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A Regional Approach to New Hampshire

New Hampshire has always had an independent streak which continues down to its most local way of governing. Each small town with its own select-board, police and fire departments and with its own school district.  But now that Granite State's population has grown to over 1.3 million, many question whether a town by town form of government still works and if a regional approach might be better and a more economically viable way of doing business. Some towns have already been trying to consolidate but in a state known for its independent streak, it hasn't always come easy.  Today we explore the idea of regionalism in New Hampshire.


We'll also hear from 

  • Bruce Dyke - Chairman of the Suncook Valley Regional Association
Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.
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