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4:16 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Hiker Recovering After Rescue On Mount Chocorua

 A hiker is recovering after he slid off a New Hampshire mountain trail and down a ledge into some trees, unable to move due to the steep grade and ice.

Fish and Game Department officers say 21-year-old John Ng of Wakefield, Massachusetts, was able to call 911 Thursday afternoon from Mount Chocorua in Tamworth, in the White Mountain National Forest.

Rescuers found him about five hours later, suffering from symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite. They replaced his frozen shoes and socks with dry ones and put several layers of clothing on him.

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9:02 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Portsmouth To Be Property On New Monopoly Gameboard

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  The boardgame company Hasbro has announced Portsmouth will be a property the new “Here and Now, US Edition” Monopoly gameboard.

The new board is being released in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the original Monopoly boardgame. Cities on the new gameboard received over 4 million votes on the website Buzzfeed.

Portsmouth Mayor Bob Lister facetiously says he’s sure Portsmouth’s place on the gameboard will bring a lot of awareness to the public about Monopoly. 

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8:33 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Rand Paul Returns To N.H. With Expanded Staff In State

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Senator Rand Paul is heading back to New Hampshire a day after hiring two more of the state's political operatives as he readies for a presidential campaign.

The Kentucky Republican today will tour a Manchester Internet service provider and will speak at the Carroll County Lincoln Day Dinner. He has four public stops on Saturday in Rochester, Exeter, Hampstead and Hollis.

On Thursday, Paul hired a New Hampshire political director and operations director for his political action committee, RANDPAC.

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7:41 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Voters In Bow Reject $5M Bond For New Public Safety Facility

Voters in Bow
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Voters in Bow have rejected a $5 million bond to build a proposed public safety facility.

The Concord Monitor reports the vote came during the second session of Bow’s town meeting Thursday night.

Of the more than 1,100 residents who voted on the bond, just more than half supported it, falling short of the two-thirds needed to pass.

The combined facility would have housed the police, fire and emergency management departments.

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7:29 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Nearly 200 Manchester Students Opt Out Of Smarter Balanced Exam

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Nearly 200 students opted out of taking the Smarter Balanced exam in Manchester this week.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports the district received 196 refusal requests from parents or guardians during the first week of the new online statewide assessment.

The test is being given to students across the state in grades three through eight, as well as 11th grade.

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6:55 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Analysis: Few Women Among Concord's Highest Paid Employees

Concord City Hall
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It’s Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote freedom of the press and the public’s right to know.

The Concord Monitor has spent the week reporting on its efforts to obtain public records and review how taxpayer dollars are spent.

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6:29 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Keene City Council Delays Action On Issuing Pumpkin Festival Permit

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Officials in Keene have delayed action on whether to issue a permit to the organizers of the city’s annual pumpkin festival.

The Keene Sentinel reports city councilors voted Thursday night to send the issue back to the council’s planning, licenses and development committee for reconsideration.

That committee voted unanimously last week to reject issuing a permit to Let It Shine, the nonprofit group that organizes the festival.

However, Mayor Kendall Lane urged councilors to give the decision its due process and allow for more discussion on the festival’s future.

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4:27 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

N.H. Senate Passes, Then Tables, Business Tax Cuts

Sen. Jeb Bradley
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The business profits tax (BPT) stands at 8.5%; the business enterprise tax (BET) at .75%.

Under these bills, those would drop every year  until 2019, when the BPT would be 7.9% and the BET  .675%.

Senate majority leader Jeb Bradley told colleagues the cuts are an overdue recognition that N.H. isn’t as business friendly as it needs to be.

“To ignore the fact that we have an uncompetitive corporate tax rate is nothing worse than the most myopic short sightedness that we could have.”

Democrats, like David Watters, countered that cuts are ill-conceived.

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3:33 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

From Farm To...Desk? Plymouth Farmers Market Delivers Local Food To People At Work

Regina Rinaldo in the Local Foods Plymouth office.
Sean Hurley

Local Foods Plymouth has been connecting area residents with local farmers and bakers via their online farmer's market since 2006. Members can order meat, vegetables, bread, hot sauce, even hand-made soaps online and collect their goods at a local pick-up spot.  Last year, they made it even easier with a delivery service they call "Farm to Desk" as NHPR's Sean Hurley reports.

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1:51 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Timeline: Women's Prison Delay Part Of Larger Story About N.H. DOC's Challenges

A new New Hampshire State Prison for Women, originally slated to open in Concord in the fall of 2016, is running $12 million over budget and will be delayed by one year.

NHPR's newsroom has been covering issues surrounding the current women's prison in Goffstown, as well as the resources and funding issues that have faced New Hampshire's Department of Corrections in recent years. Reporter Emily Corwin was the recipient of a 2014 Gracie Award for her journalism on this issue.

