Local http://nhpr.org en N.H. Small Claims Courts Piloting Online Programs http://nhpr.org/post/nh-small-claims-courts-piloting-online-programs <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Small claims courts in two New Hampshire communities are going paperless.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The courts in Concord and Plymouth are switching to electronic filing and processing on Wednesday.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:50:27 +0000 Associated Press 52820 at http://nhpr.org Upper Valley Manufacturer Is Hiring, And Training, Many http://nhpr.org/post/upper-valley-manufacturer-hiring-and-training-many There are signs that after years of decline, <a href="http://www.bcg.com/documents/file84471.pdf">manufacturing is making a comeback in the United States</a>. One global company based in the Upper Valley has been adding so many workers so fast that it’s had to create its own on-site academy.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/vpr/audio/2014/07/vpr-news-job-training-hypertherm-20140729.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><a href="https://www.hypertherm.com/en-us/">Hypertherm</a>, in Hanover, makes high-tech machines that use laser and water to cut metal. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:49:00 +0000 Charlotte Albright 52784 at http://nhpr.org Upper Valley Manufacturer Is Hiring, And Training, Many Market Basket Customers Support Boycott, Shop Elsewhere http://nhpr.org/post/market-basket-customers-support-boycott-shop-elsewhere <p></p><p>Employees at Market Basket supermarkets across New England have entered their fifth week of protesting the ousting of former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. While workers continue to attend their shifts, customers are encouraged to boycott the chain by shopping elsewhere. Facing depleted shelves and <a href="http://www.boston.com/business/news/2014/07/25/thousands-rally-again-support-arthur-demoulas/jFpng4KXvMtVPCRBEpAN7K/story.html">“Save Artie T.”</a> fervor, Concord shoppers are forgoing Market Basket bargains in favor of pricier groceries.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:01:31 +0000 Halina Loft 52757 at http://nhpr.org Market Basket Customers Support Boycott, Shop Elsewhere N.H. Farmers Markets See Spike As Market Basket Protests Continue http://nhpr.org/post/nh-farmers-markets-see-spike-market-basket-protests-continue <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Market Basket customers look for other options for their produce, New Hampshire’s farmers markets are getting a bump in business.</span></p><p>Jane Lang runs the farmers market in Salem and says she saw a definite spike this past weekend.</p><p>“There was actually a 15-car backup of cars waiting to get into the farmers market. It was unbelievable.”</p><p>Lang is also the president of the New Hampshire Farmers Market Association.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:39:47 +0000 Michael Brindley 52753 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Farmers Markets See Spike As Market Basket Protests Continue Garden Weeds: Be Vigilant And Get Them While They're Small http://nhpr.org/post/garden-weeds-be-vigilant-and-get-them-while-theyre-small <p></p><p>Last week we talked with Cornish resident and gardening guy Henry Homeyer about bugs—more specifically bugs in the garden. Henry writes a weekly column for several newspapers around New England, and this week is tackling another bane: weeds. Let’s find out how he deals with them.</p><p></p><p>Want to learn more about Henry? Click <a href="http://www.gardening-guy.com/" target="_blank">here</a> to read his blog.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:07:11 +0000 Rick Ganley 52699 at http://nhpr.org Garden Weeds: Be Vigilant And Get Them While They're Small New Law Demands Transparency From Politically-Active Nonprofits http://nhpr.org/post/new-law-demands-transparency-politically-active-nonprofits <p>Governor Maggie Hassan signed a bill into law late last week requiring nonprofit organizations that engage in political activities to report their expenditures.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In essence, the new law requires nonprofits that spend more than $5000 a year on political advocacy – to register with the Secretary of State, and report expenditures.</span></p><p>Derek Dufresne with the conservative advocacy group, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, says the law merely protects incumbents from criticism.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:38:43 +0000 Emily Corwin 52718 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Liquor Sales Hit Record Levels http://nhpr.org/post/nh-liquor-sales-hit-record-levels <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The New Hampshire Liquor Commission reports liquor sales reached a record six hundred twenty six million dollars in the past fiscal year.</p><p>Joseph Mollica, the Chairman of the liquor commission, credits the 4% increase in sales to customer service training and innovative marketing campaigns.