Top Stories: The Alzheimer's Café; Fiscal Cliff Deal Means No Health Insurance Co-op In N.H.

Jan 14, 2013

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1. Health: The Alzheimer’s Café: Unforgettable Therapy

Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia can be devastating illnesses for not only the patient, but for the caregiver. It strips away memory…sometimes dignity…and can isolate even an extrovert over time.

There’s no cure for the brain disorder, but now, some are finding relief through regular gatherings at The Alzheimer’s Café

2. Health: Fiscal Cliff Deal Means No Health Insurance Co-op In N.H.

New Hampshire will not receive federal financing for a health insurance co-op because of the deal made to avert the fiscal cliff. The nation’s health care law sets aside $6-billion to help fund new non-profit, customer-owned insurance plans. But that funding was cut off last week.

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3. Education: On The Road To Better Teacher Evaluations

The Department of Education is set to release the culmination of three years of work. It’s a model system of how the DOE recommends schools should evaluate their teachers. New Hampshire schools are free to do what they will with those recommendations… for now.

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4. Environment: The White Mountains: Training Ground For The Greats

Conditions in New Hampshire’s White Mountains are notoriously harsher than their altitude suggests. But for World Class mountaineers this makes the Whites a perfect training ground.

5. Word of Mouth: 10 Monster Trucks With No-So-Tough Names

Sean Hurley's story on Monster Trucks got us thinking about all those awesome Monster Truck names, like Gravedigger and Big Foot. Anyone with a TV knows those names sound great with heavy metal and lots of reverb designed to make us run (NOT WALK!!!) to the arena on Sunday (SUNDAY, SUNDAY!!!) So we were  surprised to find so many Monster Trucks have names that are...well...kind of lame.

6. All Things Considered: A Puzzling, Tragic Turn For Bedford Family Involved In November Home Invasion

Police in Bedford have been investigating a home invasion in November, in which Eduardo and Sonia Quesada were attacked and robbed by an unknown individual.

And on January 7th, a puzzling and tragic new development: authorities found Sonia Quesada dead and her husband Edward, unconscious.

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7. The Exchange: Grappling Over Gun Laws

We wrap up our three-day series on possible lessons from the Newtown shootings, with a look at some of the battles brewing over gun control and gun rights. President Obama has said he’ll do what it takes to curb gun violence. And lawmakers here in the Granite State are gearing up to take on such gun-related issues as the state’s Stand Your Ground law.

8. The Exchange: Possible Lessons From Newtown: Mental Health

Though it’s unclear what motivated the shootings, many say mental health care can be a line of defense in preventing tragedies. But in the Granite State, these services have been cut and a new report says the system is in “crisis”. As part of a three day series on possible lessons from Newtown, we look at the conversation around mental health.

9. Health: Mental Health Advocates Say State Is Offering Band-Aids, Not Solutions

Advocates for mental health services say the state’s plan to re-open 12 beds at New Hampshire Hospital doesn’t go far enough to improve care. Representatives from more than a dozen organizations gathered today in Concord, and described a system stretched beyond its limits.

10. Writers On A New England Stage: Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling author of Collapse and Guns, Germs, and Steel, takes the stage to discuss his latest foray into a field he has made his own -- a biological analysis of human history.