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Top Stories: Gubernatorial Forum On Healthcare, State Workers: Overpaid, Underpaid, Or Just Right?

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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.

2) The Exchange: Gubernatorial Forum On Healthcare  On Oct. 1, Gubernatorial candidates sat down for a special health care forum. Democratic contender Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne join us to discuss where they stand on everything from the expansion of Medicaid, to the hospital tax to how they might address the issues of mental health, preventative care and substance abuse if elected.

3) 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). Still, the report shows, the New Hampshire’s public sector pays on average, $4.51 more, per hour, than the private sector.

4) Word of Mouth: Downton Abbey's New England Connection  American audiences will have to wait until January before the popular drama, Downton Abbey returns to PBS. Meanwhile, New Hampshire has its own peculiar connection to the masterpiece classic, detailed in a new exhibit at the Porstmouth Athenaeum,  Downton Abbey: The Porstmouth Connection.

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5) North Country: Edgar Allan Poe: In October Coming To A Library Near You   One hundred and sixty-three years after his death, New Hampshire is aiming its literary spotlight on Edgar Allan Poe. Throughout October libraries around the state are encouraging people to get acquainted – or perhaps reacquainted – with one of the masters of horror.

6) North Country: Six Injured In Crash In The North Country   A single-car crash on the evening of Sept. 28 in Littleton injured six people, two of them seriously, said Littleton police chief Paul Smith. The accident occurred just past 11 p.m. on Route 135 just north of its intersection with Interstate 93. The driver of a 2012 Toyota Camry lost control and the vehicle “left the road and collided with a telephone pole, which caused the vehicle to roll over several times.” Several people were thrown from the vehicle.

7) StateImpact: Starting A Business: The New Retirement?  We all know that Americans are living and working longer. According to AARP, only 13 percent of Americans expect not to return to work after they hit “traditional retirement age.” But just as Americans are able and wanting to work longer — the recession has left many aging adults out of work. And those older adults are having a harder time returning to work than their younger counterparts, says the Government Accountability Office.

8) The Exchange: Bishop Peter Libasci Of The Diocese Of Manchester  Nearly one year after Bishop Peter Libasci took over as head of the Diocese of Manchester, we talk with him about what he hopes to achieve as leader of more than a quarter million New Hampshire Catholics.

9) Elections 2012: St. Anselm Students Tune In To Presidential Debate   About 50 students and faculty members gathered at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm’s to watch the debate.

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10) Elections 2012: Latest Granite State Poll Predicts Democrats Taking State House And Senate  The latest WMUR Granite State Poll predicts that if the election were held tomorrow, New Hampshire Democrats would win a majority in the State House and the Senate.