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6:49 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Former Gov. John Lynch To Be Honored At Award Ceremony

Gov. John Lynch

 

    

A ceremony is honoring former New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch.

Lynch is scheduled to receive the Robert Frost Contemporary American Award on Tuesday night. Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino is the keynote speaker at the event.

The event at the Manchester Radisson Hotel was originally scheduled for Jan. 27, but was rescheduled due to last week's snowstorm.

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6:00 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Manchester Police Chief: We Need A More Racially Diverse Department

Manchester Police Chief David Mara
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Manchester is the state’s largest city, and it’s also the most racially diverse.

In the wake of tensions between police and citizens in several large cities, the Manchester Police Department recently held a public forum to talk about policing in a diverse community.

David Mara is chief of the Manchester Police Department.

He joins Morning Edition to talk about the issue.

When you first talked about the idea behind the forum, you said you didn’t want to have a Ferguson in 10 years. What did you mean by that?

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NH News
4:49 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

New Hampshire Teacher Wins Grammy Music Educator Award

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A high school music teacher in Windham, New Hampshire, has received the 2015 Grammy Music Educator award.

Related: Click here to listen to Rick Ganley's conversation with Cassedy, recorded in December after he was chosen as one of ten finalists.

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7:29 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Northeast Utilities, Subsidiaries Now Eversource Energy

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Public Service of New Hampshire is no more as Northeast Utilities adopts its new name as part of a rebranding effort.

The utility, based in Hartford and Boston, and all its subsidiaries will be known beginning Monday, Feb. 2 as Eversource Energy.

The company said it launched an initiative in 2013 focusing on integrating its electric and gas companies and improving customer service. It included options for the utility's brand as it worked to integrate companies in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

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6:52 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Storm To Drop 7-14 Inches In Southern N.H., 4-8 Inches In North Country

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A winter storm is expected to blanket all of New Hampshire with several inches of snow today.

Rob Carolan with Hometown Forecast says the hardest snow will hit right during the Monday morning commute.

“The afternoon commute may be a little better,” he said. “By that time, the snow should have lightened up considerably.”

He said. the state’s southern half will likely see seven to fourteen inches of snow.

“There may be a few areas that do better than that in the Merrimack Valley towards the Seacoast,” he said.

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6:30 am
Mon February 2, 2015

No Arrests As Thousands Of UNH Students Celebrate Patriots' Super Bowl Victory

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No arrests were made Sunday night after thousands of University of New Hampshire students filled downtown Durham to celebrate the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory.

Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig said students were well-behaved.

The celebration broke up after about an hour.

Selig says the town, local police, and UNH officials had been planning their response to the game over the last two weeks, hoping to keep things under control.

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9:18 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Rockingham County Wrestles With Drug Court Funding

Rockingham County Courthouse
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Drug courts are supposed to save taxpayers money: one year of intense treatment and supervision costs about a third as much as a year behind bars.

But it still requires money, up front.

Now, after squeezing four years out of a federal startup grant, Rockingham County is wrestling over how to fund the program.

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NH News
7:09 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

State Prepares For Impending Storm

Gov. Maggie Hassan issued the following the statement Sunday evening:

"As we continue our response to last week’s winter storm and another one approaches, state emergency management officials are working with utilities and local communities to make preparations and take every precaution to support local communities. The Emergency Operations Center will open tomorrow morning at eight a.m., and closely monitor the storm and provide updates as needed. I encourage all Granite Staters to plan ahead for the morning commute, to follow all traffic and safety alerts, and to drive safely.”

NH News
4:52 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Downtown Durham Prepares For Post-Game Rowdiness

Durham town administrators and University police are preparing for 5,000 UNH students to flood Durham’s downtown after the Patriots play the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Town Administrator Todd Selig says in years past, inebriated college students have wreaked havoc downtown – especially when local sports teams play in high profile games. 

Most students are responsible, says Selig.

Nevertheless, Durham police have sent letters to local businesses, “encouraging them to bring inside tables, chairs, trash receptacles,” says Selig.

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NH News
2:58 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

N.H. Snowmobilers Can Explore Trails In VT, ME This Weekend

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Snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are taking part in a three-day weekend with riders registered in any one of those states able to explore the trails of the other two states for free.

Starting Friday, any snowmobile registered in any of the participating states is allowed on trails in all three states. All other host state regulations apply, including speed limits, youth laws and Vermont's mandatory liability insurance law.

