We're covering the top stories of the week: from Rockingham county District attorney Jim Reams' announcement that he is resigning from his job, to a new report showing that up to eighty thousand New Hampshire residents could be drinking contaminated water, and Bike Week bringing thousands of two-wheeled vehicles to Laconia.
New Hampshire’s farm legacy extends to the very beginning of our state’s history, when farmers from over-crowded areas in southern New England started to move north in search of more open land. While the soil in New Hampshire was not as fertile as they’d hoped, farmers did take root in the state and are still here. And while the country overall has seen a trend toward fewer, bigger farms, new data from show the reverse in New Hampshire and New England: over the past five years, the state’s number of farms has grown 5%, for a total 30% increase over the past decade.
In New Hampshire lakes, rivers and ponds, non-indigenous plants have moved in choking out the natural flora and fauna, but volunteers and state officials have taken up the fight against them. We’ll look at the latest in that fight, as well as invasive insects from the Emerald Ash Borer to the Wooly Adelgid.
A powerful group of radical Islamists has been overwhelming Iraqi cities and towns. The stunning onslaught has the capital Baghdad now girding for battle and the U.S. grappling with how best to deal with the threat. We’ll look at the situation there and at American options.
Expanded Medicaid for low-income adults is coming, but may be delayed. Meanwhile, four more insurance companies say they’re ready to join New Hampshire’s marketplace for coverage next year. And as we head into this fall's elections, the health care law remains a major point of political contention.
Todd Bookman – NHPR’s health reporter
Jenny Patterson - health legal counsel at the New Hampshire Insurance Department
We're covering the top stories of the week: Governor Hassan signs into law a twenty-five-foot “buffer zone” for protesters around abortion clinics, candidates for this fall’s elections line up at the Secretary of State’s office for the filing period, and comedian and Granite State native Seth Meyers hosts a fundraiser for Manchester’s Palace Theatre.
New Hampshire, first in the nation when it comes to reliance on this tax, has long debated it. While critics say it’s unevenly distributed, defenders say it’s great for local control and far better than an income tax. And this familiar conversation is playing out across the country, with other states debating the fairness issue and offering alternatives.
It’s a short season, but one that many in New England enthusiastically embrace, whether on community plots, backyard gardens or on a commercial scale. And now, in addition to the usual challenges, there’s climate change with a longer growing season but also new floral and faunal pests, and the possibility of extreme weather.
We're sitting down with a panel of House and Senate leaders to look back on the year in the legislature. It was a year of victories for supporters of Medicaid Expansion, but of disappointment for casino backers and death penalty opponents. And it ended with several major players announcing they’re getting out of the game and retiring from politics.
We're looking at some of the top news of the weeks, from the candidate filing period opening for this fall’s elections, to state Senator Sylvia Larsen's announcement her retirement, criticism for Governor Hassan’s trade mission to Turkey, and New Hampshire’s only Holocaust museum opening in Nashua.
After racist remarks by Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling and Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland, outrage dominated the national headlines, and both men were widely reprimanded. But some say merely criticizing and dismissing such comments isn’t enough – and that we need a candid conversation about race relations.
As the warm weather finally arrives, we’re looking at what’s new this season in books suited for coming days at the beach, in the mountains, or even your backyard. There’s a new series from New Hampshire children’s author Paul Durham, a memoir from Mariano Rivera, and a new novel from perennial favorite JK Rowling. (digital post by Faith Meixell)
As another academic year closes, our guest today, University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston, can look back at a year that was a little easier than 2011, when the legislature cut appropriations to higher education in half. Now, with some of that money restored, tuition was frozen for a time, while other initiatives (many bolstered by private money) moved ahead. In January, UNH and Franklin Pierce law center made it official, and now there’s “UNH Law School” in Concord. In April, a new school of business and economics opened on the Durham campus, and planning is also underway