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2:48 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Reopening 12 Beds At State Hospital Part Of Plan To Improve Mental Health Care

New Hampshire Hospital
Credit Thomas Fearon

The state Department of Health and Human Services announced plans to temporarily reopen 12 beds at the state’s psychiatric hospital.

The state now needs to find more than $2 million to cover the cost.

Mental health advocates say the plan to add beds at New Hampshire Hospital is an encouraging first step in addressing long waiting lists for treatment.

But Ken Norton with the state chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill says there is still much work to be done.

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LGC Order
6:00 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

12 Towns Push For Share Of $52 Million LGC Order

The LGC disputes the 12 towns' interpretation of last summer's order
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

A group of New Hampshire towns have banded together to demand the Local Government Center return a chunk of their insurance premiums.  Last summer, a hearing officer ruled that for years, the LGC had overcharged communities for its health insurance program.  And the LGC was ordered to return more than $52 million to members

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NH News
5:09 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Shaheen, Ayotte Proposals For Fiscal Cliff Deal Reflect National Partisan Debate

With a Jan. 1 deadline for the so-called fiscal cliff looming, New Hampshire’s senators are in the Granite State and discussing what needs to be done to reach a deal. 

At an event meant to celebrate New Hampshire’s all-female delegation last week, the most excited crowd reaction came when the discussion turned to dealing with the nation’s fiscal issues.

“The biggest issue for me is that we are 16 trillion in debt," Sen. Kelly Ayotte said during a celebration of the state's all-female delegation last week.

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NH News
4:20 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

N.H. Towns File Complaint With Securities Regulators

A dozen New Hampshire towns have filed a complaint arguing they are being deprived of their share of $52 million being refunded by the group that manages health insurance pools for public workers and retirees.

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NH News
3:22 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Poll: N.H. Voters Support Raising Taxes On Richest 2 Percent

NEC Center for Civic Engagement

A new poll released by New England College shows a majority of Granite Staters favor raising taxes on families with incomes above $250,000 a year.

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NH News
12:16 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

N.H. Fish And Game Offering Free Ice Fishing Classes

If you're planning on trying your hand at ice fishing this winter, probably best to brush up on the dos and don'ts before heading out.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s "Let’s Go Fishing Program," in partnership with other groups, is offering several free ice fishing class. They are open to anyone, though those under 16 are encouraged to be accompanied by an adult. Those planning on going are asked to call ahead to reserve spaces.

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NH News
8:15 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

Bah Humbug! Thieves Snag Lights From Boscawen Christmas Tree - Twice

Thieves have stolen the lights off a small New Hampshire town's Christmas tree twice in less than a week.

Officials in Boscawen say someone stole the bottom set of lights off the town tree in the overnight hours last Monday or Tuesday just hours after firefighters had put the lights up. The tree has been a tradition in Boscawen for decades, standing by the road at a well-traveled junction.

NH News
5:42 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Historic Bridges House Gets A Makeover

The Bridges House in 1977

The newly renovated Bridges House, New Hampshire’s official but unused governor’s residence is now opened for tours.


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NH News
12:20 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Ayotte: We'll Have A Female President In My Lifetime, But It Won't Be Me

The nation's first all-female delegation gathered at Saint Anselm College Friday. From left, Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan, Rep.-elect Ann Kuster, Rep.-elect Carol Shea-Porter, Sen, Kelly Ayotte and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
Michael Brindley, NHPR

Originally broadcast 12/7/2012.

While seen as a rising star in her party, Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte says she has no plans to be the nation's first female president.

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NH News
6:45 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

State's Largest Department Gets To Work Meeting Hassan's Budget Demands

Nick Toumpas

State department heads will spend the coming weeks working to meet Governor-elect Maggie Hassan’s mandate to cut spending by 3 percent next year.

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NH News
5:57 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Gov.-Elect Hassan Tells Agencies To Cut Back 3 Percent In 2013 Budgets

Maggie Hassan
Credit Paul Filippov

Gov.-Elect Maggie Hassan is instructing state agencies to make 3 percent cuts in next year’s budgets.

In a memo sent out Wednesday to department heads, Hassan says the budget targets will give the state flexibility to deal with unexpected financial issues.

The directive requires agencies to craft budgets for Fiscal Year 2013 that are 97 percent of this year’s adjusted appropriations.

For Fiscal Year 2014, Hassan wants budgets that are 100 percent of the adjusted 2013 spending.

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NH News
4:53 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

N.H. Tourism Officials Predict 6.7M Visitors Will Spend $860M This Winter

Skiing in the White Mountains

After a rough winter season last year, New Hampshire tourism officials predict nearly seven million people will visit the state between now and the end of February.

The state Division of Travel and Tourism Development says those tourists are expected to spend $860 million, which would be up by 9 percent over last year.

Those figures come from the Institute for New Hampshire Studies.

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NH News
1:45 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

A.G. Report: No Wine Was Ever Stolen From Portsmouth Liquor Store

State liquor store.
Credit Joe Shlabotnik / Flickr/Creative Commons

The New Hampshire attorney general’s office says an investigation has found that no wine was ever missing from a Portsmouth state liquor outlet.

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NH News
1:36 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Bedford Leaders Hope Forum Will Calm Fears After Home Invasion

Bedford Town Manager Jessie Levine knows that statistics showing her town is one of the safest in the state have little meaning if residents don’t feel secure in their homes.

“The statistical safety and the sense of safety are two different things. We can reassure people that Bedford has a low crime index and that our police are doing everything they can but unless they actually really feel that then we’ve been unable to get that message across.”

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NH News
3:45 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Protection Of 215 Acres In Durham Among Projects Receiving LCHIP Grants

The preservation of the Gilman Garrison House in Exeter is one 18 projects receiving funding through LCHIP. The project is receiving $11,000.
Credit Land & Community Heritage Investment Program

The protection of 215 acres of land in Durham is among 18 conservation and preservation projects to receive funding through the Land & Community Heritage Investment Program.

The program this week announced it would be awarding $475,500 in grants, spread out in various amounts among the 18 projects.

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