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1:05 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Veterans Group Raises Money For Special Housing At Dartmouth

A nonprofit group is raising money to buy a home for veterans who attend Dartmouth College.  Project VetCare Inc. has received an anonymous pledge of $375,000 toward the home's $475,000 purchase price and is hoping to raise the rest by May 31.  Co-founder Robert Chambers told the Valley News that the group plans to renovate the house with volunteer labor and use the rent that veteran tenants pay to support its programs, which include helping veterans navigate their health care and benefits and preventing foreclosures and evictions.

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1:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

N.H. House Committees To Hold Hearing On Raising Gas Tax

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The House highways and tax committees are holding a joint hearing next week on a proposal to raise the tax on gas and diesel by 4 cents.  The hearing will be held Tuesday.   The Senate-passed bill would provide more money over the next two years for highway improvements, then take some of the tax proceeds to pay off $200 million in borrowing toward completion of the I-93 project. Once the debt is paid off in roughly 20 years, the tax hike would expire. The bill would also eliminate the Exit 12 ramp toll booths in Merrimack.

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Newscast
9:26 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Amid Settlement Battle With Regulators, HealthTrust Announces $13.9M Refund

Offices of HealthTrust, Property-Liability Trust, and the N.H. Municipal Association, all formerly part of the LGC.
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Communities that carry HealthTrust insurance for public workers could split $13.9 million following a vote by the program’s board of directors.  In an announcement late Tuesday afternoon, HealthTrust noted that the refund was bigger than expected.  The money comes from another risk pool, Property-Liability Trust.  

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NH News
7:57 am
Wed April 2, 2014

House Panel Weighs Ban On Discrimination Against Gays

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A House panel is holding a hearing on a proposed amendment to New Hampshire's constitution that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The measure passed the Senate unanimously and if three-fifths of the House agrees, it would go before voters in November. The constitution currently prohibits discrimination based on race, creed, color, sex and national origin. The amendment would add sexual orientation.

The state already prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in statute, but supporters want to enshrine the protection in the constitution.

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NH News
7:51 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Hassan Takes Up Infrastucture With Berlin Bridge Visit

Gov. Maggie Hassan is visiting a bridge in Berlin, N.H., to talk about the need to strengthen investment in the state's transportation's infrastructure.

She's visiting the Hillside Avenue Bridge on Wednesday. She says the replacement of the bridge is an important project for traffic, safety and commerce in the area. Hassan said the replacement would be accelerated by the transportation funding bill that recently passed the Senate.

The bridge visit is taking place Wednesday afternoon.

NH News
3:53 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

List Of Candidates Grows To Replace Suspended Rockingham County Attorney

Joe Plaia -- a former Marine MP and public defender and current chief hearings officer for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission --  will run again for the position of Rockingham County Attorney.  Plaia is the first Democrat in this majority-Republican county to seek the seat of suspended  Attorney, Jim Reams. 

Plaia  says the Rockingham County Attorney's Office needs to be modernized. "There's a lot we can do to save taxpayer dollars," Plaia says, "there's a lot we can do to reduce recidivism." 

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Newscast
1:39 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Wild Turkey Survey Reporting Deadline Approaches

New Hampshire residents have until Tuesday to report any wild turkey flocks they've seen in recent months.  The state's annual winter turkey survey, which started Jan. 1, runs through Monday.  Fish and Game biologists use the survey data to monitor the abundance and distribution of turkeys during the state's challenging winter months. Officials say turkeys generally travel in large flocks during the winter months and are highly visible.   Turkeys vanished from the state's landscape in the mid-1800s due to unregulated harvesting and loss of habitat from extensive land clearing.

Newscast
1:36 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Fish And Game To Offer Free Turkey Hunting Workshop

A free workshop covering the basics of hunting wild turkeys is being held by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department next month in Holderness.   Dave Priebe, a hunter education instructor and Quaker Boy Turkey Calls pro staff member, will cover the basics of turkey hunting, turkey calling and turkey hunting safety at the event on Saturday, April 19. The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center.   Fish and Game wildlife biologist Ted Walski will talk about the natural history and behavior of wild turkeys.

Newscast
1:34 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

State To Hear Complaint Against Anthem ACA Plans

New Hampshire's Insurance Department will hear a complaint about the exclusion of a hospital from the network of providers covered under the Affordable Care Act.   A patient at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester says Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's network is inadequate because it does not include Frisbie. Sixteen hospitals are in the network; 10 are not. Anthem has said the "narrow'' network keeps costs down and the state insurance department determined the network meets adequacy standards.    The department previously denied a petition by Frisbie and patient Margaret McCarthy.

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Newscast
1:30 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Ban On Sex Offender Residency Restrictions

New Hampshire lawmakers are considering whether to bar municipalities from limiting where the state's more than 2,500 registered sex offenders can live after recent court rulings said the restrictions are unconstitutional.    The House passed a proposed ban by a vote of 231-97 in February. The bill now moves to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it faces an uphill battle.   The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union successfully challenged sex offender residency restrictions first in Dover, then in Franklin.

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Newscast
1:25 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Senate To Hold Hearing On Cell Phone Ban While Driving

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A New Hampshire Senate panel is holding a hearing next week on a measure to ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.  The House-passed bill also bans all cell phone use by minors behind the wheel. The bill doesn't apply in an emergency.   The ban would apply while drivers are stopped temporarily, such as at a red light, but not if they have pulled over and stopped off the road.  The bill allows the use of hands-free electronic devices, devices that are integrated into the vehicle, and non-cellular 2-way radio devices.

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NH News
7:59 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Gov. Hassan Leading Trade Delegation To Turkey

Gov. Maggie Hassan is going to leads a delegation of New Hampshire businesses on a June trade mission to Turkey.

Last year, New Hampshire companies and manufacturers exported more than $79 million in goods and services to Turkey.

Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, said Turkey is the state's 12th largest trading partner. He said there are increasing opportunities there for New Hampshire businesses, especially in the areas of aerospace and defense, health and medical technologies and construction machinery.

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NH News
7:56 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Jury Deliberating In Dartmouth Rape Trial

A jury is deliberating the case of a former Dartmouth College student accused of raping a female student inside her dorm room.

Last May, Hanover police arrested then-20-year-old Parker Gilbert, a freshman from London, on multiple counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. The arrest followed a complaint from a female student who said she was attacked after Gilbert entered her unlocked dorm room.

Parker pleaded not guilty and the defense argued the sexual encounter was consensual. A judge dropped two of the charges this week.

The trial started March 17.

NH News
4:13 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Report: Rockingham County N.H.'s Healthiest; Coos At Bottom Of List

A new report once again ranks Rockingham County as New Hampshire's healthiest, while Coos County remains at the bottom of the list.

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Newscast
12:50 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Nashua Chamber Poll Finds Northern Pass Gaining Support

A new  survey, conducted on behalf of the Nashua Chamber of Commerce, found growing support for the controversial Northern Pass project.

The poll, taken last month  by the UNH Survey Center for the Nashua Chamber, which backs Northern Pass,  showed 46 percent favor the proposal and 35 percent oppose  it.

The survey also found limited enthusiasm for requiring the burial of all Northern Pass Transmission lines.

Chris Williams is the Nashua Chamber's President.

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