NH News

Gambling veto
5:18 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Lynch Vows Gambling Veto

Governor John Lynch promises to veto any bill that would allow casinos or similar forms of gambling in the state.

Governor Lynch struck preemptively.  In a letter to the Republican leaders in the House and Senate, he said more gambling would increase social service costs and, with casinos likely to come to Massachusetts,  fail to raise as much revenue as backers predict.

The governor’s spokesman, Colin Manning said furthermore, any expansion will lead to proliferation.

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NH News
5:38 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Regulators Want LGC to Turn Over Control To Neutral Party

State regulators suggested the Local Government Center turn over control of its operation and assets to a neutral party.

The Securities Bureau Director says that’s the best way to address fundamental problems within the organization.

The Local Government Center, the group that provides insurance to cities and towns, faces four charges it violated state laws.

The Securities bureau alleges that LGC owes municipalities upwards of $100 million dollars.

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NH News
4:49 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Executive Council Refuses Another Term For Consumer Advocate

The Executive Council refused to give New Hampshire Consumer Advocate Meredith Hatfield another term.

Some on the all Republican council feel she’s been too political in her opinions.

The Executive Council voted three to two against re-appointing Meredith Hatfield to represent the interest of consumers against the state’s public utilities.

Councilor Chris Sununu, of Newfields, says he was concerned about her stance on the Laidlaw Biomass Plant in Berlin as well as some of her opinions on the PSNH power plant in Bow.

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NH News
4:27 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Airport Access Road Set to Open

Jonathan Lynch

Governor Lynch and other New Hampshire politicians were on hand to dedicate the newly completed Manchester Airport access road.

The new, two mile stretch of highway connects the airport to both the Everett Turnpike and Route 3.

Planning for the road began about 25 years ago.
 
Now that it’s done, the Department of Transportation estimates people will be able to shave about 10 minutes from their drive to the airport.

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PSNH Defends Grid
1:15 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

PSNH Defends Power Grid

In the wake of recent power outages after a freak snow storm, Public Service of New Hampshire is defending the quality of its distribution grid.   The electric utility says there are no perfect solutions.

Top state and federal officials have called for public hearings on the factors that left hundreds of thousands of customers without power.  PSNH President Gary Long says he welcomes those hearings.  Long says the power company has invested heavily in its network of poles and wires and the system has never been stronger.

 

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NH News
11:50 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Mayoral Election Round-up

The ballots have been tallied from yesterday’s municipal elections, and New Hampshire voters have by-and-large chosen to hang on to their incumbents.

Mayors in Concord, Manchester, Rochester all defeated challengers by wide margins, while those in Nashua, Laconia, and Berlin had uncontested elections.

The one exception was in Claremont where Republican challenger James Nielson unseated incumbent Democrat Deborah Cutts by fewer than forty votes.

Dan Tuohy (TWO-ee) a reporter with New Hampshire Patch, spent the evening watching the votes being counted in Concord.

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NH News
11:45 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Voters Weigh in on Ballot Questions Across the State

Voters didn’t just vote for mayors and alderman yesterday.

Several ballot initiatives were also passed around the state.

Two similar measures in Manchester and Dover sought to change how the tax cap is calculated in those cities, and give slightly more freedom to elected officials to raise funds.

The measure passed in Manchester but was defeated in Dover.

Meanwhile in Concord, voters passed two charter amendments.

The first gives control of the school board, which had been in the hands of the legislature, back to the municipality.

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NH News
11:21 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Gatsas Re-elected

Jon Lynch, NHPR

Still recovering from city-wide power outages from the surprise Halloween blizzard, Manchester
voters went to the polls yesterday and re-elected Mayor Ted Gatsas.

The incumbent secured a second term as mayor by a wide margin, trouncing
Democratic challenger Chris Herbert.

In his victory speech, Gatsas thanked his opponent for running a positive campaign and
stressed his commitment to reduce the city’s budget.