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3:41 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Hunters Concerned About Some Tech, But Approve Banning Drones And Smart Rifles

About fifty people attended the hearing, including some students from UNH.
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  New Hampshire Fish and Game held a public hearing today on rules to keep hunters from using new, potentially unfair technologies.

The rules would prohibit the use of surveillance drones, so-called smart rifles and live-action game cameras—which send images to hunters’ smart phones—to aid in hunting.

Most who turned out opposed drones and smart rifles.

But several people like Jack Baltz of Freedom thought banning the use of live-action game cameras might be going too far.

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7:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Dartmouth College President Set To Announce Safety, Inclusion Plans

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The president of Dartmouth College is announcing his plan to address sexual assault, high-risk drinking and a lack of inclusivity on the Ivy League campus.

Philip Hanlon, who has led Dartmouth since mid-2013, created a "Moving Dartmouth Forward" steering committee last April to study the problems he said were compromising the school's core mission. The committee recently submitted its report to Hanlon, who will deliver his response to students, faculty and staff Thursday morning.

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6:45 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Executive Council Approves $13M State Contract With FairPoint

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FairPoint Communications has agreed to hold public meetings around New Hampshire to discuss its service levels as part of a $13 million contract to provide Internet and telecommunications services for the state.

The Executive Council approved the contract Wednesday after putting it off last month due to service concerns. About 1,700 FairPoint workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have been on strike since October over stalled contract negotiations, and the state has received increased complaints about services during the strike.

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5:05 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

DHHS Receives 14 Applications For Medical Marijuana Dispensary Approval

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The state Department of Health and Human Services stopped accepting applications for medical marijuana dispensary licenses this afternoon.

As of Wednesday morning, the state had received 14 applications. Though DHHS officials are tightlipped about who applied and for what locations, contract director Eric Borrin says that all four areas of the state are represented.

“A majority of the folks that submitted letters of intent did respond with full applications.”

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NH News
4:27 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Snowstorm Wasn't A Disaster, But There's Plenty To Clean Up In Nashua

The Solwick Brothers clean up snow outside a Nashua home
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A staggering two feet of snow landed in southern New Hampshire yesterday. And while it didn’t create any disasters, many in the Nashua area are digging their way out. 

As Tuesday’s storm bogged the Nashua region with heaping banks of fluffy snow, many hunkered in their homes. That made it easier for city crews to work through the day and night, clearing the roads for Wednesday.

While most businesses reopened, public schools remained closed, and many residents are still clearing the snow from their cars and driveways.

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9:02 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Live Blog: Snow Removal Continues Wednesday In N.H.'s Hardest Hit Communities

Skiing on the street in Hollis.
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Power outage maps and info: PSNH (Eversource Energy) | Unitil | National Grid/Liberty | NH Electric Co-op

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8:13 a.m. Wednesday: Nashua, Durham Work to Get Back to Normal

  Cleanup is underway across New Hampshire today, after yesterday’s blizzard.

We check in with two communities hit hardest by the storm: Nashua and Durham.

Let’s start with Nashua, which saw 33 inches of snow.

Justin Kates is the city’s director of emergency management.

How are things looking this morning?

I think we’ve made significant improvements. We’ve had crews out all night. We had crews out all day yesterday. These plow drivers have really been working nonstop to clear those roads as much as possible. We’re seeing some really good improvements today.

Do you feel confident that roads are clear enough that people can get out and about this morning?

I do. I think the big concern for folks is they’re going to want to give themselves some extra time this morning to ensure their driveways are clear. Those roads are still a little icy, so it’s still important for people to drive safe if they have to go out this morning.

What about parking on city streets?

At 10 a.m. this morning, parking will be allowed on city streets as well as those municipal surface lots.

What about other concerns besides roadways? Have there been any other lingering issues from the storm?

Thankfully with this storm, we didn’t have any power outages, which certainly brings a concern to the emergency management office. We didn’t have to open up any shelters and for the most part, it was just a significant snow event that really impacted our public works department. Thankfully, there weren’t really any other concerns other than keeping those streets clear.

Speaking of your public works department, how about the budget? We’ve got many more storms on the horizon and it’s only the end of January.

One of the things I think we do pretty well in the city is to plan for these kinds of events. There’s a snow budget already in place here in the city as well as a trust fund in the event that we have one of those significant winters like we’ve had in the past. I think we’re ready to go if we see continue to see more snow like this throughout the winter.

Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig also joined Morning Edition.

What are you seeing in Durham today?

