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6 Months After Parkland Shooting, N.H. Teens Advocate for Gun-Free School Zones

8/15/2018
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Students in Parkland, Florida started school today six months after a shooter killed 14 of their classmates and 3 adult teachers and coaches. A group of teenagers from around New Hampshire spent the day rallying for gun control measures in their own state. The 25 students, who held a press conference followed by a march around the State House this morning, are part of what they call the "lockdown generation" -- kids who have grown up preparing for the possibility of a mass school shooting....

Duration:00:00:46

State Works with N.H. Schools on Security and Safety Recommendations

8/14/2018
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New Hampshire schools will begin classes again in just a few weeks, and as they get ready for the year ahead, officials continue to discuss safety and security concerns. Several schools have made infrastructure upgrades over the summer, and Gov. Chris Sununu’s Safety and Preparedness Task Force released a report in June with their recommendations. Perry Plummer is the chairman of that task force. He’s also the director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He spoke with Morning...

Duration:00:04:58

Blankenbeker on Trump's Separation Policy: Parents Crossing Border 'Victimized' Their Kids

8/10/2018
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Congressional candidate Lynne Blankenbeker defended the Trump administration's family separation policy Friday by saying the parents entering the country illegally bear the blame. Blankenbeker, a Republican running in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District, said on NHPR's The Exchange she feels for the children, but that the parents must be held accountable. "Those families that came across the border illegally knew what they were getting into and I don't hear any public outcry against...

Duration:00:19:36

Why Two Manchester Police Officers Are Suing A Derry Gun Shop

8/10/2018
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Two Manchester police officers filed a lawsuit this week against the New Hampshire Department of Safety’s commissioner and a gun shop in Derry. Officers Ryan Hardy and Matthew O’Connor were shot by 34-year-old Ian MacPherson in May of 2016. The officers say the department and shop failed to do the proper background checks to stop MacPherson from buying the gun used in the shooting.

Duration:00:05:58

Radio Field Trip: Ziplining in the Lakes Region

8/8/2018
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For this week’s Radio Field Trip, we’re going on an adventure that isn’t for the faint of heart. That’s because we’re ziplining at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford. Do you have a suggestion for an upcoming Radio Field Trip? Click here to submit your idea, or email us at fieldtrips@nhpr.org .

Duration:00:03:28

AARP Names 10 N.H. Towns 'Age Friendly Communities'

8/7/2018
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According to U.S. census data, New Hampshire has the second oldest population in terms of median age. Over the past month and a half, 10 New Hampshire towns have acquired the AARP’s Age Friendly Community designation. What does that mean, and how could it help New Hampshire's seniors? NHPR’s Peter Biello spoke with George Cleveland, Executive Director of the Gibson Center for Senior Services in Conway. He led the effort to receive the AARP designation in Conway and the surrounding towns....

Duration:00:04:19

For an Authentic American Experience, Chinese Kids Spend Summer in a Small N.H. Town

8/6/2018
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Around 80 students from China have spent the summer in Chester, New Hampshire, practicing their English and learning more about American culture.

Duration:00:04:48

Firefighters from N.H. Head West to Battle Wildfires

8/6/2018
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Firefighters from New Hampshire are again volunteering to help battle wildfires in the west. A group of firefighters department from Allenstown this weekend to meet up with other firefighters in Pennsylvania. From there, they are head to the northern Rockies coordination center in Montana. Capt. Douglas Miner, a forest ranger with the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, says the New England crew will be assigned to one of the 66 plus active fires in the western states. The work...

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The Bookshelf: Alexander Chee on Identity, Class, and the Writing Life

8/3/2018
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In his first novel, Edinburgh , Dartmouth college professor Alexander Chee wrote about a difficult subject: child sexual abuse. "Part of the reason why I wrote it was because I hadn't seen anything that really dealt with the rage that people feel afterwards, and I wanted to show that in some way," he says. The novel's protagonist was a Korean American boy who, like Chee, was sexually abused. The novel was well-reviewed, but Chee says the most meaningful response to his novel came from a...

Duration:00:06:19

The ACLU Launches A New Immigration Project In N.H.

8/2/2018
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In the past few years the American Civil Liberties Union has been at the forefront in the fight to protect the rights of immigrant detainees. Now the ACLU is expanding its Immigrants' Rights Project in New Hampshire, which the organization says is dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and to combatting public and private discrimination against them. For this effort, the New Hampshire ACLU has hired its first immigration legal fellow....

