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The city of Nashua is moving forward in its plan to reduce its carbon footprint.  

The Solarize+ campaign covers Nashua and Hudson, and runs through the end of August.

The city is working with two New Hampshire companies to offer residents and businesses discounts on clean energy upgrades – like solar installations, battery storage and energy efficiency audits.

Madeline Mineau of the city’s energy committee says the more sign-ups they get, the bigger the discounts will be.

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Senator Maggie Hassan was in Nashua Friday to tout her proposed study on the renewable energy practice of net metering, which lets ratepayers offset their bills by selling power they generate back into the grid.

It’s commonly used for homeowners to save on energy costs with rooftop solar panels, but it’s possible with bigger customers and energy developments, too – depending on state laws.

Hassan, a Democrat, wants the National Academy of Sciences to study the issue, so states like New Hampshire can fine-tune those rules.

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The City of Nashua announced today a new program to bring more solar power to the city.

 

Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess outlined the campaign at the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter which switched on its own 131-panel solar array earlier this year.

 

It’s called the “Solarize + Campaign,” and the plan is to allow residents and local businesses to pool resources in order to get better deals on solar energy construction and efficiency improvements.

 

The Nashua Board of aldermen voted Tuesday to approve a new $15.5 million performing arts center. All but one of the aldermen voted for the complex, which is set to go in at the Alec’s shoe store building on Main Street.

Late last year the Board voted against the project, with some citing cost as a factor.

Public Use of Narcan Up 400 Percent in Manchester

Jan 4, 2018
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Drug overdose deaths dropped last year in Manchester. Emergency personnel say more access to the opiate overdose reversal drug Narcan is a contributing factor.

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In an emotional plea Thursday, a 43-year-old man, who’s been in jail for a murder he committed when he was 17,  asks for a second chance.

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A group of healthcare workers from New Hampshire are heading to Puerto Rico this weekend to help out a local hospital that was severely damaged in the recent hurricanes.

Convicted Murderer at 17, Fights to Get Out 26 Years Later

Dec 13, 2017
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A 43-year-old man serving a life sentence for a murder he committed at 17 may now get a chance to be released. 

Nashua OK's Funding for New Drug Recovery Coach

Dec 13, 2017

The Nashua Board of Aldermen Tuesday night approved funding for a citywide recovery coach for those battling drug addiction. But it wasn’t without a lengthy debate.

Juvenile Lifer from Nashua to Be Re-Sentenced

Dec 13, 2017
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A 43-year-old Nashua man who’s been facing life in prison since he was a teenager is being re-sentenced this week.

Nashua May Soon Hire City's First Drug Recovery Coach

Dec 12, 2017

Nashua may soon get a dedicated recovery coach assigned to help with residents battling addiction. This position is part of the city's Safe Stations program.

Nashua Recovery Beds in Jeopardy As Funds Run Out

Dec 11, 2017
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Nashua could soon lose 11 recovery beds for people battling drug addiction. That’s if the nonprofit that runs the beds doesn’t get the money needed to keep them open.

Nashua Gets a New Fire Chief

Dec 6, 2017
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The city of Nashua will soon have a new fire chief.

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Think bagpipes, and you likely think Scotland. But one of the world’s largest bagpipe manufacturers happens to call Nashua, New Hampshire home.

That company, however, is facing an unexpected wrinkle in its international supply chain.

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Officials in Nashua Friday are marking the one year anniversary of a drug treatment program – that they say has saved hundreds of lives.

Nashua Voters Back Performing Arts Center Proposal

Nov 8, 2017
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A proposal to build a performing arts center in downtown Nashua got a shot of support from local voters Tuesday.

Performing Arts Center Proposal Put to Nashua Voters

Nov 6, 2017

Nashua aldermen rejected the $15.5 million proposal in September. But the question on Tuesday’s city ballot asks voters to decide whether lawmakers should reconsider.

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Nashua aldermen recently rejected a plan to bring a performing arts center to the downtown. But Tuesday, voters will get a chance to weigh in.

And over the past few weeks, advocates for the center have been working long hours to make sure it gets the support it needs.

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The hospitals will keep their respective names on the building. Employees and patients won’t see any immediate changes. But six months after announcing their intentions to collaborate, Elliot Health System and Southern New Hampshire Health are combining forces under a new umbrella group called SolutionHealth, creating a nearly 500-bed regional health care system, one of the largest in the state.

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The mayor of a New Hampshire city has proposed a new law that would require people suing the city to disclose how their lawsuits are financed.

Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess presented the ordinance Tuesday night before the Board of Aldermen. The Nashua Telegraph reports the ordinance applies to anyone bringing an action against the board or challenging any city ordinance or charter provision.

The law would require the person bringing the lawsuit and paying legal bills through donations to disclose all donors.

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The former Daniel Webster College campus in Nashua may soon be home to a Chinese university.

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[UPDATE: Monday's auction ended with the entire Daniel Webster College campus being sold for $12 million, which is about half of what the property was assessed at.]

When Daniel Webster College in Nashua announced it was permanently shutting its doors at the end of this past school year, students and staff were left wondering what’s next?

But a different question to be asked – is what happens to the 53-acre campus – comprising dorms, classrooms, an auditorium and a gym.

The campus has been for sale since the spring and Monday... it’s on the auction block.

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A soup kitchen and shelter in New Hampshire will soon be one of the first in the Northeast to be powered by solar energy.

New Hampshire police say they've arrested seven people in an ongoing effort to break up the drug trade in Nashua.

State Rep. Steve Negron is now a Republican candidate for New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District.

Negron, of Nashua, signed candidate papers with the Federal Election Commission on Friday. 

A Massachusetts state trooper accused of beating a suspect in New Hampshire following a 50-mile pursuit in 2016 has been acquitted.

A jury issued the verdict Thursday afternoon, bringing an end to the trial in Nashua. Thirty-three-year-old Joseph Flynn was found not guilty on both counts of simple assault.

Flynn's attorneys say they are grateful for the jury's decision and say Flynn will likely begin the process of being reinstated as a state trooper in Massachusetts.

  A Massachusetts state trooper accused of beating a suspect has testified that he was concerned about getting a non-compliant man under control and into handcuffs.

Prosecutors allege 33-year-old Joseph Flynn punched Richard Simone Jr., who was kneeling in Nashua following a two-state, 50-mile police pursuit in May 2016. Closing arguments in his trial were scheduled Wednesday.

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Aldermen in New Hampshire have approved a memorandum that will bring commuter rail services to Nashua.

The Tuesday night unanimous approval of the memorandum of understanding means the city can begin work immediately with the Rhode Island-based Boston Surface Railroad Co to create a detailed plan. The Nashua Telegraph reports the plan says it will create a train service connecting Bedford and Nashua to Lowell, Massachusetts.

Nashua is not liable for any of the funding for the service, though it will assist Boston Surface in looking for grants and federal loans.

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New Hampshire fire officials say no one was injured in a small plane crash at the Nashua Airport over the weekend.

Officials say the crash occurred Sunday as the plane was attempting to land but instead hit an adjacent grassy area. WMUR-TV reports  the grass caused the plane to veer off the runway and into a culvert several hundred yards away.

Both occupants got out by themselves and no one was injured.

The Nashua Airport Authority and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation will investigate.

Nashua Granted Another $260K for Anti-Drug Enforcement

Sep 27, 2017
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The Granite Hammer Program started last year to try to get major drug dealers off New Hampshire’s streets.  The state legislature has OK’d another year of funding for the program - but that funding still needs to be approved at the local level.

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