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4:10 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Shaheen Says U.S. Tourism Ads Are Working For N.H.

Senator Shaheen and Brand USA's Mike Fullerton take questions from tourism industry leaders at The Common Man in Portsmouth.
Credit Emily Corwin

This holiday weekend, 186,000 visitors are expected in the state, and New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen says a federal public/private partnership could help those numbers grow even bigger.  She stopped by Portsmouth Tuesday morning to talk with the state’s tourism industry leaders.  

  Back in 2009, Congress passed the Travel Promotion Act, which created Brand USA, a tourism promotion corporation that is funded equally with private dollars and federal matching grants. Senator Shaheen says Brand USA is going to bat for New Hampshire.

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3:44 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

State Police To Heighten Enforcement During July 4 Weekend

N.H. State Police Col. Robert Quinn, center, with counterparts from Maine and Massachusetts, left to right.
Credit Roger Wood

Public safety officials in Northern New England are urging caution on the highways and waterways during the holiday weekend.

State Police and Marine Safety officials converged on Dover Point to emphasize their commitment to safe driving and boating, starting with the July 4th holiday.

New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert Quinn says that enforcement will be increased in three states.

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2:24 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Northern I-93 Speed Limits To Go To 70, After Gov. Hassan Signs Bill Into Law

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Governor Maggie Hassan has signed into law a bill that raises the speed limit on the rural section of Interstate 93, effective Jan. 1.

The speed limit goes from 65 to 70 miles per hour beyond mile marker 45, north past Canterbury and to the Vermont border.

The speed limit will not change on the stretch of highway that runs through Franconia Notch.

Hassan says caution must be used when considering an increase to the speed limit, but said the overwhelming bipartisan support from the House and Senate helped form her decision.

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10:43 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Commission Taking Shape

A nine-member commission charged with exploring whether to expand Medicaid in New Hampshire is beginning to take shape.

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4:48 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Bus Route Connects Concord To Airport

Beginning Monday airline passengers can now catch a bus from Concord to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport for $4 each way. 

The buses will run between Concord and the airport twelve times each day beginning at 3:55 a.m. and going through 12:45 a.m.  The five-day-a-week shuttle is part of a one-year trial that’s a joint effort between The Department of Transportation, the Manchester Airport and lawmakers.  It’s an effort to boost travel through the airport and to cut parking costs.

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8:04 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Missing Charlestown Woman Feared Seriously Hurt Or Dead

Kelly Robarge, 42, of Charlestown, has been missing since Thursday. She is feared to be seriously hurt or possibly dead.
Credit New Hampshire Attorney General's Office

Authorities are continuing their search for a missing Charlestown woman.

Kelly Robarge was last seen on Thursday.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell said Monday morning that authorities have been searching all weekend for Robarge, but have found no trace of the 42-year-old woman.

She was reported missing late last week.

Attempts by family members to contact her have been unsuccessful.

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7:33 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Gun Control Tour Brings Arizona's Giffords To N.H. This Week

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords will be in the Granite State this week to make the case for stronger gun control laws.

Giffords is scheduled to be in New Hampshire Friday, with her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. Their trip is part of a seven-state tour focused on pushing for stronger background checks for gun sales.

The tour is organized by the group Americans For Responsible Solutions, which released a poll last week showing that 84 percent New Hampshire residents support stronger background checks.

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7:57 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Police Searching For Missing Charlestown Woman

Police are searching for a missing Charlestown woman whose disappearance is described as suspicious.

The attorney general's office says the investigation has revealed that 42-year-old Kelly Robarge likely suffered physical harm or death.

Robarge was reported missing Thursday afternoon.

Authorities said Friday that family members have been unable to contact her. She was last seen on Thursday morning.

Police are asking for the public's help in finding her.

Anyone with information is asked to call New Hampshire State Police at 603-271-3636.

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5:24 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Brentwood Native's First Tour De France

A New Hampshire native will be among the pro cyclists setting out on the Tour de France this weekend.   

Thirty year old Brentwood resident Teddy King arrived late to cycling – compared to other pros, at least.  He was already in college at Middlebury, when he took up the sport. But now, his mom Margie King says, he’s hit the big time:

Oh my gosh, yes, Teddy has raced at least two major tours in Europe, two Giro D’Italias, which are the same length, same distance, but they just don’t have the same cache that the Tour de France has.

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4:40 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Lawsuit Accuses N.H. Oil Company Owner Of Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against the Fred Fuller Oil Company, accusing its owner of sexually harassing two female employees.

This is not the first time the company’s owner has faced such accusations.

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2:32 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Gov. Hassan Signs $10.7B Two-Year State Budget Into Law

Gov. Maggie Hassan signs the 2014-15 budget into law.
Credit Office of Gov. Maggie Hassan

As expected, Governor Maggie Hassan signed the state's next two-year budget into law Friday.

The $10.7 billion budget goes into effect Monday and covers Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015.

Hassan said the budget reverses many of the deep cuts from the state's last budget and sets the foundation for the state's economic future.

While the budget does not include the casino revenue Hassan initially wanted, it restores cuts to higher education, funds the construction of a new women's prison, and increases funding for programs for the disabled and mentally ill.

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2:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Seacoast Farm-a-Q Brings Farms To Forks This Sunday

Twelve chefs are converging on the Brandmore Farm in Rollinsford this Sunday for a Farm-a-Q, a local food BBQ open to the public. 

Portsmouth chef and restaurateur, Evan Mallett, organizes the event.  He says all of the food is grown locally.

We try to unite chefs, farmers and consumers around heirloom vegetables, heritage breed animals, and now endangered fisheries, too.

The event raises funds for two organizations: Slow Food Seacoast and Heirloom Harvest. The groups also hold an annual high-end multi-course barn dinner.

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11:25 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Sens. Ayotte, Shaheen Vote For Immigration Reform Bill

New Hampshire’s Senators were among 68 who voted Thursday for a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

In statements released following the vote, Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen both said the legislation is an opportunity to address a critical issue facing the nation.

In her statement, Ayotte said the bill will “finally secure our borders and fix our broken immigration system.”

And Shaheen called it commonsense legislation that will put millions of undocumented immigrants living in the country on a path toward citizenship.

NH News
5:44 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

PSNH Announces New Northern Pass Route

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Public Service of New Hampshire has announced a new route for its Northern Pass project that involves nearly eight miles of underground lines.

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5:32 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

New Northern Pass Route Leaves PSNH With Thousands Of Extra Acres

Gary Long speaks with attendees at Thursday's press conference.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  PSNH’s new route for Northern Pass transmission lines has left the energy company with thousands of acres of land that it no longer needs for the hydroelectric project.   It had bought the properties to align with its original route proposal.  At a press conference held by PSNH on Thursday, company president Gary Long was asked what the company plans to do with all that land.

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