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Top Stories: Summer Books 2012, What's in Your Water? High Arsenic in 1 out of 5 NH Wells
A roundup of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and StateImpact - NH website.
- The Exchange: Summer Books 2012 The Exchange takes a look at the books you’ll want to take with you to the beach the mountains, or just as your lounging in your backyard for the summer of 2012 .
- Environment: What's in Your Water? High Arsenic in 1 in 5 NH Wells The Department of Environmental Services is encouraging well owners to test their water for arsenic, but unlike municipal water supplies, testing isn’t mandatory. And colorless, odorless contaminants abound in the Granite State.
- NH News: Future Of 'Bike Week' Relies On New Marketing Once upon a time, Laconia Bike Week was a rowdy affair with a lot of drinking and wild behavior. As a Laconia Police Sergeant Mike Finogle explains, the police don’t worry as much as they used to: these days the attendees are more likely to be laid back retirees than raucous rabble rousers.
- The Exchange: What's Next For Northern Pass? A new study questions the need for Northern Pass’s hydropower, given low natural gas prices. Meanwhile, there’s been activity on land purchases in the North Country that could connect the dots for the project’s final route.
- NH News: Questions Remain Following Hepatitis C Outbreak At least 19 patients in the Exeter Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab are suspected of contracting hepatitis C while undergoing medical procedures. Officials aren’t commenting on specifics, but sources say the likely cause of the infections is drug diversion by a low-level hospital employee.
- StateImpact: Another Tax On Campgrounds? Taxing campgrounds is a divisive issue. In July 2009 the New Hampshire legislature extended the meals and rooms tax to campgrounds — but then repealed that tax nine months later. It had been met with too much opposition, and had failed to produce the expected revenue. Yesterday, the Concord Monitor ran a story about seasonal tenants returning to campgrounds to find a new tax — a property tax, this time — awaiting some, but not all, campers.
- StateImpact: If Affordable Care Act Remains Intact, N.H.'s "One-Stop Shop" Will Be Run By Feds Remember back in 2009 and 2010 when President Obama would talk about that “one-stop shop” piece of his health care bill, in which health insurance customers could go to a single place to view a comparison of health insurance plans’ costs and benefits? Should that piece of the Affordable Care Act remain intact after the Supreme Court hands down its decision on the ACA’s constitutionality this month, New Hampshire will be forced to implement a federally-run health insurance exchange, in accordance with the federal legislation. That’s as of June 18, when Governor Lynch signed HB 1297 into law. HB 1297 prohibits the state of New Hampshire from setting up a state-run health insurance exchange. New Hampshire is one of only three states to pass such legislation — already 16 other states have established or plan to establish state-run health insurance exchanges.
- Word of Mouth: Who is Tim Scott? Last week our intern Emma Ruddock brought seventeen year-old singer-songwriter Tim Scott to our studio, and right away we recognized a rare talent in the shy high-schooler from Milford, New Hampshire.
- North Country: Four Motorcyclists Die In One Day With Laconia Bike Week underway four motorcyclists were killed in separate crashes Friday including one in the North Country, according to news releases from the state police.