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10:43 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Amherst, Merrimack 4th Of July Parades Hub For U.S. Senate Candidates

Merrimack's 4th of July parade.
Credit www.merrimack4th.com

If you want to catch a glimpse of New Hampshire's U.S. Senate candidates on Independence Day, head to Amherst and Merrimack.

Both parades will feature all four major candidates running this year, including incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

She'll be joined by the three Republican challengers: former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown, former New Hampshire U.S. Senator Bob Smith, and former state Senator Jim Rubens.

The Amherst parade kicks off at 10 at Wilkins Elementary School.

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NH News
10:18 am
Thu July 3, 2014

$285,000 In 'Moose Plate' Grants Available In 2015

   

The State Conservation Committee is taking applications for $285,000 in conservation grants made possible by sales of the state's "Moose Plate."

When drivers' register their vehicles, they can spend an extra $30 for the moose plate. All funds raised through the program go to promotion, protect and invest in New Hampshire's natural, historical and cultural resources.

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NH News
10:03 am
Thu July 3, 2014

NHIA Faculty And Students Worry About Possible Merger With SNHU

Executive Vice President, Rick Strawbridge (left) led the town hall meeting during the rainy Wednesday evening.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

At the first public meeting since it was announced the New Hampshire Institute of Art was engaged in merger discussions with Southern New Hampshire University, faculty, staff and students voiced their concerns.

In the NHIA auditorium, filled with about fifty people, reactions to the prospect of a merger with SNHU ranged from cautiously optimistic to skeptical. Like faculty member Sean Beavers.

“I just have a lot of concerns and I see no benefit.”

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NH News
5:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Mitt Romney Endorses Scott Brown; Says Shaheen Is Playing 'Simon Says'

Supporters showed up to watch Mitt Romney endorse Scott Brown for U.S. Senate.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  The crowd was smaller at Scamman Farm in Stratham than it was two years ago, when Mitt Romney kicked off his campaign for president. But supporters were enthusiastic in the almost 100 degree heat, as Romney told them a vote for Scott Brown is a vote against the man who beat him in 2012.

I know the president is not on the ballot this November, but the people of New Hampshire have a chance to vote at what they think of the president’s agenda.  And they’ll do that by saying what they will about the president’s number one supporter, Jeanne Shaheen.

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NH News
4:35 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

In Wake Of 'COPSLIE' Ruling, DMV Temporarily Halts New Vanity Plates

The state’s Division of Motor Vehicles has temporarily stopped issuing new vanity license plates.

New ones won’t be issued until the DMV approves a new set of rules for determining which plates are inappropriate and are rejected.

The DMV was forced to come up with a new process after the state Supreme Court earlier this year sided with a man who wanted the vanity plate “COPSLIE.”

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NH News
4:29 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Police Say They'll Be Out In Force This Weekend

Credit Roger Wood

A New Hampshire Marine Patrol boat circled the waters of Great Bay, while State troopers flanked a Massachusetts State Police strategic vehicle. They were there to urge motorists in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts to drive responsibly. NH State Police major Chris Aucoin said that this weekend they’ll be looking for speeding motorists as well as those who are under the influence.

“It continues to be an ongoing phenomena that is killing people on our highways, in addition to distracted driving.”

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3:14 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Outages, Flood Warnings Follow Severe Thunderstorms In New Hampshire

Updated 5:06 pm

Several thousand homes and businesses are without power following the severe thunderstorms that came through New Hampshire Wednesday afternoon.

Utilities reported some 6,500 outages as of 5pm Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says the storm brought more than 2 inches of rain to parts of New Hampshire, prompting concerns about flooding.

A flash flood warning is in effect for parts of Sullivan, Carroll and Grafton counties, until about 8pm.

NH News
1:33 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Fireworks Lobby Succeeds In Keeping Controversial Devices On Store Shelves

Reloadable mortars.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

Backyard pyrotechnics are a favorite—and legal—way for Granite Staters to celebrate the 4th of July.  And the fireworks lobby—yes, there really is a lobby for everything—has been fighting to not only keep them legal, but to deregulate them.

Two years ago this week in Pelham, a homeowner piled up nearly 350 mortar shells on his deck. And when sparks from a stray spinner landed on them, they exploded and more than a dozen people were injured. In 2011, the legislature had legalized those two types of fireworks.

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NH News
11:38 am
Wed July 2, 2014

N.H. Supreme Court Sides With Disenfranchised Mom

The New Hampshire Supreme Court says the ex-partner of a 12-year-old's girl's mother has made her case to be considered a parent under the law.

The ruling could affect other unwed parents regardless of gender.

The case pitted Madelyn B.'s birth mother, Melissa, against her former partner, Susan. Because it's a custody case, no last names are used.

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NH News
4:50 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

N.H. Won't Renew Approval of Italian University

Credit via St. John International University's website

The financially-troubled St. John International University will grant no more degrees. 

The state’s higher education commission has unanimously declined to renew its approval of the N.H. chartered, Torino-based school.

State education officials had been monitoring St. John international for several years.

The for profit college was chartred by the act of the legislature in 2009,  and three state senators – Democrats Sylvia Larsen and Lou D’Allesandro and Republican Nancy Stiles -- have sat on its board.

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NH News
4:43 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

N.H. Ranks High In Prescriptions For Addictive Painkillers

Credit Steve Smith via Flickr CC

New Hampshire doctors are among the nation’s most prolific prescribers of Oxycontin and other opioids, according to a government report released Tuesday that analyzed the state-by-state use of highly addictive painkillers.

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NH News
4:27 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

880,000 Visitors Expected In N.H. For Holiday Weekend

Credit Brandi Korte / Flickr Creative Commons

 

An organization that studies New Hampshire tourism says an estimated 880,000 out-of-state visitors are expected for the July 4th holiday weekend and they are expected to spend about $131 million.

The forecasts from the Institute for New Hampshire Studies are higher than last year's predictions. The period covers July 3-July 7.

Most of the visitors will be from New England and the Middle Atlantic States. Canadians are anticipated to be visiting New Hampshire at higher levels than last year.

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NH News
3:22 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Boffetti Returns To Reams' Vacated Office As Interim County Attorney

Jim Boffetti  from the state’s Attorney General’s office has stepped back into the role of interim Rockingham County Attorney for the second time in a year.

When the Attorney General’s office suspended Rockingham county attorney Jim Reams last November, Boffetti stepped in on an interim basis.  And now about a month after returning to his old job running the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau, Boffetti is back in Reams’ vacated office.

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NH News
12:22 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Long-Time Concord Monitor Editor Named Pulitzer Prize Administrator

Mike Pride
Credit www.pulitzer.org

Former Concord Monitor Editor Mike Pride has been named the new administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.

Pride previously served as co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

The appointment was announced today and is effective Sept. 1.

Pride served editor of the Monitor for 30 years.

He says he is honored to have been chosen.

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NH News
11:31 am
Tue July 1, 2014

N.H. Institute Of Art Meeting Will Focus On Possible SNHU Merger

Credit www.nhia.edu

The New Hampshire Institute of Art will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday evening to discuss a possible merger with Southern New Hampshire University.

The institute’s Acting President Rick Strawbridge says he hopes the meeting will help clear the air.

“There have been a number of people who have made assumptions that are not true and who are upset I think probably for no reason. And I hope to calm it down and give us a chance to have some good discussion about it.”

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