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10:48 am
Fri June 20, 2014

SNHU, N.H. Institute Of Art Discuss Merger

 Southern New Hampshire University and the New Hampshire Institute of Art are considering a merger.

A memo from SNHU President Paul LeBlanc to the university's faculty and staff says a merger would "instantly expand" SNHU's offerings in the arts and give it a greater presence in downtown Manchester.

For the arts institute, joining SNHU could promote its programs better online and it could benefit from the larger university's marketing and recruitment capabilities. Additionally, NHIA students could access SNHU class offerings and facilities.

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5:44 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Bike Week Looking Bright

Motorcycles from across the country gather at Weirs Beach this week

Bike week has arrived in the Granite State once again, and the forecast for the 91st annual rally is bright. And local vendors anticipate a record New Hampshire Bike Week on more than one front.

At first, local vendors were worried about turnout. Last year rain and lower temperatures overshadowed the week.

But, Laconia Bike Week Association director Jennifer Anderson says New Hampshire businesses need not fear:

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2:32 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

The Mazzaglia Trial Captivates... But Why?

Defendant Seth Mazzaglia.
Credit Jim Cole / AP Photo POOL

 A recent headline in my local paper, the Portsmouth Herald, reads "McDonough Questioned About Sex, Lies, and Duct Tape."  The story is a tragedy – a young woman died. The details are upsetting.  Yet -  I just read the article top to bottom.  Why? I want to know.  

Walking on Market Street in downtown Portsmouth, I come upon Marlene Allen. “Well, because it’s so lurid!” She says. “that’s like a novel, that’s like Hannibal Lector!”

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2:28 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Civil Suit Brought Against Town Of New London, Former Police Chief

David Seastrand
Credit Town of New London

A civil suit has been filed against the town of New London and its former police chief, David Seastrand.

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NH News
5:42 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

State Takes Next Step in Monitoring Prescription Drug Abuse

The Executive Council has picked an Alabama company to begin collecting data that will help physicians and pharmacists identify patients who may be abusing prescription medications.

The five-year contract awarded to Health Information Designs is the next step in the state’s effort to set up a prescription drug monitoring program, or PMP. Such programs are aimed at “doctor shopping,” in which patients visit multiple physicians for prescriptions that are then filled at different pharmacies.

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5:38 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Reams Resigns Two Months After Winning His Job Back

  Two months after successfully fighting to get his job back, Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams has resigned.

Attorney general Joe Foster removed Reams from office in November with allegations of gender discrimination, financial mismanagement, and ethical violations.

But a Superior court judge reinstated Reams in April on a technicality. State and county officials still pursued an appeal to remove Reams.

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9:45 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Manchester Police Chief Finalist For Job In Mass.

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Manchester Police Chief David Mara is one of four finalists to head up the police department in Somerville, Mass.

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NH News
4:33 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

PSNH Energy Rates To Rise, Delivery Rates to Fall

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Customers of the state’s largest electric utility are set to get a tiny reprieve in their bills. Public Service of New Hampshire’s latest rate filing forecasts the average customer will save 31 cents a month, despite rising energy costs.

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12:54 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

UNH Seeks $38M From State's Capital Budget To Expand STEM Programs

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Officials from the University of New Hampshire want $38 million in the state’s next two-year capital budget to help expand the school’s STEM programs.

The university’s presentation Monday morning kicked off two days of hearings on $227 million in capital spending requests from 18 state agencies.

President Mark Huddleston described UNH as the state’s “STEM factory,” as he made his case before Governor Maggie Hassan and members of her capital budget advisory committee.

The issue now, he says, is one of space.

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4:33 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Safety Officials to Develop Flooding Master Plan

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New Hampshire safety officials have announced a new project to beef up flood planning. A new database will look to maximize return on dollars invested in flood mitigation.

The problem is that data on where money has been spent to repair flood damages isn’t kept in one place: some is with the federal flood insurance program, some comes from FEMA disaster declarations, and still more is with local towns.

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5:16 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Shaheen: Air Force Should Pay For Fallout From PFC Contamination at Pease

Senator Jeanne Shaheen is urging the U.S. Air Force to pay damages related to a contaminant found at a well on Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth.

The chemical, known as a PFC, was used in firefighting foam on the Pease Air Force Base before it was closed in 1991 and declared a super fund site. The well was shut down in May, following a water analysis.

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6:30 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Ghost Ship On The Seacoast

Alicia Preston and the ghost ship.
Sean Hurley

A couple who hoped to start a security business for this year’s World Cup has run into financial trouble as they also work to repair a large boat docked on New Hampshire’s Seacoast.  Andresa and Marcelo Nunez’s boat has now become something of a mysterious legend to those who have seen it drifting in Hampton Harbor.  NHPR’s Sean Hurley brings us the story.

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5:23 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

New Hampshire Vets To Receive More Non-VA Care Following Audit

New Hampshire veterans who have been waiting more than three months for an appointment to see a specialist at the Manchester VA Medical Center now have the option of receiving treatment from a non-VA physician.

Staff at the center are in the process of contacting 118 Granite State veterans who are on an “electronic wait list” of former troops who have been unable to see a VA physician in 90 days or less, said Tammy Krueger, director of the Manchester VA Medical Center.

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3:36 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

N.H. Buffer Zones Bill Signed Into Law

Governor Hassan signing SB 319 into law.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

Governor Maggie Hassan signed into law a bill enabling abortion clinics to create a buffer zone that would keep protesters clear of the entrance.

After a prolonged legislative debate in the house, the final language in the bill gives reproductive health clinics the flexibility to make clearly marked buffer zones “up to” 25 feet in radius.

Jennifer Frizzell with Planned Parenthood says the buffer zones will ensure the privacy, dignity and safety of patients while protecting first amendment rights.

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6:12 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

USS California Arrives At Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

USS California
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Crews at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are beginning maintenance work on the USS California, the nuclear-powered submarine that arrived over the weekend.

The vessel looks like a 7,800 ton torpedo, and can navigate shallow as well as deep waters. The submarine is designed to attack other ships and undertake special operations, intelligence, reconnaissance and mine warfare missions.

The US Navy calls the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard its “Center of Excellence” for repairing and maintaining fast attack nuclear submarines like the USS California. 

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