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4:45 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

House Votes Through Contraception Exemption

Josh Rogers NHPR

 The New Hampshire House voted to allow any employer with a religious objection to deny workers insurance coverage for contraceptives.

Adding an exemption to New Hampshire’s 12-year-old law requiring contraceptives be covered in all drug plans has become a priority for House Speaker William O'Brien. And his leadership team pushed the bill through over strong objection from Democrats and a gallery full of protesters.

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NH News
3:44 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Mixed Data on Housing Market

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New data from the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority paints a mixed picture of the State’s housing market. 

288 New Hampshire homes slipped into foreclosure in January. That’s a 22-percent decrease from the prior month, but still well above pre-recession levels.

“It is not a case of 'bam', we wake up one morning and the foreclosure issue is gone,” said Jane Law with NH Housing. She said the market is showing signs of a slow recovery. 

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The Two-Way
12:01 am
Wed March 7, 2012

How Do You Ship A Horse To The London Olympics? Carefully, And Via FedEx

U.S. Olympic Equestrian rider Phillip Dutton jumps with Zeizos in West Grove, Pa., in this 2010 photo. Dozens of horses will fly from America to England for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 7:08 am

The elite athletes who travel to London for this summer's Olympic Games will include petite gymnasts, huge wrestlers — and elite horses, which compete in dressage and other events. Getting these strong and delicate animals to the Olympics is no job for an amateur. In fact, it's the job of Tim Dutta, who owns an international horse transport company.

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NH News
6:19 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Contraception Fight Heading To House Floor

House Speaker William O'Brien's bill to allow any employer with a religious objection to exclude contraception coverage from employee health plans draws fire from Democrats and leaves GOP Gubernatorial hopefuls leery.

Democrats’ problems with this bill are by far the more pronounced. Gubernatorial hopeful Jackie Cilley, for instance, has urged supporters to “take to the streets” over the issue. Fellow candidate Maggie Hassan, meanwhile, took to the statehouse for a morning press conference.

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NH News
3:36 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Homelessness Numbers Fall for First Time in a Decade

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services says that homelessness has dropped by 3 percent since last year.

The numbers are from an annual one-day count on January 25th that targeted welfare offices, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and other organizations. According to Maureen Ryan of the Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services, it’s the first time in a decade that homelessness has fallen in New Hampshire. 

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NH News
10:11 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Court Orders HHS to Assess Medicaid Cuts

Hospitals hope a recent federal court ruling forces New Hampshire to spend more money on Medicaid services.

A federal judge has given the state 15 days to meet with interested parties over cuts made to the Medicaid program in 2008.

The court ruled the Department of Health and Human Services failed to measure how Medicaid cuts would affect services, a violation of federal law.

10 New Hampshire hospitals argue rates are now so low they’ve had to cut care for the poor.

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NH News
10:06 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Failing Grade Given in Mental Health Update

Mental Healthcare providers say New Hampshire is failing to meet critical targets in the 10-year improvement plan.

They say  most signs point to a crumbling infrastructure.

Since 2008, when the 10-year plan was adopted, mental health services have slipped....and then some.

At least that’s how the state’s 10 community mental health centers put it in a recent update they've published on the plan.

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NH News
6:09 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Finally, a Little Winter

Snow piles up at the intesection of Nichols & Nichols in Peterborough

In case you forgot what a New England winter is supposed to be like, Mother Nature decided to drop in with a reminder. Snow impacts everything from checkbooks to yardwork in New Hampshire, but has gone missing for most of this winter. 

While I was busy shoveling my car out, a neighbor of mine was tackling a completely different winter chore.

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NH News
7:06 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Heavy Snow Causing Hazardous Roads

Snow outside NHPR studios

After a mild winter with little snow, New Hampshire is being hit with a late-season storm.

The National Weather Service says up to a foot of snow is expected in some areas by this evening.    

There are more than 200 closings, although most schools are closed due to winter break.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation says drivers should take extra precautions.

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NH News
9:53 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

An Uncommon Priest: Father Joe Remembered

Friends and the people he served say Monsignor Joseph Desmond practiced his own brand of Catholicism – putting people before rules.

An uncommon practice in the top down Church.

The 89-year old priest was put to rest Tuesday.

Many mourners described Desmond, who served more than a dozen parishes over his 40 year career, as their friend.

Moira Valenti was just a kid, maybe 8, 9 years old.

She loved her church, St. Anne's in Manchester.

And one day she asked the man she called Father Joe a pretty complicated question.

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NH News
5:35 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Is New Hampshire Putting Skilled Immigrants to Good Use?

Many educated immigrants are unemployed or underemployed
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You’ve heard of “Brain Drain,” but how about “Brain Waste”?

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NH News
5:06 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Legislators Consider Moving Division of Weights and Measures

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State Representatives and Senators heard testimony today on a bill that proposes moving the Division of Weights and Measures from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Safety.

The division certifies scales and meters for measuring food and commodities like gasoline and fuel oil when sold to consumers.

The Senator Sharon Carson of Nashua, the bill’s sponsor, says she’s heard complaints from constituents who claim the division has been heavy-handed in its enforcement.

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NH News
6:18 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Prosecutors Call First Witness in Genocide Case

U.S. Prosecutors charge a Manchester woman with lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

They say she concealed her past to become a U.S. citizen.

Government lawyers say Beatrice Munyenyezi “encouraged killers to kill and rapists to rape.”

They told jurors that their witnesses – who are being flown in from Rwanda - will make it clear Munyenyezi “acted enthusiastically in these events.”

Munyenyezi’s lawyer David Ruoff argues those witnesses are being pressured by the Rwandan government.

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NH News
6:32 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

AG Promises More Mortgage Relief

The Attorney General’s Office is ramping up operations to help troubled homeowners.

State leaders say residents should expect more assistance in the near future.

Earlier this month, the Attorney General’s Office announced New Hampshire will receive $43 million dollars as part of a national settlement agreement with the nation’s five largest banks.

Much of that money is aimed at rewriting mortgages and reducing principal for homeowners who have loans with Wells Fargo, Citibank, Bank of America, JPMChase or GMAC .

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NH News
4:12 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

House Passes Contraception Resolution

Todd Bookman, NHPR

 

The resolution asks the federal government to undo a rule requiring insurance companies to provide contraceptives to employees of religious organizations.

House republican leaders say religious liberty is in jeopardy under the federal rule, even though it no longer requires religious organizations to directly pay for contraceptives. House Speaker William O’Brien says the 227-to-121 vote sends the message that either way, the requirement’s intent is simply wrong.

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