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7:06 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Ralph Baer, Inventor Of First Home Video Games, Passes Away At 92

Ralph Baer
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A man known as the father of the video game died at his Manchester home over the weekend.

Family members say Ralph Baer passed away Saturday.

He was 92 years old.

Baer was credited with creating the videogame console industry in the 1960s while working as an engineer in New Hampshire.

Baer held the rights to more than 150 patents, and among his inventions included the popular game Simon.

He was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2006.

And in 2010, he was admitted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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6:51 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Manchester Police Say Program Curbing Gang Violence In City

Chief David Mara
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Police in Manchester say an initiative launched this summer has helped to curb gang violence and gun-related crimes in the state’s largest city.

Officials from the department are scheduled to hold a press conference later today to discuss their efforts.

The department says the program led to the prosecution last week of a gang-related crime.

The program, titled “Awareness, Deterrence, and Outreach,” received initial funding through the United States Attorney’s Office-Project Safe Neighborhood Initiative.

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9:16 am
Sun December 7, 2014

N.H. Fish And Game Seeks Volunteer Fishing Instructors

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The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game's "Let's Go Fishing" program is seeking volunteer instructors to teach ice fishing, fly fishing or basic fishing to youth and adults.

Those interested are required to take free training sessions to become certified as an instructor.

Volunteers need to take an overview training session and at least one specialty training class. The sessions cover ethics, pond ecology, rules and regulations, and equipment and safety.

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9:11 am
Sun December 7, 2014

Plymouth State Forges Partnership With Local Agency On Sexual Assault Awareness

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Plymouth State University is working with a local crisis intervention agency to raise awareness about sexual assault.

The university is partnering with Voices Against Violence to create a bystander intervention policy to help prevent sexual violence and provide support to victims. Similar to programs at the University of New Hampshire and elsewhere, the bystander policy encourages students to safely intervene when they see a risk of danger.

Meg Kennedy-Dugan, director of Voices Against Violence, says her organization will provide resources to students, faculty and staff.

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5:30 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

FairPoint Strikers Rally In Portsmouth On 50th Day Of Strike

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  Standing in Market Square Friday afternoon, you could hear a hoarse striker’s voice cracking as he chanted along to “what do we want?” “A contract.” “When do we want it?” “Now.”

About 100 striking FairPoint workers were rallying  to mark the 50th day of the strike. These unionized telecommunications workers haven’t seen a paycheck since they walked off the job in October. Many have spent the time attending rallies as far away as Montpelier, Vermont and Portland, Maine.

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5:24 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Police Violence Against Black Americans Inspires Hanover 'Die In' Protest

Around the country, protestors have been gathering to voice their concern over violence against black Americans by police officers. Last night, one of those protests was held in Hanover. (You can see photos of the protest here.)

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4:15 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Ayotte, Shaheen Say Defense Secretary Nominee Well Qualified For Job

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New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says Secretary of Defense nominee Ashton Carter has a strong resume, but says she’s not yet ready to pledge her support.

During a stop in Nashua Friday, Ayotte, a Republican member of the Armed Services Committee, says it’s important to get through the nomination hearing process before making that decision.

“One of the things I will want to ask him a number of questions about is the administration’s foreign policy, and what his views are for a strategy for the challenges we face, whether it’s ISIS, whether it’s Russian aggression.”

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3:48 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Nearly One-Quarter Of N.H. Mobile Home Parks Now Owned By Residents

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A mobile-home park in New Ipswich has become the 110th in the state to be purchased by its residents. That means that nearly a quarter of the state’s 450 so-called “trailer parks” are now owned by the people who live in them.

Juliana Eades, President of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund which financed the deal, says banks won’t give mortgages to people who live in manufactured homes located on someone else’s land.

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9:14 am
Fri December 5, 2014

State Gives Grants For Historical, Cultural, Land Conservation Projects

Peterborough Town House
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The state has handed out grants to 36 historic, cultural, and land conservation projects as part of its Land and Community Heritage Investment Program.

The grants range from about $7,500 to study Jones Hall in Marlow to $400,000 to permanently protect 1,114 acres in Epping.

This year's recipients include 26 historic properties from the 1764 Park Hill Meeting House in Westmoreland to the 1918 Peterborough Town House. There are also 10 natural resource projects providing permanent protection of almost 3,000 acres in all of the state's 10 counties.

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12:33 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

N.H. Nets $53K In Multi-State, $3.8M Settlement With Sirius XM Radio

New Hampshire will receive $53,000 as part of a multi-state, $3.8 million settlement with Sirius XM Radio.

New Hampshire was among 44 states and the District of Columbia to join in the investigation, which alleged that Sirius XM violated the states’ consumer protection laws by misleading customers.

Among the complaints was that the company didn’t honor requests to cancel contracts, that it automatically renewed contracts without the consent of customers, and failed to provide timely refunds.

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9:11 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Judge: Public Can Use Private Land To Access Rye Beach

Rye Beach
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A judge has ruled that the public can use private land to get to Rye Beach because they've been doing so for more than 20 years.

The case was brought by 24-year Rye resident Robert Jesurum. The Sanders Poynt property and adjacent Wentworth by the Sea Country Club are owned by Bill Binnie.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that Superior Court Judge Marguerite Wageling said her ruling "may extend not only to beach access, but to parking and boat-launching rights." That will be determined later.

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7:49 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Keene State President Attends White House Summit On College Completion

Keene State College campus
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 The president of Keene State College is participating in a White House summit exploring how to increase college completion, particularly for first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students. 

Anne Huot will join President Barack Obama and others Thursday at the White House College Opportunity Summit. The conference brings together colleges and universities, business leaders, nonprofit groups and others working to support more opportunities for students. 

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5:29 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Portsmouth Police Seek Trust Through Conversation

The first "Cops On Corners" will take place in Market Square, Portsmouth
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  This week the Portsmouth police department launches a new program called “Cops on Corners,” in an effort to make department operations more transparent.

Deputy Police Chief Corey MacDonald says the community events are a response both to local tensions and a national conversation arising out of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. He says “the goal here is to get out in front of the public, go neighborhood by neighborhood --because different neighborhoods have different issues -- and just meet with people.”

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12:09 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Executive Council Confirms Nominees To Energy Siting Body

The state’s executive council has confirmed two appointees to the Site Evaluation Committee.

Roger Hawk, a planning consultant from Concord, and Patricia Weathersby, a lawyer from Rye, will serve as the public’s representatives on the SEC.

The nine member Site Evaluation Committee consists mostly of the heads of various state agencies, and authorizes large-scale energy proposals such as power plants and transmission lines.

The positions are new this year, as the SEC was reformed in an attempt to streamline it and make it more responsive to the public’s concerns.

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10:27 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Quality Of Life, Fear Of Repeat Riots Raised At Keene Pumpkin Festival Forum

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Advocates for keeping Keene’s annual Pumpkin Festival going said at a forum Tuesday the loss of revenue to local nonprofits would be devastating, while those who want to see the festival end raised concerns about whether the riots that marred this year’s festival will get worse.

"Is it responsible to dig in our heels when there is a very real possibility this will happen again?" said Beth Truman, a Keene resident and Pumpkin Festival volunteer. "Luckily this didn't result in any deaths, but what if there is a death next year? ...It is time for it to end."

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7:52 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Ice, Sleet Makes For A Rough Commute, School Delays

Ice coats a car in Hopkinton
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A mixture of freezing rain, snow and sleet has delayed openings for more than 200 schools in New Hampshire and has made for some slick driving conditions.

Several accidents have been reported. WMUR-TV reports in Londonderry, a car rolled over and ended up in a swamp along Route 28. The car was partially submerged, but all three people inside were able to get out. They were treated for minor injuries.

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10:39 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Giving Tuesday "Counterbalances Consumption"

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You’ve no doubt heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but today is Giving Tuesday, a program that looks to promote the needs of nonprofit groups, rather than retail outlets.

In just a few short years, the effort has grown to include thousands of organizations.  One of them is the Concord-based Community Loan Fund.  President Juliana Eades explains what her group does and what she hopes to see on Giving Tuesday.

 

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8:29 am
Tue December 2, 2014

University System Gets Grant Aimed To Reduce Tobacco Use

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The University System of New Hampshire and the community college system are sharing a $180,000 grant to help reduce tobacco use on campus.

The systems include the University of New Hampshire; Plymouth State University; Keene State College; Granite State College; Great Bay, Lakes Region, Manchester, Nashua, River Valley and White Mountains Community Colleges and the New Hampshire Technical Institute.

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6:13 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Strikers Reject FairPoint Offer To Return To Work

FairPoint workers at a rally in Portland in November 2014
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Striking workers say they're not interested in an invitation by FairPoint to return to work in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The telecommunications company sent a letter last week to more than 1,700 striking workers explaining its position that the old contract was out of sync with the industry and telling workers that they're welcome to return under terms imposed by the company.

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5:45 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Utilities Say Storm Recovery Shows Lessons Learned

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Losing power is annoying. Losing power for several days when you’ve got a large turkey to cook is infuriating.

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4:37 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

N.H. Companies Awarded Job-Training Grants

Six more New Hampshire companies have been awarded grants to train workers in new skills.

Gov. Maggie Hassan on Monday announced that the $66,460 grant, plus matching funds from the companies, will be used to train 327 workers. The Job Training Fund has awarded more than $7 million since 2007.

