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3:07 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Medical Marijuana Advocates Unhappy With Slow Implementation Of N.H. Law

Wednesday marks one year since New Hampshire became the final New England state to legalize medical marijuana.

Outside the State House in Concord today patient advocates marked the anniversary by saying the state is moving too slowly in making it legal to actually possess it. 

Matt Simon with the Marijuana Policy Project gathered with prospective patients in front of the State House on Tuesday to outline their complaints.

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3:07 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Two Seabrook Officers Fired After Police Brutality Investigation

A screen cap of the YouTube video of the event, which has been watched more than 200,000 times.

Two Seabrook Police Officers were fired Wednesday in connection with the November 2009 assault of a man who had been taken into custody.

The incident took place four and a half years ago, but didn’t become public until earlier this year, when the assault victim, now 24 year old Mike Bergeron, posted a video of the incident on YouTube.

In the video, Officers Mark Richardson and Adam Laurent are seen shoving Bergeron, then 19, headfirst into a concrete wall.

Seabrook Town Manager William Manzi says the investigation was independent and fair.

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4:51 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Bare Shelves, High Spirits As Market Basket Employees Continue Rally

Justin Desjardins, a 22-year employee of Market Basket, rallies outside with his colleages.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Workers continued to rally outside Market Baskets across New Hampshire Tuesday.

Market Basket employees in downtown Concord line the front of the store holding signs urging customers to boycott.

Many have their faces painted red and white as drivers honk in support.

Jason Desjardins is a 22-year employee at the Concord store and says they’ll keep protesting until longtime CEO Arthur T. Demoulas is reinstated.

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2:07 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

N.H. Civil Liberties Union Suit Argues New Law Shuts Out Third Parties

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties has filed a lawsuit in federal court that challenges a new state law limiting the time political parties have to collect signatures to get on the ballot.

The organization filed the lawsuit on behalf of the libertarian party.

State law now requires that political organizations collect the signatures they need in the year of the election.

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NH News
3:47 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

UNH Manchester Waits On City To Approve Building Deal

88 Commercial St. (Aka the Pandora Building).
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  UNH Manchester is planning on selling its main building in the millyard to the company run by the inventor of the Segway. The university is looking to expand into a larger space—the millyard’s Pandora building.

For more than twenty years, UNH Manchester has been located at 400 Commercial street, next door to Dean Kamen’s company DEKA’s headquarters. Now, the school wants to consolidate itself in a nearby larger mill building where it already leases the first two floors from Kamen. The swap would mean Kamen can expand his corporate headquarters.

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3:16 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Investigators Ask For Public's Help In Ongoing Abigail Hernandez Investigation

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Updated Tuesday at 4:48 PM   

State and local authorities are asking for the public’s help as they investigate the disappearance and reappearance of 15 year old Abigail Hernandez.

Yesterday Attorney General Joe Foster announced that Hernandez had been safely reunited with her family, nine months after she went missing after leaving Kennett High School in Conway. 

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5:30 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Nashua Man To Be Awarded Congressional Medal Of Honor At White House

Sgt. Ryan Pitts, pictured here at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, will become the ninth living recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery in Afghanistan or Iraq. (U.S. Army)
U.S. Army

Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts of Nashua will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House today.

Pitts will be ninth living service member to receive the nation’s highest military honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Nine soldiers died and Pitts was among 27 wounded in July of 2008 in the Battle of Wanat, when hundreds of insurgents attacked an Army outpost in Afghanistan.

Despite serious injuries from shrapnel, Pitts continued to hold off enemy fighters, hurling grenades and manning a machine gun.

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NH News
3:21 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Old Home Day Season Underway In New Hampshire

The Old Home Day parade is a tradition in Pittsfield.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Towns across the Granite State will be celebrating Old Home Day in the coming weeks.

Residents lined Main Street in Pittsfield on Saturday for the town’s annual Old Home Day parade.

Longtime Pittsfield resident Tammy Colby says the day is a chance for community members both past and present to come together.

“People who have moved away or kids who have grown up come back to Old Home Day. They remember things from when they were little or they’re visiting grandma and grandpa. It’s just a nice way to get everybody together again.”

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9:32 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Collection Of Tolls At Merrimack's Exit 12 Comes To An End

As of nine o’clock Friday night, motorists no longer had to pay tolls at exit 12 in Merrimack.

The change was included in the state’s new gas tax law, in order to relieve Merrimack residents who had to pay tolls at all three exits in town.

Bill Boynton with the state’s transportation department says after Friday, the exit 12 toll plaza’s three full time employees will begin working at adjacent plazas.  Next month, he says, the state will ask companies to bid for the job of removing the toll plaza, at a cost of about $600,000. 

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5:13 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Barter Your Homemade and Homegrown Foodstuffs Sunday At Seacoast Swap

Pickled garlic scapes
Credit Erin Urquhart / Putting Up With Erin

About 40 foodies are expected to show up at the Seacoast’s first community Food Swap this Sunday at Frank Jones Mansion in Portsmouth. 

Organizer Erin Urquhart says it works like this:

You get together and one person says 'ok I have two cans of blueberry jam, I have two pounds of carrots, I’m willing to swap for that,' and someone behind you says 'I have a sheet of brownies that I made, I want that instead.'

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4:16 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Market Baskets Protest Pinches Supplies At N.H. Stores

Credit Facebook: Save Market Basket

Shelves are a little barer than usual in Market Basket stores around New Hampshire. An employee strike in support of ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas held up at least some food distribution.

Employees at the Market Basket in downtown Concord say no trucks came in on Friday, and the produce cooler was already virtually empty by mid-day. 

“I shop here all the time so I did notice that the produce section was definitely lower,” says Heather D’Angelis, “and they did make a comment that they weren’t certain what trucks were running.”

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5:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Audio Postcard: Purana Hindu Festival

Women dancing to live music.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

For the first time, New Hampshire’s Hindu community hosted a week-long religious festival in Concord called the Srimad Bhagavata Maha Purana (or just Purana for short). It’s a ceremony where participants gather from across the region to pray for global peace, emotional wellbeing and spiritual enlightenment. 

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3:52 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Winchester Deals With Washed-Out Roads From Storm

Officials in the town of Winchester are dealing with at least 12 washed out roads and others that were temporarily unpassable as a result of Tuesday's storm.

Some residents were evacuated and others were temporarily stranded due to the road conditions. The roads were passable Thursday as town officials work with the state to assess damage.

Chris Hope, a highway patrol foreman with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, told the Brattleboro Reformer the intersection of Route 119 and Purcell Road was under a foot of surging water when a brook and beaver pond failed.

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2:49 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Concord's Market Days Celebrates 40 Years

A vendor makes ribbon fries during Market Days in Concord on Thursday.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The 40th annual Market Days is underway in Concord.

The event runs through Saturday and tents will line Main Street with sidewalk sales, food vendors, live music, and other activities.

Stephanie Green of Hopkinton comes every year, and says the three-day event creates a real sense of community.

“And it’s just nice to see people using the downtown. I’m always commenting about how the nice thing about Concord is that is really does have a thriving downtown, which so many communities no longer have.”

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1:42 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Hassan Says Feds Haven't Requested N.H. Shelter Immigrant Children

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Governor Maggie Hassan says the federal government has not contacted the state about sheltering some of the unaccompanied children who have crossed the nation’s southern border illegally.

The federal government has reached out to other New England states, including Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut.

Governor Hassan’s spokesman says if the federal government were to make such a request, the governor would share that with the public, authorities, health officials and local communities.

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