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4:30 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Estimate: Vermont Yankee Shutdown Will Cost $1.24 Billion

Credit Via the NRC

The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is out with a new estimate of what it will cost to decommission the reactor, manage high-level radioactive waste and restore the plant site.

And that figure — about $1.24 billion — is nearly double what plant owner Entergy Corp. currently has saved up in the plant's decommissioning fund.

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Newscast
4:00 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Draft Of Vermont's GMO Labeling Rules Released

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The Vermont Attorney General's office has released a draft of the rules it is writing to govern the state's first-in-the-nation law to require the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms.

The nine pages of rules released Wednesday lay out everything from definitions of "food" and "genetic engineering" to the required disclosures on packaging that will read "Produced with Genetic Engineering."

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Newscast
3:31 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Giffords To Visit Manchester YWCA To Discuss Gun Violence

Giffords in 2013 with her husband, Mark Kelly
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Former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords is coming to New Hampshire to discuss protecting women from gun violence.

Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011, has become a national advocate for gun reform and started the group Americans for Responsible Solutions.

On Wednesday in Concord, she'll join female legislators, law enforcement officers and the president of the Manchester YWCA, the site of a 2013 murder suicide.

The discussion will center on how to prevent domestic and gun violence through legislation.

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Environment
8:28 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Juvenile Bald Eagle Nursed Back To Health, Released

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department officers and a wildlife rehabilitator have nursed a juvenile bald eagle back to health.

The healthy bird was released in Squam Lake's Long Island last week, near its nest.

The Eagle-Tribune reports a conservation officer rescued the bird in August. It had a broken leg, possibly caused by falling out of the nest or having a rough landing while learning to fly.

Newscast
7:47 am
Mon October 13, 2014

State Pier Dedicated In Hampton

Gov. Maggie Hassan is helping dedicate the newly constructed Hampton State Pier.

The pier is the only public access, multi-use facility in Hampton Harbor. It supports the commercial fishing industry and charter fishing boats, and includes a public boat launch ramp.

The new pier was built after engineer divers who studied the pier in 2009 determined that it had severely deteriorated. A contract was awarded to Sea and Shore Contracting to replace the commercial wharf and floating docks, and Appledore Marine Engineering provided oversight and quality control services.

Newscast
7:44 am
Mon October 13, 2014

State Supreme Court Hears Cases At N.H. High Schools

New Hampshire's Supreme Court will hear two cases at Salem High School as part of its "On the Road" series.

The justices will travel to the school Thursday to hear arguments in cases involving evidence obtained by police during a road-side search and a confession in a burglary case.

Attorney General Joseph Foster and Deputy Attorney General Ann Rice will visit the school Tuesday to brief students about the cases.

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Newscast
8:11 am
Wed October 8, 2014

SBA Disaster Loans Available In New Hampshire

The U.S. Small Business Administration says federal disaster loans are available to small businesses, agricultural cooperatives and nonprofit groups in New Hampshire as a result of extreme temperature fluctuations from Dec. 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014.

Under this declaration, the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related groups that suffered financial losses throughout New Hampshire.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million.

Newscast
7:06 am
Mon October 6, 2014

N.H. Firm Awarded $10M Shipyard Contract

Credit NHPR Staff

A New Hampshire engineering firm has been awarded a five-year, $10 million contract by the U.S. Navy to make repairs at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Appledore Marine Engineering in Portsmouth will start work on projects that include expanding the capabilities of the dry docks at the Kittery, Maine, shipyard, so they can accommodate the larger Virginia-class submarines.

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Newscast
9:55 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Minor Earthquake Felt By Concord Residents, Confirmed By USGS

Credit Via the USGS

  The U.S. Geological Survey reports there's been a small earthquake near Concord, New Hampshire.

The 1.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 9:42 p.m. Thursday about a mile northeast of Concord.

No injuries were reported.

The earthquake was the topic of chatter on social media when it struck, with area residents reporting the sound of a loud bang and minor tremor.

 

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Newscast
7:34 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Epping Police Dept. Shelters Wrong-Way Homing Pigeon

Credit Via the Epping PD's Facebook page

A New Hampshire police station sheltered, then released a confused homing pigeon that went the wrong way in a race. But the bird didn't go far after cloudy, rainy weather affected its ability to navigate.

For now, the pigeon is hanging out at the Epping Police Department, waiting for sunny weather. He rested in a box and ate popcorn Wednesday night.

The 4-month-old pigeon showed up Monday after getting lost in a race from New York to its home in New Braintree, Massachusetts.

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Newscast
4:13 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

N.H. DOS Makes Changes To Concealed Carry Application

New Hampshire's Department of Safety has made changes to the state's concealed carry gun license application for the second time in two months, following complaints from gun rights groups over some of the questions.

The Concord Monitor reports the department first made changes to the application form in August, in response to a superior court decision and general suggestions.

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Newscast
6:35 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Gubernatorial, Senate Candidates Address Energy Issues At Summit

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New Hampshire's gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates are addressing energy industry leaders, consumers and policy makers at an annual summit in Concord.

The New Hampshire Energy Summit being held Monday is organized by the Dupont Group and the New Hampshire Independent Energy Council, a coalition of non-utility electric generators, renewable generation developers, private transmission companies and electricity suppliers.

Gov. Maggie Hassan and her Republican challenger both will speak, as will U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Scott Brown.

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Newscast
6:15 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Jindal Joins Havenstein On Campaign Trail

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is joining Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein for two education related campaign stops.

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Newscast
8:13 am
Tue September 23, 2014

N.H. Attorney General Monitoring Lawsuit Against Fred Fuller Oil

New Hampshire's attorney general is closely monitoring a lawsuit filed by a major supplier of home heating oil against a dealer who supplies about 30,000 customers with fuel to be sure the dealer can fulfill its obligations.

Senior Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti says he will meet next week with lawyers for Hudson-based Fred Fuller Oil, in light of a lawsuit filed by Sprague Energy. The company claims Fuller owes $4.7 million in unpaid bills and is seeking to seize Fuller's delivery trucks and other assets.

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Newscast
10:04 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Littleton Receives Main Street Revitalization Grant

The New Hampshire town of Littleton is getting $250,000 to support a revitalization project on Main Street.

Littleton is planning to construct a multi-use bridge over the Ammonoosuc River pedestrians, bicycles and off-road vehicles.

The grant is from the Northern Border Regional Commission, which helps economic development in the North Country.

Gov. Maggie Hassan is touring the project after addressing the Littleton Economic Development Summit on Monday.

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