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2:31 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

The Sidebar: Eyes On The State Of The State

Credit Chris Jensen, NHPR News

Gov. Maggie Hassan will deliver her first State of the State address Thursday to a joint session of New Hampshire lawmakers.

Hassan ended her first year in office with decent job-approval ratings – 51 percent versus 21 percent who disapprove, according to a recent poll.

She begins her second with a heightened national profile: In December, she was elected vice chair of the Democratic Governors Association, which spent heavily to help her defeat GOP challenger Ovide Lamontagne in 2012.

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From the Archives
2:28 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

From the Archives: Bode Miller

Bode Miller at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men’s Downhill on November 27, 2010 in Lake Louise, Canada.
Credit Movimiento base/CC

Later this week, Bode Miller will become just the sixth American to participate in five Winter Olympics.

Back in 2002, NHPR's Doug MacPherson profiled the young athlete as he was preparing for his second (in Utah).

We'll be keeping an eye on NH's medal hopefuls in the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye here.

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News Primer
2:19 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

News Primer: Legalizing Marijuana

Earlier this month, the New Hampshire House became the first legislative body in the United States to pass a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana use.

The legislation faces numerous – some would say intractable - hurdles, beginning with Thursday’s public hearing before the House Ways & Means Committee.

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NHPR Events
11:54 am
Wed January 29, 2014

2014 Trivia Smackdown

And the winners are....

THE DEFENDERS!

Once again, the team walked away with the trophy of knowledge, defending their title from last year.  But it was a close competition.  

Thank you to everyone who helped make the event a successful and fun evening.   Start practicing now for next year and sign up for our enewsletter so you'll know when to expect NHPR's Trivia Smackdown 2015!

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From the Archives
12:52 am
Wed January 29, 2014

From the Archives: Roman Totenberg

In February, 1995, violinist Roman Totenberg performed with the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra. He joined NHPR ahead of the concerts on our Perspectives program and spoke with host Laura Kiernan.

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The Sidebar
5:28 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

The Sidebar: Latest N.H. Casino Bill Builds On Failed 2013 Legislation

Credit JV via Flickr CC

Update: The Senate Ways & Means Committee approved SB 366, 4-1, this morning. Sen. Bob Odell, R-Lempster, was the lone vote in opposition to the bill, which would license two casinos. Senate President Chuck Morse said the legislation will now move to the full Senate. Morse said the Senate will likely table it and wait for the House to act on its own gambling bill. That legislation, drafted by members of the Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authorityenvisions a single casino, which Gov. Maggie Hassan supports.

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The Sidebar
6:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

The Sidebar: N.H. Legislators Will Make Another Run At Raising Gas Tax

Granite State motorists are driving more fuel-efficient vehicles, which means they’re buying less gas. Motorists purchased almost 60 million fewer gallons of gas in 2012 than they did in 2005. That translated into an $11 million decrease in revenue.
Credit Department of Safety Road Toll Bureau

A year after failing to agree on how to pay for a long list of road and bridge improvements, lawmakers will take another shot at bolstering the state’s chronically underfunded infrastructure this session.

Several bills are on the table, including one that would channel proceeds from a casino into the state’s highway fund.

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News Primer
6:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

News Primer: Fixing New Hampshire’s Mental Health System

Attacks by two psychiatric patients awaiting treatment at Manchester’s Elliot Hospital last year underscored the well-documented problems with New Hampshire’s mental health system.

In December, the state agreed to settle a federal lawsuit filed in 2012 on behalf of six plaintiffs who had cycled in and out of emergency rooms and the state mental hospital. The state has agreed to spend $30 million over the next three years to re-build its community-based system of care, once considered a national model.

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Inside NHPR
11:23 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Help Shape Your Listening: Join The Sounding Board

The  enrollment period for new CAB members is now closed.  NHPR is no longer accepting applications. 

You listen, you support - now you can help shape NHPR!

Our Community Advisory Board, called “The Sounding Board,” is a panel of dedicated listeners from across the state that allows us to gather meaningful feedback about our programming, policies and services.

We rely on a Community Advisory Board to give the station regular feedback on our programs, Trustee decisions, and the needs of our audience.

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The Gracies Award Submission
9:40 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Sara Plourde: NHPR's Digital Producer

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Throughout 2013, Digital Producer & Designer Sara Plourde has told stories through her graphic features, and enhanced newsroom and program content with web-only graphics, blogs, and videos. For your consideration for The Gracies Online Producer award, here is a sample of stories from the designated submission period. Please click on the hyperlinks to see the full features:

Map: N.H. Post-Recession Job Recovery By County

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The Sidebar
6:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

The Sidebar: Is Keno The Next Big Bet For The N.H. Lottery?

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

On a recent afternoon at the Common Grounds Cafe, 200 yards from the New Hampshire border in Methuen, Mass, a handful of men sit along a short counter or at several tables in the back of the cafe.

Eyes moving back and forth from their pink and white betting slips to two wall-mounted video monitors, they wait for the next drawing of a popular electronic lottery game called Keno.

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Foodstuffs
5:52 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Hot Sauce Comes To Durham, Thanks To A Friendly Wager Over Football

One drop does it: Louisiana hot sauce.
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Temperatures are set to reach the single digits this week in Durham, home to the main campus of the University of New Hampshire - but at least one house in town will be plenty hot.

Durham town administrator Todd Selig says he won himself a bottle of Louisiana hot sauce in a friendly wager with Hammond, Louisiana mayor Mayson Foster. The wager was over last weekend's football playoff game between the UNH Wildcats and the Southeastern Louisiana University Lions - a game, it should be noted, that was played in a venue called Strawberry Stadium.

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Granite Seen
10:02 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Photos: Jobs, Protests, Thanksgiving & Bitcoin

Protesters lined up in front of a Manchester McDonald’s to take part in a national effort to raise the federal minimum wage.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

After an autumn hiatus, Granite Seen, our photo blog, is back! Here are some of the recent weeks' best photos from NHPR's newsroom.

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Inside NHPR
12:45 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Note To Online Listeners: Livestream Test In Progress

We are currently testing a new stream encoder here at the station. If you have issues with your stream please contact me at rlavoie@nhpr.org.

This test will continue until some time Friday afternoon, December 6th.

Thank you for your patience as we work to serve you better!

- Rebecca Lavoie, Digital Director

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Foodstuffs
11:50 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Local Foods Flavor N.H. Microdistilleries

Back in the day the notion of homegrown hooch conjured images of backwoods brewers or bathtubs full of gin.

Not anymore. These days, micro-distilling--its fancier moniker--is less about the buzz and more about the artistry and science that goes into teasing spirits out of locally-sourced fruits, grains and herbs. Plus, it's legal and has been in New Hampshire since 2003.

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