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7:51 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Portsmouth Says Uber, Taxi Drivers Covered By Same Regulations

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The City of Portsmouth says that drivers for ride-booking companies such as Uber meet the city's definition of taxi drivers and are subject to the same regulations.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that at a city meeting Wednesday night, cab drivers applauded the city's position. The city did not rule on whether to shut down an Uber driver currently operating in the city, as the cabbies had asked.

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NH News
7:31 am
Tue December 16, 2014

State: Hike Spaulding Turnpike Speed From 55 To 65

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The New Hampshire Department of Transportation plans to increase the speed limit on the Spaulding Turnpike from 55 to 65 mph between Dover and Rochester.

The new speed limit on the 10 mile stretch from Exit 9 in Dover to Exit 16 in Rochester will take effect starting Jan. 1.

The change comes after a study this year determined the limit could be raised following completion of the multi-lane, divided highway through Exit 16. State police weighed in on the new limit.

The speed limit will remain 55 mph south of Exit 9 and through the toll plaza in Rochester.

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NH News
3:21 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Report Highlights Changes In State's Homeless Population

A report on homelessness says New Hampshire's overall homeless population has decreased by 3 percent, but says there's been an increase among veterans and chronic cases.

In a report out Monday, the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness says the overall decrease started in 2011 thanks to the collective work of agencies, policymakers and others. It says more resources are needed, including continued investment in affordable housing.

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Health
8:05 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Health Officials: Not Too Late To Get A Flu Vaccine

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New Hampshire health officials say it's not too late to get the flu vaccine.

Officials said even though the vaccine is not a perfect match for the strain of flu that's making most people sick in the United States this year, it still offers some protection against the flu and its complications.

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Health
7:59 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Monday Marks Deadline For ACA Shoppers Who Want Jan. 1 Insurance Start

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Monday marks a key deadline in the enrollment period for New Hampshire residents shopping for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

The health law's second signup season ends February 15th, but Monday is the last day to enroll for coverage that starts January 1st.

As that date nears, insurance company officials are urging consumers to consider all their options given that the number of companies offering health plans has increased from one to five. The number of plans available to individuals also has jumped, from 11 to 40.

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NH News
7:47 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

North Country Project Receives Grant To Research Coos County Experiences

A research project that examines the experiences and attitudes of Coos County youth and young adults has received a grant of nearly $128,000 from a charitable fund that supports organizations in northern New Hampshire and surrounding areas.

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire in Durham received the grant from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

The grant is one of 14 totaling nearly $1.2 million awarded to municipal, educational and nonprofit groups.

NH News
10:42 am
Thu December 11, 2014

FairPoint: 'Hardware Problem' Caused Outages In New Hampshire, Vermont

 

FairPoint Communications says a problem that occurred during routine maintenance led to a loss of high-speed Internet service for thousands of customers in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Spokesman Jeff Nevins says the hardware problem knocked out service for all of Vermont and part of New Hampshire on Thursday.

With about 1,800 FairPoint workers on strike in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, a management employee was performing the maintenance late Wednesday on equipment that routes Internet traffic. The first outages were reported early Thursday.

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NH News
7:52 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Avalanche Advisory Issued For Mount Washington

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 Mount Washington has recorded its first avalanche of the season.

Snow rangers say a climber descending Yale Gully on Monday triggered a small avalanche below him.

The rangers advised that traveling through small snowfields can put hikers into or underneath unstable snow.

A general avalanche advisory for the mountain, which has the highest peak in the Northeast United States at 6,288 feet, expires at midnight Thursday.

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Politics
6:15 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Jasper Set To Announce N.H. House Committee Chairs

Speaker Sean Jasper
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Newly elected New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper is planning to announce committee chairs for the upcoming legislative session.

Jasper, a Republican who won the speakership largely with support from Democrats, has promised to appoint only Republicans to serve as chairs and vice chairs. He will announce his appointments Thursday. The House has 21 committees, ranging from criminal justice and public safety to health, human services and elderly affairs.

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NH News
10:57 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Sens. Ayotte, Shaheen: Defense Bill Includes Pease And Shipyard Funding

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 2013
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New Hampshire Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen say the annual defense bill has provisions that authorize funding for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the Pease Air National Guard Base.

The senators, both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, say the bill authorizes the procurement of two Virginia Class submarines and funding at the shipyard, based in Kittery, Maine.

Funding also is included for the KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tanker program at Pease. The new tankers will replace the Air Force's current fleet of 1950s-era KC-135s.

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NH News
8:04 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Plea Deadline Coming For Woman Charged In Fatal Hampton Bike Crash

As Darriean Hess drove southbound over the Underwood bridge in Hampton, she veered over the median, striking four cyclists.
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An unlicensed New Hampshire driver charged with driving into a group of bicyclists last year, killing two of them, is facing a Friday deadline to let a judge know if she will enter a guilty plea.

Related: Click here to see a photo gallery of the aftermath of the crash.

Police said 20-year-old Darriean Hess of Seabrook was speeding and under the influence of drugs when she ran into the bicyclists in Hampton. Hess was stopped for speeding in the same area hours earlier.

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NH News
3:10 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Gas Prices Fall Again, N.H. Average Now $2.78

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Gas prices in New Hampshire have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $2.78.

Gasbuddy.com, which surveyed 875 gas stations in New Hampshire, says that's 9 cents more than the national average, which fell 6.7 cents last week to $2.69 a gallon.

Gas prices in New Hampshire are 57.5 cents per gallon lower than they were a year ago, and 20.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

The national average decreased 25.4 cents per gallon in the last month and is 57.2 cents a gallon less compared to a year ago.

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NH News
3:06 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Outgoing Transportation Commissioner: Fixing Highway Fund Should Be A Priority

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Outgoing Department of Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement says fixing a long-standing deficit in the state's highway fund should be a critical priority for lawmakers this session in order to keep roads and bridges safe for drivers.

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Health
8:27 am
Mon December 8, 2014

N.H. Close To Enrollment Target For Expanded Medicaid

Less than six months after sign-ups began, New Hampshire is already close to meeting its first-year enrollment target for the state's newly expanded Medicaid program.

The state's previous Medicaid program covered low-income children, parents with non-disabled children under 18, pregnant women, older residents and people with disabilities. The expansion adds anyone under 65 who earns up to 138 percent of federal poverty guidelines, which is about $15,900 for a single adult.

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Health
9:28 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Survey: Many Older N.H. Residents Lack Dental Insurance, Need Care

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A survey of senior centers in New Hampshire shows that nearly 19 percent of older adults are in need of early or urgent dental care that may be difficult for them to access.

A total of 610 adults age 60 and older were screened last winter and this spring in the survey, which was funded by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and New Hampshire Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services. The survey said 38 of the participants received restorative treatment using state funds.

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