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Politics
5:02 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

NH Delegation Pressuring Supercommittee

New Hampshire lawmakers are trying to pressure the so-called “supercommittee” to exceed its goal of cutting $1.2 trillion  from the debt, but the special panel remains grid locked as it nears its end date.  If the supercommittee fails to reach a bipartisan solution by next Wednesday, deep spending cuts are supposed to fall on nearly the entire federal budget.

Some lawmakers want to scrap that agreement to protect the Pentagon’s budget and other favorite spending items.

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North Country
3:35 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Berlin Prison Funding Likely This Week, Shaheen Predicts

The new federal prison in Berlin – which has been sitting empty – could finally be funded this week, providing a huge economic boost to the North Country.  NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Funding for the federal prison in Berlin is likely to be approved this week, according to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

“We’re very excited because there has been an agreement reached between the House and Senate on the bill that includes funding for the Berlin prison.”

Shaheen sees it as a done deal.

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North Country
3:24 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Northern Pass Eyes Part Of The Balsams

The hotel and resort has been closed pending a sale. In addition to the hotel several thousand acres of forest land is also available.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

The Northern Pass hydro-electric project is interested in buying a section of land associated with The Balsams Resort. If such a sale went through it’s likely to create a furor in the North Country. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

One of the companies interested in purchasing a slice of the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch is Northern Pass.

“They have identified land that they would like.”

That’s Tom Deans.

He’s the president of the Tillotson Corporation. It has been hoping to stem financial losses by selling the resort.

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Perry in Manchester
2:57 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Perry Plays Up Outsider Role

Perry speaks to workers at GSM plant in Manchester
Jon Greenberg, NHPR

Texas governor Rick Perry is stumping in the state today.  The Republican presidential hopeful urged workers at a manufacturing plant in Manchester to put pressure on congress to change. 

Rick Perry has been targeting the Washington establishment in recent days.  He issued a plan to cut the salaries of senators and congressmen in half.  Asked how he would get congress to go along, he said the public would need to browbeat them into agreement.

Perry said the counties around DC are some of the wealthiest in the country.

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Politics
6:38 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

O'Brien Signals Conditional Support for Lynch Ed. Plan

House Speaker Bill O’Brien says he could get behind the education funding constitutional amendment proposed by the governor. The Speaker’s support comes with one caveat.

House Speaker Bill O’Brien says he’s not thrilled with the language included in Governor Lynch’s education funding constitutional amendment.

He believes it gives the courts too much oversight.

But O’Brien says he’s open-minded, provided this is truly a bi-partisan proposal.

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NH News
5:30 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

House Democrats Warn of GOP Agenda

House Democrats are raising alarms that a handful of bills they oppose could be voted on later this month. The announcement comes before lawmakers return to Concord November 30th. 

Speaker Bill O’Brien has taken the unusual step to call the full House together several times this fall already. The chamber is returning in two weeks to take up education funding constitutional amendments.

Democrats say they aren’t sure if Republicans will use that session day to push a number of controversial bills.

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Environment
3:29 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Study Shows RGGI Saves Consumers Money

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative faces an uncertain future in some states. New Jersey plans to end its participation and New Hampshire has considered legislation that would do the same.

But a new analysis shows the carbon dioxide cap and trade program has saved consumers money and created jobs. Under the program, power producers buy pollution allowances at auction for each ton of carbon dioxide they emit.

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Gambling veto
5:18 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Lynch Vows Gambling Veto

Governor John Lynch promises to veto any bill that would allow casinos or similar forms of gambling in the state.

Governor Lynch struck preemptively.  In a letter to the Republican leaders in the House and Senate, he said more gambling would increase social service costs and, with casinos likely to come to Massachusetts,  fail to raise as much revenue as backers predict.

The governor’s spokesman, Colin Manning said furthermore, any expansion will lead to proliferation.

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All Things Considered
5:10 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

New Hampshire's Tech Sector Crowns "Product of the Year"

iGlobe PersonalPlanet is a "planetarium in a box," according to Matt Cookson of the New Hampshire High Tech Council. It's one of the finalists in the Council's Product of the Year event in Manchester.
courtesy New Hampshire High Tech Council

A planetarium on your flat-screen monitor. Streaming music from an iPad all over the house. And a germ-fighting mask for health care first responders dealing with an outbreak of disease.

Those are some a few of the finalists in the New Hampshire High Tech Council’s Product of the Year award, which will be presented tonight at an event in Manchester.

Politics
5:08 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

HHS Drops Mental Health Staff

The Department of Health and Human Services is passing out pink slips today. The layoffs are part of the effort to privatize services for people with mental illness.

Currently the state employs 80 people to staff the transitional housing program for patients who can’t easily find places to live elsewhere.

Beginning in January, under the state budget, the workforce will drop to 55 and be managed by the Massachusetts-based private not-for-profit named NFI.   

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Veterans Day
1:35 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

A POW Makes His Escape During World War II

Herman "Herk" Streitberger of Bedford.
Sara Plourde/NHPR

"If I would've finished that flight I would have come home to sell war bonds," says Herman "Herk" Streitburger of Bedford.  That last flight did not go as planned; instead, the B24 Liberator Bomber on which he served as gunner was shot down, and as he puts it, Herk became a guest of the German government for about a year.

Cain Reaction
5:59 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Cain Gets the Benefit of the Doubt -- For Now

Jon Greenberg sits down with a group of republican voters in Dover, NH.
Boston University College of Communication

Questions continue about Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and allegations of sexual harassment.  Just as  those reports first surfaced about two weeks ago, NHPR sat down with a group of Republican voters in Dover. 

The focus was on the candidates and the primary.  The issue of Cain’s relations with women was not on the table and three of the participants spoke highly of Herman Cain.  We got back in touch to see what they think now.

On October 31st, Brian Albertelli was ready to say, if the election were held today, Cain would be his pick.

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NH News
5:38 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Regulators Want LGC to Turn Over Control To Neutral Party

State regulators suggested the Local Government Center turn over control of its operation and assets to a neutral party.

The Securities Bureau Director says that’s the best way to address fundamental problems within the organization.

The Local Government Center, the group that provides insurance to cities and towns, faces four charges it violated state laws.

The Securities bureau alleges that LGC owes municipalities upwards of $100 million dollars.

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Environment
5:31 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

New Hampshire Senators Back Clean Air Rule

 New Hampshire’s U-S senators helped defeat a measure to unwind new regulations to clean up air in the Granite State.

The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to prevent unhealthy smog and soot from coal fired power plants in 27 states from spreading to other states. The EPA’s cross-border pollution rule would force those states to drastically cut their emissions.

But tea party backed Kentucky freshman Rand Paul forced the Senate to vote on unwinding those new rules to protect his coal rich home state.

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Business and Economy
4:59 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Congressman Guinta Holds Jobs Fair for Veterans

US Representative Frank Guinta hosted a jobs fair for veterans in Manchester Thursday in an effort curb higher unemployment for returning troops.

Over two-hundred veterans attended the fair at Manchester Community College Thursday in hopes of finding job opportunities.

Unemployment rates among returning veterans is close to three points higher than the national unemployment rate.

Congressman Frank Guinta says the employment gap between veterans and civilians is what prompted him to organize the event.

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