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Gym company Planet Fitness has started its initial public offering.

The Newington, New Hampshire-based workout center chain announced 13,500,000 shares of its Class A common stock Monday.

The company says underwriters will have a 30-day option to buy up to an additional 2,025,000 shares.

The price range for the IPO is estimated to be between $14 and $16 per share.

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The only thing missing was the waffles.

Authorities in Keene were in for some sticky times when a load of maple syrup shifted in a tractor-trailer and leaked very slowly all over a main highway.

Police Sgt. Thaddeus Derendal says about 220 gallons of the sweet-smelling pancake-topper from a Vermont producer oozed onto Route 101 on Monday afternoon.

Firefighters used squeegees to corral the mess and poured something like kitty litter on it to speed the drying process. The two eastbound lanes were reduced to one lane while the cleanup was underway.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is holding meetings in Nashua and Milford to obtain feedback from residents about a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run through the state.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports the pipeline, designed to bring gas from shale fields in Pennsylvania and New York, would span 71 miles of southern New Hampshire.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan is signing a bill that modernizes securities regulations in New Hampshire, with the goal of making it easier for businesses to start up and grow.

The Uniform Securities Act is being signed into law Monday afternoon.

Hassan said the measure helps focus on investor protection and reduce hurdles for businesses trying to raise capital, while balancing the state's interest in regulating securities transactions.

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New Hampshire's Catholic Medical Center is distributing color wristbands to help children learn how to avoid potentially dangerous ticks.

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas is proclaiming this week "Tick Awareness Week" in the city. He'll join hospital officials and the city's public health director on Monday to accept a box of the wristbands to distribute to families.

The wristbands feature images of ticks, which can cause Lyme disease.

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As a New Hampshire facility for people with brain injuries and developmental disabilities prepares to close after months of scrutiny over allegations of abuse, the families of the people who live there are scrambling to find new placements for their loved ones.

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It's been four years since Celina Cass was last seen hunched over a computer in her family's New Hampshire apartment.

The 11-year-old was last seen July 25 in West Stewartstown. A week later, her body was found in the Connecticut River near a dam.

Four years later, no one has been charged with her death, which investigators have called a homicide. It is still a haunting presence in the small, rural, town.

The attorney general's office says it is still investigating the case.

 

Town selectmen in New Hampshire have voted to fire a long-standing police chief.

WMUR-TV reports the New Durham selectmen voted 2 to 1 Thursday morning to terminate Police Chief Shawn Bernier during a closed meeting at the Town Hall.

Selectman David Bickford says the board had a right to terminate without cause, according to the chief's contract.

Bickford says that Bernier wanted to retire and this decision will give him severance pay.

But Bernier says he only wanted to go part-time and that the town had no right to fire him under state law.

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A new poll shows more New Hampshire voters than not say U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta should resign over his campaign finance violations, and only 5 percent would back his re-election bid next year.

Guinta insists the $355,000 he got for his 2010 campaign was his because for years he contributed to and managed a "family pot" of money. But the Federal Election Commission fined him $15,000 for taking illegal donations from his parents.

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New Hampshire's Congressional delegation wants the public to get more time to comment on the proposed Northern Pass power transmission project.

The Department of Energy released its long-awaited environmental impact report on the project Tuesday, saying the plan to bring hydroelectric power from Quebec into southern New England on high-voltage lines through New Hampshire could hurt tourism, wildlife and property values — but would cost less than other alternatives.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is pressing front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton to support a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

The Vermont senator made an appearance Wednesday with striking contract workers on Capitol Hill who are employed as cooks and janitors in a number of federal buildings in Washington. Many of the workers earn less than $11 an hour.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is heading to New Hampshire immediately after making his run for the GOP presidential nomination official.

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Officials say the spike in heroin use in New Hampshire has created a new problem— dangerous needles being left at parks where children play.

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Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill banning welfare recipients from using their electronic benefit cards at marijuana dispensaries, cigar and smoke shops and tattoo and body piercing shops. It takes effect in 60 days.

More than 12,000 households in New Hampshire receive cash benefits through so-called EBT cards, which function like debit cards. Since last year, state and federal law has banned use of the cards at liquor stores, gambling establishments and adult entertainment venues.

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The director of New Hampshire Fire Standards and Training says bullying and a rigorous physical entrance exam are the principle reasons why only one percent of New Hampshire's 8,000 full-time firefighters are women.

Director Deb Pendergast tells the Portsmouth Herald that the agility test is given once a year for men and women. She said an average of 10 women take it and three of fewer pass.

She said the test is difficult for both genders, and an average of 40 percent fail it.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan is preparing to approve or reject a change to the state's tax laws sought by gym company Planet Fitness as it plans to go public.