We had quite a storm yesterday. We took measurements yesterday evening and parts of Durham had up to 28 inches of snow.

How’s it looking for snow removal?

It’s been hard sledding, to be honest with you. A storm like this requires that our snow fighters in the public works department sometimes go for as long as 24 hours with only short breaks for meals and naps. At this time, we have more or less had to send all of our staff home to rest because they had been going more than a day without stopping.

We have all of our main roads cleared. We have most of the sidewalks in the downtown cleared. But all of the sidewalks extending into our ancillary neighborhoods, around the downtown into some of the more distant parts of the community will have to wait for about another day so we can muster the resources to clear those out.

Looking ahead, there are some other storms on the horizon. How’s the town budget?

The town budget is good. We begin our fiscal year Jan. 1, so we’ve really just begun with a new fiscal year. I have to say we were running on fumes until Dec. 31, but we’re recharged now with a new fiscal year. That’s good news, but storms like this are costly. In salt alone, Durham went through about $10,000 in this storm. And the total cost of cleanup is going to be somewhere between $25,000 and $35,000. I’m betting around $35,000, toward the high end.

When do you feel like you’ll be back to normal in Durham?

It’s hard because clearing the roads is just the first step. In the downtown in particular, we have very large snow piles and we need to bring in special loaders and dump trucks in order to cart all of that snow away. To make matters worse, we have more snow coming in this weekend, with more than a foot or more expected next Monday.

  6:16 a.m. Wednesday: Cleaning up the Mess

New Hampshire is digging out from a strong winter storm that dumped more than two feet of snow in some places.

Gov. Maggie Hassan said government will reopen Wednesday after shutting down when the storm blew through on Tuesday. Some schools will remain closed for a second day and strong winds into Tuesday night meant snow drifts were likely to pop up on some roads.

Snowfall totals ranged from a few inches north of the White Mountains to more than 3 feet along the coast. Wind speeds of 30 to 35 mph and gusts up to 50 mph blew drifts that reached rooflines in some places.

Wednesday is expected to be cold and dry but more snow could reach the state starting Thursday night.

5:10 p.m. Tuesday: Overview of the Storm

A major winter storm blanketed New Hampshire Tuesday, but ample warning, a declared state of emergency and what Gov. Maggie Hassan called good old Granite State common sense kept problems to a minimum. Here's an overview of the storm so far, via The Associated Press:

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6:30 am
Wed January 28, 2015

State Government Reopens Wednesday; Executive Council Meeting Moved To Noon

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State government is set to reopen Wednesday, after shutting down Tuesday due to a blizzard that hit the Granite State.

An Executive Council meeting scheduled for this morning has been moved to noon.

In the House, committees are set to holding hearings on a number of bills, including one that would allow 17-year-olds who would be eligible to vote in a general election to cast a ballot in that election’s primary.

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6:19 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Annual 24-hour Homeless Count Taking Place In New Hampshire

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The Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services in New Hampshire's Health Department is holding a count to identify the number of homeless people within a 24-hour period.

The count on Wednesday is a combined effort between three local groups that work with the homeless in Nashua, Manchester and elsewhere and coordinate with the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness.

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7:00 am
Tue January 27, 2015

New Hampshire To Receive $6.6M In Grants For Homeless

New Hampshire is getting more than $6.6 million in grants to support 68 homeless housing and service programs in the state.

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development grants cover street outreach, client assessment, and direct housing assistance.

The funding also will allow local providers to continue offering permanent and transitional housing to homeless people, as well as job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care.

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4:32 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Concord Dispensary Hopefuls Withdraw Medical Marijuana Application

Three parole officers who planned to seek a license to run one of four medical marijuana dispensaries in the state have pulled out of the application process.

Rex Bunnell and his partners had hoped to run what New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law calls an ‘Alternative Treatment Center’ in Concord. But a financial backer decided not to invest $1.7 million into the venture.

“So they pulled their money out and when they did that, that only gave us a little less than a week to try to come up with a substantial amount of money.”

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7:48 am
Mon January 26, 2015

State May Ban High Tech Hunting Gear

A live action game camera captures a moose
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While several states have already outlawed the use of drones in hunting, New Hampshire may go further and ban so-called "smart rifles" and live-action game cameras as well.

The state Fish and Game Department is holding a public hearing next Thursday on proposed rules involving hunting with the use of emerging technologies.

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7:42 am
Mon January 26, 2015

UNH Campus Will Be Home To New Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

The New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is getting a new home on the University of New Hampshire campus.

