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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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Newscast
11:20 am
Sun March 16, 2014

More Closures As Work Extended On Memorial Bridge

The Memorial Bridge that connects New Hampshire and Maine is closing overnights for an additional five days for adjustments.  The bridge that runs between Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, N.H., will be closed to all traffic --vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian --from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Sunday.   The closures are necessary to make adjustments to the guide rail on the towers.  The work is slated to wrap up and the closures to end by 5 a.m. March 21.   The new, $81 million Memorial Bridge opened last August.

NH News
5:29 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

N.H. Man Pleads Guilty To Receiving Stolen Lobster Traps

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A Bedford, N.H., man charged with possessing 49 stolen lobster traps, including some owned by a fisherman who died last summer, has pleaded guilty to several crimes and more than 100 violations.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says Kyle Basoukas pleaded guilty Monday to receiving stolen property and disturbing lobster gear, as well as 133 violations regarding his own equipment. He was given a suspended sentence of 90 days, fined more than $11,000 and had his lobster license revoked for five years.

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Newscast
1:24 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Missing N.H. College Student Found Dead In Rome

Italian railway police say a college student from New Hampshire who was missing for two days in Rome had been hit by a train.   Police didn't release the identity of the student whose body was found in a rail tunnel Thursday. But Trinity College Rome Campus officials said Saturday the student was Bates College junior John Durkin. The 21-year-old from Rye, N.H., was in a study abroad program.   Durkin had last been seen around 2:30 a.m. Thursday in Campo de' Fiori, a historic square lined with pubs popular with students.

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Newscast
11:36 am
Sun February 9, 2014

Application Period Open For N.H. High School Short Film Festival

The New Hampshire Film and Television Office is accepting submissions for this year's high school short film festival.   Created in 2007, the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival is open to students enrolled in grades 9-12 at New Hampshire public or private high schools; homeschooled students ages 14-18 are also eligible.   To be considered, a film cannot be longer than seven minutes, including titles and credits.  All submissions must be postmarked on or before March 31 or arrive at the Film and Television Office in Concord by 4 p.m. on that date.

NH News
3:06 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

NH Public Healh And Disaster Preparedness Improving

A national report says New Hampshire has made progress toward building and strengthening its abilities to prepare for a public health emergency.    Being prepared to prevent, respond to, and recover from all types of public health threats, such as disease outbreaks, chemical  releases, or natural disasters, requires that public health departments improve and maintain their capabilities in surveillance and epidemiology, laboratories, and response readiness.

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Newscast
3:03 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

State Reps Float Bill Allowing Voters To Select "None Of The Above" On Ballot

A bill that would add the option of choosing "none of the above'' on New Hampshire ballots seems like a quintessential proposal for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state that prides itself on having discerning voters.    But the measure's sponsors say it's probably doomed, with one acknowledging it would be humiliating for a candidate to be defeated by no one rather than an actual opponent.  But Keene Rep. Charles Weed says real choice means giving voters the chance to withhold their consent and express dissatisfaction with all the candidates.

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Newscast
11:15 am
Sun January 26, 2014

UNH To Host Chinese New Year Celebration

The University of New Hampshire is getting ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year: the Year of the Horse.   The UNH Confucius Institute is holding two nights of performances starting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday Jan. 29 and 30.  Members of the Jilin National Orchestra, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Foremost Art Troupe, and the Central Music Conservatory of China are performing.   Established in October 2010, the Confucius Institute is a nonprofit educational institution housed in UNH's College of Liberal Arts.

Newscast
11:13 am
Sun January 26, 2014

CDC Gives N.H. Low Marks On Some Vehicle Safety Laws

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says New Hampshire has scored well overall in 10 areas of prevention, such as food safety and reporting infections, but it has room for improvement.   A report rates the states on each of them with a green, yellow or red mark.   The state got green ratings for food safety, preventing health care-associated infections, HIV testing laws and data reporting.

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NH News
5:17 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Fired UNH Womens Hockey Coach Wants Reinstatement

A wildcat statue outside of the Whittemore Center at the University of New Hampshire.
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The former coach of the University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team says he should be reinstated.

The university fired Brian McCloskey late last year following an incident of what officials called “inappropriate physical contact” with a player on the bench.

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NH News
4:56 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

State Concludes Investigation Of Former New London Chief, No Criminal Charges Filed

The New Hampshire attorney general's office says no criminal charges will be brought against a former police chief accused of inappropriate interactions with women.  

NH News
10:12 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Ayotte Seeks More Funds For N.H. Through Broadband Program

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U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte says New Hampshire is getting shortchanged by a program that is supposed to help expand broadband access in rural communities.

Ayotte has introduced legislation that would ensure that rural states get at least 75 cents for every dollar they contribute to the Universal Service Fund. The money is collected through telephone bills, but Ayotte says New Hampshire gets back only 37 cents for every dollar it sends.

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Health
5:33 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Attorney General Denies State Violating Federal Law

New Hampshire is denying claims made by the U-S Department of Justice that the state is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Attorney General’s Office issued a formal response to the findings Tuesday.

The U-S Department of Justice concluded in April that the state was violating federal law in the way it treats the mentally ill.

It criticized the state for failing to provide adequate community-based services, leading to prolonged stays at the state hospital.

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