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7:08 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Despite Loss Of Key Supporter, N.H. Senate Takes Second Vote On Death Penalty Repeal

The Senate is voting for the second time whether to repeal New Hampshire's death penalty, but the loss of a key supporter may doom the bill.

Sen. Bob Odell, who had voted for repeal, says he won't vote to take up the issue again.

The first bill stalled in the Senate on a 12-12 vote last month. The House then passed a second bill repealing capital punishment which the Senate is scheduled to vote on on Thursday.

NH News
7:32 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Jury Selection Under Way In Mazzaglia Trial

Eleven jurors have been picked in the murder trial of a New Hampshire man prosecutors say raped and killed a 19-year-old college student whom his former girlfriend lured to their apartment.

Authorities say 31-year-old Seth Mazzaglia of Dover strangled University of New Hampshire sophomore Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott Oct. 9, 2012, at the Dover apartment he shared with his then-girlfriend, Kathryn McDonough.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports 12 jurors and four alternates will be chosen.

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NH News
7:10 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Police Memorial Ceremony Held One Week After Brentwood Officer Killed

The color guard stationed next to the police memorial in Concord.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Members of law enforcement from across the state gathered in Concord Monday to observe the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Ceremony. The name of Officer Steve Arkell, who was killed a week ago, was on everyone’s minds, but he will be formally added to the memorial next year. 

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Newscast
3:23 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

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

Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

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
3:16 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

White Mountains Campgrounds Open, But Beware Slick Footing

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Campgrounds in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest are open, but the Forest Service is warning people that some areas still have snow, and spring melt-off can lead to some slippery footing.  The Forest Service says heavy rainfall and slower seasonal changes also can cause stream crossings to be high and footing slick. Campers also need to be wary of bears and invasive insects.  Campers are advised to properly store all food and drink, and empty food wrappers.  Campers can introduce invasive insects to the area by bringing firewood from home; they need to buy firewood locally.

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Newscast
3:09 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

N.H. Fish And Game Warns Against Feeding Bears

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New Hampshire's state bear expert says good-hearted but irresponsible residents are "loving the animals to death.''   Fish and Game officials discovered four sites in Stoddard, North Conway and Bethlehem where residents have resumed feeding black bears despite previous warnings to stop.   Biologist Andrew Timmins says two bears had to be killed in North Conway because they had become so accustomed to human food, they were breaking into cars.

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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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NH News
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.

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