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5:09 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Medicaid Battle Looms In Budget Negotiations

Governor Maggie Hassan, House Speaker Terie Norelli and Senate Minority Leader Sylvia Larsen all say expanding Medicaid under so-called Obamacare is a good deal for NH:  About 60,000 more people would have insurance,  and $2.5B would flow to the state at a cost of about $85M over seven years. Republicans in the senate didn’t include expansion in their budget, and instead have proposed a commission to study the issue. But Senator Larsen and Speaker Norelli say they support exploring whether expansion can take even if the Senate opposes it.

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4:59 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

What Is N.H. Food?

Republic's chef and co-owner Edward Aloise and the list of the local farms that supply food to the restaurant.
Brady Carlson NHPR

This week on All Things Considered we’re kicking off a feature on local food, which we’re calling Foodstuffs.

Local food is growing in New Hampshire – both in its size and its popularity. But it can be difficult to explain just what makes our state's food unique. NHPR's Brady Carlson takes us on a quest to find the answer.

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2:42 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

$25M Grant For Sarah Long Bridge Repairs Gets Congressional Backing

Congressional delegation members in Northern New England are looking for a down payment to help replace another aging span in the Seacoast.

All eight members of the New Hampshire and Maine congressional delegation have sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

In it, they’re voicing support for a possible $25 million dollar federal transportation grant. 

If approved, it would be applied toward the $160 million cost for a new bridge to replace the aging Sarah Long Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine. 

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8:01 am
Mon June 3, 2013

New State Vegetable, Protection For First Responders Set To Become Law

Governor Maggie Hassan is set to sign three pieces of legislation into law this week.

Gov. Hassan will be joined by a group of students in Derry on Tuesday, when she signs HB 535 into law.

The bill establishes the white potato as the state vegetable.

It’s believed the first white potato grown in North America was grown in Derry in 1719. Students from the town advocated for the legislation to be passed.

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7:03 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Bass To GOP: Don't Be On 'Wrong Side Of History' With Same-Sex Marriage

As New Hampshire marked the fourth anniversary of legalizing same-sex marriage today, Former Republican Congressman Charlie Bass joined a group calling for national marriage equality.

As a congressman in 1996, Charlie Bass voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples.

But in late 2012, just before leaving office after losing his bid for re-election, he changed his position, supporting a bill to repeal the law.

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6:45 am
Mon June 3, 2013

N.H.'s Own Lobster Beer

The Redhook Lobstah Lager table was the centerpiece to the May 26 Kickoff event.
Credit Rebecca Zeiber / N.H. Sea Grant

We don’t often hear about seafood in our beer but it’s actually not new. Oyster stout was the traditional seafood beer in the 18th century when regular stouts were accompanied by oysters in local taverns and pubs. Later, oysters were incorporated into the brewing process which was first documented in the 1930s. That’s what we call “oyster stout” today. It fell out of fashion for a few decades but as craft beers become increasingly popular in New England, several brands are coming out with their own take. Harpoon did an oyster stout a few years ago and, last year, Dogfish Head made a very bitter chocolate lobster beer.


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5:55 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Historic Portsmouth Mansion Celebrates 250 Years

The historic Moffat-Ladd House in Portsmouth is celebrating its 250th anniversary on Saturday. 

There will be costumed skits, weaving demonstrations, and an heirloom plant sale at the mansion, which was built in 1763 by merchant and timber trader, John Moffat.  The house was built for his son Samuel, whose bad business decisions led him to flee to the Caribbean just five years after the house was built. It then went to his wife’s family.  

Museum director Barbara Ward says the mansion’s windows and clapboarding is undergoing restoration:

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5:54 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Many Farmers Markets Kick Off The Season This Week

Farmers markets in Concord, Dover, Hanover and elsewhere in the state are kicking off the season this week.

Some markets opened in May, others won’t open until July but Gail McWilliam Jellie at the state’s Department of Agriculture says many are getting under way this weekend:

I’m gonna guess that you’ll find at least 15 or 20 markets open as of this weekend.

And, McWilliam Jellie says, more markets will follow suit over the following weeks.  She adds that when markets open depends on the availability of the venue and the farmers:

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5:51 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

No Fishing License Needed On Saturday

New Hampshire Fish and Game is out angling for future fishermen.  With annual fishing licenses at $35 for state residents and $53 for nonresidents, Mark Beauchesne at the department says some people want to try it before they buy it.

But, he says, once they get their line in the water…

You know if somebody gets hooked, then they’re hooked for life.

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4:22 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Conference Takes On Issues Facing Nonprofits

Terry Knowles explains the Charitable Trusts Unit's work at the Culture OneStop conference.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

With more than 8,400 nonprofits operating in New Hampshire, a lot of residents volunteer to serve on boards, sometimes without knowing what’s involved.  A number of state agencies held the "Culture OneStop" conference in Concord today.

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5:03 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Hot Temperatures On The Way For The Weekend

New Hampshire got its first taste of summer on Thursday, and temperatures are expected to climb into the nineties over the weekend.

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4:28 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Auto Dealers Bill Heads To Hassan

The so-called Dealers bill of rights passed both chamber of the legislature by wide margins. And the State Senate agreed to House changes to the bill without debate. Prior to that vote  Senate Commerce committee Chairman Andy Sanborn said the bill has profited from input from all sides.

"I’d like to send our appreciation over to the house for doing all the work, the deep dive that we expect from them to make a good bill a better bill."

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2:50 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Ceremony Recognizes A Debt 'As Great And As Old As This Nation'

Flags were set next to each of the approximately 6,000 graves at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen on Thursday.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Hundreds turned out Thursday for a Memorial Day ceremony at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

There are roughly 6,000 people buried in the state’s veterans cemetery.

And Governor Maggie Hassen told the audience at Thursday’s ceremony that we owe our freedom to each of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

“Our debt to them and to all of those who died in service is as great and as old as this nation.”

It was a day to celebrate the lives of those lost serving their country.

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5:21 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Airline Industry Changes Hit Manchester, Small Airports Hard

Credit Adam Fagen / Flickr Creative Commons

A recent MIT report shows many small airports are struggling as more passengers book flights out of big cities. 

And the findings are stark. Out of 74 small hub airports, only six added flights over five years.  The vast majority, like Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, saw declines. 

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4:55 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

In N.H., Hikers Head Out Unprepared

In New Hampshire this summer, many hikers will hit the trail without proper gear.  That’s the word from a new Brown University study. The report finds that younger hikers and those on shorter journeys are particularly likely to trek unprepared.

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