Nashua

Investigators believe an apartment fire in Nashua, New Hampshire, that led to a woman's death and caused two people to jump from a second-story window started on a porch.

Fire marshals are still investigating the fire that tore through the building on Monday morning.

The name of the woman who died has not been released; an autopsy was scheduled.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports authorities say the people who jumped were not hurt.

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Residents in 30 apartments had to evacuate a large complex in Nashua Tuesday night when part of a roof collapsed from heavy snow. No injuries were reported, but city officials are urging resident and building owners to monitor the snow loads on their roofs to prevent further incidents.

The storms from the last two weeks dropped close to four feet of snow in the Nashua region. And that creates safety risks for drivers, walkers and homeowners.

Heavy snow caused a roof collapse in a Nashua apartment building.

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A staggering two feet of snow landed in southern New Hampshire yesterday. And while it didn’t create any disasters, many in the Nashua area are digging their way out. 

As Tuesday’s storm bogged the Nashua region with heaping banks of fluffy snow, many hunkered in their homes. That made it easier for city crews to work through the day and night, clearing the roads for Wednesday.

While most businesses reopened, public schools remained closed, and many residents are still clearing the snow from their cars and driveways.

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The mayor of Nashua will not seek re-election this fall.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports Mayor Donnalee Lozeau will not seek a third term, after serving as head of the state’s second-largest city since 2008.

Her term will expire in January of 2016.

Meanwhile, Nashua Chamber of Commerce president Chris Williams has already announced plans to explore a run for the office.

Several aldermen are also said to be considering running.

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The New Hampshire Retail Association expects us all to do more shopping this holiday season.  The group projects a 4.3 percent jump in sales, slightly higher than national forecasts.

In anticipation, New Hampshire retailers, warehouses and delivery services are recruiting temporary workers. And while that bodes well for the job market, not all employers and employees find what they’re looking for.

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State and local law officials are investigating the death Tuesday of a 3-year-old girl in Nashua.

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office and Nashua Police are describing the circumstances leading to the child’s death as suspicious.

Nashua police responded to a home on Oak Street at approximately 11:30 Tuesday morning, for a medical call involving the child, who was a resident in the home.

That child was taken to the hospital, where she died a short time later.  

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

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According to the latest study of the so-called Capital Rail Corridor released last night by the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority running commuter rail from Manchester to Boston would cost $246 million dollars, and attract at least 650,000 riders per year.

Many in a standing-room-only audience in Nashua were ready to forge ahead with expanding train service, but the study will likely face a chillier reception in other parts of the state.

Officials in Nashua are considering plans for a new downtown performance arts venue. Architectural drawings call for a multi-level theater one block from Main Street that seats 1,400 and includes a 500-car parking garage and space for a restaurant. 

The city held a public hearing on the proposal Tuesday.

Sarah Marchant, who directs Nashua’s community development division, says the project would cost around 22-point-five million dollars, but she says the city doesn’t intend to foot that entire bill.

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The Bureau of Justice Administration has approved funding for a new drug court in Nashua, but has rejected a grant for the same program in Manchester.

Hillsborough County Superior Court had applied for two three-year, $325,000 grants.

Each would have funded drug courts in the state’s two largest cities, but, earlier this month, only Nashua’s was approved.

Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Ken Brown says while he’s disappointed, the Manchester court did receive funding for a similar program called Project HOPE.

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Whole Foods opened its first New Hampshire store in Nashua last month. It plans to add stores in Bedford and Portsmouth by 2016.

It’s an open question whether the Texas-based chain known for high-end natural and organic products can compete with farmers markets on the one hand and with the reopened Market Basket, or the grocers that saw their business grow as the Demoulas family feuded.

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An unofficial drug court in Nashua is celebrating both its first program graduate and a federal grant that will allow the program to continue.

Drug courts allow nonviolent criminals to avoid jail time and instead get court-ordered treatment, therapy and other help. Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Jacalyn Colburn told the Telegraph that she started an unofficial version last year with funding from the Greater Nashua Mental Health Center, and later applied for a federal grant.

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New Hampshire primary voters are headed to the polls to choose their candidates in several races, including the U.S. Senate.

At St. Peter’s Parish Hall in Concord, moderator John Williams says as is typically the case, a large cluster of voters showed up shortly after polls opened.

“New Hampshire voters are certainly early risers. They like to come and vote early. We also see a rush during lunch time and again during the evening between 6 and 7.”

