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6:38 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

PUC Asked To Clarify Rules On Relationship Between Northern Pass And PSNH

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A group representing power plants all over New England has asked regulators to weigh in whether Northern Pass is receiving inappropriate subsidies from Public Service of New Hampshire.

At issue is what’s the definition of a “competitive affiliate.” These are companies that the utility owns, and which provide similar services. The New England Power Generators Association or NEPGA, a group that represents PSNH competitors and opposes Northern Pass, argues in a filing submitted to regulators at the Public Utilities Commssion on Monday that is what Northern Pass is to PSNH.

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4:38 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

University Trustees Pitch Tuition Freeze In Exchange For Funding (Again)

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The University System trustees have unanimously agreed to freeze tuition for two more years at the state’s public colleges, so long as lawmakers restore the University system’s budget to 2009 levels. That would mean an increase of $16 million dollars from fiscal year 2015 to fiscal Year 2016.  

Board chair Pamela Diamantis says these two additional years of budget reductions would the class of 2017 to graduate without a single tuition increase, "And I think that’s just a great testament to trying to drive affordability."

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4:09 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Senate Fails To Override Hassan Veto Of Juvenile Justice Bill

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The NH Senate has upheld Gov. Maggie Hassan’s veto of Senate Bill 391, which sought to change the state’s juvenile justice system.

The 12-9 vote fell along party lines and was two votes shy of the 2/3rd margin needed to override.

GOP senators disputed Hassan’s claim this bill would make the juvenile justice system too focused on incarceration.

Sharon Carson of Londonderry, the bill's lead sponsor, reminded colleagues that they had endorsed the bill without controversy earlier this year.

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NH News
10:33 am
Sun September 14, 2014

James Foley's Mother 'Appalled' By U.S. Inaction Over Kidnapping, Launches Foley Fund

Diane Foley
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The mother of slain journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley says the U.S. government threatened prosecution if the family attempted to raise ransom.

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Diane Foley said she was “embarrassed and appalled” by the way the American government dealt with her son’s case.

James Foley, a Rochester native, was killed by the militant group known as the Islamic State, or ISIS. A video of his murder was released in August.

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NH News
4:19 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Authorities Dismantle Major Supply Chain Of Black Market Painkillers In Manchester

Baggies of 30mg Oxycodone Tablets seized by police.
Courtesy of MPD

Manchester Police say they’ve arrested nine alleged drug dealers and seized more than $90,000 worth of Oxycodone tablets.

The drugs seized over the course of 13 searches on August 27th came by way of New York and Lawrence Massachusetts according to authorities. The individuals arrested were affiliated with what they are calling a “high level” Drug Trafficking Organization. Three of the individuals behind bars were operating at the top of the chain.

Sgt. Brian O’Keefe says the multi-agency investigation began nearly a year ago and is still ongoing.

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NH News
1:57 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Look North Tonight: Aurora Borealis Stargazing Tips

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The Aurora Borealis may be visible from all or part of New Hampshire tonight. Although Auroras are difficult to predict,  Accuweather.com reports the solar flare’s strength and timing make sightings more likely.  Adam Woodworth is a Seacoast photographer and an expert in landscape astro photography. His long-exposure photograph of the Aurora, above, was taken in Southern Maine last year.

Woodworth is following the Aurora closely today and has these tips for citizen stargazers:

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NH News
10:33 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Senator Rand Paul Rallies Millenials At Liberty Event

Sen. Rand Paul addresses Millenials in Manchester
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  Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has plans to endorse Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown this afternoon among college students at UNH. Last night, Paul addressed a similar demographic at an event in Manchester.

Before 150 or so young people brought together by GenOpp – a liberty-minded youth activism nonprofit – Rand Paul hammered away at issues many millenials say they care about: from the President’s power to declare war, to the NSA, to Guantanamo Bay:

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9:53 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Ayotte, Shaheen Join Call For NFL To Have 'Zero Tolerance' For Domestic Violence

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New Hampshire’s two U.S. Senators are among 16 female, bipartisan Senators who are urging the commissioner of the NFL to take a zero-tolerance stance toward domestic violence.

Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen signed the letter sent to Commissioner Roger Goodell, responding to the recent controversy over former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

In the letter, the Senators raise concerns about whether NFL officials knew the severity of Rice’s assault against his then-fiancée Janay Palmer.

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NH News
3:47 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

iPads, Wider Selection At First Of Two New Hooksett Rest Area Liquor Stores

The new liquor store in Hooksett features four iPads where customers can search for products and food pairings.
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The state’s newest and largest liquor store opened at the Hooksett rest area on the northbound side of Interstate 93 on Thursday.

It’s part of a complete overhaul of the rest areas on each side of the highway.

The 20,000-square-foot liquor store was bustling on its first day of business.

Liquor commission marketing director Richard Gerrish says customer convenience was at the heart of the new design.

He says that includes everything from wider aisles to a wider selection of spirits.

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3:43 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Manchester Police: $25k Worth Of Synthetic Marijuana Seized Last Month

 Manchester Police have reported the seizure of more 11 pounds of synthetic marijuana known commonly as spice from a Manchester tattoo parlor. The drugs sold as incense had a retail value of more than $25,000.

The search warrant was executed at two Spider Bite locations two weeks ago as part of a months-long, multi-agency investigation that began well before a spate of overdoses that occurred in the middle of August.

Sgt. Brian O’Keefe says the department kept the seizures close to the chest since the investigation is still ongoing.

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8:19 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Hassan Proclaims Sept. 11 'Day Of Remembrance'

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Gov. Maggie Hassan has directed flags to fly at half-staff, proclaiming it as a Day of Remembrance in honor of those killed by terrorists on Sept. 11, 13 years ago.

Hassan is participating in two remembrance ceremonies: Manchester's 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Henry McLaughlin Middle School and the American Legion Post 35 Global War on Terrorism Monument Unveiling and Rededication in Hampton on Thursday.

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8:07 am
Thu September 11, 2014

N.H. Supreme Court To Hear Case Of Man Who Shot Police Officer

The NH Supreme Court building in Concord
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The New Hampshire Supreme Court is set to hear arguments that a man convicted of attempted murder in the 2012 shooting of a Manchester police officer should get a new trial because release of his booking photo tainted eyewitness identifications.

Myles Webster of Litchfield is serving 60 years to life in prison in the shooting of Officer Dan Doherty on March 21, 2012, as Doherty closed in on him during a foot chase.

Doherty, who suffered at least seven gunshot wounds to his legs and torso, returned to work nearly a year later after multiple surgeries.

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5:14 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

NH1 News Set To Launch Next Week

The headquarters for NH1 News in Concord.
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A new statewide multimedia news organization is set to launch next week.

New Hampshire 1 News will begin broadcasting Monday via TV. The outlet has been broadcasting news across its network of radio stations since March.

Based out of the renovated Walker School in Concord, the network is the creation of businessman Bill Binnie.

The station held a grand opening Wednesday, and Binnie says the station’s technology is state of the art.

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Market Basket
11:26 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Hassan, 'Artie T.' Praise Market Basket Workers In Londonderry

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The morning after officially kicking off her campaign for re-election, Governor Maggie Hassan joined Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demulous in Londonderry to thank workers for their dedication.

Calling Market Basket a “New Hampshire institution,” Hassan said the company exemplifies fair treatment and respect for employees.

“Your efforts all summer were a heartening display of dedication, of loyalty, and really what’s possible when people come together,” she said.

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12:26 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Havenstein Wins Party Nomination, Faces Tough Race Against Hassan

Walt Havenstein greeting supporters after his victory speech.
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  Former BAE Systems CEO Walt Havenstein is the Republican nominee governor.

Walt Havenstein didn’t always run strong in this race but he won by nearly 20 points over Andrew Hemingway. He said voters in the general election will have a clear choice.

“The choice is going to be about the future of our state and whether or not we’re gonna maintain and stay in this economic stagnation or if we’re actually gonna take a bold course to change our economic outcome for the future prosperity of our state.”

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