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6:45 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

New England Electricity Prices Spike As Gas Pipelines Lag

The region being eyed for a new pipeline into New England is mostly rural, and residents there are pushing back against the expansion.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Some electricity customers in New Hampshire are in for a shock this winter. Numerous utilities across New England have announced electricity rates that are some of the highest in the history of the continental United States. And it’s a problem that’s expected to get worse before it gets better.

For some consumers, this is more real than for others. Don Sage and his wife make due on a bit less than $30,000 a year in social security payments. So he can ill-afford to pay another $40 a month on his electric bills.

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11:56 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Newmarket GOP Chair Charged With Assault At Polls

A New Hampshire Republican town chairman is charged with assaulting an assistant attorney general who was monitoring the polls in Newmarket.

Foster's Daily Democrat quotes senior assistant attorney general Anne Edwards as saying her colleague was at the polling place Tuesday afternoon investigating a complaint involving Joe Barton, who is chairman of the Newmarket Republican Committee.

Police charged Barton with assaulting a police officer and disturbing the peace.

Edwards said the complaint involved Barton challenging voters on whether they are properly registered.

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NH News
2:57 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Frank Guinta Takes Congressional District 1

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

  First district Republican Frank Guinta came out on top yesterday in his third matchup with incumbent Democrat, Carol Shea-Porter. NHPR’s Emily Corwin reports Guinta edged Shea-Porter by 3 points.

After her defeat Carol Shea-Porter was unexpectedly upbeat, saying “I love election day! And I love  the people that I got to see, I’m proud of the constituent services we did, I’m proud of the work we did in the office in Congress, but I love the campaign side too!” 

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12:01 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Thomas M. Menino, Boston's Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

Mayor Thomas Menino, being interviewed on Greater Boston.

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 12:04 pm

Long-serving former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has died. He was 71.

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4:09 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Mazzaglia To Plead Guilty For Escape Attempt

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The man serving a life sentence without parole for raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student will plead guilty to attempted escape from a county jail.

Seth Mazzaglia received the maximum sentence in August for the Oct. 9, 2012, killing of 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott of Westborough, Massachusetts.

He was scheduled to go on trial Nov. 3 in Strafford County Superior Court for plotting to escape from the county jail while awaiting trial on the rape and murder charges.

Court officials confirm the 32-year-old Mazzaglia will plead guilty Friday.

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NH News
2:44 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Hassan Says State Will Take Action To Enforce 21-Day Ebola Quarantine

Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

With a Maine nurse threatening not to comply with a state-mandated quarantine, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan says officials here are prepared to take action should a similar situation occur.

Related: listen to NHPR's full interview with Dr. Jose Montero on quarantine enforcement here. See CDC Guidance for states here.

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NH News
5:24 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

N.H. To Require Home Quarantine For Travelers Who've Had Contact With Ebola Victims In West Africa

Credit Via CDC.gov

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan’s administration is announcing a  mandatory three-week home quarantine for any travelers to New Hampshire who have had direct contact with Ebola victims from three stricken countries in West Africa. 

Reporter's note: Scroll down to hear my unedited interview with Dr. Jose Montero

Click for CDC Ebola Quarantine Guidance for states

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Newscast
3:51 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

FairPoint Offers Reward For Tips On Vandalized Equipment

FairPoint Communications is asking the public for help to stem recent vandalism against its property, prompting striking workers to deny union members are responsible.

A spokeswoman for FairPoint says the company has investigated eight incidents of vandalism to "key components" of its infrastructure in the nine days since the strike started. The vandalism has been reported to police. The spokeswoman says the company investigated only one such incident in the five prior years.

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11:38 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Moose Season Ends With 91 Successful Permits

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New Hampshire's moose season has come to an end, with at least 91 hunters succeeding in bagging a moose during the nine-day period.

The Fish and Game Department says a total of 127 permits were issued, representing a statewide success rate of 72 percent. That's fewer permits than in recent years, due to a drop in the moose population.

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NH News
4:23 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

N.H. Deputy Epidemiologist Headed To Liberia To Aid In Ebola Fight

New Hampshire’s deputy state epidemiologist is traveling to Liberia to help in the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

Dr. Elizabeth Talbot will train clinical teams in protecting against infection from the virus.

She also works an infectious disease doctor at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Governor Maggie Hassan says the Division of Public Health Services will manage Talbot’s reentry with three weeks of follow up upon returning to the Granite State.

NH News
1:32 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Chichester Man Faces Felony Charge For Alleged Role In Keene Riot

Jacob Clark
Credit Keene Police Department

 

Keene police have made the first arrest as a result of asking the public for photos of the violent disturbances during a family-friendly pumpkin festival last weekend.

Police say 19-year-old Jacob Clark of Chichester threw a beer bottle at a police officer. He was charged Thursday with a felony count of reckless conduct. He was released on $500 bail and is due back in court Nov. 6.

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NH News
9:54 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Shea-Porter Says Naysayers Don't Understand Obamacare

Credit Allegra Boverman / NHPR

  

Democratic congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter says the rollout of the Affordable Care Act was “terrible,” but defends her decision to back the bill. 

In a wide-ranging conversation with NHPR’s Laura Knoy at the UNH School of Law, Shea-Porter bemoaned corporate money in Washington, called for increased minimum wage, and then - got into the nitty gritty about Obamacare. "It's changed peoples' lives," she said.

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4:52 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Keene Police May Seek Subpoenas To ID Riot Culprits On Social Media

Credit Courtesy Kaitlyn Coogan / Keene Sentinel

Keene police say they may pursue subpoenas as they work to identify those responsible for the mayhem that occurred during last weekend’s Pumpkin Festival.

Police say the subpoenas will be used to identify account subscriber information for phone numbers and social media accounts.

Officials say social media played a significant role in the riots that occurred in Keene Saturday and into Sunday morning.

And that’s where they’re now looking for evidence.

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NH News
2:55 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Manchester Police Seek To Reduce Robberies By Training Store Workers

Officer Paul Rondeau speaking to a group of store workers. Another training session will take place at the police station on October 30th at 6 p.m.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  With robberies in Manchester on the rise in recent years, police are now training convenience store workers on how to prevent robberies and what to do when one occurs.

Crime Prevention Officer Paul Rondeau told store clerks today that real life robberies are nothing like the movies. Hey says they’re typically brief and those robbing the stores are often desperate addicts.

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NH News
5:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

N.H. DOT Suspends Installation Of Potentially Faulty Guardrail Component

New Hampshire’s Department of Transportation has suspended the installation of a potentially faulty guardrail end unit, but officials say they’re waiting for more information before removing the 1,300 units already installed.

Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says the state has been installing the Trinity ET-Plus pieces for nearly a decade.

“These are devices that are meant to absorb energy and basically give and have the guard rail attached it to collapse and veer away from it if the end unit is hit.”

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