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5:48 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Former Senator Warren Rudman Dies

Former New Hampshire Senator Warren Rudman died Monday night at the age of 82. He was considered a centrist Republican, and a leader in the movement toward fiscal responsibility.

As Congress battle over taxes and spending, President Obama says lawmakers would do well to follow the example set by Warren Rudman nearly 30 years ago.

In a statement, the President called the two-term Senator the embodiment of Yankee sensibility.

Warren Rudman’s time in Washington was highlighted by his struggle to balance the Federal budget.

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NH News
5:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Health Policy Gets Reboot After Election

President Obama’s re-election didn’t exactly smooth over implementation of his signature health care law. State governments across the nation maintain a solid level of anxiety over the bill.

Concord is no different…lawmakers like Republican Jeb Bradley expect to spend a lot of time grappling with the Affordable Care Act’s key provisions.

“The biggest single issue that this legislature in the upcoming two years will face is the expansion of Medicaid.”

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NH News
5:01 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Governor Lynch Presents Families With N.H. Medal Of Honor

The NH Medals of Honor in their display cases.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Four New Hampshire servicemen were honored posthumously with the New Hampshire Medal of Honor at the State House Friday.

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NH News
4:12 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Crackdown On Stolen Puerto Rican Identities Includes N.H.

Federal agents are making arrests in New Hampshire and four other U.S. states as well as Puerto Rico in a crackdown on the use of stolen Puerto Rican identities by illegal immigrants and in financial crimes.

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NH News
10:45 am
Fri November 16, 2012

N.H. Ski Resorts Begin To Open

At least two New Hampshire ski resorts are opening for business.

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NH News
6:04 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Medicaid Expansion Under The Microscope

A consultant from The Lewin Group presents their findings to health officials.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

The Department of Health and Human Services released a report Thursday looking at Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire.

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NH News
5:33 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Lynch Seeks Major Disaster Declaration

Gov. John Lynch is asking President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster status for the state of New Hampshire as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

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NH News
4:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Hooksett And Manchester School Boards To Hash It Out


The Hooksett School board voted recently to begin negotiating an early withdrawal from Manchester High Schools. Tonight will be the first, joint school board session between Hooksett and Manchester. And talks are expected to start on bitter terms.

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NH News
3:54 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

State Looks For New Tools To Battle Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse experts unveiled a new tool today to help lower opioid misuse in the state.

That new tool is a website containing information for doctors describing safe prescribing techniques and standards for pain management.

Dr. Seddon Savage, a chronic pain and addiction specialist at Dartmouth, says the cycle of abuse can start with a well-intentioned prescription.

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NH News
3:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Traditional Pork Production Finds Home In N.H.

Edward Epsen and two American Mulefoot pigs on Henwyn Farm.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

On Edward Epsen’s farm in Salisbury, New Hampshire, around 40 pigs are doing what lucky pigs get to do: forage for acorns and graze in pastures high with Timothy grass.

“So we are going to be killing this pig here, and the other one that was walking around on this side of the electric net," says Epsen. “It slipped out of sight for the moment…oh, there he is.”

The two that will die in a few minutes are American Mulefoots, a rare breed known for its lard.

When Epsen approaches, the 250-pound pigs roll onto their backs.

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NH News
1:50 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Branding Nashua: Where The Personable Meets High-Tech

Nashua City Hall
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

A firm that helps cities revise their image presented its findings on Nashua’s strengths and weaknesses at a public meeting Tuesday night.

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NH News
7:47 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Wind Farm Builder Makes Pitch To Skeptical Crowd

Iberdrola operates two other wind farms in the state. One in Lempster began operating in 2008, and was the first such project in New Hampshire, and one in Groton, pictured here from the banks of the Baker River in Rumney, is just coming online now.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Advocates and opponents to the latest proposed wind-farm got to ask questions of Spanish renewable developer Iberdrola last night at a town-hall meeting in Grafton. Though opponents were by far the most vocal in attendance.

This was the first of three meetings this week that Iberdrola has scheduled presenting a proposal to build 36 wind turbines a ridge between the towns of Grafton, Alexandria, and Danbury.

It was a full house and many in the crowd, like April Dugan, came to let Iberdrola know that they did not like the idea of 454 foot turbines in their back yard.

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NH News
6:09 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Health Insurance Advisory Board Gets Going

Credit istock photo

Back in June, the state legislature passed a law prohibiting the state from creating its own health exchange. Instead, New Hampshire will let the Federal government set it up.

But with big Democratic gains in last week’s election, the state is likely to play a bigger role in shaping the exchange.

In case you don’t remember, exchanges are those on-line marketplaces where people will shop for health insurance beginning in 2014.

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Fiscal Cliff
7:30 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Lame Duck Congress Set To Negotiate Fiscal Cliff

Credit Lawrence Jackson / whitehouse.gov via Wikimedia COmmons

Today , New Hampshire’s lame duck congressmen are back in Washington.  Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta will join their Republican colleagues in negotiating with President Obama and the Senate to ward off the fiscal cliff. 

That’s when the payroll tax cut and Bush-era tax cuts expire and sequestration hits--simultaneously--in January.  And while Second District Congressman Charlie Bass lost his seat, the pressure’s on for the lame-duck Congress to find a compromise.  But Bass says there’s not nearly enough time to reach a “Grand Bargain.”

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NH News
4:10 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Residents In Merrimack Gather For Veterans Day Ceremony

From left, Chaplain Skitch Henderson, Roland Roberge and Commander Paul Shea
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Veterans of Foreign Wars in Merrimack held a ceremony Monday morning and added six names to its memorial wall. One of the names belonged to a field medic who was present at the legendary flag-raising of Iwo Jima.

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