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5:41 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Senate Votes 15-9 To Create Abortion Clinic "Buffer Zone"

Four Republicans --  Jeb Bradley, Bob Odell, Nancy Stiles and John Reagan -- joined all eleven Democrats to back the 25-foot buffer zone.

The GOP-led Health Committee had recommended the bill be killed, and Republicans could not muster the majority needed to table the measure when it reached the floor.

Lead sponsor, Manchester Democrat, Donna Soucy, argued the bill strikes a delicate balance.

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NH News
5:20 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

House Votes 231-97 To Prohibit Sex Offender Restrictions

Twelve towns have passed ordinances to limit where sex offenders can live --  barring offenders from living near schools, or child-care centers.

But law enforcement oppose such bans.  Renny Cushing of Hampton, a Democrat, told House colleagues that police know restrictions make monitoring offenders harder.

"The chiefs of police do not want to have a situation where you take away one of the tools they have which is to track where sex offenders are. And that’s also why the coalition against sexual and domestic violence is in support of this legislation."

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Newscast
5:01 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

N.H. House Passes Bill That Would Allow Workers To Discuss Pay

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New Hampshire employers could not prohibit their workers from discussing how much they are paid under a bill passed by the House.

The House voted 183-125 Wednesday to send the Senate a bill that allows employers to pay workers different amounts based on such factors as seniority, merit, production and education. Supporters argue the bill is a step toward ensuring men and women are paid equally for comparable work.

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NH News
5:19 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claims Three In Plaistow

New Hampshire's fire marshal says three people have died because of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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NH News
6:50 am
Mon February 10, 2014

N.H. Insurance Dept. To Hold Hearing On Provider Rules

The New Hampshire Insurance Department is holding a public hearing to explain the standards it uses to approve provider networks for health insurance plans.

Monday's hearing was requested by Rochester's Frisbie Memorial Hospital, which is fighting its exclusion from the narrow network Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield created for individual plans sold under the federal health care overhaul law. The hospital's lawyer plans to argue that the insurance company submitted an incomplete application to state regulators, who then approved it without the necessary scrutiny.

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Newscast
11:36 am
Sun February 9, 2014

Application Period Open For N.H. High School Short Film Festival

The New Hampshire Film and Television Office is accepting submissions for this year's high school short film festival.   Created in 2007, the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival is open to students enrolled in grades 9-12 at New Hampshire public or private high schools; homeschooled students ages 14-18 are also eligible.   To be considered, a film cannot be longer than seven minutes, including titles and credits.  All submissions must be postmarked on or before March 31 or arrive at the Film and Television Office in Concord by 4 p.m. on that date.

NH News
8:45 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Guinta Launches ACA 'Listening Tour' At N.H. Hospital

Frank Guinta in 2010
Credit NHPR Staff

Former U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta is starting a "health care listening tour" at one of the hospitals excluded from the provider network for health plans purchased through the Affordable Care Act.

Guinta, a Republican hoping to regain the seat he lost to Democrat Carol Shea-Porter in 2012, on Thursday is visiting Frisbie Memorial Hospital. The hospital is a vocal critic of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's new narrow provider network.

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NH News
4:15 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Gov. Hassan Cautions Against Travel, UNH Cancels Classes For Wednesday

Gov. Maggie Hassan is warning New Hampshire residents to limit their travel during the upcoming winter storm.

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Newscast
3:03 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

State Reps Float Bill Allowing Voters To Select "None Of The Above" On Ballot

A bill that would add the option of choosing "none of the above'' on New Hampshire ballots seems like a quintessential proposal for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state that prides itself on having discerning voters.    But the measure's sponsors say it's probably doomed, with one acknowledging it would be humiliating for a candidate to be defeated by no one rather than an actual opponent.  But Keene Rep. Charles Weed says real choice means giving voters the chance to withhold their consent and express dissatisfaction with all the candidates.

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North Country
5:16 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Hudson Woman Dies In Snowmobile Crash

A 47-year-old Hudson woman died from injuries she sustained in a snowmobile accident near Pittsburg, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

Pauline Robinson was injured Tuesday when her snowmobile struck a tree on an icy section of trail, said Conservation Office Matthew Holmes.

A helicopter flew her to the Central Maine Medical Center where she died about 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

“Although this crash is still under investigation, authorities believe that an unintentional hit of the throttle was the primary cause of this crash,” Holmes said.

NH News
5:30 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Salem Confronts Three Drug Overdoses

Police in Salem are investigating three drug overdoses in the city, less than a week after a similar series of overdoses in Portsmouth.

On Tuesday police in Salem found a man unconscious and not breathing. He was revived at a local hospital. They believe he is acquainted with a couple found in a similar state in a vehicle on Monday.

New Hampshire has seen a growing number of heroin deaths and overdoses in recent months.

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NH News
7:21 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Defibrillator Used On N.H. Teen During Basketball Game

 A 15-year-old boy is in critical condition at a hospital after he suffered an apparent heart attack during a basketball game and was aided by a defibrillator.

The Valley News reports Lebanon High School sophomore Christopher Roberge was on the bench during the second quarter when he had a medical episode.

NH News
9:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

House Voting On Moratorium On New Energy Projects

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New Hampshire's House is considering a moratorium on new wind turbine and electric transmission line projects like the 187-mile power line proposed by Northern Pass.

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Newscast
7:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Players, Spectators Congregate In Concord For Pond Hockey Tournament

Spectators watch the action at the Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

This past weekend Concord played host to the first major pond hockey tournament of the season.  The 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship is in its fourth year.  But it's said that the nation's first "organized" pond hockey game was played at St. Paul's School in Concord--back in 1883.  NHPR's Amanda Loder stopped by the event at White Park, and sends us this audio postcard.   

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NH News
3:37 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

$2.25M Grant To Help N.H. Substance Abuse Screening

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation plans to use a $2.25 million grant to help with a new substance abuse screening program for young adults.

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