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9:14 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Flood Watches Issued For Parts of N.H., Maine, Vermont

The National Weather Service is issuing flood watches in parts of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont as a tropical storm bears down on New England.

Forecasters are warning of heavy rain Friday night and Saturday across southern Vermont, the southern half of New Hampshire, and western and coastal Maine.

The forecast calls for 2 to 3 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts, from the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea.

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5:36 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Laconia Motorcycle Week Turns 90

The 90th Annual Laconia Motorcycle Week starts this Friday and runs through next Sunday. The event attracts riders from all across the U.S.

Despite the rain forecasted for this weekend, Motorcycle Week is still expected to draw upwards of 300,000 riders to Laconia. At 90 years old, it’s one of the oldest continuous motorcycle rallies in North America. During the week, riders can take tours around the state, including a state-wide farm tour. Rally coordinator Charlie St. Clair says the farm tour offers something new for out-of-state riders.

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4:55 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

234 years later, 20 Enslaved Revolutionary War Veterans Are Granted Freedom

Hassan signs a bill posthumously freeing 20 enslaved Revolutionary War veterans
Credit Roger Wood

  Governor Maggie Hassan has signed legislation that finally officially grants freedom to African Americans who served in the Revolutionary War. 

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1:01 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Concord Approves Downtown Overhaul

The Concord City Council has approved a dramatic Main Street overhaul.  Under the plan, Main Street will be converted from four lanes to a modified three-lane set-up.  New lighting, wider sidewalks, more benches, and bike racks are also part of the plan.  

A big concern for merchants is the loss of downtown parking.  Developer and advisory committee member Steve Duprey says in the end, the city is only losing five parking spaces.  And the benefits outweigh the risks. 

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6:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

N.H. Fishermen Double Down On New Generation of Pingers To Save Migratory Porpoise

Gillnetter attaches a pinger to his nets.
Credit Future Oceans

Gillnet fishermen in New Hampshire will be using new electronic devices to prevent trapping harbor porpoise in their nets. Last year, the fishermen were penalized for problems with the devices known as pingers.  And this year’s purchase marks the largest mammal catch prevention initiative of its kind.


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6:19 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

N.H. Senate Passes $10.7 Budget

GOP Senate leaders say the proposal is prudent, while democrats say republicans failed NH by opting to study – rather than expand Medicaid.

Budget debates tend to be partisan, and this was no exception. Republicans made clear from the outset their comfort with their spending calls.

"Our budget in senate finance increased spending over the house budget by 24 million dollars."

Chuck Morse chairs the finance committee.

“This is a strong budget.”

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4:10 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

New Hampshire GDP Growth Lags Behind V.T., M.A., R.I. And Nation

New Hampshire ranks 43rd in the nation for Gross Domestic Product growth in 2012, according to data released Thursday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

GDP grew only .5 percent in 2012 – that’s down from 2.2 percent growth the year before. That means New Hampshire lags behind VT, MA and RI – and the national average.

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2:13 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

NHDOT Holds First Meeting On Rail Expansion Study

Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation held a meeting in Manchester Wednesday night to glean public input on expanding passenger rail service between New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

The event marked the first of three such meetings to be held as part of a study commissioned by the state to determine the viability of commuter rail expansion from Concord to Boston.

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5:55 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Executive Council Approves Plaistow Rail Study

On Wednesday the Executive Council authorized a new rail study  — one that examines whether to bring trains to Plaistow.

This study will cost far less than one approved earlier this year, for $3.9 million dollars to look at extending commuter rail from Lowell, Massachusetts to Nashua and then on up to Manchester and Concord.

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5:00 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

What The Hake? N.H.’s New C.S.F. Seeks To Sell Obscure, Plentiful And Equally Edible Fish

Nets rarely catch just one kind of fish.
Credit Sarah VanHorn, Manager of NH Community Seafood / N.H. Sea Grant

  When we talk about local food in New Hampshire, most of us think of fruits and vegetables. But with our 18 miles of coastline, seafood has the potential to be a local food as well. This year’s big cuts to catch limits for fish like cod and haddock herald a rough year for New Hampshire ground fishermen. So they’re finding new ways to connect with local consumers to help them stay afloat. And their approach may be the first of its kind.


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4:17 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

New Foreclosure Numbers Reveal Promising Trend

New New Hampshire housing numbers show 192 foreclosures in April.  That’s half of what the state recorded at the same time last year.  And it appears to be part of an ongoing trend.

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2:47 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

House Votes To Negotiate With Senate To Reconcile Medical Marijuana Bills

Marijuana

House and Senate negotiators will work to reach agreement on a bill to make New Hampshire the 19th state to permit medical marijuana. A “home grow” option opposed by Governor Hassan is a major point of contention.


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3:29 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

294 Years After First Planting, White Potato Becomes Official State Vegetable

Governor Hassan makes it official, with some help from Derry Village Elementary School 4th graders.
Credit Faith Meixell / NHPR

 On Tuesday, Governor Hassan signed a bill declaring the white potato as New Hampshire's official state vegetable. She did so surrounded by a group of 4th graders from Derry Village Elementary School. North America’s first white potato was planted in their town in 1719.

Hassan praised the students for pushing the bill, and also the openness of the democratic process here.

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3:24 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

4,067 N.H. Foreclosure Victims Getting Checks For $1,480

Approximately 4,000 New Hampshire borrowers who were foreclosed upon will receive a check this month for nearly $1,500.

To get the money, those who were eligible had to submit a valid foreclosure payment claim through the National Mortgage Settlement.

They had to have their mortgage serviced through one of the five major lenders involved in the settlement, and have been foreclosed upon between 2008 and 2011.

New Hampshire’s Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau Chief James Boffetti said 4,067 Granite State residents are receiving the checks.

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5:21 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

LGC Proposes Restructuring Plan

Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

Nearly a year after the Local Government Center was ordered to restructure and repay $52 million to communities, the organization has laid out its overhaul proposal. 

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