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5:40 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Redistricting Tangle Pushes Forward

Chairman Mirski addresses the house committee on redistricting
Sam Evans-Brown

 

The redistricting of New Hampshire’s House of Representatives is proving to be very tricky.

The Republican leadership proposed a new map this week, and critiques are rolling in.

Redistricting is never particularly easy; representatives tend to like the districts that elected them.

And considering that the right to re-draw the political map is a spoil that goes to the victors of the last election cycle, partisan friction is inevitable.

But this time around, redistricting has gotten very complicated.

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NH News
5:28 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

North Country Looking Greener as New Prison Opens

The last bunch of Christmases up in Berlin, New Hampshire haven’t been terribly merry.

For the last decade, the old pulp and paper mill city near the Canadian border has watched life-long neighbors leave, businesses go bust and economic dream after dream dissolve.

But this Christmas there’s something in the air.

There's a new employer coming to town.

This Christmas story starts - fittingly- in Bethlehem.

This no-stop light town, tucked into the White Mountain National Forest is a little under an hour’s drive from the new federal prison.

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NH News
3:22 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Executive Council Takes Refugee Money from Feds, but not Healthcare Money

Staff photo

 

Refugees in the state will receive almost a half million dollars of federal funding for health and social services.

The executive council had put that money on hold last month at the request of Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.

Councilor Ray Wieczorek says that he still has reservations about the number of refugees being resettled in Manchester.

Wieczorek: we ought to try to spread it out a little bit so that the responsibility is spread amongst at least eleven cities.

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NH News
5:39 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Water Tank Leak Forces Evacuation in Rochester

A leaking two million gallon water tank in Rochester forced residents to evacuate their homes today.

A Rochester resident reported hearing a crash or banging sound coming from a 90 foot  water tank around noon Tuesday.

Water department crews saw water gushing from the bottom of the cylindrical tank.

Rochester police ordered nearby residents to evacuate and detoured traffic around the scene. City Engineer Peter Norson says that the tank doesn't appear to be in danger of collapsing.

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NH News
5:34 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Economists Tell Lawmakers: Future is Uncertain

Flikr Creative Commons / Ben McLeod

Today New Hampshire lawmakers got an update on the economic outlook from a series of forecasters

The Ways and Means Committees from both the House and Senate heard in a day’s worth of presentations that while the economy is improving, it’s doing so very slowly, and the recovery is fragile.

A rebound in the housing market is especially far off, as home sales in New Hampshire have been essentially flat for the past two years.

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NH News
1:29 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Chickens Coming to Town

Key Lime Pie yumyum / Flikr Creative Commons

 

 

Concord City council has approved a pilot program to allow chickens on urban lots that are less than 1 acre in size.

For the next 21 months Concord residents will be able to keep five hens, but no roosters due to noise concerns.

After 21 months the ordinance will be reevaluated to determine if issues raised at the hearing are worth worrying about.

Ben Leubsdorf covered the vote for the Concord Monitor.

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NH News
4:07 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

UNH Economics Professor Appointed Chancellor of Community Colleges

Dr. Ross Gittell
Courtesy Photo

 

The New Hampshire Community College System has appointed Economist Ross Gittell as its new Chancellor.

The new chancellor is already a heavy-hitter in policy circles.

Gittell’s nineteen-year career at the Whittemore school of Business has followed an impressive arc.

He has won numerous awards and fellowships, and is considered one of the foremost experts on the New Hampshire economy

Gittell hopes to use that pedigree to make sure that the Community College system is staying relevant.

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NH News
6:33 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Feds Blast NH Mental Health System

In a strongly worded letter, the U. S. Department of Justice has concluded the state’s mental health system is “broken” and “in crisis.”

In the eyes of Washington, the state is violating the civil rights of people with mental illness.

In its letter, the Justice Department says not only does the mental health system violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, but it’s an inefficient use of resources and bad policy.

The Department finds the state lacks key services, like housing, crisis intervention and employment support.

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NH News
3:20 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Second Amendment Protests at PSU Get Strong Reaction

Second Amendment chalking on PSU Walkways
Sam Evans-Brown

 

Two men who had threatened to bring guns onto Plymouth State University’s campus triggered strong reactions from members of the campus community.

The anti-gun-law protesters who accompanied the men sang songs, and engaged onlookers in conversations about the right to bear arms.

Student Alex Cabeceiras says that he thinks no-one on campus took part in the protest.

Cabeceiras: I think it’s pretty stupid, I mean, I’m all for you know, being against the state infringing on our rights but something about fire-arms and education don’t seem to mesh well.

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NH News
2:18 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Free Staters Protest Anti-Gun Rules at PSU

Libertarian slogans chalked on PSU's walkways
Sam Evans-Brown

 

Two men who had been threatening to bring guns to Plymouth State University’s campus directed a protest today against the school’s no-firearm policy.

Former cop, Bradley Jardis and Veteran Tommy Mozingo arrived at PSU with an entourage of activists from the Free State Project, who sang Libertarian Christmas Carols.

SFX: Carolling

They came to say that the University does not have the right to ban firearms on campus.

When asked if anyone was carrying weapon as they had said they would, Jardis responded it would be up to the state to prove that.

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NH News
6:09 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

New Hampshire Roman Catholics Have New Bishop

Nearly a thousand people packed into St Joseph's Cathedral to witness the installation of Peter Libasci as Manchester's tenth bishop.

Originally from Long Island, New York, Libasci was appointed to the position by Pope Benedict XVI in September of this year.

In his first address to the congregation, the newly instated Bishop thanked those in attendance, as well as other members of the church who were watching via television:

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NH News
5:32 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Northern Pass Opponents Vocal at Senate Hearing

 

The orange-clad opponents of the Northern pass project came out in force to today’s judiciary committee hearing. 

Their disgust with the committee’s decision to recommend an amendment that would tighten eminent domain laws was palpable.

Opponents are hoping for a bill makes it impossible to use eminent domain to take land for the Northern Pass project.

 Kelly Monahan is the register of deeds for Grafton County.

NH News
5:27 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Lawmakers Want to Tighten Up Eminent Domain

Northern Pass Opponents were displeased with the committee's decision.
Sam Evans-Brown

 

Senate lawmakers met today to discuss a bill that would change the rules of eminent domain.

As NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown reports, the debate is spurred by people concerned that they will lose their land to the Northern Pass Project

The judiciary committee considered more than a half dozen amendments that all sought to clarify when and how utilities can use eminent domain.  

In the end, the committee recommended Republican Senator Sharon Carson’s proposal.

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NH News
1:53 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Hospitals Take State To Court Over Medicaid Reimbursement

The Attorney General’s Office Thursday argued a federal judge should dismiss a lawsuit filed by 10 hospitals against the state.

Hospitals are suing over the state’s decision to cut how much it pays doctors and hospitals for treating low-income Medicaid patients.

They say those cuts violate New Hampshire’s agreement with the federal government to provide care to the poor.

But Senior Assistant Attorney General Nancy Smith says hospitals have no legal authority to question state reimbursement rates.

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NH News
6:24 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Kids Lose Private Health Insurance

New data from the U.S. Census shows that in 35 states the number of children enrolled in private health insurance has declined.

Between 2009 and 2010 1.6 million kids lost coverage.

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey Institute can’t pinpoint the primary cause behind the drop in private insurance.

Carsey’s Jessica Bean says unemployment is a likely culprit.

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