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2:37 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

For Garden Stores In New Hampshire, Color Is Selling Fast

A look inside Murray Farms' greenhouse.
Credit Murray Farms

After a spring characterized by strange weather, warmer temperatures have brought gardeners outside- and to their local garden stores- around the Granite State.

“We’re slammed right now. After the long winter and the nice weather we have now, people are coming out in droves.”

Charlie Cole is the General Manager at Cole Gardens, a family owned business in Concord. Like many gardeners at this time, Cole is experiencing a rapid uptick in sales.

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12:40 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Holocaust Memorial Opens in Nashua

Holocaust Memorial
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

New Hampshire’s first public memorial to the victims of the Holocaust officially opens in downtown Nashua this Sunday.

Unlike many memorials and museums, its funding didn’t come from a committee or a foundation.

Instead, the $150,000 was raised by a single man, former Nashua alderman Fred Teeboom, who was a Jewish child in hiding after the Nazis occupied Holland.

Nearly 70 years after he lived as a hidden child during World War II, Fred Teeboom is on a mission.

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NH News
10:30 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Federal Building Closer To Being Transerred To Portsmouth

The city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a step closer to acquiring ownership of a building that's been under federal control.

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says she's received a commitment from the U.S. General Services Administration to leave the McIntyre Federal Building and to work with the city to transfer ownership.

The city has long wanted ownership of the building in downtown Portsmouth.

NH News
11:45 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Armchair Tour of Smuttynose's New Brewery in Hampton

Lead brewer Dan Schubert adds hops to a kettle of boiling nonfermented beer, or wert.
Emily Corwin NHPR

Smuttynose Brewing Company's new brewery opens Saturday in Hampton, NH.  Below is an audio postcard in which Smuttynose's "Master of Propoganda," JT Thompson, gives a tour of the $24 million energy efficient brewery, which produces 65,000 barrels of beer each day.

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NH News
2:42 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Access, Privacy Concerns Raised At Medical Marijuana Patient Registry Hearing

Prospective medical marijuana patients and advocates are urging state health officials to issue registry cards as soon as possible.

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NH News
9:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

N.H. Congressional Delegation: Shinseki Should Resign Over VA Scandal

New Hampshire's entire Congressional delegation now agrees that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki should resign.

Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte called on Shinseki to resign a week ago, while the three Democrats — Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Rep. Annie Kuster and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter — did so on Wednesday.

They were prompted by a scathing new report that found systemic problems in the medical system for military veterans.

NH News
10:05 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Health Effects of Water Contaminant Worry Pease Tradeport's Neighbors And Tenants

Credit Ian Sane / flickr, creative commons

  There were more questions than answers Wednesday night at a public information meeting at the Pease Tradeport. There, Officials from the Department of Environmental Services, the City of Portsmouth, and the U.S. Air Force tried to address concerns about a contaminant identified in drinking water on Pease. 

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NH News
5:30 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

N.H. Groundfisheries Get $2 Million In Disaster Relief

N.H. Groundfish boats in Portsmouth
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, or NOAA, announced Wednesday that New Hampshire’s groundfishery will receive more than $2 million in federal disaster funds.

Josh Wiersma, the head of New Hampshire’s groundfish coop, says local ground fishermen, who expected less direct aid, breathed a sigh of relief at the announcement.

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NH News
4:21 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Legislative Committee Approves Waiver To Seek $275M In Matching Funds For Health Services

Credit Daniel S. Hurd via Flickr CC

New Hampshire will seek a waiver from the federal government Friday hoping to get $275 million more in matching funds over five years for health care services provided by the state, county and local governments.

The joint legislative Fiscal Committee approved the waiver application Wednesday.

Jeffrey Meyers, director of intergovernmental affairs for the Department of Health and Human Services, said the federal government is not sharing the cost of about $80 million in annual health care spending in New Hampshire. The waiver asks the federal government to pitch in.

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NH News
10:09 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Sen. Ayotte Backs Scott Brown, Despite Differences On Gun Rights

Credit Michael Brindley for NHPR

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte threw her support behind fellow Republican Scott Brown, who is running for the state’s other Senate seat.

Brown also picked up endorsements from former Republican governors Steve Merrill and Craig Benson.

Standing before a large crowd of Brown’s supporters in Nashua, Ayotte described the former Massachusetts Senator as a proven leader who will get things done for New Hampshire.

“And I am very proud to stand here today and endorse Scott Brown. Working together, I can assure you we’ll put New Hampshire first,” she said.

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NH News
3:11 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

New Hampshire Honors Its Veterans

Credit Aaron Knox / Flickr CC

Memorial Day means parades, wreathes laid on granite stone, and bugles playing in the distance. It’s a time when service men and women are on display in their communities and politicians come out to pay their respects.

“We live in the greatest country on earth but its greatness is forged through sacrifice,” Congresswoman Anne McLane Kuster told assembled veterans and parade-goers in Concord this morning. “May we honor and celebrate our soldiers, our sailors and our airmen.”

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2:38 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Manchester V.A. Medical Center Observes Memorial Day

The crowd attending the event in front of the V.A. Medical Center in Manchester.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  A Memorial Day observance was held in front of the Manchester V.A. Medical Center this Monday morning.

Tammy Krueger, the Director of the Medical Center, told a seated crowd of veterans and the families of deceased soldiers that more than one million servicemen and women have died in America’s wars.

“We owe a lasting tribute to those courageous men and women who stepped forward when their country called, and made it possible for us to be here today.”

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11:27 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Legacy Delayed: Nashua Locked In Two-Year Debate Over New Playground

Legacy Playground organizers Eric Brand, left, and David Robbins, discuss their proposal near Greeley Park's current playground.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Officials in Nashua expect the results of a study this week that aims to bring closure to a debate that’s divided city residents over the past two years.

And all of it is over a playground.

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11:06 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Mazzaglia Trial Begins Tuesday

Credit SalFalko, Mentus Media / Flickr Creative Commons

The trial begins Tuesday for Seth Mazzaglia, the 31 year old man prosecutors say raped and killed 19 year old UNH student, Lizzi Marriott in October of 2012. 

A jury of 16 will be sworn in at noon.  They're then expected to visit sites in Dover and Portsmouth. There, jurors will likely view the Sawyer Mill Apartment where Marriott's death allegedly took place; dumpsters where evidence was found, and the location on Pierce Island where Mazzaglia told investigators he left the body.

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6:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Sunny Memorial Day, Warmer Summer On Horizon For N.H.

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After a series of showers kicked off the holiday weekend, Memorial Day itself should be beautiful across the Granite State--despite a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms.  The National Weather Service predicts high temperatures ranging from the 70s in the North Country up to the 80s south of the Notches.

National Weather Service meteorologist Margaret Curtis says so far, this Spring has been fairly typical for the area.  But if it seems like it’s been rainier than usual, you’re not imagining it.  Concord has seen nearly 3.25 inches of rainfall.

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