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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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NH News
8:05 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Sen. Ayotte Supports Pentagon Lifting Ban On Women In Combat

Sen. Kelly Ayotte
Credit Chris jensen for NHPR

  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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NH News
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.

NH News
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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NH News
3:59 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Sarah Long Bridge Breaks In Frigid Temperatures

Credit Muffet / Flickr Creative Commons

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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NH News
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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NH News
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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NH News
6:22 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

House Takes Up Repeal of 'Stand Your Ground'

If N.H.’s so-called stand your ground law were repealed, people would again have a duty to retreat before using deadly force to defend themselves or others.  House Majority leader, Steve Shurtleff of Concord, a former U.S. Marshall, is the repeal's lead sponsor.

"I don’t want to see us have an incident where someone is inadvertently killed because someone thought they were invoking their right under stand your ground."   

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NH News
5:19 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

U.N.H. Law School To Name Center After Warren Rudman

The University of New Hampshire School of Law is planning to establish a center in remembrance of former Sen. Warren Rudman, who died in November.

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NH News
3:16 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Economy, Jobs, Guns: College Students On Second-Term Priorities

Students and staff gathered at Saint Anselm College on Monday to watch President Barack Obama's inauguration.
Credit Michael Brindley / NHPR

  Students and staff at Saint Anselm College gathered Monday to watch President Barack Obama take the oath of office.

When asked what should be the top priority on Obama’s agenda for his second term, the students were not short on opinions.

“He really needs to get serious about deficit reduction.”

“Probably education I think. All college students are really concerned.”

“I’d really like to see him tackle climate change legislation.”

Red, white and blue streamers were strung across the student center, as big-screen TVs carried the president’s speech.

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NH News
5:30 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Non-Profit In Manchester Participates in National Day of Service

Executive Director Mary Sliney at the steps to The Way Home headquarters.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

More than 15 volunteers signed up to work at a Manchester non-profit for the National Day of Service.


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5:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Bill Would Require Drug Testing For Welfare Applicants

A Republican state lawmaker want to make passing a drug test a requirement for receiving welfare benefits.

Although it faces near-certain death with a Democratic majority in the House, State Representative Jeanine Notter hopes her bill at least starts a conversation on welfare reform.  

Notter is co-sponsoring legislation requiring drug testing for applicants of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. 

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NH News
5:30 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Pro-Gun Rally In Concord Attracts Large Crowd

Rep. Al Baldasaro on the steps holding a megaphone.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

More than 300 people attended a pro-gun rally held at the New Hampshire Statehouse Saturday.


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NH News
3:56 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

USNH Officials Make Pitch For Restoring Cuts To Public Higher Educaton

The wildcat mascot at the University of New Hampshire
Credit courtesy University of New Hampshire

  University System of New Hampshire officials are making their pitch to restore cuts made in the last state budget that reduced support for public higher education nearly in half.

State university system Chancellor Ed MacKay relied on a timely economic catch phrase to describe the impact budget cuts have had on public higher education.

“You talk about a fiscal cliff; I think there’s no better depiction of a fiscal cliff than what we experienced in the current biennium.”

MacKay was speaking to members of the House Finance committee on Thursday.

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