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Top Stories: Copper Cannon's Free Summer Camp; Doctor Shortage Could Impact Medicaid Decision

Sean Hurley

1. Copper Cannon’s Free Summer Camp

Copper Cannon Camp is tucked away in Franconia Notch on 128 acres of White Mountain National Forest.  In some ways a typical overnight camp with sing-a-longs at night and archery during the day, Copper Cannon is unusual in one respect.  As Sean Hurley reports, it's one of only a handful of co-ed camps in the country that's absolutely free for kids of low income families.

2. Potential Doctor Shortage Could Impact Medicaid Expansion Decision

If you’ve got health insurance, you know it can be hard to get a routine doctor’s appointment.

Representative Neal Kurk (R-Weare), who sits on the commission studying a possible Medicaid expansion, worries it could get harder.

Credit Logan Shannon / NHPR

3. We Are Literally Obsessed With Contranyms

The recent outrage over Google providing the WRONG—in our humble opinion—definition of literally as a viable one, got the digital team thinking about other words whose meanings have changed over time. These so called ‘Janus Words’ or ‘contranyms’ are single words that have two opposite, but ostensibly correct, meanings.

Credit Erik Eisele

4. Hundreds Gather To Honor Life Of Fallen Fish And Game Officer

Funeral services for a conservation officer who died recently drew hundreds to North Conway. Police, firefighters, the governor, state officials and others went to celebrate the life of Sgt. Brian Abrams.

5. Northern Pass Says State Could Overrule Forest Society Land Claims

In what appears to be a groundbreaking  tactic Northern Pass says it plans to ask the state’s Site Evaluation Committee to give it permission to bury its transmission lines on roadside property that the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forest says it controls.

6. Critics Say Sen. Bragdon Serving As Head Of LGC A Conflict Of Interest

The Local Government Center has a new executive director – to the surprise of many, it’s Senate President Peter Bragdon, a Milford Republican. But Bragdon’s initial decision to fill both roles raised questions about whether doing so creates an unusual conflict of interest.

7. Building A Family, One Mountain Climb At A Time

In 2011, author Dan Szczesny and his wife unexpectedly became caretakers to two nine-year-olds. One of them, a girl named Janelle, joins Dan on a quest to hike the New Hampshire mountains known as the “52 with a view.” That quest is the basis for Dan’s book The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie.

8. State Health Officials Announce Launch Date For Medicaid Managed Care

Medicaid Managed Care is a go. That’s the message from the Department of Health and Human Services, after the three managed care organizations were able to show their provider networks can meet the needs of the state’s Medicaid patients.

9. Dartmouth Backtracks On Tengatenga Appointment

The appointment of Malawi bishop Dr. James Tengatenga as dean of Dartmouth College’s Tucker Foundation has been rescinded, amid criticism of Tengatenga’s previous statements against homosexuality.

10. Re-Inventing The North Country

For a century, the North Country was dominated by the wood, pulp and paper industry. Today, those sectors have almost died out and now many see the region in the midst of an economic makeover, moving away from its paper past.  But what that future should look like is a still huge discussion…is it tourism, high-tech, manufacturing, government, or “all of the above”?

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