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Welcome to New Hampshire Outlook. I'm Allison McNair.
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This week, Amanda Bortner appears in court for a pre trial hearing in connection with her daughter's death.
She's the mother of Kassidy, the 21month old girl who died in November of 2ooo - as a result of child abuse.
Last month, Amanda Bornter's boyfriend was convicted of second degree murder in the case.
Even though one trial is over - some questions remain. The Division of Children, Youth and Families received a phone call about Kassidy nine days before her death, yet there was no follow-up face to face meeting with the family. Last week, Nancy Rollins, director of DCYF told Foster's Daily Demcrat that under-staffing delayed investigation of Kassidy's case. We asked her why.
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If you suspect a child is being abused, you can call this number 1- 800-894-5533.
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The Granite State can't prosper if it doesn't invest in children. That's according to the New Hampshire Child Advocacy Network. Monday - it said its number one priority is ensuring children have an adequate education.
The organzation wants child advocates to make issues education and affordable housing, campaign issues, so they will be addressed by politicians.
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Most people know that whenever there's any kind of emergency, they should call 911. But most don't know that the system is a fairly recent development. And within the system are many issues that mean the service you get depends on where you live. Producer Richard Ager takes a look at how EMS is being delivered, and how the continuing role of volunteers is being shaped by developments in technology and medicine.
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soundup: Portsmouth tape 1 20:38 "What's the plan here? We taking her out that door?"
Track: For years now, firefighters in Portsmouth have spent most of their time dealing with non-fire emergencies.
Soundup: Portsmouth tape 1 01;19:55 Jaws sawing on car "Almost got it."
Track: These firefighters are also paramedics or EMTs - emergence medical technicians. They drive an ambulance and their tools now include the Jaws of Life, syringes and heart monitors, along with axes, ladders and hoses.
soundup: Portsmouth tape 2 02:24:49 ** "Ya - go to the front of the building - get up on the second floor…"
Standup: Even 20 years ago, a typical response to an accident or emergency was an ambulance driven by someone who knew first aid. That person would provide some limited care, load you in the ambulance, and drive as fast as possible to the nearest hospital.
Track: That began changing in the 70's as the federal government recognized the need for better emergency responses. And some of the tools emerged from the Vietnam war.
Bite: Pixley tape 4:16 Many times throughout history, unfortunately, wars have produced positive changes in our healthcare system. So if you think about the development about antibiotics for example, is a place where war really drove the development of a useful tool for medicine. And soldiers coming back from Vietnam had been exposed to medics the importance of urgent care on the scene. But also to the concept of rapid transport - specifically the concept of helicopter transport, the first war where helicopters were widely used.
Track: Seven years ago, Dartmouth-Hitchcock began its helicopter ambulance service. The first year, it made 300 flights. Last year, it made 700. It is difficult to calculate the number of lives the quick flights saved.
Bite: Steve Pixley tape 13:10 I think every person in the air medical field has a gut feeling that we make a difference in at least half of the cases. But putting that into scientific evidence is difficult indeed.
Track: The evidence is clear that paramedics and EMTs with greater medical training and more advanced tools have transformed the trauma system.
Soundup: Portsmouth tape 3 03:06;00 ** entering hospital -
Track: The Portsmouth EMS Units will respond to over 6,000 calls this year. Like most urban departments, it does not use volunteers.
Bite: Portsmouth tape 3 03:19:08 It's one of those hot issues that you can't - you just take sides - obviously I'm on the full time side since that's what I do for a living and if I come out and say volunteers can do it all, then I'm out of a job. But I don't think they can. So, having full-time coverage is the best way to go since you know you're guaranteed that someone is going to show up.
Bite: Legislature tape 14:08;10 If you ask me that question, I'd be happy to have anybody come and help me.
Track: As the state coordinator of EMS, Suzanne Prentiss spends much of her time working on ways to assist the 62% of New Hampshire EMS units that rely on volunteers.
Bite: Legislature tape 14:01:54 Where we're seeing a problem in NH - and this is true nationwide - especially during the daytime, where careers have taken people from their communities and actually they're working outside their communities. We have less and less people available to respond, unless they're responding from a business, to come from their home during the daytime because they're someplace else working or they're home with children. That's what's been increasing the response time and making it more difficult to meet the golden hour.
Standup: The golden hour is the critical period following the trauma - when medical care must begin. Every delay in response cuts into that hour.
Track: In 1996, with response times becoming a problem, the town of Lancaster hired Tom Blanchette as it's first full-time EMS director.
Bite: Lancaster tape 1 01;14:35 It was getting to 10-15 minutes before the truck could get out the door, because they were waiting for someone to get over here, or get out of work, close their shop or whatever to get the call.
soundup: Lancaster tape 2 02:02:21:38 ** "They are advising that the patient fell at around quarter to five this morning. They just found her. Unknown conscious and breathing."
Track: Now it takes less than 3 minutes to get an ambulance on the road - and about 12 minutes to get to the call. Respectable numbers, considering the Lancaster department covers 3 towns in New Hampshire and 5 towns in Vermont. It does so with 3 full-time members and 43 volunteers.
Bite: Lancaster tape 1 01:28;38 I get the satisfaction that I'm helping people. I know that I'm helping my neighbor - caring for them and I'm being there when they need help.
Track: And by helping others, volunteers can also help themselves. At 15, Glenn Brady joined the national ski patrol. He later worked as a paramedic, both in college and full time. It was an experience that shaped his career choice.
