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NH News
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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NH News
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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NH News
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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NH News
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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NH News
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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NH News
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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NH News
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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NH News
8:25 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Bill Would Limit N.H. Medal Of Honor To Those Killed In Action

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The House passed legislation last week that would limit the awarding of the state’s Medal of Honor to those killed in action.

The bill holds special meaning for one member of the House.

Representative Skip Rollins says he kept the promises he made to his son before he was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007.

He made sure his son, Specialist Justin Rollins, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He welcomed his girlfriend into the family and watched over his dog.

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NH News
4:21 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Sen. Shaheen Says Delay On Defense Secretary 'Disappointing'

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen meets with the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Concord on Friday.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen says delaying former senator Chuck Hagel’s appointment as Secretary of Defense has real national security implications.

Shaheen believes Hagel will ultimately be confirmed as the next defense secretary, but not until after the Senate returns from its break a week from Monday.

But she says delays to the process by her Republican colleagues do not serve the country well.

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NH News
2:33 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Federal Bill Ensures Equal Rights To Same-Sex Military Families

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen introduced legislation this week that would extend military benefits to same-sex military families.

Shaheen says the Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act of 2013 is named after the New Hampshire National Guard Chief Warrant Officer who died Sunday.

“As she was dying of breast cancer, she knew her wife and her daughter were not going to be able to get the benefits that she had earned on her active duty and guard service and that’s not right. It needs to change and this legislation is designed to do that.”

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A Loaded Issue
9:51 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Gun Shops And Mental Health Advocates Partner To Prevent Suicides

Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

Advocates of the rights to own guns and those who want to restrict the laws governing them are often on opposing sides of the conversation. But many find a common voice when it comes to reducing gun violence. In New Hampshire, gun shop owners are forging ties with mental health experts to prevent the most frequent kind of death by firearms: suicide.

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A Loaded Issue
6:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Discussion Question: Does New Hampshire need stricter gun control laws?

As part of NHPR's news series, A Loaded Issue, we’re asking Granite Staters to weigh in with their thoughts about gun ownership, laws governing guns, and the culture here.

Each day we'll ask a new discussion question and throughout the week we'll read your comments on the air.

Today's Question:  Does New Hampshire need stricter gun control laws?

Please include your first name and your hometown.

A Loaded Issue
6:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Gun Crime In New Hampshire Is Well Below National Average

Credit Sara Plourde, NHPR

It's no surprise to Granite Staters that New Hampshire is one of the safest places in the country.

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NH News
6:05 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

In Budget, Hassan Lays Out Priorities

Legislators and audience members bow their heads for the pledge of allegiance, before the Governor’s address.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

The governor’s budget address is the starting point for the months of wrangling and compromises that will eventually determine where the state will spend its money.

In the budget released today Governor Hassan spelled out her priorities in key areas like education, healthcare and infrastructure.

On Education

Restoring cuts to the state’s public universities was a centerpiece of Maggie Hassan’s campaign for governor, and Education was at the center of her speech.

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5:13 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Hassan Makes Pitch For Raising Cigarette Tax

For Hassan, increasing the cigarette tax is both good for public health and the state's bottom line
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Governor Maggie Hassan is looking to raise New Hampshire’s cigarette tax.  In her state budget address, she pitched a  30-cent increase as good public health policy.

“New Hampshire has the highest youth smoking rate in the Northeast, with 19.8 percent of high school students who smoke cigarettes," Hassan said.  "Cigarette taxes nationwide have proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent youth smoking.”

She also said it will raise $40 million in revenue without compromising cross-border sales.

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