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NH News
7:30 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Toddler Recovering from Pelham Fireworks Accident

Two-year-old Ben Bertini of Derry is reported to be recovering after suffering severe burns on 27 percent of  his body and a puncture wound to the arm when a stack of consumer fireworks suddenly ignited at his grandparents' Pelham home. He was put into a medically induced coma immediately following the accident last week. Monday, doctors removed the inhaler and he has been speaking. He is currently receiving skin grafts at the Shriners Hospital in Boston. Eight adults and five children were injured in the blast and subsequent fire.

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5:13 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Town of Gilsum & AIDS Group Home Reach Settlement

A group home for people with HIV and Hepatitis C has settled its legal battle with the Town Of Gilsum. Under the terms of the settlement, AIDS Services of the Monadnock Region will be able to continue operating the Cleve Jones Wellness House.

The town had denied the facility a property tax exemption after receiving the necessary application several days late.

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4:29 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Old Classroom Furniture Caribbean-Bound

Shipping container half full of desks and chairs
Ryan Lessard NHPR News

Old furniture from a closed elementary school in Concord is on its way to the Caribbean.

When the Conant/Rumford school closed for good last month, the building was still full of old teacher desks, tables, chairs, bookshelves, cabinets and more.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Greyhound Cuts Could Leave Riders Stranded

Susan VonStade waits for the Greyhound bus in Keene.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Greyhound used to be the symbol of American mobility; of transportation for all. To prove it, they made killer commercials.

…Go Greyhound and leave the driving to us !! America is discovering the comfort and convenience of Greyhound…   [jingle]

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NH News
5:01 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Speaker Shuts Out Monitor

House Speaker William O’Brien barred reporters from the Concord Monitor from a state house press conference he called to discuss welfare abuse.

As reporters from about a half-dozen news outfits were welcomed to Speaker O’Brien’s office, reporters from the capital city’s only newspaper were blocked at the door by O’Brien spokesperson Shannon Bettencourt.

"Annmarie, Matt; not my rules. You know the issue."

"Why can’t we come in?"

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NH News
3:43 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Gov. Lynch Lets Bill Fixing Voter ID Affidavit Become Law

Gov. John Lynch has allowed a bill requiring photo identification at polling places to become law without his signature, but he says he hopes the New Hampshire Legislature will revisit the issue.

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NH News
3:39 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

O'Brien Calls For Tighter EBT Controls

House Speaker Bill O’Brien was joined at a news conference by Jackie Whiton. She was fired from a Peterborough convenience store after blocking a customer's attempt to use welfare benefits to buy cigarettes. O’Brien hailed Whiton and said the state needs to take greater steps to ensure that welfare benefits don’t go towards cigarettes, alcohol or possibly certain foods; O’Brien mentioned lobster.

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NH News
5:19 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Vermont Yankee Opponents Say Water Permit Could Force Plant To Close

A loss late last month in federal appeals court has limited the state’s options to challenge Vermont Yankee’s operating license.

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NH News
4:24 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

New Hampshire Housing Market Continues Gradual Recovery

New data from the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority suggests the state’s housing market continues to show signs of a slow recovery.

The number of New Hampshire homes sold in May of this year jumped up from 2011-levels. That’s good. The bad news is that the average price of those properties is down two-point-four percent from a year ago, falling to $205-thousand dollars.

The 351 new foreclosures in May probably won’t help. Until the glut of properties on the market clears up, housing prices will remain low.

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NH News
6:03 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

121 New Citizens Take Oath In New Hampshire

Naturalization Ceremony In Portsmouth
Emily Corwin

So far this year in New Hamsphire, more than 1100 people have become new U.S. citizens.  

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NH News
6:01 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Fireworks Law Ignites Safety Concerns and Boosts Sales

Reloadable Mortars on the store shelves
Ryan Lessard NHPR

For some New Hampshire residents, the Fourth of July means it’s time for fireworks in the backyard. The state has long been one of the few states in the region to allow this practice.  But this year it's causing new safety concerns because more dangerous types of fireworks are now on sale.

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3:44 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Liberty Utilities Acquires National Grid's Gas and Electric Businesses in New Hampshire

Liberty Utilities Company completed its $250 million acquisition of National Grid’s gas and electric businesses in New Hampshire today.

Liberty Utilities now services National Grid’s 87,000 natural gas and 43,000 electric customers across the state. 

Ian Robertson, chief executive officer of Liberty Utilities’ parent company, Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. of Ontario, says the deal was 18 months in the making.

Robertson says the transition will be seamless, and National Grid customers can expect a more localized approach to business.

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NH News
5:17 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

AG Questions Hospital CEO Pay

A new report finds that CEOs at New Hampshire's nonprofit hospitals saw their pay increase by an average of 18 percent from 2006 to 2009. 

The report CEO pay varies widely. An the low end, Colebrook’s  Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital pays its CEO 150,000. At the high end, the leader of the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester pulled down about a million dollars in 2009.  The salary report was commissioned by Attorney General Michael Delaney. He says while the report found hospital CEO pay here is on par for the region,

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5:03 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

More Confirmed Cases in Hepatitis C Outbreak

Public health officials say six more Exeter Hospital patients have tested positive for Hepatitis C. That brings the total number of infections to 27.

Local, state and federal law enforcement are still investigating the cause of the outbreak. An Exeter Hospital employee is suspected of exposing patients to the liver-destroying virus by mishandling needles.

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10:07 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Energy Efficiency Investment Slow to Catch On

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A new report out from the New Hampshire Energy and Climate Collaborative finds that NH may not be doing enough to make homes more energy efficient.

Three years ago Governor John Lynch put forth his climate action plan, a roadmap for how to reduce the states carbon emissions. Number one on the list of strategies: maximize energy efficiency in buildings. But getting homeowners to invest in efficiency has been harder than policymakers had hoped.

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