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10:33 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Senator Rand Paul Rallies Millenials At Liberty Event

Sen. Rand Paul addresses Millenials in Manchester
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

 

  Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has plans to endorse Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown this afternoon among college students at UNH. Last night, Paul addressed a similar demographic at an event in Manchester.

Before 150 or so young people brought together by GenOpp – a liberty-minded youth activism nonprofit – Rand Paul hammered away at issues many millenials say they care about: from the President’s power to declare war, to the NSA, to Guantanamo Bay:

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9:53 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Ayotte, Shaheen Join Call For NFL To Have 'Zero Tolerance' For Domestic Violence

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New Hampshire’s two U.S. Senators are among 16 female, bipartisan Senators who are urging the commissioner of the NFL to take a zero-tolerance stance toward domestic violence.

Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen signed the letter sent to Commissioner Roger Goodell, responding to the recent controversy over former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

In the letter, the Senators raise concerns about whether NFL officials knew the severity of Rice’s assault against his then-fiancée Janay Palmer.

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NH News
3:47 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

iPads, Wider Selection At First Of Two New Hooksett Rest Area Liquor Stores

The new liquor store in Hooksett features four iPads where customers can search for products and food pairings.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The state’s newest and largest liquor store opened at the Hooksett rest area on the northbound side of Interstate 93 on Thursday.

It’s part of a complete overhaul of the rest areas on each side of the highway.

The 20,000-square-foot liquor store was bustling on its first day of business.

Liquor commission marketing director Richard Gerrish says customer convenience was at the heart of the new design.

He says that includes everything from wider aisles to a wider selection of spirits.

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NH News
3:43 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Manchester Police: $25k Worth Of Synthetic Marijuana Seized Last Month

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 Manchester Police have reported the seizure of more 11 pounds of synthetic marijuana known commonly as spice from a Manchester tattoo parlor. The drugs sold as incense had a retail value of more than $25,000.

The search warrant was executed at two Spider Bite locations two weeks ago as part of a months-long, multi-agency investigation that began well before a spate of overdoses that occurred in the middle of August.

Sgt. Brian O’Keefe says the department kept the seizures close to the chest since the investigation is still ongoing.

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NH News
8:19 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Hassan Proclaims Sept. 11 'Day Of Remembrance'

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Gov. Maggie Hassan has directed flags to fly at half-staff, proclaiming it as a Day of Remembrance in honor of those killed by terrorists on Sept. 11, 13 years ago.

Hassan is participating in two remembrance ceremonies: Manchester's 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Henry McLaughlin Middle School and the American Legion Post 35 Global War on Terrorism Monument Unveiling and Rededication in Hampton on Thursday.

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NH News
8:07 am
Thu September 11, 2014

N.H. Supreme Court To Hear Case Of Man Who Shot Police Officer

The NH Supreme Court building in Concord
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The New Hampshire Supreme Court is set to hear arguments that a man convicted of attempted murder in the 2012 shooting of a Manchester police officer should get a new trial because release of his booking photo tainted eyewitness identifications.

Myles Webster of Litchfield is serving 60 years to life in prison in the shooting of Officer Dan Doherty on March 21, 2012, as Doherty closed in on him during a foot chase.

Doherty, who suffered at least seven gunshot wounds to his legs and torso, returned to work nearly a year later after multiple surgeries.

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NH News
5:14 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

NH1 News Set To Launch Next Week

The headquarters for NH1 News in Concord.
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A new statewide multimedia news organization is set to launch next week.

New Hampshire 1 News will begin broadcasting Monday via TV. The outlet has been broadcasting news across its network of radio stations since March.

Based out of the renovated Walker School in Concord, the network is the creation of businessman Bill Binnie.

The station held a grand opening Wednesday, and Binnie says the station’s technology is state of the art.

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Market Basket
11:26 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Hassan, 'Artie T.' Praise Market Basket Workers In Londonderry

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The morning after officially kicking off her campaign for re-election, Governor Maggie Hassan joined Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demulous in Londonderry to thank workers for their dedication.

Calling Market Basket a “New Hampshire institution,” Hassan said the company exemplifies fair treatment and respect for employees.

“Your efforts all summer were a heartening display of dedication, of loyalty, and really what’s possible when people come together,” she said.

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Newscast
8:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Employment Security Holding Job Fair In Manchester

A variety of companies representing such fields as food service, construction and retail are participating in a job fair in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The event is offering opportunities for entry-level and skilled job-seekers.

The job fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Sweeney Post Manchester.

It's sponsored by the New Hampshire Employment Security agency.