Bite: Glenn Brady tape 02;02:56 I found that I enjoyed working with people in a team atmosphere and I enjoyed the medical profession. I enjoyed the physiology of the human body and how the body responds to accidents and illness and injury and I liked the fact that I was able to take someone who is in need whose body wasn't able to cope with the situation and help them through that situation.
Track: Brady went on to medical school and is now in his final year of residency training in anesthesiology at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He doesn't have the time to go out on EMS calls any more, but he remains involved.
Bite: Glenn Brady tape 2:14:45 I am a member of the National Ski Patrol, and I do point of service patient care on the ski slopes of New Hampshire. This weekend, I'll be skiing with my fanny pack, and all my tools of the trade. So I'll do that, and I do get out and work with EMT's and medics and first aid-ers, and I'll be on the street so to speak. But I spend a lot of my time teaching, at this point I think I that can impact more patients by teaching EMTs and paramedics to be better EMT's and paramedics. I think I can help more people that way.
Track: Statewide training programs and a unified 911 system that channels all emergency calls through Concord have helped rural and volunteer departments keep up with the pace of change. And whether volunteer or full-time, EMS providers share pride in their work.
Bite: Portsmouth tape 3 03:23:54 When people have a problem, they call us, whatever the problem. And we show up and find a solution.
Bite: Lancaster tape 1 01:30:01 When you're in the mud, and the water's freezing cold, and you're getting rained on - but you're there with people you can trust and really trust your life to; it really means a lot.
Bite: Lancaster tape 1 01:22:00 I think it is important for people in NH to understand if it is not a paid full time staff; it's always a professional staff. Whether it is the guy down the street that pumps your gas or the guy that cooks your food at the restaurant, or the receptionist down the road, all these people are part of the system, and just because they don't jump out of the truck in shinny new uniform doesn't mean they aren't professionals. All of NH should really give thanks to the volunteers and the employers who let them go, if it wasn't for them letting the volunteers go we'd be really strapped.
Soundup: Lancaster tape 3 02:24;50 Siren on - in ambulance - radio chatter "Okay 14-10"
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Tomorrow, we will be looking at
New Hampshire's trauma system - how hospitals respond once the emergency response team get the patients through the door.
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Economic indicators on nearly every important sector of the economy will be released this week, from the consumer to the foreign markets.Economists are saying the new data should confirm Alan Greenspan's view that, while the economy is getting better, the recovery faces significant risks.
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That was evident of wall street today.The Dow Industrials fell for a sixth straight session and hovered at its lowest level in four weeks, closing at 98-hundred 91. The Nasdaq closed below the 2,000 level for the first time in nearly two weeks to end the day at 19-hundred 90.
Dow Jones Industrials\9891.42\-96.11\NYSE\579.04\-3.63\AMEX\829.79\-4.28\Nasdaq\1990.74\-31.72\S&P 500\1138.41\-7.19\Wall Street\
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Here's a look at stocks of interest to New Hampshire investors. Bottomline Technologies was down a dollar- eighty- one. Tyco International jumped two-dollars and fifteen cents.
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New Hampshire's economy was on the menu Monday at the Economic Forecast Luncheon in Manchester.
keynote speaker- Cathy Minehan, President and C-E-O of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston told a group of over 200 Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce members that she remains optimistic that the state's economy and the U-S banking system will stay strong.
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The American economy has had to absorb some extraordinary shocks in the past year or so, and has done so in remarkable fashion, even in the wake of the tragedy on September 11th. There is much that is good news in incoming economic data- glimmers of hope form manufactures, and a slowing in the pace of job losses just name a couple. And the new year has brought with it a surge of optimism. but in the midst of this optimism its good to remember that risks remain and some caution is in order.
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Winter has arrived. Katie Koster has details from the Mount Washington Observatory.
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Mount Washington Observatory\Monday On The Summit\Freezing fog, light snow showers\High: 14 degrees\Peak gust: NW 86 mph\Visibility: 100 ft to 50 miles
Overnight\North\Thickening clouds\Light snow by dawn\Lows: 13 -18 \Winds: Light and variable
Overnight \South\Cloudy\Light snow toward morning\Lows: 20 - 28
Tuesday\North\Occasional light snow \Accumulation 1 - 3 inches\Highs: 30 to 38 \Winds: Light and variable
Tuesday\South\Light snow turning to rain\Highs: 33 - 38\Winds:East 5 - 10 mph
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This week the legislature takes up the issue of gambling in the granite state. There are several bills on the docket. Here is a sampling of the hearings in this week's legislative calendar.
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Off Track Wagering\Ways and Means Tuesday 9:30 AM LOB Room 201 HB1239
Video Lottery at Racetracks\Ways and Means Tuesday 10:30 AM LOB Room 201 HB1353
Casino Gambling Study\Ways and Means Tuesday 11:30 AM LOB Room 201 HB1282
Casino to Fund Education\Ways and Means Tuesday 9:30 AM LOB Room 201 HB1362
NH Native Rules\Judiciary Wednesday 10:30 AM LOB Room 208 HB1165
IP Land Project\Resources Recreation and Develop. Wednesday 2 PM LOB Room 304
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That's it for this edition of our program. For all of us here at New Hampshire PBS, I'm Ally McNair. Thanks for joining us. We'll see you next time on New Hampshire Outlook.
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