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On Air News Read for November 2, 2017

Open enrollment for the thousands of Granite Staters who will select an individual health insurance plan through Health Care dot gov or directly from an insurance company has begun.  In making that announcement, Governor Christopher Sununu said residents who will be purchasing a plan need to be aware that rates have gone up by an average of 5 2 percent due, he said, to the failure of Obamacare reform and rising medical and pharmaceutical costs.  The governor did say that those receiving taxpayer subsidies through the program likely won’t see a difference in what they pay because of subsidies.  Everybody else,...

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On Air News Read for November 1, 2017

A Right to Know Commission has concluded its business and made its final report.  The commission was established by the General Court specifically to study ways to reduce both the number and expense of resolving right-to know complaints.  The commission brought forward three recommendations for the General Court to consider, suggesting: Legislation be intriduced in the next session to establish both an Ombudsman and Citizens’ Right-to-Know Appeals Commission to resolve grievances; The establishment of Right-to-know training for all public officials and employees subject to the Right to Know Law to increase awareness and compliance and minimize violations; and  Minimizing...

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On Air News Read for October 31, 2017

To sum up the big storm that hit Sunday into Monday, causing the fourth largest electricity outage in state history with an estimated two hundred ninety thousand utility customers losing power, we’ve decided to share the press release put out by the Derry Fire Department.  Heavy rain and strong damaging winds have closed roads and knocked out power to many. Eversource reports 32% of Derry residents are still affected by power outages. Early this morning, 57% of our community was without power. Utility and public works crews have worked throughout the day to clear debris and wires from roadways....

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On Air News Read for October 30, 2017

The Save the Children Action Network, a Washington D C based Political Action Committee is at it again in Manchester’s local elections.  Girard at Large has received copies several mailers backing candidates who’ve been deemed quote superheroes because of their votes to give a portable classroom at the city’s most crowded school, Northwest Elementary, to an outside group for use as a preschool.  Complete with the smiling faces of happy children, one mail piece tells voters Manchester’s children needs their “help to thank a great friend.”  Another proclaims not all “heroes wear capes” above a bunch of cute kids...

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On Air News Read for October 27, 2017

With Manchester Fire Chief Dan Goonan by his side, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a National Public Health Emergency yesterday.  That is something Mayor Ted Gatsas asked him to do in August and something he pressed then Governor Margaret Wood Hassan to do all through 2 0 1 6.  Hassan, who has criticized Trump on the epidemic, refused Gatsas’ request. Also by the President’s side was Governor Chris Sununu.  He was one of five governors invited to the Oval Office because of the severity of the crisis in their states.  Following the declaration Sununu issued a statement...

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On Air News Read for October 26, 2017

The gloves stayed off in yesterday’s Grater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Mayoral Debate between Mayor Ted Gatsas and former Ward One Alderman Joyce Craig.  Craig stayed on the attack, blaming Gatsas for what she said were falling test scores and a growing opioid crisis.  Craig continued faulting  Gatsas for the loss of tuition revenue from surrounding towns and accused him of mismanagement on an epic scale. Gatsas highlighted the momentum the city’s gained on various fronts and touted successes in downtown redevelopment, Safe Station, M S T High School and the STEAM Ahead program, among others.  He praised the...

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On Air News Read for October 24, 2017

Governor Chris Sununu and New Hampshire Homeland Security Director Perry Plummer will officially send-off the donations collected during the governor’s Puerto Rico Aid Drive, which was held on October third and fourth.  You might recall that Sununu encouraged Granite Staters to leave food on the State House Lawn during those two days.  Well, a lot of folks left a lot of food.  Sununu and Plummer will be surrounded by nearly five hundred pallets of goods, FEMA trucks, and state employees at the Department of Transportation Warehouse on Stickney Ave.  There will, of course, be some speechifying before the stores...

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On Air News Read for October 23, 2017

The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee of the New Hampshire General Court has approved asking the federal government for a waiver that will allow the state to impose a work requirement on able bodied recipients of taxpayer provided health insurance through the Expanded Medicaid program.  H B 5 1 7, which was passed in 2 0 1 7, included a work requirement for any person covered by Expanded Medicaid and gave authority to the governor and the committee to approve the application.  If the waiver is not approved, the program will not been reauthorized beyond December 3 1st of next year. ...

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On Air News Read for October 20. 2017

The Smarter Balanced Assessment is gone!  That’s what the New Hampshire Department of Education basically said when it announced that American Institutes for Research will provide the statewide standardized assessments that will be used to see how kids in grades three through eight are doing in English and math and they’re doing in grades five, eight and eleven in science.  The S A T will remain the assessment for high school juniors. In a statement released by the department, Commissioner Frank Edelblut said he is confident that A I R will provide high quality assessments designed to meet the...

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On Air News Read for October 19, 2017

The Manchester Police Department has arrested another graffiti vandal and issued an arrest warrant for yet another as a result of it’s ongoing “Operation Grit.” Thirty four year old Kevin Burke of Nashua was picked up by officers Casey Seigle and Ryan Hardy on Monday, ironically, outside the Manchester District Courthouse.  Burke was released on fifteen hundred dollars cash/ surety bail and is scheduled to appear on October 31st.  The department said he’s caused more than five thousand dollars in damage to the properties he’s tagged and is asking for the public’s help to identify any and all properties where...

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