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North Country
8:04 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Unity Elementary School Almost Complete

A construction firm that took over work on the long-delayed elementary school in Unity, New Hampshire, is expected to finish all its work in the next two weeks.

Lebanon-based Trumbull-Nelson Construction Co. had the building completed on time in early September for students. The school opened Monday, Sept. 8. An official grand opening is scheduled at the school on Oct. 22.

The Eagle Times reports cleaning, furniture setup and cosmetic work are still being worked on.

Newscast
11:57 am
Sun August 10, 2014

New Monument To Capt. John Smith To Be Dedicated In Rye

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This year marks the 400th anniversary of Capt. John Smith's voyage and mapping of New England, and the dedication of a new monument to him in Rye, New Hampshire.  The obelisk at Rye Harbor State Park is made of four pieces of New Hampshire granite and has a bronze reproduction of Smith's map. It's enlarged to 26 inches tall from the original size of 12 inches.

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Newscast
11:51 am
Sun August 10, 2014

N.H. Loon Count Increases Slightly From Last Year

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The annual count of loons on New Hampshire's lakes shows a slight increase over last year, but experts caution the census only provides a glimpse into the true population.   Harry Vogel of the Loon Preservation Committee says 622 observers counted 549 adult loons during a one-hour period on July 19. That's up from the 520 adults observed last year. Vogel notes there were 26 fewer observers last year, so it's too early to say there are more loons.  A more complete picture will emerge in a couple of weeks when full-year monitoring results are released.

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Newscast
11:47 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Fish And Game Dept. Asks Anglers To Release Radio Tagged Bass

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The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game is asking anglers fishing in the Squam Lakes to immediately release any largemouth and smallmouth bass that were radio-tagged as part of a state study.   The bass will have a thin wire protruding from their underside and a yellow numbered tag near their dorsal fin.   The goal of the three-year study is to determine the percentage of bass returning to Big Squam Lake after being lake and weighed in and released in Little Squam Lake, and how long it takes them.

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Newscast
11:14 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Paving Work To Begin On U.S. Route 1 In Portsmouth

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is doing night paving work associated with a reconstruction project at the intersection of U.S. Route 1 and the U.S. Route 1 Bypass in Portsmouth.  The work is scheduled for Sunday through Thursday, Aug. 14, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day.  The department says drivers traveling through the work zone during these time periods should anticipate traffic shifts and possible alternating traffic during overnight hours.  Uniformed officers and flaggers will guide motorists through the work zone.

New England News
8:15 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Mass. Gets New Abortion Clinic Protection Law

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:38 pm

Police in Massachusetts will have new powers to disperse crowds around abortion clinics under a new law signed by Governor Deval Patrick Wednesday.

The governor signed the bill flanked by the Attorney General and the Senate President, the two most powerful women on Beacon Hill. He praised the lawmakers' speedy response to the recent supreme court decision which struck down Massachusetts' 35-foot buffer zone law around abortion clinics.

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Newscast
3:47 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Unions: Preliminary Vote Count Makes Fairpoint Strike Authorization Likely

Unions representing FairPoint Communications workers in northern New England say preliminary vote counts suggest an overwhelming majority of members support authorizing a strike.  Negotiations began in April on a contract that expires Aug. 2. Workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont recently held meetings to vote on whether to authorize a strike. Voting has finished in Maine and Vermont, but has been extended in New Hampshire due to storm damage.

Newscast
3:42 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Federal Rules Stymie N.H. Easter Seals Efforts To Bid On National Guard Contract

A program that helps New Hampshire National Guard members and their families is caught in a disagreement over whether aiding one group of veterans could end up hurting another.  The Deployment Cycle Support Care Coordination Program has helped 3,000 individuals with suicide prevention, mental health care, employment and housing since 2007. It's run by the Department of Health and Human Services, the New Hampshire National Guard and Easter Seals New Hampshire.

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Newscast
11:20 am
Sat July 19, 2014

96 Years Later, WWI Vet's Family Receives His Combat Medals

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The family of a World War I veteran from New Hampshire has been presented with some long-overdue service medals.   Frank Silva's son, Cmdr. Frank Silva, and daughter, Kathleen Talley, received the Purple Heart and other medals on Friday at the American Legion, Post 37 in Hooksett.   Sen. Jeanne Shaheen presented the medals.   Silva served in France after enlisting in the Army in July 1917. Silva was originally assigned to the Yankee Division, which would later become the 101st Field Artillery Unit. During his time in the Army, Mr.

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Newscast
11:07 am
Sat July 19, 2014

"Seek The Peak" Hiking Fundraiser Kicks Off On Mount Washington

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Hundreds of hikers are heading up the summit of the Northeast's highest peak to raise money for the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory.  The annual "Seek the Peak'' fundraiser at Mount Washington is being held Saturday. The event has raised more than $1.3 million since 2001, helping the observatory maintain its famous weather station atop the summit.   In 1934, observatory staff recorded a 231 mph gust that remains the highest wind speed ever observed by man. A remote sensor later recorded a 253 mph gust off Australia during a 1996 typhoon.   