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7:16 am
Wed March 18, 2015

As Decision On Pumpkin Festival Permit Nears, Concerns About Safety Linger

Keene Pumpkin Festival
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A decision on whether to put an end to the city of Keene’s annual Pumpkin Festival could be made this week.

The city council is scheduled to decide Thursday whether to issue a permit to the nonprofit group Let It Shine, which organizes the event.

The festival was marred last by riots that occurred just outside the event’s footprint downtown. Dozens of arrests were made.

Ella Nilsen is a reporter for the Keene Sentinel. She joined NHPR’s Morning Edition producer Michael Brindley to talk about her reporting on the issue.

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6:25 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Campaign Created To Ready N.H. Drivers For Hand-Held Devices Ban

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A law banning the use of all hand-held electronic devices is going into effect in New Hampshire on July 1, and transportation officials are unveiling an education campaign about the change.

The campaign being discussed Wednesday includes a new public service announcement, website and materials available for residents to familiarize themselves with the new law.

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5:37 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Lakeview Special Ed School On Tight Deadline To Comply With State Regulations

Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center in Effingham / October 2014
Conway Daily Sun/Jamie Gemmiti

Late last month, the New Hampshire Department of Education made an unannounced visit to Lakeview School in Effingham. DOE had placed the special education school on provisional approval last November, and February 26 marked the third – though the only unannounced – visit to Lakeview since the fall.

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5:30 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Citing Lack Of Support, Broderick Steps Down From UNH Law Post

John Broderick at the Rudman Center in October 2014.
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The former New Hampshire state supreme court Chief Justice is stepping down from the UNH School of Law Warren B. Rudman Center.

John Broderick , who was Dean of the UNH Law School before he left that post to lead the Rudman Center last year, told NHPR that he and university administrators differed over the Rudman Center's future.

"I love the Rudman Center and what it stood for and its potential, and I can assure you I would never have left a job I love that much and a center that I helped found if I was getting support from the university," Broderick said. 

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4:14 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

N.H. Unemployment Falls Below 4 Percent In February

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Unemployment in New Hamsphire fell to below 4 percent last month. According to New Hampshire Employment security, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 3.9 percent.

This brings the number of New Hampshire residents who have a job to 714,840, while only 29,270 are unemployed.

The unemployment rate has been declining steadily since 2010, when it peaked at 6.7 percent.

In a statement governor Maggie Hassan praised the news, calling the announcement “another encouraging sign that our economy continues to strengthen.”

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3:36 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

New State Prison For Women Delayed, Projected $12M Over Budget

The new women's prison will be located behind the State Prison for Men in Concord.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

A new state prison for women, originally slated to open in the fall of 2016, is running $12 million over budget and will be delayed by one year.

The building was supposed to cost $38 million and take two years to build. Contractors broke ground in August.

Now, Jeff Lyons with the Department of Corrections says, “the project is costing more than it was originally anticipated to cost, so we now have to look at our options.” 

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8:01 am
Tue March 17, 2015

New Castle Voters To Meet To Reconsider $1M Bond For School Renovations

Maude H. Trefethen Elementary School
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Voters in New Castle will meet Tuesday night to reconsider last week’s vote to defeat a $1 million bond for upgrades and renovations to the town’s elementary school.

Seacoast Online reports the reconsideration meeting will be held at the New Castle Recreation Center at 7.

At last week’s school district, voters defeated the bond question, which needed a two-thirds majority.

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7:46 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Uber Threatens To Pull Out Of Portsmouth If Ordinance Goes Through

Officials with the ride-sharing service Uber say they’ll pull out of Portsmouth if a proposed ordinance requiring background checks for its drivers goes through.

Seacoast Online reports the city council voted Monday night to delay action on the ordinance, following a public hearing.

It would require Uber’s drivers to undergo criminal background checks overseen by local police and have proof of insurance, similar to the city’s taxi drivers.

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7:18 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Croydon To Push Back On State Order Against Private School Tuition Payments

School officials in the town of Croydon plan to challenge a state Department of Education order that the district stop tuition payments to private schools.

After leaving the K-4 Croydon Village School, most of the town’s students attend Newport Middle/High School.

However, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports the town has been sending one student to Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, paying half of the roughly $30,000 tuition.

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6:58 am
Mon March 16, 2015

New Hampshire Residents Warned About Spring Flooding

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As spring approaches, Gov. Maggie Hassan is encouraging New Hampshire residents to take precautions to protect their families and homes from flooding.

In the last 10 years, there have been 10 federal disaster declarations in New Hampshire for flooding, which most often occurs in spring but can happen at any time of year. The New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning estimates that $48 million has been paid for flood losses to New Hampshire flood insurance policy holders since 1978.

