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4:35 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Forum Discusses Importance Of Arts And Culture Organizations To N.H. Economy

Randy Cohen
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Arts and cultural enthusiasts from around the state gathered in Concord Wednesday to talk about the economic impact of cultural non-profits. And analysts say the arts and culture sector is a $115 million industry for the Granite State.


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3:04 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Diocese Of Manchester Hosting Special Mass Tonight To Celebrate New Pope

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was chosen as the new Pope. He has selected the papal name of Francis.
Credit AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, file

The Diocese of Manchester will hold a special mass at 6 this evening to celebrate the election of a new pope.

Bishop Peter Libasci will lead the mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Manchester.

Diocese Spokesman Kevin Donovan says the announcement of a new pope comes very early, compared to previous elections.

“The earliest that a pope has been elected in 100s of years was on the first day, and this is the second day, so still fairly early, which means there was consensus early on among the electors, the cardinals, electing the pope.”

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10:13 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Horse Enthusiasts Warn Against Paving Near Lawrence Barn

Lawrence Barn in Hollis
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

The town of Hollis holds its town meeting Wednesday evening.

In the high school gym, residents will debate town hall renovations, property tax exemptions for seniors and funds for the Old Home Days event.

But what’s likely to drum up the most vigor at the meeting is a warrant article that some say is detrimental to horses.

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NH News
4:05 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

N.H. May See Bump In Tobacco Settlement Money

The deal ended the dispute between 17 states and tobacco companies over payment amounts under 1998's master settlement agreement that requires cigarette makers to help states cover the medical costs of sick smokers. At issue, is money tobacco companies had withheld on the grounds that states were not forcing non-participating companies to pay into escrow, as required under the 46-state settlement. The total value of the new agreement is $4b, but Deputy attorney general Ann Rice says NH's piece is small.

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NH News
2:17 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

As N.H. Weighs Medical Marijuana, Neighboring States Say Their Programs Are Working

Credit Photo Credit Katja Rupp, via Flickr Creative Commons

New Hampshire is bordered by states all in varying stages of implementing their own medical marijuana programs.

As the Granite State moves forward with its own proposal, we look at those neighboring states to see how their programs compare and what issues they have that we could see here.

We meet Lori and Dave Labreck at the Salmon Falls Café in Lebanon, Maine. We’re here because they’re concerned about security. Both are patients under the state’s medical marijuana program and are able to grow the plant at their southern Maine home. They’ve asked me not to name the town.

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NH News
12:08 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Hudson Voters Weigh In On Senior Center

The town of Hudson wants to build a $1.8 million senior center on land it already owns at Benson Park.  On Tuesday, residents will cast their votes on whether to approve the funding.

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NH News
10:48 am
Tue March 12, 2013

From StateImpact: Why N.H. Roads Are Looking 'Beat Up'

This week StateImpactNH has a three part series about roads: First, we looked at just how bad our roads are. Today, we’ll tell you the 5 reasons our roads are looking beat up. And finally, we’ll look at what that means for your car, your pocketbook, and your safety.

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NH News
5:19 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Adjunct Professors Demonstrate In Manchester

Demonstrators picket outside of Manchester Community College
Credit Andrew Tolland

Community college teachers demonstrated in Manchester this morning to highlight ongoing negotiations between school administrators and adjunct faculty. 

Around 15 teachers and supporters picketed in front of Manchester Community College to call attention to what they say is unfair treatment of part-time teachers by the Community College System of New Hampshire.

The adjuncts’ chief concerns are health insurance, job security, and compensation.

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4:37 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Hooksett School Board Candidates Divided On Where To Send High-Schoolers

The Hooksett School Board is holding an election Tuesday to fill a seat vacated by the former Chair. And the two candidates running are divided on where to send their 680 high school students.


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Town Budget
4:24 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Salem Voters Go To Ballot Box For First Time On Town Budget

Some communities, like Salem, will decide on budget issues at the ballot box
Credit Tracy Lee Carroll / NHPR

It’s Town Meeting time in New Hampshire.   Salem is one of the state’s biggest towns, and this is its first year moving away from the classic community get-together to the ballot box.  The town expects this change to increase voter turnout tomorrow as it considers major budget issues.

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NH News
4:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Gambling Referendum Goes To Salem Voters

Voters in Salem will weigh in on a non-binding referendum on whether the town should host a Casino. The measure is expected to pass. Backers like Larry Belair, a former State Representative with the local pro- gambling group NH Casino now, expect well above majority support.

“I am hoping we can get a 2 to 1 vote, something we can take up to the legislature and say look we are clearly ready and willing to be a host community for this thing. “

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8:30 am
Mon March 11, 2013

1763: A Landmark Year In New Hampshire History

This year, 13 New Hampshire towns are celebrating their 250th anniversaries.  As part of a new series called “250 Years In The Making: Stories From 13 New Hampshire Towns," NHPR’s Keith Shields will travel to each of these places, learn more about their founding and find the unique stories buried within their borders. But before we do, we begin with a look back two and a half centuries to the year 1763.

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5:51 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

At Keene State College, Passion For Journalism Alive And Well

Ryan Glavey, executive editor of The Equinox, lays out the newspaper on a computer. The Equinox is the student-run newspaper at Keene State College.
Credit Michael Brindley/NHPR

Journalism is in a state of transition, as all forms of media continue to adapt to an online model of storytelling.

The Boston Globe made headlines last month, when after 20 years, its owner the New York Times announced the newspaper was for sale.

Three years ago, the Times threatened to shut down the Globe because it was losing money.

But you wouldn’t know any of this talking with Rebecca Marsh.

“I think I want to work for the Boston Globe. I think that would be really cool, covering probably politics or something in arts and entertainment.”

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4:18 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Report Examines Rising Health Insurance Costs In N.H.

A new report from the New Hampshire Insurance Department says that heath insurance rates are on the rise in the state. The “Medical Cost Drivers Report” finds that health insurance premiums jumped 3.8%  in 2011.

The data also shows that insurance companies saw a near 3% increase in profits.

Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny says that rising co-pays and deductibles mean the insured are less able to rely on their health plans to cover medical bills.

There’s only so much cost sharing that someone can bear, and still call it insurance.

NH News
3:10 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Navy Considers Closing Portsmouth Shipyard One Day Per Week

Paul O'Connor, President of Metal Trades Council
Credit Roger Wood

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard may be forced to close down completely one day a week, under federal budget sequestration.

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