The latest recipients are Felton Inc. of Londonderry, Amherst Label of Milford, EnviroVantage of Epping, Foss Manufacturing of Hampton, Fujifilm Dimatix of Lebanon and Littleton Coin Company.

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10:55 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Gov. Hassan, PSNH Thank Hydro Quebec Workers For Help

Gov. Maggie Hassan thanked Hydro Quebec workers in Manchester Monday morning.
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Governor Maggie Hassan met with crews from Hydro Quebec Monday morning to thank them for helping to restore power to thousands of Granite State residents over the weekend.

The roughly 120 Hydro Quebec workers gathered over eggs, bacon and coffee at Manchester Community College Monday morning before making the long trip home.

Governor Hassan went from table to table to say thanks, dusting off her French to show her appreciation.

“Merci beaucoup,” she said to workers. “Merci.”

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6:55 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Concord Shuts Down 100-Year-Old Sewalls Falls Bridge; Replacement On Tap

Signs of wear and tear on the Sewalls Falls Bridge.
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A 100-year-old bridge across the Merrimack River in Concord is closing sooner than expected due to safety concerns.

The Concord Monitor reports that the Sewalls Falls Bridge is shutting down Monday.

The bridge was slated to remain open until construction on its replacement began in the spring. But city officials decided to shut it down soon because of its deteriorating condition.

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6:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

In Keene, Forum Aims To Shape Pumpkin Festival's Cloudy Future

Downtown Keene is the setting for the Pumpkin Festival, but some say it's time for the event to find a new location.
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This week, Keene residents will gather to discuss the future of the city’s Pumpkin Festival.

It’s been more than a month since riots marred this year’s festival, and led to dozens of arrests and thousands of dollars in damage.

After several years of issues involving college-aged adults, some believe it’s time for a change.

Jason Smart says the city’s annual Pumpkin Festival is one of his busiest days of the year.

“My store is packed, nonstop, all day long, which is, as I say it, most people say, ‘Oh, that sounds really good.’”

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7:17 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Power Companies Expect More Major Storms, More Major Outages

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  Now that virtually all of the 300,000 energy customers who lost power in Wednesday’s storm have their lights back on, New Hampshire's power companies are looking to the future. 

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7:42 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Getting Power To The People: Almost Finished

After the fourth largest power outage in the state’s history utility companies say they have restored power to most customers.

Following the storm Wednesday night - and in the days that followed - more than 300,000 customers lost power at some point, disrupting holiday plans and sending some people to warming shelters.

This morning PSNH said about 1,900 customers are without power and it expects to have power restored to them by tonight.

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4:20 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Hypothermia A Concern When The Power's Out And Temperatures Drop

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With frigid temperatures arriving this weekend, Kimberly Ohman with Catholic Medical Center in Manchester says people should be hypervigilant for hypothermia.

"Shivering for one, that’s going to be your number one warning sign. Also just a little bit increased confusion, and the difficulty speaking is going to be another warning sign, difficulty walking, some people may have an altered gait that’s unusual for them," Ohman says.

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7:13 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Number Of N.H. Customers Without Power Dropping, Full Restoration Expected Monday

The capital dome framed by snow on Thanksgiving, 2014.
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Update: 10:23 AM Saturday

The number of New Hampshire customers without power after the season's first major snowstorm is down to about 40,000.

At the peak, more than 200,000 homes and businesses were without electricity after the storm Wednesday night, the fourth largest outage in state history.

Public Service of New Hampshire reported about 39,000 homes and business without power Saturday morning, mostly in the southern part of the state. It expects to have electricity fully restored by Monday.

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1:33 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

On A Thanksgiving Without Power, New Hampshire Residents Improvise

Contoocook resident Chris Saunders sent us this photo of improvised Thanksgiving cooked in his woodstove.
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With tens of thousands of New Hampshire homes  without power, many residents got creative in order to cook their Thanksgiving meals.

Gilmanton resident Kelly Cleveland said her household at least has a backup plan. "My husband has grand ideas of cooking our turkey in our wood cookstove, so it should be very interesting to see how this comes out."

Asked if the family had tried this technique before, Cleveland said, "Not with a turkey. I did try a roast one time, and blew up my Pyrex baking dish. So hopefully he'll choose something other than Pyrex."

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12:22 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Hassan: Granite Staters Should Prepare For 'Days-Long' Outages

A downed tree in Londonderry
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Gov. Maggie Hassan said Wednesday's nor'easter was worse than the state's utilities and officials had prepared for. 

"We know this was a unique storm, the snow is heavier and wetter than predicted, and that’s really had an impact. But the utilities have been getting extra crews here as fast as they can, and I think they were planning for a significant event, but our weather experts tell us this is heavier wetter and more snow than they thought it would be."

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