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7:18 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Winning $146K On 'Jeopardy!' Was N.H. Woman's Lifelong Dream Come True

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It was quite a run for Kerry Greene of Manchester.

She won six straight games on the quiz show “Jeopardy!”

Her streak came to an end last night, but she walked away winning $146,598.

Her appearances on the show were actually taped back in January, so she’s had to wait until now to share the experience with friends and family.

You come across as so calm and cool on the show, you really do.

That’s what I’ve been hearing online actually, to the extent that someone called me “robotic.”

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7:17 am
Fri April 10, 2015

N.H. Supreme Court Declines To Weigh In On Voter Registration Bill

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court has declined to weigh in on a bill tying the right to vote with registering a vehicle.

Under the bill, those who declare New Hampshire their home for voting purposes would be considered a resident for motor vehicle law purposes.

House lawmakers asked the court in March for an advisory opinion on two issues: whether the bill would violate a specific part of the state Constitution and whether it would violate any other provisions of the state or U.S. Constitution.

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9:00 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Accomplice In Killing Of Pam Smart's Husband Up For Parole

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A second New Hampshire man who helped kill Pamela Smart's husband in a case that inspired sensational media coverage is up for parole.

Patrick Randall held a knife to Gregory Smart's throat in May 1990 as Billy Flynn, who was Pamela Smart's teenage lover, shot him in the head.

Flynn was paroled last month; Smart is serving life without parole after being convicted of plotting the murder.

Smart was a media coordinator at the high school both teens attended. Randall and Flynn pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and were sentenced to 28 years to life.

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8:18 am
Thu April 9, 2015

GOP's Graham Joins Ayotte For Tour Of New Hampshire Business

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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a possible Republican presidential candidate, will spend part of a two-day swing through New Hampshire touring a business with Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

Graham and Ayotte, who have worked closely in the Senate on foreign policy issues, are scheduled to tour New Hampshire Ball Bearings in Laconia on Thursday afternoon. The tour is part of Ayotte's official schedule, and Graham is joining her to see the facility, meet workers and discuss their support of legislation reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.

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7:43 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Nashua Woman Injured in Marathon Bombing 'Relieved' By Tsarnaev Guilty Verdict

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial earlier this month.
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A jury found admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all counts yesterday, including 17 making him eligible for the death penalty.

The bombings left three people dead and wounded more than 260 others.

Karen Brassard of Nashua was injured in the first blast near the finish line, along with her husband and daughter.

She was in the courtroom when the verdict was read and joins Morning Edition to share her reaction.

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5:43 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Guinta Meets With Lobbyists, Works The Register At Portsmouth Cumberland Farms

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  Congressman Frank Guinta worked the counter -- and met with lobbyists from the National Association of Convenience Stores during a stop at Cumberland Farms in Portsmouth.

He said he would work to make sure compliance with federal regulations like the new food labelling law isn’t unwieldy for convenience stores:

I will now,  when I’m back in Washington,  take a look at the current rule. And there’s legislation to fix that – proposed legislation -- so I’m going to take a look at all of that.

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1:13 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Crash In Stoddard Raises Another Question About Safety of ET Plus Guardrails

When struck by a vehicle the ET Plus end piece is designed to slide along the guardrail to keep from stopping a vehicle too abruptly.
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As state highway officials are considering whether as many as 5,000 ET Plus guardrails in the state pose a hazard to errant motorists, a Deerfield woman says she doesn’t have any doubts...

Last July Cheryl Turgeon was driving her sport utility vehicle on Route 9 in Stoddard when the 51-year-old dozed off and struck a guardrail.

“The railing went through the front wheel well and went between my legs and pushed my feet all the way to the back so it was like I was sitting on the railing.”

One leg was badly injured.

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8:13 am
Wed April 8, 2015

After Keene Rejects Permit, Nashua Group Explores Hosting Pumpkin Festival

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Now that officials in Keene have formally denied a permit for this year’s pumpkin festival, other New Hampshire communities are exploring the possibility of hosting the event.

Paul Shea with Great American Downtown of Nashua says he’s reached out to the festival organizer to explore whether the city could be a new home for the festival.

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6:21 am
Wed April 8, 2015

New Hampshire Considers Banning Chocolate As Bear Bait

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The public is getting a chance to weigh in on proposed charges to bear and moose hunting in New Hampshire, including banning the use of chocolate as bait for bears after four bears were found dead last fall due to a chocolate overdose.

The Fish and Game Department is holding a public hearing Wednesday night in Concord to discuss the proposals. Necropsy and toxicology reports confirmed the bears died of heart failure caused by theobromine, a toxic ingredient in chocolate.

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6:17 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Man Gunned Down Near Gorham Town Common, Arrest Made

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The New Hampshire attorney general's office says they've made an arrest after a man was gunned down on the sidewalk in front of the town common in Gorham, right near the police station.

