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6:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Pax Index Bets Women-Led Firms Can Beat The Stock Market

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  Pax World Funds, a major American investment management company located in Portsmouth, is betting that companies with female leadership will outperform the stock market.

There are 406 companies in Pax’s new index fund, including Microsoft, General Electric, and Estee Lauder.  Besides being well-established brands, they have one thing in common:  women in leadership positions.  Ninety-seven percent of all the companies in the fund have two or more female board members.  In a traditional index fund, says Pax CEO Joe Keefe, women sit on only about 11 percent of board seats.

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9:33 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Manchester Police: 2014 Crime Stats Show Little Change

Chief David Mara facilitating the meeting in the M-PAL building.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  Manchester police say that while efforts to reduce property crimes in Manchester have shown some success, the total number of crimes since January is virtually identical to last year. The information was presented during a downtown community meeting hosted by the Manchester police department Tuesday night.

Officer Matt Barter, the department’s crime analyst, says some of the numbers between January and June are looking good. 

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2:45 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

N.H. Liquor Commission: Washington, D.C. Licenses Are Valid ID

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The New Hampshire Liquor Commission has clarified a state law, saying that driver’s licenses from Washington, D.C. should be acceptable identification when purchasing alcohol.

The guidance is in response to an incident in Concord earlier this month where a legal-age customer with a Washington, D.C. license was denied alcohol.

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12:13 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

N.H. Unemployment Rate Unchanged In June, Remains At 4.4 Percent

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New Hampshire’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent last month, unchanged from the May rate.

The state’s unemployment rate remains well below the national rate of 6.1 percent.

While the state’s unemployment rate was unchanged last month, the state’s employment security office reports the number of out-of-work Granite Staters dropped by 340.

The office also reports the state’s total labor force dropped by about 1,500 people from May to June.

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12:28 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Not Much For "Kremlin Watchers" At Meeting Between N.E. Governors And Canadian Premiers

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The Governors of New England and the premiers of the Eastern Canadian Provinces have just wrapped up a meeting in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. The conference was focused on the issues of energy and trade, though dueling protests outside the conference meant energy stole the spotlight for much of the event. But the speakers and resolutions of the conference barely touched on the most pressing energy issues facing New England, and this careful side-stepping of the issues  is a reflection of a tumultuous energy landscape.

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4:35 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Audio Postcard: The Warner Intertribal Pow-Wow

The honor guard leads the Grand Entry procession.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Every summer, people flock from all over the region to participate in a traditional Native American powwow in Warner. This marks its fifteenth year.  

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1:47 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Sen. Shaheen Calls On House To Pass Veterans Bill

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in Concord at an event where a group of veterans endorsed her re-election bid. She called on House lawmakers to pass a veterans bill.
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A group of veterans gathered in Concord Monday to throw their support behind re-electing New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

Several of the veterans endorsing the former New Hampshire governor pointed to her political experience in the Granite State.

Retired US Air Force Colonel Gail Prince of Bedford says Shaheen has been supporting veterans’ issues in New Hampshire going back to her time as a state Senator.

“She knows who to reach out to here in the state to get New Hampshire’s position, the people’s position, on an issue.”

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8:48 am
Mon July 14, 2014

With New Rule, N.H. DMV Lifts Temporary Ban On New Vanity Plates

New Hampshire drivers can once again get new vanity plates, now that the state's Division of Motor Vehicles has put into place a new rule guiding which plates it will reject.

The state had put a temporary halt on issuing vanity plates, following a state Supreme Court ruling in May found the DMV’s old rule barring plates that may be offensive was too vague.

The new rule is more specific.

For example, the state will now reject vanity plates that contain profanity, references to violence, or illegal activity.

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7:12 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Eastern Canadian Premiers And New England Governors Meet Amid Energy Protests

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New Hampshire is hosting the latest summit between the governors of the New England states and the Premiers of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. The conference takes place Monday at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, and follows a similar meeting held in Quebec last September

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4:29 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

15th Annual Warner Powwow Kicks Off

A collective dance, the Grand Entry.
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  Saturday marked the beginning of the annual intertribal powwow in Warner.

On the field next to the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, craft vendor tents, participants and visiting families surround a wide meeting circle at the field’s center. Lynn Clark is the Executive Director of the museum.

“It’s our 15th anniversary powwow. It’s one of the larger powwows in New Hampshire and it’s a very family oriented event and it’s a great social event—as you hear everybody reconnecting. There’s people that I sometimes see just once a year at the pow wow. It’s great fun.”

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4:04 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Free Opiate Treatment Resources Offered Saturday In Portsmouth

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Four licensed counselors will be on hand at Portsmouth Regional Hospital on Saturday to provide counseling and treatment resources to individuals and family members dealing with opiate addiction.

This will be the first event of its kind on the Seacoast.  

Justin Looser is the hospital’s director of behavioral health. He says individuals can deposit drugs and paraphernalia without risk of prosecution. In fact, he says, “the whole program will be completely anonymous even from the hospital’s perspective, we’re not going to take peoples’ names or write anything down.”

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5:04 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

FairPoint Workers To Vote On Strike Authorization

Two-thousand unionized FairPoint employees across New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine will vote this weekend on whether they are willing to strike. The vote comes after two months of unsuccessful contract negotiations.

The electrical and communication workers’ contracts end August 2.  Don Trementozzi, president of the union representing the communication workers, CWA local 1400, says FairPoint is demanding a lot of concessions, including the ability to outsource jobs that are currently union-only:

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3:55 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Mount Washington College Closing Two N.H. Campuses

Mount Washington College in New Hampshire says it will close its Salem and Nashua campuses and lay off 50 employees by Sept. 9.

The Eagle Tribune reports college spokesman Stephen White said about 540 students would be affected. They will be able to continue their studies at the college's campus in Manchester.

He said the decision was prompted by a 30 percent decline in enrollment over the last few years and a move to focus more on its online programs. A year ago, Mount Washington closed its campuses in Portsmouth and Concord.

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3:39 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Manchester Chamber of Commerce Expands Lunch In The Park Series

Residents and business people bring their lunches to eat at park tables at Veterans Park.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is expanding its summer Lunch in the Park series this year. Veterans Park is at the center of an effort to clean up the image of downtown area parks.

The hope is that every Thursday to the end of the summer people will venture out of their offices and homes to eat lunch in the city’s Veterans Park. Last year, Lunch in the Park events happened three times. This time it’s up to eight. Mike Skelton, the chamber of commerce president, says the events were first conceived when business owners complained about how the parks were being used.

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3:32 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

N.H. Opens First Criminal Court For Veterans

New Hampshire's governor and top judicial and military officials gathered to dedicate the state's first court designed to handle the criminal cases of military veterans.

Located in Nashua, the court will focus intensive treatment to address the substance abuse, trauma and anger management issues that often drive veterans' crimes.

Major General William Reddel — adjutant general of the New Hampshire National Guard — said the court is not about providing a get-out-of-jail-free card. He said it's about fixing the problems behind the crimes.

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