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3:20 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Live Blog: UNH President Mark Huddleston

9:56: Huddleston on UNH School of Law, “It’s been a wonderful partnership so far,” two joint degree programs so far, our faculty have been working on research projects.”  

9:51: On money from collegiate athletics, Huddleston says college sports for overwhelming majority of schools is a “huge money loser.” Says only a handful of institutions able to generate revenue from programs. Hockey and football at UNH “make a little money” for the school.

9:50: Huddleston says UNH has had to explore public/private partnerships because of cuts to budget.

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3:16 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

House Subcommittee Looks To Scale Back Restoring Funding To USNH

A House Finance Subcommittee wants to scale back state funding being restored to the University System of New Hampshire.

Governor Maggie Hassan has proposed restoring $20 million in fiscal year 2014 and another $15 million in fiscal year 2015 to the university system.

But Representative Dan Eaton says his subcommittee made cuts in this area.

“There’s a $6 million reduction each year in UNH from the governor’s recommended funding.”

The university system also covers Plymouth State University, Keene State College and Granite State College.

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3:12 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

House Subcommittee Seeks To Cut Funding For New Charter Schools

The House Finance Committee will consider Tuesday whether to approve a subcommittee recommendation to cut funding for new charter schools over the next two years.

Governor Maggie Hassan has set aside nearly $2.5 million for new charter schools in her budget proposal.

But Representative Dan Eaton said during a budget presentation Monday that his subcommittee recommends freezing funding in two areas of proposed education funding.

“Basically, there’s a moratorium on charter schools and building aid for the biennium.”

NH News
4:41 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Nashua Airport Tower Will Close

Nashua Airport Tower
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Nashua Airport tower will close April 7th. It’s on a list the Federal Aviation Administration released Friday.


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10:26 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

If Nashua Airport Tower Closes, Air Traffic Controllers May Be Forced To Make Career Change

Nashua Airport Tower
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Budget cuts from Sequestration will soon be felt by air traffic controllers across the country as the Federal Aviation Administration plans to close more than 230 control towers. Nashua’s airport is on that preliminary list and, if it closes for good, many air traffic controllers may need to find work in different fields.


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6:17 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

N.H. House Backs Pot Decriminalization

The 214-115 vote marks the 4th time in 5 years that the House has backed marijuana decriminalization. Under the bill, penalty for possessing a quarter ounce or less of marijuana would by a fine of up to $200. If violators were 18 or under they would have to attend drug rehabilitation classes or be fined $1,000. Prior to the vote,  Manchester Democrat Joel Winters told colleagues the policy strikes the right balance.

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5:37 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

N.H. Bars Could Stay Open Late

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted to allow bars to serve alcohol until 2 in the morning. That extends closing time by one hour.

Representative Emily Sandblade, a Republican from Manchester, says there are 45 states that allow bars to close at 2 am or later. "Of these states 22, or about half have lower rates than alcohol related accidents than New Hampshire," she said on the House floor, "That statistic is telling us that our earlier closing hours aren’t buying us any special protection."

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5:25 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

N.H. House Kills One Gambling Bill, Tables Another

The vote to kill the first gambling bill -- which called for one casino on the Massachusetts border and another in the White Mountains -- bill was expected and overwhelming.

"249 having voted in the affirmative and 65 in the negative, the committee report is adopted."

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5:16 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Number Of Homeless In State Up 6%

More than 2,500 individuals in New Hampshire are homeless, a 6% jump from a year ago. The data comes from a one-night census that took place in January.

Roughly half of the homeless are concentrated in Hillsborough County.

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3:10 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Naval Shipyard Workers Rally Against Cuts

John Joyal
Credit Roger Wood

Portsmouth Navy Yard workers and their supporters are rallying to oppose furloughs they face because of federal budget cuts.

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NH News
6:09 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Anti-Gambling Group Fetes Lawmakers and Hits Hassan Casino

The speakers at the N.H. Coalition Against Expanded gambling luncheon ranged from Phil McLaughlin, a Democrat who served as state Attorney General to Concord businessman and current RNC member Steve Duprey.  Democratic state Rep. Marjorie Smith, of Durham, spoke last. The former chair of the House Finance Committee took aim a central argument of Governor Hassan and democrats who back the casino: that the 80 million dollars included in the Governor's budget from a casino license is essential to properly funding higher education and social programs.

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5:02 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

N.H. House Backs Medical Marijuana 286-64

Medical marijuana bills have cleared both chambers of the legislature twice in recent years, only to be vetoed by former Governor John Lynch. But proponents say this plan, which would authorize 5 dispensaries and permit patients or caregivers to grow 3 plants, a careful one. Steve Schmidt, a Republican from Wolfeboro, stressed that allowing medical marijuana doesn't mean N.H would be inviting the problems seen in some other states.  

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2:34 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

N.H. House Approves Tobacco Tax Hike

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted to increase the state’s tobacco tax by $.20. 

The proposed hike reverses a $.10 cut made in the last legislative session, and adds an extra dime to each pack of cigarettes.

Laurie Sanborn, a Republican from Bedford, says any new revenue from tobacco will hurt businesses along the state’s borders.

“When you raise a tax, you discourage a certain behavior. So with a tobacco tax increase, we are saying, ‘Don’t bother to come to New Hampshire. We don’t want your money.’”

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1:36 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Rockingham Healthiest County In N.H., Coos Struggles

Rockingham tops the list of healthy N.H. counties
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Rockingham County is officially the healthiest place in New Hampshire, while Coos County is struggling in terms of public health.  That’s according to a report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.

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NH News
5:18 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments In N.H. Generic Drug Case

The big question surrounding the case is whether federally-regulated generic drug makers can be held liable if a jury finds their product defective under state law
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Today the US Supreme Court heard arguments related to the case of a New Hampshire woman seriously injured after taking a generic drug

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