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4:55 am
Mon December 24, 2012

All Options On The Table For N.H. Health Exchange

The President’s health law wasn’t all that popular with New Hampshire House Republicans.  Among other actions last session, they passed a law prohibiting the state from managing its own health insurance exchange.

And for now, the state is moving forward with a marketplace run by the Federal government.

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11:39 am
Sun December 23, 2012

Manchester Superintendent Skeptical About NRA Proposal To Put Guns In Schools

Manchester Superintendent Thomas Brennan
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

The superintendent of New Hampshire's largest school district is skeptical about the National Rifle Association's idea to put armed security personnel in every school as a bulwark against gun violence.

A week after the Connecticut school massacre that riveted the nation's attention to gun violence and school safety issues, the NRA came out with its armed guard proposal.

Manchester Schools Superintendent Tom Brennan tells WMUR-TV that it's time to think about other options, rather than suggesting more guns in school.

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NH News
5:01 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Windy Friday Knocks Out Power To 17,000

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New Hampshire’s electrical utilities are reporting scattered power outages with today’s foul weather. The state’s four utilities say at the peak there were just more than 17,000 customers without power -- mostly scattered up and down the western half of the state and on the Seacoast. 

Murray: Now that may be the peak of the trouble, it seems to be clearing and we are hoping or anticipating that we will not have a large number of new outages and can make some good inroads on restoring power to all customers.

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4:26 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Candia School District Considers Withdrawing From Manchester Schools

Candia School Board and Superintendent Littlefield at left. Jim O'Shaughnessy, Superintendent Thomas Brennan and Mayor Ted Gatsas at right.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Manchester School District has been fighting to keep the towns of Hooksett and Candia from withdrawing their students after layoffs resulted in overcrowded, high-school classrooms. The Manchester School Board met with the Candia School Board Thursday night for a second time and the two boards walked away without a solution.


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NH News
3:25 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

N.H. Attorney General Warns Of Scams Seeking Money For CT Shooting Victims

N.H. Attorney General Michael Delaney

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney is warning against scams seeking donations for families and victims of the Connecticut school shooting.

Delaney says there have been no complaints in New Hampshire of fraudulent phone calls seeking money for victims.

But there have been reports of phone scams in Connecticut.

Delaney urges people to be wary of phone calls seeking money and says you should always ask for solicitation materials in writing.

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NH News
2:08 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Roughly 13 Percent Of N.H. Retailers Sell Tobacco To Youth In Compliance Check

Illegal tobacco sales to New Hampshire youth increased over the past year.

The Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday released the results of compliance checks of tobacco sales from across the state.

During those checks, sales to minors increased from nearly 8 percent last year to more than 13 percent this year. Nearly 300 tobacco retailers were surveyed in this year’s check.

Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services Director Joe Harding says while this year’s figure is well below the federal requirement of 20 percent, the increase is concerning.

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1:54 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Report: Homelessness In N.H. Down 4 Percent In 2012

New Hampshire’s homeless population is down by 4 percent this year.

The data is included in a report released Thursday by the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness.

Director Cathy Kuhn says the slight drop is good news, particularly after an 11 percent increase from 2010 to 2011.

But big picture, Kuhn says the issues isn’t going away.

Over the past two years, the number of homeless people increased in seven of the state’s 10 counties.

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9:26 am
Thu December 20, 2012

N.H. Judge Says Girl Can Remain On Boys' Hockey Team

A New Hampshire judge has ruled that a high school girl can continue to play on the boys' varsity ice hockey team even though her school has formed a girls' team.

Seventeen-year-old Shelby Herrington made the boys' varsity team at Bishop Brady High School three years ago, when there was no girls' team.

Herrington is fighting a decision by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association that she needs to switch to the girls' team formed jointly by her school and Trinity of Manchester.

NH News
5:16 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

MMIS Contract Wins New Extention

A state computer contract that’s now 5-years behind schedule has received another extension from the executive council.

At an original price of $61 million NH’s agreement with Affiliated Computer Systems, or ACS was the largest computer contract in state history.

Under the deal ACS was to create a system to track Medicaid payment and information.

After numerous problems and several contract amendments, Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas says he believes ACS, now a subsidiary of Xerox, will have the system up and running on April 1st.

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2:16 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Day After CT School Shooting, N.H. Sets Record For Handgun Background Checks

If there was any question whether gun sales spiked in New Hampshire following the school shooting in Connecticut last week, State Police answered it Wednesday.

Sgt. Sean Haggerty said there 468 requests for background checks for handgun sales Saturday. Haggerty said that is by far the highest single-day number of requests in state history.

The figure from the day following the Newtown school massacre shattered the state’s previous high mark of 303 requests in a single day.

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11:01 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Judge To Rule Whether Female Student Can Play on Boys' Hockey Team

A New Hampshire judge is expected to decide whether a high school junior can continue to play on the boys' varsity ice hockey team now that her school has formed a girls' team.

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4:42 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

On Assault Weapons Ban, Sen. Ayotte Only Holdout Among N.H. Delegation

Sen. Kelly Ayotte
Credit Chris jensen for NHPR

New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte is the only member of the state’s Congressional delegation who has not pledged support for an assault weapons ban this week.

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3:17 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Unemployment In N.H. Ticks Down To 5.6%

In November, the state’s unemployment rate fell a tenth of a point to 5.6 percent. But that wasn’t due to strong job growth…instead, fewer New Hampshire residents are looking for jobs.

Data from the New Hampshire Employment Security office show that the state’s retail and hospitality industries continue to show strength.

But despite resilience through the Great Recession, the state is starting to shed jobs in the health care and education sector.

NH News
11:16 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Sen. Shaheen: Sen. Kerry Would Make 'Excellent' Secretary Of State

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she will support John Kerry for Secretary of State.

President Barack Obama is expected to tap the Massachusetts Senator to replace Hillary Clinton, who is stepping down.

In Hudson on Monday, Shaheen said Kerry is more than qualified for the job.

“I worked on his campaign to become president. I think he’s got a lot of experience internationally. I’ve served with him on the foreign relations committee for the last four years. I think he’d be terrific.”

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7:30 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Furniture Store Sees Success In Selling Prisoner-Made Goods

Tim Barry taught himself to paint in prison. Now, like many inmates, he sells his work at Grevior Furniture in Franklin.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

With Christmas a week away, shoppers are crowding into malls, outlets, and downtown shopping districts looking for last-minute gifts.  But, for those looking for unusual handmade gifts, there’s another, unorthodox, option available.

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