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4:24 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

President Obama To Visit New Hampshire On Monday

President Barack Obama is visiting New Hampshire next week, where he will speak at a high school in Durham.

Obama is scheduled to speak at noon Monday at Oyster River High School, in the gymnasium.

The president last visited the state, speaking at Nashua Community College about the economy with a focus on American energy. He visited Manchester in November, to discuss his jobs bill.

Obama carried New Hampshire in the 2008 general election, but the state is expected to be heavily contested this fall.

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4:22 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Governor Stubs Medical Marijuana Law

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Gov. John Lynch has made no secret of his opposition to medical marijuana in the state. He says Senate Bill 409 poses health dangers to patients, lacks oversight and could lead to more pot in the hands of minors.

The governor vetoed a similar measure in 2009.

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3:32 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Fish and Game Department Reminds Hikers to Trek Safely

On Wednesday Fish and Game officials aided a woman at Franconia Notch when she experienced chest pains. The same day hikers helped a man who fell 20 feet down a Mount Washington trail.

The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game’s Lieutenant Robert Bryant said hiker mishaps are a common occurrence in the summer.  

This is the time of year for vacation and hiking and it’s certainly not uncommon for us to head out to help hikers.

Bryant says many problems arise from poor planning, and he offers the following tips for hikers:

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NH News
11:38 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Unemployment Numbers for May Hold Steady

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Twenty-three hundred jobs were added to New Hampshire payrolls between April and May, but the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains stuck at 5%.

There was good news for Coos County: the North Country’s rate dipped below 8% for the first time this year.

Grafton County has the State’s lowest unemployment at 4.1%.

All in all, the data met expectations, says Bob Cote, a researcher with NH Employment Security.

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NH News
10:09 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Manchester School Board Votes To Save 40 Positions

The Manchester School Board has voted to save 40 more teacher and staff positions.

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NH News
4:51 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Gov. Lynch Vetoes Legislative Approval Of Union Contracts

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch has vetoed a bill that would require the Legislature's fiscal committee to approve all collective bargaining agreements entered into by the state.

Under the current system, the executive branch has negotiated contracts between public employers and employees, while the Legislature decides through the budget process how much money is to be spent on personnel, wages and benefits.

NH News
11:16 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Summer Starts With A Heat Wave

The first days of summer will be hot throughout the northeast, with temperatures into the 90s.

The equatorial heat is expected to continue until Friday. 

Mike Kistner of the national weather service says the highest temperatures of the year are expected from the middle atlantic states all the way to Maine.

"You get a nice ridge of high pressure in place where we get that nice southerly component, bringing us up that warm tropical air. It’s really not that out of the ordinary for this time of year."

NH News
5:36 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Questions Remain Following Hepatitis C Outbreak

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After a lifetime of health challenges, the last thing Katrina wanted to hear was that she’d contracted Hepatitis C. 

“I was devastated,” says the 41-year old, whose last name is being withheld at her request.

She also suffers from diabetes and kidney failure, and believes she got Hep C about five years ago, possibly from sharing razors with a female roommate.

Because Hep C can live in the body for decades without producing symptoms, it’s sometimes called the silent killer.

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NH News
5:27 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

SEA Endorses Jackie Cilley

Jackie Cilley at SEA
Ryan Lessard NHPR

One of the state’s largest public unions, the State Employees Association, endorsed democratic gubernatorial candidate Jackie Cilley on Monday.

SEA President Diana Lacey cites Cilley’s refusal to take the state pledge against new broad-based taxes and her commitment to collaborative leadership as the most significant factors in the union’s decision.

“It wasn’t just the pledge. It’s the manner in which we anticipate Jackie will lead.”

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NH News
5:03 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

School Choice Bill Gets a Veto from Gov. Lynch

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Governor John Lynch has vetoed a bill that would create a tax credit for businesses donating to not-for-profit scholarship organizations.

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11:29 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Funding Debated For Poison Control Center

On Monday, the Legislative Joint Financial Committee will meet  to approve emergency funds to keep New Hampshire's poison control center running for the next year. Without the funds, on July 1, poison control won't be available to New Hampshire residents anymore.

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4:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

From Combat To The Workplace: Injured Vets Looking For Jobs

Retired veteran Phillip Paquette
Sheryl Rich-Kern NHPR

As the last of the soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan return to their native New Hampshire, about one third will retire from the military for medical reasons.  That means they’re likely to face one of their toughest battles yet as they search for meaningful employment.

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NH News
6:04 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Future Of 'Bike Week' Relies On New Marketing

Emily Corwin NHPR

Once upon a time, Laconia Bike Week was a rowdy affair with a lot of drinking and wild behavior.

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4:44 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Gov. Lynch Vetoes Anti Late Term Abortion Bill

Sara Plourde NHPR

Governor Lynch has vetoed a bill banning so-called “partial birth abortions.” The bill was the only anti-abortion bill that made it through the legislature this session.

Late term abortions, also known as partial birth abortions, are already outlawed under federal law. But according the Governor’s spokesman Colin Manning, the Governor was concerned by a provision that would require a second opinion before a woman could receive the procedure even if her life were threatened by the pregnancy.

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