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NH News
1:37 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

NH Senate Backs Changes To Welfare Verification System

The New Hampshire Senate has voted to allow a new verification system for welfare applicants and recipients as a way to detect fraud and save money, but it wants to see the savings before it pays for it.

The Senate on Wednesday approved an amendment to a House bill requiring the state to expand the public databases used to screen applicants. House Speaker William O'Brien says using the technology will root out fraudulent claims and save money.

NH News
1:34 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

NH Senate Approves Reimbursements for Naturopaths

Doctors of naturopathic medicine would be reimbursed by health insurance companies under a bill passed by the New Hampshire Senate.

The Senate voted 16-8 Wednesday in favor of the bill. Opponents argued that the bill amounted to a mandate for insurers that would lead to increased premiums. Supporters argued it was a matter of fairness because insurers already reimburse other health care providers for providing the same services.

NH News
4:25 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Nashua Looks To Change Its Brand

The city of Nashua is spending a little more than $100,000 to figure out how to better brand itself. 

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NH News
3:23 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Skeptical Senate Eyes Welfare Fraud

The New Hampshire Senate is expected to take up legislation Wednesday to curb welfare fraud.

Some state Senators aren’t convinced there is a problem worth solving.

Under the House-passed plan, the state would expand screening of low-income families before they can receive cash benefits.

Supporters say cheating the system erodes public support for programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families – the state’s welfare program.

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NH News
5:56 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Motorist-Cyclist Tensions on the Seacoast

Chief Walsh has softened the message on his sign since he first put it up, in response to criticism from cyclists.
Sam Evans-Brown

Tonight selectmen in Rye will hear from the town's lawyer about the legality of a new cycling ordinance in that town. Cycling - both for commuting and recreation - is on the rise, but so too is the number of cars on the road, and recently on the seacoast, tensions between cyclists and drivers have flared.

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NH News
3:30 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

High Court Sides With LGC on Meeting Minutes

New Hampshire’s highest court has ruled that privileged information divulged at a public meeting is only susceptible to the state’s right to know law if it was first disclosed in the presence of a private citizen.  

The ruling is the latest byproduct of the long legal battle between the Professional firefighters association and the Local Government Center-- or LGC. At issue in this case, were the minutes from a series of Local Government Center board meetings.

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Manufacturing
3:03 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Three Reasons Why It’s Boom Time For NH Manufacturers

A new report says “high road” policies help grow manufacturing economies
Photo: Amanda Loder NHPR

Although tourism is something of a signature industry for New Hampshire, the largest sector of the state’s economy–by far–is advanced manufacturing.  So-called “SMHT” (Smart Manufacturing/High Technology).

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NH News
6:53 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Managed Medicaid Gets the Nod

Earlier today, the Executive Council approved the largest contract in state history.

On a 3-2 vote, the Council approved a $2.3 billion deal to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program.

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NH News
5:44 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

House Kills Ban On Taxing Internet

 

Exempting broadband and wireless internet connections from the state’s communication tax remains a priority for republican leaders, but the House voted 247-93 to kill the repeal. A big reason way is because the senate-crafted proposal also undid House leaders’ plan to place $16 million in the state’s rainy day fund. Steve Stepanek is chairman of House ways and means.

"The prime purpose of this bill was to put money into the rainy day fund. The senate has no intention of putting any of this money into the rainy day fund."

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Managed Medicaid
12:50 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Just In: Managed Medicaid Contract Approved

[View the story "N.H. Executive Council Passes $2.3 Billion Medicaid Contract" on Storify]N.H. Executive Council Passes $2.3 Billion Medicaid Contract

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RT @FostersDailyDem: BREAKING NEWS: N.H. Executive Council OKs $2.3 billion Medicaid contract http://bit.ly/JxiCxxNHPR NewsNH Executive Council OKs $2.3 billion Medicaid contractBy JIM HADDADIN CONCORD – On a split vote, members of New Hampshire's Executive Council approved a $2.3 billion contract establishing...Managed Medicaid could significantly shake up service for some 140,000 NH residents. HHS officials believe this reform is critical.Dan GorensteinExecutive Councilors are talking about how they will vote on managed medicaid contract.Dan GorensteinDozens of managed Medicaid opponents are in Executive Council chambers. Many are opposed to how plan would change services for the disabled.Dan GorensteinExecutive Council meeting getting under way. Councilors expect to vote on $2.3 B managed Medicaid contract. Insiders say contract will pass.Dan Gorenstein

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NH News
4:42 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

State Prepares for Massive Shift to Medicaid Managed Care

Chloe and Jennifer Bertrand after running a 5k race last spring
Courtesy Photo

News Update at 2:54 p.m. Wed. May 9:  The Executive Council has passed a $2.3 billion contract that will overhaul the state’s Medicaid program. Medicaid Managed care could significantly shake up service for some 140,000 N.H. residents. HHS officials believe this reform is critical. More details to follow on this evening's All Things Considered.

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NH News
8:14 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Chester College Students and Faculty Demand Resignation of President

Students rallying at Chester College Monday called for the resignations of President and former Manchester Mayor Bob Baines
Sam Evans-Brown

Students and Faculty at Chester College are demanding the resignation of college President and former Manchester Mayor Bob Baines.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Rivier College Seeks University Status

Rivier College
(photo: Sheryl Rich-Kern)

Rivier College in Nashua may be getting a makeover.

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NPR Story
5:22 pm
Sun May 6, 2012

College Hazing On The Rise, But So Is Scrutiny

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:45 am

Transcript

GUY RAZ, HOST:

This past week, charges were filed against members of the Florida A&M marching band in the hazing death of a former member. In recent weeks, there have been a string of hazing scandals on campus. In April, five Boston University students were bound and beaten in a fraternity house basement. And Rolling Stone magazine recently profiled a Dartmouth student's humiliating hazing experiences.

But as New Hampshire Public Radio's Dan Gorenstein reports now, all of this attention may be a good thing.

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NH News
5:00 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Dreaming again

As part of our yearlong series, New Hampshire’s Immigration Story, NHPR’s Keith Shields attended a performance of “Dreaming Again’ and brings you this report.

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