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7:43 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Nashua Woman Injured in Marathon Bombing 'Relieved' By Tsarnaev Guilty Verdict

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial earlier this month.
Credit Jane Flavell Collins/AP

A jury found admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all counts yesterday, including 17 making him eligible for the death penalty.

The bombings left three people dead and wounded more than 260 others.

Karen Brassard of Nashua was injured in the first blast near the finish line, along with her husband and daughter.

She was in the courtroom when the verdict was read and joins Morning Edition to share her reaction.

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Environment
12:12 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Fish And Game Gets An Earful On Proposed Ban Of Chocolate As Bear Bait

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New Hampshire is one of 13 states that allows baiting to hunt bears. But last fall four bears died suddenly in the town of Stark after eating chocolate at a bait site, and now the Fish and Game Commission is considering banning the use of chocolate as bear bait.

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Politics
6:11 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Rand Paul Visits Milford On 'Announcement Tour'

When Rand Paul took the podium at Milford Town Hall, he was quick to indicate his vision of what granite state voters want.

“I come to N.H. to announce that I will fight for your right to be left alone.”

Paul railed against government surveillance of phone records and said he’d keep the federal government out of states when it comes to education. He also cited a balanced budget amendment and term limits for member of congress as a way to “defeat the Washington machine.”

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NH News
5:43 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Guinta Meets With Lobbyists, Works The Register At Portsmouth Cumberland Farms

Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  Congressman Frank Guinta worked the counter -- and met with lobbyists from the National Association of Convenience Stores during a stop at Cumberland Farms in Portsmouth.

He said he would work to make sure compliance with federal regulations like the new food labelling law isn’t unwieldy for convenience stores:

I will now,  when I’m back in Washington,  take a look at the current rule. And there’s legislation to fix that – proposed legislation -- so I’m going to take a look at all of that.

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North Country
4:58 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Enviro Groups: Balsams' Plan To Make Snow From Androscoggin Water Needs More Detail

The resort closed in 2011. Developers hope to begin construction this summer if the legislature approves a $28 million state-backed loan.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Two environmental groups say they support the redevelopment of the Balsams resort, but more information is needed before the state gives its approval to water being taken from the Androscoggin River for snowmaking.

A key part of developer Les Otten’s redevelopment plan is greatly expanding the ski slopes but the extra snowmaking will require pumping water from the river about 10 miles to Dixville.

Taking that water requires the approval of the state’s Department of Environmental Services. The deadline for filing public comments on that request was last week. 

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Health
3:12 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Manchester VA Must Pay $21 Million To Vet For Malpractice

The Manchester VA Hospital
Credit Thomas Fearon

The Manchester VA Hospital must pay $21 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

According to the federal judge who heard the case, a 60-year-old veteran in Bennington suffered a horrific ordeal that left him trapped inside his own body – and the event was entirely preventable.

After Michael Farley suffered a stroke in 2010, VA doctors failed to give him the proper medications to prevent a second stroke.  Medical staff also poorly coordinated Farley's care.

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NH News
1:13 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Crash In Stoddard Raises Another Question About Safety of ET Plus Guardrails

When struck by a vehicle the ET Plus end piece is designed to slide along the guardrail to keep from stopping a vehicle too abruptly.
Credit Trinity Industries

As state highway officials are considering whether as many as 5,000 ET Plus guardrails in the state pose a hazard to errant motorists, a Deerfield woman says she doesn’t have any doubts...

Last July Cheryl Turgeon was driving her sport utility vehicle on Route 9 in Stoddard when the 51-year-old dozed off and struck a guardrail.

“The railing went through the front wheel well and went between my legs and pushed my feet all the way to the back so it was like I was sitting on the railing.”

One leg was badly injured.

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NH News
8:13 am
Wed April 8, 2015

After Keene Rejects Permit, Nashua Group Explores Hosting Pumpkin Festival

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Now that officials in Keene have formally denied a permit for this year’s pumpkin festival, other New Hampshire communities are exploring the possibility of hosting the event.

Paul Shea with Great American Downtown of Nashua says he’s reached out to the festival organizer to explore whether the city could be a new home for the festival.

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Education
8:05 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Study Lauds UNH Law Program That Allows Students To Bypass Traditional Bar Exam

Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program students being sworn in.
Credit University of New Hampshire School of Law

A decade after its inception, a program at the University of New Hampshire School of Law is being looked at as a national model as an alternative way to prepare new lawyers for the field.

The Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program was created in 2005.

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Politics
6:31 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Now A Candidate, Rand Paul Greets Supporters In New Hampshire

Rand Paul
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Hours after formally announcing a 2016 presidential bid in Kentucky, Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul arrived in New Hampshire to greet supporters.

Paul briefly stopped by a karaoke event with his supporters Tuesday evening at Murphy's Taproom, a spot his father Ron Paul frequented during his own presidential bid. Paul himself did not sing, but a supporter sang "God Bless America" upon Paul's arrival and changed some of the lyrics to be about Paul.

