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6:57 am
Fri March 27, 2015

New Hampshire Public Health Director Stepping Down

Jose Montero
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New Hampshire's director of public health says he is resigning to allow for "new leadership" of the division.

Dr. Jose Montero announced in a statement Thursday that he will leave the post he's held for the past seven years on May 1. He has been with the state's Division of Health Services for 15 years.

He said in his written statement that it's time for new leadership to help the division achieve the goal of becoming an accredited agency.

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NH News
9:22 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Medal Of Honor Recipient To Deliver UNH Commencement Address

Ryan Pitts
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Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts is delivering the University of New Hampshire commencement address on May 16.

Pitts is a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war, despite his own critical injuries. He is the ninth living recipient of the award; President Barack Obama bestowed the honor last year.

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NH News
8:24 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Dartmouth College Sanctions Fraternity For Alleged 'Branding' Of Students

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A lawyer for a Dartmouth College fraternity accused of branding new members compared it to a form of self-expression like body piercing or tattooing.

Alpha Delta was suspended in October for violating alcohol rules during one party and hosting another without registering it with the college. Officials are now extending that suspension over new allegations that members were branded last fall.

The frat partly inspired the 1978 movie "Animal House" and has a recent history of hazing and other disciplinary violations.

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NH News
7:31 am
Thu March 26, 2015

President Obama Signs N.H. Disaster Declaration For January Blizzard

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President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for the state of New Hampshire, ordering federal aid to help state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by a snowstorm during Jan. 26 to 28.

The declaration says federal funding also is available to state and eligible local governments and certain nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and repair in Hillsborough, Rockingham, and Strafford counties, which got up to 32 inches of snow.

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NH News
6:33 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Keene City Council Committee Again Rejects Pumpkinfest Permit

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A City Council committee has once again rejected a permit request this year for the Keene Pumpkin Festival, a fall tradition overshadowed by nearby violent disturbances last year.

WMUR-TV reports the nonprofit group running the festival, Let It Shine, wants the city to develop a security plan, estimated to cost more than $300,000.

The Planning, Licensing and Development Committee rejected a license Wednesday for the second time. The Keene City Council is scheduled to vote on it April 2.

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NH News
6:31 am
Thu March 26, 2015

N.H. Officials To Announce New Rules For Administering Narcan

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New Hampshire Department of Safety officials are announcing new rules and training to allow more law enforcement personnel to administer life-saving doses of Narcan to people who overdose on heroin and other opioids.

Officials will announce the new rules Thursday.

A task force has been looking into expanding the use of Naloxone — often known by its trademark Narcan — that counters opioid overdoses. Under state law, only EMTs can currently administer Narcan.

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Politics
9:04 am
Wed March 25, 2015

N.H. House To Take Up Gas Tax Increase

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Republican House budget writers are hoping to convince their colleagues to support an increase in the state's gas tax to avoid hundreds of layoffs and decreased road maintenance.

The House will debate the gas tax as part of a bill cutting $88 million from Gov. Maggie Hassan's proposed budget for the Department of Transportation. That cut would significantly lower what is in the state's highway fund, which officials say would have dire consequences for basic road and bridge maintenance.

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NH News
7:33 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Anti-Bullying Advocates Oppose Student Privacy Bill

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A 14-year-old bullying victim is speaking out against a proposal that would prohibit New Hampshire schools from accessing students' social media accounts.

Souhegan High School freshman Jonathan Petersen told the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday that the bill would prevent schools from fully investigating bullying allegations. He described an incident in which two girls snapped inappropriate pictures of him, and he joined other critics in urging lawmakers to amend the bill to include an exception for investigations.

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NH News
6:40 am
Wed March 25, 2015

UNH Hosts Maple Syrup Climate Discussion, Pancake Breakfast

 

Keeping the maple syrup flowing for generations to come will be the focus of a panel discussion and pancake breakfast at the University of New Hampshire.

Wednesday's panel includes local maple syrup producers, scientists and others speaking about climate effects on forests and maple trees. Among the speakers are Martha Carlson, a conservationist and educator who owns Range View Farm; Chris Keeley, the climate program coordinator at UNH Cooperative Extension and Jennifer Wilhelm of the New Hampshire Food Alliance.

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NH News
6:51 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Town Of Lempster Helping Family Of Eight Who Lost Home To Fire

People have rallied to help a family of eight that escaped a house fire with only the clothes on their back in Lempster.

The Lempster Ladies Auxiliary showed up at the fire scene and put out a Facebook message asking for donations for the family, which includes five children.

People have donated clothes, car seats, shoes, diapers and toys.