Duration:00:04:46

With Hate Crime Assault Case, AG’s New Civil Rights Unit Takes Center Stage

8/2/2018
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Last summer, an alleged attack on a biracial boy in Claremont made national headlines. There were also racially charged incidents at UNH , and on a school bus in the Oyster River School District. In December, with those events swirling in the local news, Governor Chris Sununu announced a major change within the state’s top law enforcement agency.

Duration:00:04:34

N.H. Schools Not Yet Receiving Expanded Medicaid Funds

8/2/2018
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Last August the New Hampshire legislature passed a bill that would allow schools to be reimbursed for part of the costs associated with things like speech therapy, mental health counseling and nursing for all students who qualify for Medicaid. Previously that reimbursement was only available for some students who qualify for Medicaid. But schools are not yet taking advantage of this additional federal money. Rebecca Whitley, policy coordinator for the New Hampshire Children's Behavioral...

Duration:00:03:29

Granite Geek: If You’re Lost In The Mountains, Your Cell Phone Could Help Save You

7/31/2018
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A hike in the White Mountains might be your antidote to a life dominated by screens, buzzes and dings. But a cell phone can be lifesaving if you've lost your way on the trail. In fact, the Civil Air Patrol uses cell phones to help find lost hikers. NHPR's Peter Biello spoke with Granite Geek David Brooks, a reporter for the Concord Monitor, about this technology. (This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.) First, what is the Civil Air Patrol? The Civil Air Patrol is actually a...

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Why New Hampshire Is Noisier Than You May Think

7/31/2018
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In a world dominated by human noise and industry, true quiet is hard to find. That is to our detriment, according to sound ecologist Bernie Krause. A musician and sound designer, Krause lives in northern California. This "Quiet Map" shows the loudest and quietest areas in the United States Credit NPS Natural Sounds And Night Skies Division Edit | Remove Krause is known for his work in soundscape ecology: the study of acoustic relationships within an ecosystem. For example, human noise can...

Duration:00:29:45

Nashua Schools Experience Teacher Shortage For English Language Learners

7/30/2018
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Nashua schools are struggling with a major shortage of instructors for students for whom English is not their first language. The school district serves nearly 1,300 of these students, but only has 24 ELL, or English Language Learner, teachers. Among the reasons why there are so many students in need of these teachers is the test used to determine eligibility. Recent changes to the exam have resulted in more students showing a need for specialized ELL instruction. Robert Cioppa is the...

Duration:00:03:42

For Some Bedford Parents, Superintendent's Resignation Was Only a First Step

7/30/2018
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Former Bedford Superintendent of Schools Chip McGee resigned Friday, weeks after he authorized a high school staffer to testify on behalf of Kristie Torbick, a former Bedford guidance counselor who plead guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old child. For many parents in the district, McGee's resignation is only a first step in resolving the issue. Dean of Students Zanna Blaney and two guidance counselors, Alison Mattson and Christine Mulcahey, attended Torbick's sentencing hearing and...

Duration:00:04:19

New Tech Scrubs PFAS Contamination From Groundwater At Pease

7/30/2018
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A first-of-its-kind water treatment system has begun filtering high levels of toxic PFAS chemicals from the groundwater at Pease International Tradeport. It’s the latest, biggest phase of millions of dollars in government response after PFAS was found in a drinking water well at Pease in 2014.

Duration:00:03:56

Family of Keene Woman Reunited, But Questions Remain

7/27/2018
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Thursday was the court-ordered deadline for border authorities to reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. A Keene woman whose sister-in-law and nephew were separated says they've now been reunited, but the reunification comes without answers to key questions. Why were they cleared for reunification while others still wait in detention centers? Why were they not deported back to Honduras? And how long can they stay?

Duration:00:00:43

N.H. Legislature Fails to Pass Challenge to Internet Sales Tax

7/25/2018
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State lawmakers failed to pass a bill Wednesday that backers say would have protected New Hampshire businesses from having to collect sales taxes on behalf of other states. The outcome, during a special session of the Legislature, was a surprising turn given that leadership in both parties and Governor Chris Sununu backed the broader bill.

Duration:00:04:44

Radio Field Trip: Learning About Marine Research on Appledore Island

7/25/2018
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For this week’s Radio Field Trip, we’re heading off the mainland and into the Gulf of Maine. Do you have a suggestion for an upcoming Radio Field Trip? Click here to submit your idea, or email us at fieldtrips@nhpr.org .

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