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4:07 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Anti-Northern Pass Bills Get Their Day Before The Legislature

The green shirts of the IBEW members outnumbered the orange of Northern Pass opponents in the somewhat empty chamber of the House o Representatives Tuesday
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

A New Hampshire house committee is hearing testimony on five bills inspired by opposition to the Northern Pass Transmission Project today. Three bills of the bills in question could require new transmission lines be buried, or placed along transportation rights-of-way. Others would create a moratorium on new projects, or require the state officials to consider the economic impact on local communities in the permitting process.

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NH News
3:01 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Lawmakers Urged To Repeal 2013 Provisions Of Voter ID Law

Credit Tracy Lee Carroll, NHPR

  A bill that would repeal provisions of the state’s voter ID law set to take effect this year had a hearing before the House election committee Tuesday.

Sarah Chapman has been supervisor of the checklist in New Boston for 29 years.

She told the House election committee that training an all-volunteer staff to implement the initial requirements of New Hampshire’s voter ID law was challenging enough.

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NH News
1:51 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Your Guide To Gun Laws in NH, VT and MA

Credit Emily Corwin and Sara Plourde / NHPR

New Hampshire is bordered by Vermont, which has the least gun regulation in the nation -- and Massachusetts, which has some of the tightest gun restrictions around.  After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, we put together this infographic, exploring the diversity of gun laws among our neighbors. 

[Note: While the information has not changed, some of the wording has been updated for better clarity. Click the image to read at full size.]

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A Loaded Issue
6:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Discussion Question: How Should Guns Be Stored?

As part of NHPR's news series, A Loaded Issue, we’re asking Granite Staters to weigh in with their thoughts about gun ownership, laws governing guns, and the culture here.

Each day we'll ask a new discussion question and throughout the week we'll read your comments on the air.

Today's Question:  New Hampshire does not have any laws requiring guns to be locked in a home, should there be?  If you’re a gun owner, parent or not, how should guns be stored? 

Please include your first name and your hometown.

A Loaded Issue
5:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Keeping Guns Loaded, Unlocked At Home With Children Can Be Deadly

Michael Goyette, owner of Pete's Gun and Tackle in Hudson, shows the SpeedVault, a device for home gun storage.

For parents, keeping guns in the home means taking steps to make sure children can’t get to them.

But as recent cases in New Hampshire show, things can go wrong. The results can be tragic, but also raise questions of how hard law enforcement should come down on those parents.

Sonja Smock vividly remembers the details of the night nearly two years ago when her daughter accidentally shot her.

The gun was a Smith and Wesson 38 Special Revolver.

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A Loaded Issue
5:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Commitment Issues: Guns & The Mentally Ill

Federal Firearms Transaction Record, Form 4473

There’s a form to fill out when you purchase a firearm at a gun shop: Form 4473. On page 1, question 11-F, “Have you ever been adjudicated mentally defective or committed to a mental institution?”

Stan Holz, owner of Village Gun Store in the town of Whitefield, knows that not everyone answers truthfully.

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NH News
2:43 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

N.H. Clergy Surprised By Pope's Decision To Resign

St. Marie's Catholic Church in Manchester
HotblackDesiato flickr

Many Catholics in New Hampshire are reacting with surprise to the news that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning.


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A Loaded Issue
7:20 am
Mon February 11, 2013

N.H. Benefits From Firearms Boom

Workers cast firearms parts at Sturm, Ruger's Newport foundry
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

As federal lawmakers grapple with tighter gun control laws, business is good for the firearms industry.Across the country, gun dealers can’t keep them on the shelves, and manufacturers can’t keep up with demand. But how do these trends affect New Hampshire's economy?

A look at the impact of the firearms industry on the Granite State's economy

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A Loaded Issue
6:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Infographic: Guns: A Primer

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

No doubt you've being hearing a lot about guns in the news lately. For the uninitiated, the types and terminology can be overwhelming, and can make understanding what you're hearing - and knowing if it's accurate - a veritable chore. As part of our series, A Loaded Issue, NHPR is aiming to assist in demystifying the firearm, starting with this infographic that outlines a few of the basics (click on the image to view at full size):

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A Loaded Issue
5:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Discussion Question: Do you own a gun? Why or why not?

As part of NHPR's news series, A Loaded Issue, we’re asking Granite Staters to weigh in with their thoughts about gun ownership, laws governing guns, and the culture here.

Each day we'll ask a new discussion question and throughout the week we'll read your comments on the air.

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NH News
5:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Gun Buyers Face Few Restrictions In N.H.

Paul Gauffin, owner of SL Gun Shop in Mason
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Granite State has an extensive history with personal firearms. And its laws reflect the state’s long-held attitudes about guns and the 2nd Amendment.


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NH News
2:04 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Part Of Seawall Collapses In Rye

A section of seawall in Rye has collapsed, closing another section of Route 1A on the
Seacoast. 

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NH News
11:58 am
Sat February 9, 2013

Snow Buildup Interferes With Some High Efficiency Heating Systems

  If you have a high efficiency heating system – especially natural gas or propane, make sure your heating vents aren’t blocked by snow. That’s the word from Robert Ives, who runs Bow Heating and Plumbing Corporation. He says if you’re not sure where the vents are, go into your basement.

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NH News
11:39 am
Sat February 9, 2013

Winter Storm Could Cost State $75,000 An Hour

This weekend's winter storm could end up costing the state more than $2 million.

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NH News
10:30 am
Sat February 9, 2013

Outdoors Enthusiasts Out In The Storm

Gerri Schiffman and her daughter went out snowshoeing and skiing Friday night
Credit Sean Hurley for NHPR

It’s dark and the winds are really starting to bluster in Waterville Valley when Jess Chabot snowshoes out of the woods near Town Square.

I lived in NH for a long time.  Growing up my parents didn’t ski or anything.  I hated the snow. They hated the snow.  I hated the snow. But then like in my mid-20’s I was like Why do I hate the snow so much I’m stuck with it.  So, you just gotta get a hobby. Snowshoeing you don’t have to be good at at all.  You just put em on your feet.  If you can walk you can snow shoe.

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