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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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NH News
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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10:19 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Region's Latest Storm Took A Toll On Exhausted Plow Drivers

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As the third major snowstorm in two weeks moves out of New England, exhaustion is setting in for plow drivers.

Some private and public plow drivers say they are putting in as many as 40 hours without a night’s rest here in Southern New Hampshire.

The Director of Public Works in Portsmouth says back to back storms like this happen so rarely, the city doesn’t have written policy limiting shifts for plow drivers.

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5:57 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Winter Storm Update: Stalled Storm Means More Snow, More Sales For Some N.H. Businesses

Empty roads in Nashua on Monday
Sheryl Rich-Kern for NHPR

Scroll down for weather information, links to closings and our regional map. We've also embedded some of your tweets below and will be adding photos from around the state to the gallery above.

Have a photo you'd like us to share? Email it our way. Just make sure to include your name and town.

5:02 p.m. 

A winter storm warning remains in effect until midnight. New Hampshire can expect total snow accumulation of 10 to 15 inches for southern sections, 6 to 10 inches for the Merrimack Valley and central New Hampshire, with lesser amounts in the North Country. 

Tomorrow, we'll see morning clouds, with partly sunny skies later in the day. It will be clear and cold on Wednesday, with more snow possible for Thursday.

4:45 p.m. - Some Businesses Seeing Snow-Related Uptick 

by Sheryl Rich-Kern

This week’s steady pounding of snow prevents some consumers from patronizing shops and restaurants. But for those running an outdoor equipment shop, business can’t get any better. 

Whether or not the current snowfall tops any records, many in the Nashua region can’t remember a barrage like this one. The slow but steady storm that began Sunday is dumping another foot of snow.

At Nashua Outdoor Power Equipment, business has been very brisk. Fred Hayden has been selling and repairing snowblowers since 1991.

"We’re a little overwhelmed. We haven’t see snow like this – ever - in the history of our business.  We’ve done as much volume in ten days as we do in one-third of the year. We’ve been here Sundays. We’ve been out here until eleven at night doing road calls."

Hayden says the light, fluffy snow freezes up carburetors, recoils, and starters on tractors. He recommends using high-octane gasoline that’s less than ninety days old — and adding a fuel stabilizer. 

11:42 a.m.

9:11 a.m.

Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says it’s been a grueling last two weeks, and this latest prolonged storm is testing the endurance of crews working to clear the roads.

“We’ve got some crews that have not been home since late Saturday night around midnight,” he said. “They’re taking breaks along the way, but there really haven’t been too many lulls that have allowed them to take extensive periods off. So the work continues and will throughout most of the day.”

Even though there are close to 700 trucks out, Boynton says drivers should expect snow-covered roads through most of the day.

8:50 a.m.

National Weather Service radar from Portland, Maine shows the stalled front, which is expected to cause prolonged snowfall across New Hampshire well into Monday night.

7:28 a.m.

Officials in Nashua are urging people and business owners to clear snow off their roofs, after a roof partially collapsed at a vacant commercial building Sunday night.

The city’s emergency management director Justin Kates says no one was hurt in the incident.

“But it really does show some of the concerns we’re looking at over the next couple of days as these constantly increasing snow packs on roofs continue to build up,” he said. “If people don’t take care of that by sending crews up or using a roof rake, we could be seeing some catastrophic consequences with roofs collapse.”

This comes just after heavy snow caused the roof an apartment building in the city to partially collapse last week, displacing two dozen residents.

Kates says the city has cleared snow off of several public buildings.

He says the city continues to work to clear snow that has fallen over several major winter storms over the past few weeks.

  6:56 a.m., Monday

A prolonged winter storm is bearing down on the Granite State.

Rob Carolan with Hometown Forecast says the storm that began Saturday night is expected to continue through tonight.

“Most of the state has picked up, at least south of the Lakes Region, around 1-3 inches of snow," he said. "We’ll probably pick up 2-4 inches today into tonight.”

A winter storm warning remains in effect for almost the entire state except for northern Coos county through midnight tonight.

Carolan says total accumulation for the southern part of the state will be tween 8 to 14 inches.

Only a few inches are expected north of the Lakes Regions into the White Mountains.

Speed limits on the state’s major highways have been lowered 45 miles per hour. 

Sunday night

A stalled front will continue to produce sustained snowfall across New Hampshire through Monday night. According to the National Weather service, waves of low pressure will allow for period of snow across the region.

While the snow at any given time will not be particularly intense, it will add up over the course of the storm, with some areas seeing well over a foot. The heaviest snowfall is expected across southern parts of the state. 

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5:07 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

After Months Of Falling, New Hampshire Gas Prices Are On The Rise

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Gas prices are on the rise in New Hampshire, going up 9 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $2.12.

