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5:55 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Manchester Coping With Major Outages

Manchester shelter
Jon Lynch NHPR

Nearly two days after an unseasonable snow storm, much of the Queen City remains without power.

PSNH estimates that around 31,000 of its customers in Manchester still don’t have electricity.

The difficulty in getting back power to the city comes from the fact that repair crews must work block by block to remove fallen tree limbs and other debris from the power lines.

City officials established a shelter at Memorial High School for those that were worst hit by the storm.

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NH News
4:31 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

State's Largest Utility Works To Restore Power

Public Service of New Hampshire is ramping up their efforts to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes.

PSNH’s President Gary Long says that the storm knocked out more major power lines than any storm in the utility’s history.

Over the past two days crews have restored most of these lines, and now expect that power restoration to individual homes will accelerate.

Long: This snowstorm did more damage for this kind of event than we’ve ever seen by some reports in 140 years.

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Word of Mouth
4:04 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Senator Kelly Ayotte Should Doll Up Her Office

As one of the nation's top experts on U.S. Senate office decor, no one is more pleased than me that New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte decided to bring "Oscar the Moose" to Washington.

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NH News
12:56 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

State Wants More FEMA Aid After Snow Storm

For the third time this year, Governor Lynch is seeking federal money to help pick up the pieces after a major storm.

NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown reports.

In a press conference today, the governor made an announcement that is almost starting to become routine.

LYNCH: I am in the process of preparing a request for a federal emergency declaration, and we expect that request to be submitted today.

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NH News
11:04 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Pop-Up Stores Growing Trend, Not Just for Halloween

Cheryl Rich-Kern NHPR

It’s that time of the year when the days are getting shorter and the retail hours are getting longer.

And while year-round merchants are gearing up for the holiday season, pop-up stores, like the many Halloween outlets, are cropping up alongside them — and then shutting their doors one or two months later.

These temporary stores may sound like a fad, but pop-up stores reflect a growing trend in the retail sector.

You see one in almost every large mall in New Hampshire:

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NH News
4:00 am
Mon October 31, 2011

N.H. Neighborhood Known For Halloween Excess

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host: Americans are expected to spend nearly $7 billion on Halloween. If you're wondering exactly how, let's go to one street in Concord, New Hampshire, where families take the ghoulish holiday very seriously. New Hampshire Public Radio's Dan Gorenstein reports.

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NH News
6:16 pm
Sun October 30, 2011

Power Restoration Off to Slow Start

Public Service of New Hampshire is making modest progress as crews try to restore power to hundreds of thousands. It may take days before everyone has the lights back on. 

The heavy, wet snow and foliage in the trees is why so many homes and business are without power.

PSNH has crews fanned out across the state, including teams from Hydro Quebec and independent contractors.

Company spokesperson Martin Murray says it’s difficult to get as much help as PSNH would like.

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NH News
5:00 pm
Sun October 30, 2011

Storm Power Outage Numbers Rise

Power outages have continued to climb as the day has gone on. But emergency officials believe the worst is probably over.

At its peak, utilities reported 315,000 customers had lost service.

That’s approaching the 2008 Ice Storm record of 420,000.

PSNH has said some customers won’t have power restored for a week.

But Department of Safety spokesperson Jim Van Dongen says he expects many homes and business should have the lights back in a few days.

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NH News
11:39 am
Sun October 30, 2011

Emergency Officials Urge People Without Power to Seek Shelter

More than 250,000 customers around New Hampshire are waking up to no power this morning. Last night’s storm has wreaked havoc on the state’s power system.

Unitil reports 40 thousand of its customers in New Hampshire have lost service as 35-40 mile an hour winds along the Seacoast took down power lines in towns like, Seabrook, Hampton and Exeter.

PSNH, the state’s largest utility, has some 185,000 customers without power this morning.

Company spokesperson Mike Skelton says Manchester and Nashua have been hit the hardest.

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NH News
11:39 am
Sun October 30, 2011

Shelters Now Open Across New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security announces that the American Red Cross has opened five regional shelters in the state.

Londonderry: Londerrry High School, 293 Mammoth Road

Manchester: Memorial High School, 1 Crusader Way, Opens 5pm Sunday

Nashua: Nashua High School North, 10 Chuck Drudging Drive

Newton: NewtonTown Hall, 2 Town Hall Road

Rochester: Rochester Community Center, 150 Wakefield Street.

