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6:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Bill Would Make N.H. The First To Mandate Criminal Sentencing Attendance

Seth Mazzaglia listening to victim impact statements from family and friends of Lizzie Marriott.
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  Last year, Seth Mazzaglia was convicted of the rape and murder of UNH student Lizzie Marriott. But after the conviction he sought to avoid being present for the sentencing hearing. He ultimately withdrew that request, but family members of the victim were surprised and angered. They had to face the prospect that they may not have their one chance throughout the proceedings to speak directly to the killer.

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5:02 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Five-Story Snow Piles Cover Peirce Island

An excavator on the pile scoops up the snow

The city of Portsmouth has been hauling snow from town and dumping it on Peirce Island, just across from the Naval Shipyard. But now, Public Works Director Peter Rice says the island is filling up. 

 Everything but the road is covered in mountains of snow on Peirce Island.    At the very end of the road, a snow pile towers two or three stories high.  If you peer over the hill to the park below – you see the pile doubles in size.

“This is unprecedented. We’ve never seen this before, like this. This has been amazing,” Lister revels.

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3:15 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

N.H. House GOP Leader Pens Opposition to Gas Pipeline

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The Republican Majority Leader in the New Hampshire House of Representatives has asked federal regulators to reject a proposal to build a natural gas pipeline in Southern New Hampshire.

Jack Flanagan – who represents two towns on the proposed pipeline’s route – says he prefers a competing project in Massachusetts that would widen existing pipelines.

“It made sense to me that if you have an existing pipeline, why would you need a new one? Let’s just make the existing one a little bit larger to handle the demand,” Flanagan said in a phone interview.

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9:01 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Killer Of Pamela Smart's Husband Scheduled For Parole Hearing

William "Billy" Flynn in 2008

  A man who was 16 when his adult lover recruited him and his friends to kill her husband in New Hampshire is scheduled for a parole hearing in March.

William ``Billy'' Flynn was transferred last year to a facility in Warren, Maine, as part of a work-release program.

Flynn testified against Pamela Smart, saying she wanted her husband dead so she wouldn't lose her condo, furniture and dog in a divorce.

Flynn pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Gregg Smart in May 1990 and was sentenced to 28 years to life in prison.

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6:00 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Katrina Swett And Petitioners Offer To Take Saudi Man's Lashes

Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam.

A New Hampshire woman, along with hundreds more, is offering to receive a portion of the 1,000 lashes reserved for Raif Badawi. Badawi is a Saudi blogger sentenced by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the charge of insulting Islam.

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett is the wife of former New Hampshire congressman, Dick Swett. She’s presently serving as chairwoman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and as President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice.

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7:53 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Slowdown In Federal Funding May Leave N.H. With Steep Bill For Roads

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According to a report by the Associate Press, Federal transportation dollars for New Hampshire road maintenance fell by more than %5 between 2008 and 2013. New Hampshire’s department of transportation spending has also fallen by more than 16% over roughly the same period.

This has meant delays to regular maintenance to secondary roads and bridges. And as these roadways deteriorate, the state will have to pay a higher price for reconstruction.

New Hampshire rates more than a third of state roads as in “poor” condition. And another 50 miles get added to the list each year.

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7:49 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Poll: New Hampshire Residents Optimistic About Economy

  A poll shows that New Hampshire residents remain optimistic about the national and state economies, as well as their own financial status.   The findings are based on the latest Business and Industry Association Report on Consumer Confidence, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.   When asked how New Hampshire businesses will do over the next year, 55 percent of residents said they think state businesses will enjoy good times financially. Only 19 percent think they will experience bad times, and 26 percent anticipate mixed conditions.   The phone poll of 509 randomly

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9:03 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Volunteers Shovel Snow From Auburn School Roof

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 Volunteers spent one of their weekend mornings shoveling snow from the roof of a school in the New Hampshire town of Auburn before more snow arrived.

Fire Chief Bruce Phillips says about 40 people showed up Saturday morning in what he called it "a great community event."

He says the roof of the Auburn Village School had been deemed safe but with more snow in the forecast — and the potential for heavy wet snow — crews started on Friday to remove the load.