Police inside the station heard the shots Monday night and ran to find 27-year-old Michael Welch suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Welch later died.

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3:28 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Morse Pitches N.H. Senate's Two-Casino Bill

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Senate President Chuck Morse has repeatedly said he won’t include money derived from unapproved forms of gambling in the senate budget proposal. He reiterated that point as he pitched the casinos -- which could include a total of 5000 slot machines and 240 table games -- to the house ways and means committee.

"You know we are going to fund the needs of the people of the state of N.H. in the state budget, but I can assure you the wants are much greater."

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6:48 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Police: Manchester Teacher Posed Online As Student, Had Girl Send Photos

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A teacher in New Hampshire has been accused of posing as a young girl on a social media site and persuading an elementary school student to share inappropriate images of herself.

Police charged 34-year-old Paul Johnson-Yarosevich of Acton, Maine, on Monday with prohibited use of computer.

The investigation started in December after the parent of a pre-teen girl told police about the contact. Police said the girl thought she had been communicating with another female student around her age.

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6:22 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

The Numbers Behind The Budget Proposal

Check out the chart above to quickly compare the current biennium against both budget proposals made so far.
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Every two years New Hampshire lawmakers are given the task of producing a budget for the state.  The aim is to craft one that best serves Granite State residents, spends within the state’s means as well as adheres to the party lines of those in the majority.

This session with a Democratic Governor and Republican controlled House and Senate – the budget process will fluctuate quite a bit before it is signed into law by June 30th.

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5:14 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Bill Proposes Immunity For People Who Report Overdoses

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New Hampshire lawmakers are considering a bill that would give people who report alcohol or drug overdoses immunity from criminal prosecution in certain situations.

A Senate committee is taking testimony on a bill, already passed by the House, on Tuesday. Senators earlier this year sent a similar bill for more study. The bill's sponsors say their intent is to encourage witnesses and victims of drug overdoses to seek medical attention that could save a life.

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6:59 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Changes Underway At N.H. Colleges To Address Sexual Harassment

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New Hampshire's public colleges and universities are making changes after a recent review highlighted concerns about how they handle sexual harassment and other misconduct.

The University System of New Hampshire last month released investigative reports on the general policies and procedures at its four institutions as well as specific incidents involving misconduct by athletic coaches.

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6:50 am
Mon April 6, 2015

More Than 1,000 Run In Race For Slain Brentwood Officer

Stephen Arkell
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More than 1,000 runners and walkers turned out for a race to honor a slain New Hampshire police officer.

Brentwood Police Officer Stephen Arkell — a 17-year veteran of the force — was fatally shot when he responded to a domestic dispute last May.

Proceeds from Saturday's race will benefit a scholarship fund in his name.

WMUR reports that Arkelll's brother, Dave, said he was stunned by the turnout and believes Stephen would have been as well. Many of the nearly 1,500 participants were police officers and firefighters.

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6:33 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Sen. Kelly Ayotte's State Director Resigns Following Prostitution-Related Arrest

David Wihby
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Senator Kelly Ayotte says she has accepted the resignation of her state director, after he was arrested Friday, charged with solicitation of prostitution.

Nashua police say David Wihby was one of 10 men arrested as part of a special sting operation last week at two city hotels. Police say the men thought they were responding to advertisements by women placed online.

Wihby was charged with a misdemeanor and was released on $2,000 personal recognizance.

He is scheduled to be arraigned May 11.

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4:27 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

N.H. Officials: State's Medicaid Billing System Finally Ready for Federal Certification

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More than seven years — and $31 million — past the original deadline, New Hampshire officials are readying the state's Medicaid billing system for federal certification.

The certification visit scheduled for April 20 is the final step in the long-delayed process of developing the system that reimburses doctors and hospitals for providing Medicaid coverage.

The state approved the $60 million contract with a vendor now owned by Xerox in 2005, expecting it to be online by 2007. The system didn't go live until 2013.

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8:02 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Residents Raise Concerns About Response To Water Contamination At Pease

At a meeting this week, Seacoast residents raised concerns about the way the state has handled its investigation into water contamination at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth.

Jeff McMenemy is a reporter for the Portsmouth Herald who has been covering this issue. He joins Morning Edition to give us the latest.

For those who haven’t been following, what type of contamination are we talking about? When did this first come up?

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7:21 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Former Fortune 500 Executive gets 9 To 20 In Fatal Crash

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A former Fortune 500 executive has been sentenced to between nine and 20 years in prison for causing a highway crash that killed a Vermont couple and their unborn fetus.

The Valley News of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, reports that 54-year-old Robert Dellinger of Sunapee was sentenced Thursday. Dellinger has been jailed without bail since the December 2013 crash.

