Top Stories: Battle Of The Nations; The Little Newspaper That Could

May 20, 2013

Credit Taylor Quimby

1.  Battle of the Nations

Battle of the Nations is an international event held annually since 2009 – this year in the medieval walled city of Aigues-Mortes in the south of France.  About five-hundred men from twenty-two countries competed in what is part historic re-enactment, and part full contact sport.  Wearing full medieval armor and using blunted period weaponry, participants hack, slash, and wrestle opponents to the ground in events ranging from one-on-on, to dueling groups of twenty-one each.

Credit Sean Hurley

2.  The Little Newspaper That Could

While most newspapers are downsizing, outsourcing, assimilating or outright folding, there’s a newspaper in the North Country that’s flourishing. Two weeks ago the Colebrook Chronicle opened a new business office in downtown Colebrook. As Sean Hurley reports, business at the Chronicle has never been better.


3.  6 Trailer Parks In Super Posh Locales

Our story on trailer parks got the Word of Mouth team dreaming about the perks of living in a home on wheels. Here's our list of some of the nicest mobile home parks in the best locations. Because even in the world of mobile real estate, it's all about location, location, location.

4.  Forty Years After A Murder, New Twist Could Set Man Free

On the night of February 27th, 1971, dressed in a vintage fur coat, Susan Randall, met up with a friend for pizza. Randall’s body would be found two days later, thrown from a bridge onto the frozen Merrimack River in Concord. The state would spend months gathering evidence it said squarely pointed to a Massachusetts carpenter: Robert Breest. But now, newly found DNA evidence suggests there may be more to the story.

5.  Can Stay Work Play Save The Day?

Started in 2009, Stay Work Play is an initiative aimed at attracting and retaining young adults in the Granite State.  But New Hampshire’s demographic is still among the oldest in the nation.We looked at this effort and how it’s going, also what obstacles those who want to “stay, work, and play” face, from high housing costs to lack of nightlife.

6.  More Open Road Tolling

Three years after introducing open road tolling at the Hampton toll plaza on Interstate 95, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation is nearly done converting the Hooksett plaza on I93. Bill Boynton, spokesperson for the DOT, joined Morning Edition's Rick Ganley to explain the benefits and what drivers can expect.

7.  Keene Sues ‘Robin Hood’ Group That Fills Parking Meters, Videotapes Officers

The city of Keene filed a lawsuit this month against a group of people they say are harassing officers handing out parking tickets. They call themselves Robin Hood of Keene. They fill parking meters set to expire and videotape officers as they fill out parking tickets. But city officials say the group has been harassing the parking enforcement officers.

8.  For Northern Pass Crossing Conservation Land Would Mean A Long And Rocky Legal Road

In 2003 state and federal officials, a private land owner and conservation groups created a conservation easement to protect about 146,000 acres in northern Coos County from development. It is called the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters and some opponents of Northern Pass fear the utility hopes to cross it to send hydro-electric power south from its partner – Hydro-Quebec.

9.  Commissioner Says Money Will Put ‘Flesh On The Bones’ Of Health Exchange Outreach Effort

State officials continue to press for action on $340,000 in federal money meant to help implement the health exchange in New Hampshire. Speaking to the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee, Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny repeated the need for quick acceptance of the grant money. Sevigny says the money would help "put flesh on the bones" of his Department's effort to help consumers understand the new health law.

10.  An Alarming Rise In Food Allergies

A recent report by the Center for Disease Control shows a huge jump in the number of American kids with food and skin allergies. Some are so severe, they’re life-threatening.  There are several theories about why this is happening, including the proliferation of anti-bacterial soaps.  We talked about that, and why advances in treatment has been so frustratingly slow.