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:47:59 +0000 Ryan Lessard 52716 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Liquor Sales Hit Record Levels Initiative Aims To Bring More Lawyers To 'Heaven' Of Rural New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/initiative-aims-bring-more-lawyers-heaven-rural-new-hampshire <p>We’ve talked for many years about how some rural areas of New Hampshire are in short supply of some services that are prevalent elsewhere. For example, there are some parts of the state without broadband internet access. Rural areas may not have access to the same types of health care and this includes legal services as well. Some counties have populations of lawyers that are graying but not growing. The new president of the New Hampshire Bar Association, <strong>Lisa Wellman-Ally</strong>, is launching an initiative aimed at recruiting lawyers to practice in underserved areas. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:28:50 +0000 Brady Carlson 52582 at http://nhpr.org Initiative Aims To Bring More Lawyers To 'Heaven' Of Rural New Hampshire Hassan Vetoes Workplace Anti-Bullying Bill http://nhpr.org/post/hassan-vetoes-workplace-anti-bullying-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill she called “well-intentioned” aimed at protecting public employees from bullying in the workplace. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:11:36 +0000 Amanda Loder 52692 at http://nhpr.org Hassan Vetoes Workplace Anti-Bullying Bill Merrimack Seismograph Registers High On The Interest Scale http://nhpr.org/post/merrimack-seismograph-registers-high-interest-scale <p></p><p>While New Hampshire may not be known for earthquakes, the town of Merrimack is now host to the <a href="http://www.merrimack.lib.nh.us/news/seismograph.shtml" target="_blank">Granite State’s first seismograph available for public use</a>.</p><p>Library Director Yvette Couser got her introduction to earthquakes about two years ago.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Michael Brindley 52643 at http://nhpr.org Merrimack Seismograph Registers High On The Interest Scale Holderness 'Thank A Vet' BBQ A Draw For Republican Primary Hopefuls http://nhpr.org/post/holderness-thank-vet-bbq-draw-republican-primary-hopefuls <p></p><p>The “Thank a Vet” barbeque in Holderness Saturday drew several Republicans vying for their party’s nomination in the upcoming September primary. &nbsp;</p><p>Among them was former New Hampshire U.S. Senator Bob Smith, who’s running to get his old seat back.</p><p>Smith has yet to release fundraising figures, but he says his campaign is doing fine.</p><p></p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:44:50 +0000 Michael Brindley 52641 at http://nhpr.org Holderness 'Thank A Vet' BBQ A Draw For Republican Primary Hopefuls Lebanon N.H. Named A 'Top 10 Small Town' http://nhpr.org/post/lebanon-nh-named-top-10-small-town <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Lebanon has been named a "Top 10 Small Town" by a website that looks at small- and mid-sized communities.</span></p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:33:41 +0000 Associated Press 52636 at http://nhpr.org Lebanon N.H. Named A 'Top 10 Small Town' Giving Matters: Immigrant Literacy Connects Cultures and Generations http://nhpr.org/post/giving-matters-immigrant-literacy-connects-cultures-and-generations <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.5pt; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The New Hampshire Humanities Council’s <a href="http://www.nhhc.org/Connections.php" target="_blank">Connections </a>program is an adult literacy program that aims to develop communities of readers. Hari Sharma, who is originally from Bhutan, joined Connections via his ESOL class.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;min-height:16.0px">&nbsp;</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 04:04:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter 52523 at http://nhpr.org Giving Matters: Immigrant Literacy Connects Cultures and Generations Law Barring Out-Of-State Students From Voting Ruled Unconstitutional http://nhpr.org/post/law-barring-out-state-students-voting-ruled-unconstitutional <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A New Hampshire judge has struck down a law requiring out-of-state students to establish legal residency before being allowed to vote.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:34:48 +0000 Brian Wallstin 52590 at http://nhpr.org Law Barring Out-Of-State Students From Voting Ruled Unconstitutional Fired Seabrook Officers Plan To File Grievances http://nhpr.org/post/fired-seabrook-officers-plan-file-grievances <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Two Seabrook police officers who were fired after they were caught on tape roughing up a suspect at police headquarters are planning to file grievances.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:34:11 +0000 Associated Press 52575 at http://nhpr.org