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Newscast
10:08 am
Sun July 13, 2014

NASCAR Race Prompts Lane Closures And Changes Today

Lane changes and detours will be common around Concord on Sunday to deal with traffic congestion from the NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  The race in Loudon starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, but officials anticipate the most congestion will occur late afternoon and early evening.  The Exit 14 ramp on I-93 northbound will be closed from 5 to 11 a.m. Sunday. That same exit ramp and the Exit 15-East ramp on the southbound side of I-93 will be closed from about 3:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.  Route 106 --leading to and from the track --ill have lane changes to accommodate traffic flow.

Newscast
2:17 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Waterville Valley To Host N.H. Open

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The Waterville Valley Tennis Center is once again hosting the annual New Hampshire Open, scheduled for July 18 to July 20.  The 10,000 New Hampshire Open Tennis Championships is set on the 18 red clay court complex of the tennis center.  Athletes include top ranked New England and collegiate players who play the eastern summer tennis circuit.  Play begins the afternoon of Friday, the 18th, and continues Saturday with singles and doubles. Semi-finals and finals are on July 20.    

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Newscast
2:42 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Northumberland Expects $278,000 Grant For Emergency Water Main Repair

A North County town is expected to get a $278,000 grant to make repairs to a broken water main suspended from a historic covered bridge across the Ammonoosuc River.  The 100-year-old cast iron pipe suspended on the underbelly of the Northumberland Covered Bridge feeds wells and storage tanks. It broke in April, and only temporary fixes have been made.  The New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority approved an Emergency Community Development Block Grant for the repairs in Northumberland.  The solution requires drilling to install 300-plus feet of new pipe beneath the riverbed.

Health
3:56 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Data Shows N.H. Has Upped Spending On Disabled Home Care

New Hampshire has increased the amount of Medicaid funding it devotes to home-based care for the disabled since a 1999 U.S. Supreme Court ruling gave people a choice to live outside institutions.

By 2012, according to data provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the state was providing 50.3 percent of Medicaid long-term care money for disabled people living in home- or community-based settings. That compares to 40.3 percent in 2002.

Newscast
1:49 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

UNH Touts Unique Compost System

The University of New Hampshire is celebrating its use of a unique energy recovery composting system.  UNH is believed to be the only university in the nation with such a compost facility, which captures generated heat for water that can be pumped to reservoirs and used for wash water, provide pre-heated water for a boiler or be used in heating systems.  The system at UNH's Organic Dairy Research Farm, installed last year, preheats water used to clean and sterilize a tank and tubing in the milk room.  The compost facility was named for Joshua Nelson, who advanced the technology.

Newscast
1:47 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Gov. Hassan, N.H. Business Delegation On Trade Mission To Turkey

Gov. Maggie Hassan and a group of New Hampshire business representatives are on a trade mission in Turkey.  Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the state Department of Resources and Economic Development, says Hassan's presence will help open doors to businesses seeking to connect with Turkish businesses. He says Turkey has emerged as an important market and is New Hampshire's 12th largest trading partner. New Hampshire sent $79 million in goods and services to Turkey last year.  The group is in Turkey until Friday.

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Newscast
12:14 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

UNH Shows Off New England Dairy Farming With "Open Barn" Event

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The University of New Hampshire is holding an "open barn'' to give the public a chance to see how a typical New England dairy farm operates.  The New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station on the Durham campus calls Saturday's event "Meet Your Milk.'' Visitors can enjoy free milk and ice cream, wagon rides, tours and visits with the university's milking cows and calves.  According to Granite State Dairy Promotion, New Hampshire has approximately 130 dairy farms with an average of 115 milking animals per farm.    

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Newscast
11:21 am
Sun June 15, 2014

UNH Cooperative Extension To Host Emerald Ash Borer Workshops

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The University of New Hampshire's Cooperative Extension is going on the road to educate people about the destructive emerald ash borer.  Workshops are scheduled in Canterbury at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19, and at 4 p.m. Friday, June 20. Each will last two hours.  Homeowners, landowners and community leaders will learn about the beetle that has been spreading outward from Michigan for more than a decade, destroying millions of ash trees. They've been found in parts of New Hampshire.   The first workshop, at Canterbury Town Hall, will give an overview of the insect and the local situation.

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Newscast
1:57 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Celebration Of Lupines Kicks Off Around Franconia Notch

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Communities around New Hampshire's Franconia Notch are holding their 21st annual Celebration of Lupines.  Though the festival focuses on the spiky purple wildflowers that grow in abundance across the region, flowers are just part of the event, which takes place throughout the month of June.  This weekend incudes an open-air market in Sugar Hill. There will be more than 50 vendors and booth displays featuring local crafters, artisans, nonprofit groups and small businesses.

