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7:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Granite Staters Relish Belated Springtime Weather

Despite muddy conditions, some Concord residents turned out to White Park to enjoy the mild weather.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

After a long winter and several false starts, it looks like New Hampshire might finally be heading into spring. 

Mild temperatures on Sunday brought many Granite Staters outside to enjoy the weather.  Concord resident Annie Morgan brought her eight-year old son to a city park.  And she was confident that this time, spring was here to stay.  

“Well I’m determined!  It’s not going anywhere," she said with a chuckle.  "No, we’re not getting any more snow, and it’s going to be beautiful!”

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Long Winter Delays Spring Planting

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The long, cold winter has delayed spring planting in the Granite State.  That complicates matters for nurseries and lawn and garden businesses.  Charlie Cole is general manager of Cole Gardens in Concord.  He sees the late spring as a mixed bag for his business—although he’s optimistic.

“We’re really excited, because the pent-up need to be out in the garden is just building, and it’s still building.  And once our customer base are able to get in the garden and plant, we think it’s going to be a great spring,” Cole says.

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NH News
6:32 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Historic Ice-Out Of Winnipesaukee Expected

Ice on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee
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The man who officially declares the annual ice-out of Lake Winnipesaukee says this year’s announcement could be a record-setter.

Dave Emerson of Emerson Aviation in Gilford said this winter’s cold and snow may mean it’s early May before he can declare what some consider the official start of the New Hampshire summer season.

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Marking History
6:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Marking History: Stoddard Glass

Some of the collection of Stoddard glass at the town's historical society.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

For a 31-year period in the 19th century, glass making was the heart of the economy in the small town of Stoddard.

Factories there made everything from whiskey flasks to ink wells and at their peak, each produced a million bottles a year.

Pieces of Stoddard Glass have since become highly collectible and highly valuable antiques.

As part of our ongoing series, NHPR’s Michael Brindley visits Stoddard and talks with historian Alan Rumrill about glassmaking in the town and how much the rarest of the Stoddard glass pieces are worth today.

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NH News
4:17 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Former Chief Justice Says N.H. Should Repeal Death Penalty

Former N.H. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick, appearing on The Exchange in 2010
Credit NHPR Staff

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice and current UNH Law School Dean, John Broderick told lawmakers that  NH is better than countries like Iran, Iraq, North Korea, where the death penalty is used.

Broderick said anyone who's spent time in a prison knows it's a hopeless and demeaning place, and asked lawmakers to consider what it would be like to by laying on a gurney,  a lethal injection headed your way, knowing you were innocent.

Broderick stressed mistakes can happen.

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NH News
11:18 am
Thu April 3, 2014

N.H. Corrections Chief: Preparations For Addison Execution Underway

The state’s Corrections Commissioner says his department is preparing to carry out the state’s first execution in more than 70 years.

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NH News
7:24 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Report: PSNH Plants Would Be Worth Little On Open Market

LaCapra estimates that compared to a $500 million "book value" Merrimack station would sell for somewhere around $10 million, or 2% of it's value. Schiller Station could see a similar mark down, at 6.5% of it's value.
Credit LaCapra Associates

An independent assessment commissioned by electrical regulators has released a preliminary report that finds some of Public Service of New Hampshire’s fossil-fired plants hold little market value. The report agrees with what staff at the Public Utilities Commission said last year.

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NH News
5:11 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Sen. Ayotte To Host Discussion On Heroin Use In N.H.

Credit Chris jensen for NHPR

Senator Kelly Ayotte will host a roundtable discussion later this month that focuses on heroin use in New Hampshire.

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NH News
5:03 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Ban On Discrimination Against Gays Goes Before House Committee

Credit NHPR Staff

A constitutional amendment that aims to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation went before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

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Education
2:41 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Students Sit In At Dartmouth Over Diversity Issues

Prankhurst Hall at Dartmouth College
Credit Courtesy VPR

About 35 students staged a sit-in in Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon’s office Tuesday. They have been pressuring the College to increase enrollment of black, Latino and Native American students to at least 10 percent each, and to hire more faculty from minority groups. The 70 monetary demands outlined in their “Freedom Budget”  also include sweeping changes in the curriculum, financial aid, and residential life programs.

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NH News
11:40 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Mont Vernon's Alex Preston Among Eight 'American Idol' Finalists

Alex Preston, right, with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.
Credit www.americanidol.com

Mont Vernon’s Alex Preston could soon be one step closer being the next American Idol.

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NH News
4:54 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Unexpected Reactor Shutdown At Seabrook Nuclear Plant

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says an unexpected reactor shutdown happened at New Hampshire's Seabrook nuclear power plant as the plant was shutting down for planned refueling and maintenance.

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NH News
4:10 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Senate Takes Up Ban On Use Of Hands-Held Cell Phones While Driving

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The Senate’s Transportation Committee is considering a bill already passed by the House that would ban the use of hand-held cell phones and other electronic devices while driving.

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NH News
4:38 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

N.H. Delegation and French Ambassador Cut Ribbon At Rochester's New Aerospace Manufacturing Plant

Albany International CEO Joe Morone shows carbon-fiber jet-engine blades to Senator Kelly Ayotte, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (not pictured).
Emily Corwin NHPR

The French manufacturing company Safran and their American collaborator, Albany International, held an inauguration ceremony for their new manufacturing plant in Rochester on Monday. Nearly the entire New Hampshire delegation – as well as the French Ambassador to the United States -- showed up for the event.

At the new plant in Rochester, workers will build carbon-fiber airplane parts – like super-lightweight blades for the next generation of jet engines.

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NH News
3:19 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

N.H. Gets Share Of National Settlement With J.P. Morgan

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New Hampshire will receive a share of more than $2.9 million as part of a national settlement with J.P. Morgan Securities.  

The investigation that prompted the settlement was led by New Hampshire securities regulators.

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