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8:12 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Town Meeting: $23.5M Public Safety Complex Goes Down In Salem

An artist's rendering of the $23.5 million proposed public safety complex in Salem. Voters rejected the proposal Tuesday.
Credit Town of Salem

Voters said no to capital projects in several communities at Town Meeting on Tuesday.

In Salem, a proposed $23.5 million public safety complex failed to get the 60 percent needed to pass.

The building would have housed the town’s police and fire departments.

And in Plaistow, voters rejected a proposed a new, $11 million police station.

Proposals to build a new town hall in Barrington and to renovate the town hall in Dunbarton also failed Tuesday.

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7:50 am
Wed March 11, 2015

N.H. Woman Injured In Marathon Bombing: Death Is Just Sentence For Tsarnaev

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Karen Brassard (left) and bombing witness Carlos Arredondo (right) leave a federal courthouse last week during the trial of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston.
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The first four days of the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev have been filled with emotional testimony from family members of those killed and survivors who suffered devastating injuries.

Nashua resident Karen Brassard is among those who have been watching in the courtroom.

She suffered serious injuries to her legs while watching the Marathon near the finish line. Her husband and daughter were also injured.

She’s been traveling to Boston as often as she can to be there for the trial.

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6:14 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Town Meeting: Voters In Seacoast Towns Reject Major Capital Projects

An artist's rendering of the proposed renovation and addition to the Rye Town Hall. Voters rejected the project Tuesday.
Credit Town of Rye

Some Seacoast towns voted down major capital projects, although residents in New Castle, it turns out, will have a second chance at one of their warrant articles.

In Rye, residents voted not to spend $4 million dollars to renovate their town hall. In North Hampton, a simple majority favored a $7 million new library, and safety complex: but a super majority was needed to pass the measure.

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5:49 am
Wed March 11, 2015

N.H. Bill Would Allow Government Agencies To Charge For Public Records

A bill going before the House of Representatives Wednesday is getting strong opposition advocates of open government.

The legislation would allow cities and towns to charge people for the time it takes to respond to public records requests.

The bill goes before the House with a favorable recommendation from the judiciary committee.

Democratic state Representative Pat Long is the bill’s prime sponsor. He’s also an alderman in Manchester.

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6:52 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

N.H. Lawmakers Set To Tackle Dozens Of Bills This Week

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It will be a busy week at the New Hampshire State House with more than one hundred bills slated for votes by Friday. The bills range from decriminalizing up to a half an ounce of marijuana to tacking $5 onto marriage licenses to fund domestic violence prevention.

Nineteen other states, including the rest of New England, have adopted similar measures to make the possession of marijuana a violation rather than a crime. Should it pass the house, and decriminalization bills have before, it will face an uphill climb.

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1:05 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Claremont Bacon Maker Sold To Canadian Pork Company

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A Canadian company has purchased a New Hampshire pork products producer, but the company says the sale shouldn’t affect the 35 jobs at its facility in Claremont.

Bacon makes up 80 percent of North Country Smokehouse’s business, but it also puts out some sausage, ham, and smoked cheeses. According to the company’s president, Mike Satzow, it gets much of their pork from a Canadian company that’s buying them, Les Spécialités Prodal.

“They are the largest producers of organic and natural pork on the continent,” says Satzow.

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7:22 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Investigators Warn Of Scam Advertising Police Phone Number

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Investigators say a woman was being scammed when she got what she believed to be a police department phone call saying there was a warrant out for her arrest and that she needed to close it by sending cash.

The woman in Concord got a call from a number identified as belonging to the Keene Police Department.

She sent cash via MoneyGram to a "pre-paid" credit card. The "officer" she spoke to later told her she would need to send more money. She called the Keene Police Department directly and was informed she was the target of a scam.

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6:36 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Town Meeting: Voters To Decide On Elections, Budgets, Projects

Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Voters in several in New Hampshire communities head to the polls today for the annual Town Meeting.

Decisions will be made on local political offices, town operating budgets, as well as a number of infrastructure projects.

In Salem, voters will consider a $23.5 million public safety complex, which would house both the police and fire departments.

In Plaistow, voters will consider plans for an $11 million police station to replace an aging, crowded building.

Voters in North Hampton are also being asked to approve a new home for police and fire officials.

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5:21 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Judge Rules Against Free State Supporters In Grafton Ballot Suit

Credit Jack Rodolico

The Grafton County Superior Court has ruled against a last-ditch effort by supporters of the Free State Project to alter a ballot the day before an election.

Free State Supporters in the Town of Grafton managed to get 20 warrant articles onto the local ballot this year - including efforts to stop tax money from flowing to the local library and banning the town from cooperating with the National Security Agency.

