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2:03 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Gas Tax Hike Brings Protestors

Matthew Murphy speaks at Mr. Gas in Hooksett
Credit Halina Loft, NHPR News

New Hampshire’s per gallon tax on gasoline and diesel is going up 4.2 cents July 1. According to Americans for Prosperity, New Hampshire’s economy will pay a price.

Tom Thomson of Orford was among the protestors the conservative group brought to a Hooksett gas station.

Thomson: The power to tax is the power to destroy. By passing Senate Bill 367, we will at best damage the New Hampshire advantage, and worse see businesses suffer and or close; and that equals loss of jobs.

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NH News
6:22 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Verdict: First Degree Murder For Seth Mazzaglia

Lizzi Marriott's father Bob Marriott reads a statement to the press corps after the verdict is read.
Credit Emily Corwin

  A jury has found Seth Mazzaglia, the 31 year old Dover man accused of killing and raping 19 year old UNH student Lizzi Marriott, guilty of all charges, including first degree murder.  

After Marriott died, investigators found neither Lizzi Marriott’s body, nor any direct evidence of her murder.  A guilty verdict in this trial would depend entirely on the credibility of the crime’s only eyewitness,  Kat McDonough: the now 20-year old ex-girlfriend of Seth Mazzaglia.

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NH News
3:59 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Shaheen Fires Back At Critics Over Stock Allegations

Senator Shaheen speaks at a round table discussion with New Hampshire realtors.
Credit Austin Cowan for NHPR

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen fired back at critics Friday, a day after her campaign said she would update her financial disclosure form to reflect that she and her husband no longer hold stock options in a California firm that received federal stimulus funding.

Shaheen says her husband, William, is no longer affiliated with Ultrawave Labs, a company developing technology to better detect breast cancer.

“I think it’s disappointing that my Republican opponents...The only thing they can find to attack me on is breast cancer research."

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1:24 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Mazzaglia Found Guilty In Murder Of UNH Student Elizabeth Marriott

Credit Jim Cole / AP Photo POOL

A jury has found a Dover man guilty of the murder of 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott.

Jurors in Strafford Superior Court deliberated for less than two days before finding 31-year-old Seth Mazzaglia, a community theater actor and karate instructor, guilty of first-degree murder by strangulation. 

The jury found Mazzaglia guilty of additional charges related to Marriott's death – murder in the commission of felony sexual assault and two counts of conspiracy related to Mazzaglia’s efforts to tamper with and falsify evidence. 

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NH News
11:38 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Nashua Aldermen OK Site For Handicapped-Accessible Playground

Greeley Park in Nashua
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Aldermen in Nashua voted 8-6 this week to allow for a handicapped-accessible playground to be built in the city’s Greeley Park.

The vote puts to rest an issue that has divided city residents for nearly two years.

Debate over where to build the playground has been contentious and personal at times, and project organizer Eric Brand says he’s glad that’s now in the past.

“We are very happy to be able to start moving forward towards getting a final design that we can that we can hopefully this construction going next year.”

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NH News
1:32 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Medal Of Honor Recipient: 'I’m Going To Live My Life For Those That Aren’t Here'

Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts answers questions during a press conference at the New Hampshire National Guard. Pitts will be awarded the Medal of Honor next month.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

A Nashua man who will be awarded the Medal of Honor next month says the recognition does not belong to him, but to his unit, and his fellow servicemen who died in battle.

Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts will receive the medal during a White House ceremony next month.

He is quick to deflect any credit, and says the award is a memorial to those who have laid down their lives in battle.

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NH News
4:30 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Tiny Windham Brook Is A Roadblock In I-93 Widening Project

By the time the water reaches here it has already flowed under the highway. Next it goes under a large parking lot before pouring into Cobbetts Pond.
Ryan Lessard NHPr

The widening of I-93 is without doubt a massive public works project. It’s also been a massive political issue. But its full build-out may end up being blocked by a tiny brook.

Driving south on I-93 in Windham, you won’t miss the fifty-foot wall of granite dwarfing the backhoes that chip away at it.

But what you won’t see from the road is a small stream known as Dinsmore Brook. Concerns over its water quality have been threatening to reduce the width of the road from four lanes to three.

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NH News
10:18 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

After Closing Arguments, Jurors To Get Mazzaglia Murder Case Thursday

Credit Jim Cole / AP Photo POOL

 

A prosecutor asked jurors to reject the efforts of a 31-year-old man charged with raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student to evade responsibility for his actions.

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NH News
4:28 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

120 To Lose Jobs When West Lebanon Plant Closes In August

About 120 workers are losing their jobs at the end of August at a New Hampshire manufacturing plant, which makes cameras, microscopes, and other products.

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NH News
4:13 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

The Sweet Science (And Big Business) Of Strawberry Picking

Mia Notaro picks strawberries with her mom at J&F Farms in Derry on Tuesday.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Strawberry season is in full swing in New Hampshire.

At J&F Farms in Derry, there are buckets filled to the brim with the red, ripe fruit out for customers to buy.

But the farm also gives them the chance to go out into the field and pick their own.

In this audio postcard, NHPR’s Michael Brindley travels to J&F to talk with families and with farm manager Melissa Dolloff about just how many strawberries they sell a day.

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NH News
11:49 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Gov. Hassan Says Trade Mission To Turkey Has Been 'Productive'

Governor Maggie Hassan (L) with TUSKON President Rızanur Meral (C) and Jeff Rose, New Hampshire's commissioner of economic development during a meeting on Monday.
Credit Today's Zaman

  Governor Maggie Hassan is in the midst of a week-long trade mission to Turkey.

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NH News
7:59 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

New Hampshire Magazine Launches Glossy Seacoast Mag

New Hampshire Magazine has announced a new publication called The Square. The twice-yearly magazine will feature Seacoast people, food and culture.

Potential advertisers and future readers gathered at a restaurant reception in Portsmouth Tuesday night to gaze at mockups of a glossy, square-shaped, 80-page magazine.

Matt Kanner will edit the publication. "We want to kind of capture all the people and places that make this littler corner of the world so unique," he says.

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NH News
3:57 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Women's Prison Coverage

Credit Cheryl Senter / NHPR

NHPR's Emily Corwin has been covering the news around the New Hampshire State Prison for Women

Stories:

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NH News
3:46 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Defense Rests In Mazzaglia Case

Seth Mazzaglia
Credit Jim Cole / AP Photo POOL

  The defense has rested in the trial of Seth Mazzaglia, the 31 year old Dover man charged with raping and killing UNH student Lizzi Marriott. 

Mazzaglia’s defense team rested after only two days, following 18 days of arguments from state prosecutors-- including extensive testimony by Mazzaglia’s 20-year-old ex-girlfriend, Kat McDonough.  The defendant did not testify on his own behalf.

During the prosecution, the state argued Mazzaglia strangled Marriott. The defense countered that McDonough accidentally asphyxiated Marriott during sex.

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NH News
3:06 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Market Basket CEO Ouster Brings Protest

Employees paint their faces for the Chelsea, MA protest

Market Basket employees from New Hampshire are among those heading to a Massachusetts rally protesting the removal of longtime Market Basket president Arthur T. Demoulas.

Cody White works at a Market Basket in Concord.

White: We probably have like, ten employees going down to the rally right now to go show our support for Artie T., who is the leader of Market Basket. The board members are trying to get him fired, essentially—so we have a lot of support, and there’s even more from all the other stores.

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