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6:01 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

At Liberty Forum, Making Sweets One Way To Exercise Your Freedoms

Phil Denisch sets up the Free State Project booth at the Liberty Forum on Friday.
Michael Brindley/NHPR

  The Free State Project is holding its annual Liberty Forum at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua this weekend. 

At the forum, you see a lot of people expressing their passion for freedom.

Some open carry firearms in holsters. Others proudly wear t-shirts bearing the slogan “Don’t Tread on Me.”

Jillian Batty? She makes sweets.

"I make everything in kitchen at home. I make brittles, and caramels, and fudge," she says.

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NH News
5:07 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

NH DOT And Cities Prepare For Winter Storm

As the storm that lashed the Midwest powers east, New Hampshire's cities and towns prepare to deal with the clean up.

Wet and heavy are the watchwords for this weekend's storm, which promises to dump up to a foot of the white stuff on New Hampshire.

Bill Boynton of the NH DOT says the state is preparing accordingly:

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NH News
12:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Mt. Chocorua Makes Debut On Quarter

Credit Sean Hurley

Turn over a quarter in your pocket and you may now see a scene out of the White Mountains.  New Hampshire's Mount Chocorua is the latest addition to the U.S. Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

It's the sixteenth coin in the series and was unveiled Thursday in Plymouth. The Quarters program runs over twelve years and honors 56 national parks, forests and other notable sites.

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5:55 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Gun Owners Cite Constitutional Rights In Objection To Open Carry Bill

Don Gorman of Deerfield, a firearm instructor, removed his jacket to expose two firearms - one on each hip - during a hearing on HB 290 on Thursday.
Credit Michael Brindley/NHPR

Gun owners came out to the capitol in force Thursday to object to a bill that would make it illegal to open carry a pistol or revolver in a public building without a permit.

Holding up a copy of the New Hampshire constitution, Steven Stefanik of Manchester told lawmakers their oath required them to reject the bill.

“You can make laws, but you can’t go against the Constitution, and I just read you article 2A: we all have the right to keep and bear arms, any place, anytime we want to protect ourselves, our state, our families and our property.”

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5:35 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Report: State Failing To Meet Legal Needs Of The Poor

Dr. Jim Squires, along with members of the state's legal community, held a press conference in Concord today.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

A new report titled 'The Justice Gap' finds that low income New Hampshire residents lack access to even basic legal services.

The report estimates that more than 60% of civil cases in the state involve people representing themselves. And they do so because they don’t have access to lawyers and paralegals.

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5:05 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Medical Marijuana Bill Heard In House

A proposal to legalize medical marijuana went before a house committee today.  Lead Sponsor, Exeter Democrat Donna Schlachman promoted the plan as one that has profited from experiences -- good and bad -- of medical marijuana laws passed in other states.

"You cannot physician shop, and just start getting multiple prescriptions. You have to be a qualifying patient, and there is very strict definition of what qualifies you for this prescription._

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4:07 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Supporters Of Bill Allowing For Armed Teachers Say N.H. Schools Are Vulnerable

A bill that would give New Hampshire cities and towns the option of allowing licensed school employees to carry concealed firearms in schools went before a House committee Thursday.

Supporters say creating gun-free zones at schools make children and teachers vulnerable.

Angela Joy of Dover is a parent of two.

“I want my children protected. If I feel that in their school and in their community that they need an armed person, then I want that option.”

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3:25 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Gas Tax Hike Headed For House Vote

A bill to increase the gas tax is headed for the floor of the N.H. House with the unanimous backing of the Public Works and Highways Committee, which voted 18-0 to raise N.H.’s gas tax by 15 cents over four years. The plan spreads the increase on diesel fuel over six years to ease the effect on truckers. The plan’s sponsor, Nashua Democrat David Campbell calls it prudent.

"This is not going to be an instant fix, but it’s going to be a lot of pressure in the right direction, and if we don’t do this we in the legislature will be negligent."

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2:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Jury Convicts N.H. Woman In Rwanda Genocide Case

Jurors have convicted a New Hampshire woman accused of lying to obtain U.S. citizenship by denying her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

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3:55 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

House Wants Lawsuit Protection For Gun Owners

The N.H. House votes 211-151 to give gun owners immunity if their weapons are stolen and then used in a crime.

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12:57 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Manchester Mayor Unveils Budget Proposal

Mayor Gatsas presents his budget proposal to aldermen and department heads
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Mayor Gatsas unveiled his budget for fiscal year 2014, which raises taxes and allots more funding to schools.

Gatsas' budget pushes for the maximum amount of new revenue allowed under the city's tax cap. That's just more than a two-percent increase.

The bulk of new revenue would go towards bolstering the city's school system, which has experienced layoffs and overcrowding in recent years.

Gatsas was optimistic that the budget could be hammered out before the city's June deadline, but acknowledged it would be a difficult process:

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4:48 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Governor Hassan Names Her Choice For Banking Commissioner

Governor Maggie Hassan plans to nominate Glenn Perlow, the current Deputy Commissioner of the New Hampshire Banking Department, for the top job. She’ll do so during the Executive Council Meeting on Wednesday.

“The role of the Banking Commissioner,” Perlow says, “is vitally important for maintaining the health of our financial institutions and keeping consumers safe from predatory practices.”

He says he looks forward to working with the Governor to ensure the safe flow of credit that will help the state’s economy grow.

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4:45 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

House Committee Considers Gas Tax Increase

Commissioner Christopher Clement of NH DOT testifies before the House committee.
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

The House Committee on Public Works and Highways held a hearing on a bill that would increase the state's gas tax and vehicle registration fees.

The bill would raise 800 million dollars over eight years in new revenue by increasing the state's gas tax by 12 cents over three years and tacking on five dollars to vehicle registration fees.

Representative David Campbell, the bill's primary sponsor, urged lawmakers to pass the legislation, arguing that New Hampshire's transportation infrastructure is in a state of crisis:

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4:34 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Hassan Gives Casino Bill And Budget A Push

Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

Governor Hassan began her day before the Senate Ways and Means committee.  She delivered a pro-gambling pitch familiar from her budget address last week -- New Hampshire needs to act to authorize a casino with 5000 slot machines and 150 table games before similar facilities open in Massachusetts.

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3:00 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Bills Would Boost New Hampshire's Minimum Wage

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  Several bills being considered by the House would boost the state’s minimum wage.

One would make it $9.25 an hour. Another would set it at $8 an hour and tie annual recalculations to the rate of inflation.

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