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5:40 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Portsmouth's Iconic Scrap Piles Are Gone For Good

Grimmel Industries' scrap pile on Market Street in Portsmouth.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

The last of the scrap metal has been loaded onto a cargo ship and is headed out of Portsmouth this weekend. The scrap company Grimmel Industries had operated on the port for about 10 years. 

The Pease Development Authority voted earlier this year not to renew the scrap company’s lease after years of pressure from  the scrap yard's neighbors and environmental advocates.

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3:14 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Community Colleges Request Budget Increase To Lower Tuition

New Hampshire's community colleges want $6.4 million in new money in the next budget to lower tuition by $10 per credit hour.

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10:55 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Forum Aims To Ease Concerns As N.H. Doctor Returns From Ebola-Stricken Country

State health officials hope a forum next week will help ease concerns of residents worried about a local doctor's return from working in an Ebola-stricken country in West Africa.

The panel discussion Monday evening at Kearsarge Regional High School will include state Public Health Director Jose Montero. Residents will also have a chance to ask questions about the disease.

Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, a Dartmouth professor who lives in New London, has been working in Liberia, training doctors treating Ebola patients.

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10:21 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Keene Residents Discuss Riots, Weigh Future Of Pumpkin Festival

Keene resident Jessica White, who started the Facebook Page "Keene Pumpkin Festival Move it or Lose it" and moderated Thursday night's forum
Credit Melanie Plenda for NHPR

For many Keene residents, the wounds are still fresh.

"This is an emotional issue," said Jessica White, who started the Facebook Page "Keene Pumpkin Festival Move it or Lose it" and moderated a forum Thursday night focused on the events of that weekend. "We were hurt. We were embarrassed. Embarrassed is a big one."

On Oct. 18 and 19, more than 2,000 college-aged adults overwhelmed police, started street fires, threw full liquor bottles at emergency officials tending to the injured, toppled light poles and tipped cars for more than eight hours.

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9:49 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Fred Fuller Seeks Permission To Use Cash, Owes Customers $5.1M

A New Hampshire home heating oil company that's filed for bankruptcy protection has asked a judge for permission to use cash it collects on its accounts, but its major oil supplier claims an interest in the money to secure a $4.7 million lien.

Fuller Oil and Propane has assured customers it can provide oil to customers who paid in advance. A judge ordered Fuller to present evidence of the full extent of its assets before ruling.

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NH News
5:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Manchester Police Bag 23 Alleged Drug Dealers In Second Joint Operation

140 grams of heroin packaged in "decks" (which typically contain one gram each) were found in the home of one of the men arrested.
Credit Carol Robidoux

  The Manchester Police Department along with various local and federal law enforcement agencies have arrested 23 low-level drug dealers in the city.

One city resident police arrested was found with about 140 grams of heroin in his home which holds a street value of $14,000.

Chief David Mara says the arrests serve as a deterrent to people engaged in illicit drug activity and improves the city’s quality of life.

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4:45 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

N.H. Supreme Court Rejects Lawsuit By Officers Injured In Greenland Shooting

N.H. State Supreme Court building in Concord
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The New Hampshire Supreme Court is refusing to reinstate a lawsuit filed by four officers who were injured in a 2012 shootout with a suspected drug dealer who shot to death Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney.

The officers sued Cullen Mutrie's mother, claiming she should be held liable because she knew or should have known her son was dealing drugs from the house she owned. After firing on the officers, Mutrie killed his girlfriend and then himself on April 12, 2012.

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4:40 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

University System Requests Additional $52 Million For Tuition, STEM Initiatives

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The University System of New Hampshire wants an additional $52 million in the next budget to maintain its tuition freeze, give more scholarships to students in science and math fields and lower tuition for some community college students.

Representatives presented this request to Gov. Maggie Hassan Thursday morning, kicking off three days of budget proposals. These requests serve as a guideline for Hassan as she begins to develop her budget that's due to the Legislature in February.

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4:03 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Rep. Laurie Sanborn Drops From House Speaker Race, Big Name Republicans Back Chandler

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  Republican Representative Laurie Sanborn has dropped from the race to lead the House. She cites recent health concerns of her husband, state senator Andy Sanborn. He had emergency surgery on Election Day.

That leaves the bid for speakership between two former speakers: Gene Chandler who served from 2001 to 2004, and Bill O’Brien who served from 2010 to 2012.

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3:36 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

N.H. Set To Launch Second Open Enrollment For ACA Plans

Gov. Maggie Hassan at a kickoff event for open enrollment in Concord on Thursday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Open enrollment begins Saturday for those looking to sign up for health care plans on the state’s marketplace through the Affordable Care Act.

