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DMV Lifts Temporary Ban On New Vanity Plates http://nhpr.org/post/new-rule-nh-dmv-lifts-temporary-ban-new-vanity-plates <p>New Hampshire drivers can once again get new vanity plates, now that the state's Division of Motor Vehicles has put into place a new rule guiding which plates it will reject.</p><p></p><p>The state had put a temporary halt on issuing vanity plates, following a state Supreme Court ruling in May found the DMV’s old rule barring plates that may be offensive was too vague.</p><p>The new rule is more specific.</p><p>For example, the state will now reject vanity plates that contain profanity, references to violence, or illegal activity.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:48:36 +0000 Michael Brindley 51869 at http://nhpr.org N.H.'s Gas Tax Increase: Where Your Money Is Going http://nhpr.org/post/nhs-gas-tax-increase-where-your-money-going <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As you're paying more at the pump today, you may be wondering where all that extra money is going.</span></p><p>New Hampshire's 4.2 cent increase to the state's gas tax goes into effect July 1.</p><p>The increase, the first since 1991, is expected to generate an additional $32 million annually for the state's Department of Transportation.</p><p>The legislation that enacted the increase mandates that 42 percent of that money go towards bonding for the widening of Interstate 93.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:08:05 +0000 Michael Brindley 51135 at http://nhpr.org N.H.'s Gas Tax Increase: Where Your Money Is Going Tentative Agreement On 10-Year Highway Plan Reached http://nhpr.org/post/tentative-agreement-10-year-highway-plan-reached <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Legislative negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on a 10-year highway plan for New Hampshire.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 20:00:11 +0000 Associated Press 49076 at http://nhpr.org Tentative Agreement On 10-Year Highway Plan Reached NHPR News Primer: N.H.'s Cell Phone Ban http://nhpr.org/post/nhpr-news-primer-nhs-cell-phone-ban-0 <p>Gov. Maggie Hassan is expected to sign legislation making it <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/ban-hand-held-cellphone-use-while-driving-heads-governors-desk">illegal to use a hand-held cell phone</a> while driving or stopped in traffic.</p><p>The bill, passed by the New Hampshire House last week, represents “the most comprehensive distracted driving bill in the nation,” according to legislative testimony from Earl Sweeney, assistant commissioner of public safety.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 20:31:04 +0000 Brian Wallstin 48363 at http://nhpr.org NHPR News Primer: N.H.'s Cell Phone Ban News Primer: N.H.'s Cell Phone Ban http://nhpr.org/post/news-primer-nhs-cell-phone-ban <p>Gov. Maggie Hassan is expected to sign legislation making it <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/ban-hand-held-cellphone-use-while-driving-heads-governors-desk">illegal to use a hand-held cell phone</a> while driving or stopped in traffic.</p><p>The bill, passed by the New Hampshire House last week, represents “the most comprehensive distracted driving bill in the nation,” according to legislative testimony from Earl Sweeney, assistant commissioner of public safety.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:41:21 +0000 Brian Wallstin 48362 at http://nhpr.org Distracted Driving In N.H. http://nhpr.org/post/distracted-driving-nh <p>The legislature looks at limits on texting and talking while behind the wheel.&nbsp; We’re looking at the current bill in New Hampshire, and some of the research and debate on this issue nationally.</p><p><strong>GUESTS:</strong></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 44951 at http://nhpr.org Distracted Driving In N.H. Gearing Up For Another Gas Tax Debate http://nhpr.org/post/gearing-another-gas-tax-debate <p>New Hampshire Transportation Commissioner Christopher Clement has long pointed out that when it comes to our infrastructure, we’re not doing too well. Nearly 40% of the state’s roads are considered in poor condition, and almost one hundred and fifty bridges are red listed. Although Clement remains ‘revenue agnostic’ over where the funding comes from, others have a clear idea: raising the gas tax, which hasn’t been raised in New Hampshire in over twenty years.&nbsp; Supporters say this would be the most comprehensive and fair solution. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 42175 at http://nhpr.org Gearing Up For Another Gas Tax Debate The Sidebar: N.H. Legislators Will Make Another Run At Raising Gas Tax http://nhpr.org/post/sidebar-nh-legislators-will-make-another-run-raising-gas-tax <p>A year after failing to agree on how to pay for a long list of road and bridge improvements, lawmakers will take another shot at bolstering the state’s chronically underfunded infrastructure this session.