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Top Stories: Gun Owners Cite Constitutional Rights In Objection To Open Carry Bill; The Ice Harvest

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1. NH News: Gun Owners Cite Constitutional Rights In Objection To Open Carry Bill

Gun owners came out to the capitol in force Thursday to object to a bill that would make it illegal to open carry a pistol or revolver in a public building without a permit.

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2. Environment: Reaping What Winter Sows: The Ice Harvest

Camp Rockywold-Deephaven is a rustic retreat on the North end of Squam Lake. For one-hundred and fifteen years, the camp has been cutting and storing ice from the Lake to keep food cold in their old-fashioned ice boxes.

3. The Exchange: How Much Energy Is Too Much Energy?

Vermont editor Tom Butler says no matter how energy efficient we become, there’s a limit to our consumption, even with renewable green sources. Instead, he says, we must recognize the true costs of our relentless search for resources to power perpetual growth.

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4. Health: Mental Health Math Doesn’t Add Up For Hospitals

In the world of health care economics, some conditions are profitable…and some aren’t. Mental illness, especially crisis care, often falls into that second category. That’s led many hospitals in New Hampshire to cut back on services.

5. The Exchange: “Constitutionally Speaking” … About The Second Amendment

It’s relatively short, only twenty-seven words, but long on controversy.  And it’s recently resurfaced in our debates over gun rights and gun control.  We’ll pick apart the language of the second amendment with two constitutional scholars and examine what our founding fathers may have really meant, and how we look at it, in our time.

6. Environment: Wind Moratorium Proposal Splits Environmental Community

The controversy over the development of wind farms in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire has caused a split in the state’s environmental groups. That split was on display during a hearing over a proposed moratorium on wind development.

7. Education: N.H. House Votes To Repeal School Choice Tax Credit

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted, 188 to 151, to repeal the Education Tax Credit that took effect less than two months ago. The law grants an 85% tax credit to businesses that donate to scholarship organizations, which give the money to students going to a private school, an out-of-district public school, or home school.

8. The Exchange: Fretting Over The Farm Bill

Congress is in the midst of renewing this giant legislation, after missing its first deadline to do so.  And New Hampshire farmers are keeping an eye on this process, they want assurances a final measure won’t just favor big agribusiness, but also, the smaller farms prevalent in our region.

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9. NH News: At Liberty Forum, Making Sweets One Way To Exercise Your Freedoms

The Free State Project is holding its annual Liberty Forum at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua this weekend. At the forum, you see a lot of people expressing their passion for freedom. Some open carry firearms in holsters. Others proudly wear t-shirts bearing the slogan “Don’t Tread on Me.” Jillian Battey? She makes sweets.

10. Writers on a New England Stage: Dave Barry

The Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist joins us with his first solo adult novel in over a decade – the darkly comic Insane City. The book is a riotous tale of a destination wedding gone awry. Barry talks about the insane-ness of Miami as inspiration, and answers questions about his failed attempt at rock-stardom and whether it's advisable to transport a dead shark via commuter train.

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