This will be the second chance for Granite Staters to enroll, after more than 40,000 residents signed up for plans during the first enrollment period.

In preparation for this weekend’s rollout, roughly 80 navigators and marketplace assistors gathered in Concord Thursday to learn about changes to the state’s marketplace.

The biggest difference this time? More choice.

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8:29 am
Thu November 13, 2014

James Foley Honored With First Amendment Award

James Foley
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A New Hampshire journalist murdered by Islamic State extremists in Syria has been honored with the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications First Amendment Award.

The award was established to honor New Hampshire people or organizations who protect or exemplify the liberties granted in the First Amendment.

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8:15 am
Thu November 13, 2014

State Agencies Present Budget Requests To Gov. Hassan

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State agencies are starting to present their budget requests for New Hampshire's next two-year budget to Gov. Maggie Hassan.

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2:55 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Concerned Fred Fuller Customers Reaching Out To N.H. Attorney General

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Officials at the state attorney general office say they’re receiving phone calls from concerned Fred Fuller customers after the company filed for bankruptcy Monday.

The Hudson-based oil company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, giving it protection from creditors as it reorganizes.

Senior Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti says customers calling are still receiving their oil, but are worried about what happens moving forward.

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11:23 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Foster's Daily Democrat Bought By Seacoast Media Group

Foster's logo
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The Dover-based Foster’s Daily Democrat newspaper has been sold to Seacoast Media Group, owner of the Portsmouth Herald.

President and publisher Patty Foster announced the sale in a letter to employees Wednesday morning.

In the letter, Foster said all employees of the newspaper would be offered positions by its new owner.

Foster’s was founded in 1873 and has a circulation of about 12,500 readers.

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7:42 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Hassan Makes Nominations To Public Utilities Commission, Site Evaluation Committee

Gov. Maggie Hassan is making nominations to the Public Utilities Commission and to a committee that would allow permitting for energy projects like the Northern Pass. 

She's nominating Martin Honigberg of Concord to serve as chairman of the Public Utilities Commission at Wednesday's Executive Council meeting. She's also nominating Patricia Weathersby of Rye and Roger Hawk of Concord to the Site Evaluation Committee. 

The council must confirm the nominations. 

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Veteran's Day
2:13 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Governor, Congressional Leaders Honor State's 130,000 Vets

Major General William Reddel of the N.H. National Guard speaks to a crowd of about 2,000 as (L to R) Governor Maggie Hassan, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Congresswoman Ann Kuster look on.
Credit Jack Rodolico

Ceremonies were held around the state Tuesday in honor of Veteran’s Day. Governor Maggie Hassan and most of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation paid their respects at an event at the State Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen.

About 2,000 people were in attendance for the morning ceremony. Veterans with leather vests and chest-length beards stood alongside trim soldiers on horseback; they and their families listened to top state officials express gratitude for their patriotic service.

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2:39 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Pipeline Developer "Seriously Considering" Moving Route To N.H.

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Kinder Morgan, a natural gas pipeline developer, says it is seriously considering an alternative route for a major new pipeline that would bring the line up into New Hampshire. The new route would bury the pipeline almost entirely under power lines in existing rights of way.

Currently, the expansion to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline network is proposed to run through Northern Massachusetts, where it has sparked the concerns of residents.

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1:34 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Manchester Water Main Fixed, Road Repairs Underway

The water main break in Manchester's Goffe st caused massive road damage.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  Crews on Manchester’s west side are working Friday to repair the damage after a 16 inch water main let go Thursday night. The burst pipe led to the evacuation of nearly two-dozen residents.

Repairs to the water main wrapped up around seven Friday morning.

But City Water Works Director David Paris says they’re pressure testing the pipe before bringing it back to full force. Crews are now spending Friday removing chunks of asphalt and refilling the hole left behind by about one million gallons of water that flowed down city streets.

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10:29 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Major Water Main Breaks In Manchester

The sinkhole created by the water main break on Goffe st.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

A large water main broke Thursday night beneath a west side Manchester street, causing a bus-sized sinkhole and several flooded basements.

City Water Works Director David Paris says the broken pipe is one of five major conduits servicing the city and connecting the east and west sides of the Merrimack river.

"A large part of the road will need to be rebuilt," says Paris. He says it's too soon to estimate the cost of the damages but in the first hour the city lost about 1 million gallons of water.

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4:54 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

UNH Study: Bobcat Population Has Recovered Dramatically

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A new study from the University of New Hampshire and Fish and Game finds that the state’s bobcat population has rebounded substantially.