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12:43 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

N.H. Communities Look At Zoning To Prepare For Possible Dispensaries

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 As the state considers applications to run four medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, some towns and cities are preparing for the new law by updating their zoning rules.

New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law requires dispensaries be more than 1,000 feet from a school or drug free zone. But during Town Meeting on Tuesday, voters in Epping will decide whether to restrict dispensaries to industrial locations.

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9:20 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Newfound Voters Again Weighing Wind Restrictions

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EDP renewables, a company based in Portugal that operates 3,600 Megawatts of wind power in the US, has proposed a 29-turbine wind farm for five towns in the Newfound region. So for many in that area town meeting season is an opportunity to express their opposition to wind farms.

But how? Strategies vary. While some in those towns are sticking to more traditional forms of opposition, others are using town meeting to declare themselves ready to employ civil disobedience to stop the project.

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7:44 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Bill Would Change How Budgets Are Approved During N.H. Town Meetings

    

Town Meeting is Tuesday for many communities around the state, and one of the big decisions for voters will be to approve their town’s operating budget.

A bill filed in the state legislature this session would change how those budgets are approved during Town Meeting.

Republican State Senator Nancy Stiles is the bill’s prime sponsor.

She joins Morning Edition to talk about her proposal.

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6:46 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Teen Killer, Pamela Smart's Student And Lover, Up For Parole

 

The man who gunned down the husband of his New Hampshire high school instructor and lover, Pamela Smart, 25 years ago is making his first bid for parole.

Billy Flynn's first bid for parole is Thursday, his 41st birthday.

Flynn has expressed remorse and apologized for his crime ever since he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and testified that killing Gregg Smart was Pamela Smart's idea.

The 1991 trial became an instant sensation.

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6:43 am
Mon March 9, 2015

New Hampshire Courts Offer Addicts New Probation Option

 

The New Hampshire Judicial Branch is starting a new, intensive probation program for drug users at risk of committing new crimes.

The New Hope program will have its first hearing on March 10 in Hillsborough County Superior Court North, where the program will be based.

Judicial officials say the program is not directed at the severely addicted or violent offenders, but those who are drug users with more potential to be rehabilitated.

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10:29 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Woman Dies In Pembroke Snowmobile Crash

UPDATE: The woman killed in the crash was identified as 58-year-old Deirdre Ruth Dunlea. 

A snowmobile crash in Pembroke Saturday took the life of a 58-year-old woman from Londonderry, according to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game.

The woman missed a turn and hit an eight-inch tree, said Conservation Officer Lieutenant Jim Juneau.

Despite wearing a full-face helmet she sustained such serious injuries that she died at the scene.

She was riding with her husband and son who were on other snowmobiles.

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6:46 am
Fri March 6, 2015

State Employees Ratify New Contract Covering 9,000 Workers

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The New Hampshire State Employees Union says workers have ratified a new two-year contract covering about 9,000 employees.

SEA/SEIU Local 1984 officials say the contract was approved by 95 percent of union members.

The contract features 2 percent raises each of the next two years and better dental and life insurance benefits.

Changes in health care provisions, in turn, will save the state $10 million over the course of two years.

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6:26 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Town Meeting: Salem Voters To Weigh In On $23.5M Public Safety Complex

An artist's rendering of the proposed $23.5 million public safety complex going before voters in Salem on Tuesday.
Credit Town of Salem

Voters in Salem will decide at Town Meeting Tuesday whether to approve a $23.5 million public safety complex.

The new building would house both the police and fire departments.

New Hampshire Union Leader correspondent Adam Swift has been covering this issue. He joins Morning Edition to talk about his reporting.

Can you go through some of the details of this proposal?

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5:23 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Foodstuffs: What Will A Late Start For The Maple Season Mean?

  It’s the first week of March, about the time we usually see the kickoff to the maple sugaring season. But maple syrup producers are still waiting anxiously for the sap to start flowing.

Howard Pearl joined All Things Considered. He’s a maple producer in Loudon and a director of the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association which represents 400 maple farms in the state.

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3:28 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

N.H. Senate Passes Bill Requiring Public Schools To Teach Cursive And Multiplication Tables

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Senators have passed a bill requiring public schools to continue teaching cursive and multiplication tables. The bill is aimed at making sure schools maintain those skills as schools adopt new standards and incorporate more technology in the classroom.

The Senate passed the bill on a voice vote Thursday and it will now be sent to the Senate Finance Committee.

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9:03 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Exeter High Student Charged With Selling Explicit Photos Of Female Classmates

A 15-year-old high school student in Exeter faces a felony charge after police say he sold explicit photos of underage female classmates.

The investigation into the incident began in October, when school staff first reported the male student’s activities to police.

An arrest was made after police seized the student’s iPad and conducted a forensic examination of its contents.

