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5:30 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

FairPoint Strikers Rally In Portsmouth On 50th Day Of Strike

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  Standing in Market Square Friday afternoon, you could hear a hoarse striker’s voice cracking as he chanted along to “what do we want?” “A contract.” “When do we want it?” “Now.”

About 100 striking FairPoint workers were rallying  to mark the 50th day of the strike. These unionized telecommunications workers haven’t seen a paycheck since they walked off the job in October. Many have spent the time attending rallies as far away as Montpelier, Vermont and Portland, Maine.

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5:24 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Police Violence Against Black Americans Inspires Hanover 'Die In' Protest

Around the country, protestors have been gathering to voice their concern over violence against black Americans by police officers. Last night, one of those protests was held in Hanover. (You can see photos of the protest here.)

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4:15 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Ayotte, Shaheen Say Defense Secretary Nominee Well Qualified For Job

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New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says Secretary of Defense nominee Ashton Carter has a strong resume, but says she’s not yet ready to pledge her support.

During a stop in Nashua Friday, Ayotte, a Republican member of the Armed Services Committee, says it’s important to get through the nomination hearing process before making that decision.

“One of the things I will want to ask him a number of questions about is the administration’s foreign policy, and what his views are for a strategy for the challenges we face, whether it’s ISIS, whether it’s Russian aggression.”

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3:48 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Nearly One-Quarter Of N.H. Mobile Home Parks Now Owned By Residents

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A mobile-home park in New Ipswich has become the 110th in the state to be purchased by its residents. That means that nearly a quarter of the state’s 450 so-called “trailer parks” are now owned by the people who live in them.

Juliana Eades, President of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund which financed the deal, says banks won’t give mortgages to people who live in manufactured homes located on someone else’s land.

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9:14 am
Fri December 5, 2014

State Gives Grants For Historical, Cultural, Land Conservation Projects

Peterborough Town House
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The state has handed out grants to 36 historic, cultural, and land conservation projects as part of its Land and Community Heritage Investment Program.

The grants range from about $7,500 to study Jones Hall in Marlow to $400,000 to permanently protect 1,114 acres in Epping.

This year's recipients include 26 historic properties from the 1764 Park Hill Meeting House in Westmoreland to the 1918 Peterborough Town House. There are also 10 natural resource projects providing permanent protection of almost 3,000 acres in all of the state's 10 counties.

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12:33 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

N.H. Nets $53K In Multi-State, $3.8M Settlement With Sirius XM Radio

New Hampshire will receive $53,000 as part of a multi-state, $3.8 million settlement with Sirius XM Radio.

New Hampshire was among 44 states and the District of Columbia to join in the investigation, which alleged that Sirius XM violated the states’ consumer protection laws by misleading customers.

Among the complaints was that the company didn’t honor requests to cancel contracts, that it automatically renewed contracts without the consent of customers, and failed to provide timely refunds.

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9:11 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Judge: Public Can Use Private Land To Access Rye Beach

Rye Beach
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A judge has ruled that the public can use private land to get to Rye Beach because they've been doing so for more than 20 years.

The case was brought by 24-year Rye resident Robert Jesurum. The Sanders Poynt property and adjacent Wentworth by the Sea Country Club are owned by Bill Binnie.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that Superior Court Judge Marguerite Wageling said her ruling "may extend not only to beach access, but to parking and boat-launching rights." That will be determined later.

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7:49 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Keene State President Attends White House Summit On College Completion

Keene State College campus
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 The president of Keene State College is participating in a White House summit exploring how to increase college completion, particularly for first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students. 

Anne Huot will join President Barack Obama and others Thursday at the White House College Opportunity Summit. The conference brings together colleges and universities, business leaders, nonprofit groups and others working to support more opportunities for students. 

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5:29 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Portsmouth Police Seek Trust Through Conversation

The first "Cops On Corners" will take place in Market Square, Portsmouth
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  This week the Portsmouth police department launches a new program called “Cops on Corners,” in an effort to make department operations more transparent.

Deputy Police Chief Corey MacDonald says the community events are a response both to local tensions and a national conversation arising out of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. He says “the goal here is to get out in front of the public, go neighborhood by neighborhood --because different neighborhoods have different issues -- and just meet with people.”

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12:09 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Executive Council Confirms Nominees To Energy Siting Body

The state’s executive council has confirmed two appointees to the Site Evaluation Committee.

Roger Hawk, a planning consultant from Concord, and Patricia Weathersby, a lawyer from Rye, will serve as the public’s representatives on the SEC.

The nine member Site Evaluation Committee consists mostly of the heads of various state agencies, and authorizes large-scale energy proposals such as power plants and transmission lines.

The positions are new this year, as the SEC was reformed in an attempt to streamline it and make it more responsive to the public’s concerns.

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10:27 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Quality Of Life, Fear Of Repeat Riots Raised At Keene Pumpkin Festival Forum

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Advocates for keeping Keene’s annual Pumpkin Festival going said at a forum Tuesday the loss of revenue to local nonprofits would be devastating, while those who want to see the festival end raised concerns about whether the riots that marred this year’s festival will get worse.

"Is it responsible to dig in our heels when there is a very real possibility this will happen again?" said Beth Truman, a Keene resident and Pumpkin Festival volunteer. "Luckily this didn't result in any deaths, but what if there is a death next year? ...It is time for it to end."

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7:52 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Ice, Sleet Makes For A Rough Commute, School Delays

Ice coats a car in Hopkinton
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A mixture of freezing rain, snow and sleet has delayed openings for more than 200 schools in New Hampshire and has made for some slick driving conditions.

Several accidents have been reported. WMUR-TV reports in Londonderry, a car rolled over and ended up in a swamp along Route 28. The car was partially submerged, but all three people inside were able to get out. They were treated for minor injuries.

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10:39 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Giving Tuesday "Counterbalances Consumption"

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You’ve no doubt heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but today is Giving Tuesday, a program that looks to promote the needs of nonprofit groups, rather than retail outlets.

In just a few short years, the effort has grown to include thousands of organizations.  One of them is the Concord-based Community Loan Fund.  President Juliana Eades explains what her group does and what she hopes to see on Giving Tuesday.

 

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8:29 am
Tue December 2, 2014

University System Gets Grant Aimed To Reduce Tobacco Use

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The University System of New Hampshire and the community college system are sharing a $180,000 grant to help reduce tobacco use on campus.

The systems include the University of New Hampshire; Plymouth State University; Keene State College; Granite State College; Great Bay, Lakes Region, Manchester, Nashua, River Valley and White Mountains Community Colleges and the New Hampshire Technical Institute.

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6:13 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Strikers Reject FairPoint Offer To Return To Work

FairPoint workers at a rally in Portland in November 2014
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Striking workers say they're not interested in an invitation by FairPoint to return to work in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The telecommunications company sent a letter last week to more than 1,700 striking workers explaining its position that the old contract was out of sync with the industry and telling workers that they're welcome to return under terms imposed by the company.

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