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March 28. 2012 1:31PM

Wednesday headlines - NH news from online

NEWS
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Walpole man charged in Vt. mugging


NH town church coalition looks at woodpile project


America's Most And Least Religious States


Case in point - Attainment of college degree list puts NH (#3) in the top 10 and Missippi(#46) in the bottom 10


Gathering calls for congressional horse slaughter ban
A New Hampshire boy toting more than 1,000 letters from other children joined representatives from three equine welfare advocacy groups and a Virginia Congressman in Washington, D.C., this week to urge federal lawmakers to ban the processing of horses for human consumption.



BUSINESS
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Bloomberg: How the U.S. became banker to the power-war world
The system developed at the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference, held in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in July 1944, fixed exchange rates to a dollar backed by gold. It worked successfully for years. But it couldn't last forever.


Brookstone reports 45% increase in fiscal year 2011 EBITDA


Four firms bid for NH private prison contract
The four bidding companies are just a fraction of the 20 or so that initially expressed interest in the state's request for proposal to build a prison that will hold 1,500 inmates who are currently held in the state-owned facility in Concord.


About 50 BAE workers laid off in N.H.



FEATURES / ENTERTAINMENT
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Quinnipiac Chronicle: New Hampshire: Just the spring break I needed
While some of my friends soaked up UV rays by the pool with a beer in Punta Cana or an extravagant resort, I was at my home in New Hampshire, the coldest, where-the-heck-am-I, did-I-just-see-a-moose state in America. But the funny thing is I actually enjoyed it.


1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D
As Porsche 356s enjoy ever-increasing prices, the once-dismissed convertible D has come into a newfound appreciation.


Storied Mary Todd Lincoln letter fetches $46,520


New York Times bestselling author and Naples resident Robin Cook sits down for a Q&A about his 31st book and much more


Difficult to predict what an antique lover will want to buy
The dwindling numbers of shoppers are due to more than just a bad economy. "The antique generations are dying out," Pearson said, "and most young people have no interest in them." Dealers are having to buy at lower prices because they have to sell at lower prices.


The Dartmouth pans Picoult's latest
Fans of bestselling author and Hanover resident Jodi Picoult will relish racing through the pages of the author's latest book, "Lone Wolf," but they also might find themselves underwhelmed by the plotline.


COURTS / PUBLIC OVERSIGHT
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Federal prosecutors look to joint class action lawsuit against NH for problems with the mental health system
New Hampshire Hospital has an admission rate 40 percent higher than the national average. Its re-admission rate is nearly double the national average.


Census Bureau to Release 2010 Census Summary File 2 for Kentucky, New Hampshire, Ohio and Vermont
These Summary File 2 tables will add a new layer of detail to the population and housing topics released last year from the 2010 Census. Information, such as relationship and homeownership, previously available only for an area's entire population will now be available for specific race and ethnic groups in that community.


Granite State Electric Company d/b/a National Grid - Petition for Approval of Proposed Default Service Rates for the Large and Small Customer Groups for the Period Beginning May 1, 2012 - Order Approving Solicitation and Selection of Default Service Supply and Resulting Rates
For residential customers using 500 kWh per month, total monthly bills will decrease by 13.4% from $69.64 per month to $60.33 per month. For residential customers using 666 kWh per month, which National Grid said is the average monthly kWh usage for the twelve months ending February 2012, the total bill would decrease by 13.3% from $93.50 per month to $81.10 per month. Average monthly bills for other customers in the Small Customer Group would decrease by 12.4% to 17.5%.


POLITICS
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Ayotte gives her views on Affordable Health Care act case before Supreme Court

Ayotte: Administration hasn't followed through on commitment to nuclear modernization


NHPR Audio - State: Primex deal possible game changer
The state has charged LGC with violating state law, and owes its clients upwards of $100 million dollars.


PRIMARY
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Strength and weakness in the campaign of Ron Paul



OPINION
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Fosters: Casinos still not a risk worth taking



SPORTS
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2012 NHRA: Drag racer takes important 'distracted driving' message to nation's youth
Enders spoke at six schools in the Boston area, one in Rhode Island and another in New Hampshire. A driving simulator is used as part of the presentation.


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