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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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NH News
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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NH News
5:32 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Union Demonstrators Protest Outsourcing at Guinta's Manchester Office

NH AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie leading the march down Elm St. in Manchester.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

A group of about twenty five demonstrators, organized by the AFL-CIO, petitioned Congressman Frank Guinta’s office to support the anti-outsourcing legislation known as the Bring Jobs Home Act.

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5:28 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Public Pianos Help HOP Celebrate 50 Years

Singers gather on The Green in Hanover for a sing-along.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts turns 50-years old this summer. Instead of candles, the HOP is going with…pianos.

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NH News
5:09 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

With No Shark in Sight, Swimmers Back in the Water

USFWS Headquarters Flickr/Creative Commons

Beachgoers in the Town of Rye were cleared from the water on Monday. A swimmer spotted two sharks estimated at six feet in length.

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3:43 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Endangered Piping Plovers Continue to Nest on New Hampshire Beaches

Eva Powers New Hampshire Fish and Game

Six pairs of piping plovers are nesting on the beaches of Hampton and Seabrook this summer. The birds are endangered in New Hampshire. For years, state Fish and Game officials have been trying to bring them back. This year, they’re roping off nesting areas and hiring volunteers to monitor the nests.

Brendan Clifford, a biological technician of the New Hampshire Fish and Game’s Wildlife Division, says the plovers have met with some obstacles.

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NH News
7:30 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Toddler Recovering from Pelham Fireworks Accident

Two-year-old Ben Bertini of Derry is reported to be recovering after suffering severe burns on 27 percent of  his body and a puncture wound to the arm when a stack of consumer fireworks suddenly ignited at his grandparents' Pelham home. He was put into a medically induced coma immediately following the accident last week. Monday, doctors removed the inhaler and he has been speaking. He is currently receiving skin grafts at the Shriners Hospital in Boston. Eight adults and five children were injured in the blast and subsequent fire.

NH News
5:13 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Town of Gilsum & AIDS Group Home Reach Settlement

A group home for people with HIV and Hepatitis C has settled its legal battle with the Town Of Gilsum. Under the terms of the settlement, AIDS Services of the Monadnock Region will be able to continue operating the Cleve Jones Wellness House.

The town had denied the facility a property tax exemption after receiving the necessary application several days late.

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NH News
4:29 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Old Classroom Furniture Caribbean-Bound

Shipping container half full of desks and chairs
Ryan Lessard NHPR News

Old furniture from a closed elementary school in Concord is on its way to the Caribbean.

When the Conant/Rumford school closed for good last month, the building was still full of old teacher desks, tables, chairs, bookshelves, cabinets and more.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Greyhound Cuts Could Leave Riders Stranded

Susan VonStade waits for the Greyhound bus in Keene.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Greyhound used to be the symbol of American mobility; of transportation for all. To prove it, they made killer commercials.

…Go Greyhound and leave the driving to us !! America is discovering the comfort and convenience of Greyhound…   [jingle]

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NH News
5:01 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Speaker Shuts Out Monitor

House Speaker William O’Brien barred reporters from the Concord Monitor from a state house press conference he called to discuss welfare abuse.

As reporters from about a half-dozen news outfits were welcomed to Speaker O’Brien’s office, reporters from the capital city’s only newspaper were blocked at the door by O’Brien spokesperson Shannon Bettencourt.

"Annmarie, Matt; not my rules. You know the issue."

"Why can’t we come in?"

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3:43 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Gov. Lynch Lets Bill Fixing Voter ID Affidavit Become Law

Gov. John Lynch has allowed a bill requiring photo identification at polling places to become law without his signature, but he says he hopes the New Hampshire Legislature will revisit the issue.

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3:39 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

O'Brien Calls For Tighter EBT Controls

House Speaker Bill O’Brien was joined at a news conference by Jackie Whiton. She was fired from a Peterborough convenience store after blocking a customer's attempt to use welfare benefits to buy cigarettes. O’Brien hailed Whiton and said the state needs to take greater steps to ensure that welfare benefits don’t go towards cigarettes, alcohol or possibly certain foods; O’Brien mentioned lobster.

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