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NH News
12:15 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

N.H. Supreme Court Mandates New Sentencing Hearings For Four Underage Murderers

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled four men sentenced to life in prison for murders committed when they were minors should get new sentencing hearings. The decision retroactively applies a 2012 US Supreme Court ruling that deemed mandatory life-sentences for juveniles cruel and unusual punishment.

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NH News
10:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Hudson Halts Crackdown On Panhandling While Lawsuit Pending

 

Officials in Hudson have agreed to suspend their efforts to crackdown on panhandlers while a federal lawsuit is pending.

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union earlier this month filed a lawsuit claiming Hudson officials are violating the free speech rights of panhandlers by telling them to stop seeking handouts and move along.

The Nashua Telegraph reports the two sides agreed in federal court that panhandlers would be able to solicit donations provided their conduct doesn't interfere with traffic or impede access to local businesses.

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NH News
9:32 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Portsmouth Up In Arms Over Noise Complaints

Joshua Cyr wearing a "Keep Portsmouth Loud" t-shirt in Portsmouth's Market Square.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

The streets of Portsmouth appear peaceful and idyllic this last week of summer. But just beneath the surface, all is not well in the Port City. On the Seacoast, recent responses to ongoing noise complaints have residents here in an uproar. 

Things got really crazy in Portsmouth on Tuesday. That’s when the Prescott Park Arts Festival canceled their end-of-the-season double feature film night after neighbors complained the noise would keep their kids up too late.

It was supposed to be 'Brave,' combined with 'Braveheart.'

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Market Basket
3:32 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Financial Questions Linger As Market Basket Customers, Workers Return

This sign thanking customer was put up outside the Hooksett Market Basket Thursday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The long road back to normal began at Market Baskets across New Hampshire Thursday.

A deal was signed late Wednesday night to sell the majority shares of the company to former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas for more than $1.5 billion.

Since his ouster in late June, workers have protested, customers have boycotted, and sales have plummeted.

In Hooksett, walking into a Market Basket for the first time in more than a month, Alicia Smith of Allenstown couldn’t help but let out a cheer.

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Market Basket
11:51 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Gov. Hassan Praises Market Basket Deal That Reinstates Arthur T. Demoulas

Governor Maggie Hassan talks with workers at Market Basket in Concord
Credit Brady Carlson/NHPR

Governor Maggie Hassan praised a deal reached late Wednesday night that has former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas taking majority control of the embattled grocery chain.

In the deal announced by Market Basket’s shareholders, Demoulas purchased the company for more than $1.5 billion.

It brings to an end an epic family feud that brought the New England grocery chain to its knees.

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NH News
5:24 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Synthetic Drug Study Committee Holds First Meeting

Some packets of Spice seized by police.
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  A newly formed committee to study ways to regulate and control the designer drug known as Spice held its first meeting Wednesday.

The committee was created by legislation signed in the last session. Senator Molly Kelly of Keene was the legislation’s author and is now the Chair of the study committee.

“There’ll be different components than just looking at the criminal law. We can look at even our consumer protection law on labeling.”

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NH News
3:30 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

City Aldermen Push Back On Manchester Park Closure

The new sign posted at Bronstein Park.
Credit Carol Robidoux / Manchester Ink Link

  Some Manchester aldermen are pushing back on a decision by Mayor Ted Gatsas to close a park to the public during school hours.

The decision to erect signs at Bronstein Park warning the public that the park is off limits during school hours came a week after a spike in spice-related overdoses, some of which occurred at the park. Gatsas argues the park is city property meant for use by Central High School. But some aldermen, like Garth Corriveau, say the unilateral decision may have unforeseen consequences.

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NH News
4:26 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Nearly 1,500 Market Basket Employees Filed For Unemployment

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Nearly 1,500 Market Basket workers have applied for unemployment benefits since the company stopped giving hours to part-time employees earlier this month.

New Hampshire Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis says claims are still coming in as the department figures out which employees are eligible.

“Over the weekend things have pretty much leveled off. We were at 1,445 on Friday and we’ve only picked up 20 since then.”

