NH News

Utilities Commission Report
7:01 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Snowtober Report Praises Unitil Response, Criticizes PSNH

During Snowtober, branches and power lines fell under the weight of wet, heavy snow
Credit James Lee / Flickr Creative Commons

A new report from the state's Public Utilities Commission finds PSNH failed to properly prepare for last year’s October snowstorm.  Meanwhile, Unitil was able to effectively restore power to customers following Snowtober. 

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Grafton Wind Project
6:44 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Newfound Lake Group Opposes Grafton Wind Project

A Newfound Lake group has come out in opposition to the proposed wind farm
Credit Mark Seymour / Flickr Creative Commons

The Newfound Lake Region Association is adding its voice to those opposing a new wind farm. As proposed, the Wild Meadows Wind Power Project would include 37 turbines spaced out over six-thousand acres leased in Alexandria, Danbury, and Grafton.  At the blades’ peak, the towers would be 400-feet tall. 

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Nashua Holiday Stroll
7:30 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Nashua Holiday Stroll Drums-Up Interest In Buying Local

Shopkeeper Richard Young says the annual Holiday Stroll helps bring new customers into the shop
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern / NHPR

After the leftovers from a hefty Thanksgiving dinner are put away, it’s become a tradition for many consumers to head to the malls. But one shop-local initiative wants to lure customers away from the huge Black Friday sales — and stir up some excitement about downtown retail.

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Black Friday Competition
7:30 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Downtown Nashua Competes Against New Outlets For Holiday Shoppers

Cheryl Plunkett's Fresh boutique is one of many stores in downtown Nashua working to lure customers away from the new outlet stores
Credit Courtesy of Fresh

Nashua’s downtown retail district is located only a few miles away from mammoth chain stores to the south and the recently-opened outlet center to the north in Merrimack.  As the holiday shopping season kicks off this weekend, the mom-and-pop stores face stiff competition.

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NH News
6:00 am
Thu November 22, 2012

N.H. Food Bank Expects To Fill Gap If Congress Cuts Food Stamps

The New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester.
Ryan Lessard NHPR


The New Hampshire Food Bank has been struggling to keep up with the demand of a growing number of residents. And these challenges might be compounded by budget cuts proposed by Congress.

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NH News
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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