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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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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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NH News
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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NH News
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.
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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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NH News
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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5:24 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Pew's Michael Ettlinger Named Founding Director Of Carsey School Of Public Policy

Michael Ettlinger
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  The University of New Hampshire has named a Founding Director for its new Carsey School of Public Policy. 

Michael Ettlinger comes to Durham from Washington D.C., where, he is a senior director of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ fiscal and economic projects. 

Before arriving at Pew, Ettlinger was vice president for economic policy at the left-leaning think tank, Center for American Progress. However, Ettlinger says, he believes academics should be apolitical:  

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5:15 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Massachusetts Man Convicted For Voting In New Hampshire

During the 2008 presidential election and the 2012 presidential election and primary, Lorin Schneider Jr. voted at the Ward 9 polling place in Manchester, NH.

The problem?  He’s lived in Massachusetts for the last twenty years. On Monday, Schneider pleaded guilty to three counts of wrongful voting.

Assistant Attorney General, Stephen LaBonte says in 2012,  state lawmakers changed wrongful voting from a misdemeanor to a felony, which means Schneider was charged differently for the same crime.

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3:57 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

On The Inside: NH's Women Behind Bars [Infographic]

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Increasingly, corrections officials are looking to statistics to inform their decisions around all aspects of prison practices. As NHPR's Emily Corwin recently reported, inmates’ gender and trauma statistics are helping inform the design of the state’s new women's prison in Concord.

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10:28 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Bee Hotel In Durham Open To Pollinators Only

In UNH's new "bee hotel," Rehan's lab has placed dead broken stems between brick for small carpenter bees, and wood blocks with drill holes for trap-nesting bees.
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Bee populations are in decline worldwide. At UNH, researchers are beginning the first major assessment of diversity in New Hampshire’s bee populations.  Part of that effort involves a "bee hotel" at Woodman Farm in Durham. 

UNH Biology professor Sandra Rehan says the hotel, made of bricks and wood, will provides a habitat for bees to nest and forage freely. The idea, she says, "is to create and maintain native bee habitats to improve healthy pollinator communities." 

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5:00 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Shellfishing Banned Off N.H. Coast Due To Red Tide

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Shellfish harvesting is closed in the Atlantic off the New Hampshire coast due to an algal bloom known as a “red tide.” This naturally occurring algae, known as Alexandrium, typically  blooms in late spring and early summer, and can turn water a red color.  However, the algae cause toxins to build up in shellfish that can lead to a life-threatening illness called Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning when consumed. Cooking shellfish does not reduce the risk of getting PSP. Red tides are extensively monitored by New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services.

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5:40 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Durham Police Computers Crippled By Malware

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  A computer virus called Cryptowall crippled the Durham Police Department’s computer system Friday morning.  The virus was a kind of ransomware, which encrypts files, then tries to convince users to pay to decrypt them. Durham Town Manager Todd Selig says a Durham police officer opened what appeared to be a legitimate file attachment to an email on Thursday evening.

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