Hooksett: Cawley Middle School, 89 White Hall Road, Opens 6pm Sunday

Newmarket: Newmarket Community Center, 2 Terrace Drive

NH News
7:00 am
Sun October 30, 2011

Snow Knocks Out Power For Thousands

More than 250,000 customers around New Hampshire are waking up to no power this morning. Last night’s storm has wreaked havoc on the state’s power system.

Unitil reports 40 thousand of its customers in New Hampshire have lost service as 35-40 mile an hour winds along the Seacoast took down power lines in towns like, Seabrook, Hampton and Exeter.

PSNH, the state’s largest utility, has some 185,000 customers without power this morning.

Company spokesperson Mike Skelton says Manchester and Nashua have been hit the hardest.

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NH News
7:55 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Health Insurers Defend High Premiums

New Hampshire has some of the highest health insurance rates in the country.  The state’s insurance department held its first hearing ever on some of the causes.

The average policy holder saw a 14 percent rise in premiums this past year.  A cavalcade of health care providers, employers and insurance companies offered their views.  Lisa Guertin, president of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, said one factor is new treatments.

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NH News
10:37 am
Fri October 28, 2011

UNH Faculty Negotiations Break Down

Negotiations between the faculty union and the administration at the University of New Hampshire broke down for the second time in a year yesterday.

NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown has the story.

UNH’s negotiator says that in light of the quote “epic” reductions in state funding to the university system, it’s only reasonable to ask professors to share in the cuts.

But the faculty’s negotiator, Dale Barkee, says that pressure to reduce salary and benefits began before cuts in the state’s contribution.

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NH News
8:46 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Crime Fiction the Granite State Way

Rick Broussard, Editor of Volume 2 in the New Hampshire Pulp Fiction Series, explains why New Hampshire is such a good background for a mystery anthology.

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NH News
5:15 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Daddy's Junky Music Closes

From Twitter:

DADDY'S JUNKY MUSIC CLOSING? that's where I got my first guitar

wishing to have given in to the recent compulsion to visit

after 39 years......I'm shocked!

Remember to tip your guitarist for delivering that pizza.

And so it went.

An iconic store of New England’s music scene has shut its doors.  Daddy’s Junky Music was forced by creditors to close its operations after 39 years. 

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NH News
4:51 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

House Panel Backs Casinos

Proposal to allow two NH casinos clears ways and means committee by 14-7 margin. NHPR's Josh Rogers reports.

The 14-7 vote by the house ways and means committee runs counter to years of anti-gambling votes in the house. And it comes in the wake Massachusetts' passing bills that call for three resort casinos and one slot machine parlor. House Majority leader DJ Bettencourt of Salem hopes votes on Beacon Hill have changed the changes the equation on gambling for many house members.

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NH News
4:42 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Uncovering the Stories Behind Manchester's Historic Buildings

herzogbr Flickr/Creative Commons

Yesterday we talked to the poet laureate of Rochester, who’s been preserving the voices of people who worked at city’s giant factory buildings.

Today we talk with a resident of Manchester who’s preserving the history of the buildings themselves.

NH News
2:30 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Bipartisan Group Defends Gay Marriage

A New Hampshire interest group says they are disappointed with the Republican Party’s push to repeal gay marriage.

NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown reports.

Standing up for New Hampshire families calls itself a bipartisan group of citizens who oppose repealing New Hampshire’s 2009 gay marriage law.

At a press conference in Concord, the group urged the legislature to listen to their constituents, who support gay marriage 2 to 1.

The group’s spokesperson Tyler Deaton says that his group wants lawmakers to work on other issues.

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NH News
11:05 am
Thu October 27, 2011

NH this Weekend: Dead Poets, Harmony, and Juggling with Lasers

It's not all about Halloween this weekend; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has suggestions for other events in New Hampshire.

Links:

NH News
5:45 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Economy Stresses N.H. Food Safety Net

Dan Gorenstein NHPR

Around the country soup kitchens and food pantries are reporting a spike in demand. Here in New Hampshire, food bank officials say they can’t keep up with requests for help. The state’s food assistance safety net is showing signs of serious strain. 

Things started to change for Christopher Persall sometime this summer.

“It goes from you being able to eat meats, fruits and vegetables and dessert to now there are days where there are some vegetables and some breads.”

