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8:20 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Tax Amendments Likely Headed to Ballot

It looks like tax policy will be front and center on ballots later this fall.

Lawmakers have agreed on two constitutional amendments that limit New Hampshire’s ability to tax its citizens.

When Republicans swept into the Legislature after the 2010 elections, they promised to focus on jobs and the economy.

Leadership in both chambers believe they’ve helped deliver on that promise by reaching agreement on constitutional amendments to install a tax cap, and another banning an income tax.

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5:30 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Medical Marijuana Showdown Looms

Toben Hansen Flickr/Creative Commons

The House and Senate reached agreement today on a medical marijuana bill

This final version would allow patients with a doctor’s prescription to possess up to six ounces of marijuana. Medicinal use would only be granted to people with debilitating conditions or terminal diseases.

Senator James Forsythe, a Republican from Strafford, believes the bill is designed to ensure public safety.

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4:33 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Concord Hospital Slapped With $200k Fine

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The State is fining Concord Hospital over two hundred thousand dollars. The hospital was nabbed for not disposing its pharmaceutical waste properly.

During an inspection the Department of Environmental Services found that Concord Hospital was throwing pills and other non-infectious medical waste straight into the garbage. According to the DES this is the first time in New Hampshire that a civil suit has been filed for improper disposal of pharmaceuticals.

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2:05 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Rye Selectmen Pass Single-File Rule

Seacoast cyclists of all stripes will have to ride single-file following a vote by selectmen in Rye.
Sam Evans-Brown

Selectmen in the Seacoast town of Rye have voted to require cyclists to ride single file on all roads in the town. The ordinance passed despite opposition from the community, and it also requires pedestrians to walk single file on Rye roads.

Similar rules are in place in Newington and Newcastle. Supporters of single file ordinances say that the narrow, winding roads on the seacoast don’t have space for two cyclists abreast.

The rule became a flashpoint after Rye’s chief of police put up a traffic sign that read, “Roads are for riding not chatting. Ride single file.”

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NH News
12:27 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Sugarhill, N.H. Post Office Now Open Only 30 Minutes Each Day

Sugar Hill, N.H. Post Office, (2009)

SUGAR HILL, N.H. (AP) — A rural post office in northern New Hampshire is now open just a half-hour a day for customers to buy stamps.

No other services are available at the Sugar Hill post office across from Town Hall. A rural carrier from Lisbon is running it from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Customers found out Friday when they saw a notice posted on the door.

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8:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Parents in Manchester hold rally for better school funding

Ryan Lessard NHPR

A group of parents in Manchester are calling for the state to provide more money for their school district.  The newly formed Citizens for Manchester Schools held a rally in downtown Manchester  Tuesday night. 

The organization’s president, Jim O’Connell says the city’s schools are underfunded. He says the money needed to fund an adequate education is relatively small.

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NH News
11:23 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

White Rips LGC, Senate Leaders

With a few days left before legislative deadlines, it looks like a bill to regulate public risk pools is dead.

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6:01 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Dartmouth Conflict of Interest Claims Attract AG's Attention

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The New Hampshire Attorney General is looking into claims that the trustees of Dartmouth College are funneling money for the investment of the school’s endowment into their own pockets.

An anonymous letter written three months ago sparked the Attorney General’s review. A group of Dartmouth faculty claims to have written it. 

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Weather Alert
4:42 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Severe Storm Warnings in N.H.

Radar at 7:15 p.m.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The National Weather Service says severe thunderstorm warnings for much of New Hampshire will remain in effect at least until 10 p.m.

The weather service reported hail the size of a quarter rained down on Alstead and area communities. The fast-moving storm is spreading from northeast from Cheshire County and western Merrimack County. There was a brief tornado watch just north of Keene, but that expired at 4:15 p.m.

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4:12 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Speaker O'Brien Calls Bettencourt's Actions "Unacceptable"

New Hampshire House Speaker William O'Brien says the actions of his former majority leader were unacceptable, but he isn't saying whether he would've blown the whistle had another lawmaker not come forward.

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NH News
4:00 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

The Darjees and One Year of Granite State Living

The Darjee family with Interpreter Neilharri Bhandari.

Originally broadcast on Friday, May 25.

(Sound of Keith trying to take their picture and messing up...Darjees laugh)

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NH News
3:30 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Price Of Gas Falls In N.H.

The price of gasoline in New Hampshire is still falling.

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3:26 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

N.H. House And Senate Working Out Voter ID Differences

House and Senate lawmakers are working to reconcile their differences when it comes to requiring voters to show photo identification before casting ballots.

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4:16 pm
Sun May 27, 2012

Admitting Falsehoods, Bettencourt Resigns Again

Brady Carlson NHPR

Update:  The New Hampshire Legal Rights Foundation announced Tuesday that it has severed its relationship with former Rep. D.J. Bettencourt.  The foundation had recently named Bettencourt as executive director.

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6:45 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

N.H. House Majority Leader Bettencourt Won't Seek Re-election

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt announced Friday that he will not seek re-election and will step down at the end of the legislative session.  The following statement was released by the New Hampshire Republican State Committee:

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