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The upscale grocer Whole Foods, which is based in Texas with close to 400 stores around the country, opens its first New Hampshire location on Tuesday in Nashua. 

The food business has its share of troubles in New Hampshire. Market Basket’s labor protests are keeping shelves empty and customers away. And last year, Shaw’s closed many of its stores, and Stop & Shop pulled out of the state altogether.

But despite these struggles and competition from big-box retailers or local farm stands, Whole Foods is betting on consumer demand for natural and organic. 

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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Aldermen in Nashua voted 8-6 this week to allow for a handicapped-accessible playground to be built in the city’s Greeley Park.

The vote puts to rest an issue that has divided city residents for nearly two years.

Debate over where to build the playground has been contentious and personal at times, and project organizer Eric Brand says he’s glad that’s now in the past.

“We are very happy to be able to start moving forward towards getting a final design that we can that we can hopefully this construction going next year.”

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A Nashua man who will be awarded the Medal of Honor next month says the recognition does not belong to him, but to his unit, and his fellow servicemen who died in battle.

Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts will receive the medal during a White House ceremony next month.

He is quick to deflect any credit, and says the award is a memorial to those who have laid down their lives in battle.

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The end of the school year in Nashua marks the end of the line for an after school program that organizers say was vital for the city’s middle school students.

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It's been more than a year since the flag was lowered for the last time outside VFW Post 483 on Quincy Street in Nashua. But upkeep on the nearly century-old building was breaking the organization's bank, especially after sinking $100,000 into a new sprinkler system in 2012 to comply with the city's building code.

So last April, rather than dig themselves into a bigger financial hole, the VFW sold the building and handed over the keys to the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Homeless Shelter, which was operating across town out of a much smaller building.

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A third-party study has determined the east side of Nashua's Greeley Park  would be the best place for a playground that has sparked two years of debate.

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New Hampshire’s first public memorial to the victims of the Holocaust officially opens in downtown Nashua this Sunday.

Unlike many memorials and museums, its funding didn’t come from a committee or a foundation.

Instead, the $150,000 was raised by a single man, former Nashua alderman Fred Teeboom, who was a Jewish child in hiding after the Nazis occupied Holland.

Nearly 70 years after he lived as a hidden child during World War II, Fred Teeboom is on a mission.

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Officials in Nashua expect the results of a study this week that aims to bring closure to a debate that’s divided city residents over the past two years.

And all of it is over a playground.

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Nashua business owners could win more contracts from the city thanks to a local preference ordinance the Board of Alderman will consider this week.  

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Nashua is in the midst of a downtown branding campaign, with the slogan “Dare To Begin” and an eye-catching video showing some of the district’s most prominent features from above, courtesy of a camera mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicles, or a drone.

The catch is, the system used to make the video does not appear to have had license from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly.

House lawmakers are scheduled to take up a bill Wednesday to increase annual per pupil funding for New Hampshire’s nearly two dozen charter schools.

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Starting with the New Year on Wednesday, cities and towns will have the option of extending last call at bars from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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Many schools in New Hampshire enhanced their security in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. a year ago.

Those new measures come at a big cost to school districts.

And they’re forcing school officials to decide what type of security works for their buildings and their communities.

Even the head of Nashua’s school district needs clearance before he’s allowed into any of the city’s 17 schools.

“Hi, Mr. Conrad. Left door,” the secretary inside Elm Street Middle School says over the intercom.

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When Matt Milbourn, a veteran of the first Persian Gulf War, found himself unexpectedly made homeless,  Harbor Homes was there for him.

In addition to operating a homeless shelter, Harbor Homes also manages a reintegration program, offering services, healthcare, and education to homeless veterans and their families. Matt earned his CphT (Certified Pharmacy Technician) through the program, and now teaches computer education and life skills classes at Harbor Homes.

City of Nashua

There are new details about the police investigation of Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and her husband, including allegations of bid-rigging, kickbacks and drug use.

After the commission's recommendation last month, lawmakers will be debating expanding Medicaid in a special legislative session called by Governor Hassan; it remains to be seen how much bipartisan support the measure will have. We'll be watching the mayor's race in Manchester, where incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas is being challenged by Alderman Patrick Arnold, and a special House election in Nashua, which pits former House Majority Leader Peter Silva against Democrat Latha Mangipudi.

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The mayor of Nashua, Donnalee Lozeau, says the city police department, led by Chief John Seusing, have investigated her and her husband, David Lozeau, partly over contentious negotiations on a new police labor contract.

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