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5:03 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

School Choice Bill Gets a Veto from Gov. Lynch

Flikr Creative Commons / Mike Willis

Governor John Lynch has vetoed a bill that would create a tax credit for businesses donating to not-for-profit scholarship organizations.

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NH News
11:29 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Funding Debated For Poison Control Center

On Monday, the Legislative Joint Financial Committee will meet  to approve emergency funds to keep New Hampshire's poison control center running for the next year. Without the funds, on July 1, poison control won't be available to New Hampshire residents anymore.

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NH News
4:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

From Combat To The Workplace: Injured Vets Looking For Jobs

Retired veteran Phillip Paquette
Sheryl Rich-Kern NHPR

As the last of the soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan return to their native New Hampshire, about one third will retire from the military for medical reasons.  That means they’re likely to face one of their toughest battles yet as they search for meaningful employment.

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NH News
6:04 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Future Of 'Bike Week' Relies On New Marketing

Emily Corwin NHPR

Once upon a time, Laconia Bike Week was a rowdy affair with a lot of drinking and wild behavior.

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NH News
4:44 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Gov. Lynch Vetoes Anti Late Term Abortion Bill

Sara Plourde NHPR

Governor Lynch has vetoed a bill banning so-called “partial birth abortions.” The bill was the only anti-abortion bill that made it through the legislature this session.

Late term abortions, also known as partial birth abortions, are already outlawed under federal law. But according the Governor’s spokesman Colin Manning, the Governor was concerned by a provision that would require a second opinion before a woman could receive the procedure even if her life were threatened by the pregnancy.

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Facts and Stats
10:17 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Hepatitis C Facts And Stats

Histopatholgical image of hepatocellular carcinoma in a patient with liver cirrhosis by chronic hepatitis C infection.

Hepatitis is a general term for inflammation of the liver which can be caused by bacterial or viral infections, toxins, drugs, or heavy alcohol use. Hepatitis also refers specifically to the viral infections that cause inflammation of the liver; hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. The most common hepatitis viruses are A, B, and C. Vaccines for hepatitis A and B have been part of routine childhood vaccinations since the mid 1990s.  

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NH News
6:36 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Big Banks Slow to Settle N.H. Foreclosures

It’s been four months since the nation’s largest banks reached a $25 billion  settlement with the U.S. Justice Department and 49 states over alleged foreclosure abuses.

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NH News
5:27 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Candidates Declare They'll Govern Differently Than Lynch

3 of the 4 leading hopefuls for Governor have filed their candidacies.  All say they plan to be more assertive than Governor John Lynch.

By any measure, Governor Lynch has been one of the most popular governors in N.H. history. But most of his potential successors say it’s crucial to take a different approach governing. Republican Ovide Lamontagne was perhaps the most complementary for Lynch, noting that Lynch made efforts to be bipartisan. But Lamontage also indicated voters can expect a firmer approach if they elect him.

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NH News
3:59 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Attorney General's Office Investigates Hepatitis C Outbreak

The Attorney General’s Office will investigate the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital.

Attorney General Michael Delaney says that his office will examine the circumstances around how at least 20 people have become infected at the hospital.

The Attorney General’s Office is working with the Exeter Police Department and State Police to determine whether any laws have been broken.

More than 700 samples have been tested from individuals associated with the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab. So far 20 cases of hepatitis C have matched the original virus.

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NH News
6:11 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Drug Diversion Most Likely Cause Of Hepatitis C Outbreak

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services says that drug diversion is the most likely cause of the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital. Health officials also expect to discover more cases of the virus.

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NH News
10:53 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Manchester School Budget Saves 54 Teacher Jobs

Mayor Gatsas and the Manchester Board of Aldermen in City Hall.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Manchester Board of Alderman has approved a school budget that will save at least 54 teacher jobs.  The city’s Board of Alderman voted Tuesday night to pass the budget with about $2 million more than the mayor’s proposed school budget of $150 million dollars.  The extra money will save at least 54 of the 161 teachers and staff members slated for layoffs by July 1. 

NH News
6:12 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

WIC Increases Income Eligibility

New poverty guidelines issued by the federal government have expanded eligibility for the WIC Nutrition Program.

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NH News
5:59 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

BSR Announce New Chief

The Secretary of State has appointed a new director to the New Hampshire Securities Bureau.

New Hampshire Securities Bureau responsibilities include regulating financial services, investigating securities fraud and overseeing public risk pools, like the Local Government Center.

Barry Glennon enters this role as his office waits for a ruling on whether the LGC owes its clients – New Hampshire cities and towns - $70 million dollars.

Critics have accused the Bureau of mishandling the FRM Ponzi scheme and being too aggressive in its pursuit of LGC.

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NH News
1:52 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Lynch Signs Prescription Drug Law

Governor John Lynch signs a bill to enact a prescription drug monitoring system in New Hampshire.
Josh Rogers, NHPR

New Hampshire will join 48 other states in monitoring prescription drugs under a new law signed by Governor John Lynch.

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NH News
5:27 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Labor Touts Tough 'D' During Session

As the legislative session winds down, New Hampshire labor leaders say they believe they’ve successfully defeated what they consider the most pernicious bills to their members.

Top lawmakers say they’ve cut worker benefits and provided needed tax relief.

Moves to end collective bargaining rights and make New Hampshire a right-to-work state didn’t pass the legislature despite huge Republican majorities.

The New Hampshire AFL-CIO’s Mark MacKenzie says workers coming together had something to do with that.

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