Volunteer Jillian Thomas tells WMUR-TV it's been a very moving experience.

Fire officials are still investigating the cause of Sunday night's fire; it does not appear suspicious.

NH News
10:29 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Bobhouses Have To Be Removed From The Ice By April 1

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It may still feel cold enough to go ice fishing, but an April 1 deadline is approaching for all bobhouses to be removed from the ice in New Hampshire.

State law requires their removal, to make sure that bobhouses and their contents do not fall through the ice and become a hazard to boaters.

The Fish and Game Department says on Sunday, a man's Jeep fell into soft ice at the end of Meredith Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee as he was trying to remove a bobhouse. The vehicle had to be towed off the lake. There were no reports of injuries.

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NH News
7:18 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Fishing Rule Changes Could Affect Cod, Haddock, Lobsters

 

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is holding a public hearing in Portsmouth on proposed fishing rules on April 7.

The proposed rule changes include requiring any Atlantic cod taken from tidal waters to be immediately released; changing size and possession limits for haddock; and requiring new buoy line requirements for lobster traps and hauling times.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center.

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Education
7:16 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Three N.H. Schools To Take Part In Personalized Learning Program

 

Three New Hampshire schools are taking part in a regional partnership to develop personalized learning experiences.

The Great Bay Charter School, the Pittsfield Middle and High School and the Manchester School of Technology are among 20 New England schools taking part in the initiative coordinated by the Great Schools Partnership and New England Secondary Schools Consortium.

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Politics
6:20 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Cruz First Major Candidate To Jump Into 2016 Race

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Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says in a Twitter message that he is running for president.

Cruz released an early morning tweet on Monday confirming what had long been an expected White House run from the tea party favorite. He becomes the first major candidate for president when he launches his campaign and a rush of more than a dozen White House hopefuls into the 2016 campaign is expected in the next few weeks.

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Environment
10:44 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Fungus Infecting New Hampshire's White Pine Forests

Via the US Forest Service

A study says that a mutated fungus is infecting white pine forests in parts of New Hampshire.

White pine blister rust comes from a combination of white pines and flowering plants — called ribes — like gooseberries and currants. When infected ribes lose their leaves in the fall, spores of the fungus invade white pines and eventually kill the tree.

A U.S. Forest Service study says the fungus is infecting trees in Epsom and Concord, and possibly elsewhere in the Northeast.

New England News
10:40 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Seven Injured In Lift Accident At Sugarloaf

Tweeted photo: A snowboarder is rescued during the lift evacuation at Sugarloaf.

Seven people have been injured in a chairlift accident at a Maine ski area, though none of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

Sugarloaf Mountain Resort spokesman Ethan Austin says four of the injured were taken to a hospital for treatment.

About 200 people were riding the King Pine quad lift Saturday morning when the lift stopped, then went backward. The lift was stopped and evacuated.

The resort says the injured were treated by ski patrol and taken off the mountain to emergency medical responders at the scene.

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NH News
4:30 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

School Board: Transgender Students Can Choose Which Cap And Gown Color To Wear At Graduation

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Students at a New Hampshire high school will now be able to choose between black and white for their graduation gowns, after a group representing transgender students asked the school board to allow that.

Traditionally, boys at Kennett High School in North Conway wear black caps and gowns and girls wear white ones for graduation. WMUR-TV reports two weeks ago, members of the Gay- Straight-Transgender Alliance asked the board to change that after transgender students were assigned robes for the gender they don't identify with.

NH News
4:16 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Hiker Recovering After Rescue On Mount Chocorua

 A hiker is recovering after he slid off a New Hampshire mountain trail and down a ledge into some trees, unable to move due to the steep grade and ice.

Fish and Game Department officers say 21-year-old John Ng of Wakefield, Massachusetts, was able to call 911 Thursday afternoon from Mount Chocorua in Tamworth, in the White Mountain National Forest.

Rescuers found him about five hours later, suffering from symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite. They replaced his frozen shoes and socks with dry ones and put several layers of clothing on him.

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North Country
8:52 am
Fri March 20, 2015

New Hampshire Man Suffers Injuries In Snowmobile Crash

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Authorities say a 49-year-old man has suffered serious leg and chest injuries in a snowmobile crash in Colebrook.

Michael F. Amer of Swanzey was injured Thursday evening after he lost control of the snowmobile and it went over an embankment at the edge of the trail, hitting several small trees. He was taken to a local hospital and then transported by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and emergency personnel from the Colebrook Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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NH News
8:33 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Rand Paul Returns To N.H. With Expanded Staff In State

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Senator Rand Paul is heading back to New Hampshire a day after hiring two more of the state's political operatives as he readies for a presidential campaign.

