There’s a problem with the HVAC system at the Junior and Senior high school in Newmarket, and it’s making a high pitched squeal. This wing of the school was built in 1924, and Principal Christopher Andriski says the exposed pipes and vents make this screeching sound all the time. The noise, he says, is the system’s way of alerting the custodian. “He’s gotta manually push a button up there,” Andriski explains.
Utah lawmakers have advanced a bill that would move the state’s presidential primary ahead of New Hampshire’s.
Legislation approved by the House Monday gives lawmakers the option of holding an online election, provided it is “held before any other caucus, primary, or other event selecting a nominee in the nation.”
If approved by the Senate and signed by Gov. Gary Herbert, the bill, HB 410, would require the state to fund the Western State Primary, at an estimated cost of $1.6 million.
Remember High School English class? Chances are you were assigned the classics: Shakespeare, The Scarlet Letter, maybe a Hemingway novel thrown in for good measure. Today on Word of Mouth—a debate on the required reading list.
And, Sam Lipsyte joins us to talk about his collection of short stories now out in paper back, The Fun Parts.
Also today, this week marks the one year anniversary of Pope Francis’ election. We consider what his papacy has meant to the image of the Catholic Church.
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On the Political Front, NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers talks about the special election to fill the District 1 Executive Council seat. The seat was left vacant after the death of longtime Executive Councilor Ray Burton in November.
Rogers also discusses upcoming House votes on efforts to repeal the death penalty and increase the state's minimum wage.
And those farmers who open roadside farmstands reap the benefits of the local food movement. But this traditional venture has become a point of contention—and an item on the Town Meeting ballot—for the town of Canterbury.
On Tuesday, the town of Hooksett will vote whether to approve a contract with Pinkerton Academy in Derry. If voters approve the deal, it could spell the end for the town’s century-long relationship with Manchester schools.
Girls at Work empowers girls by putting power tools in their hands, and teaching them how to use those tools. The girls build tables, sheds and bookshelves, but learn bigger lessons along the way. Hollie Brenton, 18, has worked with the program for ten years and says it has changed her life.
Nestled at the base of Mount Monadnock, the town of Dublin remains a portrait of New England life. There’s no neon, no chains stores, not even a bank.
So, it was a bit curious when a sign popped up last month proclaiming the arrival of a Taco Bell. Hand-painted on plywood, it stands along Route 101 on the edge of property owned by Andy Freeman. He says it isn’t personal.
“Do I have a problem with Taco Bell? No, I don’t have any problem with Taco Bell at all,” says Freeman.
The Attorney General’s office plans to announce the findings of its investigation into Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams next week, after Reams is able to attend his mother’s funeral on Monday in Nebraska.
Reams was also originally scheduled to be in court in Concord on Monday for a hearing related to his suit against the AG’s office and the Rockingham County Commission. That hearing has now been postponed to April 7th.
Reams has been under investigation since November for his use of funds forfeited for criminal convictions.