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On the Political Front
8:59 am
Mon February 24, 2014

On The Political Front For Feb. 24

Credit Sara Plourde

On the Political Front this morning, NHPR's Josh Rogers talks what the political implications of the looming Medicaid expansion deal could be for Republicans and news of another Republican considering a run for governor.     

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NH News
8:15 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Rubens To Take Part In Town Hall Meeting At New England College

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U.S. Senate candidate Jim Rubens will take part in a town hall meeting tonight at New England College in Henniker.

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NH News
7:57 am
Mon February 24, 2014

PSNH Crews Return After Working To Restore Power in NYC

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Public Service of New Hampshire crews working to restore power to New York City residents returned to the Granite State on Sunday.

The PSNH crews worked on underground power lines in Queens and Brooklyn over the past week.

The two boroughs had experienced power outages as a result of damage caused by salt used to treat roads and sidewalks.

The workers from New Hampshire were part of a larger contingent from Northeast Utilities, the parent company of PSNH, to help with repairs in New York City.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

On Ukraine, Ayotte Calls For "Clear" American Message To Putin

Credit Cheryl Senter / NHPR

With Ukraine still torn between pro-European and pro-Russian factions, New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte is calling on the Obama Administration to take a strong stand against Russia.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Ayotte said the so-called “Reset Policy” with President Vladimir Putin had failed.  She pointed out the country’s siding with the Assad regime in Syria, harboring NSA leaker Edward Snowden, and alleged violation of a decades-old nuclear arms treaty.

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NH News
5:35 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Snow Storms Gnaw Away At DOT Budget

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  After a week jam-packed with winter-weather, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation says it’s eating its way through the snow removal budget for the year. The winter is only 65 percent finished, but the snow removal budget is already 80 percent gone.

“So $42 million dollar budget we’d spent $33 million dollars,” says DOT spokesman Bill Boynton, who notes that the legislature’s fiscal committee has already given the DOT a $2.25 million dollar transfer from the highway fund. “We’ll probably have to go back for more before we’re done this winter,” Boynton speculates.

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NH News
3:20 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Sen. Shaheen Touts Benefits Of Farm Bill To N.H.'s Small Dairy Farms

Allen Bartlett speaks with U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen during her visit to Bartlett Farm Dairy in Concord.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

During a visit to Bartlett Farm in Concord Friday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen said the recently-passed Farm Bill will provide support to New Hampshire’s dairy farms.

Co-owner Scott Bartlett, who runs the farm with his father, says his cows produce roughly 70 pounds of milk each day.

“We milk 70, we have about 130 total, including the young ones.”

But he says feeding those cows is the farm’s biggest issue.

“Load of grain comes here about every three and a half weeks, that’s $10,000.”

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Marking History
6:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Marking History: Birthplace Of The Seventh-Day Adventist Church In Washington

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Washington.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church is a denomination known primarily for its keeping of the Saturday Sabbath.

It’s grown to 18 million members worldwide, and its birthplace is in the town of Washington.

It was in the mid-19th century when the Adventist movement first began to form in the small New Hampshire town.

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NH News
5:33 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

More Farmers Till More Land In N.H. And New England

Goat at Evandale Farm in Pittsfield, NH
Credit Emily Corwin

  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s preliminary 2012 Census of Agriculture, more farms are sprouting up across New Hampshire.  In fact, the numbers show New England as a whole bucking national trends. 

While the nation has seen a decrease in farm operations by 4.3 percent since 2007, New Hampshire has seen an increase by 5.4 percent.

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NH News
5:23 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Manchester Police Ensnare 30 Low-Level Heroin Dealers In Sweep

16 of the 30 dealers arrested so far.
MPD

Over the last two days, police in Manchester arrested 30 street-level heroin dealers. Three were on Wednesday and at least 27 on Thursday since 5 o’clock in the morning.


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NH News
11:56 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Ski Industry Group Says Mountains Brought $1.1 Billion In 2012-13

Skier visits, both Cross-Country and Downhill, are on the rise according to SkiNH. But the most dramatic trend has been the increase in summer visitors over the past eight years, due to expanded summer offerings, like ziplines.
Credit SkiNH

A new report from a ski industry trade group estimates that last year the ski industry contributed $1.1 billion dollars to the New Hampshire economy.  

That number, which Ski New Hampshire calculates every few years, is the highest yet recorded by the group. The economic impact study was conducted by a pair of Plymouth State University professors, and commissioned by Ski NH.

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NH News
10:25 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Kuster: ACA Should Be Improved, Not Repealed

Ann Kuster
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2nd District Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster says she wants to see improvements made to the Affordable Care Act, but is against repealing the law.

Appearing on The Exchange this morning, Kuster described the rollout as a disaster, but said figures released earlier this month show more than 16,000 New Hampshire residents have now successfully enrolled for health insurance under the law.

“We’re talking about thousands of people who never had access before, so it’s not perfect, but let’s try to make the transition as smooth as possible for people.”

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NH News
8:50 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Live Blog: Rep. Kuster On The Exchange

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster at the NHPR studio in Concord.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

9:43: Kuster on voting for proposed cut to military retiree benefits in budget, “Not a perfect bill…but I thought it was significant advancement for the country to have a bipartisan budget.” Kept the government open and moving forward. “I have supported the repeal of the cut to military retirees.” Republicans talk a lot about deficit and debt; “we have to make decisions.”

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NH News
5:29 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Latest Northern Pass Burial Bill Would Send Revenue To Highway Fund

A cross-section of an HVDC power cable - the type that a connection to Canada would feature if burial were required - which an electrical worker brought to the hearing as a prop
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The latest legislative proposal that would require power lines be buried had its first hearing Wednesday.

Republican Senator Jeb Bradley has put forward a bill that would require so-called elective electric transmission lines – ones not needed to avoid blackouts – be buried along state owned roads and rail corridors. The bill would lease the right to bury a power line or pipeline, and send all of the revenue to the highway fund.

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NH News
4:34 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Shea-Porter, Ayotte and Shaheen Request Federal Railroad Inspections On Seacoast

Residents of Newington, Greenland, Stratham and Portsmouth say they are concerned about an application by the company Sea-3 Inc. to increase transit of liquid petroleum over local industrial railroad tracks. The residents fear potential derailment of cars containing the highly flammable material.

So on Wednesday, New Hampshire’s two senators and Shea-Porter sent a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration requesting the Administration conduct an inspection of the tracks, and quickly hold a public forum on the matter.

NH News
2:08 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Audio Postcard: Tell Your Great Piece Of Fiction In Three Minutes

Tony Rivera reads his story at the Three Minute Fiction Slam at Milly's Tavern in Manchester. The event is organized by the New Hampshire Writers Project.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

    

Coming up with a great story is difficult enough.

But try telling that story in three minutes.

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