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5:08 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

227 Part-Time Market Basket Workers File For Unemployment In N.H.

Credit Ella Nilsen / NHPR

The state’s unemployment office says it’s starting to see requests for unemployment from part-time Market Basket employees who’ve had their hours cut.

New Hampshire Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis says as of noon Friday, 227 workers had filed for unemployment benefits.

“Highest volume was in the Portsmouth location of that and the second highest was in Salem.”

He expects that number to rise drastically next week, when the company’s part-time employees see their hours cut.

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3:01 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Judge Orders Tenants Out Of Condemned Concord Building

Kat Hutchins and Kenny Robbins were packing their belongings outside the Vegas Building in Concord. They were told they had to leave by 2 p.m. Friday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

A district court judge set deadline of 4 p.m. Friday for tenants to vacate a condemned building in downtown Concord.

The order gave tenants a few more hours to collect their belongings before city health officials clear the Vegas Block on North Main Street. (Scroll down to read the order, embedded below.)

New Hampshire Legal Assistance filed an emergency lawsuit on behalf of the tenants Friday morning, after they were told they had to vacate the building by noon that day.

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NH News
8:19 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Gov. Hassan Asks Agencies For Conservative Budget Proposals

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has sent state agencies a letter asking them to submit conservative budget proposals that keep spending increases at a minimum for fiscal years 2016-2017.

The letter includes a request for agencies to submit proposals for improving their efficiency and effectiveness. The instructions were included as part of the state's biennial budget manual, which was delivered in training sessions Wednesday.

Market Basket
5:38 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

With Their Hours Cut, Part-Time Market Basket Workers Pledge To Keep Fighting

Susan Mawson, 55, is one of the part-time workers at the Londonderry Market Basket told that she'll have no hours scheduled starting next week.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

An estimated 8,000 part-time Market Basket employees in New Hampshire may be without a paycheck next week.

The embattled supermarket chain announced Thursday that with sales plummeting from customer boycotts, part-time employees would no longer be scheduled for hours starting Sunday.

Part-time cashier Susan Mawson was standing outside the Londonderry Market Basket, her sign pledging allegiance to Arthur T. Demoulas torn and tattered from weeks of protesting.

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NH News
4:31 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Hassan Campaign Returns $33k In Improper Contributions

Maggie Hassan in her first TV spot released Wednesday.
Credit Hassan campaign

Governor Maggie Hassan has returned another $9,000-worth of campaign contributions from organized labor. Hassan has now returned $33,000 of improper donations from union political action committees.

The problem with the initial donations – $25,000 from the Electrical Workers PAC and $10,000 from the Plumbers and Steamfitters PAC, was when they were received – after Hassan’s candidacy was official.

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4:25 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

10-Week Startup School Targets Startup Dreamers

Credit Alpha Loft

Alpha Loft, a nonprofit startup incubator with offices in three New Hampshire cities, is now accepting applications for a free, 10 week startup "school."

The announcement marks the beginning of a new phase of educational programs from Alpha Loft, a startup incubator specializing in technology. They have offices in Manchester, Durham and Portsmouth.

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NH News
10:18 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Laid Off Market Basket Workers May Be Eligible For Unemployment

Credit Ella Nilsen / NHPR

The state’s employment security office is letting laid off Market Basket workers know they may be eligible for unemployment benefits.

This comes as the company has announced that starting Sunday, part-time employees will no longer be scheduled for hours.

In a statement, the employment security office says it has provided Market Basket store managers with information for workers about filing for unemployment benefits.

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NH News
7:29 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Seacoast Farmers Reach Bigger Buyers By Sharing New Smartphone App

Kate Donald of Stout Oak Farm loads produce from her farm onto Andre Cantelmo's truck of Heron Pond Farm

It’s the height of the harvest season, and New Hampshire’s farmers continue to look for ways to make the business of small farming profitable in an age of industrial agriculture.   On the Seacoast, one group of farmers is using technology and cooperation to expand beyond the farmers market.