The Kentucky Republican today will tour a Manchester Internet service provider and will speak at the Carroll County Lincoln Day Dinner. He has four public stops on Saturday in Rochester, Exeter, Hampstead and Hollis.

On Thursday, Paul hired a New Hampshire political director and operations director for his political action committee, RANDPAC.

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Politics
6:18 am
Fri March 20, 2015

House Asks N.H. Supreme Court To Weigh In On Proposed Voting Rules For Out-Of-State Students

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives is asking the state Supreme Court to weigh in on a bill requiring people registering to vote — including out-of-state students or military personnel — to also register their cars and obtain drivers' licenses in New Hampshire.

The request for an advisory opinion was made in writing Wednesday and made public by the court Thursday.

A New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union lawyer says including the drivers' license requirement in establishing a voter's eligibility amounts to a poll tax that forces people to pay the state to vote.

Politics
7:06 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Trump Visits New Hampshire As He Eyes Presidential Bid — Again

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Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump is heading to New Hampshire as he again considers a presidential run.

Trump will attend a reception Thursday at the Amherst home of Republican state Rep. Steve Stepanek.

The visit comes one day after Trump announced plans to form a presidential exploratory committee, allowing him to raise money and hire staff as he weighs a White House bid. Trump says he's already hired political aides in the key early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

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NH News
6:25 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Campaign Created To Ready N.H. Drivers For Hand-Held Devices Ban

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A law banning the use of all hand-held electronic devices is going into effect in New Hampshire on July 1, and transportation officials are unveiling an education campaign about the change.

The campaign being discussed Wednesday includes a new public service announcement, website and materials available for residents to familiarize themselves with the new law.

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Politics
6:19 am
Wed March 18, 2015

House Budget Writers To Vote On Transportation Cuts

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House budget writers are preparing to vote on whether to cut millions of dollars from the Department of Transportation's budget, forcing layoffs and a decline in road maintenance.

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Environment
3:59 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

$1.3 Million In Grants Awarded To Connecticut River Habitat, Conservation Projects

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A total of $1.3 million in grants is going to 13 Connecticut River projects in New Hampshire and Vermont to improve water quality, restore habitat and conserve space.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation grants were announced Tuesday.

A fund dedicated to the restoration and protection of the river, its wetlands and shorelands is expected to provide about $21 million for the projects over 20 years.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Transportation Officials To Committee: $41M Cut Would Lead To Layoffs, Safety Hazards

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New Hampshire transportation officials say a $41 million budget cut proposed by House budget writers would have dire consequences on public safety and result in more than 300 layoffs.

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NH News
6:58 am
Mon March 16, 2015

New Hampshire Residents Warned About Spring Flooding

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As spring approaches, Gov. Maggie Hassan is encouraging New Hampshire residents to take precautions to protect their families and homes from flooding.

In the last 10 years, there have been 10 federal disaster declarations in New Hampshire for flooding, which most often occurs in spring but can happen at any time of year. The New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning estimates that $48 million has been paid for flood losses to New Hampshire flood insurance policy holders since 1978.

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NH News
6:54 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Nashua Teen To Be Arraigned In Stabbing Death

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A Nashua teen is heading to court after being charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a New Hampshire man.

Seventeen-year-old John Goff is due to be arraigned in District Court in Nashua Monday morning.

Police say Goff stabbed 49-year-old Benjamin Marcum multiple times March 12 on a bike path near Marcum's Palm Street home in Nashua.

Marcum was found just after 11 p.m. Thursday and rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Nashua police are asking anyone with information about the stabbing to call the department.

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Politics
6:19 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Senators Narrowly Pass Two-Casino Bill

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Senators gave initial approval to legalizing two casinos, giving another shot at life to a perennial New Hampshire issue.

The two-casino bill passed the chamber Thursday by a single vote, 13-11, and will now be sent to the House. Casinos have often found support in the Senate but the House has never voted to legalize any casinos.

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan supports a single casino as a means to bring new, non-tax revenue into the state, but she has not said whether she would sign a bill for two.

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Politics
5:03 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

N.H. Senate Passes Fetal Homicide Bill

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Senators have joined the House in supporting efforts to create a crime of fetal homicide, which would allow charges to be brought for the death of a fetus in certain cases, excluding abortion or other medical procedures.  

Thirty eight states have some type of fetal homicide law. The version passed by senators Thursday applies the death of a fetus that has reached the stage of viability - when it can live outside the womb. A House version passed Wednesday applies the law to fetuses past eight weeks of development. 

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