Newscast
7:58 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Claremont Restaurant Destroyed By Fire

Investigators with the state fire marshal's office are expected to be at the scene of a restaurant destroyed by a fire in Claremont, New Hampshire.

The fire was reported before 10 p.m. Tuesday at Joey's on the River.

Claremont Fire Chief Rick Bergeron tells WMUR-TV the back of the building is right on the river, so it was difficult to access that part.

No one was injured.

NH News
12:26 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Havenstein Wins Party Nomination, Faces Tough Race Against Hassan

Walt Havenstein greeting supporters after his victory speech.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  Former BAE Systems CEO Walt Havenstein is the Republican nominee governor.

Walt Havenstein didn’t always run strong in this race but he won by nearly 20 points over Andrew Hemingway. He said voters in the general election will have a clear choice.

“The choice is going to be about the future of our state and whether or not we’re gonna maintain and stay in this economic stagnation or if we’re actually gonna take a bold course to change our economic outcome for the future prosperity of our state.”

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NH News
11:40 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Wheeler, Sheehan, Burns Tops In Executive Council Primary Races

Former Executive Councilor Dave Wheeler took a step toward returning to the council Tuesday, winning the GOP primary for the District 5 seat.

The Milford Republican defeated Steve Hattamer of Hollis.

Wheeler served on the council for one term, but lost his bid for re-election to Democrat Deb Pignatelli in 2012.

Pignatelli chose not to seek another term.

Wheeler will face Nashua Alderman Diane Sheehan, who defeated Jennifer Daler in the Democratic primary.  

NH News
4:42 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Feds Smile On Piscataqua With Second $25M Bridge Grant In Four Years

Maine DOT's rendering of the replacement Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, as viewed from I-95.
Credit Maine Department of Transportation

  A $25 million federal grant will subsidize the replacement of the aging Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which connects Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine.

The states applied for the grant together, which was awarded Monday.

In particular, the grant will fund the railroad tracks that go over the bridge along the route 1 bypass. These tracks are used by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to remove nuclear waste.

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Newscast
7:20 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Hiker Who Died On Appalachian Trail Identified

A portion of the Mt. Moosilauke trail

A 39-year-old New Hampshire man who had been running and hiking with friends along the Appalachian Trail when he collapsed and died has been identified.

Chad Denning from New London had stopped breathing along the Beaver Brook Trail on Mt. Moosilauke in Benton after noon on Sunday. He had stopped to take in some views of the area after running and hiking for about four hours.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

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Newscast
6:09 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Power Outage Affects More Than 10,000 Capital Region Unitil Customers

Credit A screen cap of Unitil's outage map

About 10,000 customers around the Concord area were without power for several hours Monday evening.

The city's main utility, Unitil, did not immediately provide a reason for the outage that hit shortly after 5 p.m. Monday, but later posted updates on their Twitter feed which indicated the blackout was caused by a pole fire that occurred at a substation. 

Power was restored to all Capital Region customers shortly after 8 PM.

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Newscast
10:52 am
Mon September 8, 2014

State Launches Emergency Notification Tools

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New Hampshire's Department of Safety has updated one tool and created another that uses mobile and landline phones to alert people to statewide emergencies.

A website, ReadyNH.gov, provides step-by-step guidance for people to prepare for natural and man-made disasters.

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Newscast
7:19 am
Mon September 8, 2014

N.H. Fish And Game Holding Hearing On 'Hike Safe' Card

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New Hampshire Fish and Game officials will hold a public hearing on proposed rules to establish a hike safe card that would forgive hikers for rescue expenses they might face if they're negligent.

The hearing is scheduled for Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Fish and Game headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord.

The cards will take effect in January under legislation approved in June.

Proceeds from sale of the cards would help offset the cost of rescues, which range from $200 to over $50,000.

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New England News
7:15 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Vermont School For The Deaf Shutting Down

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The Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is shutting down later this month.

The center announced in the spring that its Austine School would not be opening for the 2015 school year. Its board had hoped to keep some of its programs operating this year, and to reopen the school in two years, but at an emergency meeting last week voted to completely shut down both the school and the center.

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NH News
9:10 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Final Gubernatorial Debate Highlights Differences In Leadership Style, Economic Plans

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  Republican gubernatorial hopefuls Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway held their last debate Friday. They differed on how they say they would lead and improve the state’s business climate.

Political activist and serial entrepreneur Andrew Hemingway, when asked how his business experience would inform his style of governance, said New Hampshire is a small-business state.

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NH News
5:25 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Infographic: Spice Overdose Cases Since 2010

New Hampshire lawmakers say they’re thinking outside the criminal code when it comes to the designer drug known as Spice and may consider consumer protection laws such as labeling requirements.

