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4:02 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Tourism Boycott Threats Follow Racist Comments By Wolfeboro Commissioner

The iconic sign welcoming visitors to Wolfeboro, NH.
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New Hampshire officials are getting hit with calls, emails and tweets reacting to racist comments made by a town police commissioner.

Jim Bouley, mayor of the capital city of Concord, said the reaction from as far away as California included threats to cancel vacations in New Hampshire. The calls started Thursday after news reports detailed comments by Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland, who admitted using the N-word to describe President Barack Obama.

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NH News
7:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

N.H. Senate Passes Bill To Include Pets In Domestic Violence Orders

The New Hampshire Senate has passed a bill to include household pets in orders protecting victims of domestic violence. 

The bill expands the orders to include pets in cases involving stalking and domestic violence. The bill would allow judges to grant custody of any domestic pets or farm animals to the victim and issue an order barring the abuser from harming or disposing of the animal. 

The bill passed Thursday on a voice vote without debate. It now goes to the House for review. 

NH News
12:40 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Hassan Pushes For Hiring, Spending Freeze In Wake Of Sudden Revenue Shortfall

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Governor Maggie Hassan issued an Executive Order Wednesday that would freeze state hiring and purchasing, as well as out-of-state travel. The governor says the freeze is needed following a dramatic drop in revenue last month. 

Gov. Hassan says April education and general fund revenues fell short by almost $22 million.  Prior to that, the state had been running a roughly $25 million surplus.  She says the shortfall has lowered the state’s cushion to just below $4 million.

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Newscast
11:49 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Unemployment Rate Drops To 4.4%

The state’s unemployment rate ticked down one-tenth to 4.4% in April, according to new data from New Hampshire Employment Security.

Construction, retail and hospitality sectors all posted gains, but the state shed about 900 jobs in local government.

The total number of employed residents was up 2,200 to 714,640, while the labor force increased by 1,040 to 747,380.

The overall rate is down nearly a full point from last April. Nationally, unemployment stands at 6.3%.

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.

Newscast
6:22 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Lawmakers Look For Medicaid Tax Solution

Representatives Neal Kurk and Cindy Rosenwald testify before lawmakers.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

A recent ruling declaring a state tax on hospitals unconstitutional is leaving lawmakers scrambling for a fix. On Tuesday, three amendments were put forward, each offering a different path.

Representatives Cindy Rosenwald (D-Nashua) and Neal Kurk (R-Weare) are co-sponsoring a plan that changes technical language within the Medicaid Enhancement Tax and designates that none of the revenue be allocated to the state's general fund.

“We need to rethink the nature of the MET, the purpose and the partnership,” said Rosenwald.

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NH News
7:37 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Long-Delayed School To Open In Unity

A construction company and school officials say the new elementary school in Unity, New Hampshire, is expected to open Sept. 2.

The project had been delayed due to various problems. Earlier this year, residents approved a $2.75 million bond to complete it.

The Eagle Times reports Ron Bauer, executive vice president of Trumbull-Nelson, the construction company, said things are on track. He said most of the dry wall is now up, framing changes have been completed and installation of windows should be done at the end of the week.

Newscast
10:05 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Should Old Sex Crimes Be Subject To New Offender Registration Rules? N.H. High Court To Decide

The New Hampshire Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the constitutionality of sex offender registry requirements for convicts whose crimes were committed before the legislature imposed more stringent rules.  Lawyers for "John Doe'' contend the registry requirements amount to new layers of punishment that weren't in place when Doe was convicted in 1987 of sexually assaulting his 14-year-old stepdaughter. The requirements have been overhauled numerous times since 1998.

Newscast
9:57 am
Mon May 5, 2014

After Losing Hospital Tax Fight, Senate Looks For Budget Fix

The Senate's tax committee is meeting to discuss a recent court ruling that found New Hampshire's tax on hospitals unconstitutional.  Senate President Chuck Morse told the Ways and Means Committee last week he hopes negotiations among legislative leaders, the governor and the hospitals produce a short-term fix to avoid a major impact on the budget. The committee is hoping to have a proposal to attach to a House bill when the panel meets Tuesday.  The Superior Court ruling applies to the 2014 tax year and future tax years.

Newscast
9:54 am
Mon May 5, 2014

N.H. Fish And Game Asks Anglers To Help With Striped Bass Survey

Striped bass are starting to arrive in New Hampshire's coastal waters, and the state wants to figure out how many are out there.  To help state and federal fisheries biologists assess the status of the population, the state Fish and Game Department is asking anglers to participate in an online survey.  Participants are asked to measure each striped bass they catch. The survey is the only method the department currently has to get length measurements on fish that are released.  There's been a survey since 1993.  It can be found at http://www.fishnh.com/marine/striper_survey.html .     

Newscast
9:51 am
Mon May 5, 2014

UNH To Open New Student-Athlete Center

The University of New Hampshire is bringing sports and studying closer together with a new Student-Athlete Center for Excellence.  Paid for entirely with private donations, the $1.9 million center opening next fall will be housed at the university's field house and will include a large, comfortable study space staffed by advisers and tutors and smaller rooms where teams and small groups can work together.  Heather Barber, the university's faculty representative to the NCAA, says it will be a huge improvement over the current situation.

Newscast
9:48 am
Mon May 5, 2014

PSNH Anticipates Rate Hike For Customers

New Hampshire’s largest utility estimates customers will see a two percent average rate hike this year.  Public Service of New Hampshire filed its rate adjustment forecast with the Public Utilities Commission Friday.  PSNH says higher energy prices over the winter and continued volatility in the market could translate into higher power bills.  The utility has not yet requested a rate change from the PUC.

NH News
2:13 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Tractor Trailer Strikes Littleton Opera House

No one's been hurt, but there's been some damage to the Littleton, New Hampshire, Opera House after a tractor trailer unit struck the building this week.

Littleton police and fire officials tell the Caledonian Record that several vehicles strike the Opera House each year while attempting to make a sharp turn from Cottage onto Union Street. They say Wednesday's accident has resulted in more damage to the building than usual.

NH News
9:41 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Delay Sought In Racist Graffiti Trial

The lawyer for a New Hampshire man who survived a self-inflicted gunshot to the head after being charged with writing racist graffiti on homes is questioning his ability to stand trial.

Raymond Stevens of Pembroke pleaded not guilty last year to a felony criminal mischief charge, accused of writing the messages on the Concord homes of African refugee families. He has been under home confinement.

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