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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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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

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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
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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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12:34 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

N.H. Senators Strike Differing Tones On Secretary Of Defense Nomination

New Hampshire’s two Senators have differing reactions to President Obama’s nomination of Republican Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense.

While praising Senator Hagel’s service in Vietnam, Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte says she has concerns about positions he has taken during his time in Congress.

In a statement, Ayotte pledged to "vigorously question" Hagel on his long-standing opposition to increased sanctions against Iran.

Ayotte says she will also ask Hagel about his views regarding Hezbollah and Hamas, as well as Israel.

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11:35 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Anti-Nuclear Groups Won't Have Role In Seabrook Re-Licensing

Anti-Nuclear groups are disappointed by a recent Federal Court decision regarding their role in the Seabrook Nuclear Plant re-licensing process.

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9:54 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Woman Injured In Bedford Home Invasion In November Found Dead Monday

Police in Bedford say less than two months after an anesthesiologist and his wife were attacked in their home by an unknown man, the wife was found dead and he was found unconscious.

Police found Sonia Quesada dead yesterday when a family member called police asking them to check in on the couple at a relative's condominium. The family member said several attempts to contact Sonia and Eduardo Quesada were unsuccessful, and that both hadn't shown up at appointments yesterday.

NH News
3:45 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

How Much Does It Cost To Prevent Voter Fraud? $16,272 In N.H.

The Secretary of State's office estimates each verification letter costs roughly $3.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

If you’re one of the approximately 5,500 voters who didn’t show an ID at the polls in November, you’ve got mail.

You’ve likely already received a letter from Secretary of State Bill Gardner explaining that someone using your name cast a ballot on Nov. 6. Along with the letter is a small postcard, with postage already paid, that you must sign and send back confirming it was you who voted.

All of this is required by the state’s new voter ID law.

And Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan says his office estimates each mailing cost roughly $3.

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1:47 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

N.H.'s Economic Forecast Cloudy As Lawmakers Craft New Two-Year Budget

New Hampshire isn’t seeing the same kind of economic growth following the recent recession as it has in the past.  And as the governor and lawmakers begin to debate the next two year budget, those forecasted numbers become especially important. 

Lawmakers are beginning this week with an overlook of the state’s economy.  A big part of that economic picture comes from last month’s report by the New England Economic Partnership. 

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12:08 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

ID Verification Notices Going Out To 7,000 N.H. Voters

An example of the verification letter being sent out to roughly 7,000 N.H. voters.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

New Hampshire Democrats are looking to change or repeal a new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, even before the law has been fully implemented.

For the November election, a wide range of identification was accepted, including student IDs. But going forward, only driver's licenses, state-issued identification cards, passports or military IDs will be allowed.

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3:51 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Bradley Says Senate Republicans Would Push Back On Higher Cigarette Taxes

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley

Revenues have fallen millions of dollars short of what lawmakers projected when they lowered the tax on cigarettes by 10 cents two years ago. The theory was lowering the tax would boost sales.

Assuming revenues continue to miss the mark, a sunset provision will kick in and the tax will automatically be reinstated on July 1.

Appearing on NHPR’s The Exchange on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley says Republicans in the Senate are not likely to fight that measure.

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6:54 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Hassan Calls For Cooperation

Democrat Maggie Hassan said it early, and she said it often: NH’s leaders need to reach across the aisle.

“The people if NH have made it clear that they want to restore balance, that they want us to work together.”

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