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5:19 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Vermont Yankee Opponents Say Water Permit Could Force Plant To Close

A loss late last month in federal appeals court has limited the state’s options to challenge Vermont Yankee’s operating license.

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4:24 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

New Hampshire Housing Market Continues Gradual Recovery

New data from the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority suggests the state’s housing market continues to show signs of a slow recovery.

The number of New Hampshire homes sold in May of this year jumped up from 2011-levels. That’s good. The bad news is that the average price of those properties is down two-point-four percent from a year ago, falling to $205-thousand dollars.

The 351 new foreclosures in May probably won’t help. Until the glut of properties on the market clears up, housing prices will remain low.

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6:03 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

121 New Citizens Take Oath In New Hampshire

Naturalization Ceremony In Portsmouth
Emily Corwin

So far this year in New Hamsphire, more than 1100 people have become new U.S. citizens.  

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6:01 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Fireworks Law Ignites Safety Concerns and Boosts Sales

Reloadable Mortars on the store shelves
Ryan Lessard NHPR

For some New Hampshire residents, the Fourth of July means it’s time for fireworks in the backyard. The state has long been one of the few states in the region to allow this practice.  But this year it's causing new safety concerns because more dangerous types of fireworks are now on sale.

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3:44 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Liberty Utilities Acquires National Grid's Gas and Electric Businesses in New Hampshire

Liberty Utilities Company completed its $250 million acquisition of National Grid’s gas and electric businesses in New Hampshire today.

Liberty Utilities now services National Grid’s 87,000 natural gas and 43,000 electric customers across the state. 

Ian Robertson, chief executive officer of Liberty Utilities’ parent company, Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. of Ontario, says the deal was 18 months in the making.

Robertson says the transition will be seamless, and National Grid customers can expect a more localized approach to business.

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NH News
5:17 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

AG Questions Hospital CEO Pay

A new report finds that CEOs at New Hampshire's nonprofit hospitals saw their pay increase by an average of 18 percent from 2006 to 2009. 

The report CEO pay varies widely. An the low end, Colebrook’s  Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital pays its CEO 150,000. At the high end, the leader of the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester pulled down about a million dollars in 2009.  The salary report was commissioned by Attorney General Michael Delaney. He says while the report found hospital CEO pay here is on par for the region,

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5:03 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

More Confirmed Cases in Hepatitis C Outbreak

Public health officials say six more Exeter Hospital patients have tested positive for Hepatitis C. That brings the total number of infections to 27.

Local, state and federal law enforcement are still investigating the cause of the outbreak. An Exeter Hospital employee is suspected of exposing patients to the liver-destroying virus by mishandling needles.

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10:07 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Energy Efficiency Investment Slow to Catch On

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A new report out from the New Hampshire Energy and Climate Collaborative finds that NH may not be doing enough to make homes more energy efficient.

Three years ago Governor John Lynch put forth his climate action plan, a roadmap for how to reduce the states carbon emissions. Number one on the list of strategies: maximize energy efficiency in buildings. But getting homeowners to invest in efficiency has been harder than policymakers had hoped.

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6:05 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

N.H. Supreme Court Rules Low-Income Parents Have No Absolute Right To Lawyers

The state’s Supreme Court ruled Friday that New Hampshire parents who can’t afford a lawyer and are charged with abuse or neglect can now be appointed a lawyer on a case-by-case basis. 

For the last year and a half, due to budget cuts, the state has not provided low income parents with lawyers. 

Jeanne Herrick with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office says the ruling lines up with the state’s position that there is no absolute right to counsel.  She says it’s now up to a judge to decide.

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10:45 am
Fri June 29, 2012

N.H. Congressional Delegation Reacts To Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court’s decision on the health care law threw many lawmakers in Washington for a loop.

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6:07 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

NH's Health Care Exchange Still Up in the Air

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Exchanges are the marketplaces where consumers will basically window-shop the various health care policies available in different states.

The Federal government granted each state funds to begin studying and implementing these exchanges, but New Hampshire’s Executive Council gave that money back, nearly $1,000,000.

Republicans, including House Speaker Bill O’Brien, say that the exchanges will simply cost too much to run. He points to the experience of other New England states.

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5:49 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

NH Department of Transportation Launches 'Driving Toward Zero' Campaign

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation wants to see the number of traffic fatalities go to zero.

The department is partnering with other state agencies, organizations, and businesses to create the ‘New Hampshire Driving Toward Zero Coalition.’ The coalition launched the ‘Driving Toward Zero’ campaign today.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation Commissioner, Chris Clement, says he’s often asked whether an effort to reduce accident fatalities to zero is even possible.  

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5:31 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Supreme Court Gives Decision on ACA Medicaid Expansion to NH

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This is a closer look at the Supreme Court’s Ruling as it relates to Medicaid in the Granite State. Under the upheld law, an additional 17 million people nationwide are set to become eligible for Medicaid in 2014. That’s a 27 percent increase. The new threshold is $29,000 dollars a year for a family of four.

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5:21 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Gubernatorial Candidates React to Health Care Ruling

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New Hampshire’s gubernatorial candidates are weighing in on the Supreme Court’s ruling, and they stand, pretty much, where you'd expect.

The two leading GOP contenders for the state’s corner office didn’t like the Affordable Care Act before the Supreme Court ruling, and that hasn’t really changed.

Ovide Lamontagne, the current front runner, says that as Governor, he would do everything possible to slow down or block the law’s implementation.

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4:48 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Congressional Delegation Reaction Falls Along Party Lines

New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is reacting largely along party lines to the Supreme Court’s ruling on health care.

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