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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 

    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Public News Service - New Hampshire

PHOTO: Record increases in heroin and opiate abuse have had wide-ranging effects on New Hampshire families in 2014. Photo credit: Psychonaught/Wikimedia Commons.

CONCORD, N.H. – The numbers tell the story. In the past decade, the Granite State has seen a 90 percent increase in people seeking state-funded treatment for heroin abuse, and a fivefold increase for prescription opiate abuse. Carol Sobelson, a clinical social worker and board member with ...Read More

Public News Service - NH

PHOTO: The New Hampshire Community Loan Fund is one of 10,000 nonprofits and organizations worldwide participating in #GivingTuesday. You can get involved by making a donation or just spreading the word. Credit: from

CONCORD, N.H. - It's a global day dedicated to giving back, and New Hampshire nonprofits are among the 10,000 organizations worldwide that will take part tomorrow in Giving Tuesday. Julie Eades, president with the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, says the day was started to balance out all the sho...Read More

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PHOTO: A new poll finds 66 percent of Granite State voters want to see Senator Jean Shaheen support legislation to address the effects of climate change. Photo credit: U.S. Senate.

CONCORD, N.H. - Fresh off the midterm elections, a new poll finds broad support among Granite State voters - regardless of political stripe - for lawmakers to take action on climate change. Melissa Williams, national political director with the Sierra Club, says no matter which party those polled i...Read More

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PHOTO: Are seniors the new economic powerhouse? Research shows New Hampshire residents over age 50 are driving half the state's economic growth and supporting more than half of its jobs. Photo credit: Chalmers Butterfield/Wikipedia

CONCORD, N.H. - You may be surprised to learn the Granite State residents most likely to have a bit of silver in their hair are also among the main drivers bringing a silver lining to New Hampshire's economy. That's according to a new report from Oxford Economics. Todd Fahey, state director for AA...Read More

Public News Service - NH

PHOTO: American Diabetes Month finds 77,000 people in the Granite State checking their blood sugar and living with diabetes. Credit: C.D.C.

CONCORD, N.H. – November is American Diabetes Month, and 2014 finds a growing number of people in the Granite State living with the disease. Chris Boynton, executive director of the American Diabetes Association of New England, says the latest numbers show 29 million Americans with diabetes,...Read More

Public News Service - NH

PHOTO: A new Annie E. Casey Foundation report finds New Hampshire could produce better outcomes for tens of thousands of low income families by taking a two-generation approach to poverty. Credit: @mlcliff

CONCORD, N.H. - A two-generation approach, is what a new report says is needed to help New Hampshire families and others across the nation break the cycle of poverty. Ellen Fineberg, executive director with New Hampshire Kids Count, says the report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation recommends be...Read More

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PHOTO: Three groups are suing the FDA over their approval of new combinations of growth enhancing drugs to be administered to millions of animals raised for food, including pigs. Photo courtesy Humane Society of the United States.

NASHUA, N.H. – Pharmaceuticals – they’re what's for dinner. And three groups in the U.S. are suing the federal government over the drugs. The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), United Farm Workers of America and the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit in San Francisco ove...Read More

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PHOTO: As political pundits analyze the impact of the midterm election, political insiders are gearing up for the 2016 elections. Photo credit: @mlcliff

CONCORD, N.H. - After enduring months of campaign ads, Granite Staters are waking up today and learning how the candidates and issues they favored in this midterm fared. But today barely marks a break in the action for political insiders, as they start ramping up for the 2016 presidential election....Read More

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