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10:25 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Report: Aging N.H. Population Will Reshape Health Care System

A New Hampshire Center for Public Policy study predicts the state's aging population will reshape its health care system.

The center's annual report, titled "What Is New Hampshire," says that by the year 2020, nearly 20 percent of the state's population will be 65 or older, a dramatic jump from 13.5 percent in 2010.

The report also notes that the economy is changing significantly.

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NH News
5:14 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Litigation Is Only Option For Portsmouth In Stalling Newington Propane Expansion

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  After failing to appeal the Newington Planning Board's decision to approve the propane company Sea-3’s expansion through that city's Zoning Board of Adjustment, a Portsmouth  staff attorney says they will proceed to Superior Court.

In an unusual legal maneuver, the City of Portsmouth filed their appeal in the Superior Court in June.  That appeal was stayed as the city pursued an appeal via Newington's ZBA.

In July, New Hampshire’s congressional delegation requested federal government provide an environmental impacts study. That request was denied on Tuesday.

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Foodstuffs
4:16 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

New Farmer-To-Locavore Business Model At Odds With State Regulations

North Country Marketplace & Salvage in Colebrook.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

A Colebrook woman is trying to make it easier for people to buy locally grown foods while giving farmers an economic boost. Her idea is a variation on the classic roadside farm stand, and it is a model that could be used around the state.

But it’s going to require a change in state law.

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NH News
8:46 am
Thu September 18, 2014

New Hampshire's Oyster Harvest Season Now Open

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New Hampshire may have a tiny seacoast but that doesn't stop people from hauling out oysters.

The state's Fish and Game department says oyster season is open from September through May. It's only open to Granite Staters and the shellfish can only be taken for personal consumption; no sales are allowed.

Oysters can be taken by hand or by using tongs but rakes are illegal.

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NH News
8:31 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Census Data: Fewer People Living In Poverty In N.H.

The U.S. Census Bureau is releasing new data that shows about 17,000 fewer people were living in poverty in New Hampshire in 2013 compared to the year before.

The 1.3 percent decline from about 128,500 people in poverty in 2012 to roughly 111,500 last year is the second sharpest drop in the nation, trailing only Wyoming's 1.7 percent decrease.

In New Hampshire, 8.7 percent of the population lives in poverty, compared with 15.8 percent nationally. The national rate in 2012 was 15.9 percent.

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NH News
10:08 am
Wed September 17, 2014

UNH Math Professor Receives 2014 MacArthur 'Genius' Award After Prime Number Discovery

: University of New Hampshire professor of mathematics Yitang “Tom” Zhang is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow.
Credit Lisa Nugent / UNH Photographic Services

He says he may just give the $625,000 award to his wife.  

Yitang Zhang, a professor of analytic number theory at the University of New Hampshire, is one of 21 artists, scholars and professionals  to receive a prestigious MacArthur "genius" grant this year.  

Zhang rose to celebrity unexpectedly last year after discovering a finite bound on the gaps between prime numbers. The discovery is a major breakthrough on a subject that has bedeviled mathematicians since ancient times.

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NH News
2:47 am
Wed September 17, 2014

N.H. House Upholds Three Hassan Vetoes

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted to sustain three of Governor Maggie Hassan’s vetoes from the last legislative session.

The bills would have cracked down on bullying between state employees, given the legislature the power to decide privacy disputes raised during audits of state agencies, and made it illegal to disclose the name of a lottery winner.

A majority of the house, but not the needed two thirds, voted in favor of the auditing and the lottery winner privacy bill.

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NH News
5:01 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Senate Republicans Applaud Proposed Tuition Freeze, Call Funding Debate Premature

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  Republican State Senate Leadership responded Tuesday to the University System of New Hampshire Trustees’ request to restore University funding to 2009 levels, a $16 million dollar increase between 2015 and 2016, in exchange for another two years tuition freeze.

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NH News
6:38 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

PUC Asked To Clarify Rules On Relationship Between Northern Pass And PSNH

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A group representing power plants all over New England has asked regulators to weigh in whether Northern Pass is receiving inappropriate subsidies from Public Service of New Hampshire.

At issue is what’s the definition of a “competitive affiliate.” These are companies that the utility owns, and which provide similar services. The New England Power Generators Association or NEPGA, a group that represents PSNH competitors and opposes Northern Pass, argues in a filing submitted to regulators at the Public Utilities Commssion on Monday that is what Northern Pass is to PSNH.

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NH News
4:38 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

University Trustees Pitch Tuition Freeze In Exchange For Funding (Again)

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The University System trustees have unanimously agreed to freeze tuition for two more years at the state’s public colleges, so long as lawmakers restore the University system’s budget to 2009 levels. That would mean an increase of $16 million dollars from fiscal year 2015 to fiscal Year 2016.  

Board chair Pamela Diamantis says these two additional years of budget reductions would the class of 2017 to graduate without a single tuition increase, "And I think that’s just a great testament to trying to drive affordability."

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NH News
4:09 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Senate Fails To Override Hassan Veto Of Juvenile Justice Bill

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The NH Senate has upheld Gov. Maggie Hassan’s veto of Senate Bill 391, which sought to change the state’s juvenile justice system.

The 12-9 vote fell along party lines and was two votes shy of the 2/3rd margin needed to override.

GOP senators disputed Hassan’s claim this bill would make the juvenile justice system too focused on incarceration.

Sharon Carson of Londonderry, the bill's lead sponsor, reminded colleagues that they had endorsed the bill without controversy earlier this year.

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NH News
10:33 am
Sun September 14, 2014

James Foley's Mother 'Appalled' By U.S. Inaction Over Kidnapping, Launches Foley Fund

Diane Foley
Credit CNN

The mother of slain journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley says the U.S. government threatened prosecution if the family attempted to raise ransom.

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Diane Foley said she was “embarrassed and appalled” by the way the American government dealt with her son’s case.

James Foley, a Rochester native, was killed by the militant group known as the Islamic State, or ISIS. A video of his murder was released in August.

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NH News
4:19 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Authorities Dismantle Major Supply Chain Of Black Market Painkillers In Manchester

Baggies of 30mg Oxycodone Tablets seized by police.
Courtesy of MPD

Manchester Police say they’ve arrested nine alleged drug dealers and seized more than $90,000 worth of Oxycodone tablets.

The drugs seized over the course of 13 searches on August 27th came by way of New York and Lawrence Massachusetts according to authorities. The individuals arrested were affiliated with what they are calling a “high level” Drug Trafficking Organization. Three of the individuals behind bars were operating at the top of the chain.

Sgt. Brian O’Keefe says the multi-agency investigation began nearly a year ago and is still ongoing.

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NH News
1:57 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Look North Tonight: Aurora Borealis Stargazing Tips

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The Aurora Borealis may be visible from all or part of New Hampshire tonight. Although Auroras are difficult to predict,  Accuweather.com reports the solar flare’s strength and timing make sightings more likely.  Adam Woodworth is a Seacoast photographer and an expert in landscape astro photography. His long-exposure photograph of the Aurora, above, was taken in Southern Maine last year.

Woodworth is following the Aurora closely today and has these tips for citizen stargazers:

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NH News
10:33 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Senator Rand Paul Rallies Millenials At Liberty Event

Sen. Rand Paul addresses Millenials in Manchester
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

 

  Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has plans to endorse Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown this afternoon among college students at UNH. Last night, Paul addressed a similar demographic at an event in Manchester.

Before 150 or so young people brought together by GenOpp – a liberty-minded youth activism nonprofit – Rand Paul hammered away at issues many millenials say they care about: from the President’s power to declare war, to the NSA, to Guantanamo Bay:

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