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3:51 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

NH GOP Gets High-Profile Fundraising Help

Senators Rand Raul of Kentucky, Rob Portman of Ohio, Marco Rubio of Florida and John Thune of South Dakota will appear at a Washington, DC fundraiser for N.H. Republicans July 29th.

The event is being organized by N.H. Senator Kelly Ayotte.

Closer to home, 2008 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will headline a Wolfeboro fundraiser for the party August 6th.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, meanwhile, will appear in Dublin August 26th.

All the guests but Romney are being spoken of as possible 2016 presidential candidates.

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NH News
2:21 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

HCA Prevails In Fight Over Portsmouth Hospital

The state’s highest court has settled the dispute over the ownership of Portsmouth regional hospital, thwarting an effort by the foundation for seacoast health to wrest control of the hospital from the Hospital Corporation of America.

At issue was whether the 1999 restructuring of Portsmouth regional hospital gave the foundation for seacoast health the right to purchase the hospital from its parent company , the Hospital corporation of America.

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Queen City Crime
8:36 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Live Blog: Manchester Police Chief David Mara

Chief Mara in the Exchange studio.
Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

9:56: Mara says, “We need more police officers and we need to more of the community involved.” Says we need people to look out for each other. “We need to work together.” The department needs to do a better job, as well.

9:54: Mara says stats are kept on how many crimes are solved. For example, on robberies, we do much better than the national average. “You constantly have to assess what you’re doing.”  

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NH News
6:11 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Officers Promote Water Safety

Following a series of six New Hampshire drowning incidents in the month of July, safety officers gathered in Concord on Tuesday to raise awareness about the dangers of swollen water bodies.  

 Audio FileSafety officials promote water issues after six New Hampshire drowning incidents in the month of July.Edit | Remove

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NH News
4:45 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Electric Grid Operators Call For Conservation, Expect Near Record Demand

Power grid operators expect electricity demand to spike to near-record highs during this week’s heat. New England’s Independent System Operator, or ISO is asking residents to reduce their consumption.

With demand expected to be only a few hundred megawatts shy of New England’s all time record on Thursday, the region’s ISO expects to bump up against max capacity. That means wholesale prices will spike as the grid calls on many coal and oil plants that increasingly spend most of the year off-line.

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NH News
4:02 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Fans Flock To Laconia Jewish Food Festival

Borscht
Michael Samuels

NASCAR may have drawn the biggest crowds in central NH last weekend, but it was far from the only event to attract hardcore fans. The social hall at Laconia's Temple B'nai Israel was packed on Sunday, with people and with food.

“I have matzo ball soup in chicken broth,” says Lynn Goodnough. “We have sweet and sour cabbage soup, and we have borscht, a cold beet soup served with sour cream.”

“We've got pastrami over here, tongue over there, and corned beef over there,” her son, Jordan, adds. “The brisket actually sold out in online pre-orders already.”

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NH News
12:03 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Upper Valley Flooding Causes Millions In Damages

City officials estimate that last week’s flooding caused $6.5 million in infrastructure damages.



Over the past week, the dollar figure for damage has continued to rise.


The most damage is on Slayton Hill Road, which was washed out and is estimated to cost $3.4 million.


The Lebanon Municipal Airport also experienced detention pond failures, road washouts and buckling pavement that will cost $1.4 million.

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Queen City Crime
8:00 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Serious Offenses: Part 1 Crimes In Manchester

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Part 1, also referred to as "index crimes," is a category of eight crimes laid out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as serious crimes likely to be reported. What sets Part 1 crimes apart, in particular, is the way they are tracked: Part 1 crimes are tracked based on how often they are reported, whereas Part 2 crimes - comprising just about all other crimes, such as drug offenses, white collar crime, and nuisance crimes like public drunkenness - are tracked based on arrests made.

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NH News
4:35 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Munyenyezi Gets 10 Years For Lying About Role In Genocide

A Manchester woman accused of deceiving U.S. customs officials about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, which her lawyers say amounts to a death sentence if she's deported.

Rwanda native Beatrice Munyenyezi declined to address the court before US District Judge Steven McAuliffe handed down the maximum sentence. As he did, the judge told the 43-year-old mother of three that she may have led a crime free life since arriving in NH in 1999, but said it was a life lived under false pretenses.

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NH News
2:11 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

With DOMA Struck Down, N.H. Retirement System Prepares To Roll Out Benefits

The effect of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act is now being felt in the Granite State.

The New Hampshire Retirement System is asking public employees and retirees whether they are involved in a same-sex marriage.

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NH News
12:52 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Northern Pass Blankets State With Brochure Touting New Route

The brochure from Northern Pass was sent to every consumer of electricity in New Hampshire.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Northern Pass officials are blanketing the state with a brochure touting a recently-proposed new route for the controversial project that would bury nearly eight miles of power lines.

Public Service of New Hampshire spokesman Martin Murray says the mailers have gone out to every consumer of electricity in New Hampshire.

He would not disclose the cost of sending out the mailers, but added there will also be a series of open houses in the coming weeks in towns near and along the proposed route.

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NH News
12:18 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Arrest Made After Manchester Man Found Shot In Car In December

The state attorney general says an arrest has been made in a connection with the death of a Manchester man who was found shot in his car in December.

Manchester police discovered 25-year-old Daniel Langlois inside his sport utility vehicle on Dec. 27 at the intersection of Jane and Nashua streets, after responding to a report of a hit-and-run accident.

Attorney General Joseph Foster said on Sunday night, police arrested 27-year-old Jesus "Scoobie" Fernandez of Manchester on a charge of reckless second-degree murder.

NH News
10:17 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Creating A Community of Fans At N.H. Motor Speedway

Dennis Joyce of Walpole, Massachusetts camps out for NASCAR races all over the country.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

This past weekend, thousands of people braved clogged roads and crowded parking lots to watch NASCAR racing at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.  But a small group of fans pitched tents in a grassy parking area for the duration. 

Camping on track grounds has been going on for a long time, but this is only the second summer it’s been legal.   Amanda Loder talked to some residents of this temporary village, and produced this audio postcard.

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Queen City Crime
5:30 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Manchester Police Turn To Community To Help Curb Crime

Newly minted police badges for the newest members of the MPD arrayed on a window sill.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

All this summer, NHPR’s newsroom will take a closer look at crime in Manchester and how it affects the city and its residents. We’re calling the series Queen City Crime. Today, we begin with a look at Manchester’s Police Department and how it balances small-city challenges with big-city problems. A renewed focus on community policing is helping the department solve some of its staffing issues.


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NH News
2:11 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

N.H. D.O.T. Prepares For Loudon Race

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway is gearing up for its annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Loudon, and drivers should be prepared to adjust their travel routes on local roads. Sunday's race will bring about 37,000 extra drivers to state highways. N.H. Dept. of Transportation Public Information Officer Bill Boynton says that officials are prepared.

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