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10:09 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Bomb Threat Cancels Classes At Bedford High School, Lurgio Middle School

Classes were canceled Wednesday at Bedford High School and Lurgio Middle School after officials say they received a credible bomb threat.

"Police are conducting a search of the building," according to a post from the school district this morning.

Police determined no device was ever present.

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4:48 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Gov. Hassan Says State Finished FY14 With $19.5M Surplus

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Governor Maggie Hassan says the state finished the last fiscal year with a $19.5 million surplus.

It was the first year of the state’s two-year, $10.7 billion budget.

Hassan says meals and rooms and real estate transfer tax remained strong, though cautioned revenue shortfalls from business taxes and the interest and dividends tax have put a strain on the state’s budget.

In addition, Hassan says the state Department of Health and Human Services has seen caseload growth larger than anticipated.

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4:29 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

SNHU Wins $3.9 Million Federal Innovation Grant

  Southern New Hampshire University has been awarded a $3.9 million “First in the World” innovation grant from the Federal Department of Education.

SNHU was among two dozen colleges and universities nationwide selected for the program meant to improve access to higher education for non-traditional students.

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3:24 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Hillsborough County Court Not Awarded Drug Court Grant, Wins HOPE Grant

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The Bureau of Justice Administration has approved funding for a new drug court in Nashua, but has rejected a grant for the same program in Manchester.

Hillsborough County Superior Court had applied for two three-year, $325,000 grants.

Each would have funded drug courts in the state’s two largest cities, but, earlier this month, only Nashua’s was approved.

Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Ken Brown says while he’s disappointed, the Manchester court did receive funding for a similar program called Project HOPE.

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NH News
1:24 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

N.H. PUC OKs 47% Rate Hike For Liberty Utilities

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The state’s Public Utilities Commission has approved a 47 percent rate hike for Liberty Utilities customers.

Company spokesman John Shore acknowledged the increase is significant.

“When the rates go up like this, it’s not something we like to see, obviously. Our customers don’t like to see it. But unfortunately, it’s what the market is.”

Shore says the average customer will be paying about $50 more each month.

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NH News
1:10 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

N.H. Supreme Court Caps Retired Police Officer's 'Double Dipping'

The N.H. Supreme Court in Concord
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The state Supreme Court has ruled against a retired police officer who argued he had the right to work part-time for several towns while collecting a pension.

After retiring as a Plaistow police officer in November of 2011, Scott Anderson continued to work in a part-time capacity for Plaistow, Atkinson and Hampstead.

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6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Las Vegas Evangelicals Plant Church At Unlikely Address

The Great Bay Calvary Church band plays at 23 Friend Street, Portsmouth

  Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Scott Brown moved to New Hampshire late last year, and is now locked in a tight race with incumbent Jeanne Shaheen. Whether Brown wins or loses, he’s already having an indirect, but potentially profound effect on his new home state: as the landlord  of a nascent evangelical church in Portsmouth.

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NH News
8:30 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

As Electricity Prices Rise, Policy Makers Ponder Solutions

Senator Jeanne Shaheen, former Senator Scott Brown, Governor Maggie Hassan, and GOP nominee for Governor Walt Havenstein all addressed energy policy makers in Concord on Monday
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Lawmakers, energy developers, and policy wonks descended on downtown Concord today for the annual New Hampshire Energy summit. The event couldn’t come at a more appropriate time, last week New Hampshire electric utilities – with the notable exception of the state’s largest, Public Service of New Hampshire – announced winter rate hikes ranging from twelve to fifty percent.

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7:09 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Shaheen Goes After Brown On 'Women's Issues'

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Jeanne Shaheen kicked off her week of women’s themed events by collecting the endorsement of NARAL-Pro-Choice America PAC, and by telling reporters to take Scott Brown’s claims of having a pro-choice record with a grain of salt.

“He can try and say all he wants to that he has been pro-choice. The fact is that’s not the way he vote when he was in Massachusetts – check his record – and that’s not the way he has voted in Washington.”

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4:23 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

NHTI Awarded $2.5M Job-Training Grant

The New Hampshire Technical Institute at Concord's Community College has been awarded a $2.5 million federal job-training grant aimed at boosting information technology programs.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced the U.S. Department of Labor grant on Monday.

The grant will help create new certificate and associate degree programs in information technology such as cyber security, networking and game programming. Shaheen says those skills can be applied in growing fields including health care, energy and advanced manufacturing.

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3:45 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

N.H. Retirement System Makes $900 Million In 2014

The past twenty years of pension fund returns.
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  The New Hampshire Retirement System saw more than $900 million in investment returns added to its trust fund in the last fiscal year. That’s a return of 17.6%.

The state retirement system was holding $7.3 billion at the close of the 2014 fiscal year. That’s up from $6.5 billion in FY-2013.

Retirement system spokesman Marty Karlon says it’s exceeding its annual goals but the unfunded liability isn’t expected to be resolved until 2039.

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NH News
3:41 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Historians' Estates Leave 'Bumper Crop' Of Books For Athenaeum Book Sale

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  The Portsmouth Athenaeum’s annual book sale begins on Friday at the North Church Parish. “There’s a bumper crop this year,” says Tom Hardiman, the Athenaeum’s “keeper,” or Executive Director.

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NH News
12:52 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Electric Co-op Latest Utility To Announce Rate Increase

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  Another utility has announced that electric rates will rise this winter. For customers of the New Hampshire Electric Coop, the state’s second largest utility, winter electricity bills will rise 12.2%

The rate increase takes place on October 1st, and will cost ratepayers using 500 kilowatt hours $12.47 cents more per month. The increase is due to increasing rates on the energy half of the electric bill, which are increasing from 8.97 cents per kilowatt hour, to 11.6 cents.

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11:35 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Man Charged In Manchester High School Lockdown Heading To Court

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A 21-year-old New Hampshire man charged in connection with a lockdown at his former high school in Manchester is heading to court.

Damian Johnson of Manchester will be arraigned Friday on a felony count of falsifying physical evidence and misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass, violation of probation and disrupting school in session.

Police say Manchester High School West was on lockdown for 90 minutes Thursday, after a student reported seeing Johnson with a gun tucked into his waistband. He was found in a small, occupied classroom and was arrested without incident.

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7:20 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Consumer Advocate Seeks Relief On Liberty Rate Hike

New Hampshire’s Consumer Advocate has asked regulators to soften the blow of a big rate hike expected for as many as 42,000 New Hampshire electricity customers. The average customer of Liberty Utilities, which provides electricity to towns on the Massachusetts border and in the Upper Valley, says customers, might pay as much as $50 more per month for winter if the increase is granted, a 50 percent increase.

On cold winter days, homes burning natural gas for heating fill up most of the pipelines coming into New England, and what little gas is left over becomes very expensive.

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