Police say the boy turned himself in to police and was released to a parent.

He is expected to appear in juvenile court at a later date.

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7:41 am
Thu March 5, 2015

N.H. House Passes Bill To Require Convicts To Attend Sentencing

Seth Mazzaglia
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The New Hampshire House has passed a bill that would require violent offenders to attend their sentencing hearings, following a dispute in the case of a man convicted of raping a 19-year-old college student.

It was introduced by Rep. Renny Cushing, a Hampton Democrat whose father and brother-in-law were slain. He said he was outraged when Seth Mazzaglia wanted to skip his sentencing in the death of Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott.

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6:48 am
Thu March 5, 2015

N.H. House Passes Bill Banning Minors From Using Tanning Beds

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The New Hampshire House passed a bill Wednesday banning anyone under 18 from using tanning beds.

Lawmakers approved the bill 199 to 162 on Wednesday, sending the bill to the Senate.

Salem Representative Gary Azarian sponsored the bill, and says the measure is akin to existing bans on minors purchasing alcohol and cigarettes.

"It's inherently dangerous for persons under 18 years of age to use a tanning bed," he said. "It causes melanoma and cancers and they die from it. It's a reasonable request to ban persons under 18 from tanning in a tanning bed."

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6:56 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Power Plant Owners Argue Energy 'Crisis' Is Overblown

Electricity and natural gas prices are up this winter, but are nowhere near the peaks seen in the previous two winters.
Credit ISO New England

  This fall, energy industry watchers were predicting that a cold-winter in New England would lead to high natural gas and electricity prices.

But despite record-breaking cold, energy prices have – thus far – remained in check this winter.

Last winter, the whole-sale price for electricity – that’s the price utilities and electricity supply companies pay – spiked to unprecedented heights.

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6:31 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Manchester, Portsmouth Move Forward With Regulations To Cover Uber Drivers

An aldermanic committee in Manchester has signed off on a ride-sharing ordinance that would cover companies like Uber.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports the administration committee voted 3-2 last night in favor of the policy.

Under the proposal, Uber’s third-party drivers would have to register with the clerk’s office and undergo state criminal background checks and drug testing.

The ordinance still needs the support of the full board and will go through several stages of review.

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6:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Reporter's Notebook: Lakeview Source Documents

Following are many of the source documents and related media used in NHPR's reporting on the Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center in Effingham, N.H. 

Visit our Flickr album to see photos of Jennifer Cote and her son Ryan Libbey taken by Greta Rybus for NHPR.

Documents Relating to Ryan Libbey:

Spring Harbor Hospital report on Ryan Libbey's injuries after his mother, Jennifer Cote, removed him from Lakeview:

7-26-11 Ryan Libbey Hospital Report

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8:13 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Keene City Officials To Consider Permit For 2015 Pumpkin Festival

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A request from the group the Let It Shine for a license to hold the 25th annual Keene Pumpkin Festival in October is coming before the City Council this week.

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7:27 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Bill Would Reestablish N.H. Minimum Wage, Raise It To $10 An Hour By 2018

Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

A bill that would set the state’s minimum wage at $8.25 an hour next year will go before a Senate committee Tuesday.

Under the bill backed by seven Democratic state Senators, the increased minimum wage would take effect at the beginning of 2016.

The bill calls for further increases to $9 an hour in 2017 and $10 an hour in 2018.

Under Republican leadership, lawmakers repealed the state’s minimum wage in 2011.

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6:44 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Kinder Morgan To Hold More Open House Meetings On Pipeline Plan

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Kinder Morgan, the Texas-based energy company that has proposed a 70-mile natural gas pipeline through southern New Hampshire, is planning to conduct more public information sessions.

In a letter sent last week to Kinder Morgan, the state's congressional delegation asked the company to do more public outreach beyond five meetings conducted recently in communities affected by the proposal.

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6:41 am
Tue March 3, 2015

N.H. Bill Would Ban Smoking In Cars When Children Under 18 Are Present

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Lawmakers will hear arguments Tuesday on a bill that would ban smoking in a car when a minor is present.

The legislation would make it illegal to smoke tobacco products in a vehicle with a passenger under the age of 18.

State Senator David Watters is the bill’s prime sponsor.

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9:23 am
Mon March 2, 2015

State Climatologist: February One Of Coldest, Snowiest Months In N.H. History

Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

February was a brutally cold and snowy month for New Hampshire, but just how bad was it?

State Climatologist Mary Stampone joined Morning Edition to share some facts and figures from the past month of winter weather.

Put February into context for us. It was cold, but was this the coldest February in state history?

It is likely to be one of the coldest Februarys on record throughout much of the state. Some stations it’ll likely be the coldest, while at some others it will be within the top five coldest.

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