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6:45 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

New England Electricity Prices Spike As Gas Pipelines Lag

The region being eyed for a new pipeline into New England is mostly rural, and residents there are pushing back against the expansion.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Some electricity customers in New Hampshire are in for a shock this winter. Numerous utilities across New England have announced electricity rates that are some of the highest in the history of the continental United States. And it’s a problem that’s expected to get worse before it gets better.

For some consumers, this is more real than for others. Don Sage and his wife make due on a bit less than $30,000 a year in social security payments. So he can ill-afford to pay another $40 a month on his electric bills.

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Education
5:30 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

After Pilot, 'Bar Exam For Teachers' Set To Launch State-Wide

UNH students taking part in the Pilot of the new "teachers' test" familiarize themselves with the requirements
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

As early as next year, college students in New Hampshire teacher preparation programs will be taking a new test. It’s known as the TCAP, and all 14 of the state’s teacher education schools are adopting it voluntarily. While some states have opted to sign on to tests designed elsewhere, the Granite State has blazed its own trail when it comes to creating what has been compared to a bar exam for teachers.

Every student teacher who has graduated from UNH knows about the Portfolio. It was a collection of reams of lesson plans, tests, handouts; the artifacts of teaching.

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Health
5:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Six Months After Attack, A Family Works To Recover

Donald and Amy Wyman, with two of their five children.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

The state’s mental health system has been under tremendous strain in recent years. Cuts to services in the community, combined with dwindling in-patient beds, mean patients in crisis end up waiting days for treatment--sometimes longer-- inside ill-equipped emergency rooms.

Last summer, two violent attacks inside Manchester’s Elliot Hospital ER brought to light just how unstable the situation has become. 

Donald Wyman was one of the victims of those assaults. He worked as a nursing assistant, but six months later, he’s still working toward recovery.

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Foodstuffs
5:50 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Come For The Skiing, Stay For The Giant Cookies

Cookies as big as dinner plates. There's very little we can add to that.

Every chair lift ride up Pats Peak in Henniker looks full on this mild winter day. Skiers and snowboarders are coming down the mountain, one after the other.

Joni Aubin and her colleagues spent much of the day before getting ready for these crowds – and not just on the slopes, either. Though she manages the snow sports office, Aubin helped out in the Tradewinds Café, wrapping up stacks of a Pats Peak specialty: the giant M&M cookie.

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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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All Things Considered
4:58 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

A Vampire Novel Featuring New Hampshire's Colonial Governor

Vampire novels are big these days, but here’s one with a few twists: for one thing, part of the book takes place in 19th century Portsmouth.

And the lead vampire is named for the colonial governor of New Hampshire.

The book is called The Vampire Benning Wentworth and the End of Times, and it's written by Paul Jesep, a columnist, a former resident of Portsmouth and an ordained Orthodox priest.

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Foodstuffs
5:46 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Reflections On Food, And Faith, At Greek Fest

Susan Harris (left) and Mary Garci serve traditional Greek recipes at the Greek Fest at Taxiarchai Orthodox Church in Laconia.
Brady Carlson, NHPR

This time of year is full of food fests, including a preponderance of Greek fests.

Food is, of course, a central part of Greek culture, and as we found at a festival in Laconia, that means a look at the food can reveal something deeper.

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North Country
5:30 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Bethlehem Art Walk: A Cluster of Creativity

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Saturday was the second birthday of the Art Walk in Bethlehem and up and down Main Street dozens of artists from the region gathered to show, discuss, demonstrate and sell their art.

“The art walk is a celebration of creativity,” said Katherine Ferrier, who worked with Angel Larcom and other volunteers to organize it. “This area is rich with artists.”

At the gazebo local groups took turns providing mini concerts while locals and tourists lounged on the grass.

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Foodstuffs
5:14 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Measuring The Impact Of Local Food - Or Trying To

It’s the table farthest from the door at the Contoocook winter farmer’s market, but it's the one that catches my eye: asparagus stalks so big, you could play the drums with them.

The man who brought them, Jim Ramenack of Warner River Organics, says he's seen nothing but growth lately in local food.

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NH News
4:59 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

What Is N.H. Food?

Republic's chef and co-owner Edward Aloise and the list of the local farms that supply food to the restaurant.
Brady Carlson NHPR

This week on All Things Considered we’re kicking off a feature on local food, which we’re calling Foodstuffs.

Local food is growing in New Hampshire – both in its size and its popularity. But it can be difficult to explain just what makes our state's food unique. NHPR's Brady Carlson takes us on a quest to find the answer.

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A Loaded Issue
4:58 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Seeing School Shooting Sites Up Close Yields Lessons, But Takes A Toll

After almost any act of violence, be it a suicide or a mass school shooting, people ask questions, which usually boil down these questions: How could we have prevented this from happening? How can we keep it from happening again?

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A Loaded Issue
4:51 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Too Rural For Guns? Firearms Not Widespread In 18th Century New Hampshire

Historical photo of Flanders farm in Landaff, New Hampshire.
Credit Department of Agriculture photo, via Wikicommons

As we heard earlier in this series, many rural residents of New Hampshire have a strong connection to guns. But that wasn’t always the case.

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NH News
9:26 am
Wed February 13, 2013

For Self Defense Or Because I Can? Open Carry in N.H.

Emily Corwin NHPR

 You need a license to carry a loaded gun either in your car, or concealed on your body, in the state of New Hampshire. To  carry a loaded gun out in the open, you don’t need a license at all. That makes New Hampshire one of 28 states that allow so-called “open carry” to just about anyone, no permit or license needed. As part of our series A Loaded Issue, we visited an  Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms night at Twins Smoke Shop in Hooksett. 

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A Loaded Issue
5:30 am
Wed February 13, 2013

N.H. Rural Gun Owners Buck National Trends

Nancy Chaddock at her home in Hill, NH. Chaddock, who does not own a gun herself, is not bothered by the many gun owners who live around her.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

For many rural residents of New Hampshire, owning a gun is not a political statement; it’s a tool, or a form of recreation. Even for some non-gun-owning neighbors, the idea that others have guns for hunting or target shooting is pretty non-controversial. And what’s more, the data available indicate that in New Hampshire that rural gun-culture only seems to be growing.

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A Loaded Issue
5:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Discussion Question: Do you own a gun? Why or why not?

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.

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