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5:10 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Live Blog: Storm Totals So Far, More Closures Wednesday

Skiing on the street in Hollis.
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5:10 p.m. Tuesday: Overview of the Storm

A major winter storm blanketed New Hampshire Tuesday, but ample warning, a declared state of emergency and what Gov. Maggie Hassan called good old Granite State common sense kept problems to a minimum. Here's an overview of the storm so far, via The Associated Press:

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NH News
7:00 am
Tue January 27, 2015

New Hampshire To Receive $6.6M In Grants For Homeless

New Hampshire is getting more than $6.6 million in grants to support 68 homeless housing and service programs in the state.

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development grants cover street outreach, client assessment, and direct housing assistance.

The funding also will allow local providers to continue offering permanent and transitional housing to homeless people, as well as job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care.

NH News
4:32 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Concord Dispensary Hopefuls Withdraw Medical Marijuana Application

Three parole officers who planned to seek a license to run one of four medical marijuana dispensaries in the state have pulled out of the application process.

Rex Bunnell and his partners had hoped to run what New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law calls an ‘Alternative Treatment Center’ in Concord. But a financial backer decided not to invest $1.7 million into the venture.

“So they pulled their money out and when they did that, that only gave us a little less than a week to try to come up with a substantial amount of money.”

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NH News
7:48 am
Mon January 26, 2015

State May Ban High Tech Hunting Gear

A live action game camera captures a moose
Credit Moosicorn Ranch via Flickr CC

While several states have already outlawed the use of drones in hunting, New Hampshire may go further and ban so-called "smart rifles" and live-action game cameras as well.

The state Fish and Game Department is holding a public hearing next Thursday on proposed rules involving hunting with the use of emerging technologies.

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NH News
7:42 am
Mon January 26, 2015

UNH Campus Will Be Home To New Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

The New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is getting a new home on the University of New Hampshire campus.

The lab assists the state commissioner of agriculture and the state veterinarian in their efforts to monitor and control important animal diseases. It also provides diagnostic services to hundreds of veterinarians from New Hampshire and New England who use the lab's services for the diagnosis of animal diseases in pets, farm animals, wildlife, zoo and marine animals.

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NH News
7:32 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Driver Charged In Fatal Hampton Bike Crash To Plead Guilty

The aftermath of the bike crash in Hampton
Credit Emily Corwin for NHPR

The unlicensed New Hampshire driver charged with plowing into a group of bicyclists last year, killing two Massachusetts women, is set to plead guilty.

Darriean Hess is scheduled to plead guilty Monday to two counts each of manslaughter and second-degree assault.

Police say the 20-year-old Seabrook woman was ticketed for speeding Sept. 21, 2013. Eight hours later, she was speeding on the same road and under the influence of drugs when she ran into the cyclists in Hampton.

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NH News
3:39 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Concord Park Is Center Stage For Pond Hockey Championship

Players watch their team compete at the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament in Concord Saturday
Credit Concord resident and White's Park neighbor Jonathan Smith

Nearly 100 teams competed this weekend in an annual tournament that celebrates New Hampshire's hockey heritage.

The 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship is named for the year the nation's first organized hockey game was played on a frozen pond at St. Paul's School in Concord.

The tournament, which was created in 2011, is held on the pond at White Park. Teams compete 4-on-4 with no goalies and no nets — the goals are boxes with slots cut into them.

This year's championship started Friday, ended Sunday and includes 92 teams in six divisions.

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NH News
2:26 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Heavy, Thick Snow Hits Southern New Hampshire

Snow falls in downtown Nashua, N.H.
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

It's the first big storm of the new year and crews have been out all day across the southern part of the state.

Saturday's thick snow has been a boon for ski resorts and snow plowers.

But for retailers, particularly independent shop owners, the forecast was grim news.

Cheryl Plunkett owns an upscale clothing boutique on Main Street in downtown Nashua.

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NH News
7:20 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Forecast: Merrimack Valley, Seacoast Could See Up To 7 Inches Of Snow

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A winter storm is headed our way for the weekend.

Rob Carolan with Hometown Forecast says snow will start falling Saturday morning, between 6 and 8.

“This is mainly going to be a storm for the southern half of the state. It looks like south of the White Mountains is where the worst of it is going to be, particularly the Merrimack Valley and the Seacoast,” he said.

He says that region could see as much as seven inches.

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NH News
7:10 am
Fri January 23, 2015

State Seeks One Trial For Man Charged With Teen's Kidnap, Rape

Credit NH Attorney General

 

Prosecutors want one trial for the man accused of kidnapping, imprisoning and raping a northern New Hampshire girl over nine months.

Nathaniel Kibby was charged in December with more than 200 counts in Coos County and five counts in Carroll County.

Prosecutors say the 34-year-old Kibby kidnapped the 14-year-old on her way home from school in Conway on Oct. 9, 2013. They say he kept her in his Gorham home and in a storage unit until July 2014 when she returned home. He was arrested a week later.

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6:14 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker To Speak At NH GOP Event In March

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Credit www.walker.wis.gov

 

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is headed to New Hampshire for the first time in March.

