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5:39 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Officers Continue With Civil Suit Against Greenland Shooter's Mother

A year after the shooting in Greenland, four drug task force officers wounded in a raid continue to seek damages from Beverly Mutrie, the mother of the gunman.

Identifying themselves as John Does one through four, the officers wounded in the Greenland drug raid filed a civil suit against Beverly Mutrie last summer.

She is the mother of Cullen Mutrie, the man police say killed Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney and wounded the officers.

Police say he then shot his girlfriend, killing her, and then shot and killed himself.

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NH News
4:57 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

One Year Later, Greenland Plans To Honor Its Hero, Move Forward

Greenland Town Administrator Karen Anderson holds ribbons that people will wear Friday to honor Chief Michael Maloney.
Michael Brindley NHPR

As the town of Greenland marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Chief Michael Maloney, residents say the painful memories of that night are still fresh in their minds. But they also agree it’s important to remember the sacrifice the chief made to the community.

In the town of Greenland, life goes on.

On a recent morning, Town Administrator Karen Anderson is getting briefed about a small fire at the transfer station.

It’s the kind of minor issue Anderson deals with on a normal day.

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NH News
4:31 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Key Law Enforcement Critics Don't Ask Senate to Kill House-Backed Medical Marijuana Bill

Credit Josh Rogers, NHPR

Go to any medical marijuana hearing and you will hear people suffering from severe illness or injury extolling the therapeutic benefits of marijuana. But in NH you have never heard things like this. Elizabeth Woodcock is with the NH Department of Justice:

The NH attorney general’s office is willing to work with the committee and with the medical community to see if we can resolve the concerns that we have about the bill, and that’s the only thing I came to say.

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NH News
3:23 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Navy Names New Combat Ship After Manchester

General Dynamic's variant of the LCS

The United States Navy will name a new combat ship after the city of Manchester.


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Education
12:00 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Nature Schools Gaining Popularity In N.H.

Nature preschools and forest kindergartens may sound more fun than foundational. But this nontraditional approach to early learning is gaining popularity for teaching the basics while getting kids away from screens and out into nature.  And now Antioch University in Keene has begun offering a teacher education program for nature-based curricula and programs schools.

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Politics
10:50 am
Thu April 11, 2013

N.H. Congresswomen Cite Concerns With President's Budget

Many Republicans are  unhappy with the president’s newly unveiled budget, but so are some of New Hampshire’s Democrats in Congress.

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NH News
5:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Remembering The Chief

Credit Greenland PD

Friday marks the one year anniversary of the shooting death of Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney. He was killed in the line of duty, helping fellow officers who themselves had been shot while attempting to execute a search warrant in a drug case. The Chief was popular and well admired in the small seacoast town, and many in the community are still feeling the loss intensely.  The town’s current Police Chief Tara Laurent talks about how her Department is observing the anniversary.

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NH News
5:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Female Inmates' Lawsuit Spurs Action Among Lawmakers

Women cook their own meals at the Goffstown Women's Prison,but unlike their male counterparts, they can not receive culinary certification.
Emily Corwin NHPR

Nearly 24 years after the courts first ordered a new facility for female inmates, the New Hampshire House has approved a capital budget with $38 million set aside for a 224-bed women's prison in Concord.

A class action lawsuit is driving lawmakers to act now.

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NH News
6:11 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

AG Pick Foster Praised At Confirmation Hearing

Credit Josh Rogers, NHPR

Former State Senator Joe Foster is a bankruptcy lawyer who has never prosecuted a case, but his confirmation as N.H.'s highest law enforcement official looks assured. Former colleagues of both parties hailed his judgment and legal knowledge.  Foster now manages the McLane law firm and says he well understands his new role would be different.

"You role as a lawyer is to represent your client, and that’s what I did at the law firm. You role at the law firm is to represent the people of N.H. and that’s what I am going to do, I am going to look out for their interests."

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Health
4:05 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Governor Creates Commission To Monitor Medicaid Managed Care Implementation

Governor Maggie Hassan announced today the creation of a new Commission to monitor the transition of the state’s Medicaid program to a managed care model.

The 11-person body includes public health experts, advocates for the disabled, doctors, as well as Donald Shumway, former Commissioner of DHHS, who will co-chair the group along with Mary Vallier-Kaplan.

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NH News
2:20 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Remembering Victims Of 1963 Submarine Disaster

Shipyard workers at ceremony
Credit Roger Wood

Hundreds of Portsmouth Navy Yard employees and personnel gathered at the shipyard Wednesday to honor those who died 50 years ago when the U.S.S  Thresher sank.

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NH News
5:30 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Protesters Outraged By Immigrant Arrests

Cell phone snap shot of ICE agents and MPD officers in El Mexicana, Manchester.
Courtesy of Marisela Rodriguez

Over the weekend, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested at least four undocumented immigrants in Nashua and Manchester. The arrests occurred less than a day after an immigration reform rally was held in Nashua. Immigration activists are calling foul and continuing demonstrations.


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NH News
4:04 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

50 Years After Tragedy, Crew Of USS Thresher Submarine Recognized

The USS Thresher
Credit From the collections of the Naval Historical Center. USNHC # NH 97551.

Governor Maggie Hassan is ordering flags at half-staff Wednesday to recognize the 50th anniversary of the loss of the USS Thresher.

All 129 crew members aboard the nuclear submarine were killed on April 10, 1963 when it sank roughly 200 miles east of Cape Cod.

The USS Thresher was based at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

D. Allen Kerr wrote a series of articles last year about the ship’s history for Seacoast Online. He says it went out to sea to make deep water test dives.

But because there were no survivors, what happened next is only conjecture.

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Health
2:24 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

State Republicans Push For More Input As Health Exchange Planning Takes Shape

Insurance Department Deputy Commissioner Alex Feldvebel hands out documents during today's oversight committee meeting.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

With an October 1st deadline looming, the state continues to move forward with implementation of a partnership health exchange.  In agreeing to that partnership, state Republicans say they were promised input on a planning document called a Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU.

But last week, the Feds said partner states don’t have to submit an MOU. Republicans say that shuts them out of the legislative process.

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Environment
2:24 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Prospects Good For Tighter Lead Laws

Stricter lead laws hope to reduce adult loon mortality. 49% of dead loons studied had been killed by ingesting lead, and half of the studied birds ate jigs that would be banned under this law.
Credit aaronHWarren / Flickr Creative Commons

  People who work to protect loons think that this year the stars could be aligned for passing a bill that would tighten restrictions on lead fishing tackle. The proposed bill would ratchet up restrictions on lead fishing jigs in 2015.

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