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NH News
4:32 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

"The Lost Soles of Rochester" Gives Voice To Factory Workers

Postcard of The Wallace Shoe Factory, Rochester, New Hampshire.

Fifty years ago the city of Rochester was home to giant shoe factories. Hundreds of workers made a living working with leather and handling huge machines.

Rochester’s shoe factory era may be gone, but the city’s poet laureate wants to make sure it’s not forgotten.

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NH News
4:03 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

LRGH Steers Clear of Medicaid Patients

More than 3,000 people on Medicaid in the Lakes Region will have to switch from their regular doctors by next month.  They are being reassigned to other area clinics.

Primary care doctors that are part of LRGH Healthcare will no longer treat Medicaid patients.  LRGH President, Tom Clairmont, says the joint federal-state program for the poor and disabled, covers less than half the cost of providing care.  Clairmont says that formula undermines the hospital’s ability to provide the most essential care.

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NH News
5:31 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Investigation Slaps Wentworth by the Sea for Wage Violations

The Hotel Wentworth by the Sea owes dozens of its former employees nearly $72 thousand dollars in back wages. The hotel and its sub-contractor failed to pay kitchen and housekeeping staff for over a month.

The U.S. Department of Labor investigation found that Wentworth by the Sea and its subcontractor Eco-Clean New England failed to pay some workers for a 4-7 week period.

The hotel also didn’t pay overtime to workers, who primarily are non-native English speakers and live in the Boston area.

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NH News
5:22 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

House Panel Backs Gay Marriage Repeal

Judiciary committee votes 11-6 to replace same-sex marriage with civil unions for any unmarried adults – even relatives. NHPR's Josh Rogers reports

By an 11 to 6 margin the house judiciary committee voted to undo the state’s 15-month-old gay marriage law and replace it with civil union for any unmarried adults – even relatives. The bill’s lead sponsor, Republican David Bates of Windham, says he expects the full House to endorse the proposal as drafted.

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NH News
4:37 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Expansion of Interstate 93 Threatened

New Hampshire's newly-appointed Transportation Commissioner says without federal matching funds, the I-93 expansion and other major road projects are at risk.

Chris Clement has had a lot to deal with in the five weeks since first taking office.

First state legislators made major reductions in his budget and now Congress wants to cut their contribution by more than $50 million.

Clement says without the money from Washington, there will be no more expansion work of I-93.

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NH News
5:59 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Rock & Roll Photo Exhibit at the Currier

Last week, rock photographer Barry Feinstein died.

While the name might not ring a bell, he shot the cover of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A Changing" and Janis Joplin's "Pearl," and countless others.

His photographs, as well as works from other famous and not-so-famous rock photographers, are on display at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester.

The exhibit captures some of Rock and Roll’s biggest icons.

The photos aren’t posed promo shots, but intimate off-stage photos rarely seen by the public.

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NH News
5:42 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

LGC Concerned Over Public Comments

The Local Government Center wants to limit public comments as the state makes its case that LGC violated the law. LGC lawyers are frustrated over comments state regulators have made to the press.

In a closed door meeting, two sources say LGC attorney Bill Saturley asked presiding officer Donald Mitchell to restrict lawyers from speaking to reporters.

The Securities Bureau is alleging that LGC- which provides insurance to cities and towns- violated multiple state laws, and owes cities and towns upwards of $100 million dollars.

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NH News
12:00 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Governor Lynch Calls For Education Funding Amendment

Governor John Lynch surprised top Republican lawmakers today when he released an education funding constitutional amendment.

The amendment would give the state more discretion to target financial aid to schools than it has today.

Critics are concerned about how the governor’s proposal would affect court oversight of education funding.

Governor John Lynch and Republican leaders all want to see the state adopt a constitutional amendment.

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NH News
12:00 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Lynch's Ed Funding Move Draws Mixed GOP Reaction

The governor says this amendment will preserve the state's obligation to fund education but give it the flexibility to target funds.

Here's the text of Lynch's amendment:

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NH News
12:00 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Sled Hockey Tournament Begins

For many in New Hampshire the arrival of fall means only one thing….hockey season.

The University of New Hampshire Wildcats started their season this month.

And the first tournament for a different kind of hockey begins tonight.

NHPR Correspondent Matt Goisman takes a look at the sport of sled hockey.

At a local rink in Dover, New Hampshire, head coach Taylor Chace prepares his team for their opening tournament on October 21.

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