His campaign confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that Walker will be giving the keynote speech March 14 at an event organized by the New Hampshire Republican Party.

Walker says in a statement issued by the New Hampshire state party that he looks forward to sharing what he called a "common sense conservative message with grassroots activists."

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NH News
7:31 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Anti-Pipeline Group Raising Concerns About Project In Merrimack, Greenville

Credit Credit Kinder Morgan / http://www.kindermorgan.com/content/docs/TGP_Northeast_Energy_Direct_Fact_Sheet.pdf

Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline expansion in Southern New Hampshire are set to go before the town council in Merrimack Thursday night.

Debra Huffman is a Merrimack resident, and says the group's goal is to raise awareness of the potential impact of the project on the town.

"Many, many residents in Merrimack don't even know this pipeline is coming and they don't even understand what this pipeline is," she said. "It's very different from a distribution line that they might be used to. This is a transmission line, which is a very different sort of installation."

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NH News
7:11 am
Thu January 22, 2015

N.H. Prison Officials Cancel Visits, Classes, Citing Flu Outbreak

Credit Photo by Jackie Finn-Irwin via Flickr Creative Commons

 

New Hampshire corrections officials are cancelling visits, classes and at least one parole board hearing at the state prison in Concord to prevent further flu contagion.

Officials took those measures Wednesday after inmates in three housing units exhibited flu symptoms. The cancellations remain in effect at least through noon on Jan. 26. At that time prison officials will determine whether the cancellations need to be extended.

Parole board hearings scheduled for Jan. 22 have been cancelled.

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NH News
7:07 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Affordable Care Act Enrollment In New Hampshire: 46,642

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 According to new data from the federal government, 46,642 New Hampshire residents now have insurance through the federal healthcare marketplace. That figure includes people who have enrolled since November, and others whose plans from last year automatically renewed.

About 40,000 residents signed up last year, when New Hampshire's online exchange had only one insurer. But during this enrollment period, there are five insurers offering about 40 plans. Uninsured Granite Staters have until February 15 to sign up for a plan, or they could face a tax penalty.

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NH News
5:30 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Concerns Over Bill That Changes When Officers Can Make Warrantless Arrests

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A bill going before a House committee Thursday is raising concerns among law enforcement officials and advocates of domestic violence victims.

The bill would require officers to have "personal knowledge" that a crime has been committed to have probable cause to make an arrest without a warrant.

Amanda Grady Sexton with the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence says the new wording would limit officers arriving from being able to intervene.

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NH News
5:40 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Communities Have New Teeth To Fight Lazy Landlords

As of January 1, cities and towns in N.H. have new teeth to keep landlords from letting their property get messy or run down.  On Tuesday, the city of Somersworth put this new authority to use. 

Although Somersworth has spent the last year giving itself a makeover by redeveloping much of its downtown, authorities have had a hard time getting some landlords to maintain their properties. It's a problem a lot of communities face.

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NH News
3:56 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

One Person Dead In Officer-Involved Shooting In Derry

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Attorney General Joseph Foster says police were responding to a call from a woman just after 8 a.m. who said her husband had just left their home distraught, suicidal and armed with a shotgun. 

Police located his truck at a nearby intersection and the officer approached. 

The officer returned fire and the man suffered a single, fatal gunshot wound to the head. 

Authorities are withholding the names of those involved at this time. They say the officer involved did not sustain any serious injuries. 

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

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Politics
7:08 am
Wed January 21, 2015

N.H.'s Congressional Delegation Reacts To Obama's State Of The Union

Credit <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/barackobamadotcom/6685602103/in/photostream/">Barack Obama <a>/ Flickr

Reactions to President Obama’s State of the Union address predictably fell along party lines among New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation.

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says she’s encouraged by the proposals outlined by the president in Tuesday night’s speech.

“Whether it’s efforts to make higher education more affordable for young people, reforming our tax code, or investing in alternative energy sources to lower costs to create jobs, Congress should now renew our  commitment to growing our economy and helping small businesses succeed,” Shaheen said in a statement.

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NH News
6:52 am
Wed January 21, 2015

New Hampshire Considers Cross-Border Health Insurance Sales

 

A Republican state senator says allowing New Hampshire residents to buy health insurance across state lines would increase competition and lower costs, but the state Insurance Department says his proposal would not accomplish those goals.

Sen. Andy Sanborn of Bedford told the Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday that if a health plan in another state meets federal requirements under the Affordable Care Act, there's no reason why New Hampshire residents shouldn't be able to buy it. He says if a plan is good enough for Alabama, it should be good enough for New Hampshire.

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12:03 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Portsmouth Firefighter Will Be Shaheen's Guest At State Of The Union

Senator Jeanne Shaheen has invited a Portsmouth firefighter as her guest at President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address in Washington.

Bill McQuillen, who is secretary-treasurer of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, will sit in the audience Tuesday for the president's speech. Shaheen said it's an honor to host McQuillen in Washington to show her appreciate for all that he and his fellow first responders do for New Hampshire year-round.

