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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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NH News
3:45 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Guinta Campaign Strikes Back Over Shea-Porter Veterans Ad

Veteran and State Senator Sharon Carson of Londonderry defends Guinta's record of supporting veterans.
Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The campaigns of Carol Shea-Porter and Frank Guinta are trading sharp words over a Shea-Porter ad claiming Guinta voted to cut money for veterans’ programs. The ad that Shea-Porter’s campaign released last week stuck to the aggressive tone that the former congresswoman has adopted this election cycle.

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NH News
4:43 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

No Settlement Reached In Voter Registration Suit

Chris Jensen NHPR

The New Hampshire attorney general's office says the state and two advocacy groups have failed to reach a settlement in a case challenging a new law that blocks out-of-state students from voting unless they establish legal residency in the state.

A superior court judge set a deadline of Friday for the state and the New Hampshire chapters of the League of Women Voters and the American Civil Liberties Union to reach a compromise.

Assistant Attorney General Richard Head says settling constitutional challenges is no easy task. He says the office will await the court's ruling.

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NH News
4:19 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

A Seachange For Public Television

Game show host Jim Jeannotte of Granite State Challenge.
NHPTV

State budget cuts to New Hampshire Public Television, through the university system, have led to several changes. And some town selectmen on the seacoast are worried about what it means for their programming.

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NH News
4:42 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Triple E Virus Threatens N.H.

Gamma Man Flickr/Creative Commons

State health officials announced today that three animals have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. 

Along with two emus in Fitzwilliam and a horse in Derry, a man in northeastern Massachusetts has also tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus. Officials are warning residents of Seabrook, South Hampton and Newton to be on alert.

Jose Montero is the state’s Director of Public Health.

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Child Poverty
10:57 am
Thu September 20, 2012

N.H. Has Lowest Child Poverty Rate In U.S., But Growing Numbers Of Low-Income Kids

While child poverty in NH has remained steady, the broader, low-income bracket has grown since the recession hit.
Ulrica Flickr Creative Commons

New Hampshire has the lowest child poverty rate in the country.  That’s according to new numbers released by the Census Bureau. 

In the United States, the poverty line works out to less than $23,000 a year for a family of four—that means two parents and two children.  And fewer than one out of eight New Hampshire kids are living below that line.  That’s good news.  But Carsey Institute researcher Jessica Bean says the same family of four with even twice that income—close to $46,000—is still struggling.

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NH News
5:19 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

After Abortion Concerns Alleviated, Lawmakers Select Insurance Model

Alex E. Proimos Flickr/Creative Commons

The Affordable Care Act says that every state has to select a health plan that will basically serve as a model for other plans.

So, if the model plan covers, say, infertility treatment, eyeglasses or autism services—those same benefits must be included in other plans.

This requirement only applies to the individual and small group markets, where about 200,000 New Hampshire residents shop for insurance.

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NH News
4:57 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Pharmacy Board: Planned Parenthood Can Dispense Drugs

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Today the New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy renewed Planned Parenthood’s license to distribute prescription drugs. The decision comes despite a complaint brought by a New Hampshire Pro-Life Group.

New Hampshire Right to Life submitted a complaint last spring claiming that Planned Parenthood of Northern New England could not dispense prescription drugs without a contract with the state.

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NH News
1:09 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

N.H. Court Hears Challenge To Voter Registration Law

A Strafford County judge is hearing from advocacy groups suing the state over a new law that effectively blocks out-of-state students from voting in New Hampshire.

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NH News
12:54 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Study Finds 26.2% of New Hampshire Adults Obese

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A national study released today ranks New Hampshire the 17th slimmest state. 

The 'F as in Fatreport is produced by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It finds that last year, 26.2% of Granite Staters were obese, up slightly from 2010 figures.

The study also found that more than 12% of high school students in New Hampshire are obese.

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NH News
9:33 am
Mon September 17, 2012

N.H. Gas Prices Continue To Rise

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Gasoline prices are continuing to increase across New Hampshire.

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NH News
9:49 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Former Justice Souter Warns About The State Of Civics Education

Former Supreme Court Justice David Souter. He grew up in Weare, went to high school in Concord and presently lives in Hopkinton.
Jim Cole AP

Former Supreme Court Justice David Souter spoke in Concord Friday night. Among the topics for discussion was the state of civics education in the country.


Justice Souter told an audience of more than 1,300 people that civics education had declined since he attended Concord High School in the late ‘50s. The decline began, says Souter, in the ‘70s and it failed to recover since then.

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NH News
12:23 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

N.H. Republicans Call for Unity

Ovide Lamontagne talks with Suzy and Kevin Smith.
Todd Bookman NHPR

New Hampshire Republicans gathered today for a unity breakfast. Over eggs and sausage, Republicans at the Manchester Country Club talked jobs and the economy. Party leaders stressed a need to work together before the November election. And the governor of Louisiana called for a conservative agenda in the New Hampshire statehouse.

Keynote speaker Bobby Jindal told the crowd that with Ovide Lamontagne as governor, New Hampshire can better compete for new business.

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NH News
6:11 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

USNH Board Approves Budget Request; Tries To Strike Deal With Lawmakers

UNH Manchester Campus
Ben McLeod Flickr

The University System of New Hampshire’s board of trustees is requesting that the legislature restore its state funding. At a board meeting Tuesday they approved a budget request for the near-$50 million that was cut last year.  In exchange for the funds, the USNH is offering to freeze tuition for two years.   

University chancellor Ed MacKay says that New Hampshire’s tuition costs are among the nation’s highest not because of inefficiencies, but because of a lack of funding from the state.

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NH News
4:30 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Deadlines Loom in Health Plan Decision

A day after the primary elections, lawmakers were back at the statehouse discussing health insurance. At issue is what insurance companies will have to cover under the Affordable Care Act.

The ACA calls for states to select something called a private insurance Essential Health Benefit benchmark by September 30th. Simply put, lawmakers in Concord need to pick an insurance plan that will serve as a model for most other insurance plans offered in the state.

And they have less than three weeks to do it.

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