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5:32 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Former Governor Sununu says Obama Needs to "Learn How to Be an American"

Former New Hampshire Governor and current Mitt Romney surrogate John Sununu made national headlines, and began trending on Twitter, Tuesday when he made some controversial comments about President Obama.


Sununu’s comments came during a conference call with reporters.


“The men and women all over America who have worked hard to build these businesses, their businesses from the ground up, is how our economy became the envy of the world. It is the American way and I wish this president would learn how to be an American.”

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5:31 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Unemployment Up to 5.1%; Labor Force Bigger than Expected

The New Hampshire Department of Employment security released the latest New Hampshire unemployment figures for today. Unemployment in June ticked up slightly; rising to a seasonally adjusted 5.1%, up from 5.0% in May.It is still down from where it was last June, when it was 5.5 percent.

Employment Security Economist Annette Nielsen says the increase is due to two factors: 5,000 more workers entered the labor force than this time last year, and fewer seasonal jobs were added than expected.

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5:13 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

A Fast-Track To Law School

Sheryl Rich-Kern

With the high costs of tuition, many students with an associate’s degree can’t afford to go on for their bachelor’s.  So in 2011, when one non-profit college in Salem began offering students their third year of college free, some considered the deal a godsend.

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NH News
3:10 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Warmer Seasons Pose Danger to Local Moose

Warm winters have been tipping the balance between New Hampshire moose and the winter ticks that feed on them.

The ticks have benefited from warmer temperatures, and their increasing numbers have become a problem for moose.

When too many ticks latch on to the moose, it suffers blood loss, hair loss, becomes sick, and sometimes dies.

Kristine Rines, a wildlife biologist with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, says the real enemy is weather.

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NH News
5:29 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Bill Nye Stumps for Obama in NH

Bill Nye flanked by Congressman Rob Andrews (D-NJ) at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

As the campaign season gears up, celebrities and politicians making political stump speeches in the state will become increasingly commonplace. The latest of these was the host of the kids television series Bill Nye the Science Guy. He visited New Hampshire Monday, discussing his support for President Obama and calling for more investment in education.

Bill Nye educated a generation of kids in the nineties about science with his hundred episode TV series.

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NH News
6:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Hospitals Go High Tech to Secure Drugs

A nurse at Cheshire Medical Center removes narcotics from an automated dispensing cabinet.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Denis Fortier is Director of Pharmacy at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene. When he started in the field 30 years ago, that job involved loading carts with Dixie cups full of prescriptions.

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NH News
4:11 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Portsmouth Hosts Historic Warship Replicas

Every summer, the non-profit Piscataqua Maritime Commission seeks tall ships and other historic vessels to attract residents and tourists.

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NH News
3:45 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Corrections Officer Charged with Smuggling

A corrections officer at the Cheshire County Jail has been arrested for smuggling drugs into the facility.

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NH News
5:12 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Hepatitis C Outbreak Continues to Grow

Four more cases of hepatitis C have been confirmed stemming from an outbreak at Exeter Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab. That brings the total to 31 infections, including one hospital employee.

The Division of Public Health Services is asking all patients who received services between October, 2010 and May, 2012 to get tested for the liver-destroying virus.

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NH News
4:26 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

G.O.P. Candidates Have A Civil Debate

Two Republican candidates for governor debated each other at an event in Manchester Wednesday night.

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NH News
5:40 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Reardon Resigns Amid Allegations

New Hampshire’s Commissioner of employment security has resigned amid allegations that she hired her daughter for a part time job and then had her fired so she could collect unemployment benefits.

Commissioner Tara Reardon’s resignation letter to the Governor says she is “stepping down to pursue other opportunities.”  In a separate statement to the press, she claims disgruntled employees “distorted the truth and fabricated a story.” Governor Lynch, for his part says the allegations facing Reardon are serious ones and that he is disappointed.

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NH News
5:33 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

New Hampshire Bats Receive Support

Little brown bat with white-nose syndrome
Marvin Moriarty USFWS

This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted more than $950 thousand to 30 states with bats affected by a fungal disease called ‘white-nose syndrome.’ New Hampshire received more than $14 thousand.

State Fish and Game wildlife biologist Emily Brunkhurst says white-nose has severely impacted local bats.

In a couple of species we are seeing 99 percent declines.

State Fish and Game officials will use the grant to monitor bat populations and raise public support.

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NH News
4:54 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Another ACA Repeal Passes the House

C-SPAN coverage of the roll call

Wednesday, a House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act has passed 244 to 185.

Both New Hampshire Congressmen voted to repeal the nation’s healthcare law.

Many have called this vote symbolic. Charlie Bass says this new vote was triggered by the Supreme Court decision to uphold the law. But, he says, he considers it a kickoff to congressional races for re-election.

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4:35 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Executive Council Approves Study of Private Prison Proposals

Flikr Creative Commons / Lorenzo Blangiardi

New Hampshire's Executive Council has approved hiring a consultant to assist the state in reviewing proposals from several companies to run its prisons. The council approved a contract Wednesday of $171,347 to hire consultant MGT of America of Tallahassee, Florida

Governor John Lynch says it’s a lot of money, but necessary to figure out which proposal is really the best deal.

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3:44 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

New Hampshire Rental Rates On The Rise

The New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority has released its annual ‘Residential Rental Cost Survey.’ The survey shows increased rental costs coupled with decreased vacancies across the state. 

The median monthly rent for a two bedroom unit including utilities has risen 3 percent in the past year to $1085 per month. The highest rent increases were evident in Grafton, Carroll and Belknap counties, as well as the cities of Manchester and Nashua.

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