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2:34 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

N.H. Judge: Law Barring Out-Of-State Students From Voting Is Unconstitutional

Credit Tracy Lee Carroll, NHPR

A New Hampshire judge has struck down as unconstitutional a 2012 law that effectively blocks out-of-state students and others from voting in New Hampshire unless they establish legal residency in the state.

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union filed a petition on behalf of four out-of-state college students two years ago, arguing the law freezes out eligible voters from participating in the upcoming state and federal elections.

A judge issued a preliminary order blocking enforcement of the law. Thursday's ruling makes that order permanent.

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Market Basket
2:28 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Market Basket Board To 'Seriously Consider' Ousted CEO's Proposal To Buy Chain

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Board members of the beleaguered Market Basket grocery store chain say they will "seriously consider" a proposal from its fired chief executive to buy the company as the chain faces a workers' revolt that has paralyzed the stores.

The board issued a statement Friday after meeting to discuss the company's future as thousands of employees protested the firing of a popular chief executive, Arthur T. Demoulas.

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Newscast
8:34 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Fired Seabrook Officers Plan To File Grievances

Two Seabrook police officers who were fired after they were caught on tape roughing up a suspect at police headquarters are planning to file grievances.

Officers Mark Richardson, who was seen slamming the suspect's head into a wall, and Adam Laurent, who pepper-sprayed the suspect, were fired. Richardson has also been charged with assault in connection with the Nov. 11, 2009, encounter at the Seabrook police station.

Newscast
6:15 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Pro-Lottery Lawmaker Honored On 50th Anniversary Of N.H. Lottery

The New Hampshire lottery — now in its 50th year — is honoring the former Keene state representative who pushed for it more than sixty years ago.

On Friday, the lottery is celebrating Laurence "Larry" Pickett night at the Keene Swamp Bats baseball game. Pickett worked from 1952 to 1953 to make sure legislation passed making New Hampshire the first state in the nation with a lottery. His lobbying efforts go back even further.

Along with the dedication, Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the lottery, will throw out the first pitch.

The game starts at 6:30 p.m.

NH News
4:29 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

N.H. Insurance Department Seeks To Redefine Network Adequacy

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The New Hampshire Insurance Department says network adequacy requirements for health plans should focus more on making sure consumers have adequate access to different types of services rather than providers.

The state's network adequacy standards have been in the spotlight since the department approved Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's narrow network for individual health plans sold through the Affordable Care Act.

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Market Basket
7:14 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas Wants To Buy Market Basket Chain

Credit Ella Nilsen / NHPR

The former chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain whose ouster has led to employee protests, customer boycotts and empty shelves wants to buy the entire company.  

Arthur T. Demoulas says in a statement that he and his side of the family want to buy the 50-point 5 percent of the company now controlled by relatives who backed his firing last month.

Demoulas said the offer was "very full and fair one and should meet or exceed a seller's expectations of the value of the company."

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Health
7:04 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Work Continues On Insurance Network Rules

The New Hampshire Insurance Department is sharing potential revisions to how it decides whether insurance policies cover enough doctors and other health care providers.

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Newscast
7:01 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Nashua Police Warn Residents About IRS Phone Scam

The police department in Nashua is warning residents of a phone scam where callers are portraying themselves as employees of the Internal Revenue Service and demanding money.

They say in the most recent scheme, an elderly couple was contacted and advised that they owed a certain amount of cash to the Internal Revenue Service. They were told that if payment was not received, they would face immediate arrest.

The caller provided detailed instructions advising the couple to withdraw cash and to then purchase gift cards/green dot cards.

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Environment
11:52 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Power Lines, Railroads May Help New England Cottontail Population

The New England cottontail rabbit
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DNA analysis of the endangered New England cottontail shows that power line rights of way, railroad edges and roadsides may help support their diminishing habitat.

The small, brown rabbit has been declining in the region for decades. Development and natural forest growth have cut into the dense patches of shrubs and brush that it prefers.

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Newscast
6:33 am
Wed July 23, 2014

UNH Reports Record Fundraising Year

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The University of New Hampshire raised a record $49.2 million in private donations last year, with the largest gift accounting for about 40 percent of the total.

The results for the fiscal year ending June 30 were 35 percent above the previous year's record of $35.8 million.

The largest gift was a $20 million donation in September from television producer Marcy Carsey, a 1996 UNH graduate. That money is being used to create the Carsey School of Public Policy that is opening this fall.

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Environment
8:04 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Vermont Conducts Loon Count To Gauge Health Of Bird

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Experts estimate there are nearly 300 adult loons living on Vermont's lakes and ponds, up from just a couple dozen 30 years ago.

On Saturday, more than 200 volunteers spread out across Vermont for the annual loon survey.

The results of the survey are trickling in, but Eric Hanson of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and the coordinator of the Vermont Loon Conservation Project, says there are many more birds now than just a few years ago.

He says 15 years ago there were around 100 loons and in 1983 biologists counted only 29.

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Newscast
3:47 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Unions: Preliminary Vote Count Makes Fairpoint Strike Authorization Likely

Unions representing FairPoint Communications workers in northern New England say preliminary vote counts suggest an overwhelming majority of members support authorizing a strike.  Negotiations began in April on a contract that expires Aug. 2. Workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont recently held meetings to vote on whether to authorize a strike. Voting has finished in Maine and Vermont, but has been extended in New Hampshire due to storm damage.

Newscast
3:42 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Federal Rules Stymie N.H. Easter Seals Efforts To Bid On National Guard Contract

A program that helps New Hampshire National Guard members and their families is caught in a disagreement over whether aiding one group of veterans could end up hurting another.  The Deployment Cycle Support Care Coordination Program has helped 3,000 individuals with suicide prevention, mental health care, employment and housing since 2007. It's run by the Department of Health and Human Services, the New Hampshire National Guard and Easter Seals New Hampshire.

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Newscast
11:20 am
Sat July 19, 2014

96 Years Later, WWI Vet's Family Receives His Combat Medals

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The family of a World War I veteran from New Hampshire has been presented with some long-overdue service medals.   Frank Silva's son, Cmdr. Frank Silva, and daughter, Kathleen Talley, received the Purple Heart and other medals on Friday at the American Legion, Post 37 in Hooksett.   Sen. Jeanne Shaheen presented the medals.   Silva served in France after enlisting in the Army in July 1917. Silva was originally assigned to the Yankee Division, which would later become the 101st Field Artillery Unit. During his time in the Army, Mr.

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Newscast
11:07 am
Sat July 19, 2014

"Seek The Peak" Hiking Fundraiser Kicks Off On Mount Washington

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Hundreds of hikers are heading up the summit of the Northeast's highest peak to raise money for the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory.  The annual "Seek the Peak'' fundraiser at Mount Washington is being held Saturday. The event has raised more than $1.3 million since 2001, helping the observatory maintain its famous weather station atop the summit.   In 1934, observatory staff recorded a 231 mph gust that remains the highest wind speed ever observed by man. A remote sensor later recorded a 253 mph gust off Australia during a 1996 typhoon.   

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