Newscast http://nhpr.org en Veterans Group Raises Money For Special Housing At Dartmouth http://nhpr.org/post/veterans-group-raises-money-special-housing-dartmouth <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A nonprofit group is raising money to buy a home for veterans who attend Dartmouth College. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Project </span>VetCare<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Inc. has received an anonymous pledge of $375,000 toward the home's $475,000 purchase price and is hoping to raise the rest by May 31. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:05:02 +0000 Associated Press 46282 at http://nhpr.org N.H. House Committees To Hold Hearing On Raising Gas Tax http://nhpr.org/post/nh-house-committees-hold-hearing-raising-gas-tax <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The House highways and tax committees are holding a joint hearing next week on a proposal to raise the tax on gas and diesel by 4 cents. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hearing will be held Tuesday. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Senate-passed bill would provide more money over the next two years for highway improvements, then take some of the tax proceeds to pay off $200 million in borrowing toward completion of the I-93 project. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:00:50 +0000 Associated Press 46281 at http://nhpr.org N.H. House Committees To Hold Hearing On Raising Gas Tax Amid Settlement Battle With Regulators, HealthTrust Announces $13.9M Refund http://nhpr.org/post/amid-settlement-battle-regulators-healthtrust-announces-139m-refund <p>Communities that carry <a href="http://www.healthtrustnh.org/" target="_blank">HealthTrust</a> insurance for public workers could split $13.9 million following a vote by the program’s board of directors. &nbsp;In an <a href="http://www.healthtrustnh.org/Resources/ViewDocument/857" target="_blank">announcement</a> late Tuesday afternoon, HealthTrust noted that the refund was bigger than expected. &nbsp;The money comes from another risk pool, <a href="http://www.healthtrustnh.org/Coverage#pl" target="_blank">Property-Liability Trust</a>. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:26:26 +0000 Amanda Loder 46054 at http://nhpr.org Amid Settlement Battle With Regulators, HealthTrust Announces $13.9M Refund Fish And Game To Offer Free Turkey Hunting Workshop http://nhpr.org/post/fish-and-game-offer-free-turkey-hunting-workshop <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A free workshop covering the basics of hunting wild turkeys is being held by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department next month in </span>Holderness<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;Dave Priebe, a hunter education instructor and Quaker Boy Turkey Calls pro staff member, will cover the basics of turkey hunting, turkey calling and turkey hunting safety at the event on Saturday, April 19. The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:36:43 +0000 Associated Press 45876 at http://nhpr.org State To Hear Complaint Against Anthem ACA Plans http://nhpr.org/post/state-hear-complaint-against-anthem-aca-plans <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire's Insurance Department will hear a complaint about the exclusion of a hospital from the network of providers covered under the Affordable Care Act. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A patient at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester says Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's network is inadequate because it does not include Frisbie. Sixteen hospitals are in the network; 10 are not. Anthem has said the "narrow'' network keeps costs down and the state insurance department determined the network meets adequacy standards. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:34:18 +0000 Associated Press 45875 at http://nhpr.org Lawmakers Consider Ban On Sex Offender Residency Restrictions http://nhpr.org/post/lawmakers-consider-ban-sex-offender-residency-restrictions <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire lawmakers are considering whether to bar municipalities from limiting where the state's more than 2,500 registered sex offenders can live after recent court rulings said the restrictions are unconstitutional. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;The House passed a proposed ban by a vote of 231-97 in February.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The bill now moves to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it faces an uphill battle. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:30:06 +0000 Associated Press 45874 at http://nhpr.org Senate To Hold Hearing On Cell Phone Ban While Driving http://nhpr.org/post/senate-hold-hearing-cell-phone-ban-while-driving <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A New Hampshire Senate panel is holding a hearing next week on a measure to ban the use of hand-held </span>cell phones<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> while driving. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The House-passed bill also bans all </span>cell phone<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> use by minors behind the wheel. The bill doesn't apply in an emergency. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The ban would apply while drivers are stopped temporarily, such as at a red light, but not if they have pulled over and stopped off the road. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:25:37 +0000 Associated Press 45873 at http://nhpr.org Senate To Hold Hearing On Cell Phone Ban While Driving More Closures As Work Extended On Memorial Bridge http://nhpr.org/post/more-closures-work-extended-memorial-bridge <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Memorial Bridge that connects New Hampshire and Maine is closing overnights for an additional five days for adjustments. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bridge that runs between </span>Kittery<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Maine and Portsmouth, N.H., will be closed to all traffic --vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian --from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Sunday. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The closures are necessary to make adjustments to the guide rail on the towers. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 15:20:44 +0000 Associated Press 45143 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Man Pleads Guilty To Receiving Stolen Lobster Traps http://nhpr.org/post/nh-man-pleads-guilty-receiving-stolen-lobster-traps <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 11px;">A Bedford, N.H., man charged with possessing 49 stolen lobster traps, including some owned by a fisherman who died last summer, has pleaded guilty to several crimes and more than 100 violations.</span></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:29:01 +0000 Associated Press 44898 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Man Pleads Guilty To Receiving Stolen Lobster Traps Missing N.H. College Student Found Dead In Rome http://nhpr.org/post/missing-nh-college-student-found-dead-rome <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Italian railway police say a college student from New Hampshire who was missing for two days in Rome had been hit by a train. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Police didn't release the identity of the student whose body was found in a rail tunnel Thursday. But Trinity College Rome Campus officials said Saturday the student was Bates College junior John Durkin. The 21-year-old from Rye, N.H., was in a study abroad program. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Durkin had last been seen around 2:30 a.m. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 18:24:09 +0000 Associated Press 44012 at http://nhpr.org Application Period Open For N.H. High School Short Film Festival http://nhpr.org/post/application-period-open-nh-high-school-short-film-festival <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The New Hampshire Film and Television Office is accepting submissions for this year's high school short film festival. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Created in 2007, the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival is open to students enrolled in grades 9-12 at New Hampshire public or private high schools; homeschooled students ages 14-18 are also eligible. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>To be considered, a film cannot be longer than seven minutes, including titles and credits. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 16:36:42 +0000 Associated Press 43263 at http://nhpr.org NH Public Healh And Disaster Preparedness Improving http://nhpr.org/post/nh-public-healh-and-disaster-preparedness-improving <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A national report says New Hampshire has made progress toward building and strengthening its abilities to prepare for a public health emergency. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;Being prepared to prevent, respond to, and recover from all types of public health threats, such as disease outbreaks, chemical &nbsp;releases, or natural disasters, requires that public health departments improve and maintain their capabilities in surveillance and epidemiology, laboratories, and response readiness. Sun, 02 Feb 2014 20:06:12 +0000 Amanda Loder 42869 at http://nhpr.org State Reps Float Bill Allowing Voters To Select "None Of The Above" On Ballot http://nhpr.org/post/state-reps-float-bill-allowing-voters-select-none-above-ballot <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill that would add the option of choosing "none of the above'' on New Hampshire ballots seems like a quintessential proposal for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state that prides itself on having discerning voters. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;But the measure's sponsors say it's probably doomed, with one acknowledging it would be humiliating for a candidate to be defeated by no one rather than an actual opponent. &nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Keene Rep. Sun, 02 Feb 2014 20:03:18 +0000 Associated Press 42868 at http://nhpr.org UNH To Host Chinese New Year Celebration http://nhpr.org/post/unh-host-chinese-new-year-celebration <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of New Hampshire is getting ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year: the Year of the Horse. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The UNH Confucius Institute is holding two nights of performances starting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday Jan. 29 and 30. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of the </span>Jilin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> National Orchestra, Shanghai </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Academy, Foremost Art Troupe, and the Central Music Conservatory of China are performing. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:15:14 +0000 Associated Press 42459 at http://nhpr.org CDC Gives N.H. Low Marks On Some Vehicle Safety Laws http://nhpr.org/post/cdc-gives-nh-low-marks-some-vehicle-safety-laws <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says New Hampshire has scored well overall in 10 areas of prevention, such as food safety and reporting infections, but it has room for improvement. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A report rates the states on each of them with a green, yellow or red mark. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The state got green ratings for food safety, preventing health care-associated infections, HIV testing laws and data reporting. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:13:40 +0000 Associated Press 42454 at http://nhpr.org