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5:54 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Former Congresswoman Giffords' Tour Pushes For Stronger Background Checks

Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly stop in Manchester on Friday to make the case for stronger background checks for gun sales.
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Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly were in New Hampshire Friday to push for stronger background checks for gun sales.

The stop was part of their seven-state Rights and Responsibilities tour.

At a Manchester press conference, Giffords spoke slowly but passionately, as she called on lawmakers to have the courage to pass stronger gun control laws.

“Now is the time to come together. Be responsible. Democrats. Republicans. Everyone.”

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4:13 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Flooded N.H. Roads Slowly Begin To Reopen

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Some roads damaged by floods last week and early this week have reopened, but the clean-up will continue for some time.

The havoc wreaked by flooding was concentrated along the Connecticut River Valley. Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says Rt. 12A, which runs along western edge of the state from White River Junction to Keene, remains closed in Plainfield and Alstead. As does Rt. 120 in Lebanon.

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5:28 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Reenactors In Wool Brave Heat And Humidity At Strawbery Banke American Celebration

The Salem Trayned Band shows off their Pike drill at the Strawbery Banke Museum on July 4
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  The Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth was bustling on Thursday with its annual 4th of July American Celebration. 

Crowds are gathered around a lemonade vendor, dolling out plastic cups covered in condensation. Nearby, the doors of restored historic houses have been flung open, and visitors go inside for shade.

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5:15 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Shaheen Lauds Immigration Reform Bill At Portmsouth Naturalization Ceremony

Navy Color Guard, July 4 naturalization ceremony, Strawbery Banke,Portsmouth
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  One hundred twenty-four people from over 50 nations gathered in Portsmouth on Independence day to become American citizens.

Senior Senator Jeanne Shaheen spoke before the jubilant crowd. After urging the new Americans to contribute to the nation by participating in civic life, she brought up the immigration reform bill the US Senate signed last week:

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5:30 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Pelham Incident Still Fresh In Local Memory As Fireworks Debate Continues

The gory aftermath of watermelon victims.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

It’s the Fourth of July and celebrations across the state are often inseparable from a spectacular fireworks show. And while the New Hampshire Fire Marshall’s office urges residents to attend a professional display, many Granite Staters will be exercising their freedom to launch their own. And the debate surrounding the safety of certain, recently-legalized fireworks devices is far from dead.


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5:56 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Hassan Tours Flooded Towns

Governor Maggie Hassan tours flood damage in Washington, NH with Dept. of Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement and Washington Chief of Police Steven Marshall.
Credit Ella Nilsen / NHPR

After declaring a state of emergency this morning, Governor Maggie Hassan and state officials toured N.H. towns most affected by this week’s flooding, including Lebanon, Washington, and Alstead.

Monday's flooding brought more than $2 million worth of damage to the state, damaging 15 roads in Washington alone. While road crews work to clean up and start rebuilding efforts, Governor Hassan says she is already planning for future storms.

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7:11 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

20 People Evacuated After Flash Flooding In Lebanon

About 20 people have been evacuated following flash flooding that washed out and damaged roads in Lebanon.

Gov. Maggie Hassan says more than 2 inches of rain fell in area between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, following Monday night's flooding from heavy rains.

Tuesday's thunderstorm and flash flooding covered Slayton Hill Road with water and rocks making it impassable.

The fire chief says 20 people were evacuated from a nearby apartment complex following the evacuation of 15 people the night before.

NH News
5:30 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Coalition Of Towns Challenges LGC Refund Plans

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Recently, a coalition of 12 towns has banded together to demand what it calls its "fair share" of health insurance surplus payments from the Local Government Center.

The sticking point is that the LGC recently announced it plans to pay back more than $52 million to communities that paid into their health insurance and property-liability risk pools by offering a premium holiday.  That's basically the equivalent of store credit for buying more insurance.

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4:18 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Shaheen Backs President Obama's Attempts To Extradite Snowden

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shahean says NSA leaker Edward Snowden ought to return to the United States.  At a tourism event Tuesday morning in Portsmouth, she said she backs Obama’s efforts to extradite Snowden so he can be tried in court: I think Edward Snowden has released critical information in a way that has violated the law, he needs to come back to the US, explain his situation, appear before a court of law, and see the outcome of that kind of a trial.  Shaheen says she approves of actions in Washington that prevent him from receiving asylum from other nations. Snowde

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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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