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4:12 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Memorial Bridge Span Lowered Into Place

Governor Maggie Hassan and Commissioner Chris Clement (on right)
Credit Roger Wood

There is finally some visible evidence of progress in the rebuilding of the Memorial Bridge between New Hampshire and Maine.

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2:53 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

N.H. Community Colleges Would Lower Tuition If State Provides More Money

Ross Gittell, chancellor of the New Hampshire Community College System

  The head of the New Hampshire Community College System says schools could lower tuition if lawmakers can boost funding in the next two-year budget.

Chancellor Ross Gittell says if the state provides another $3 million beyond restoring cuts made in the last budget, that money would be used to reduce tuition by an average of 5 percent.

At a minimum, Gittell is urging lawmakers to restore the 20 percent cut in funding to the community college system.

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NH News
9:00 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

After Season Of Giving, Need Remains At N.H. Food Bank

A volunteer sorts donations at the New Hampshire Food Bank.
Michael Brindley, NHPR

 At the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester, inventory is high and spirits are up. Just ask volunteer Bob Lodico.

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5:00 am
Sun January 13, 2013

N.H. Lawmakers To Revisit Straight Ticket Voting

State lawmakers begin hearing bills this week. Among the proposals is a plan to reinstate straight ticket voting.


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7:01 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Manchester Gun Show Draws A Big Crowd

A line to get inside a Manchester gun show stretched through the lobby and all the way outside the Expo Center in the Radisson Hotel.

WMUR-TV reports that more than 1,000 gun shoppers showed up for Saturday's show. Regular attendees said they had never have seen the show so crowded before. The DiPrite Promotions gun show ends Sunday.

Some of those attending said they wanted to buy the weapons before new gun control regulations can be imposed. The issue has heated up since the Dec. 14 shootings in Newtown, Conn.

NH News
1:37 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Democratic Lawmaker Wants To Repeal 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Credit Sam Evans-Brown

  A Democratic state lawmaker wants to repeal New Hampshire’s so-called Stand Your Ground law.

State Representative Stephen Shurtleff says the law goes too far in giving individuals the right to use deadly force in a public place.

Shurtleff has filed legislation to repeal Stand Your Ground in New Hampshire. The law allows people to use deadly force anywhere they have a right to be if they feel their lives are in danger.

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10:33 am
Fri January 11, 2013

School Safety Addressed At Public Forum In Nashua

Nashua Superintendent Mark Conrad, left, and Police Chief John Seusing, right, address the audience at a public forum on school safety in Nashua on Thursday.
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

After the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., many Nashua parents are asking whether the school system can do more to protect their kids.

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5:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Manchester School Conditions Give Voice To Two Outspoken Dads

John Lyscars of Hooksett (aka the Hooksett Elf)
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

If you’ve been paying attention to the budget struggles in Manchester’s public schools, you’ve likely come across two outspoken parents. These two fathers have taken conspicuous roles in the budget debates in the Manchester School District this past year.


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4:56 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Live Blog: The Gun Control Debate

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There has been a national debate over gun control since the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. nearly a month ago.

President Barack Obama has backed a proposal to reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons.

The Exchange tackled the gun control debate on Friday morning's show. It was the final installment of a three-day series looking at possible lessons from Newtown.

State Rep. J.R. Hoell, a Dunbarton Republican and State Rep. Stephen Shurtleff, a Penacook Democrat, took part in the discussion.

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NH News
3:23 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

DHHS: Flu Cases In N.H. Higher Than Last Two Years

New Hampshire is one of 43 states where the influenza virus is widespread according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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3:11 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Comcast Subscribers To See 1.6% Average Increase In Bills

If you’re a Comcast cable subscriber, expect to see an increase in your next bill.

Comcast subscribers will see an average increase of 1.6 percent in their bills, starting with their next billing period.

The higher rates go into effect January 22.

Different services will see different rates of increases.

Comcast spokesman Marc Goodman says investments in new technology and infrastructure required the increase.

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3:05 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Education Funding Debate To Be Delayed After Senator Pulls Legislation

A State Senator is withdrawing plans for legislation that would amend the constitution to alter New Hampshire’s education funding formula.

State Senator Nancy Stiles says lawmakers already have enough on their plates this session, starting with crafting a two-year budget.

That’s part of the reason she is postponing for a year a proposal to change the state constitution to allow for targeted aid to needy school districts.

Stiles says putting the issue off until the 2014 session also gives lawmakers time to craft the right amendment.

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10:46 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Rail Study Could Move Forward

Credit Photo by Tim Cummins via Flickr Creative Commons

New Hampshire is inching closer to studying the costs and benefits of restoring commuter rail service.

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4:34 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Ayotte: Now Is The Time For Congress To Plan For Spending Cuts

New Hampshire Food Bank director Mel Gosselin, left, speaks with U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, right, in Manchester on Wednesday.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

Senator Kelly Ayotte says Congress needs to act now to cut spending or it will face another last-minute decision at the end of February.

“We want to fund our priorities, but there’s some things we can’t afford, programs that have been going on that maybe don’t work anymore. We really have to go through line by line and get that done.”

The deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff pushed the deadline for across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration to March 1.

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4:30 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Family Of N.H. Journalist Captured In Syria Looking For Answers

James Foley
Credit AP PHOTO/NICOLE TUNG, FREEJAMESFOLEY.ORG

Family members of a freelance journalist from New Hampshire kidnapped in Syria say they are concerned about the lack of information from his captors.

During an appearance on NBC’s The Today Show on Tuesday, Diane Foley, journalist James Foley’s mother, says unlike the last time her son was kidnapped, the family has few details.

Foley, who is from Rochester, was held captive for more than a month in Libya in 2011.

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