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NH News
5:31 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Managed Medicaid Delay Proves Costly

The Health and Human Services Commissioner expects the state’s new Medicaid program to begin in December.

That’s 5 months later than planned.

The state had planned on launching its new Medicaid program on July 1st.

It will cost the Department a little more than $1 million dollars a month until the new system is in place.

But Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas says he’s optimistic the new program will lead to long-term improvements, like changing the way health providers are paid.

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NH News
4:38 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Lawmakers Hopeful on Ed. Amendment

Lawmakers are hopeful they can reach common ground on a education funding constitutional amendment.

Senators and House members want to limit the court's involvement in future funding plans.

Over the past year and a half the Senate and House have had differences when it comes to education funding amendments.

Both have passed proposals by the necessary 3/5ths majorities.

The House’s aims to all but eliminate court oversight and give local school districts greater authority to set standards.

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N.H.'s Immigration Story
2:41 am
Tue May 22, 2012

N.H. Refugee Resettlement By The Numbers: 1997 - 2010

N.H.'s Immigration Story
12:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Refugee Settlement In New Hampshire By The Numbers: 2009-2001

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Sara Plourde NHPR
N.H.'s Immigration Story
12:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

The History Of Immigration In New Hampshire: Churches

Christ Church, Portsmouth, N.H., where the Russian peace service was held
Library of Congress

Images of some of New Hampshire's historic churches.

N.H.'s Immigration Story
12:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

The History Of Immigration In New Hampshire

Children of paper mill workers bringing home groceries. Berlin, New Hampshire. The town is largely inhabited by French Canadians and Scandinavians.
Library of Congress
N.H.'s Immigration Story
12:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Who Are We And Where Did We Come From

N.H.'s Immigration Story
12:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

New Hampshire's Immigration Story

NH News
5:35 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Ayotte hopes Congress will avoid fiscal cliff

Senator Kelly Ayotte at a small business conference in Manchester's Radisson.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Addressing small business owners in Manchester Monday, Senator Kelly Ayotte said she hopes Congress will take action to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that will take effect in January.

“Please know that I am going to do everything that I can to make sure that as we get to this fiscal cliff, I’m hoping we do it… unlike we don’t do anything in Washington, we wait ‘til the last minute, I think we should be working on this issue now.”

NH News
8:00 am
Mon May 21, 2012

New Hampshire's Immigration Story - The Influence of the Irish

Irish men and women started trickling over to New Hampshire in the 1820 and 30s, and by the 1840s, they become the Granite State’s first major population of immigrantsBy 1850 there was over thirteen hundred Irish in Manchester alone and by 1860 that number triples. More than one quarter of the city’s residents are now foreign born and of that, the Irish made up seventy three percent of them.  But as New Hampshire’s first major immigrant group settled, the first major anti-immigrant feelings started brewing in our state as well.

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NH News
4:14 pm
Sat May 19, 2012

NH Episcopalians Elect Next Bishop: Robert Hirschfeld

Episcopalians react to the news that Robert Hirschfeld accepted the nomination to Bishop of the New Hampshire dioceses
Duane Dale

Episcopalians in New Hampshire have elected Reverend Robert Hirschfeld as their next Bishop. He will replace Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the history of the church.

Robert Hirschfeld – currently the rector of Grace Church in Amherst Massachusetts – was elected on the first ballot, which is a rarity in Episcopalian elections.

The chair of the Bishop Search and Nomination Committee, Kevin Nichols, says that reflects a consensus in the New Hampshire dioceses that Hirschfeld is the right man for the job.

NH News
6:00 am
Sat May 19, 2012

NH Episcopalians Prepare to Elect New Bishop

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Today members of the New Hampshire Episcopalian dioceses are gathering to elect a successor to Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Bishop in the history of the church. 

The election of Robinson in 2003 tore a rift in the global Anglican community. In 2010, Robinson announced that he would retire next January, saying years of death threats and controversy had taken their toll.

The vice-chair of New Hampshire’s bishop search committee, Margaret Porter, says that sexual orientation did not figure in to the selection of candidates.

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NH News
4:53 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Tibetan Monks Meet Shaker Tradition

Todd Bookman/NHPR

This weekend, the Canterbury Shaker Village opens its doors for the season.

It’s 600 acres of stillness, of restored buildings and manicured fields. But there’s one thing missing.

“Visitors come here expecting to see Shakers,” says Funi Burdick, Executive Director of the Village.

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NH News
6:22 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

House backtracks on 20 week abortion ban

New Hampshire House lawmakers try and fail to revive a bill to ban late-term abortions.

The house first passed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in March. But that bill was quickly pushed aside by the senate. House lawmakers revived the proposal Thursday, tacking it on to bill related to health screening tests for newborns. Yet the narrowness  of the margin – it was adopted by just 4 votes -- prompted a quick change of heart. Lawmakers like Jennifer Coffey, a republican from Andover, told colleagues the abortion language put the newborn testing proposal at risk.

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NH News
6:05 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Renters Get Victory in Senate

The Senate has all but killed a measure that would have given landlords greater flexibility to evict tenants.

Bill opponents say the move preserves some equity between tenants and the property owners.

Originally the legislation would have allowed large-scale landlords the ability to evict a tenant when a lease expires.

Owners already can remove a tenant for any number of reasons, including rent hikes or personal business needs.

New Hampshire Legal Assistance attorney Elliott Berry says tenants are entitled to not be arbitrarily evicted.

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