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Top Stories: 10 Breakthrough Technologies For 2013; Sign Language Puts Some Grads On Path To Jobs

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Amanda Loder

1. 10 Breakthrough Technologies For 2013…According To MIT

Every year, the MIT technology review publishes a list of ten breakthrough technologies. From health care to environmental sustainability to consumer electronics, the list covers at it all. Here to discuss this year’s picks was Brian Bergstein, deputy editor of the MIT Technology Review.

2. Sign Language Puts Some N.H. College Grads On Path To Job Security

Nine UNH-Manchester students are graduating this year with degrees in American Sign Language Interpretation.  The college hosts one of just 13 accredited programs in the country.  And given the high demand for interpreters, these newly-minted grads will likely find secure employment.

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3. Invasive Beetle Survey Finds Infestation Along Merrimack River

A survey is now underway in Concord, to determine how far an infestation of invasive beetles has spread. The Emerald Ash Borer has been detected in trees up and down the Merrimack River in Concord. But so far the survey has not found any of the pests outside of a six-mile radius of the city.

4. Dartmouth Cancels Classes In Response To Hate Speech

For the first time in six years, Dartmouth canceled classes in the arts and sciences last Wednesday. The College administration instead scheduled what it calls a “Day of Reflection and Understanding” after threatening messages were left for some students on an anonymous online discussion board.

5. Sometimes A Long And Scary Wait: Getting A Trooper In The North Country

The scared woman sitting at “Response to Sexual and Domestic Violence,” a women’s shelter in Coos County, hasn’t heard Gov. Hassan talk about the need for more troopers in the North Country: “I have heard of people in the North Country waiting for more than an hour for the nearest trooper to arrive. This is simply unacceptable,” Hassan told a group in Millsfield recently. She said her budget – now being considered by the legislature - would add fifteen new troopers statewide. But the woman sitting at the Response office knows all about the terror of desperately needing help and not getting it.

6. N.H. Family Injured In Marathon Blasts Recovering, Know Lives Are Changed

Ronald and Karen Brassard of Epsom were among the nearly 200 people injured when two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. They were there with their daughter, Krystara Brassard, a student at Northeastern University, who was also injured in the blasts.

7. Union Leader Outsourcing Printing, Pressmen To Be Laid Off

Thirty-four pressmen at the New Hampshire Union Leader will lose their jobs after the newspaper stops printing its own paper in June. The state’s largest newspaper reported last week that it entered into an agreement with Seacoast Media Group to print its paper in Dover. As a result, the pressmen will be laid off, as well as some part-time mailroom workers.

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8. For Artist, ‘Draw New Hampshire’ A Trip Down Memory Lane

New Hampshire is already small, but for artist Sue Anne Bottomley, everyone's practically a neighbor. Or they are since the New London woman spent the last two years visiting each town with the goal of drawing pictures of all of them. Bottomley has produced a blog called Colorful Journey where she displays her drawings and tells each town's tales.

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9. Stabilizing The Suncook: Pacifying A River Run Amok

Since 2006 the Suncook River has been on a different course: it jumped its bank in the Mother’s Day flood, and the state has been trying to stabilize it ever since. Now as part of a recent fine for filling wetlands, a gravel company will give the project 8,000 tons of stone for the project. But this is only part of a continuing effort to live next to a changing river.

10. Indictments Reveal Details About Alleged Murder Of UNH Student

Prosecutors say they now have a clearer picture of what happened to University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth Marriott, who has been missing and presumed dead last October.

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