourth year, Litvaitis and her team are now focused primarily on bobcat genetics. I talked with Dr. Litvaitis about the rebounding cat on Thursday:

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Morning Edition
5:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Why A UNH Sexual Assault Program Is Being Lauded By The White House

Jane Stapleton, M.A., Co-Director of Prevention Innovations at UNH
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Earlier this year, the Obama administration formed a White House Task Force to Protect Students from sexual assault.

Recently that task force announced a series of actions to identify the scope of the problem and help schools with prevention. One of the programs the administration highlighted is the Prevention Innovations initiative at the University of New Hampshire.  I talked with Jane Stapleton, a co-director, and asked her to explain the program:

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Morning Edition
5:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Behind The Trend: An Increasing Number Of Foreign Students Attending N.H. Colleges

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A 2013 report says 3,095 international students pursued higher education in New Hampshire; that was up 6.3 percent from the previous year. That report also estimates the foreign student expenditure in the state at $103 million dollars. To get an idea about the trend and what it means for schools both here and nationally, I spoke with Karin Fischer, a senior writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education. She covers international education issues.  

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Morning Edition
11:10 am
Mon May 5, 2014

How Much Is A Sports Program Worth To A University?

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How much is a sports program worth to a college or university? I spoke with Michael McCann, Director of the UNH Law Sport and Entertainment Law Institute, about why the answer is different for New Hampshire than in other parts of the country.

Why is the value of a college sports program different in New Hampshire?

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NH News
5:39 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Fisher Cats Announcer Makes It To Big Leagues With San Diego Padres

Alex Miniak in the booth in San Diego.
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New Hampshire Fisher Cats public address announcer Alex Miniak has been called up to the big leagues.

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Morning Edition
8:11 am
Mon April 21, 2014

At 118th Boston Marathon, Heightened Security, But A Positive Atmosphere

The scene at the 118th Boston Marathon.
NHPR / Keith Shields

Executive Producer of The Exchange Keith Checks in with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about the scene at this morning's 118th running of the Boston Marathon.

"There are definitely more police here. I'm sure there's a lot more undercover police that I'm unaware of," Shields said. "We chartered a bus from my area of Boston. We got here. We have bags on our bus and there's no problems so far. We really haven't had anybody check our bus, nobody come on. It sort of feels kind of normal here today."

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NH News
5:30 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Running Toward Boylston: N.H. Woman Blogs For NPR About Marathon Return

Amanda Burgess of Nashua is blogging for NPR about her experience of returning to the Boston Marathon this year.

She was stopped less than a mile from the finish line last year.

That's where her two children and several family members were standing. 

Thankfully, they were not injured, but it was two hours before she was able to get in touch with them.

Rick Ganley: You’ve been writing about your experience over the past several months for NPR. How did you get involved in that blog?

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Morning Edition
10:40 am
Fri March 28, 2014

The Fight Against Human Trafficking In NH

The University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord is the scene Friday for a conference on combating human trafficking. Cory Smith, an Adjunct Professor at the University says human trafficking happens everywhere, including New Hampshire. He will be one of the moderators at today’s event. 

This conference comes as legislation is pending in Concord to strengthen protections for victims of human trafficking- let’s define what trafficking is and what this legislation would do.

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Morning Edition
5:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

It's Maple Weekend- But Is the Sap Running?

Bo's Sugar Shack

This is Maple Weekend in New Hampshire, so we talked with Bodie Peters, President of the NH Maple Producers Association, to get his perspective on how the sap season is shaping up.

With the unusually cold weather we’ve had, are producers actually boiling sap yet?

In southern New Hampshire, yes- in the north, there’s one I know of that did in January during that little warm spell.

How unusual is this season?

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Morning Edition
9:18 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Regulating Oil Pre-Buy Contracts: The Dealer Perspective

The head of the state’s Consumer Protections Bureau continues to advocate for changes in state regulations that would give customers more protections when entering oil pre-buy contracts. Rob Stenger, Chairman of the Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire, says while that organization generally supports some changes, they oppose regulations they say would pose undue burden to dealers. When I spoke with Stenger, he began by explaining how the business of pre-buying heating fuel has changed in recent years.

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Morning Edition
11:41 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Heating Oil: Should You Pre-Buy?

The recent log jam in fuel delivery for some customers of Fred Fuller Oil Company has again led to calls for more regulation of what’s known as pre-buy contracts. Senior Assistant Attorney General and the head of the state’s Consumer Protections Bureau James Boffetti this month cautioned consumers that pre-buy agreements don’t provide adequate protection and said his office continues to advocate for changes in state regulations that would give customers better guarantees.

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Morning Edition
9:33 am
Fri December 13, 2013

MA Casinos Coming- Eventually

It’s been two years since Massachusetts’ gaming law took effect, but so far, not a single casino has been licensed or built.  The law allows for three regional resort casino licenses and one slots parlor.  Casino proposals in the Southeastern part of the state have stalled.

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Morning Edition
9:38 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Heating Assistance Funding Drops Again

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, will once again see funding cuts this year.  The program has seen funding drop each year since 2008.  Since registration began this season, some 30,000 households in New Hampshire have applied for fuel assistance. Celeste Lovett, fuel assistance program manager at the New Hampshire Office of Energy Planning talked with Morning Edition to explain what the funding reduction could mean for those applicants.

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