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8:10 am
Fri February 20, 2015

In Concord, February On Track To Be Coldest On Record

Concord in winter.
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  It's been a cold February in New Hampshire, and it could go down in the record books as one of the coldest in Concord since weather observers started keeping records in 1869.

Temperatures in February have averaged 11.3 degrees below normal for the month so far in the state's capital. It hasn't risen above freezing since Feb. 10.

The coldest February on record so far in Concord is 1934, when the average temperature for the month was 12 degrees.

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7:42 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Kibby Kidnapping Trial Slated For Next Year

Nathaniel Kibby.
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  The case of Nathaniel Kibby, the Gorham man accused of kidnapping and repeatedly sexually assaulting a Conway teenager for several months, will likely go to trial next year. That’s according to a superior court justice who presided over a dispositional hearing Thursday.

After listening to both defense and prosecution, Judge Peter Bornstein said he's putting the trial on track for January of 2016. The delay was largely to afford the defense enough time to sift through thousands of pages and dozens of CDs containing evidence provided by the prosecution.

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6:05 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Striking FairPoint Workers To Vote On New Contract

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New Hampshire FairPoint workers who have been on strike since October will vote on a new labor agreement Saturday. Ratification meetings will take place in both Manchester and Portsmouth.

Vermont workers cast their on Friday; Maine workers will follow suit on Sunday.

The new agreement comes after more than a month of negotiations led by a federal mediator.

 

Union representatives say ratification of the contract will be announced Sunday night. If successful, more than 1,700 striking workers could be back to work as early as next week.

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2:48 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

New England Electric Ratepayers Eyed To Fund Gas Pipeline

While the Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline proposed for the Southern tier of the state has gotten a lot of attention of late it’s not the only project proposed for the region. There’s another pipeline build-out on the table in Massachusetts, and people in New Hampshire – even those who don’t buy any natural gas – could wind up both paying for it, and benefiting from it.

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1:46 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

House Bill Targets Chain Of N.H. Pain Clinics

Pain Care Center location in Somersworth
Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The owner of the state’s largest chain of pain clinics would be forced to forfeit his financial interest in the practice if legislation pending in the House becomes law.

House Bill 517 would require physicians who lose their licenses to practice to cut their ownership ties to any health-care facilities.

The lead sponsor, Republican Rep. Don Leeman of Rochester, said the bill is aimed at one of the state’s most visible medical practices: Dr. O’Connell’s Pain Care Centers, Inc.

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8:15 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Unpredictable Pressure Formation May Mean Snow For Seacoast

Snow in Rye
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  Rob Carolan with Hometown Forecast says an unpredictable ‘trough’ of low pressure sitting in the Atlantic is poised to bring some possible snow to the seacoast area this afternoon.

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6:00 am
Wed February 18, 2015

N.H. The Only State In Region With No Addiction Recovery Services

New Hampshire is in the midst of a drug epidemic. The state’s Medical Examiner’s office says drug-related deaths have risen to a record high of 300 in 2014. To combat the most addictive drugs, lawmakers will consider tripling funding for the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.

Of those three things, recovery services are severely lacking in New Hampshire, compared to neighboring states.

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4:43 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Hassan Banks on Keno But Still Wants A Casino

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Gov. Maggie Hassan says she still wants to bring a casino to NH but is a "realist."

The Governor told lawmakers her decision to fund her $11.5 billion budget with $27m from yet-to-be-legal Keno doesn’t mean she’s changed her mind about supporting a full-blown Casino.

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4:49 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

UNH Researchers Tie Flame Retardant Chemicals To Obesity And Diabetes

Nutritional Scientist Gale Carey
Credit University of New Hamshire

  Researchers at the University of New Hampshire say it’s not just bad diets and little exercise causing rising rates of obesity and diabetes.    In fact, synthetic chemicals used in household items like couches and carpet padding may play a part in both of those conditions.

When Nutritional Scientist Gale Carey at UNH exposed healthy rats to high doses of flame retardant chemicals, and then inspected their fat tissue, she found that "metabolically, chemically, it behaves like it's from an animal that is obese. But the animal is not obese."

