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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. “
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.
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.