Bobcats were hunted and trapped all the way through 1989, when the cats became so scarce that the state ended bobcat hunting. Back then there were estimated to be fewer than 200 bobcats in the state. Today, the new study estimates there could be as many as 800 to 1,200 of the elusive felines.

The study didn’t ask the question of what factors are leading to the recovery, and there is almost certainly more than one.

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11:19 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Exeter Superintendent Calls Social Media Incident 'Relatively Minor'

Exeter High School
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Exeter superintendent of schools Michael Morgan is not giving many details about what he's calling "an incident involving the inappropriate use of personal technology." His primary responsibility, he says, is to protect students' privacy. 

On Wednesday, Exeter Police Chief Richard Kane told Seacoast Media Group  “the police department is actively investigating.” 

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Newscast
8:51 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Goffstown, Dunbarton Police Investigating Explosive Devices

Police in Goffstown and Dunbarton, New Hampshire are investigating five explosive devices, several of which were detonated in trash cans and a mailbox.

Reports of the first explosion came in Tuesday night. As police were investigating that device detonated in a trash can on Gorham Pond Road, a second explosion went off nearby — also in a trash can.

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6:45 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

New England Electricity Prices Spike As Gas Pipelines Lag

The region being eyed for a new pipeline into New England is mostly rural, and residents there are pushing back against the expansion.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Some electricity customers in New Hampshire are in for a shock this winter. Numerous utilities across New England have announced electricity rates that are some of the highest in the history of the continental United States. And it’s a problem that’s expected to get worse before it gets better.

For some consumers, this is more real than for others. Don Sage and his wife make due on a bit less than $30,000 a year in social security payments. So he can ill-afford to pay another $40 a month on his electric bills.

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11:56 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Newmarket GOP Chair Charged With Assault At Polls

A New Hampshire Republican town chairman is charged with assaulting an assistant attorney general who was monitoring the polls in Newmarket.

Foster's Daily Democrat quotes senior assistant attorney general Anne Edwards as saying her colleague was at the polling place Tuesday afternoon investigating a complaint involving Joe Barton, who is chairman of the Newmarket Republican Committee.

Police charged Barton with assaulting a police officer and disturbing the peace.

Edwards said the complaint involved Barton challenging voters on whether they are properly registered.

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2:57 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Frank Guinta Takes Congressional District 1

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  First district Republican Frank Guinta came out on top yesterday in his third matchup with incumbent Democrat, Carol Shea-Porter. NHPR’s Emily Corwin reports Guinta edged Shea-Porter by 3 points.

After her defeat Carol Shea-Porter was unexpectedly upbeat, saying “I love election day! And I love  the people that I got to see, I’m proud of the constituent services we did, I’m proud of the work we did in the office in Congress, but I love the campaign side too!” 

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Newscast
12:01 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Thomas M. Menino, Boston's Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

Mayor Thomas Menino, being interviewed on Greater Boston.

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 12:04 pm

Long-serving former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has died. He was 71.

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4:09 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Mazzaglia To Plead Guilty For Escape Attempt

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The man serving a life sentence without parole for raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student will plead guilty to attempted escape from a county jail.

Seth Mazzaglia received the maximum sentence in August for the Oct. 9, 2012, killing of 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott of Westborough, Massachusetts.

He was scheduled to go on trial Nov. 3 in Strafford County Superior Court for plotting to escape from the county jail while awaiting trial on the rape and murder charges.

Court officials confirm the 32-year-old Mazzaglia will plead guilty Friday.

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2:44 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Hassan Says State Will Take Action To Enforce 21-Day Ebola Quarantine

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With a Maine nurse threatening not to comply with a state-mandated quarantine, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan says officials here are prepared to take action should a similar situation occur.

Related: listen to NHPR's full interview with Dr. Jose Montero on quarantine enforcement here. See CDC Guidance for states here.

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5:24 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

N.H. To Require Home Quarantine For Travelers Who've Had Contact With Ebola Victims In West Africa

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New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan’s administration is announcing a  mandatory three-week home quarantine for any travelers to New Hampshire who have had direct contact with Ebola victims from three stricken countries in West Africa. 

Reporter's note: Scroll down to hear my unedited interview with Dr. Jose Montero

Click for CDC Ebola Quarantine Guidance for states

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3:51 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

FairPoint Offers Reward For Tips On Vandalized Equipment

FairPoint Communications is asking the public for help to stem recent vandalism against its property, prompting striking workers to deny union members are responsible.

A spokeswoman for FairPoint says the company has investigated eight incidents of vandalism to "key components" of its infrastructure in the nine days since the strike started. The vandalism has been reported to police. The spokeswoman says the company investigated only one such incident in the five prior years.

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