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NH News
4:25 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Shaheen Campaign Jumps On Brown's Connection To "Serial Outsourcer"

Credit Josh Rogers

Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign is trying to paint a company that paid her opponent Scott Brown $270,000 dollars as a “serial outsourcer.”

Brown has been on the board of directors of Kadant Incorporated, which supplies equipment for the pulp and paper industry, since February of 2013. The company’s annual report, which Brown signed off on, says it plans to grow in the US market by “using low cost manufacturing bases, such as China and Mexico.”

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NH News
9:59 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

Bishop: Slain U.S. Journalist Foley Opened Our Eyes

Credit Nicole Tung/freejamesfoley.org via AP

 

A Roman Catholic bishop in New Hampshire says slain U.S. journalist James Foley was living his faith by showing the world images of people affected by war.

Bishop Peter Libasci spoke Sunday at a Mass of Remembrance in Foley's hometown of Rochester. The bishop says even after Foley was captured for the first time in Libya in 2011, "he went back again that we might open our eyes."

The Mass was attended by Foley's parents and hundreds of others.

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Lakes Region
8:00 am
Sat August 23, 2014

A Tiny House On High: Laconia Man Builds A Tree House For Grown-Ups

Credit Daryl Carlson/kamaraimage.com

Every kid knows there’s something magical about being in a tree house.

Sure, you can play “house” anywhere and pretend to be living out the joys and jobs of adulthood. But in a tree house, you’re 10, 15, or 20 feet up in the air, far above any adults telling you how do to things. It’s like playing house and being a superhero, all the same time.

And that feeling is one you can never forget, Laconia’s Randy Bartlett discovered.

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NH News
2:04 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

'Holy Mass Of Healing' Planned With Family Of James Foley

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A "Holy Mass of Healing, Hope and For Peace" is being held Sunday in Rochester at the church where slain journalist James Foley’s family are parishioners. The mass follows Wednesday’s confirmation of Foley’s death at the hands of Islamic State Militants.

At 2pm Sunday, Bishop Peter Libasci will join Jim Foley’s parents and their Reverend, Paul Gousse for a traditional Mass at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary parish. Patrick McGee of the Diocese says the Mass is "to offer prayers for hope and for peace."  

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NH News
11:03 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Portsmouth Startup Markets $10M 'Attack Helicopter Of The Sea' To DOD

Credit Juliet Marine Systems

An 18-person Portsmouth startup has built a futuristic stealth attack boat they are now shopping around to the Department of Defense. Caroline Winter with Bloomberg reports the Ghost, built by Juliet Marine Systems, will go for about $10 million each.   

Right now, a Ghost prototype resides in a hangar at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. There, CEO Gregory Sancoff told Winter the 4,000 horsepower aluminum and stainless steel vehicle is “such a smooth ride, you can sit there and drink your coffee going through six-foot swells.”

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NH News
5:59 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Hometown Grapples With Death Of Journalist Jim Foley, Killed By Islamic State Militants

Sheri McSheehy put up a display in downtown Rochester, mourning the death of international journalist and Rochester native, Jim Foley.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  There’s been no shortage of people mourning the killing of James Foley by Islamic State militants. President Obama interrupted his Martha’s Vinyard vacation Wednesday to recall Foley -- who disappeared two years ago in Syria -- and to condemn his killers.

“People like this ultimately fail,” Obama said. “They fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy. The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley and the overwhelming majority of humanity who are appalled by those who killed him.”

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NH News
5:06 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

GOP Candidates For Governor Debate Policy, Integrity

Credit Sara Plourde for NHPR

  Republican candidates for Governor, Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway, squared off Wednesday morning on WGIR. Their debate was heated and, at times, personal.

While this race remains tough to call, in this debate, Andrew Hemingway acted the part of underdog. He went after Walt Havenstein repeatedly, hoping to turn what Havenstein says is his strength—his experience leading billion dollar defense companies—into an example of how moneyed interests use campaign contributions to get their way at tax payers’ expense.

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