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7:01 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Granite State Athlete to Compete in Paralympics

New Hampshire athlete Victoria Arlen headed to Europe Wednesday in preparation for the Paralympics on August 29.

Victoria Arlen’s chances at a medal are pretty good. The Exeter High school senior broke two world records for competitive swimming at the Paralympics trial this past June. Arlen was an avid swimmer before an undiagnosed spinal inflammation put her in a vegetative state at age 11, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down.

Only three years after waking from her coma she broke records in the 100 and 400-meter freestyle, securing her place on the U.S. team.

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NH News
5:15 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

New Hep C Case Has Investigators Casting Wider Net

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday the confirmation of another patient infected with Hepatitis C while receiving treatment at Exeter Hospital.

This new case, confirmed by the Department of Public Health Services, brings the total number of infected up to 33. That includes David Kwiatkowski, the former hospital employee charged with stealing drugs and refilling the used syringes with saline solution. They were later reused on patients.

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NH News
5:36 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

N.H. May See Homicide Increase After Passage Of Stand Your Ground

Flickr/storem

New research out of the University of Georgia finds a significant increase in homicides in states that have what are known as Stand Your Ground laws. In June of 2011, the New Hampshire legislature became the 24th state in the nation to pass a Stand Your Ground Law – that’s a law that allows someone to fire a gun in self-defense, even when he or she can safely retreat. 

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NH News
5:14 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

N.H. Unemployment Slightly Up in July

Sara Plourde NHPR

The New Hampshire Department of Employment Security says unemployment is slightly up for the month of July.

More than 4,400 jobs were lost between June and July, bringing the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 5.4 percent. That’s an increase of .3  percentage points. The total number of employed residents was just shy of 700,000.

The New Hampshire unemployment rate is still well below the national rate of 8.3 percent, which also went up a tenth of a percent from June.

NH News
3:42 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Ovide Lamontagne Outlines Campaign for Governor

Ovide Lamontagne
courtesy of the candidate

Republican candidate for governor, Ovide Lamontagne, came on NHPR’s ‘The Exchange’ today to discuss his campaign.

Lamontagne says his campaign is focused on the economy and jobs. He wants to loosen regulations on local business and support free enterprise.

He also says he would develop a ‘zero-base’ or ‘prospective’ budget versus New Hampshire’s current ‘maintenance’-style budget.

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NH News
1:41 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Prisoners Sue State for Unequal Treatment of Women

Women's State Prison in Goffstown
Cheryl Senter NHPR

Four female inmates are suing the Department of Corrections for what they say is a disparity of opportunity compared to the male prisoners in the state.

Four women in Goffstown and Concord prisons have filed a suit alleging that the Department of Corrections is out of compliance with the 1987 federal court order that required the state to provide female prisoners with services male inmates already receive.

These services include vocational education, mental health treatment and housing programs.

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Mueller Found Guilty
6:11 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Free State Activist Found Guilty

Credit YouTube: CopBlock.org

A Wisconsin man charged with illegally wiretapping Manchester city officials was found guilty and sentenced to just under three months behind bars.

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NH News
4:39 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

N.H. And Canada Say 'Together Is Better'

“Collaboration is the new competition,” State Representative Ray Gagnon said excitedly at the New Hampshire-Canada Economic Development Forum in Concord today. Listen to the story and read more at StateImpact New Hampshire.

NH News
2:14 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Exeter Hospital Provides an Extra Day of Hep C Testing

CDC Social Media Flickr

Exeter Hospital is expanding its testing clinics to a third day, in its effort to explore the scope of the Hepatitis C outbreak.

The hospital where the Hepatitis C outbreak began is now offering testing from seven in the morning to six at night, Monday and Tuesday, and from seven to noon on Wednesday. The state is also offering free clinics through August eighteenth.

The state declared a public  health incident ahead of the clinics as more than three thousand people were sent letters recommending they get tested.

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NH News
5:26 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Supporters Cheer For Guor Marial In Olympic Marathon

A Concord movie theater turned on a projector before dawn yesterday to show live footage of former resident Guor Marial running in the Olympics.

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NH News
5:10 pm
Sun August 12, 2012

Hundreds Turn Out For N.H. Gay Pride Festival

Sheryl Rich-Kern

This past Saturday at Manchester’s Veterans Memorial Park, more than 500 people showed up to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

It was the first New Hampshire gay pride festival in 15 years.

But the lead up to this year’s festival was overshadowed by a donation from Nashua's Chick-fil-A. 

“We’re fabulous, come march with us. We’re here, we’re queer, we’re fabulous."

On this hot and humid Saturday, New Hampshire’s LGBT community turned up the volume on its fight against discrimination. 

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NH News
6:00 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

A Step by Step on Racewalking

Nashua Racewalker and 1984 Olympics Qualifier Bob Keating demonstrates his sport

(sound of walking)

The track at Nashua North high school on any given afternoon has a few joggers doing laps, sprinters running intervals, even a hurdler practicing his jumps…and then there’s Bob Keating, who stands out a bit. The sixty five year old race-walker and one time Olympic trials qualifier is pumping his arms, his hips are swaying wide and as everyone else bounces, Keating seems to glide around the perimeter of the track.

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NH News
5:45 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Nashua Celebrates the Arts with Downtown Music Festival

Nashua's Downtown Music Festival presents '90s Night'
Tina Forbes NHPR

Nashua saw the second installment of its premier ‘Downtown Music Festival’ with a nineties music night July 21.

Ryan Callahan is wearing a large white cowboy hat and leather jacket. As a version of Tom Petty’s “Free Falling” plays, he walks through the crowd talking to everyone. Callahan moved to Nashua from Dallas, and says the city could use more events like this one.

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NH News
2:19 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Bringing Hollywood to the Granite State: A NH Coalition Wants Tax Incentives for Film and TV

Horia Varlan, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

A group of arts and media business owners have formed a coalition hoping to encourage film and TV production in the Granite State. 

The New Hampshire Production Coalition is currently developing a legislative plan that would help New Hampshire compete with more film-friendly states like Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, and Louisiana.

Tim Egan, of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, is the coalition’s president.

“Film, television, digital design, video gamers…  All the creative economy type industries don’t really have a trade association.”

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NH News
5:00 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Neighborhood Stained by Graffiti Rallies

Taylor Quimby for NHPR

A rally was held in Concord today in reaction to racist graffiti discovered last weekend on the home of Somali refugees in the city’s South End. The crime is being linked to last September’s unsolved incident when three homes were targeted in the same neighborhood.  

By noon, about a hundred people had gathered on Thompson street in Concord’s South End.

Ten minutes later, the number had doubled.

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