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5:34 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Governor Brings Attention to Food Bank Shortages

Pallets of donated food in the warehouse of the NH Food Bank.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Thursday, Governor John Lynch issued a proclamation declaring September “Hunger Action Month.”


The New Hampshire Food Bank has been experiencing a food shortage in recent years.


Governor Lynch declared the month of September to be “Hunger Action Month” in an effort to raise awareness about the shortage.


“Each year, more than 143,000 individuals in New Hampshire rely on food being provided by the Food Bank.”


Melanie Gosselin, the Executive Director of the Food Bank, says the needs are still great for many in New Hampshire.

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NH News
4:55 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Privacy Concerns Enter Exeter Hospital Investigation

Patient privacy has become the latest front in the Hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital.

As part of their ongoing investigation, the State’s Division of Public Health is seeking access to the private health records of Exeter patients. But the Hospital says the request violates privacy laws, and is asking the courts to intervene.

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NH News
4:28 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Hassan Picks Up Endorsement from Hodes

Candidate Maggie Hassan, former Congressman Paul Hodes and State Senator Sylvia Larsen in downtown Concord.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan picked up the endorsement of Paul Hodes today.

The former two-term congressman told a small crowd of supporters in Concord that Maggie Hassan is the best choice for restoring New Hampshire values. Hodes says she’s the only candidate that can bring together Democrats, Independents and what he calls reasonable Republicans.

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NH News
6:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Mosquitoes Become Latest Public Health Battle

Ryan Naujoks checks wind levels before spraying insecticide at Rider Field in Derry.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Mosquitoes get West Nile Virus from birds, and then they give it to us. It’s Ryan Naujoks's job to stop that. He works for Dragon Mosquito Control, a private company that municipalities like Derry hire to spray insecticides.

"I’m at Rider Field right now, and everything is locked up," Naujoks says over the phone. "Rider Field…"

Eventually, someone from the Town of Derry comes and unlocks the gates. Naujoks fires up the sprayer.

The truck makes a lap around the field emitting a small puff of white smoke.

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NH News
10:52 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

RNC Holds Convention Watch Party In Windham

GOP supports gathered in Windham to watch the Republican National Convention
Emily Corwin

About 50 people gathered around a flatscreen television at Albert Letizio’s sales and marketing business in Windham last night, for a convention watch party held by the Republican National Committee.  Next door in the kitchen, another dozen helped themselves to heaps of food and giant pans of cookies.

They were there to watch the Republican National Convention, in Tampa – in particular to cheer on Senator Kelly Ayotte, and Hudson businessman Jack Gilchrist, a featured speaker.

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NH News
9:28 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Sec. of State Holds Public Forum On LGC Ruling

A public meeting in Dover raised questions about how the non profit Local Government Center improperly collected and retained insurance funds it maintained for state and local employees and retirees. 

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NH News
6:01 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Manchester Begins The School Year After $8 Million Budget Shortfall and Teacher Union Impasse

Manchester School District Superintendant Dr. Thomas Brennan. He will be stepping down from his position at the end of the school year.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Most schools around the state begin classes this week.  The state’s largest district in Manchester begins classes Wednesday.  The district has more than 15,00 students at 22 schools.  But they begin the school year after a year of suffering some of the state’s most severe budget cuts.

When the first school bells ring, Wednesday morning, students in Manchester will come back to school with fewer teachers.

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NH News
5:30 am
Mon August 27, 2012

One Year Out, Hardest Hit by Irene Make Slow Comeback

NHPR Staff Photo

A year ago Tropical Storm Irene devastated parts of Northern New Hampshire. One hard-hit business was the Crawford Notch campground, which was cut off from the rest of the state for three days by the storm.

Campground owner, Richard Garabedian, watched Tropical Storm Irene wash away 1.6 acres of his riverside campground, and the only roads that connected his business to the rest of the state.

He chuckles and says, "I still don’t sleep when it rains."

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NH News
5:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Irene Recovery Focuses On How To Minimize Future Damage

Irene construction analyst Peter Edlund oversees the statewide effort to rebuild homes damaged by Irene.
Steve Zind, Vermont Public Radio

One year after Tropical Storm Irene, the recovery process is still in high gear.  

It’s partly about pounding nails and painting walls, but it’s also about planning – and deciding what can be done to minimize the devastation of future storms.

Peter Edlund’s office has four wheels and gets about 40 miles to the gallon.  

As construction analyst for Central Vermont Community Action, Edlund oversees the work of rebuilding homes around the state damaged by Irene.  He spends his days in his car and today he’s in Moretown.

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NH News
2:52 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Gov. Candidate Kevin Smith Collects on LLC Loophole

Kevin Smith of Cornerstone Action introduces former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum at the Taxpayer Tea Party rally in Concord, April 15, 2011. (Brady Carlson, NHPR)

No candidate in the  2012 gubernatorial race benefited more from a major loophole in New Hampshire's political-finance regulations than Republican Kevin Smith. 

State election law limits corporate campaign contributions to $7,000 per election cycle, the same as individual donors. But nothing in the law prohibits multiple limited-liability companies controlled by the same individual to donate on behalf of each LLC, making it easy for wealthy donors to exceed the statutory limits.

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NH News
4:55 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Gubernatorial TV Spots Analyzed

Scene from gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley's Pledge Zombie ad.

You might have seen more than a few political TV ads this summer. Many candidates are gearing up for the general election this November, but New Hampshire still has a Primary coming on September 11th. Granite Staters will be voting to winnow the field of candidates for governor, and these candidates are using TV commercials as part of their campaign strategy.

To analyze these ads we spoke with…

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NH News
3:38 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

O'Brien Forms Committee To Probe Liquor Commission

The bipartisan committee of 11 house members will examining what House Speaker Bill O’Brien called the “numerous allegations” made against the commission.

According to O’Brien, the list includes improperly hiring a lobbyist, oppressing state officials, mis-allocating $100,000 in wine, and engaging in bootlegging activities.

O’Brien says the committee will determine if there is mismanagement, waste or illegal activities taking place at the liquor commission.

NH News
3:30 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Testing Continues as Hepatitis C Outbreak Grows

More than 1,200 patients potentially exposed to the outbreak of Hepatitis C at Exeter Hospital were tested at public clinics last week, according to officials at Health and Human Services.

Anyone who received treatment in Exeter’s intensive care unit or operating rooms between April, 2011 and May of this year has been asked to get tested.

Former employee David Kwiatkowski is accused of reusing syringes of pain medication at the hospital during that time period.

So far, 32 patients have tested positive for matching strains of the blood-borne virus.

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NH News
3:25 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Bus Line To Boston Has Strong First Year

The Department of Transportation says the Boston Express is the most successful new bus line in the country.

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NH News
3:24 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Cilley Defends Her Voting Record

Democratic candidate for Governor Jackie Cilley is defending breaking with her party to oppose mandatory seatbelt laws and banning pay-day loans. Former State Senator Cilley defended her record on NHPR’s the Exchange with Laura Knoy. Her primary opponent Maggie Hassan has criticized her refusal to support a seatbelt law and outlaw payday loans.

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