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Newscast
1:52 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

Saint-Gaudens Historic Site To Host Climate Change Presentation

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire, is hosting a presentation on the effect of climate change on historical sites.  The discussion is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10 at 6 p.m.  It will look at how New Hampshire's archaeological resources, historic buildings and cultural landscapes are affected and threatened by sea level rise, coastal erosion, increased flooding, heavy rains and insect infestations.

Newscast
5:19 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Former LGC Insurance Program To Return $17.1M In Illegal Subsidies

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Former Local Government Center insurance pool Property-Liability Trust will return $17 million in illegal subsidies.  This despite earlier protests that it didn’t have the money on hand.  The money will go to another former LGC insurance pool--HealthTrust—and then be refunded to member communities. 

For years, Property-Liability Trust struggled, and was supported by the Health Trust program, which raised funds by over-charging member communities. 

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Newscast
10:55 am
Mon May 26, 2014

EPA To Hold Public Hearing On Cleanup Of Chlor-Alkali Superfund Site

The public has a chance to learn about cleanup proposals at a former chemical plant in northern New Hampshire that was named a federal Superfund site in 2005.  The Chlor-Alkali site is along the east bank of the Androscoggin River in Berlin. The plant had supported the production of paper in local mills.  The Environmental Protection Agency says elemental mercury and other contaminants have migrated from the site and into the river, and continue to do so.

Newscast
10:49 am
Mon May 26, 2014

UNH N.H. Primary Course To Be Offered To The Public Online

The University of New Hampshire is opening up its class on the state's leadoff presidential primary to a wider audience through a Massive Open Online Course.  The course will be offered in the fall of 2015 and will build on a popular class the university has offered for the last several election cycles. Those participating from afar will be able to watch lectures and presentations from classroom guests and join in on discussions.  They won't earn college credit, and the university is still deciding how much they will be charged.

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Newscast
10:47 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Hooksett Open Road Tolling, Memorial Bridge Receive Engineering Honors

New Hampshire's open-road tolling in Hooksett and the new Memorial Bridge have received honors in engineering.  They've received "National Recognition Awards'' from the American Council of Engineering Companies.  Both projects presented engineering challenges and both were constructed and completed on very aggressive schedules.  The Hooksett project, which opened in May of 2013, involved the demolition of six conventional toll lanes and the construction of four lanes of highway speed toll lanes, plus other work.

Newscast
10:39 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Free North Country Workshops For Fly Fishing Beginners

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New Hampshire Fish and Game and the Division of Parks and Recreation are offering two free fly-fishing workshops in the North Country.   Officials urge interested anglers to register soon, as these workshops fill up fast.   A two-day workshop will take place June 7-8 at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown.  A second workshop is offered by the Haverhill Recreation Department June 28-29.   The workshops are open to anglers age 13 and up, although those 13-16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Environment
7:15 am
Mon May 19, 2014

E.P.A, Antioch Partner For Climate Change Conference

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New Hampshire is hosting a conference on climate change preparedness in the Northeast.

The conference is being held Monday through Wednesday in Manchester. Antioch University New England is hosting it along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The conference is bringing together planners and decision-makers from the northern Chesapeake Bay to Maine to learn how to build healthy and resilient community plans, and how to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

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Newscast
3:23 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

N.H. House Tries Again For Death Penalty Repeal, Loses Senate Supporter

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New Hampshire's House has twice passed legislation to repeal the death penalty with the governor's blessing, but the second attempt has cost them a key supporter in the Senate.   Republican Sen. Bob Odell, who voted for repeal, said Friday that he won't vote to take up the issue again.  The first bill stalled in the Senate on a 12-12 vote last month, but supporters may have overplayed their hand by sending a second bill to the Senate for a vote Thursday. The Senate has the option of passing the amended bill, killing it or asking the House to compromise.

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Newscast
12:35 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Wolfeboro Town Manager, Selectmen Ask For Police Commissioner's Resignation

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The Wolfeboro Board of Selectmen and Town Manager have posted a statement on the town's website condemning comments by local Police Commissioner Robert Copeland, and asking him to resign.   This comes after news reports earlier this week detailed racist comments by Copeland.

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Newscast
2:35 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Anthem Extends Deadline For Non-Compliant Plans Under ACA

About 10,000 New Hampshire residents whose individual insurance policies don't comply with President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law will get a chance to renew them for another year.  The Obama administration announced a two-year extension in March for noncompliant policies if states and insurance companies allow it.  Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire recently decided to allow the extension, but a company spokesman tells The Associated Press that the extension will be for only year. It will be available for anyone whose policies are due to expire between Oct.

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Newscast
2:32 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

College Commencement Season Kicks Off In N.H.

College commencement season is underway in New Hampshire, and at least four schools celebrated this weekend.  Colby-Sawyer College in New London, Keene State College, Rivier University in Nashua, and Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester all held commencement ceremonies on Saturday.  Gov. Maggie Hassan was the keynote speaker at Southern New Hampshire's ceremony for graduate students, while undergraduates were set to hear from poet Robert Pinsky.

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