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5:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

N.H. DOT Suspends Installation Of Potentially Faulty Guardrail End Units

New Hampshire’s Department of Transportation has suspended the installation of a potentially faulty guardrail end unit, but officials say they’re waiting for more information before removing the 1,300 units already installed.

Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says the state has been installing the Trinity ET-Plus pieces for nearly a decade.

“These are devices that are meant to absorb energy and basically give and have the guard rail attached it to collapse and veer away from it if the end unit is hit.”

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3:37 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Hassan, Havenstein Face Off Over Governor's Office

New Hampshire’s governor’s race is flying a bit under the radar. Most of this season’s campaign drama – not to mention spending – is focused on the U.S. Senate and Congressional races. 

But no one would say that incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan has it entirely locked up. Republican challenger Walt Havenstein is seen as the underdog, but there are political factors – both national and local, that could help him beat a path to the governor’s office.  

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11:57 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Keene Police Release Riot Photos, Ask Public To Help ID Suspects

Keene Police Department

Keene police have released two dozen photos from this weekend's riots and are asking the public to help identify the suspects.

"These subjects can be seen engaging in criminal acts, if identified, will be arrested and charged accordingly," the department said. 

Police said earlier this week they've already made 84 arrests connected to the riots, which took place Saturday afternoon and escalated again later that night and into Sunday morning.

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5:26 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

STEAM Ahead: Manchester Tech Companies Throw Coal In The Local K-12 Engine

The classroom of Rachel Belmont, who is tying world geography into paleolithic cave paintings and tool making.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  About 60 9th grade students in Manchester High School West are participating in a new science-focused magnet program called STEAM Ahead, this year. The partnership between the school district and several local tech companies also involves state colleges. It aims to boost the local workforce and retain youth and talent.

It’s morning in biology teacher Christine Aspinwall’s class. The students are scrambling to fill beakers with pureed food.

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6:27 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

After 84 Arrests, Keene Police Ask For Help Tracking Down Riot's 'Heavy Hitters'

Officials in Keene hold a press conference Monday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

There have already been 84 arrests made in connection with the riots in Keene over the weekend, as police continue to scour video and photos on social media for additional culprits.

At a press conference in Keene City Hall, Police Chief Ken Meola said there’s been trouble at Pumpkin Festival in the past, but nothing like what the city saw this weekend.

“These were gatherings that occurred on public property, disrupting traffic, disrupting people’s lives, disrupting the quality of life, putting people in potential for some serious harm.”

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6:01 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Is Party Company 'FinnaRage' To Blame For Keene Riots?

FinnaRage TV has been blamed for encouraging outsiders to come to Keene ready for a huge drunken party.
Credit FinnaRageTV.com

This weekend, Keene’s annual Pumpkin Festival ended in chaos.

The main part of the festival downtown was mostly untouched. But just down the road, in a neighborhood abutting Keene State College, young people charged through the streets, hurling beer bottles at police in riot gear.

And city and state officials are laying at least some of the blame on social media, and they've named one small party-hosting company. 

So, how in the world did Keene’s annual Pumpkin Festival - a subdued, family event - turn into this…

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2:09 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Still No End In Sight For Fairpoint Strike

Union picketers in front of Fairpoint in Manchester.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  With no meetings scheduled between Fairpoint and union heads, there appears to be no movement to resolve the strike that began last week.

Workers at the Manchester office have been picketing in front of the building around the clock since the strike began Friday. Roughly 250 Manchester employees are among the more than 1,700 workers on strike in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.

Kelly Torosian is an IBEW union member and Fairpoint employee who joined the picketers.

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10:02 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Pop-Up Party Company Under Scrutiny For Role In Keene Riots

Police in riot gear barricade streets of Keene.
Credit Kaitlyn Coogan / Keene Sentinel

Governor Maggie Hassan says a company may have staged the massive house parties that broke out into riots in Keene Saturday and early Sunday morning.

After meeting with officials from the city and Keene State College Sunday, Hassan explained the parties were broadcast on social media.