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6:54 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Nashua Teen To Be Arraigned In Stabbing Death

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A Nashua teen is heading to court after being charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a New Hampshire man.

Seventeen-year-old John Goff is due to be arraigned in District Court in Nashua Monday morning.

Police say Goff stabbed 49-year-old Benjamin Marcum multiple times March 12 on a bike path near Marcum's Palm Street home in Nashua.

Marcum was found just after 11 p.m. Thursday and rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Nashua police are asking anyone with information about the stabbing to call the department.

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6:51 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Senate To Take Up Bill That Bans Smoking In A Car With Minor

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Senate lawmakers are expected to take up legislation this week that would ban smoking in a car when a minor is present.

The bill will go before the Senate Thursday, but comes with a 3-2 recommendation from the Health and Human Services committee to kill the legislation.

The bill would make it a violation to smoke tobacco products in a car when a child under the age of 18 is in the vehicle.

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6:00 am
Mon March 16, 2015

In Upper Valley, A Call For More Carpooling To Help Ease Traffic Woes

An example of the traffic along Route 120.
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In the Upper Valley, Route 120 is notorious for its traffic issues.

According to state transportation data, nearly 30,000 cars travel each day along the stretch between Lebanon and Hanover.

There’s effort underway to ease that traffic by encouraging more workers to carpool.

Susan Berry is manager of Upper Valley Rideshare.

She joined Morning Edition to talk about the program.

When did you realize this was a problem that needed to be addressed?

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9:41 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Nashua Police Investigating Homicide

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Police in Nashua are investigating a homicide that occurred late Thursday night.

Police say they found 49-year-old Benjamin Marcum injured on the ground in a bike path shortly after 11.

He was brought to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday to determine his cause of death, but police believe it was a homicide.

Police are asking for the public’s help as they search for a suspect in the case. 

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6:57 am
Fri March 13, 2015

N.H. This Weekend: Art Exhibits And Pi(e) Day Competition

Image credit: John Baeder, Stardust Motel, 1977. Oil on canvas, 58 x 70 in. (147.32 x 177.8 cm). Yale University Art Gallery, Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935, Collection. Courtesy of the artist.
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Hippo Editor Amy Diaz joins Morning Edition on Fridays to talk about going on in New Hampshire this weekend.

For art lovers, there's the Currier Museum of Art's exhibit, "Still Life: 1970s Photorealism." Another exhibit in Concord this weekend is Crowd Source by John Bonner.

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6:00 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Eversource Energy Reaches Deal With State To Sell Its Power Plants

PSNH's Merrimack Station
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In a deal that is being called historic, Eversource Energy, formerly Public Service of New Hampshire, has agreed to sell its power plants. The agreement is part of what’s been called a “global settlement,” which resolves a variety of issues facing the utility all in one neat package.

The parties to the settlement say it is a win-win for the state and the company.

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12:25 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Teen Killer Of Pamela Smart's Husband Granted Parole

FILE - In this March 13, 1991 file photo, William Flynn, testifies on his 17th birthday how he shot Gregory Smart in the head and killed him, in court in Exeter, N.H.
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The killer of Pamela Smart’s husband will be a free man this spring.

William Flynn, who turned 41 today,  was unanimously granted parole Thursday after the New Hampshire Parole Board cited his decade of good behavior – adding that he was an “exemplary” inmate throughout his 25 years in prison.

At sixteen Flynn pleaded guilty to conspiring with his former teacher and lover Pamela Smart to shoot and kill her husband, Greg Smart, in Derry in 1990. Smart is currently serving a life sentence.

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7:46 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Manchester Police Investigating Shooting Of 17-Year-Old Girl

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Manchester police are investigating the shooting of a 17-year-old girl last night.

WMUR-TV reports the girl is hospitalized in Boston with face and neck wounds and is expected to survive.

Police have not made any arrests.

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7:17 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Report: Rockingham County Attorney Could Face Whistleblower's Lawsuit

Patricia Conway

Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway is facing a potential whistleblower’s lawsuit over her firing of a key witness in a state misconduct investigation.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports county commissioners have received an offer to settle the matter financially instead of defending themselves from a lawsuit.

Conway insists her firing of assistant county attorney Jerome Blanchard just hours after being sworn into office was not payback.

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6:28 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Rick Perry Heads Back To New Hampshire

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A month after his last visit, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is returning to New Hampshire as he moves closer to a 2016 presidential campaign.

Since leaving office in January, Perry has been ramping up his political operation and traveling to early voting states. He will be in Bedford, Concord and Gorham on Thursday, followed by stops in Lancaster, Littleton, Meredith and Belmont on Friday.

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