A study committee met for the second time Thursday to look into ways to create a statewide approach to banning the substance, which has proven to be a challenge through conventional legislation.

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5:10 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Walt Havenstein's Strengths In General Election May Be Weaknesses In Primary

Havenstein speaking to the press at BAE Systems in Nashua.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  As former President of BAE Systems, Walt Havenstein led one of New Hampshire’s largest employers. That’s one reason top Republicans encouraged the millionaire business-man to get into the governor’s race. Havenstein has vastly outspent his Republican opponent but this race remains tight.

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Market Basket
3:07 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Market Basket Turmoil Hurt U.S. Jobs Numbers Last Month

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The turmoil at Market Basket actually dragged down U.S. jobs numbers last month.  

In the August jobs report issued Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment disruptions at a grocery store chain in New England” is cited as having an impact on food and beverage employment numbers nationwide.

The sector saw a job loss of 17,000 last month.

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NH News
1:19 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Laconia Multicultural Festival To Feature Food, Music From Around The Globe

A scene from the Laconia Multicultural Festival.
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The 13th annual Laconia Multicultural Festival will be held Saturday.

David Stamps is one of the event’s organizers and says it has grown to include more than 80 vendors and two music stages.

But he says it also hasn’t gotten away from its roots.

“We have a lot of nonprofits who participate. We have a lot of refugees, first Americans, and many Franco-Americans. It’s just such a variety.”

The downtown festival runs from 10 to 4 and opens with a Parade of Flags.

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NH News
4:34 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

N.H.'s Apple Crop Lighter This Year, But Still Plenty To Go Around

Lorraine Merrill, commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, stands next to and Governor Maggie Hassan as she reads a proclamation regarding New Hampshire Apple Day.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Governor Maggie Hassan kicked off this year’s apple picking season with the ceremonial first pick Thursday at Gould Hill Farm in Contoocook.

This year’s apple crop is not expected to be quite as fruitful as last year’s.

Governor Hassan plucked a few ripe apples and encouraged families to get out to their local farms and pick some of their own.

“There are in fact great apples here in New Hampshire. We got through the winter. We’ve got a crop and we’re really really eager to have a great apple season.

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NH News
4:24 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Commission Aims To Lower N.H.'s Workers' Compensation Medical Costs

A new state commission has been charged with finding ways to reduce workers compensation medical costs in New Hampshire.

Governor Maggie Hassan established the commission through an executive order on Thursday.

“New Hampshire has very high workers compensation costs overall, but we’re finding that most of that high cost resides in the actual cost of the medical care.”

A recent study found New Hampshire is the 9th most expensive state for workers compensation coverage.

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NH News
3:24 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Evidence Hearing Postponed In Case Against Alleged Hernandez Kidnapper

Nathaniel Kibby
Credit NH Attorney General

Evidence against a New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl last October won't be aired in court next week.

Prosecutors and lawyers representing 34-year-old Nathanial Kibby agreed to postpone a hearing on the evidence against him for 60 days.

Kibby was scheduled to appear in court Sept. 9.

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9:58 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Danville Police Chief Cleared Of Negligent Firearm Storage Charge

 A New Hampshire police chief has been cleared of a charge of negligently storing firearms at his home after a 15-year-old boy fatally shot himself there.

Judge Edwin Kelly found Danville Police Chief Wade Parsons not guilty on a charge that he failed to properly secure his service revolver in a bedroom closet.

Jacob Carver, the son of Parsons' girlfriend, used the handgun to kill himself on March 11, 2013.

NH News
3:26 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Manchester VA Town Hall Seeks Input From Veterans On Services

The Manchester VA Medical Center will host a town hall meeting later this month aimed at getting feedback on the quality of benefits and services being offered.

The Department of Veterans Affairs says the town hall meeting, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 25, is one of several being held around the country.

Veterans, their families and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

New VA Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald says the town hall meetings are part of an effort to improve services and to hear directly from veterans.

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NH News
10:22 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Kimball Union Academy Mourns Loss Of '02 Graduate Sotloff

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Kimball Union Academy in Meriden is mourning the loss of graduate Steven Sotloff.

"His courageous actions have and will always inspire our students and our community,” Head of School Mike Schafer said in a letter to the school community.

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8:20 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Bear Hunting Season Underway

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Bear hunting season has started in New Hampshire, and the state's bear project leader says it's expected to be a good one.

WMUR-TV reports Andy Timmins says with a current bear population estimated at 5,700 animals, bears are at the desired population goal in most areas of the state.

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