Local Food Can Be Inefficient

At Flatbread pizza in Portsmouth, head chef Ryan LeBossiere chops organic California onions.  

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NH News
5:05 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

No Decision On Evidence In Abigail Hernandez Kidnapping Case

Credit NH Attorney General

 

A judge is putting off ruling on whether to move evidence including the house of a man charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl who returned home after nine months.

Nathaniel Kibby is charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez Oct. 9, as she walked home from high school. She returned home two weeks ago.

Defense attorney Jesse Friedman says the 34-year-old Kibby maintains his innocence and that moving his trailer home and a storage unit would prevent him from determining what people saw or heard on the property.

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5:04 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

June Foreclosure Numbers Show Steady Improvement

In June, the state saw fewer than 150 foreclosure deeds filed--the first time that's happened since before the recession. That's according to a new report released by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority.  Foreclosure deeds in June were down 15 percent from May, and 30 percent from June of last year.  Foreclosure auction notices also were also down more than 40 percent from June of 2013.

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3:13 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

N.H. Air National Guard Officially Chosen For 12 New Aerial Refueling Tankers

The Boeing KC-46 Tanker, as depicted on Boeing's press page.
Credit Courtesy image

After much anticipation, it is official: Pease Air National Guard Base will be the first in the nation to receive the KC-46A, the latest generation of aerial refueling tankers.  

The Air Force chose New Hampshire’s  157th  Air Refueling Wing at Pease over 88 competitors back in May of last year.  Now that an environmental impact study is complete, champions of NH’s 157th are celebrating. Senator Kelly Ayotte explains  that "The 157th refueling unit has done a phenomenal job, but they are flying Eisenhower-era tankers. "

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3:04 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

With City Approval, UNH Manchester Prepares For Move

88 Commercial Street (aka the Pandora building).
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  Manchester city officials have approved the sale of UNH Manchester’s main millyard building to Segway inventor Dean Kamen’s company.

The deal includes a long-term lease agreement with Dean Kamen’s company which owns the much larger Pandora building. UNH Manchester’s Interim Dean Mike Hickey says construction will begin Monday and they hope to complete the move to Pandora by next Spring break.

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1:11 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Mitt Romney Endorses Walt Havenstein

Walt Havenstein at an event in Nashua.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  Former Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney has endorsed New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein.

In a statement, the former Massachusetts governor praised Havenstein’s leadership abilities, pointing to his tenure as the CEO of BAE Systems.

Havenstein is running against Republican activist Andrew Hemingway, who led Tea Party protests against Romney in the last election.

The two will face off in a September 9th primary.

The winner will face Governor Maggie Hassan in the November general election.

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10:39 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Hearing Set For Man Charged In Abigail Hernandez Kidnapping

Credit NH Attorney General

 

A judge will hear arguments over preservation of evidence in the case of a man accused of kidnapping a New Hampshire girl last October.

Nathaniel Kibby's lawyer says he needs all the evidence preserved, including Kibby's trailer home and a storage unit, because he has so little information on why his client was arrested. The 34-year-old Kibby was charged last month with snatching 14-year-old Abigail Hernandez as she walked home from high school.

Abigail, now 15, returned home last month.

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9:16 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Forced Overtime Exhausts Prison Officers, Costs State Millions

Inmate Eric Grant, who sits on an Inmate Communication Committee, says occasionally Correctional Officers fall asleep on the job.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

Overtime Exhaustion

For more than a decade, New Hampshire prisons have been under enormous pressure.  The prison population has gone up as staff numbers have gone down.  Aside from the inmates, few feel the consequences as acutely as the state’s correctional officers.

Corrections Sergeant Justin Jardine represents prison officers with the State Employees’ union. “I'm working approximately 3 double shifts a week, so 64 hours a week,”says Jardine.  Younger officers, Jardine says, work 4 or 5 double shifts -- around 80 hours a week.  

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