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NH News
6:21 am
Wed April 8, 2015

New Hampshire Considers Banning Chocolate As Bear Bait

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The public is getting a chance to weigh in on proposed charges to bear and moose hunting in New Hampshire, including banning the use of chocolate as bait for bears after four bears were found dead last fall due to a chocolate overdose.

The Fish and Game Department is holding a public hearing Wednesday night in Concord to discuss the proposals. Necropsy and toxicology reports confirmed the bears died of heart failure caused by theobromine, a toxic ingredient in chocolate.

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NH News
6:17 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Man Gunned Down Near Gorham Town Common, Arrest Made

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The New Hampshire attorney general's office says they've made an arrest after a man was gunned down on the sidewalk in front of the town common in Gorham, right near the police station.

Police inside the station heard the shots Monday night and ran to find 27-year-old Michael Welch suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Welch later died.

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Politics
3:30 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Senate Ponders Bill On Overdose Immunity

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on Tuesday on a bill that would those who report overdoses immunity from criminal prosecution.
Credit Paige Sutherland/NHPR

The Senate is weighing a bill that would give those who report overdoses immunity from possession charges if they remain on scene.

The measure aims to encourage people to call 911 by removing the fear of facing any jail time.

Devon Chaffee, head of the New Hampshire ACLU, says 22 states currently have a similar law on the books.

“If a person dies of a potential overdose, as we know, they can’t go into treatment, so what this bill is really about is providing second chances for those individuals,” she told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. 

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NH News
3:28 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Morse Pitches N.H. Senate's Two-Casino Bill

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Senate President Chuck Morse has repeatedly said he won’t include money derived from unapproved forms of gambling in the senate budget proposal. He reiterated that point as he pitched the casinos -- which could include a total of 5000 slot machines and 240 table games -- to the house ways and means committee.

"You know we are going to fund the needs of the people of the state of N.H. in the state budget, but I can assure you the wants are much greater."

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Politics
3:19 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

N.H. Senate Weighs Decriminalization Of Marijuana

Lt. John Encarnacao of the State Police's narcotics unit holds up a half-an-ounce of marijuana while testifying against the decriminalization bill on Tuesday stressing that this is no little amount.
Credit Paige Sutherland/NHPR

A bill aimed to decriminalize marijuana in New Hampshire is now being considering by the state Senate.

Under the measure, those found with a half an ounce of marijuana or less would receive a $100 fine rather than be charged with a crime. Currently all other New England states have similar laws already on the books.

But in New Hampshire no decriminalization bill has ever passed the Senate, and Governor Maggie Hassan said if it passes she would veto it.

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Granite Geek
1:47 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Granite Geek: A Solar 'Microgrid' On Star Island May Be A Model For The Mainland

For years some ships have brought tourists and conference goers to Star Island. Others have brought diesel fuel to run the island's generators. But a new solar farm is generating most of the island's energy.
Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Life on New Hampshire’s Isles of Shoals isn’t always the same as it is for those of us on the mainland. But a solar energy project there may point the way toward the future of energy all over the region.

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Health
8:22 am
Tue April 7, 2015

With Diagnoses On The Rise, Forum Explores 'Perspectives Of Autism'

Latest numbers show that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with being on the autism spectrum.

That’s higher than previous estimates of 1 in 88 children in 2012, according to the CDC.

Perspectives of Autism” is a panel discussion being held at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester Tuesday night. It will focus on the symptoms of autism and support that is available.

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Politics
7:48 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Bill To Decriminalize Small Amounts Of Marijuana Goes Before Senate Committee

A bill that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in New Hampshire goes before a Senate committee Tuesday.

The proposal cleared the House by a wide margin, 297 to 67, last month, but the bill faces a tougher challenge in the Senate.

Gov. Maggie Hassan has threatened to veto such legislation.

The bill’s sponsor, Representative Adam Schroadter, a Newmarket Republican, says he’s seen more support this year from those who had opposed similar efforts in the past.

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North Country
7:21 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Attorney General's Office At Investigation In Gorham

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Part of the town common has been taped off in the northern New Hampshire town of Gorham and investigators are at the scene.

WMUR-TV reports the attorney general's office and the State Police Major Crimes Unit responded to the area late Monday and were still present early Tuesday.

Further information was not immediately available.

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Politics
6:56 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Bill Legalizing Two Casinos Moves To Key House Committee

 

A key House committee is preparing to take public testimony on a bill that would legalize two casinos in New Hampshire.

The House Ways and Means Committee, which has previously rejected casino proposals, will hold a public hearing Tuesday morning. Casino gambling has never won approval in the House, but an endorsement from the committee would improve its chances this year.

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NH News
6:48 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Police: Manchester Teacher Posed Online As Student, Had Girl Send Photos

Paul Johnson-Yarosevich
Credit Manchester Police Department

 

A teacher in New Hampshire has been accused of posing as a young girl on a social media site and persuading an elementary school student to share inappropriate images of herself.