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7:08 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Keene City Council Rejects Permit For 2015 Pumpkin Festival

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There will be no Pumpkin Festival in Keene this year, after the City Council voted overwhelmingly to reject a permit for the annual event after alcohol-fueled violence last year led to injuries, property damage and more than 100 arrests.

The council voted 13-1 last night not to grant the license.

Councilor Kris Roberts was one of the most vocal supporters of keeping the festival going.

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5:41 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Report Details 2013 Tanker Collision With Sarah Long Bridge

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The National Transportation Safety Board has released a report including details about a 2013 collision between a 473 foot cargo tanker docked in Portsmouth and the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.

The authors report the vessel needed maintenance and was not adequately attached at the wharf.

New Hampshire Director of Ports and Harbors, Geno Marconi, says he knew the port was not responsible, because saw the collision from the dock:

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10:31 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Pilots' Strike Aborted: Portsmouth Flights Continue As Scheduled

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Allegiant Air's flights will arrive and depart as scheduled at Portsmouth's airport at Pease.

 The Teamsters International Airline division had planned to strike Thursday beginning at 3 a.m.

The strike was stalled when Allegiant Air was granted a temporary restraining order against the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1224, which represents the Allegiant pilots.

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7:13 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Former Fortune 500 Executive To Be Sentenced In Fatal Crash

Robert Dellinger
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A New Hampshire man is set to learn his sentence for causing the crash that killed a Vermont couple and their unborn fetus.

The second day of Robert Dellinger's sentencing hearing is expected to wrap up Thursday.

Prosecutors have said the 54-year-old Dellinger told investigators he was trying to kill himself in December 2013 when he drove his pickup truck across a highway median at more than 100 mph and smashed into an SUV.

The crash killed 24-year-old Amanda Murphy, who was eight months pregnant, and her fiance, 29-year-old Jason Timmons.

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6:54 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Future Of Keene Pumpkin Festival In City Council's Hands

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The fate of the Keene Pumpkin Festival rests with the City Council, which could vote against holding the annual fall tradition that was overshadowed by nearby violent disturbances last year.

The city's Planning, Licensing and Development Committee has twice rejected a permit request for the festival. The matter now goes before the council, which meets at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The nonprofit group running the festival, Let It Shine, wants the city to develop a security plan for the festival. That's estimated to cost more than $300,000.

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4:54 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Allegiant Air Pilots' Strike Could Stall Flights In Portsmouth

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A labor dispute between the Las Vegas airline Allegiant Air and its pilots could affect passengers flying out of Portsmouth Airport.

Allegiant Air is the only commercial airline serving Portsmouth International. Airport manager Bill Hopper says airline let him know that its pilots’ union, Teamsters International, is planning to strike at 3am Thursday morning.

For now, Hopper says, the airport is planning business as usual “and we’ll see how things are in the morning.”

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12:58 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Police Make Arrest After Keene State Put On Temporary Lockdown

Tyler Day
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Keene police have arrested a man they say fired a gun during a domestic dispute Wednesday morning, prompting a lockdown at nearby Keene State College and Wheelock School.

Tyler Day, 22, is facing five felony charges, including reckless conduct and criminal threatening, as well as three misdemeanors. He is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon at Keene district court.

Police say they responded to the area of Proctor Court around 9:30 Wednesday morning for a report of a domestic disturbance.

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7:39 am
Wed April 1, 2015

As House Weighs Budget, Meals On Wheels Programs Brace For Possible Cuts

Dick Jaeger (left) talks with Donald Patten as he delivers meals for the Grafton County Senior Citizens Council.
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With House lawmakers set to vote on proposed two-year state budget Tuesday, one program that’s facing a potentially significant cut is the Meals on Wheels program.

The House Finance Committee is recommending a $10.6 million cut in general non-Medicaid appropriations, a 50 percent reduction to the fund that helps pay for Meals on Wheels.

Roberta Berner is director of the Grafton County Senior Citizens Council.

She joined Morning Edition to talk about how the proposed cuts could affect the people her program serves.

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5:49 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Some N.H. Utilities Customers Will See Rate Decreases

New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and Liberty Utilities say customers will see their bills decrease, effective May 1.

The change is the result of a decrease in the power rate.

For co-op customers, it comes out to about $23.67 less per month for a residential member using 500 kilowatts per month. For a customer using 1,000 kilowatts per month, it's about $47.33.

At Liberty, the reduction will mean a $46 decrease per month for an average residential customer.

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8:04 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Lebanon Airport Losing Out On $750K In Funds Due To Project Delays

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The Lebanon Municipal Airport has missed out on getting $750,000 for improvements, after the city failed to have a plan in place.

The Valley News reports the airport receives $1 million each year from the federal Essential Air Service Program when at least 10,000 people depart from it. The $750,000 is what's left of Lebanon's 2012 allocation.

If the airport doesn't spend that money within three years, it's dispersed to other airports in the region.

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