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5:22 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Officials Release Sketch Related To Abigail Hernandez Disappearance

Law enforcement officials are asking the public for help in identifying a man who may be tied to the disappearance of Abigail Hernandez.

Law enforcement officials are asking the public for help in identifying a man who may be tied to the disappearance of Abigail Hernandez.  Authorities released a sketch today of a man Hernandez says drove her away from Conway in a navy blue pick-up truck in October of 2013.  She describes the man as having darkish skin with dark brown eyes, black stubble facial hair, and someone who was slightly overweight and around five-foot-four-inches tall.

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NH News
5:08 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Members of Congress Worry Propane Rail Shipments Could Harm Great Bay

  Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte along with Congresswoman Carol-Shea Porter want to take a closer look at the potential environmental impacts of propane rail traffic through the Great Bay Estuary. 

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NH News
4:29 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

N.H. Insurance Department Seeks To Redefine Network Adequacy

Credit via WUKY

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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NH News
1:04 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Meriam Ibrahim Leaves Sudan, Arrives at Vatican

Daniel Wani and Meriam Ibrahim.
Credit Courtesy of Gabriel Wani

After a year-long struggle with the Sudanese government, Meriam Ibrahim left Sudan on Thursday.

Alongside her husband Daniel Wani of Manchester and their two young children, Ibrahim flew to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis today, according to the BBC. Ibrahim was blessed by the pontiff in a private ceremony and is due to return to the states in the next few days.

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Gardening
12:11 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Garden Bugs: The Good, The Bad, The Dreaded

The dreaded potato beetle.
Credit Brad Smith, Flickr CC

If you spend time tending a garden, chances are that you’ve come across some insects you don’t know. Other times there may be bugs you think you know and may be tempted to get rid of. Henry Homeyer argues that that’s not always the best thing to do. Homeyer is a lifelong organic gardener living in Cornish Flat. He’s the author of four gardening books and writes a weekly gardening column for ten newspapers around New England. I spoke with Homeyer on Thursday:

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Sports
10:23 am
Thu July 24, 2014

FootGolf: A Hybrid Sport Bringing New Life To The Links

James McCluskey tees off.
Austin Cowan NHPR

Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club in North Hampton has all the characteristics of a golf course. It has manicured fairways, rows of golf carts and a pristine clubhouse. Its patrons are all dressed in golfing garb, awaiting their turn to tee off down the first fairway. However, there is something a little odd about this course, something that doesn’t quite fit.

Amidst the traditional golfers are young kids holding soccer balls. They are here for a different game called FootGolf. That’s right, FootGolf, a sport that combines golf and soccer.

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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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North Country
4:49 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

The Polish Princess: Baking Bread And Helping The Economy One Job At a Time

The Polish Princess Bakery is expected to open on Main Street in Lancaster this October.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

At 7:30 in the morning on the 4th of July Magdalena Randall is in her kitchen in Lancaster with mixing bowls, dough, a large baking oven and a dream...

Many people in the North Country couldn’t tell you her real name. To them she’s The Polish Princess, purveyor of European-style bread.

Randall started baking about six years ago. It was a way to supplement the family income and she missed the kind of bread she grew up eating in Poland.

She had zero experience but did some research and gave it a shot.

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Business and Economy
4:03 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

The Currency: Biz Reporter Brings N.H.'s Stratospheric Export Numbers Down To Earth

North Dakota's oil boom is having a direct effect on N.H.'s export numbers.
Credit Tim Evanson / Flickr Creative Commons

The Currency is NHPR's ongoing look at economic and business news in New Hampshire. 

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Market Basket
3:37 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

With No Corporate Page, Market Basket Inspires Shopper To Build His Own Website

Web developer Michael Devaney took it upon himself to create MyDemoulas.net
Credit Courtesy Michael Devaney via WBUR

When the Market Basket situation blew up this weekend, so did Michael Devaney’s inbox.

“I knew something was up when I had 37,000 e-mails,” he said.

Many messages are short and angry, demanding the return of ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. Others are as long as book chapters. But 29-year-old Devaney said he hardly has time to read more than a handful.

Because he does not work for Market Basket.

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NH News
3:07 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Medical Marijuana Advocates Unhappy With Slow Implementation Of N.H. Law

Wednesday marks one year since New Hampshire became the final New England state to legalize medical marijuana.

Outside the State House in Concord today patient advocates marked the anniversary by saying the state is moving too slowly in making it legal to actually possess it. 

Matt Simon with the Marijuana Policy Project gathered with prospective patients in front of the State House on Tuesday to outline their complaints.

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NH News
3:07 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Two Seabrook Officers Fired After Police Brutality Investigation

A screen cap of the YouTube video of the event, which has been watched more than 200,000 times.

Two Seabrook Police Officers were fired Wednesday in connection with the November 2009 assault of a man who had been taken into custody.

The incident took place four and a half years ago, but didn’t become public until earlier this year, when the assault victim, now 24 year old Mike Bergeron, posted a video of the incident on YouTube.

In the video, Officers Mark Richardson and Adam Laurent are seen shoving Bergeron, then 19, headfirst into a concrete wall.

Seabrook Town Manager William Manzi says the investigation was independent and fair.

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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
Credit via Griffins Guide

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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