</p><p>Several bills are on the table, including one that would channel proceeds from a casino into the state’s highway fund.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Wallstin 42045 at http://nhpr.org The Sidebar: N.H. Legislators Will Make Another Run At Raising Gas Tax N.H. Roads: How Did We Get Here? http://nhpr.org/post/nh-roads-how-did-we-get-here <p>As discussed on The Exchange <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/legislative-roundtable-look-ahead-2014">this morning</a>, the state legislature is gearing up once again for a debate about <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/senate-transportation-chair-proposes-gas-tax-hike-boost-infrastructure-funding">raising the gas tax.</a> One big issue behind the debate is the deteriorating state of New Hampshire's roads.</p><p>Here is a look back at some reporting&nbsp;on the issue by Emily Corwin last spring, including this video explainer, and below, five reasons our roads are deteriorating.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 17:14:41 +0000 Emily Corwin & Faith Meixell 41309 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Roads: How Did We Get Here? Icy Roads Lead To Accidents, Road Closures http://nhpr.org/post/icy-roads-lead-accidents-road-closures <p>Some areas of New Hampshire are dealing with icy road conditions, as freezing rain continues through the morning.</p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:54:15 +0000 Michael Brindley 41299 at http://nhpr.org Spaulding Turnpike's Exit 3 Closing For Two Weeks In January http://nhpr.org/post/spaulding-turnpikes-exit-3-closing-two-weeks-january <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The New Hampshire Department of Transportation says it will close the Spaulding Turnpike Exit 3 southbound off-ramp in Newington for two weeks in January.</p><p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:24:51 +0000 Associated Press 40787 at http://nhpr.org Merrimack Town Councilors Vote In Favor Of Suing State Over Toll Booths http://nhpr.org/post/merrimack-town-councilors-vote-favor-suing-state-over-toll-booths <p></p><p>Town councilors in Merrimack have voted in favor of pursuing a lawsuit against the state in an attempt to get relief from toll booths.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:46:10 +0000 Michael Brindley 38327 at http://nhpr.org Merrimack Town Councilors Vote In Favor Of Suing State Over Toll Booths House Committee Rejects Bill To Remove Merrimack Toll Booth http://nhpr.org/post/house-committee-rejects-bill-remove-merrimack-toll-booth <p></p><p>A House committee has voted unanimously to reject the latest effort to remove at least one of the toll booths along the F.E. Everett Turnpike exit ramps in Merrimack.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 15-0 vote came during a Public Works and Highways committee meeting on Wednesday.</span></p><p>Former Senate President Peter Bragdon sponsored the bill, which would have removed the ramp tolls at Exit 12.</p><p>But committee members say the issue should instead be discussed as part of the state’s 10-year highway improvement plan.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:54:25 +0000 Michael Brindley 37337 at http://nhpr.org House Committee Rejects Bill To Remove Merrimack Toll Booth New Hampshire Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshire-transportation-commissioner-chris-clement <p>We sit down with New Hampshire Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement.&nbsp; It’s been a busy summer for him.&nbsp; He’s overseen the celebrated opening of the Memorial Bridge…and continues to search for money…to complete the widening of I-93.&nbsp; Meanwhile, there’s talk of freight rail expansion in the North Country…and new passenger airline service coming to the Seacoast.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Christopher Clement </strong>- Commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.</li></ul> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 33729 at http://nhpr.org New Hampshire Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement Video - N.H. Roads: How We Got Here http://nhpr.org/post/video-nh-roads-how-we-got-here <p>As lawmakers consider raising the state's gas tax, you may be wondering: <em>are</em> New Hampshire's roads getting worse? <em>Why</em> are they getting harder to pay for? And, does it <em>really</em> matter if we have a few more potholes?</p><p>NHPR's newsroom answers those questions in this animation:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ixdVjgqAdiw?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 03:12:35 +0000 Emily Corwin & Sara Plourde 24820 at http://nhpr.org