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1:55 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Trying Times For Waste Removal, Newspaper Delivery Workers

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  After working triple and quadruple shifts plowing the roads in Portsmouth, public workers in Portsmouth climb into garbage trucks for regular trash removal.

Public Works Director Peter Rice says storms and snow make even trash pickup a trying endeavor. "People are trying to pass them on these narrow roads while they’re trying to pick up trash,” Rice says. “You know these guysare exhausted, they are stretched thin.”

The Portsmouth Herald’s newspaper delivery crew is also struggling.

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9:41 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Tomorrow's Snow To Be Minor, But Record Accumulation Means More Big Storms

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  We have another snowstorm in store for the state tomorrow afternoon but, Steve LaVoie with Hometown Forecast Service reports New Hampshire will be largely spared the worst of it.

“Looks like the amounts are generally gonna be a quick inch or two. The North Country may not see anything at all, actually. The best chance of any higher snowfall amounts will be along the seacoast again.”

He says there might be another round of snow showers Wednesday.

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9:12 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Gas Prices Continue Rebound In N.H.

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  Gas prices are continuing to increase in New Hampshire, going up 4.7 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $2.17.  Gasbuddy.com, which surveyed 875 gas stations in New Hampshire, says that's 8 cents less than the national average, which went up 7.6 cents last week to $2.15 a gallon.  Gas prices in New Hampshire are over $1.18 per gallon lower than they were a year ago, and 2.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.  The national average increased 17.5 cents per gallon in the last month and stands over $1.10 a gallon less compared to a year ago.  Patrick DeHaan of GasBuddy

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9:09 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Keene Officials Clash With Pumpkin Festival Organizers

Police responding to last year's riot in Keene.
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  Let It Shine, the group that organizes the Keen Pumpkin Festival, and city officials are at an impasse as this year’s festival hangs in the balance.

After the riot that took place during last years’ pumpkin festival, Let It Shine was saddled with an unusually high bill due to the added police response needed to control the disturbance.

It has already paid about $60,000 of the $90,000 bill and is now asking the city for approval to move forward with this year’s festival.

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9:06 am
Mon February 16, 2015

New State Record For Drug-Related Deaths

  The state’s Medical Examiner’s Office says the number of people who died of drug overdoses in 2014 is up to 300. That’s a record for the state and the number could still climb as ‘cause of death’ is determined for pending cases.

The synthetic opioid fentanyl was identified in a growing number of overdose deaths and even outpaced heroin as the leading cause of drug-related deaths last year. There were 193 drug-related deaths in 2013.

State officials say opioid abuse has reached epidemic levels.

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8:47 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Hiker Missing Overnight Near Mount Madison

Watson Path, Mount Madison
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  Searching resumes this morning for a 32 year old woman who may have spent the night in deadly weather conditions between Mount Adams and Mount Madison.

Fish and Game Advanced Rescue and volunteers from Mountain Rescue Service searched the area last night after a missing hiker activated a personal locator beacon registered to Kate Matrosova of New York City.  But after searching through deep snow and scrub trees in an area identified as the probable last known location of the beacon, rescuers turned back.

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8:27 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Weather Updates: Frigid Temperatures Settle In, Residents Should Take Frostbite Precautions

Emily Corwin for NHPR

Power outage maps and info: PSNH (Eversource Energy) | Unitil | National Grid/Liberty | NH Electric Co-op

School and other emergency closings from WMUR

511NH real time traffic/road closure information

Can you safely take a storm photo? Email it our way!

Monday 11:10

Eversource (Formerly PSNH) outages have been restored, after a peak of about 2,500. NHEC outages had peaked at around 2,800 (including about 1,800 in Moultonborough) but are now down to about 400 remaining without power. 

Monday 9:44 a.m.

State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan is urging residents to clear roofs of snow and ice.  In a press release, the Department of Safety warns that flat roofs are not the only ones susceptible to collapse.

Buildings in Portsmouth, Seabrook and Hampton have been structurally compromised, and even collapsed.

According to the DOS, “buildings that can be considered most at risk are ones where the snow load is not even across the roof with large accumulations of snow and ice, buildings with large open floor areas, storage, warehouses, flat or low-sloped roofs and unoccupied buildings.”

