Some participants in the Occupy New Hampshire protests are heading to Washington DC to take part in what’s being called “Take Back the Capitol.”
Krista Rand of Suncook says she’ll be there. The unemployed civil engineer wants Congress to promote jobs in her field by putting more federal dollars toward roads and bridges. “We all know that the state of our infrastructure in this country is quite abysmal. The American Society of Civil Engineers rates our infrastructure a D, and our bridges a C, so that’s really a problem," she said.
Holiday shopping isn't all about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Parades and tree lightings get people into downtown shopping districts and provide a real boost to local businesses. Amy Diaz, Editor of the Hippo tells us how- and where- to go local this weekend.
The Governor and Executive Council are expected to approve a contract for replacement of the Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine.
If approved, the bridge will be in place by July 2013. The total price tag is $81 million dollars. New Hampshire, Maine and the Federal Government will split the cost. Speaking at a Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce breakfast, Project Manager Keith Coda with DOT said the new bridge will closely replicate the old span.
You may know the Friday after Thanksgiving as Black Friday, but on the Seacoast, today is also Plaid Friday.
Plaid Friday began last year as a way to encourage shoppers to discover local stores. David Boynton is the Executive Director of Seacoast Local, an organization that promotes independent businesses. He explains what Plaid Friday is about to NHPR’s Rick Ganley.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, is the investigative arm of the US Department of Homeland Security. The purpose of ICE is to enforce federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration. As part of that mission, the agency conducts crackdowns on businesses who hire illegal workers. In the past two years, the agency has made a shift in its actions, directing more resources on identifying and fining employers rather than large scale raids on employees.
Governor John Lynch got a first hand look at two major projects on the Spaulding Turnpike in Southern New Hampshire.
The Governor personally toured the expansion projects now underway on the pike on the Northern end in Rochester, and the Southern end between Newington and Portsmouth. The widening projects are intended to relieve traffic congestion on both ends of the Spaulding, especially at the Little Bay Bridge over Great Bay.
Texas governor Rick Perry is stumping in the state today. The Republican presidential hopeful urged workers at a manufacturing plant in Manchester to put pressure on congress to change.
Rick Perry has been targeting the Washington establishment in recent days. He issued a plan to cut the salaries of senators and congressmen in half. Asked how he would get congress to go along, he said the public would need to browbeat them into agreement.
Perry said the counties around DC are some of the wealthiest in the country.
Between 2000 and 2009 New Hampshire’s Latino population grew by 79 percent.
These changes have created new challenges for some New Hampshire schools.
SFX: announcements, and hall noises
Walking through the halls of Nashua South High school, it’s clear where everyone stands. Literally.
Students Talking: This is the Spanish corner, yeah basically yeah this is the Spanish corner, like Dominican, Puerto Rican, right there is the Mexican corner, for real. (Spanish chat fades away, hall SFX continues)
House Democrats are raising alarms that a handful of bills they oppose could be voted on later this month. The announcement comes before lawmakers return to Concord November 30th.
Speaker Bill O’Brien has taken the unusual step to call the full House together several times this fall already. The chamber is returning in two weeks to take up education funding constitutional amendments.
Democrats say they aren’t sure if Republicans will use that session day to push a number of controversial bills.
Governor John Lynch promises to veto any bill that would allow casinos or similar forms of gambling in the state.
Governor Lynch struck preemptively. In a letter to the Republican leaders in the House and Senate, he said more gambling would increase social service costs and, with casinos likely to come to Massachusetts, fail to raise as much revenue as backers predict.
The governor’s spokesman, Colin Manning said furthermore, any expansion will lead to proliferation.
In the wake of recent power outages after a freak snow storm, Public Service of New Hampshire is defending the quality of its distribution grid. The electric utility says there are no perfect solutions.
Top state and federal officials have called for public hearings on the factors that left hundreds of thousands of customers without power. PSNH President Gary Long says he welcomes those hearings. Long says the power company has invested heavily in its network of poles and wires and the system has never been stronger.