NH News

NH News
6:18 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

STEM Taskforce of Parents, Profs And Administrators Plan For Future Workforce

The state’s businesses are clamoring for a labor force better prepared in the STEM fields, says Governor Maggie Hassan. "It has been very clear to me that the number one need that businesses identify is a 21st century workforce," she says.

She says both the state’s school districts and Universities aren’t doing enough. So, she's issued an executive order to establish a 14-member taskforce to plan the future of STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education in New Hampshire.

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NH News
6:09 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Feds' New Railroad Safety Rules Could Affect Propane Transport On Seacoast

On Wednesday the Federal Railroad Authority announced it will propose new rules this summer for railroad safety. That comes amid safety concerns on the Seacoast following a proposal to transport propane to Newington by rail. 

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NH News
5:30 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Republican Candidates For U.S. Senate Debate, Scott Brown Declines Invite

From left, Karen Testerman, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith at the Bedford Public Library.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  Republican candidates for U.S. Senate Karen Testerman, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith debated in Bedford Tuesday night. The tone was cordial and while some disagreed on points of policy, they were united in their criticism of the absent candidate: Scott Brown.


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NH News
4:02 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Medical Marijuana Advocates: Grow-Your-Own Needed With Delays In Law

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With licensed dispensaries not expected to open until next year, medical marijuana advocates hope a bill could bring relief to patients sooner by letting them grow their own.

The bill went before a Senate committee today.

New Hampshire became the last New England state to legalize medical marijuana last year, but Matt Simon with the Marijuana Policy Project says the rulemaking process is delaying its implementation.

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NH News
1:54 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

House Speaker Norelli Says She's Optimistic Gas Tax Increase Will Pass

New Hampshire’s Speaker of the House is optimistic House lawmakers will pass a Senate proposal to increase the state’s gas tax by 4.2 cents.


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NH News
1:16 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

'Paycheck Fairness' Advocates Rally As Bill Moves To House

Sen. Andrew Hosmer speaks at a rally for the Paycheck Fairness Act, a New Hampshire bill that aims to bring pay for women in line with men.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

After gaining unanimous support in the state Senate, a bill that aims to bring pay for women in line with their male co-workers went before the House labor committee earlier today.

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NH News
6:20 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Superior Judge To Rule On Legality of Rockingham Attorney's Suspension

Attorney Michael Ramsdell (left) argues on behalf of suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams (right).
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  Superior judge Richard McNamara heard arguments Monday on whether New Hampshire's Attorney General has the authority to continue the suspension of Rockingham County attorney Jim Reams. The Attorney General suspended Reams in November, and then pursued an investigation into alleged employment discrimination and financial mismanagement.  

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NH News
2:13 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Hearing To Challenge Anthem's Network Postponed

Frisbie Memorial Hospital
Credit NHPR Staff

The state insurance department has postponed a hearing this week to consider a challenge to Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield's network of providers covered under the Affordable Care Act.

Margaret McCarthy, a patient of Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, has asked the department to require Anthem to include Frisbie in the network. 

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NH News
1:25 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Hundreds Of Red Sox Fans Pack Statehouse Plaza To See David Ortiz

Governor Maggie Hassan and Red Sox slugger David Ortiz greet the crowd at the Statehouse on Monday.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Hundreds of Boston Red Sox fans gathered in front of the Statehouse earlier today to catch a glimpse of World Series MVP David Ortiz.

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NH News
9:44 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Shaheen, Ayotte Press For More Heating Funds

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New Hampshire's U.S. senators want more money to go toward the Low Income Home Heating Assistance Program for Fiscal Year 2015.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Granite Staters Relish Belated Springtime Weather

Despite muddy conditions, some Concord residents turned out to White Park to enjoy the mild weather.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

After a long winter and several false starts, it looks like New Hampshire might finally be heading into spring. 

Mild temperatures on Sunday brought many Granite Staters outside to enjoy the weather.  Concord resident Annie Morgan brought her eight-year old son to a city park.  And she was confident that this time, spring was here to stay.  

“Well I’m determined!  It’s not going anywhere," she said with a chuckle.  "No, we’re not getting any more snow, and it’s going to be beautiful!”

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Long Winter Delays Spring Planting

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The long, cold winter has delayed spring planting in the Granite State.  That complicates matters for nurseries and lawn and garden businesses.  Charlie Cole is general manager of Cole Gardens in Concord.  He sees the late spring as a mixed bag for his business—although he’s optimistic.

“We’re really excited, because the pent-up need to be out in the garden is just building, and it’s still building.  And once our customer base are able to get in the garden and plant, we think it’s going to be a great spring,” Cole says.

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NH News
6:32 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Historic Ice-Out Of Winnipesaukee Expected

Ice on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee
Credit Rimager via Flickr Creative Commons

The man who officially declares the annual ice-out of Lake Winnipesaukee says this year’s announcement could be a record-setter.

Dave Emerson of Emerson Aviation in Gilford said this winter’s cold and snow may mean it’s early May before he can declare what some consider the official start of the New Hampshire summer season.

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Marking History
6:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Marking History: Stoddard Glass

Some of the collection of Stoddard glass at the town's historical society.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

For a 31-year period in the 19th century, glass making was the heart of the economy in the small town of Stoddard.

Factories there made everything from whiskey flasks to ink wells and at their peak, each produced a million bottles a year.

Pieces of Stoddard Glass have since become highly collectible and highly valuable antiques.

As part of our ongoing series, NHPR’s Michael Brindley visits Stoddard and talks with historian Alan Rumrill about glassmaking in the town and how much the rarest of the Stoddard glass pieces are worth today.

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NH News
4:17 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Former Chief Justice Says N.H. Should Repeal Death Penalty

Former N.H. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick, appearing on The Exchange in 2010
Credit NHPR Staff

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice and current UNH Law School Dean, John Broderick told lawmakers that  NH is better than countries like Iran, Iraq, North Korea, where the death penalty is used.

Broderick said anyone who's spent time in a prison knows it's a hopeless and demeaning place, and asked lawmakers to consider what it would be like to by laying on a gurney,  a lethal injection headed your way, knowing you were innocent.

Broderick stressed mistakes can happen.

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