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NH News
2:10 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Hundreds Of N.H. Low-Income Families Would Feel Pinch Of Sequester

With across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester set to go into effect Friday, hundreds of the state’s low-income families and children could lose access to federal programs.

The federal Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program would be cut by roughly 5 percent through sequestration.

Ellen Fineberg of the Children's Alliance of New Hampshire says that would mean 1,100 low-income mothers and young children in the Granite State would lose access to the program.

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NH News
8:01 am
Wed February 27, 2013

NH DOT Braces For Next Storm

A plow makes its way down Elm street in Manchester
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Just days after digging out of one snow storm, New Hampshire is bracing for another.

When a snow storm hits, the NH DOT has to prep its equipment, schedule additional trucks and drivers, and ensure there’s enough salt and sand to treat icy roads.

That gets expensive.

But NH DOT spokesperson Bill Boynton says the highway department is still under-budget for snow removal this year:

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NH News
5:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Video Game Industry Could Keep N.H. Young and Tech-Savvy

Screen shot of pre-alpha version of Bacon Man. Certain assets like character design have yet to be added.
Courtesy of Neal Laurenza

New Hampshire is producing young programmers and designers looking to start their own video game business. And the trick is getting them to stay in the state…


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NH News
5:20 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

N.H. Lawmakers Weigh Bill Allowing For State-Based Health Exchange

New Hampshire lawmakers are considering legislation that would lift a ban on a state-based health care exchange.

A law passed last year by the Republican-led Legislature bars New Hampshire from implementing its own state-based health care exchange.

Representative Edward Butler of Harts Location is the prime sponsor of a bill to lift that ban.

At a House committee hearing on the bill Tuesday, Butler says it does not advocate for a state-based exchange.

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NH News
5:07 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

450 N.H. National Guard Employees Would Be Furloughed Under Sequester

Credit Courtesy New Hampshire National Guard

If a series of automatic cuts known as the sequester go into effect at the end of this week, the New Hampshire National Guard will be one of many local agencies impacted.

Major Greg Heilshorn says if the sequester happens, roughly 450 National Guard employees will be furloughed beginning in late April.

For the employees, it would mean the loss of one day a week, or 20 percent of their pay, through September.

“From an economic point of view, you’re looking at a potential impact of about $4 million in lost wages.”

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Winter Travel
4:38 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Snowstorm Not Expected To Affect Mancester Airport Departures

At this point, airport staff expect most flights should get out of Manchester's airport on time.
Credit Vox Efx / Flickr Creative Commons

With much of the state under yet another heavy snow warning tomorrow, road conditions could quickly get dicey.  But if predictions hold, travelers at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport shouldn’t have much trouble flying out. 

Airport Assistant Director Tom Malafronte  says the Manchester airport hasn’t shut down because of snow for 23 years.  And for this forecasted wintery mix, he says most flights should go out.

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NH News
4:24 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Health Care Officials, ACLU Oppose Bill To Drug Test Health Care Workers

A bill requiring New Hampshire health care workers undergo random drug testing went before a House committee on Tuesday.

The bill comes after a former Exeter Hospital medical technician was accused of infecting more than 30 patients with Hepatitis C. Officials say David Kwiatkowski injected himself and then reused the needles.

Opponents of the bill say going after other innocent employees is not the answer.

Gary Cahoon operates Friendship Manor, a retirement home in New Ipswich.

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NH News
5:28 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Former Surgeon General Koop Dies At Hanover Home

C. Everett Koop
Credit Courtesy of geiselmed.dartmouth.edu/koop/cek/

Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop died at his home in Hanover today. He was 96.

Koop served as surgeon general of the United States from November 1981 to October 1989.

It was during that time when he became known as “America’s Family Doctor.”

Shortly after his tenure as surgeon general was over, he returned to his alma mater. In 1992, he established the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth College.

Friend and Dartmouth colleague Joseph O’Donnell describes Koop as the founder of the field of pediatric surgery.

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NH News
5:07 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

N.H. Man Up For Congressional Medal Of Honor Service Award

A New Hampshire man is up for a national service award.

Paul Moore of Bedford is one of 23 finalists for the Congressional Medal of Honor’s Citizen Service Before Self Honors. The finalists were announced Monday.

NH News
4:14 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

GOP Files Complaint Seeking Budget Detail; Hassan Says She's Working On It

Governor Maggie Hassan says her administration is still preparing budget documents state law required her to present to lawmakers 10 days ago.

At issue is what’s known as HB2, that’s the bill that implements the policies in any state budget. Governor Hassan says its in the works.

"We are working on the document, its being drafted."

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NH News
2:55 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Hassan Says N.H. Needs To Prepare For Cuts

Governor Maggie Hassan says the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester “may very well happen.”

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NH News
1:59 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Bill Seeks To Curb 'Double Dipping' Among N.H.'s Retired Public Employees

A Democratic lawmaker wants to ease financial pressure on the state retirement system by cracking down on the practice known as double dipping.

Representative Daniel Sullivan says his bill is meant to curb the practice of public employees retiring, then coming back to work in part-time positions while collecting a pension.

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NH News
4:25 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Manchester Digs Out After Storm

Families sled down a hill at Derryfield Country Club.
Jonathan Lynch NHPR

Snow was still falling late Sunday afternoon, but most of Manchester's main roads were clear. The Queen City wasn't hit as hard as some forecasts predicted, allowing city workers to keep pace with the snow.

Downtown, most restaurants and businesses were open. Bobcats and sidewalk plows darted up and down Elm street, clearing paths for the few people who were out walking.

At the Derryfield Country Club, a couple dozen people made the best of the weather, building snowmen and sledding on one of the golf course's hills.

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NH News
11:06 am
Sun February 24, 2013

N.H. Utilities Expect Snow-Related Outages Throughout Day

Most New Hampshire utilities are reporting snow related outages.  As of last check, PSNH had the most outages, at around 1,800.  Nearly 450 of those were in Canterbury, while Hooksett got hit with more than 400 outages.  In Deerfield, 190 customers are reportedly without power. 

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Winter Storm
10:24 am
Sun February 24, 2013

Snowstorm: Who's Reporting Power Outages?

Today's snowstorm is set to drop two to four inches across most of the state by tonight.  The Seacoast could see up to six inches.  While it's a slower-moving storm than Nemo two weeks ago, numerous power outages have been reported.  By 12:25 pm, these are the communities that have been impacted most.

PSNH: 2,747

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