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3:10: Hassan's closing statement: "We must continue to prove the strength of our democracy by working through our challenges together. With vigor, but with constant attention to our shared purpose and vision. Because, for the State of New Hampshire, the best way forward is always through."
In the past few years there’s been a resurgence in American moonshine, including high-end bottles on liquor store shelves. The movement comes thanks in no small part to the Discovery Channel reality show, Moonshiners. And while ‘White Lightening’ may have its roots in Appalachia, in the deep shade of New Hampshire’s forest, there’s at least one illegal operation.
Bass fishing is now big business in America, with high profile tournaments getting plenty of coverage on networks including ESPN. And it’s also New Hampshire’s newest high school interscholastic sport. And last spring New Hampshire high school students got to show off their own angling abilities at a bass fishing tournament on Lake Winnipesaukee.
Conditions in New Hampshire’s White Mountains are notoriously harsher than their altitude suggests. But for World Class mountaineers this makes the Whites a perfect training ground. Reporter Sam Evans-Brown spent the day with one out on the icy slopes.
The most critical issue New Hampshire faced in 2013 was how to adopt and roll out the ACA. And those decisions didn’t come easily. State lawmakers must still decide whether to expand Medicaid and because of New Hampshire’s small size, only one insurance company offers plans on the federally-run online marketplace. Reporter Todd Bookman followed the twists and turns of the ACA and produced a mix of daily and feature stories to illustrate our state’s complicated relationship with the law.
During the 2013 legislative session New Hampshire grappled with the question of whether to allow the state’s first casino. NHPR followed the debate at the State House but also wanted to better understand the larger implications. We sent a reporter to Washington, Pa. where Millennium Gaming runs a casino. The company hopes to build a casino in New Hampshire. Throughout our coverage we learned how the area has benefited, but also looked into the social costs of gambling.
In an effort to control the high cost of prescription drugs, it’s become commonplace for insurance companies to mandate that patients first try a generic drug before they’ll pay for a name-brand. Pharmaceutical companies don’t like this practice and increasingly doctors say it’s putting patients at risk. We take a closer look at a bill moving through the New Hampshire State House that seeks to curtail what’s known as step-therapy.
Gov. Maggie Hassan will deliver her first State of the State address Thursday to a joint session of New Hampshire lawmakers.
Hassan ended her first year in office with decent job-approval ratings – 51 percent versus 21 percent who disapprove, according to a recent poll.
She begins her second with a heightened national profile: In December, she was elected vice chair of the Democratic Governors Association, which spent heavily to help her defeat GOP challenger Ovide Lamontagne in 2012.
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport remains open today despite the winter storm. But Deputy Airport Director Brian O'Neill says they've seen "a significant level of cancelations and delays." While 13 flights have left on time, he says airlines have canceled 12 other flights so far.
The state Department of Transportation is advising commuters along major highways and interstates in southern New Hampshire to travel no faster than 45 miles an hour. But DOT spokesman Bill Boynton says in many cases, travelers may need to go even more slowly. He says crews from Concord to the Massachusetts border are working in "the heart of the storm," and dealing with snow falling at about one to two inches an hour. "And that's going to limit visibility. It's also going to mean snow covered roads.
A winter storm warning is in effect statewide. Meteorologist Rob Carolan of Hometown Forecast Services in Nashua says the area south of the Lakes Region will see the heaviest accumulations, ranging from seven to twelve inches. And he says southern New Hampshire will bear the brunt of the storm. "We could see snowfall rates across the southern third of the state approach one, one and a half inches an hour through the midmorning hours as this storm system develops," he says. "The snow, though, from the Lakes Region northward is going to be lighter.