Gasbuddy.com, which surveyed 875 gas stations in New Hampshire, says that's 5 cents less than the national average, which went up 1267 cents last week to $2.17 a gallon.

Gas prices in New Hampshire are nearly $1.19 per gallon lower than they were a year ago, and 14.5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

The national average increased 1.7 cents per gallon in the last month and stands nearly $1.11 a gallon less compared to a year ago.

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6:00 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Photography Exhibit Features People, Planes Of New Hampshire Aviation

One of the photos from “A Focus on New Hampshire Aviation: A Photography Project”
Daniel Peters

A photography exhibit focusing on aviation in New Hampshire recently opened at the state library in Concord.

It will be on display through Feb. 25.

Rita Hunt works in the Bureau of Aeronautics for the state Department of Transportation, and joined Morning Edition to talk about aviation in the state and the exhibit.

People don’t often think of New Hampshire as a state with a rich aviation industry, but there’s a lot going on here.

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10:58 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Safety Officials Urge Drivers To Use Caution After 19 Cruisers Struck

A scene from a crash in January.
Credit Credit New Hampshire State Police

 

Nearly 20 New Hampshire police cruisers have been struck by other vehicles since Thanksgiving, prompting law enforcement, fire and emergency officials to warn drivers to slow down, move over and be more careful.

Col. Robert Quinn with the state police says the 19 crashes are three times the average for the winter season.

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Lakes Region
9:21 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Ice Fishing Derby Set To Lure Thousands To Lakes Region

Ice fishing in Meredith Bay at sunset
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Every sportsman knows that the best way to catch prey is to use the right bait.

So when the Meredith Rotary Club wanted to raise funds with an ice fishing charity competition years ago, the members chose the best bait they could imagine: money.

“We really believed that was the key to having so much interest in our event,” recalled John Sherman, a current Rotarian who helped start the Great Meredith Rotary Fishing Derby back in 1979. “We offered what was, back then, a lot of prize money.”

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5:20 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

After Nashua Roof Collapse, Officials Advise Residents To Rake Roofs

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Residents in 30 apartments had to evacuate a large complex in Nashua Tuesday night when part of a roof collapsed from heavy snow. No injuries were reported, but city officials are urging resident and building owners to monitor the snow loads on their roofs to prevent further incidents.

The storms from the last two weeks dropped close to four feet of snow in the Nashua region. And that creates safety risks for drivers, walkers and homeowners.

Heavy snow caused a roof collapse in a Nashua apartment building.

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Foodstuffs
4:54 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Foodstuffs: Here's Where To Find Poutine In New Hampshire

Fries, cheese curds and gravy. Poutine.
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Over the next few weeks Foodstuffs is going to look at the range of foods we have here in the Granite State - and it may be a wider range of foods than many of us think.

Among winter comfort foods, Susan Laughlin of New Hampshire Magazine has one choice for the ultimate: poutine. She compiled a guide to poutine in New Hampshire and she joined All Things Considered to talk about it.

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3:53 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Bill To Outlaw Synthetic Drugs Is Met With Broad Support In Senate

Attorney General Joe Foster testifying in favor of SB 106.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  A bill that would outlaw synthetic drugs like spice and bath salts received strong support as it was introduced to the Senate Commerce Committee.

The bill is cosponsored by more than half the state senate. Lead author, Democratic Senator Molly Kelly, told colleagues she wants to make it harder to buy the drugs without criminalizing the substances overnight.

“We know, and people do know, in our state, that heroin is dangerous. They know that many other drugs are dangerous. But the confusion is: people do not know that synthetic drugs are dangerous.”

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7:24 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Claremont Receives Transportation Grant For Sidewalks And Trails

Downtown Claremont
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The city of Claremont has been chosen to receive a grant of nearly $478,000 from the New Hampshire Transportation Department to improve sidewalks and upgrade a rail trail for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Eagle Times reports final approval for the grant would come from the Executive Council. The city would be responsible for nearly $120,000 in matching funds.

The Transportation Department expects the project to begin this summer.

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7:19 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Former UNH Hockey Coach Admits Assault

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A former University of New Hampshire women's hockey coach has admitted he assaulted a player during a 2013 home game.

Strafford County Attorney Tom Velardi said Wednesday that Brian McCloskey made the admissions in writing Tuesday as part of a diversion program that requires him to take anger management classes and perform 100 hours of community service.

He admitted pulling a player's jersey, prompting her to land on her back on the bench. After causing her to fall and hit her head on the bench, he held her face mask with his hand.

She was not seriously injured.

