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4:29 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Police Say They'll Be Out In Force This Weekend

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A New Hampshire Marine Patrol boat circled the waters of Great Bay, while State troopers flanked a Massachusetts State Police strategic vehicle. They were there to urge motorists in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts to drive responsibly. NH State Police major Chris Aucoin said that this weekend they’ll be looking for speeding motorists as well as those who are under the influence.

“It continues to be an ongoing phenomena that is killing people on our highways, in addition to distracted driving.”

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NH News
5:25 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

N.H. Fans Greet American Idol Finalist At Homecoming Celebrations

Fans crowd around Alex Preston during a parade in Durham on Saturday.
NHPR / Roger Wood

American Idol finalist Alex Preston returned to New Hampshire on Saturday. 

The Mont Vernon native was greeted by throngs of supporters in his hometown and again later in the day in Durham.

At a celebration in Mont Vernon, Governor Maggie Hassan proclaimed Saturday Alex Preston day in New Hampshire. 

And at parade in Durham, more than a thousand people waited for the Preston to pass by in an open convertible.

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NH News
4:27 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Portsmouth Starts Free Shuttle Service To Ease Downtown Parking

The City of Portsmouth is taking action to reduce the parking squeeze downtown. 


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NH News
2:20 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Navy Decommissions USS Miami

Miami Captain Rolf Spelker and Rear Admiral Ken Perry at PNSY
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The Navy deactivated the Los Angeles Class Submarine at the Portsmouth Navy Yard.

It was there that a former shipyard worker, Casey Fury, set a fire on board that ultimately gutted the $900 m sub. During a one hour ceremony, its last commander, captain Rolf Spelker, noted that the Miami, commissioned in 1990, was recognized as the best sub in the Atlantic fleet.

“And all of us justifiable take pride not only what we have in our tours, but also what has been done by those that preceded us and those that came after us.”

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NH News
2:21 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

HCA Prevails In Fight Over Portsmouth Hospital

The state’s highest court has settled the dispute over the ownership of Portsmouth regional hospital, thwarting an effort by the foundation for seacoast health to wrest control of the hospital from the Hospital Corporation of America.

At issue was whether the 1999 restructuring of Portsmouth regional hospital gave the foundation for seacoast health the right to purchase the hospital from its parent company , the Hospital corporation of America.

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NH News
3:44 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

State Police To Heighten Enforcement During July 4 Weekend

N.H. State Police Col. Robert Quinn, center, with counterparts from Maine and Massachusetts, left to right.
Credit Roger Wood

Public safety officials in Northern New England are urging caution on the highways and waterways during the holiday weekend.

State Police and Marine Safety officials converged on Dover Point to emphasize their commitment to safe driving and boating, starting with the July 4th holiday.

New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert Quinn says that enforcement will be increased in three states.

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NH News
11:34 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Final Section Of Memorial Bridge In Place

The final section of the Memorial Bridge is in place.
Credit Roger Wood

The final section of the New Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine is now in place.

It took less than half an hour to float the center span down the Piscataqua River from the New Hampshire State Pier. 

That’s where construction crews built all the new bridge parts for the new span.  After tugboats pushed the section into place, crews began the work of connecting it with the other finished sections of bridge. 

Scott Dennett, a Portsmouth native, has been documenting the entire bridge building process with his camera.

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NH News
4:55 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

234 years later, 20 Enslaved Revolutionary War Veterans Are Granted Freedom

Hassan signs a bill posthumously freeing 20 enslaved Revolutionary War veterans
Credit Roger Wood

  Governor Maggie Hassan has signed legislation that finally officially grants freedom to African Americans who served in the Revolutionary War. 

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NH News
5:05 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Workers Exempt From Federal Furloughs

Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers learned today they will no longer be furloughed.

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NH News
5:23 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Sarah Long Bridge Closed Indefinitely After Sustaining 'Significant Damage' From Tanker Strike

The Sarah Long Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine sustained significant damage from a ship accident.  On Monday afternoon, a tanker ship drifted into the bridge. 

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and State Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement spent Tuesday morning surveying the damage.  The tanker Harbour Feature is now docked at the state pier, where the Governor updated her survey of the bridge damage assessment.

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NH News
5:06 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Coast Guard To Investigate Why Tanker Crashed Into Sarah Long Bridge

The Sarah Long Bridge in Portsmouth was blocked off on Monday after a tanker collided with it.
Credit Roger Wood, NHPR

 

The U.S. Coast Guard will investigate why a tanker ship drifted into the Sarah Long Bridge between New Hampshire and Maine Monday afternoon.

As of Monday evening, the bridge remained closed to vehicle traffic.

 

The vessel, loaded with tallow, an export from the Port of New Hampshire, broke free from its mooring at the New Hampshire State Pier. Ports and Harbors Director Geno Marconi says that The Harbour Feature, a tanker, was secured at the pier, and had just undergone a refueling.

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NH News
3:10 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Naval Shipyard Workers Rally Against Cuts

John Joyal
Credit Roger Wood

Portsmouth Navy Yard workers and their supporters are rallying to oppose furloughs they face because of federal budget cuts.

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NH News
3:10 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Navy Considers Closing Portsmouth Shipyard One Day Per Week

Paul O'Connor, President of Metal Trades Council
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The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard may be forced to close down completely one day a week, under federal budget sequestration.

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NH News
10:07 am
Tue March 5, 2013

New England Fishermen Say Federal Policies Continue To Hamper Industry

New Hampshire fishermen say the federal government’s most recent fishery management policy continues to push them out of business.

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Environment
4:54 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

$900K River Dredging Project Underway In Newington

A $900,000 river dredging project is underway in Newington.

The Army Corps of Engineers is the contractor for the federal project, which is intended to make the Piscataqua River more navigable in one area. When completed next month, some 15 thousand cubic yards of sand and gravel will be taken from the Simplex Reach, upriver from the I-95 bridge. Tugboat Captain Chris Holt says that the project will improve navigation for vessels in that area.

Right now, he says, the three shoals created by river currents can create a hazard.

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