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1:04 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

New Hampshire Activists in DC to "Take Back the Capitol"

Some participants in the Occupy New Hampshire protests are heading to Washington DC to take part in what’s being called “Take Back the Capitol.”

Krista Rand of Suncook says she’ll be there. The unemployed civil engineer wants Congress to promote jobs in her field by putting more federal dollars toward roads and bridges. “We all know that the state of our infrastructure in this country is quite abysmal. The American Society of Civil Engineers rates our infrastructure a D, and our bridges a C, so that’s really a problem," she said.

NH News
4:29 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Medicaid Tax Confusion Hits November Revenues

On first glance, New Hampshire’s November revenue numbers look terrible.

For the month, the state is $57 million dollars in the hole.

But NHPR’s Dan Gorenstein reports, there may be room for optimism.

You’d think, given November’s shortfall, Administrative Services Commissioner Linda Hodgdon would be alarmed.

But Hodgdon, the head of what is effectively the state’s finance office, is actually pretty bullish about last month’s report.

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NH News
12:00 am
Fri December 2, 2011

NH this Weekend: Local Merriment

Shoppers on Main street, Concord NH
From MainStreetConcord.com

Holiday shopping isn't all about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Parades and tree lightings get people into downtown shopping districts and provide a real boost to local businesses. Amy Diaz, Editor of the Hippo tells us how- and where- to go local this weekend. 

 

NH News
5:12 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Arriving in America: A Bhutanese Story

The Bhutanese are by far the largest group of refugees in New Hampshire. Since 2008 the US has resettled almost 800 men, women and children in Concord, Manchester, and Laconia

Before then, many Bhutanese lived for nearly two decades in camps in Nepal. 

As part of our series on immigration, we will follow one Bhutanese family as they spend their first year in the Granite State.

Keith Shields has our first installment.

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NH News
4:50 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

November Revenues In Doubt

Lawmakers are bracing themselves that when the state releases November revenues, New Hampshire could be tens of millions in the red.

The source of the shortfall- hospitals.

Without getting too deep into the details, the most recent budget made significant changes to a tax paid by hospitals.

That change cost them $120 million dollars.

A coalition of hospitals is now suing the state.

In the short-term some facilities might withhold what they owe on what’s called the Medicaid Enhancement Tax.

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Breaking
12:01 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

House Sustains "Right to Work" Veto

The State House has voted 240-139 to sustain Governor John Lynch's veto on so-called "right to work" bill.

Stay with NHPR and NHPR.org for details throughout the day.

NH News
5:45 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Farm Therapy Comes to NH

, Treating mental illness can take many forms. There are drugs, group therapy, and art therapy and the list goes on.

A new program in the Concord area is getting promising results by taking clients to a typical New England farm.

Mental health care doesn’t just take place in sterile offices or on therapists’ couches.

Some of the real breakthroughs happen out in the real world.

A new program in the Concord area is getting clients out to a local farm.

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Memorial Bridge Design
3:55 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Memorial Bridge Plan Moves Forward

Evening view of Memorial bridge.
Rik Koenig, via Flickr creative commons

The Governor and Executive Council are expected to approve a contract for replacement of the Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine.

If approved, the bridge will be in place by July 2013. The total price tag is $81 million dollars. New Hampshire, Maine and the Federal Government will split the cost.  Speaking at a Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce breakfast, Project Manager Keith Coda with DOT said  the new bridge will closely replicate the old span.

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NH News
12:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Plaid Friday: Go Local

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You may know the Friday after Thanksgiving as Black Friday, but on the Seacoast, today is also Plaid Friday.

Plaid Friday began last year as a way to encourage shoppers to discover local stores. David Boynton is the Executive Director of Seacoast Local, an organization that promotes independent businesses. He explains what Plaid Friday is about to NHPR’s Rick Ganley.

NH News
2:36 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Study Finds Sharing Between Towns on the Rise

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In this era of belt-tightening small towns are increasingly using partnerships to trim their budgets.

A pair of surveys conducted by the New Hampshire Municipal Association finds that a trend of sharing services is growing.

Over half of New Hampshire municipalities participated, and 40 percent of respondents share ambulance and EMT services.

Not unexpectedly many small towns share things like transfer stations and parks and recreation departments.

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NH News
5:00 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Super Committee Process Worries NH Farmers

New Hampshire conservation groups and agricultural interests are holding their breath, watching Washington this week.

The Farm Bill – which pays for crop subsidies, conservation grants, and nutrition programs like food-stamps – is up for reauthorization.

But, as NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown reports, this time around, the rules of the game have changed.

The Farm Bill is a big bill.

According the Congressional Budget Office, by itself it accounts for 2% of all government spending.

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NH News
11:06 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Illegal Workers; an ICE Agent's View

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, is the investigative arm of the US Department of Homeland Security. The purpose of ICE is to enforce federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration. As part of that mission, the agency conducts crackdowns on businesses who hire illegal workers. In the past two years, the agency has made a shift in its actions, directing more resources on identifying and fining employers rather than large scale raids on employees.

NH News
6:25 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Occupy New Hampshire Hits Peterborough

Occupy movement hits Peterborough
Donna Moxley NHPR

People from across southwestern New Hampshire gathered at a park in Peterborough Thursday to rally for the job creation and improvement to the state’s roads and bridges.

As part of a national protest, more than 100 New Hampshire residents turned out in Peterborough to declare an “economic emergency” for the ninety nine percent.

They focused on the country’s decaying transportation infrastructure and high unemployment rate, Peterborough resident Joe Graley urged Congress to pass President Obama’s jobs plan

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NH News
4:49 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Governor Tours Highway Improvements

Photo: Roger Wood

Governor John Lynch got a first hand look at two major projects on the Spaulding Turnpike in Southern New Hampshire.  

The Governor personally toured the expansion projects now underway on the pike on the Northern end in Rochester, and the Southern end between Newington and Portsmouth. The widening projects are intended to relieve traffic congestion on both ends of the Spaulding, especially at the Little Bay Bridge over Great Bay.

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NH News
1:28 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Shaky Outlook for NH Economy

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A forecast released today warns that the New Hampshire economy is skating on thin ice.

The report from the New England Economic Partnership says that acceleration from private-sector job creation has been partially offset by a shrinking public sector.

Economist Dennis Delay also says that employment and the housing market have not rebounded as quickly as expected.

He says that if growth had continued at the same pace as in 2008, there would be fifty-thousand more jobs in the state than there are today.

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