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Top Stories: The Widening Lyme Disease Debate; Our Annual Summer Books Show

Sara Plourde

The top stories of the week for June 24-30.

1.  The Widening Lyme Disease Divide

A series by Boston Globe reporter Beth Daley explores how the tick-borne illness, Lyme disease continues to spread across the Northeast, all while doctors are increasingly divided on treatments, and the public is in many cases bitterly frustrated by the medical establishment’s response and the lack of ready answers.

2.  Our Annual Summer Books Show

With warm vacations on our minds, we’ll look at some of the best reads for the longest days of the year. There are new fiction offerings from familiar names like Carl Hiaasen, Dave Eggers, Neil Gaiman and Joe Hill, the son of Stephen King.  Foodies will froth over the fact that Omnivore's Dilemma author, Michael Pollan is out with a new book on the transformation of food called Cooked.  And for those with New Hampshire pride, DaVinci Code author, Dan Brown is out with his new book, Inferno, while Pulitzer Prize winner and former Poet Laureate, Charles Simic is out with a half-century collection of his work.

3.  Quirk In Health Law Creates ‘Coverage Canyon’

At 60-years old, Wendy Rogers considers herself lucky. She’s healthy, her kids are grown. There’s just one thing that gets her down: health insurance. Rogers classifies herself as the working poor. She earns less than $11,000 a year, enough to qualify for fuel assistance and food stamps…but in New Hampshire, not Medicaid.

Credit Mountain View Grand Resort

4.  Sinks, Sofas, Spa Supplies Up For Grabs At Mountain View Grand Tag Sale

The Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield held a tag sale this past Sunday, looking to unload everything from sinks to sofas.

5.  Programming Changes Come To Midday

As you may recall, NPR announced in March that Talk of the Nation will cease production at the end of this month. As the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens. At NHPR, we have taken this opportunity to take a look at our entire weekday lineup, and challenged ourselves with some important questions.

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6.  PSNH Announces New Route For Northern Pass

PSNH has announced a new route for their controversial hydroelectric project. In the northern part of the state, the new route veers east from Pittsburg, Clarksville and Stewartstown to Dixville. Then, it drops south to Drummer in the middle of the state, before bending back west to Northumberland on existing rights of way.

Credit Sara Plourde

7.  The Search For The Next Big (Dog) Star

The musical “Annie” opened this Friday at the Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth…more than 60 dogs barked their way through an open audition for the role of Sandy, little orphan Annie’s loveable and loyal canine sidekick. Producer Zach Nugent went to the Sandy Search to get a look at the next big doggie sensation.

8.  Sturm, Ruger Announces Plans To Expand Out-Of-State

It’s been a busy few years for Sturm, Ruger…so much so, the company is looking to start another factory out-of-state. At Sturm, Ruger’s annual meeting in Arizona, President and CEO Michael Fifer announced the company’s plans to expand operations to a yet-to-be decided state.

9.  After A New Route What’s Next For Northern Pass?

After the announcement of Northern Pass’ new proposed route through Northern Coos - expected late this morning - the utility’s next steps will be to seek state and federal approval.

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10.  Carl Hiaasen

The #1 New York Times bestselling author is back doing what he does best: spinning a wickedly funny, fiercely pointed Florida tale in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of pristine land get their comeuppance in a mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.

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