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12:52 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Over 300 Attend AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast In Manchester

Campaign signs line yard at St. George's Cathedral
Emily Corwin NHPR

The AFL-CIO of New Hampshire held its annual Labor Day breakfast at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester this morning.  More than three hundred working men and women gathered to hear from Governor Lynch, Employment Security commissioner George Copadis, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and others. 

The event’s featured guest and keynote speaker was AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, who says she came to New Hampshire not just to recognize New Hampshire’s workers, but to encourage them to get involved in the upcoming presidential and local elections.

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NH News
6:00 am
Mon September 3, 2012

New Cadets Take Their Place at Norwich

Not many colleges have their own seamstress, or an on-campus barber shop.  At Norwich University, they're busy places as the new school year gets under way on the military college's Northfield campus.

To be a rook is to be a bottom-of-the-pecking-order life form.  Before they can become full-fledged cadets at Norwich, they have to endure a life of few privileges and many rules.   

Every slip up triggers a verbal barrage.  Forget to address your staff sergeant properly?  Be prepared for a dose of his tender mercies.

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NH News
4:44 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Homecoming for Olympian Without a Home

Olympian Guor Marial with Senator Jeanne Shaheen in her Manchester office.
FieldWorkPhotos.com

Distance runner Guor Marial has called New Hampshire his home for 11 years. But after qualifying for the London Olympics, he had no home country to represent. The refugee isn’t a U.S. citizen, and couldn’t run for South Sudan. The world’s newest country wasn’t sending a team.

But with the help of Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Marial was allowed to run as an independent athlete in the marathon, where he finished 47th.

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NH News
11:09 am
Fri August 31, 2012

The Story Of Phineas Gage: Redux

From the collection of Jack and Beverly Wilgus. Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this month, a construction worker in Brazil suffered a strange and grisly construction accident - an iron rod fell from the fifth floor of the building on which he was working. The bar broke through the worker's helmet -- and his skull, eventually exiting through one of his eyes.

NH News
5:34 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Governor Brings Attention to Food Bank Shortages

Pallets of donated food in the warehouse of the NH Food Bank.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Thursday, Governor John Lynch issued a proclamation declaring September “Hunger Action Month.”


The New Hampshire Food Bank has been experiencing a food shortage in recent years.


Governor Lynch declared the month of September to be “Hunger Action Month” in an effort to raise awareness about the shortage.


“Each year, more than 143,000 individuals in New Hampshire rely on food being provided by the Food Bank.”


Melanie Gosselin, the Executive Director of the Food Bank, says the needs are still great for many in New Hampshire.

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NH News
4:55 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Privacy Concerns Enter Exeter Hospital Investigation

Patient privacy has become the latest front in the Hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital.

As part of their ongoing investigation, the State’s Division of Public Health is seeking access to the private health records of Exeter patients. But the Hospital says the request violates privacy laws, and is asking the courts to intervene.

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NH News
4:28 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Hassan Picks Up Endorsement from Hodes

Candidate Maggie Hassan, former Congressman Paul Hodes and State Senator Sylvia Larsen in downtown Concord.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan picked up the endorsement of Paul Hodes today.

The former two-term congressman told a small crowd of supporters in Concord that Maggie Hassan is the best choice for restoring New Hampshire values. Hodes says she’s the only candidate that can bring together Democrats, Independents and what he calls reasonable Republicans.

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NH News
6:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Mosquitoes Become Latest Public Health Battle

Ryan Naujoks checks wind levels before spraying insecticide at Rider Field in Derry.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Mosquitoes get West Nile Virus from birds, and then they give it to us. It’s Ryan Naujoks's job to stop that. He works for Dragon Mosquito Control, a private company that municipalities like Derry hire to spray insecticides.

"I’m at Rider Field right now, and everything is locked up," Naujoks says over the phone. "Rider Field…"

Eventually, someone from the Town of Derry comes and unlocks the gates. Naujoks fires up the sprayer.

The truck makes a lap around the field emitting a small puff of white smoke.

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NH News
10:52 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

RNC Holds Convention Watch Party In Windham

GOP supports gathered in Windham to watch the Republican National Convention
Emily Corwin

About 50 people gathered around a flatscreen television at Albert Letizio’s sales and marketing business in Windham last night, for a convention watch party held by the Republican National Committee.  Next door in the kitchen, another dozen helped themselves to heaps of food and giant pans of cookies.

They were there to watch the Republican National Convention, in Tampa – in particular to cheer on Senator Kelly Ayotte, and Hudson businessman Jack Gilchrist, a featured speaker.

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NH News
9:28 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Sec. of State Holds Public Forum On LGC Ruling

A public meeting in Dover raised questions about how the non profit Local Government Center improperly collected and retained insurance funds it maintained for state and local employees and retirees. 

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NH News
6:01 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Manchester Begins The School Year After $8 Million Budget Shortfall and Teacher Union Impasse

Manchester School District Superintendant Dr. Thomas Brennan. He will be stepping down from his position at the end of the school year.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Most schools around the state begin classes this week.  The state’s largest district in Manchester begins classes Wednesday.  The district has more than 15,00 students at 22 schools.  But they begin the school year after a year of suffering some of the state’s most severe budget cuts.

When the first school bells ring, Wednesday morning, students in Manchester will come back to school with fewer teachers.

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NH News
5:30 am
Mon August 27, 2012

One Year Out, Hardest Hit by Irene Make Slow Comeback

NHPR Staff Photo

A year ago Tropical Storm Irene devastated parts of Northern New Hampshire. One hard-hit business was the Crawford Notch campground, which was cut off from the rest of the state for three days by the storm.

Campground owner, Richard Garabedian, watched Tropical Storm Irene wash away 1.6 acres of his riverside campground, and the only roads that connected his business to the rest of the state.

He chuckles and says, "I still don’t sleep when it rains."

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NH News
5:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Irene Recovery Focuses On How To Minimize Future Damage

Irene construction analyst Peter Edlund oversees the statewide effort to rebuild homes damaged by Irene.
Steve Zind, Vermont Public Radio

One year after Tropical Storm Irene, the recovery process is still in high gear.  

It’s partly about pounding nails and painting walls, but it’s also about planning – and deciding what can be done to minimize the devastation of future storms.

Peter Edlund’s office has four wheels and gets about 40 miles to the gallon.  

As construction analyst for Central Vermont Community Action, Edlund oversees the work of rebuilding homes around the state damaged by Irene.  He spends his days in his car and today he’s in Moretown.

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NH News
2:52 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Gov. Candidate Kevin Smith Collects on LLC Loophole

Kevin Smith of Cornerstone Action introduces former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum at the Taxpayer Tea Party rally in Concord, April 15, 2011. (Brady Carlson, NHPR)

No candidate in the  2012 gubernatorial race benefited more from a major loophole in New Hampshire's political-finance regulations than Republican Kevin Smith. 

State election law limits corporate campaign contributions to $7,000 per election cycle, the same as individual donors. But nothing in the law prohibits multiple limited-liability companies controlled by the same individual to donate on behalf of each LLC, making it easy for wealthy donors to exceed the statutory limits.

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4:55 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Gubernatorial TV Spots Analyzed

Scene from gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley's Pledge Zombie ad.

You might have seen more than a few political TV ads this summer. Many candidates are gearing up for the general election this November, but New Hampshire still has a Primary coming on September 11th. Granite Staters will be voting to winnow the field of candidates for governor, and these candidates are using TV commercials as part of their campaign strategy.

To analyze these ads we spoke with…

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