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Top Stories: Trapped By Tolls; No Hint From Hassan On SB99

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The top stories of the week, for June 17-23.

1. Trapped By Tolls: Merrimack Hopes For Turnpike Freedom

Merrimack is a town trapped by toll booths. It’s a situation unlike any other in New Hampshire. The tolls are something Merrimack residents have – begrudgingly – come to accept as a part of life, but how did we get to this point?

2. As Northern Pass Opponents Worry, No Hint From Hassan On Whether She’ll Sign Senate Bill 99

Some Northern Pass opponents are hoping Governor Maggie Hassan will sign Senate Bill 99, which they think may complicate approval of the controversial hydro-electric project.

3. Top 5 Characters That Got “Gender Swapped”

After we explored the possibility of the next Doctor Who becoming a woman, we got to thinking about all the other characters we’ve come to love over the years that were supposed to be - or originally were - the opposite sex.

4. ‘Obamacare’ And Green Energy Bill Bound Together By Poison Pill Tactic

New Hampshire is one of only three states with a split legislature: Republicans control the Senate, Democrats the House of Representatives. The two bodies have shown an ability to work together on some issues this session, including business tax credits and limits on lead fishing tackle. But with the end of the legislative year fast approaching, inter-chamber gamesmanship is on the rise.

5. A Roundtable Of Granite Staters On The Turmoil In Turkey

Protests against the Prime Minister Erdogan continued last week after a violent crackdown sparked national protests. While some point to the Arab Spring as a comparison, a secular Turkey is its own special case. We took a look at what’s happening in the region, and implication for American foreign policy.

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6. Gold Panning The Wild Ammonoosuc

There’s buried treasure in the rivers and streams of New Hampshire.  22 carat gold to be precise. While it’s very high quality, it’s also very low quantity.  Experienced New Hampshire prospectors say that even though there isn’t much to find, it’s not hard to find.

7. ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ Bus Tour To Make Stop In Concord

A nationwide bus tour organized by the gun control advocacy group Mayors Against Illegal Guns made a stop in Concord Tuesday evening. Gun violence prevention advocates rallied in front of the State House, as part of the "No More Names" bus tour.

8. Civil Air Patrol: Wings Over New Hampshire

With hurricane season ramping up and fire danger decreasing, New Hampshire’s Civil Air Patrol is beginning to switch roles.

9. Budget Deal Funds LCHIP, Raids Renewable Energy Fund

A big priority for environmental groups – The Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, or LCHIP – has survived through budget negotiations. But that win comes at the expense of a raid on funds set aside for renewable energy development.

10. Effects of “Sibling Aggression” On Kids Can Be Significant

Siblings fight. Almost any family with children knows this- and yet what we know about the effects of that fighting may be changing. A new study from the University of New Hampshire shows that sibling aggression may leave deeper marks on children than we’ve previously understood.

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