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NH News
1:30 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

MCC Receives $5 Million to Train Workers

Manchester Community College has received a grant of nearly 5 million dollars for a worker training program.

As NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown reports the funds come from an unexpected source.

When American companies can’t find the American workers with the skills they need, they can bring in guest workers on a temporary visa.

Applying for that visa costs the employer a lot of money, and the Department of Labor gives that money back in the form of grants to train Americans.

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NH News
5:16 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

High Court Says Public Pension Names Fall Under Right-to-Know

The state Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that names and individual pension amounts are public information. The ruling opens the door for media to scrutinize how much former public workers collect in retirement.

About 18 months ago, the Union Leader asked to see the names and payouts to the 500 individuals with the highest pensions.

Citing vague language in the Right-to-Know law, the New Hampshire Retirement System declined to hand over the documents.

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NH News
4:49 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

PUC Awards Grants For Renewable Energy

The Public Utilities Commission has awarded grants to fund renewable energy projects in the state.

Four companies and one elementary school will receive part of a one million dollar grant for projects that reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Carbon Harvest Energy will receive the largest portion of the grant -$500,000- for a landfill gas-to-energy combined heat and power plant in Lebanon.

Greenville Elementary School will receive a grant to replace its oil-fired boiler with a wood pellet one.

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NH News
4:43 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

EPA Holds Hearing On PSNH Power Plant

The Environmental Protection Agency held a public hearing on a new permit for PSNH’s coal-fired power plant in Bow.

The draft permit could force the utility to upgrade its cooling system to prevent fish kills.

The EPA says the Merrimack station power plant withdraws large quantities of water from the Merrimack River and returns it at much higher temperatures.

The agency says installing a more modern cooling system would reduce fish kills by 95-percent.

But it would also cost PSNH $112 million over a 20 year period.

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NH News
4:40 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Senators Call For Electric Grid Investigation

With power still out from last weekend’s snow storm, New Hampshire’s senators are pressuring federal regulators for answers.

New Hampshire’s senators are asking the federal agencies that oversee electrical grids to identify why the power keeps going out.

More than three hundred thousand people in New Hampshire were left in the dark and cold after the storm Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte says that’s unacceptable.

“With the ice storm there was a pretty lengthy outage and with this storm there was an outage and we want to make sure the grid is where it should be.”

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NH News
5:29 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Lebanon Businesses Damaged In Tropical Storm Irene Reopening

Some New Hampshire residents are still dealing with power outages from the aftermath of the October snowstorm.

But in the Upper Valley, many businesses are still recovering from the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

It’s been more than two months since Irene flooded the heart of the shopping district in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Three shopping plazas in Lebanon were hit hard during Tropical Storm Irene.

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Morning Edition
11:47 am
Thu November 3, 2011

NH this Weekend: Raise a Turkey, Grow Beer and Set a Table

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has birds, beer and a really nice table setting on the mind. She tells NHPR's Rick Ganley about three events in the state this weekend.

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The Exchange
12:00 am
Thu November 3, 2011

America's Failing Grade On Child Abuse

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Child abuse in America.  A national report says more children in the United States die from abuse and neglect than kids in any other industrialized democracy, with a child maltreatment rate three times that of Canada and eleven times higher than Italy.  We’re looking at this issue both at the national level and in New Hampshire. What’s driving these numbers, and where progress is being made.

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NH News
5:15 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Tobacco Sales Drag Oct. Revenues Down

Tax collections were off in the month of October by $4 million dollars. The drop in tobacco revenue makes up the majority of the shortfall.

The tobacco tax brought in $2.6 million less than expected in October.

That shortfall has prompted criticism of the GOP push to cut the tax by a dime back in June.

In a sharply worded press release about the overall budget House Democrats said it doesn’t make sense to “make college more expensive and cigarettes cheaper.”

