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10:49 am
Thu June 20, 2013

N.H. Senators Call On State Department To Renew Efforts to Find Missing Journalist

Credit Nicole Tung, courtesy FreeJamesFoley.org.

U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen are calling on the State Department to renew efforts to find a freelance journalist from New Hampshire who went missing seven months ago.

James Foley was last seen in Syria on Nov. 22.

That’s when family members from Rochester say he was kidnapped by gunmen.

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Senators Ayotte and Shaheen urged the state department to use "every resource and means available to find him."

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North Country
10:08 am
Thu June 20, 2013

North Country Events

The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS

Whitefield Thursdays 6 PM through August 29 - acoustic and vocals

Whitefield Mondays 7 PM through August 5 - town band

FARMERS MARKETS

Lancaster Saturdays 9AM-noon through October 12

Bethlehem Saturdays 10 AM-2 PM through October 12

Littleton Sundays 10 AM-1 PM through October 1

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NH News
5:38 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Hooksett Welcome Center Upgrades Get Green Light

An artist's rendering of the new Hooksett Welcome Center.
New Hampshire Department of Transportation

The Executive Council signed off Wednesday on the redevelopment and upgrade of the Hooksett Welcome Centers on I-93.

The deal includes a 35-year lease agreement with Granite State Hospitality to oversee the design, construction and operation of the new facilities.

The project’s centerpiece – two 36,000 square foot buildings, one on each side of the highway, replacing the current state liquor store and rest stop facilities.

Each building will house new Common Man restaurants, an expanded state liquor store and wine outlet, a convenience store, and a visitor center.

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Business and Economy
5:26 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

N.H. Companies Pitch Air And Space Products At Paris Air Show

Staff from the state’s Division of Economic Development along with five New Hampshire small businesses are drumming up sales at the 50th International Paris Air Show this week. 

It’s been thunder storming in Paris  – that’s the word from the state’s Division of Economic Development. Two of their staff are attending the Paris Air Show this week along with five New Hampshire companies: Corfin in Salem; Transupport in Merrimack; TechResources of Milford; Wire Technologies of Lisbon and RDF Corp of Hudson.   

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All Things Considered
5:18 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Effects of "Sibling Aggression" On Kids Can Be Significant

Corinna Jenkins Tucker says society looks at fights between siblings differently than those between classmates - but aggressive behavior in either case can leave kids stressed.
Credit meaganmakes via Flickr/Creative Commons - http://www.flickr.com/photos/meaganmakes/6980624734/in/photostream/

Siblings fight. Almost any family with children knows this- and yet what we know about the effects of that fighting may be changing.

A new study from the University of New Hampshire shows that sibling aggression may leave deeper marks on children than we’ve previously understood.

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NH News
5:17 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

State Employees May Get First Raise In Five Years This July

State employees may be getting their first raises in 5 years, after labor unions reached tentative agreements with the state Tuesday night. 

Wages will rise 1.5 percent this July, then 2.25 percent in both 2014 and 2015.  But, workers will have to contribute to their dental plans, and pay a gradually increasing health insurance deductible.

That is: IF union leadership signs off on the agreements. State Employees Association president Diana Lacey says the master bargaining team will present the agreement to her union’s leadership Thursday night:

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North Country
5:08 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Civil Air Patrol: Wings Over New Hampshire

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

With hurricane season ramping up and fire danger decreasing, New Hampshire’s Civil Air Patrol is beginning to switch roles.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

On a morning early in May Civil Air Patrol 2875 is about to leave the runway at Mount Washington Regional Airport in Whitefield.

Sound of pilots going through a checklist.

“Electrical equipment is off. Avionics switch one and two, off…”

The Civil Air Patrol is a non-profit corporation created by Congress that also serves as an auxiliary to the Air Force.

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NH News
4:44 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Community College Adjunct Professors Claim State Stonewalling Contract

Adjunct professors working in New Hampshire’s community colleges are asking the state’s labor board to intervene in negotiations on a union contract.

The move comes after two years of failed negotiations.

The State Employees Association filed an unfair labor practice petition this week on behalf of the adjunct professors.

It accuses community college system officials of obstructing negotiations on a first contract with the union.

Craig Lange is an adjunct professor in Nashua.

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NH News
2:57 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Dodgeball Ban Overturned in Windham

Windham school officials have overturned a decision made earlier this year to ban ‘human target sports,’ including dodgeball.

School board members are allowing these sports back into the curriculum with modifications.

The ban in Windham was prompted by parents’ concerns that these types of games would encourage bullying at the middle school level.

However, its passage generated controversy both locally and nationally.

Windham Superintendent Henry LaBranche says when the sports come back in the fall they will be different.

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NH News
10:54 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Autopsy Shows Nashua Elderly Couple Stabbed To Death In Home

Police are asking for the public’s help as they investigate the murder of an elderly couple in Nashua.

Autopsy results released Wednesday show that William and Eleanor Grant were stabbed to death in their Newbury Street home.

Their bodies were discovered Monday.

Attorney General Joe Foster says their deaths have been ruled homicides.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Nashua Police Department.

Health
10:08 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

House and Senate Each Offer Deal On Expansion, But No Compromise In Sight

Leaders in the Democratically-controlled New Hampshire House are seeking to cut a deal with Senate Republicans that would expand the state’s Medicaid program.  But hours after receiving the proposal Tuesday, members of the upper chamber said they can’t move forward with the plan, and offered their own course of action.

Medicaid expansion remains a key sticking point as lawmakers seek to finalize the state’s next budget by Thursday’s deadline.

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NH News
4:44 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Senate And House Negotiators Agree On New Womens Prison

Outside the women's prison in Goffstown
Credit Emily Corwin

  Negotiators for the House and Senate reached an agreement Tuesday on a $125 million capital budget which includes $38 million for a new women’s prison. 

The new women's prison is slated to be built in Concord, behind the current men’s prison.

Commissioner Wrenn with the Department of Corrections has sought a new women's prison for the last four state budgets. But this year, he says, he had the support of Governor Hassan, and both chambers.

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Business and Economy
4:38 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

N.H. Unemployment Rates Decrease

Numbers from the state show that unemployment in New Hampshire have fallen to 5.3 percent.

In the past, rates dropped because people seeking work stopped applying for jobs.

But this time, economist Annette Nielsen of the NH Employment Security says there has been job growth.

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NH News
3:03 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Deal On Medical Marijuana Wins Hassan's Support

At issue for Governor Hassan was a provision in the House version of the bill that would allow qualifying  patients to grow their own marijuan. Hassan also didn’t like that the House wanted to permit doctors to prescribe cannabis to treat PTSD.

The N.H. Senate had removed both provisions from the its version bill at Hassan’s behest, and House negotiators say under the circumstances going along made sense. Concord Democrat Jim McKay is Chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee.

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NH News
5:31 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Strafford County Superior Court Rules Against Education Tax Credit Provision

The Strafford County Superior Court ruled Monday that part of the education tax credit law passed last year is unconstitutional.  The court concluded that the privately raised scholarships amount to public funds.


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