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NH News
3:45 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

How Much Does It Cost To Prevent Voter Fraud? $16,272 In N.H.

The Secretary of State's office estimates each verification letter costs roughly $3.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

If you’re one of the approximately 5,500 voters who didn’t show an ID at the polls in November, you’ve got mail.

You’ve likely already received a letter from Secretary of State Bill Gardner explaining that someone using your name cast a ballot on Nov. 6. Along with the letter is a small postcard, with postage already paid, that you must sign and send back confirming it was you who voted.

All of this is required by the state’s new voter ID law.

And Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan says his office estimates each mailing cost roughly $3.

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NH News
1:47 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

N.H.'s Economic Forecast Cloudy As Lawmakers Craft New Two-Year Budget

New Hampshire isn’t seeing the same kind of economic growth following the recent recession as it has in the past.  And as the governor and lawmakers begin to debate the next two year budget, those forecasted numbers become especially important. 

Lawmakers are beginning this week with an overlook of the state’s economy.  A big part of that economic picture comes from last month’s report by the New England Economic Partnership. 

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NH News
12:08 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

ID Verification Notices Going Out To 7,000 N.H. Voters

An example of the verification letter being sent out to roughly 7,000 N.H. voters.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

New Hampshire Democrats are looking to change or repeal a new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, even before the law has been fully implemented.

For the November election, a wide range of identification was accepted, including student IDs. But going forward, only driver's licenses, state-issued identification cards, passports or military IDs will be allowed.

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NH News
3:51 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Bradley Says Senate Republicans Would Push Back On Higher Cigarette Taxes

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley

Revenues have fallen millions of dollars short of what lawmakers projected when they lowered the tax on cigarettes by 10 cents two years ago. The theory was lowering the tax would boost sales.

Assuming revenues continue to miss the mark, a sunset provision will kick in and the tax will automatically be reinstated on July 1.

Appearing on NHPR’s The Exchange on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley says Republicans in the Senate are not likely to fight that measure.

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NH News
6:54 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Hassan Calls For Cooperation

Democrat Maggie Hassan said it early, and she said it often: NH’s leaders need to reach across the aisle.

“The people if NH have made it clear that they want to restore balance, that they want us to work together.”

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NH News
5:14 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Family Of Kidnapped N.H. Journalist Speaks Out

The freelance journalist James Foley of Rochester, New Hampshire was taken captive in northern Syria on Thanksgiving Day. Now, after weeks of silence, his family is speaking out.


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NH News
4:56 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Nashua School District Fast Tracks Security Upgrades After CT Shooting

Charlotte Avenue Elementary School in Nashua.
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

In the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., the Nashua School District is putting its security upgrades on the fast track.

Nashua’s Board of Education is moving forward with a nearly $2 million upgrade to the security systems in its 17 schools.

It’s almost the same plan the board proposed three years ago, but then delayed because of budget restraints.

But the assault at Sandy Hook Elementary School is prompting the district to ramp up the pace on two items in the system.

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NH News
5:03 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

N.H. Journalist Jim Foley Kidnapped In Syria

The family of an international journalist from Rochester, New Hampshire says gunmen in Syria kidnapped him on Thanksgiving Day.

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NH News
3:46 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

A.G.: Criminal History Bars Nashua Transgender Woman From Holding Office

Stacie Laughton
Credit Image courtesy of Twitter

An opinion from Attorney General Michael Delaney issued Monday concludes a Nashua woman is ineligible to run for office because of her criminal history.

As a result of the opinion, Stacie Laughton says she plans to withdraw her candidacy for special election to fill the vacant seat representing Hillsborough County District 31.

Voters elected Laughton to the seat in November, but she stepped down after reports surfaced about past felony convictions.

Laughton later reconsidered and filed paperwork last week to run as a candidate in the special election.

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NH News
10:46 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Guinta Votes Against Last-Minute Fiscal Cliff Deal; Bass, Ayotte, Shaheen Vote In Favor

Rep. Frank Guinta
Credit Jason Meserve, NHPR

Representative Frank Guinta was the only member of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation to vote against the last-minute deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.

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NH News
9:21 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Making It Yourself Just Got Easier

12-year old Sebastian Logue works on his 'tank robot thing' at the Port City Makerspace.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

‘Do it yourself-ers’ can do only so much without the right tools. Drills, torches, saws and soldering equipment can take up precious  room in the basement, and there are limits to what you can accomplish with duct tape.

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NH News
5:00 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Maggie Hassan's Inauguration Ceremony

Thursday, Maggie Hassan will be inaugurated as New Hampshire’s 81st governor, becoming the state’s 2nd woman to be elected to the corner office.


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NH News
6:00 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Upper Valley Home For Pregnant Teens Closes Its Doors

Hannah House in Lebanon, N.H.
Credit Charlotte Albright, Vermont Public Radio

Teen pregnancies have been declining for almost two decades now, and the rates in Vermont and New Hampshire are among the lowest in the nation. While that may be good news, it's also one reason a residential program for teen mothers in Lebanon, New Hampshire is closing its doors. That will leave some teens without social services they have come to depend on.

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NH News
2:38 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

N.H.'s New DUI Law Covering Prescription Drugs Goes Into Effect Jan. 1

Starting  Jan. 1, driving under the influence of prescription drugs, over the counter medications or any other chemical substances is a crime in New Hampshire.

Law enforcement officials say the change will help them prosecute drivers impaired by drugs not previously covered under state law.  Lawmakers expanded the state’s driving under the influence law in 2012 and Gov. Lynch signed it into law last June.

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NH News
12:43 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Ringing In The New Year Across New Hampshire

New Hampshire communities are preparing to usher in the New Year with fireworks, parades and other First Night festivities.

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