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Top Stories: More Details On Balsams Renovation; NH Nanobrewery A Big Name In Small Scale Beer

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1. North Country: More Details On Balsams Renovation And A Step Forward

When the $30 million renovation of the Balsams Grand Resort is complete it will look a lot like the old grand hotel but will feature much-needed modern amenities making it far nicer for guests and a lot  cheaper to operate.

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2. All Things Considered: New Hampshire Nanobrewery A Big Name In Small Scale Beer

Recently Bon Appetit magazine posted a list of its 10 Favorite US nanobreweries – those are very small-scale commercial breweries that produce fewer than 2000 barrels a year. On that top 10 list? Throwback Brewery in North Hampton, New Hampshire.

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3. Business & Economy: Granite Staters Commute Longer Than Most, Paying Quarter Billion In Income Taxes To Massachuetts

At 6:15 every morning, Christine Suchecki leaves her house in Windham, NH, and spends the next hour and twenty minutes driving almost 40 miles to her job as a nurse in Boston. Her husband drives in a similar direction, to Waltham, MA. Suchecki and her husband are among the more than 80,000 Granite Staters who commute down to Massachusetts each day for work. In fact, only people traveling between Maryland and DC commute across state lines more than Granite Staters.

4. The Exchange: UNH President, Mark Huddleston

After years of dealing with state budget cuts, now UNH President Mark Huddleston is hoping his school will receive more funding.  We talked about that, as well as pressure on him to keep costs down, and some major ongoing initiatives at UNH, including a focus on sustainability.

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5. NH News: Sugaring: The Sweetest Science

Maple Weekend began Saturday, March 23rd in New Hampshire, and that means Sugar Houses in the state are open to the public with boiling sap and sweet syrup to sample.  And syrup producers around the state say they are hoping for a strong season this year.

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6. NH News: Capturing Love

In 2005, photographer Thea Dodds was hired to shoot a wedding in Massachusetts. She spoke to the prospective bride on the phone and drove down to meet the happy couple. "I didn’t even know before I met them that it was a same-sex wedding." That two-brides, no-groom job led to other same-sex weddings. And as she gained more experience, Dodds began to realize that she was falling into the same trap.

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7. Education: As N.H. Drops GED, Students Urged To Complete Program

New Hampshire became the third state in the country to announce it will no longer use GED Testing Services for its high school equivalency exams. Beginning in 2014 , the state is moving to Educational Testing Service, also known as ETS. And instructors are urging the more than 1,400 adult learners in the state to finish their GED exams before the end of the year.

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8. Environment: Keeping Connected: Preserving North Country Wildlife Corridors

The Northern Woods contain a lot of the animals that are symbolic of New Hampshire: bobcat, otter, black bear, fishers, and porcupines to name a few. Many of these animals are mostly found up north because they need a lot of space to move around. One project is trying to come up with a plan to make sure that movement can continue.

9. NH News: Interim LGC Chief Vows To Get Organization “Back On Track”

After Maura Carroll's sudden departure from the Local Government Center last month, former Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner George Bald took over.  By shifting the LGC toward greater transparency, refocusing on customer service, and repairing the bitter relationship with its regulator, Bald hopes to overhaul the culture of the embattled organization.  And put its years-long legal troubles to rest.

10. The Exchange: A Granite State Take On The National Gay Marriage Debate

As the U.S. Supreme court hears two cases concerning same-sex marriage this week, we’ll get reaction from New Hampshire people involved in this issue.  Our state is among the nine which allow same-sex couples to marry.  We talked with those involved in making this happen and those who believe it was the wrong choice.

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