Police charged 34-year-old Paul Johnson-Yarosevich of Acton, Maine, on Monday with prohibited use of computer.

The investigation started in December after the parent of a pre-teen girl told police about the contact. Police said the girl thought she had been communicating with another female student around her age.

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NH News
6:22 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

The Numbers Behind The Budget Proposal

Check out the chart above to quickly compare the current biennium against both budget proposals made so far.
Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Every two years New Hampshire lawmakers are given the task of producing a budget for the state.  The aim is to craft one that best serves Granite State residents, spends within the state’s means as well as adheres to the party lines of those in the majority.

This session with a Democratic Governor and Republican controlled House and Senate – the budget process will fluctuate quite a bit before it is signed into law by June 30th.

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NH News
5:14 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Bill Proposes Immunity For People Who Report Overdoses

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New Hampshire lawmakers are considering a bill that would give people who report alcohol or drug overdoses immunity from criminal prosecution in certain situations.

A Senate committee is taking testimony on a bill, already passed by the House, on Tuesday. Senators earlier this year sent a similar bill for more study. The bill's sponsors say their intent is to encourage witnesses and victims of drug overdoses to seek medical attention that could save a life.

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Politics
5:14 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Dr. Ben Carson Makes Rounds In N.H., Will Make 2016 Decision In May

Dr. Ben Carson stopped in Manchester and Hollis on Monday as he continues to flirt with the idea of jumping into the 2016 GOP presidential race.
Credit Paige Sutherland/NHPR

Dr. Ben Carson was in New Hampshire on Monday for the first time as a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

But the former brain surgeon told reporters that he is waiting until May to decide whether to jump into the GOP race where he could face up to a dozen other challengers. 

During his visit, Carson first stopped in Manchester where he was a keynote speaker at a forum focused on affordable healthcare. But the Republican spent most of the speech criticizing the Affordable Care Act – saying it was thoughtless and even questioning its motivations.

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Politics
4:31 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Chris Christie Set To 'Tell It Like It Is' In Series Of N.H. Town Halls

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
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 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is taking his signature town hall events on the road.

The potential Republican presidential contender will be kicking off what his team has dubbed a "Tell it like it is" town hall tour in Londonderry, New Hampshire on April 15.

A spokeswoman for his political action committee says a second town hall will he held on April 17.

He'll also hold events in Manchester and Newmarket and speak at a New Hampshire GOP-organized summit in Nashua.

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North Country
4:21 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Grant Will Fund Improvements On White Mountains Trail

The Cohos Trail
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A 165-mile mile hiking trail from the White Mountains to the Canadian border is getting over $30,000 in grants for an upgrade.

The Cohos Trail Association plans to build some new trails to help pull foot paths off of roads, improve bog bridges and help some remote sections in Coos County.

The Caledonian Record reports there also are plans to build kiosks and outfit them with signs that promote the trail and New Hampshire's Great North Woods.

Politics
8:25 am
Mon April 6, 2015

On The Political Front: Plenty Of Challenges Facing Senate In Drafting Budget

Sen. Chuck Morse
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

On The Political Front is our weekly conversation with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers. This week, a look at the state budget, as Senate lawmakers begin work on crafting their own version of a two-year plan.

The New Hampshire House did what some thought it wouldn’t – or couldn’t –  pass a budget. The process  now begins anew in the state Senate.

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NH News
6:59 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Changes Underway At N.H. Colleges To Address Sexual Harassment

Keene State College
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New Hampshire's public colleges and universities are making changes after a recent review highlighted concerns about how they handle sexual harassment and other misconduct.

The University System of New Hampshire last month released investigative reports on the general policies and procedures at its four institutions as well as specific incidents involving misconduct by athletic coaches.

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NH News
6:50 am
Mon April 6, 2015

More Than 1,000 Run In Race For Slain Brentwood Officer

Stephen Arkell
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More than 1,000 runners and walkers turned out for a race to honor a slain New Hampshire police officer.

Brentwood Police Officer Stephen Arkell — a 17-year veteran of the force — was fatally shot when he responded to a domestic dispute last May.

Proceeds from Saturday's race will benefit a scholarship fund in his name.

WMUR reports that Arkelll's brother, Dave, said he was stunned by the turnout and believes Stephen would have been as well. Many of the nearly 1,500 participants were police officers and firefighters.

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NH News
6:33 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Sen. Kelly Ayotte's State Director Resigns Following Prostitution-Related Arrest

David Wihby
Credit Nashua Police Department

 

Senator Kelly Ayotte says she has accepted the resignation of her state director, after he was arrested Friday, charged with solicitation of prostitution.

Nashua police say David Wihby was one of 10 men arrested as part of a special sting operation last week at two city hotels. Police say the men thought they were responding to advertisements by women placed online.

Wihby was charged with a misdemeanor and was released on $2,000 personal recognizance.

He is scheduled to be arraigned May 11.

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