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5:07 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

N.H. Voters React to Presidential Debate

A day after the presidential debate in Colorado, pundits and politicians are giving their views on the showdown. To get a sense of what New Hampshire voters thought of the debate, we visited Main Street in Keene, and present this audio postcard.

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3:11 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

N.H. Court Says Police Search Was Unconstitutional

The New Hampshire Supreme Court is reversing a drug conviction, saying Haverhill police went beyond the bounds of a search warrant to check for guns in a convicted felon's home.

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6:21 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Exeter Hospital Calls State Request a 'Government Overreach'

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In a press conference at Exeter Hospital today, lawyers called the state’s request for broad access to medical records a government overreach. The state continues to investigate the Hepatitis C outbreak.

In August, Exeter Hospital filed a protective order in Merrimack Superior Court. It’s seeking to block the state’s request for broad access to patient medical records.

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5:02 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Fall Colors At Peak In Northern N.H.

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New Hampshire's weekly fall foliage report says the colors are at their peak in the Great North Woods and in the White Mountains region.

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NH News
5:25 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

State Officials Push For Medical Records Release Following Exeter Hospital Outbreak

State officials investigating the outbreak of Hepatitis C at Exeter Hospital continue pressing for access to patient medical records.

In August, the hospital went to court seeking a protective order, arguing that the Division of Public Health Services’ broad request for records violates both state and federal privacy laws.

Today, the state filed its response in Merrimack Superior Court. It says that healthcare providers are required to share information during a public health investigation.

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NH News
4:40 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

New England Apple Orchards Face Apple Shortage

Phil Rymsha is turning away apple-picking and cider-drinking hopefuls at his orchard in Harvard, Mass., because there simply aren't enough apples on his trees.

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NH News
1:43 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

N.H. Electric Co-op Lineworkers Consider Strike

The union representing New Hampshire Electric Cooperative lineworkers says it is considering a strike.

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NH News
12:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

News Series: The Darjees: Following One Refugee Family in Their First Year in New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s refugee population has been growing over the past 2 decades.  Overwhelmingly the one group that has been resettled more than any other in the past few years, has been the Bhutanese.  Many had lived in refugee camps in Nepal for nearly two decades before being resettled.  For New Hampshire Public Radio’s yearlong look at immigration, Keith Shields followed one family, the Darjees in their first year of living in the Granite State.

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NH News
2:27 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Flu Season Gets An Early Start

This week, New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services identified the season’s first case of influenza. Beth Daly, chief of infectious disease surveillance at DHHS, is encouraging Granite Staters to get vaccinated.

"It’s not too early to be vaccinated," Daly says, "and the flu vaccine this year does contain different strains of the virus, so it’s important that people be vaccinated this year even if they were vaccinated last year as well."  

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NH News
6:45 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Hassan Proposes Revenue Consensus Panel

Gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan speaks with members of the Portsmouth Rotary Club
Emily Corwin NHPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan says she will create a panel of lawmakers, state agencies and economists to build consensus around budget numbers. 

It would be called the Consensus Revenue Estimating Panel, Gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan told members of the Portsmouth Rotary Club on Thursday.  During her lunchtime address at  the Portsmouth Country Club, Hassan said the panel will help provide lawmakers with accurate budget numbers that they can agree on.

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NH News
6:20 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Judge Says Hospital Lawsuit Against State Has Legal Standing

Veterans in Coos County deserve a medical clinic in Colebrook, according to a letter sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs by Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Charlie Bass.
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The ten New Hampshire hospitals suing the state over Medicaid reimbursement rates do have a legal basis for their lawsuit. That’s according to an order issued today by a federal judge. 

The hospitals argue that the State’s slashing of more than $250 million in Medicaid funding in the last budget violates Federal guidelines. Those guidelines are meant to ensure adequate quality and access to health care for Medicaid recipients.

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NH News
2:42 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Housing Sales Up, But Prices Remain Flat

New housing data suggests the New Hampshire market may be stabilizing, even while residential prices remain low.

The median sale price last month was $210,000. That’s the same price from August 2011--a signal that the number of houses for sale continues to outpace demand.

But a report from the New Hampshire Association of Realtors says the number of units sold is up more than 20% from last year. And gains are being seen in each of the state’s ten counties.

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12:09 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Charter School Moratorium Could be Lifted in November

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The chairman of the state board of education says it’s likely the moratorium on approval of new charter schools will be lifted later this year.

Education officials have been saying for the past two weeks that the state is $4.9 million dollars short on funding for charter schools that have already been approved this year. But speaking today on NHPR’s The Exchange, chairman of the finance committee Ken Weyler said…

Weyler: I am pretty sure that the money is there.

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9:31 am
Thu September 27, 2012

V.T. Man Shoots 500-Plus Pound Bear

A Vermont man has shot a black bear weighing a little over 500 pounds, one of the largest recorded in the state in years.

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5:01 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

NOAA Postpones Fishery Closure

New Hampshire gillnet fishermen are relieved to learn that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has postponed a temporary closure of the gillnet fishery on the Gulf of Maine.


In the original plan, the gillnet fishery would have been shut down in October and November, the two most profitable months of the year. And New Hampshire fishermen were not happy. Now, they will be allowed to continue fishing until the new closure dates of February through March.

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