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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.

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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.

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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 .     

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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.

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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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NH News
9:38 am
Wed April 30, 2014

White House Task Force Taps UNH For Sexual Assault Prevention Program

The University of New Hampshire has been asked to help a White House task force end sexual assault on college campuses.

A UNH program called Prevention Innovations was identified in a report to help protect students. The program is designing a training program in cooperation with campus-based practitioners around the country.

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NH News
7:41 am
Mon April 28, 2014

N.H. Senate Voting On "Hike Safe" Cards To Cover Rescue Costs

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The Senate is voting whether to sell "hike safe" cards to hikers that would forgive them for any rescue expenses they'd otherwise owe New Hampshire for being negligent.

Thursday's vote is on a House-passed bill that authorizes the Fish and Game Department to sell voluntary hike safe cards for $25 per person and $35 per family. People who obtain the cards would not be liable to repay rescue costs if their rescue was due to negligence on their part.

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Newscast
1:46 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

N.H. Attorney General Declines To Prosecute Police Officer For Drug Bust Fatality

A report by the New Hampshire attorney general says a tired police officer, poor planning and a series of bad decisions converged eight months ago to turn an attempted drug bust in Weare into a chaotic fatal shooting. Attorney General Joseph Foster ultimately opted not to prosecute Weare police officer Nicholas Nadeau for the death of Alex Cora DeJesus. The decision was made against a backdrop of laws and precedents that are weighted heavily in favor of a police officer's split-second judgment.

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1:41 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

N.H. House To Consider Another Casino Bill

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New Hampshire's House is voting Wednesday whether to legalize two casinos about a month after representatives said `no' to one casino.  The Ways and Means Committee voted 11-9 to recommend that the House reject the bill, which includes $25 million in aid to communities as a sweetener. The House has never approved video slots legislation.  The Senate bill proposes legalizing two casinos sharing a total of 5,000 video slot machines and 240 table games. The House killed a bill a month ago that would have legalized one casino licensed to have 5,000 video slot machines.

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1:36 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

In Time For Seal Pup Season, Seacoast Science Center Takes Over Marine Mammal Rescue

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The Seacoast Science Center in Rye is now handling marine mammal rescue duties in coastal New Hampshire. The center has joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's marine mammal stranding network. The partnership began Jan. 1, but the busy season is likely to start this spring as seal pup season begins.  Humans are more likely to encounter seals and seal pups on the beach at this time of year.  The center reminds residents that most seals they encounter on beaches are not in danger.  The center manages a 24-hour hotline for calls about animals that do appear in peril.

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Newscast
2:05 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Weather Delays Trout Stocking In N.H., But Not Opening Day

After a brief delay, New Hampshire Fish and Game department trucks have been heading out to stock the state's lakes and ponds with trout.  Saturday is opening day for the state's designated trout ponds. Fish stocking generally occurs from mid-March to early July, but it didn't start until the last days of March this year because spring conditions were slow to arrive.  Inland Fisheries Chief Jason Smith says with cold, high waters from melting snow, it will be a few weeks before rivers and streams are at "fishable'' levels.

Newscast
2:00 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

After Frigid Winter, N.H. Still Poised For A Good Turkey Season

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 A New Hampshire wildlife biologist says that the spring turkey population appears to be robust, despite the record number of zero-degree days this winter.  Saturday marks the start of the annual Youth Turkey Hunt Weekend.  Turkey biologist Ted Walski says sightings of flocks of wild turkeys suggest they weren't affected by the frequently frigid winter.  He expects the spring turkey hunting season to be as good as or better than last spring, when hunters took 4,550 turkeys.  Turkey season for adult hunters runs from May 3 to May 31.

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Newscast
1:53 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Despite Spring Weather, N.H. Ski Resort Opens For The Weekend

Spring is finally here, but at least one New Hampshire ski resort is holding out for another weekend of running the ski lifts.  Wildcat Mountain is open this weekend. There's still snow on some trails.  The ski area began operating daily for the 2013-2014 season on Nov. 3.  It plans to close again on Monday, April 28, through Friday, May 2, with the possibility of opening again next weekend.  

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