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5:35 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

O'Brien Wants Fatter Rainy Day Fund --Now


The Legislature holds the purse strings and House Speaker Bill O’Brien wants to prove it. O’Brien is backing a measure to divert money generated by the state’s insurance tax to New Hampshire’s rainy day fund. NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports

The measure aims to fatten the rainy day fund by $26 million, which was the state’s surplus in fiscal year 2011. Speaker O’Brien told the House ways and means committee that socking the money away amounts to simple prudence.

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3:41 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

NH House Eyes Pulling out of No Child Left Behind

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A house committee heard public testimony on a bill that would withdraw the state from the federal education requirements under No Child Left Behind.

But pulling out would mean the state would forfeit more than $60 million in federal money.

The sponsor of the bill, twenty-year-old representative Weeden from Dover,  says that No-Child-Left-Behind, or NCLB, has created a culture of teaching to the test that has reduced the quality of education overall.

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1:50 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

House Committee Takes up Eminent Domain

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The House judiciary committee heard testimony today about three bills that would make it more difficult for a private utility to use eminent domain to acquire land. 

Opponents of the Northern Pass project sponsor the bills, saying the planned electric transmission lines would not benefit to the state.

Republican representative Baldasaro from Londonderry gave testimony in favor of tightening up eminent domain rules.

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4:39 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

NH Lawmakers: Don't Cut Off Cod

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New Hampshire’s congressional delegation signed a letter asking federal regulators not to lower the catch limit on Atlantic Cod.

The federal lawmakers say that fishermen in the Granite State already have their backs against the wall.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen says lowering the catch limit on Cod could lead to the loss of 90% of the fishermen’s revenue.

Shaheen: it has potential to almost wipe out our fishing industry in New Hampshire because so much of their revenue comes from cod and inshore ground fishing.

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5:44 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Senate Unveils Redistricting Plan

State Senate leadership says it’s drafted a redistricting plan that’s legal and doesn’t play politics.

Senate Democrats don’t really agree.

There was lots of talk about snakes and salamanders at the senate’s one – and only – public hearing on setting up 24 new senate districts for the next decade.

Majority Leader Jeb Bradley says the goal of the plan was to create districts that make sense, not win elections.

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5:24 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Change in Policy May Help Immigrants Stay in the U.S.

President Barack Obama has set a record number of deportations last fiscal year, removing nearly 400,000 illegal immigrants.

Despite this, a new administration policy set in August allows undocumented immigrants without criminal records to stay in the United States.

Seven months ago 19-year old Juan Valdez had to appear in a Nashua courtroom for driving without a license.

The Manchester resident had been undocumented since he came to the U-S from Mexico at age three.

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NH News
11:53 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Huntsman Headed South

Jon Huntsman placed third last night in the New Hampshire Primary.

The former Utah Governor says that's well enough to stay in the race.

In the days leading up to the primary, Huntsman’s campaign suggested a second place finish was possible.

The candidate talked about a sense of momentum, that his commitment to retail politics in the Granite State would pay off.

He never caught up to Texas Congressman Ron Paul, but Huntsman told supporters nonetheless he’s energized.

“I’d say third place is a ticket to ride, ladies and gentleman. Hello South Carolina!”

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5:37 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Hospitals Detail Service Cuts in Court

A coalition of hospitals in the state testified in federal court today/Tuesday that state budget cuts have forced them to restrict care for the poor.

Ten hospitals are suing the state over a $130 million reduction in Medicaid funding.

Hospital officials described the series of reductions they’ve had to make in response to state cuts dating back to 2008.

For example, Lakes Region General Hospital and Southern New Hampshire Medical Center now are turning away new Medicaid patients unless they are children, seniors or pregnant women.

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9:32 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Democrats Mobilizing Voters for the Primary

Democrats working the phones
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The entire nation is watching as voting begins in today’s Republican Primary.

Meanwhile democrat voters are quietly turning out for that other primary.

SFX: Phone bank sounds

The night before primary day, volunteers are hard at work calling potential voters.

Kuster: Hi, is this Mrs. Singer? How are you this is Annie Kuster, calling from the Obama headquarters.

Ann Mclane Kuster, a democratic candidate for congress in 2012, was out working the phones.

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NH News
9:25 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

House Leaders Pull Back On First Day

The New Hampshire House of Representatives kicked off 2012 with a marathon 8-hour session Wednesday.

And in those 8 hours, lawmakers tackled controversial topic after controversial topic, like fetus rights, the death penalty, the 2ndAmendment and health insurance.

Amidst all the action, House leaders flashed something they haven’t shown much of before...restraint.

By now - halfway into their term – House Republicans have earned a reputation for fiscal austerity and Libertarian tendencies.

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10:40 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Let 'Er Rip: NH Legislature Kicks Off New Session

By Wednesday night, the New Hampshire Statehouse might have been an afterthought....lost in the glare of the Republican presidential candidates.

But earlier in the day, New Hampshire politicians flexed their rhetorical muscles, jockeying for higher ground as the next legislative session kicked off.

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1:26 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Automotive Deaths in NH Down

Sources: NH Department of Safety, NH State Police


The number of fatal crashes on New Hampshire roads dropped in 2011 by nearly a third.

The coordinator of the Highway Safety Agency, Peter Thomson, says that the state police are targeting factors that cause fatal crashes: speed, distracted driving, and drugs and alcohol.

He says so far this year, eighty-seven people have died in crashes, which is the lowest number in fifty years.

He credits, among other things, the safe commute program which the state police instituted this year.

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10:38 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Portsmouth Book Store Closing Until February

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A Portsmouth bookstore that was saved from closing by local investors will be shutting its doors for the month of January.

Tom Holbrook, one of the owners of RiverRun Books, had hoped that the store would only be closed for a week or so when it moved to a new space.

But renovations on the new store weren’t completed in time and the lease on the old one was up, so for the month of January RiverRun will only be selling books online.

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1:49 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

NH Ski Areas Open, But Revenues Down

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A winter that has begun with warm nights and balmy days, has given the ski season a rocky start.

According to SkiNH revenues at New Hampshire ski areas are behind the same point last year.

Most of New Hampshire’s Ski areas were finally able to open this past week, but with a rain storm in the forecast, prospects for a profitable holiday season are dim.

And Karl Stone of SkiNH says that the holidays are crucial.

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3:35 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Late Storm to Save White Christmas

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Flakes will start to fly tonight after an unseasonably warm December.

NHPR talked to a National Weather Service forecaster about the probability of a white Christmas.

According to weather data, on any given year there’s at least at 75% chance there will be snow on the ground in New Hampshire Christmas day.

Michael Esker – a forecaster in Gray, Maine – thinks that probability isn’t going to change this year.

A storm will shoot through tonight, leaving just enough snow to frost the state and make things look festive.

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