The Republican Legislature passed a bill earlier this year that would allow businesses to avoid an increase in taxes on certain gains in value. It's now on Hassan's desk and she must take action by Monday. She has signaled that she is likely to veto the legislation.

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The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission is set to review a proposal to provide natural gas to customers in Hanover and Lebanon through a pipeline.

The Valley News reports if the proposal is approved this month, the franchise petition would grant Valley Green Natural Gas authority to provide regulated natural gas service in the two municipalities.

Gulf Oil Limited Partnership would truck liquefied natural gas from the Marcellus shale formation in Pennsylvania to part of a property owned by Valley Green's president, Jay Campion, in Lebanon.

 

New Hampshire got off to a late start compared to many other states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but it quickly made up for lost time in terms of enrollment.

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A volunteer effort to restore and maintain hiking trails on Mount Monadnock is celebrating its 10th year.

Volunteers are welcome to participate for one day or several during Monadnock Trails Week from July 17 to July 21. Complimentary camping is available at the Monadnock State Park campground.

This year's projects include constructing new stone stairs on the Pumpelly Trail; upgrading erosion control areas on the White Dot Trail; and adding footbridges and drainage on the Gilson Pond Loop and Birchtoft Trail.

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A municipal employee can no longer fly a Confederate flag from his pickup truck while on town property.

Canaan Town Administrator Mike Samson said he instructed J.R. Defosse, a transfer station manager, to take down his flag. He said the flag has been associated with resisting desegregation for decades.

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New Hampshire senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte are supporting a rewrite of the education law known as No Child Left Behind that aims to give power back to the states.

They joined 79 other senators Thursday in passing the bill. Both say it will help restore local control in education. The senators also supported amendments to better promote science, technology, engineering and math education and to address mental health and substance abuse issues.

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It's going to be a busy day for presidential politics in New Hampshire.

Four Republicans seeking the presidential nomination and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton are in the state Thursday to campaign from Windham to Franklin to Stratham.

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A trio of newspapers in the early presidential nominating states is pushing back against the plan by Fox News to allow only 10 Republican candidates on stage in its Aug. 6 debate, the first of the 2016 campaign.

The New Hampshire Union Leader plans to host a candidate forum Aug. 3 at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, in partnership with The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., and The Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The event will be live on C-SPAN as well as TV stations in Iowa and South Carolina and a New Hampshire radio station.

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New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services is launching several new initiatives to help New Hampshire veterans, service members and their families receive medical and mental health treatment.

Commissioner Nick Toumpas will be joined by Department of Veterans Affairs officials, New Hampshire National Guard leaders and others from the civilian sector to describe the programs on Wednesday.

 

New Hampshire's unemployment rate held steady in June.

The state employment security office says the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in June, unchanged from the May rate and lower than the 4.3 percent unemployment rate for the same month last year.

The state estimates that 720,940 people were employed last month, an increase of 12,350 from June 2014.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 5.3 percent.

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Concord authorities say the city is experiencing an alarming spike in methamphetamine use.

Sgt. Marc McGonagle, with the police's drug unit, tells The Concord Monitor that since January, undercover police have made at least 19 separate purchases of the narcotic.

He says the unit only made one undercover meth buy between 2003 and 2007.

McGonagle says most of the meth buys have involved people in their 30s and older.

He says that the drug is probably coming from local sources— people who are cooking it using over-the-counter ingredients.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is back in New Hampshire and capitalizing on television ads he's airing in what he views as a must-win state.

The two-term Republican arrived back in the state on Sunday, and on Monday visited with small business groups in Portsmouth, Rochester and Barrington.

Ads that began airing last week notably label the 62-year-old Kasich a conservative, though most consider him more moderate than much of the crowded GOP field.

 

Sentencing has been postponed for the cousin of one of the world's most notorious drug lords.

Jesus Gutierrez-Guzman was to be sentenced Monday in New Hampshire. The Concord Monitor reports that after a brief meeting with lawyers and a federal judge, sentencing was postponed for 45 days.

During a sting operation, Gutierrez-Guzman told FBI agents he represented his cousin, Joaquin Guzman, known as "El Chapo," leader of Mexico's violent Sinaloa cartel. Gutierrez-Guzman pleaded guilty to planning to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of cocaine in the U.S.

 

New Hampshire lawmakers are considering how to regulate ridesharing services such as Uber.

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill to create a 5-member committee to study how Uber and taxi services are regulated statewide and nationally and to compare the safety of the services, among other things. The committee must report its finding by the beginning of November.

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State officials say a Newmarket woman injured while hiking in the White Mountains is the first person with a Hike Safe card to need rescue.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says 64-year-old Deborah Bloomer hurt her ankle around noon Sunday while descending Mount Chocorua. She was met by a member of the U.S. Forest Service and slowly continued the descent with assistance.

Eventually, rescuers from the forest service, local fire departments and state conservation officers used a litter to carry her off the mountain.

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