"As far as we can tell," Hassan says, "there are companies now that advertise parties around certain events often near college campuses, attract people there, and the people are encouraged to do things that are then videotaped and put on social media."

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5:09 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Keene State Students Clean Up After Mayhem Near Pumpkin Fest

Keene State College students and friends clean the backyard of a house on Winchester Court on Sunday morning, the site of a large party on Saturday that was broken up by police.
Credit Michael Moore / Keene Sentinel

 

Keene State College students are cleaning up from a chaotic weekend after parties near the city's annual pumpkin festival turned violent.

Dozens of people were injured and arrested as crowds overturned cars, set fires and hurled bottles at police, who responded with riot gear and tear gas.

Police did not have a final count of arrests Sunday, but the department's police log shows officers responded to 235 calls between 2:30 a.m. Friday and 3:30 a.m. Sunday and made at least 49 arrests.

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9:51 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Police In Riot Gear Clash With Crowd In Keene, Several Injuries Reported

Police formed a barricade on Winchester Street to deal with the huge crowds.
Credit Kaitlyn Coogan / Keene Sentinel

Police turned out in riot gear to try to quell the violence that erupted in the neighborhoods surrounding the Pumpkin Festival in Keene Saturday.

Initial police and fire reports indicate that police and EMTs had to dodge bottles and other debris from the hostile crowd as they tried to tend to the injured.

Stephanie Konopka of Swanzey was visiting the festival with her 12-year-old daughter Saturday afternoon, and said her car was surrounded by a mob of hundreds of college age students while driving down Winchester Street at about 2 p.m.

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11:39 am
Fri October 17, 2014

More Than 1,700 FairPoint Workers Go On Strike

 

FairPoint Communications is assuring telephone and Internet customers that the company has plans in place to deal with the strike by more than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Company spokeswoman Angelynne Amores Beaudry also says this morning the company remains willing to listen to any union proposal that "meaningfully addresses the core issues of these negotiations."

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5:22 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Fuller Oil Sues FairPoint Over Phone Outage

 

A New Hampshire home heating oil company that faced customer delivery delays earlier this year has sued FairPoint Communications over a phone outage that happened at the same time.

Fred Fuller Oil said a combination of extreme weather conditions, a huge increase in oil and propane demand and an overload and temporary crash of the company phone system led to problems during the winter. The state said it had to step in after receiving complaints from residents, setting up a phone number.

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3:18 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Ride-Sharing Service Uber Comes to Manchester

Screenshot of the Uber iPhone app.

  The ride-sharing service known as Uber will launch in Manchester Friday.

Uber users and drivers find each other using a smartphone app.

Manchester users will be able to get five free rides up to $25 until the end of the month.

Billy Guernier is the General Manager of Regional Expansion for Uber.

He says the average ride is roughly ten percent cheaper than a taxi in Manchester.

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4:19 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

'Flags of Convenience' Create Ebola Confusion Near N.H. Ports

This Japanese cargo ship bears a "flag of convenience" from Monrovia, Liberia
Credit https://www.flickr.com/people/35626429@N08

Ships bearing West African flags do not pose health risks to Granite Staters, says Geno Marconi, Director of Ports and Harbors in New Hampshire.

Marconi says the Port of New Hampshire has received calls from citizens concerned about the transmission of the Ebola virus.

However, Marconi says, ships are often registered in Monrovia, Liberia, because of that country’s relaxed tax laws.

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3:02 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Giffords: Stronger Guns Law Will Protect Domestic Violence Victims

Brian Wallstin for NHPR

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was in New Hampshire Wednesday pushing for stronger gun laws.

Giffords was shot in the head during a campaign event in 2011, and is in the midst of a nine-state tour. She says strengthening gun laws would protect victims of domestic violence.

She made stops in Manchester and Concord on behalf of Americans for Responsible Solutions.

Executive director Pia Carusone says keeping the state’s Congressional Democrats in office is critical to the organization’s cause.

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