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7:27 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Worth Preserving? 'Ugly' Concord Building At Center Of Debate Over Mid-Century Design

The former Department of Employment Security Building, located on South Main Street in Concord
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Located at 32-34 South Main Street, the former office of New Hampshire Employment Security has been called “the ugliest building in Concord.”

It is empty and blighted. It also melds two distinctly different styles; a 1927 home made of brick juts from the back of a 1958, Mad Men-era office building framed with turquoise panels of porcelain-enameled steel. 

Those turquoise panels, in particular, look dated to many people. Mid-20th century architecture is not in vogue in New Hampshire, although it is in many cities outside of New England.

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NH News
4:44 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Declaration of Independence Signer's N.H. Estate For Sale

The Bartlett estate.
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The home of the second signer of the Declaration of Independence, Josiah Bartlett, is up for sale. Bartlett, a former New Hampshire governor, once lived in the 18-acre estate in Kingston, NH.

The white farmhouse built in 1774 is now up for sale with an asking price of $849,600. Complete with open pasture and wooded areas, the property also has a linden tree that Bartlett brought back from Philadelphia after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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NH News
4:36 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

PSNH Customers Again Trickling To Competitors During Spring Months

After dipping to 49% of total kWh sold over PSNH power lines in February, the percent of power from competitors rose again over the spring months to 56%.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown Data: NH PUC

According to new numbers filed with the state’s Public Utilities Commission, a little less than 56 percent of the electricity sold to consumers in the service territory of the state’s largest utility, Public Service of New Hampshire, came from competitive suppliers. That number peaked at 58 percent last October before dropping to 49 percent in February thanks to soaring winter electric market prices.

“This could be a plateau, we did see some leveling off of the migration numbers in late 2013, and then we saw a big reversal,” says Martin Murray, PSNH spokesman.

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Business and Economy
11:42 am
Wed July 16, 2014

The Currency: How An Exeter-Based Skate Company Is Becoming One Of The Biggest Names In Sports

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The Currency is our ongoing look at economic and business news in New Hampshire. 

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Politics
10:59 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Incumbents Kuster, Shea-Porter Lead In Fundraising

Congresswomen Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter
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The latest campaign finance reports show Democratic incumbents Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster raised far more money in the last three months than their potential Republican challengers in New Hampshire's two House races.

Kuster had the best quarter, raising $565,000 between April 1 and June 30, and has $1.7 million on hand for her 2nd District race. Republican Marilinda Garcia took in $128,000 and has $125,000 on hand, while Gary Lambert raised $103,000 and has $305,000 on hand. Republican Jim Lawrence reported $5,200 in contributions and $25,000 in debts.

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Developing
6:31 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Heavy Rain Brings Flash Flood Watch For Wednesday

11:11 AM: The wet weather isn’t over yet for New Hampshire.

A flash flood watch remains in effect through Wednesday night for most of the state.

The National Weather Service says several rounds of heavy rainfall are moving through the region, which could lead to flash flooding with an inch to 3 inches of rain. 

There have been a number of washouts during the latest round of summer storms. At least one home had to be evacuated near Route 119 in Winchester. Part of the Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua had to be closed as well. 

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NH News
6:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Pax Index Bets Women-Led Firms Can Beat The Stock Market

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  Pax World Funds, an American investment management company located in Portsmouth, is betting that companies with female leadership will outperform the stock market.

There are 406 companies in Pax’s new index fund, including Microsoft, General Electric, and Estee Lauder.  Besides being well-established brands, they have one thing in common:  women in leadership positions.  Ninety-seven percent of all the companies in the fund have two or more female board members.  In a traditional index fund, says Pax CEO Joe Keefe, women sit on only about 11 percent of board seats.

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NH News
9:33 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Manchester Police: 2014 Crime Stats Show Little Change

Chief David Mara facilitating the meeting in the M-PAL building.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  Manchester police say that while efforts to reduce property crimes in Manchester have shown some success, the total number of crimes since January is virtually identical to last year. The information was presented during a downtown community meeting hosted by the Manchester police department Tuesday night.

Officer Matt Barter, the department’s crime analyst, says some of the numbers between January and June are looking good. 

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Granite Geek
5:56 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Granite Geek: Who Says Chess Isn't As Dramatic As NASCAR?

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Once again New Hampshire is playing host to a competition full of pulse-pounding intensity, where every move can pave the way to victory, or shatter championship dreams.

We're talking not about last weekend’s NASCAR race but the United States Girls Junior Closed Championship, which gets underway this week at UNH Manchester.

And by the way, those who geek out over competitive chess see just as much high drama on the board as stock car fans find on the speedway.

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NH News
2:45 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

N.H. Liquor Commission: Washington, D.C. Licenses Are Valid ID

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The New Hampshire Liquor Commission has clarified a state law, saying that driver’s licenses from Washington, D.C. should be acceptable identification when purchasing alcohol.

The guidance is in response to an incident in Concord earlier this month where a legal-age customer with a Washington, D.C. license was denied alcohol.

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NPR Story
2:02 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Conference Takes Aim At Sexual Crimes On College Campuses

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 10:17 am

Sexual assaults on college campuses are making troubling headlines nationwide. This week, about 700 university officials from all over the country are gathering at Dartmouth to brainstorm ways to make schools safer for their students.

Dartmouth President and alumnus Philip Hanlon started the Dartmouth Summit on Sexual Assault with an admission that, much as he loves his job, there can be some terrible moments.

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NH News
12:13 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

N.H. Unemployment Rate Unchanged In June, Remains At 4.4 Percent

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New Hampshire’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent last month, unchanged from the May rate.

The state’s unemployment rate remains well below the national rate of 6.1 percent.

While the state’s unemployment rate was unchanged last month, the state’s employment security office reports the number of out-of-work Granite Staters dropped by 340.

The office also reports the state’s total labor force dropped by about 1,500 people from May to June.

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Politics
12:04 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Hobby Lobby Ruling Is Key To N.H. Dems Midterm Election Strategy

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz addresses female volunteers at the home of N.H. House Speaker Terie Norelli.
Credit Emily Corwin for NHPR

Top Democrats rallied volunteers and worked the phones Monday in Portsmouth. Their goal was to call attention to the US Supreme Court’s “Hobby Lobby” ruling, which found a closely held company could not be forced to pay for all birth control procedures required by the Affordable Care Act.

Democrats hope Supreme Court rulings like the Hobby Lobby and the striking down of Massachusetts’s abortion clinic buffer zone law will motivate women voters, helping the party overcome certain challenges.

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Newscast
9:59 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Everett Turnpike Toll Collecting To End In Merrimack

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Toll-collecting at a stop in Merrimack will soon become a thing of the past.

The state Department of Transportation is ending collections as of Friday night at Exit 12 on the Everett Turnpike.

Toll equipment at Exit 12 and signs eventually will be removed.

The elimination of the toll tamp booths was included in the gas tax bill passed by legislators this year.

Some legislators said Merrimack residents were disproportionately burdened by having it, one of several in the community.

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Newscast
9:52 am
Tue July 15, 2014

State Investigating Possible Labor Violations At Unity School Construction Project

The state is investigating companies working to finish the elementary school in Unity over allegations that some subcontractors are using workers living in the country illegally.

James Craig, commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Labor, tells the Eagle Times investigators were at the job site last week. Authorities say it was sparked by the arrest of two men from Mexico who were held on immigration detainers.

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