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3:39 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

N.H. Man Charged With Investment Fraud

New Hampshire prosecutors say a Dover man pocketed nearly $300,000 investors gave him to buy and rehabilitate distressed properties.

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NH News
3:10 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Study: While State Aid Dwindles, Cities And Towns Rely More On Property Taxes

This chart from the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies shows the per capita spending for New Hampshire cities and towns from 2001 to 2011.
Credit Courtesy of New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies

A study released this week finds that in the past several years, less state money has gone to cities and towns.  

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North Country
10:28 am
Thu January 24, 2013

North Country Events

Compiled by Tova Cohen of Franconia

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

FAMILY GAME NIGHT, LITTLETON

Friday Jan. 25, 7-9 PM, Heald Room, Littleton Community Center, 1220 Main Street, Littleton, bring your favorite games and a friend!

ST. JOHNSBURY PLAYERS PRESENT CORMAC MCCARTHY'S SUNSET LIMITED

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NH News
8:05 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Sen. Ayotte Supports Pentagon Lifting Ban On Women In Combat

Sen. Kelly Ayotte
Credit Chris jensen for NHPR

  U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says she is pleased the Pentagon is lifting its ban on women serving in combat roles.

Ayotte, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says the announcement "reflects the increasing role that female service members play in securing our country.”

The decision overturns a rule enacted in 1994 by the Pentagon that kept women from serving in combat roles.

Ayotte says she has seen firsthand servicemen and women working together in a range of dangerous operations.

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All Things Considered
5:46 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Channeling Granny D: North Carolina Actress Portrays New Hampshire Activist

A hat-shaped party favor at a Granny D Remembrance Day event at the State House, March 10, 2011.
Credit Josh Rogers, NHPR

This week marks what would have been the 103rd birthday of Doris Haddock, better known by the name Granny D.

She made national headlines in the late 1990’s for walking across the country, 3200 miles, to highlight the issue of campaign finance reform, just ahead of her 90th birthday.

Doris Haddock died in 2010 at age 100, but you might be able to hear her voice at a birthday party in her honor in Keene.

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NH News
5:35 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Counting The Homeless In The Cold

A team of outreach volunteers searches for the homeless in Manchester.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

On any given evening in Manchester, roughly 50 people sleep in hidden camps, under bridges, in cars and inside abandoned buildings. Despite the extreme cold, last night was no exception.

It was also the night a group of volunteers fanned out to count homeless people as part of an annual census. 

They gathered at Families in Transition, a homeless services agency.There’s coffee, donuts, and also detailed maps of Manchester, with yellow Post-its marking places where homeless people often sleep.

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NH News
5:04 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Man In Snowmobile Crash Dies After Night In Bitter Cold On Shelburne Trail

A 29-year-old Shelburne man has died after injuring himself in a snowmobile crash and spending Tuesday night in the bitter cold.

NH News
4:37 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Hassan Names Revenue Panel

Governor Maggie Hassan has named a team of experts to help her estimate revenues during the state’s budget process.

Hassan used her first executive order to create her Consensus Revenue Estimating panel. The panel’s charge is to periodically develop and refresh estimates of the money raised from state taxes and fees. 

Some states use such panels to set revenues used by budget writers; in N.H. that role is performed by lawmakers.

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NH News
3:02 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

N.H. Beer Industry Pushes Back On Proposed Tax Increase

  Opponents of a bill that would increase New Hampshire’s beer tax told lawmakers Wednesday that the move would harm an industry vital to the state’s economy.

New Hampshire-based beer manufacturers and industry advocates urged members of the House Ways and Means committee to reject the proposal. The bill would increase the tax on a gallon of beer at the wholesale level from 30 cents to 40 cents.

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NH News
11:41 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Manchester School Board On Track To Limit Class Sizes

Curriculum and Instruction Committee of the Manchester Board of School Committee.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

A Manchester School Board subcommittee has approved a policy restricting class sizes. And this could be the first step in resolving the school district’s overcrowding problem.

The school board’s curriculum and instruction subcommittee approved setting clear limits to class sizes.


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NH News
6:22 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

House Takes Up Repeal of 'Stand Your Ground'

If N.H.’s so-called stand your ground law were repealed, people would again have a duty to retreat before using deadly force to defend themselves or others.  House Majority leader, Steve Shurtleff of Concord, a former U.S. Marshall, is the repeal's lead sponsor.

"I don’t want to see us have an incident where someone is inadvertently killed because someone thought they were invoking their right under stand your ground."   

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Environment
5:44 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

N.H. Sees Drop In Toxic Emissions; PSNH Plant Big Driver

From 2010 to 2011 toxic releases from PSNH's Merrimack station saw a drop of nearly 40%. The plant had to be taken offline for part of the year while the scrubber was installed.
Credit Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA says that releases of toxic chemicals into the environment in New Hampshire were down in 2011. 

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Education
5:21 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Keene, N.H., Schools To Have Police Visits

The police department and school district in Keene, N.H., are starting a program to have police officers visit the schools on a random, but daily, basis as part of their regular patrols.

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NH News
5:19 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

U.N.H. Law School To Name Center After Warren Rudman

The University of New Hampshire School of Law is planning to establish a center in remembrance of former Sen. Warren Rudman, who died in November.

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Politics
12:37 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

On The Political Front For January 22

New Hampshire Republicans are set to choose their new leaders; Governor Hassan prepares her budget proposal, amidst debate over increased gambling; David Campbell's projection to raise infrastructure funds through an increase to the gas tax and vehicle registration fees; and the House looks at N.H.'s "Stand Your Ground" law.

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