The lab assists the state commissioner of agriculture and the state veterinarian in their efforts to monitor and control important animal diseases. It also provides diagnostic services to hundreds of veterinarians from New Hampshire and New England who use the lab's services for the diagnosis of animal diseases in pets, farm animals, wildlife, zoo and marine animals.

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7:32 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Driver Charged In Fatal Hampton Bike Crash To Plead Guilty

The aftermath of the bike crash in Hampton
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The unlicensed New Hampshire driver charged with plowing into a group of bicyclists last year, killing two Massachusetts women, is set to plead guilty.

Darriean Hess is scheduled to plead guilty Monday to two counts each of manslaughter and second-degree assault.

Police say the 20-year-old Seabrook woman was ticketed for speeding Sept. 21, 2013. Eight hours later, she was speeding on the same road and under the influence of drugs when she ran into the cyclists in Hampton.

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3:39 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Concord Park Is Center Stage For Pond Hockey Championship

Players watch their team compete at the Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament in Concord Saturday
Credit Concord resident and White's Park neighbor Jonathan Smith

Nearly 100 teams competed this weekend in an annual tournament that celebrates New Hampshire's hockey heritage.

The 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship is named for the year the nation's first organized hockey game was played on a frozen pond at St. Paul's School in Concord.

The tournament, which was created in 2011, is held on the pond at White Park. Teams compete 4-on-4 with no goalies and no nets — the goals are boxes with slots cut into them.

This year's championship started Friday, ended Sunday and includes 92 teams in six divisions.

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2:26 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Heavy, Thick Snow Hits Southern New Hampshire

Snow falls in downtown Nashua, N.H.
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It's the first big storm of the new year and crews have been out all day across the southern part of the state.

Saturday's thick snow has been a boon for ski resorts and snow plowers.

But for retailers, particularly independent shop owners, the forecast was grim news.

Cheryl Plunkett owns an upscale clothing boutique on Main Street in downtown Nashua.

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7:20 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Forecast: Merrimack Valley, Seacoast Could See Up To 7 Inches Of Snow

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A winter storm is headed our way for the weekend.

Rob Carolan with Hometown Forecast says snow will start falling Saturday morning, between 6 and 8.

“This is mainly going to be a storm for the southern half of the state. It looks like south of the White Mountains is where the worst of it is going to be, particularly the Merrimack Valley and the Seacoast,” he said.

He says that region could see as much as seven inches.

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7:10 am
Fri January 23, 2015

State Seeks One Trial For Man Charged With Teen's Kidnap, Rape

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Prosecutors want one trial for the man accused of kidnapping, imprisoning and raping a northern New Hampshire girl over nine months.

Nathaniel Kibby was charged in December with more than 200 counts in Coos County and five counts in Carroll County.

Prosecutors say the 34-year-old Kibby kidnapped the 14-year-old on her way home from school in Conway on Oct. 9, 2013. They say he kept her in his Gorham home and in a storage unit until July 2014 when she returned home. He was arrested a week later.

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6:14 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker To Speak At NH GOP Event In March

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
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Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is headed to New Hampshire for the first time in March.

His campaign confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that Walker will be giving the keynote speech March 14 at an event organized by the New Hampshire Republican Party.

Walker says in a statement issued by the New Hampshire state party that he looks forward to sharing what he called a "common sense conservative message with grassroots activists."

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7:31 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Anti-Pipeline Group Raising Concerns About Project In Merrimack, Greenville

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Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline expansion in Southern New Hampshire are set to go before the town council in Merrimack Thursday night.

Debra Huffman is a Merrimack resident, and says the group's goal is to raise awareness of the potential impact of the project on the town.

"Many, many residents in Merrimack don't even know this pipeline is coming and they don't even understand what this pipeline is," she said. "It's very different from a distribution line that they might be used to. This is a transmission line, which is a very different sort of installation."

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7:11 am
Thu January 22, 2015

N.H. Prison Officials Cancel Visits, Classes, Citing Flu Outbreak

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New Hampshire corrections officials are cancelling visits, classes and at least one parole board hearing at the state prison in Concord to prevent further flu contagion.

Officials took those measures Wednesday after inmates in three housing units exhibited flu symptoms. The cancellations remain in effect at least through noon on Jan. 26. At that time prison officials will determine whether the cancellations need to be extended.

Parole board hearings scheduled for Jan. 22 have been cancelled.

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