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7:01 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Connecticut River Watershed To Share In $10M Federal Grant

The Connecticut River Watershed is sharing in a $10 million USDA grant for farmers and communities to improve soil health and conserve land for wildlife habitat and recreation.

The total grant is going to the Long Island Sound Watershed, which includes the Connecticut River watershed. The river contributes over 70 percent of the fresh water to the Long Island Sound.

The $10 million grant will be matched dollar-for-dollar by other state, local, and private funding sources for numerous conservation projects throughout New Hampshire and New England.

NH News
12:13 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Pumpkin Fest Wants To Share Responsibilities, Costs For Festival Security

Credit Let It Shine, Inc.

The organizers of the Keene Pumpkin Fest have proposed a new public safety arrangement for next year’s event.

The organizers only want to be responsible for safety and security within the festival’s footprint.

In a Facebook post, Let It Shine, Inc. – the Pumpkin Festival’s non-profit organizer – said in 2015 it would like the city of Keene and Keene State College to take charge of controlling rowdy college students in neighborhoods near the event.

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11:21 am
Mon January 19, 2015

N.H. Lottery Rolls Out Bacon-Scented Scratch Ticket

Credit NH Lottery

  The New Hampshire Lottery is selling a bacon-scented scratch ticket.

The I Heart Bacon Scratch ticket features a $1,000 dollar grand prize and ink which releases the a bacon-like aroma when scratched.

To publicize the release of the ticket, the Lottery will be giving out free bacon in Keene, Durham, Hooksett and Manchester starting on Friday.

The tickets cost $1 a piece and winning tickets will reveal either a heart or a bacon symbol.

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7:37 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Dartmouth Once Again Weighing Value Of Greek Life On Campus

Credit Allison Quantz for NHPR

Classes are back in session at Dartmouth College, which means winter recruitment for fraternities and sororities is getting underway. It’s been a controversial year for Greek life from Clemson University to Johns Hopkins, and Dartmouth has not escaped unscathed. Later this month, recommendations addressing social life are expected to be publicly released. 

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8:54 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

'Let's Break The Quietism' Implores Civil Rights Veteran At MLK Service

Reverend Arthur L. Hilson (left), Reverend Joseph Ellwanger, and Reverend Robert Fellows.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

On Sunday, clergy from local Lutheran, Congregational, and Unitarian churches -- plus a rabbi -- honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at New Hope Baptist Church in Portsmouth.

Reverend Arthur L. Hilson reminded his speakers -- including Portsmouth Major Bob Lister and Police Chief Stephen DuBois -- that they stood behind the very pulpit Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. preached at in Portsmouth 63 years ago.  

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2:26 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Freezing Rain Causes Treacherous Roadways, Multiple Accidents

Credit NHPR Staff

The state’s Department of Transportation warned about slippery conditions on roadways from Manchester to Plymouth Sunday as freezing rain hit cold pavement. “Incidents are happening all over the place,” said Bill Boynton with NHDOT.  

By afternoon, a pileup on I-93 blocked traffic in both directions near I-89.

Boynton's recommendation? Watch football.

"As soon as you start using salt, the rain dissolves it," he said. That made pre-treatment impossible Sunday morning, as freezing rain moved in across the state.  

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5:49 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

At Town Hall, Ayotte Emphasizes Piecemeal Changes To ACA

Senator Ayotte at Loudon Town Hall meeting.
Credit Allegra Boverman / NHPR

  Senator Kelly Ayotte fielded questions on a variety of topics at a town hall meeting in Loudon on Friday.

She reiterated her support for sanctions in Iran; for immigration reform; assured one constituent that she would vote repeal Obamacare again if given the chance. However, Ayotte suggested, it may pay to be realistic.

“I also think though we should also try to take up some areas where people are saying ‘I can agree,’” Ayotte said, “like changing the forty-hour work week.”

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5:20 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

New State Rules: Beer And Other Legal Inebriants Okay On Vanity Plates

Credit www.nhbeerbus.com

The state’s new rules on vanity license plates now allow for words referring to beer and other legal inebriants.

Seacoast Online reports the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules approved a new set of rules on license plates Friday.

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5:13 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

State Supreme Court Upholds State Retirement Reforms

The N.H. Supreme Court building in Concord
Credit NHPR Staff

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld some legislative reforms to the state retirement system, a month after upholding key provisions.

The court on Friday upheld changes to the definitions of "earned compensation" and Cost of Living Adjustments. It ruled the changes didn't retroactively reduce pension benefits earned before a law was passed, and that employees don't have a contractual guarantee that the terms of the plans will never change.

The ruling addressed a lawsuit by the American Federation of Teachers.

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6:47 am
Fri January 16, 2015

N.H. Congressional Delegation Calls For 'Transparency' On Pipeline Project

Members of the state’s Congressional delegation are calling for greater transparency before a decision is made about the route of a proposed natural gas pipeline expansion in southern New Hampshire.

U.S. Representatives Frank Guinta and Anne Kuster along with U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte sent a letter to Kinder Morgan and Federal Regulatory Commission on Thursday.

In the letter, they urge Kinder Morgen and regulators to give Granite Staters time to express any concerns about the project.

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