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Top Stories: Kayaker Who Died Was With National Whitewater Organization, Toxic Perfumes and Colognes

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A list of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire.

1) North Country: Kayaker Who Died Was Official With National Whitewater Organization  The kayaker who died recently in the Franconia Notch State Park was the Northeast Stewardship director for the American Whitewater organization. Lincoln police chief Theodore Smith identified him as Alan Panebaker, 29, of Montpelier, Vermont.

2) Blogs: Toxic Perfumes and Colognes  The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that, while many popular perfumes, colognes and body sprays contain trace amounts of natural essences, they also typically contain a dozen or more potentially hazardous synthetic chemicals, some of which are derived from petroleum.

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3) North Country: Back-to-Basics Flying Over The North Country    To some powered-parachutes are the purest way of flying, short of being hatched. And a group of power-parachute pilots gathered recently in the North Country for some of that back-to-basics flying.

4) North Country: Six Injured In Crash In The North Country   A single-car crash Friday night in Littleton injured six people, two of them seriously, said Littleton police chief Paul Smith. Smith said the accident occurred just past 11 p.m. on Route 135 just north of its intersection with Interstate 93. Several people were thrown from the vehicle. All six occupants were injured.

5) Elections 2012: Who Built What? Diving Deeper Into This Season's Campaign Rhetoric When StateImpact reporter Emily Corwin set out to understand what the slogan 'we built this' means for business and the economy in New Hampshire, she thought she’d find a lot of disagreement. But in the end – it didn’t work out that way.

6) The Exchange: Free-Range Kids! The author of Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) says that today’s hovering, hyper-safety-conscious parents are doing their children no favors.

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7) StateImpact: State Workers: Overpaid, Underpaid, Or Just Right? Public and private workers in New Hampshire are among the most evenly compensated, finds a new report from the right-leaning Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW).

8) StateImpact: It's All Relative: Economic Growth In N.H. Slows Compared To Neighboring States   New Hampshire’s economic strength relative to its neighbors has declined over the last year – and over the last decade.

9) North Country: AMC Says Northern Pass Would Have "Visual Impact" On 95,000 Acres  A new study by the Appalachian Mountain Club says the towers for the Northern Pass hydro-electric project would “visually impact” about 95,000 acres in the state. That includes about 3,000 acres in the White Mountain National Forest and 9,000 acres around Concord. In all 23 towns from Whitefield south to Deerfield would be affected by the towers.

10) The Exchange: New Challenges For Charter Schools   The New Hampshire Board of Education recently announced a moratorium on aid to state-approved charter schools, a stunning development for their supporters. The state says there’s just no money there, raising questions about the future of this alternative source of public education in the Granite State.

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