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3:41 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

BAE Systems To Lay Off 200 In N.H.

New Hampshire’s number one manufacturing employer announced Monday that it will lay off 200 people in the state.


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5:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Cost Of N.H. Voter ID Law Adds Up As New Requirements Roll Out

  New Hampshire election officials are preparing for the cost of rolling out the next phase of the state’s voter ID law.

Starting with elections this fall, voters without identification must have their pictures taken by a poll worker before casting a ballot.

Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan says his department estimates purchasing a digital camera and printer for each of the state’s 330 polling sites, plus backups, will cost roughly $85,000.

He says the department will also have to hire someone to oversee the new requirements.

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8:49 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

GOP Elects Horn

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New Hampshire Republicans tap former congressional candidate Jennifer Horn to be party chair.

Jennifer Horn told fellow Republicans that under her watch the GOP will shake the image that she said hurt them in 2012.

"We must put to rest forever the notion that the Republican party does not care -- that we don't care about women, that we don't care about the elderly, that we don't care about children, that we are the party of old white guys."

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6:52 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Friends Gather To Remember Senator Warren Rudman

Former Supreme Court Justice David Souter remembers his friend Warren Rudman inside the Federal Courthouse in Concord that bears his name.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

The two-term Republican was a budget hawk, a centrist… and to the crowd inside the Federal Courthouse that bears his name, a statesman. 

Among his many accomplishments was the successful nomination of Supreme Court Justice David Souter, who served under Rudman in the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.

Souter: “As we watched him and we listened to him, he brought out the best instincts that were in us. Whatever they were, including the instinct to laugh at yourself every once in a while.”

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4:59 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Medicaid Managed Care Delay Could Leave $15M Hole In DHHS Budget

Implementation of the state’s Medicaid managed care program continues to stall.

Further delays could lead to a multimillion dollar budget shortfall in the state’s largest department.

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas projects a $9 million shortfall in his budget for the rest of this fiscal year.

As he explained to members of the House Finance Committee Thursday, that’s because savings from the managed care program were assumed in the department’s budget.

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3:49 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

NEC Poll Finds Support For Tighter Gun Laws

The automated poll of 656 random voters found 72 percent support an assault weapons ban and 88 percent support universal background checks on gun purchases. New England College pollster Ben Tafoya.

"Men, women, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, it doesn’t  matter – it’s all very high, and that is fairly surprising coming from a NH audience."

Tafoya says the numbers reflect the “deep and lasting effects” of the Newtown Connecticut shootings.  The poll’s margin of error is 3.82%.  NEC conducted the poll Monday and Tuesday nights. 

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3:39 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

N.H. Man Charged With Investment Fraud

New Hampshire prosecutors say a Dover man pocketed nearly $300,000 investors gave him to buy and rehabilitate distressed properties.

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3:10 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Study: While State Aid Dwindles, Cities And Towns Rely More On Property Taxes

This chart from the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies shows the per capita spending for New Hampshire cities and towns from 2001 to 2011.
Credit Courtesy of New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies

A study released this week finds that in the past several years, less state money has gone to cities and towns.  

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8:05 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Sen. Ayotte Supports Pentagon Lifting Ban On Women In Combat

Sen. Kelly Ayotte
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  U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says she is pleased the Pentagon is lifting its ban on women serving in combat roles.

Ayotte, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says the announcement "reflects the increasing role that female service members play in securing our country.”

The decision overturns a rule enacted in 1994 by the Pentagon that kept women from serving in combat roles.

Ayotte says she has seen firsthand servicemen and women working together in a range of dangerous operations.

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5:35 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Counting The Homeless In The Cold

A team of outreach volunteers searches for the homeless in Manchester.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

On any given evening in Manchester, roughly 50 people sleep in hidden camps, under bridges, in cars and inside abandoned buildings. Despite the extreme cold, last night was no exception.

It was also the night a group of volunteers fanned out to count homeless people as part of an annual census. 

They gathered at Families in Transition, a homeless services agency.There’s coffee, donuts, and also detailed maps of Manchester, with yellow Post-its marking places where homeless people often sleep.

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5:04 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Man In Snowmobile Crash Dies After Night In Bitter Cold On Shelburne Trail

A 29-year-old Shelburne man has died after injuring himself in a snowmobile crash and spending Tuesday night in the bitter cold.

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4:37 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Hassan Names Revenue Panel

Governor Maggie Hassan has named a team of experts to help her estimate revenues during the state’s budget process.

Hassan used her first executive order to create her Consensus Revenue Estimating panel. The panel’s charge is to periodically develop and refresh estimates of the money raised from state taxes and fees. 

Some states use such panels to set revenues used by budget writers; in N.H. that role is performed by lawmakers.

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3:59 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Sarah Long Bridge Breaks In Frigid Temperatures

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1/24/13 AP Update: 

Work has started to fix a lift bridge between New Hampshire and Maine that had gotten stuck and caused traffic problems along the seacoast.

The work could take up to two days. Conditions weren't optimal: Workers started at 7 a.m. Thursday in subzero weather. By noon, it got up to 12 degrees in Portsmouth.

Department spokesman Bill Boynton said authorities were performing a routine test on Sarah Long Bridge on Wednesday when it failed to close all the way, becoming stuck about a foot over the roadbed.

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3:02 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

N.H. Beer Industry Pushes Back On Proposed Tax Increase

  Opponents of a bill that would increase New Hampshire’s beer tax told lawmakers Wednesday that the move would harm an industry vital to the state’s economy.

New Hampshire-based beer manufacturers and industry advocates urged members of the House Ways and Means committee to reject the proposal. The bill would increase the tax on a gallon of beer at the wholesale level from 30 cents to 40 cents.

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11:41 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Manchester School Board On Track To Limit Class Sizes

Curriculum and Instruction Committee of the Manchester Board of School Committee.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

A Manchester School Board subcommittee has approved a policy restricting class sizes. And this could be the first step in resolving the school district’s overcrowding problem.

The school board’s curriculum and instruction subcommittee approved setting clear limits to class sizes.


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