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4:06 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Manchester Police Transitioning To New Station

Chief Mara shows off some new office space.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Manchester Police Department will begin moving to its new location next week and they’ll have about twice the square footage and room to grow.


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NH News
3:25 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Hassan: Naming New Economic Development Commissioner A Top Priority

Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan meets with business and education leaders at Dyn in Manchester on Thursday.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

One of the first items on the agenda for Governor-elect Maggie Hassan will be to appoint a new commissioner for the Department of Resources and Economic Development.

Hassan says that while she has some names in mind, she's still seeking ideas for potential candidates and job criteria.

“I am open to suggestions. I have some ideas. It’s early and I’m talking to a lot of people," she says.

Hassan was in Manchester Thursday morning, talking about the process for appointing a new DRED commissioner.

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Weather
6:52 am
Thu December 27, 2012

First Major Winter Storm Sweeps Into NH

Snow on Christmas lights makes the storm feel festive
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

New Hampshire is experiencing its first big snowstorm of the year, and so far there haven’t been many major problems.

However, speed limits have been reduced to 45 on the state’s major highways, and some flights are delayed at the Manchester airport.

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NH News
4:03 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Another School Funding Amendment

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Lawmakers will again seek a constitutional change to give them a freer hand to target state school aid.

There have been more than 80 attempts to pass a constitutional amendment to blunt the Claremont school funding rulings that say the state must pay for an adequate education for every child in every school. 

Every effort has failed.

Gary Richardson, a democrat from Hopkinton thinks this time may be different because this is a different sort of constiutonal amendment.

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NH News
3:00 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

Lawmaker Wants To Extend N.H. Concussion Law To Middle Schools

Representative Rick Ladd says a law requiring high schools to be more vigilant in dealing with concussions needs to be broadened to include younger student athletes.

Ladd, a Haverhill Republican, says the law passed last year only applies to sports in grades 9 through 12.

The law requires high school student athletes be removed from games if they are suspected of having a concussion. Students cannot return to the field until they get clearance from a doctor and a parent’s permission.

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NH News
4:00 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Democratic Lawmakers Seek To Repeal N.H. Voter ID Law

A group of Democratic lawmakers want to repeal the voter ID requirements implemented under Republican leadership.

Current law requires that voters be asked for photo identification at the polls, but does not require they have one to cast a ballot.

In elections this year, people who wanted to vote but did not have ID had to sign an affidavit.

Proponents argue the measure helps to prevent voter fraud, but Tim Horrigan, a Durham Democrat, says there is no evidence that a problem exists.

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NH News
3:26 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

2nd Arrest In UNH Student Murder Case

Kathryn McDonough is a 19-year-old Portsmouth resident who has been arrested for giving a false alibi when questioned by the police as to her whereabouts at the time of the disappearance of UNH student Elizabeth Marriott.
Credit NH Attorney General

A second arrest has been made in connection with disappearance and murder of UNH student Elizabeth Marriott. 19-year-old Portsmouth resident Kathryn McDonough has been arrested on charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution and conspiracy to hinder apprehension or prosecution.

Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley says McDonough was the girlfriend of Seth Mazzaglia who has been charged with Marriott’s murder.

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NH News
2:46 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Snow Storms Parading Into N.H.

The National Weather service's prediction of where it will be rain, snow, or freezing rain on 1pm on Thursday.
Credit National Weather Service / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

There’s some snow on tap for the Granite State. The Northeast seems to be in a pattern of unsettled weather, with two storms swinging through in just a matter of days. The first flakes should begin to fly tonight, as a weak system passed through clipping the bottom of the state.

Hometown Forecast Service’s Rob Carolan says this quick hit should amount to about an inch for the southern part of the state, and just a dusting up North.

Carolan: It should be all said and done by about noon tomorrow.

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NH News
6:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Ho, Ho, Ho! Merrimack Children Get Phone Calls From Secret Santas

Sgt. Ted Dillon of the Merrimack Police Department poses as Santa during a phone call to a child last week.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

When convincing a child on the other end of a phone line you’re Santa Claus, having the right voice goes a long way.

“Ho ho ho! How are you today Peyton?” says Merrimack police officer Greg Walters. "Good. Have you been a good boy? You have? Are you helping out mom and dad around the house?"

Walters is one of the officers in the department who makes calls to unsuspecting and, at times, speechless children as part of the town’s Santa Calling program.

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NH News
4:55 am
Mon December 24, 2012

All Options On The Table For N.H. Health Exchange

The President’s health law wasn’t all that popular with New Hampshire House Republicans.  Among other actions last session, they passed a law prohibiting the state from managing its own health insurance exchange.

And for now, the state is moving forward with a marketplace run by the Federal government.

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NH News
11:39 am
Sun December 23, 2012

Manchester Superintendent Skeptical About NRA Proposal To Put Guns In Schools

Manchester Superintendent Thomas Brennan
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

The superintendent of New Hampshire's largest school district is skeptical about the National Rifle Association's idea to put armed security personnel in every school as a bulwark against gun violence.

A week after the Connecticut school massacre that riveted the nation's attention to gun violence and school safety issues, the NRA came out with its armed guard proposal.

Manchester Schools Superintendent Tom Brennan tells WMUR-TV that it's time to think about other options, rather than suggesting more guns in school.

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NH News
5:01 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Windy Friday Knocks Out Power To 17,000

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New Hampshire’s electrical utilities are reporting scattered power outages with today’s foul weather. The state’s four utilities say at the peak there were just more than 17,000 customers without power -- mostly scattered up and down the western half of the state and on the Seacoast. 

Murray: Now that may be the peak of the trouble, it seems to be clearing and we are hoping or anticipating that we will not have a large number of new outages and can make some good inroads on restoring power to all customers.

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4:26 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Candia School District Considers Withdrawing From Manchester Schools

Candia School Board and Superintendent Littlefield at left. Jim O'Shaughnessy, Superintendent Thomas Brennan and Mayor Ted Gatsas at right.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Manchester School District has been fighting to keep the towns of Hooksett and Candia from withdrawing their students after layoffs resulted in overcrowded, high-school classrooms. The Manchester School Board met with the Candia School Board Thursday night for a second time and the two boards walked away without a solution.


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NH News
3:25 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

N.H. Attorney General Warns Of Scams Seeking Money For CT Shooting Victims

N.H. Attorney General Michael Delaney

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney is warning against scams seeking donations for families and victims of the Connecticut school shooting.

Delaney says there have been no complaints in New Hampshire of fraudulent phone calls seeking money for victims.

But there have been reports of phone scams in Connecticut.

Delaney urges people to be wary of phone calls seeking money and says you should always ask for solicitation materials in writing.

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NH News
2:08 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Roughly 13 Percent Of N.H. Retailers Sell Tobacco To Youth In Compliance Check

Illegal tobacco sales to New Hampshire youth increased over the past year.

The Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday released the results of compliance checks of tobacco sales from across the state.

During those checks, sales to minors increased from nearly 8 percent last year to more than 13 percent this year. Nearly 300 tobacco retailers were surveyed in this year’s check.

Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services Director Joe Harding says while this year’s figure is well below the federal requirement of 20 percent, the increase is concerning.

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