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NH News
5:10 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Congressman Bass: All Options On Table To Reduce Deficit

The congressional “super committee” is only tasked with cutting one point two trillion dollars from the federal debt. But Second District Republican Congressman Charlie Bass is asking the panel to cut even deeper, even if it taxes are thrown into the mix.

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Word of Mouth
12:45 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

The Prep School of Rock N'Roll

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A group of teachers from St. Paul's in Concord trades hall-passes for instruments after school.  Two members join us to talk about the art of finely-aged Rock N'Roll.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Prep School of Rock

The Fletchtones might be a group made up of prep school faculty and staff, but that doesn't mean they don't rock hard. 

 

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NH News
11:02 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Home Foreclosure Trends Improving

It looks now as though 2010 will be the high water mark for foreclosures.  The New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority predicts 2011 will see a slight improvement over last year.

 Jane Law with New Hampshire Housing says she’s truly glad the state is unlikely to match the level seen in 2010.

“When you look at the foreclosure notices, the foreclosure deeds.  All of it seems to be trending down.”

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Word of Mouth
8:00 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Word of Mouth for November 2nd, 2011

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The other drug war south of the border. TV gets politics right...except when it doesn't. A school for immigrant teens. And the Fletchtones rock on.

The Exchange
12:00 am
Wed November 2, 2011

David Folkenflik and the Media

We sit down with NPR Media correspondent David Folkenflik. He’s the guy who covers the latest from the news business from the New York Times and Fox News to individual bloggers and smalltown papers. And, at times, Folkenflick’s had to report on the blemishes at his own organization.

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  • David Folkenflik: NPR Media correspondent.
NH News
5:55 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Report: Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Working As Designed

Public Service of New Hampshire

New Hampshire environmental officials presented an updated report on the state of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to lawmakers Tuesday.

As NHPR’s Amy Quinton explains, the report reignites the debate over whether to keep the state in the carbon emission cap and trade program.

The report shows that program, known as RGGI, is working as designed.

Under the program, power plants buy an allowance for every ton of carbon dioxide they emit.

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NH News
5:00 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

New Hampshire's Standardized Test Scores Are In

The New Hampshire Department of Education put out an analysis of the latest round of National standardized test results Today.

NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown reports that New Hampshire schools still rank among the best in the country.

Not much has changed  since the last National Assessment of Educational Progress – or NAEP – tests were conducted

New Hampshire fourth graders continue to rank third in the nation, and eighth graders rank eighth.

The DOE’s Tim Eccleston says that New Hampshire students are doing well across the board.

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NH News
2:50 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

When Will We Get Our Power Back?

At the start of the day Tuesday, Public Service of New Hampshire had 135,000 customers without power due to this weekend's storm.

Now the utility has given an estimate of when every town should have their power restored.

You can see the town by town power restoration estimates here.

Word of Mouth
2:37 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

As The Publishing World Turns...

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Amazon is back in the business of getting books on print - only now, they're hopping the middle man. Jason Boog, Editor of the publishing website Galley Cat, explains.

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Word of Mouth
2:17 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Genetic Genocide: GMO Mosquitoes

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Editor for Scientific American Michael Moyer explains how genetically-modified mosquitoes could stop the spread of Dengue Fever; unless uncomfortable corporate practices don't cause a GMO backlash first.

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Word of Mouth
2:05 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Deaf Jam Poetry - the signs of spoken word

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Deaf Israeli slam-poet Aneta Brodski collaborates with Palestinian interpreter Veronica Staehle, uniting culture and language through art.

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NH News
1:49 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Labor Tension Grows at Union Leader

Monday was the deadline for employees at the Union Leader to ratify a new 2-year contract. Company negotiators said failure to reach a new deal would result in layoffs and a 10% salary cut. Reporters, editors, advertising staff and others at the paper have unanimously rejected the new deal. Workers say this latest round of cutbacks threatens the paper’s standing.

Norm Welsh started working at the state’s largest newspaper back in the late 80’s.

He remembers those times fondly.

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