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Lakes Region
9:34 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Two World Records Could Be Broken At Winnipesaukee's 'Raft-A-Palooza'

Kayakers and canoeists are hoping to break two world records in Laconia, New Hampshire, this weekend.

LakeFest 2014: Raft-a-Palooza takes place Sunday at Weirs Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee. Following a "Blessing of the Fleet" in the morning, paddlers will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest raft of canoes and kayaks. The current record was set in Michigan with 2,099 boats.

The group also hopes to beat the record for the number of kayaks and canoes launched simultaneously. A group in Tasmania set the record with 308 boats last year.

Newscast
6:36 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Award-Winning Manchester Police Dog Retires

The 7-year-old police dog partner of a Manchester, New Hampshire, police officer is retiring after a successful career.

"Lou" and Officer Scott Ardita passed certification for five years while winning numerous awards in the process. The certification trial measures the success of a dog and his handler, but most importantly, it certifies the dog as a bona fide K-9 capable of working as a police dog.

The Manchester Police Department currently has eight working K-9 teams. Lou will continue living with Ardita and his family as he starts his retirement.

NH News
8:50 am
Wed July 30, 2014

N.H. Small Claims Courts Piloting Online Programs

Small claims courts in two New Hampshire communities are going paperless.

The courts in Concord and Plymouth are switching to electronic filing and processing on Wednesday.

The goal is to have all 32 small claims courts statewide go paperless by the end of the year.

Judicial officials say more than 13,000 new small claims actions were filed in 2013 and nearly 9,000 were reopened.

Small claims are filed in cases involving damages or debts of $7,500 or less. That sum will increase to $10,000 next year.

Newscast
11:33 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Lebanon N.H. Named A 'Top 10 Small Town'

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Lebanon has been named a "Top 10 Small Town" by a website that looks at small- and mid-sized communities.

Editors at Livability.com looked at cities with populations under 20,000, then examined statistics such as cost of living, health care spending, racial and socioeconomic diversity, crime, and others. They also looked at visitors' comments and what residents liked about living there.

Lebanon was No. 3 on the annual list, behind Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Northfield, Minnesota.

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Newscast
8:34 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Fired Seabrook Officers Plan To File Grievances

Two Seabrook police officers who were fired after they were caught on tape roughing up a suspect at police headquarters are planning to file grievances.

Officers Mark Richardson, who was seen slamming the suspect's head into a wall, and Adam Laurent, who pepper-sprayed the suspect, were fired. Richardson has also been charged with assault in connection with the Nov. 11, 2009, encounter at the Seabrook police station.

Newscast
6:15 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Pro-Lottery Lawmaker Honored On 50th Anniversary Of N.H. Lottery

The New Hampshire lottery — now in its 50th year — is honoring the former Keene state representative who pushed for it more than sixty years ago.

On Friday, the lottery is celebrating Laurence "Larry" Pickett night at the Keene Swamp Bats baseball game. Pickett worked from 1952 to 1953 to make sure legislation passed making New Hampshire the first state in the nation with a lottery. His lobbying efforts go back even further.

Along with the dedication, Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the lottery, will throw out the first pitch.

The game starts at 6:30 p.m.

Health
7:04 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Work Continues On Insurance Network Rules

The New Hampshire Insurance Department is sharing potential revisions to how it decides whether insurance policies cover enough doctors and other health care providers.

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Newscast
7:01 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Nashua Police Warn Residents About IRS Phone Scam

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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Newscast
8:15 am
Wed July 23, 2014

UNH Hockey Coach Indicted On Assault Charges

Former UNH womens’ hockey coach Brian McCloskey has been indicted on three counts of simple assault against a player on his team.

The state is also charging McCloskey of criminal threatening.  The indictment states McCloskey placed his body on top of the players, pulled her backward by her jersey, and pushed and/or pulled her by her helmet while shouting at her.

The University fired McCloskey in December following an investigation into a November game against Ohio State.

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Newscast
6:33 am
Wed July 23, 2014

UNH Reports Record Fundraising Year

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The University of New Hampshire raised a record $49.2 million in private donations last year, with the largest gift accounting for about 40 percent of the total.

The results for the fiscal year ending June 30 were 35 percent above the previous year's record of $35.8 million.

The largest gift was a $20 million donation in September from television producer Marcy Carsey, a 1996 UNH graduate. That money is being used to create the Carsey School of Public Policy that is opening this fall.

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Newscast
8:06 am
Tue July 22, 2014

N.H. Drops From First To Fourth In Kids Count Ranking

New Hampshire has slid to fourth place on a national ranking of places to raise children.

After decades in first place, the Granite State slid to fourth in the Kids Count Index, compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, with Massachusetts, Vermont, and Iowa now holding the top spots.

The drop was attributed to an increase in child poverty, up from 9 percent to 16 percent between 2005 and 2012.

Increases in homes with single parents and where the parents lack secure employment also factored into the decline.

Environment
8:04 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Vermont Conducts Loon Count To Gauge Health Of Bird

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Experts estimate there are nearly 300 adult loons living on Vermont's lakes and ponds, up from just a couple dozen 30 years ago.

On Saturday, more than 200 volunteers spread out across Vermont for the annual loon survey.

The results of the survey are trickling in, but Eric Hanson of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and the coordinator of the Vermont Loon Conservation Project, says there are many more birds now than just a few years ago.

He says 15 years ago there were around 100 loons and in 1983 biologists counted only 29.

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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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