After many failed attempts to pass a casino bill, supporters think they may finally have a winning hand -- proposing two casinos and a new revenue-sharing plan. Opponents are raising long-held concerns about gambling’s social costs, including addiction and crime. We’ll look at this new bill and its odds for passing.
We’re looking at the stories of the week: the state Senate 'tables' bill to repeal the death penalty, leaving it in place for now, the state’s hospital is ruled unconstitutional, and the son of retired Yankees legend Mariano Rivera is playing baseball in Laconia this summer.
Last year, supporters of marijuana use for health purposes cheered when a bill became law. They’ve since been frustrated, however, over the timeframe of dispensaries and patient cards, also the lack of a “grow your own” option. But others say patience is needed, that implementation should be done carefully to avoid dangerous mistakes.
A recent stabbing incident, which injured more than twenty-students at a Pennsylvania school, has once again reminded us that violence can occur in any district and in any form. And schools in New Hampshire are taking note, continually adjusting their safety plans. We’re finding out how this discussion continues to evolve.
It’s been two decades since the hundred-day mass slaughter, aimed at the country’s minority Tutsi population, and Rwanda is starting to see success in economic growth and public health. We’re talking about how far the country has come, the struggles it still faces, as well as ongoing soul-searching by Rwandans and the international community.
Erik Cleven – assistant professor in the politics department at Saint Anselm College. His research includes ethnic violence and conflict transformation, and he spent time in Rwanda and Burundi in 2005 as part of a project with Quaker Service Norway to promote post-conflict dialogue.
Augustin Ntabaganyimana – a refugee from Rwanda who came to New Hampshire in 2000. He was Program Manager at a refugee resettlement agency in the state, but recently moved to DC where he founded the company MultiLingual Links, which works in N.H. and Baltimore.
On April fifteenth, two bombs exploded close to the finish line, of one of the world’s most prestigious races. Many from New Hampshire were running, cheering, or working at the event. We’re talking with a roundtable of Granite Staters about their memories and thoughts over the past year, and what’s changed.
We’re looking at the stories of the week: the Speaker of the House is optimistic about passage of the 4.2 cent gas tax increase, Scott Brown has officially announced his candidacy for the US Senate, and gender pay equity was spotlighted by Governor Hassan.
A new report finds that with shifting New Hampshire demographics, household incomes and lifestyles, our housing stock soon won’t fit us anymore. And it predicts this infrastructure ‘mismatch” could be a drag on future economic growth. We’ll find out more, and what its authors say might create a more balanced housing market.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court came down on a decision that will change the way we fund elections. In a 5-4 vote, the court removed a cap on how many candidates or committees a person can support per election cycle. Although the amount is still restricted to $2600 per candidate, an individual can now gift that amount to as many politicians as he or she wants. Opponents of the ruling worry the decision may suppress ordinary voices: “where enough money calls the tune,” said Justice William Breyer, “the general public will not be heard.” But supporters like Chief Justice Roberts say that this case follows first amendment rights. “Integration and access are not corruption,” said Roberts, “they embody a central feature of democracy that constituents support candidates who share their beliefs and interests.
The results of this weekend’s elections, many say, will have enormous consequences for the country’s future - from the status of ongoing U.S. military support, to whether recent civil rights gains are maintained. But the balloting has been marred by violence, and deep-seated concerns about fraud.
We're looking at the top stories of the week: a Senate Committee hears testimony on a House bill to repeal the state’s death penalty law, another Republican plans to jump into the New Hampshire Governor’s race, and limited backyard chicken farming comes to Manchester despite a few clucks of dissent.
We're sitting down with Corrections Commissioner, William Wrenn. We'll talk about the national trend toward prison reform, as well as the issues in front of his department, including plans for the new women's prison, and the state of New Hampshire's halfway house system.
William Wrenn - New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner