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1:59 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Major Accident Shuts Down Parts of Route 101

Parts of Route 101 are closed following a serious accident near Auburn.

NHPR's Dan Gorenstein was in the area; he says state officials closed the road after Exit 2 and traffic was at a standstill.

WMUR is reporting a person was trapped in a car, and that officials were keeping the road closed to bring emergency vehicles and a rescue helicopter onto the scene.

NH News
11:27 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Breaking News Coverage: Greenland Shootings

Credit Roger Wood / NHPR

A week before he was set to retire, Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney was shot and killed in a drug raid. The April 12, 2012 shooting also left four drug task force officers wounded. The suspect, identified as Cullen Mutrie, was killed, as was his girlfriend.

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NH News
6:00 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

N.H. Senate Backs Away from Right-to-Work

The New Hampshire Senate has all but killed the Right-to-Work legislation Wednesday.

What’s interesting is the bill had enough support from Senate Republicans to pass.

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2:49 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Congressional Redistricting Moves Forward

New Hampshire lawmakers have reached agreement on a Congressional redistricting plan. With two incumbent Republicans in Congress, both wanted to keep their districts as GOP-leaning as possible.

Under the final plan, six towns will switch districts. Sanborton, Tilton and Campton move east from District 2 to District 1; while Deerfield, Northwood and Center Harbor will shift west to District 2.

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12:44 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Bikes Banned From Portsmouth/Kittery Bridges

Organized bicycle groups sought permission to use the Sarah Long, or Middle Bridge to cross the border. But the Maine Department of Transportation has ruled that out, saying that the bridge railings are too rusted out. Instead, crews will be installing metal barriers to protect motorists from hitting them. That work will result in a bridge too narrow to accommodate bikes. Josh Pierce, President of the Seacoast Area Bicycle Riders group, says he's not surprised at the ruling. He also says that many bike tour groups will probably bypass the region.

 

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NH News
5:51 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Kids Coming to Concord Prison - for Summer Camp

This time of year parents across New Hampshire are starting to make family plans for the summer...even... inmates in the New Hampshire Prison system.

For the first time, the Department of Corrections will run a summer camp program for children of incarcerated fathers.

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NH News
4:49 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Opponents Blast Refugee Moratorium Bill

Sam Evans-Brown

 

A bill that would allow communities to ask for a one-year moratorium on refugee resettlement has made it to a Senate Committee, but critics of the bill are piling up.

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NH News
4:46 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Utility Merger Could Impact Northern Pass

After 18 months of federal and state review, Northeast Utilities has completed a $5-billion purchase of Boston-based NStar. The deal makes PSNH’s parent company the largest utility in New England.

During a conference call, CEO Tom May said the acquisition would help his company pursue the Northern Pass project.

"The new NU will, because of the financial strength of the combined companies, actually have credit rating upgrades, which should make it a lot easier to finance this project," said May.

NH News
4:38 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Lawmakers Continue Work On School Building Aid Deal

Lawmakers hear testimony about school building aid

The State may be getting close to ending a school building aid moratorium.

Both the House and Senate have approved measures to restructure how aid is distributed. That’s good news for both schools districts and taxpayers.

“We need a change that will be both affordable for the State, as well as provide the necessary assistance to communities to keep their schools in good condition,” says Ed Murdough with the Department of Education.

Both bills call for the State to rank projects. Unsafe, overcrowded schools would get priority.

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NH News
7:01 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Republicans Warn of Fraud

Top Republicans say new information shows there is significant fraud among the state’s public safety net programs.

State officials are examining the value of the data.

A private healthcare contractor voluntarily reviewed New Hampshire’s social service programs for fraud earlier this year.

The organization LexisNexis reports that 56 dead people currently receive Medicaid benefits and that 2% of Food Stamp and Medicaid recipients don’t have a state driver’s license.

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NH News
5:12 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

UNH Cooperative Extension Finds Efficiencies, Cuts Service

Seth Wilner teaches a cooperative extension class in front of the telecommuting set up
Sam Evans-Brown

Budget writers have targeted the University System of New Hampshire over the past two years. As a result the UNH Cooperative Extension has taken it on the chin.

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NH News
5:55 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Mt. Washington Hiker Believed Dead

Beth & Mike's Excellent Adventures via Flickr

Safety officials believe a man who was hiking Mt. Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine over the weekend is dead.

The 67-year old Boston businessman fell more than 50 feet down a crevasse.

White Mountain National Forest spokesperson Tiffany Benna says at this point rescue efforts are aimed at recovering the body.

“In talking with the lead snow ranger who has been in the ravine for close to 25 years, he said a fall like this into a crevasse this deep with the associated hazards is not survivable.”

NH News
5:31 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Senate Leaders Unsure About Income Tax Amendment

401k via Flickr

 

The senate is considering a proposed constitutional amendment that would bar a personal income tax.

The amendment passed the house but is facing head-winds in the Senate.

Top Senate Republicans seemed skeptical during a hearing on the income tax ban.

They say they’re focused on putting an education funding constitutional amendment before the voters next fall.

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley put House Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt on the defensive, asking if he thought the House is overwhelming the public with amendments.

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NH News
2:11 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Senate Returns to Work, Right-to-Work That Is

Speaker William O'Brien
NHPR

The state Senate is expected to vote on Right-to-Work legislation next week.

The measure passed a Senate Committee earlier today.

There’s a déjà vu quality to this bill.

The legislation is the same as last year – a move to exempt workers from paying fees for collective bargaining.

The arguments are the same – supporters say the bill will bring business to the Granite State.

Opponents say it will end up costing New Hampshire jobs, and drive wages down.

Even the politics are similar.

NH News
12:45 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Dartmouth Names Med School for Dr. Seuss

Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel
Photo courtesy of: geiselmed.dartmouth.edu

Dartmouth has named its medical school the Geisel  School of Medicine. The school’s philanthropist namesake is one of the college’s most famous alums: Dr. Seuss. Theodore Geisel did not get his “doctor” title at Dartmouth College – he gave it to himself later as a satirist – but he did pick up his penname, Seuss, at the Ivy League school.

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