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6:19 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Last Living Shakers Authorize N.H. Craftsman To Produce Iconic Chair

Michael Graham and Brother Arnold after barn chores.
Sean Hurley

For the first time in their history, the Shakers at Sabbathday Lake in Maine have authorized production of an authentic Alfred Shaker Chair.  While the Shakers will oversee the process, the actual chair will be made by Adam Nudd-Homeyer of Sandwich [Adam's story can be heard here].  

The village at Sabbathday Lake itself is not surprising.  An 18th century New England colony of red barns and white meeting houses clustered around a four story homestead where the last 3 living Shakers in the world reside.

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9:30 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Report Highlights Economic Impact Of Commuter Rail In N.H.

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State officials released the final numbers from a two-year study that looks at the economic impacts of extending commuter rail from Lowell, Massachusetts up through Nashua, Manchester and Concord.

The final report highlights the rail line’s projected economic impact to the area – more jobs, more real estate development and a rise in property values. It also reaffirms the findings from an earlier draft that a line from Lowell to Manchester offers the best value. 

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8:46 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Romney To Deliver Commencement Address At Saint Anselm College

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After bowing out of a third run for president, Mitt Romney is now set to deliver the commencement address at a New Hampshire college this spring.

Saint Anselm College says the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee will also receive an honorary degree at the ceremony in May.

Romney had been hinting at another run for president, but made clear last week he decided not to join the long list of high-profile Republicans said to be considering running in 2016.

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6:48 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Winchester To Host First Open House On Proposed Kinder Morgan Pipeline Project

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Natural gas pipeline developer Kinder Morgan will hold the first in a series of public forums tonight on its proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline.

There's already a great deal of organized opposition to the project in New Hampshire, after the proposed route was shifted into the state late last year.

It encountered similar resistance in Massachusetts.

The pipeline would bring natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania.

Developers say it would help alleviate winter price spikes in natural gas and electricity prices in New England.

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6:32 am
Wed February 4, 2015

A Chair Made Only In Sandwich

Adam Nudd-Homeyer is the latest steward of Tappan Chairs.
Sean Hurley

Though Tappan Chairs have been made in Sandwich and only in Sandwich since 1819 the  historic brand of Shaker style chair was nearly lost to time.  

39 year old Adam Nudd-Homeyer is the only man in the world who makes Tappan Chairs.

"We still use machinery from the 1800s. So it's not only the same machine that's been making chairs, you know it's the same pattern running on the same machine doing it exactly the same way."

Abraham Tappan made his first chair in 1819, so the story goes. His son Daniel powered his lathes on the currents of the Cold River.

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6:00 am
Wed February 4, 2015

N.H. Nursing Home Advocates Push Back On Proposed $7M Cut

New Hampshire Statehouse
Credit NHPR Staff

    

New Hampshire’s nursing home advocates are pushing back against a proposed $7 million cut in Medicaid reimbursement rates.

The cut is part of a plan recently unveiled by state officials to close a $58 million shortfall in the current Department Health and Human Services budget, which ends in June.

John Poirier is president and CEO of the New Hampshire Health Care Association, which represents more than 90 nursing homes and assisted living centers across the state.

He joins Morning Edition to talk about his concerns with the plan.

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7:28 am
Tue February 3, 2015

After $2M In Blizzard Cleanup, State's Winter Storm Budget Wearing Thin

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Following a string a major winter storms, the state’s budget for snow cleanup and removal is running ahead of where it normally would be this time of year.

Department of Transportation Spokesman Bill Boynton says the total cost of last week’s blizzard came in at $2 million.

“Well certainly, it’s been a challenging last week or so with three major events,” Boynton said Monday. “We’ve spent $26 million going into today out of a $45 million budget, but we’ll keep going out there for as long as it takes.”

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6:52 am
Tue February 3, 2015

House To Consider Bill Challenging N.H.'s 'Ballot Selfie' Law

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The New Hampshire Legislature is revisiting the issue of ballot selfies.

The House Election Law Committee is hearing a bill Tuesday that would repeal a measure passed last year that bans taking a digital photograph of a marked ballot and sharing it via social media or other means.

Representative J.R. Hoell is the bill’s prime sponsor, and says it’s a First Amendment issue.

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6:51 am
Tue February 3, 2015

New Hampshire To Release Final Commuter Rail Report

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New Hampshire's Department of Transportation is set to release its final report on the effects of extending commuter rail from Massachusetts into the southern part of the state.

The New Hampshire Capitol Corridor Rail and Transit study has been ongoing for nearly two years. A preliminary report in November showed that expanding the rail from Lowell, Massachusetts, to Nashua would cost $120 million in capital costs and attract about 174,000 riders a year. That option would create an estimated 1,200 jobs.

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