Degnan also urges residents to do the following:

  • Clear roofs of excessive snow and ice buildup, being careful not to damage your roof along with gas and oil service to the building. 
  •   Keep all chimneys and vents clear to prevent carbon monoxide from backing up into the building.  Some vents, such as gas and oil heaters and pellet stove vents, may exit the building through a wall and are susceptible to being blocked by excessive snow buildup on the outside of the building.
  •  Keep all exits clear of snow, so that occupants can escape quickly if a fire, or other emergency, should occur.  Keep in mind that windows should be cleared to allow a secondary means of escape in case the primary means of escape is blocked by fire.  Keeping exits clear also allows emergency workers to access your building.

Monday 8:23 a.m.

Frigid temperatures and high winds will last through Monday, with scattered power outages being reported throughout the region.

For updates on outages around the state, click on the utility maps linked above. 

Sunday 5:29 p.m.

The snow part of this weekend's storm is over, but forecasters are warning that tonight will bring dangerously low temperatures throughout the region.

The National Weather Service reports that as blowing snow winds down this evening, very cold air will move into New Hampshire from the Northwest. This air will combine with strong winds to produce dangerously low wind chill values, which could drop lower than twenty below zero. 

Sunday 10:02 a.m.

According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest snow has ended across Maine and New Hampshire, but the winds are just beginning to blow.

Winds will cause significant blowing snow and lead to blizzard conditions for some areas. In addition, very cold air is moving in from Canada and will combine with strong winds to produce dangerously cold temperatures through Monday.

Sunday  8:28 a.m.

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8:16 am
Mon February 16, 2015

DHHS Commissioner: Fed Will Allow N.H. To Expand Medicaid Program

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New Hampshire's health and human services commissioner says he is confident that the federal government will allow the state's expanded Medicaid program to proceed as planned.

The state is awaiting federal approval for a waiver needed to continue the plan passed by the Legislature last year. That plan calls for using federal Medicaid funds to buy private health coverage for adults making less than 138 percent of the federal poverty limit — about $15,856 a year for a single adult.

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7:54 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Eversource Wins Major Bid To Build Power Lines In MA And N.H.

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  After months of heated bidding against NextEra Energy Resources, Eversource Energy, formerly Northeast Utilities, has won the right to build one of the largest electric infrastructure projects in New England history.

Citing lower costs, ISO New England, the regional grid operator, selected Eversource—partnered with National Grid—to build the ‘Greater Boston and Southern New Hampshire Reliability Project.’

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5:36 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Foodstuffs: Lebanese Finger-Food With Farm To Table Flair

Karima Nabulsi owns Karima's Kitchen, a specialty food and catering company that operates out of Eastman's Corner Farmstand in Kensington, N.H.

Nabulsi moved to the United States from Lebanon when she was 14. Today, she uses produce from Seacoast-area farms to make traditional Lebanese food.

Listen to the audio postcard below to hear her recipe for spinach fatayer: a Lebanese finger-food.

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8:01 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Fish And Game Move To Ban Chocolate As Bait Following Recent Bear Deaths

Black bear.
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  New Hampshire Fish and Game laid out a proposal Wednesday that would ban the use of chocolate to bait bears. This follows four confirmed bear deaths. Officials say the animals overdose on the theobromine in the sweets.

Those against the measure say limiting chocolate would be a better alternative to banning it.

The Fish and Game Commission voted to move the proposal forward. The public will have a chance to submit their concerns.

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4:50 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Nursing Home Residents, Administrators Want Hassan To Reinstate $7 Million Cut

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Nursing home residents from across the state are pushing for Gov. Maggie Hassan to reinstate a $7 million cut in expected Medicaid reimbursements.

More than a dozen residents and nursing home administrators arrived at the Statehouse Tuesday with Republican Sen. Jeanie Forrester seeking a meeting with Hassan. Nursing homes aren't receiving a $7 million rate increase they had been expecting due to budget shortfalls in the Department of Health and Human Services. The nursing homes have received the increase since 2008 and most created their budgets around them.

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