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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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NH News
4:49 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Executive Council Refuses Another Term For Consumer Advocate

The Executive Council refused to give New Hampshire Consumer Advocate Meredith Hatfield another term.

Some on the all Republican council feel she’s been too political in her opinions.

The Executive Council voted three to two against re-appointing Meredith Hatfield to represent the interest of consumers against the state’s public utilities.

Councilor Chris Sununu, of Newfields, says he was concerned about her stance on the Laidlaw Biomass Plant in Berlin as well as some of her opinions on the PSNH power plant in Bow.

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NH News
4:27 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Airport Access Road Set to Open

Jonathan Lynch

Governor Lynch and other New Hampshire politicians were on hand to dedicate the newly completed Manchester Airport access road.

The new, two mile stretch of highway connects the airport to both the Everett Turnpike and Route 3.

Planning for the road began about 25 years ago.
 
Now that it’s done, the Department of Transportation estimates people will be able to shave about 10 minutes from their drive to the airport.

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Politics
4:16 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

House Calls for Vote on Lynch Ammendment

 House Speaker Bill O’Brien has called for a vote on the education funding amendment backed by Governor Lynch.

Speaker O’Brien’s move breaks with tradition of holding public hearings on serious education funding amendment proposals.

House leadership did invite the Governor to present his plan, the governor declined.

O’Brien says the chamber is likely to vote on a plan passed by the Senate the same day they take up the governor’s.

The speaker says he wants to break up what he calls the ‘log jam’ of competing constitutional amendments.

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Christie in Manchester
9:07 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Christie Stumps for Mitt

Christie calls Romney before the debate in Michigan. Tells him "just be yourself."
Jon Greenberg, NHPR

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie rallied  volunteers at Romney's campaign headquarters in Manchester.  He told them he knew that Romney was the "man for the job" and the person who could defeat President Obama.

Christie said he was headed to Iowa on Romney's behalf and would be coming back to New Hampshire.

Ayotte prison vote
5:11 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Ayotte Prison Vote Angers Some North Country Leaders

A group of North Country leaders has sent Sen. Kelly Ayotte a letter expressing their unhappiness over her voting against a bill that - among many other things - included funding for the federal prison in Berlin.

Last week Sen. Kelly Ayotte voted against a wide-ranging bill that included about $28 million in funding to open the new federal prison in Berlin.

The prison would bring about 330 jobs to the area.

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All Things Considered
4:58 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

New Hampshire Grads are First in the Nation - in Debt

Thompson Hall at the University of New Hampshire.
jimmywayne via Flickr/Creative Commons

The phrase “first in the nation” is the shorthand we use for talking about the New Hampshire presidential primary coming before any other.

New Hampshire is first among states in other ways, too. Some are good – like having the lowest rate of child poverty among states. Some are not so good – like having the highest student debt load in America.

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PSNH Defends Grid
1:15 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

PSNH Defends Power Grid

In the wake of recent power outages after a freak snow storm, Public Service of New Hampshire is defending the quality of its distribution grid.   The electric utility says there are no perfect solutions.

Top state and federal officials have called for public hearings on the factors that left hundreds of thousands of customers without power.  PSNH President Gary Long says he welcomes those hearings.  Long says the power company has invested heavily in its network of poles and wires and the system has never been stronger.

 

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NH News
11:50 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Mayoral Election Round-up

The ballots have been tallied from yesterday’s municipal elections, and New Hampshire voters have by-and-large chosen to hang on to their incumbents.

Mayors in Concord, Manchester, Rochester all defeated challengers by wide margins, while those in Nashua, Laconia, and Berlin had uncontested elections.

The one exception was in Claremont where Republican challenger James Nielson unseated incumbent Democrat Deborah Cutts by fewer than forty votes.

Dan Tuohy (TWO-ee) a reporter with New Hampshire Patch, spent the evening watching the votes being counted in Concord.

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NH News
11:45 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Voters Weigh in on Ballot Questions Across the State

Voters didn’t just vote for mayors and alderman yesterday.

Several ballot initiatives were also passed around the state.

Two similar measures in Manchester and Dover sought to change how the tax cap is calculated in those cities, and give slightly more freedom to elected officials to raise funds.

The measure passed in Manchester but was defeated in Dover.

Meanwhile in Concord, voters passed two charter amendments.

The first gives control of the school board, which had been in the hands of the legislature, back to the municipality.

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