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NH News
5:25 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Olympic Kayak Paddles Made in New Hampshire: A Family Legacy

Peter Mitchell working on Greenland-style kayak paddles.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Earlier this week, at the London Olympics, the American team competed in the double canoe slalom. That’s when two men kneel inside a kayak and work together to navigate an obstacle course on whitewater rapids. If you watched this on NBC, you might have caught a glimpse of a pair of paddles made in New Hampshire.

In rustic Canaan, New Hampshire, Peter Mitchell is hard at work sanding a freshly carved double-bladed kayak paddle.

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NH News
3:42 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

N.H. Man Accused Of Setting Sub Fire To Stay In Jail

A civilian worker accused of setting a fire that caused $400 million in damage to a nuclear-powered submarine has been ordered to stay in jail pending trial.

Casey James Fury, of Portsmouth, N.H., faces up to life in prison if convicted of two counts of arson at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

The 24-year-old defendant had asked to be released on home confinement, but a magistrate judge says Fury poses too great a risk to society.

NH News
3:39 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Chick-fil-A Manager In N.H. To Help Gay Pride Fest

The manager of a Chick-fil-A in Nashua, N.H., is donating sandwiches to an upcoming festival celebrating gay rights.

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NH News
1:37 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Michelle Obama Visits New Hampshire Thursday

Michelle Obama will begin her tour in Holderness at a private fundraiser.

She will then have two public events, one at Laconia Middle School and the other at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester.

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NH News
12:25 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Nepotism Inquiry Yields Little

A nepotism inquiry by House Speaker Bill O’Brien has turned up little evidence of improper hiring in state government.

The probe comes in the wake of last month’s scandal at the Department of Employment Security. Two high ranking officials are accused of hiring their daughters, and then having them laid off by subordinates so that they could collect unemployment benefits.

Speaker O’Brien requested that all agency heads disclose any family members working within their respective departments.

NH News
5:07 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Manchester Official Pleads Guilty of Simple Assault

Russ Ouellette

A former Manchester City Alderman and School Board member has pleaded guilty to simple assault after being charged with sexual assault against a woman on July twelfth. 

Russ Ouellette served on the Manchester School Board for eight years and on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for more than four years. That all ended last week when he resigned in the face of sexual assault charges. Ouellette was accused of assaulting a woman after leaving a billiards club in his pickup truck. He was arrested a second time for breaking the terms of his bail.

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NH News
4:58 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

More NH High School Students Head to College, Leave NH

NH DOE

The New Hampshire Department of Education says that in the past decade there has been a 6 percent increase in the number of high school graduates continuing on to college, but also a five percent increase in the number of high schoolers leaving the state for college.

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NH News
3:32 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

McCain and Ayotte Discuss Potential Cuts to Defense Budget

Senators McCain and Ayotte speaking at BAE in Merrimack on July 31, 2012.
Tina Forbes NHPR

Senators John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire stopped in Merrimack today as a part of their tour to discuss pending cuts to the defense budget.

McCain and Ayotte are seeking a bipartisan effort to prevent the Congress-enacted sequestration from going into effect January 1, 2013.

The sequestration was supported across party lines last year as incentive for each side to reach a compromise over the budget.

Since Congress could not reach an agreement, severe cuts to social programs and defense will automatically go into effect this January.

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NH News
11:52 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Getting By, Getting Ahead: Lakes Region Home Builder Adapts To Anemic High-End Market

Joe Skiffington's company, Skiffington Homes, has been building high-end vacation homes on Lake Winnipesaukee for about 20 years.
Amanda Loder StateImpact New Hampshire

Summer is boom time on the banks of Lake Winnipesaukee.  These are the months when the region’s tourism towns double or even triple in size as wealthy vacation home owners settle in for the season.   But at the moment, one of these homes—a 7,000 square foot mini-mansion on Governor’s Island—remains empty.

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NH News
10:31 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Protesters Gather At N.E. Governors And Eastern Canadian Premiers Conference

Protesters gathered in Burlington Sunday to denounce the energy-focused agenda of the 36th annual meeting of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian premiers.

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NH News
5:30 am
Mon July 30, 2012

South Sudanese/Granite State Phenom's Story Spreads Far and Wide

Flikr Creative Commons / StewartCutler

Guor Marial is a South Sudanese refugee who spent his high school years in Concord. He has now qualified to run the Olympic marathon.

In the past few weeks he’s had a lot of press: Time Magazine, the Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press, and too many other publications to name have run profiles on him. Marial’s story has spread so far because it’s basically the perfect Olympic story.

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2012 Summer Olympic Games
11:30 am
Fri July 27, 2012

New Englanders To Compete In 2012 Summer Games

London 2012 Olympic medals designed by British artist David Watkins. The Olympic medals disk circular form is a metaphor for the world.
LOGOC Press

Today is the kick-off of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. Below is a list of New Englanders competing in London, as provided by the U.S. Olympic Team.

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NH News
7:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

The Croo of Greenleaf Hut: Fun at 4,220 feet

Emily Leich sets the table for breakfast at Greenleaf Hut.
Todd Bookman NHPR

New Hampshire’s White Mountains are known for their fierce terrain and wild weather. But atop the high peaks, there are some comforts.

Since 1888, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s high huts have provided hearty meals and a warm bunk for guests. Staff at the eight facilities carry up supplies, and also serve as educators and stewards of the alpine terrain.

To get a better feel for this unique summer job, we sent NHPR’s Todd Bookman up to the Greenleaf Hut.

NH News
3:44 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Phone Scam Targets NH Seniors

Senior citizens across New Hampshire and New England are the targets of a lottery scam originating from the Jamaican area code 876.

Here’s what happens: seniors receive a call from an 876 area code, often mistaking it for a toll-free number. They’re congratulated on winning a lottery or new car and asked to provide a fee of up to $4,000 to process their winning.

The money is typically requested through a wire service, or an unconventional method—such as placing 100 dollar bills between the pages of a magazine. Scammers also pretend to be IRS, FBI or Customs agents.

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Granite Fund
5:58 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

New 'Granite Fund' To Put Local Capital In The Hands Of N.H. Startups

Jesse Devitte and Matt Rightmire of Borealis Ventures; Jack Donovan of N.H. Business Finance Authority

Go to StateImpact NH to read more and to trace venture deals across the country with our interactive map.

How to grow high tech in New Hampshire --- that’s a question a lot of people are asking these days.  Borealis Ventures, one of New Hampshire’s only venture firms, is teaming up with the state’s Business Finance Authority to get local capital in the hands of local innovators.

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