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1:29 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Chickens Coming to Town

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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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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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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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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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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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NH News
6:10 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

AG Wants Hospital Suit Thrown Out

Tomorrow, the Attorney General will argue that a federal judge should throw out a lawsuit filed by 10 hospitals suing the state.

The state is arguing hospitals don’t have legal standing to challenge how much New Hampshire pays medical providers.

In 2008, the state began lowering how much it pays doctors and hospitals to treat low-income Medicaid patients.

The move was made to help shore up state finances during the Recession.

But Scott O’Connell, an attorney representing the hospitals says the state skipped a step.

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NH News
2:39 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Woodstove Changeout Project for Southern NH

Pellet Stove in Action at Armstrong Hearth and Home
Sam Evans-Brown

The American Lung Association announced a project that will pay individuals in Southern New Hampshire to swap out their old woodstoves.

The money for the program comes from a company’s settlement with the EPA.

The project provides consumers from Merrimack, Hillsborough, and Rockinghman counties vouchers  to replace old, inefficient wood stoves, with new clean burning ones.

The vouchers are worth anywhere from one to three thousand dollars, and can be used for pellet stoves, or wood-burning stoves.

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NH News
7:12 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Public Pension Changes Could be Costly

A new estimate from the state’s public retirement system shows a change in benefits could prove costly. 

Earlier this fall, lawmakers asked the retirement system to run some numbers.

They wanted to know how much it would cost employers- that’s the state, cities and towns - if New Hampshire went from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution plan.

Going from a system where the employers are responsible for guaranteed benefits, to one where employers only guarantee they pay a certain contribution.

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5:45 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Local Investors Step in to Save Book Store

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The push to support local businesses – Buy Local campaigns – are gaining steam, and Invest-Local is no exception.

In Portsmouth, so called “Locavestors” have come together to save a community book store.

RiverRun bookstore sits near the center of downtown Portsmouth.

It’s a bright shop, with big windows looking out onto historic Congress Street.

Customers Nancy Pollard and Elria Ewing are in browsing for replicas of old maps of downtown.

They love their local bookseller.

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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.

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