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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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NH News
3:57 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

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

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

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.
Credit New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station / University of New Hampshire

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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NH News
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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NH News
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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NH News
4:50 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Second Reward Offered For Information In Case Of Loon Shootings

Credit Steve Wall

Initial coverage by Sam Evans-Brown here.

 A second reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in two recent loon shootings in New Hampshire.

The reward is being offered through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. An initial reward of $5,000 was offered by The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.

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NH News
6:21 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Trauma Statistics Inform New Women's Prison Design

Jodi Holmes (left) and Kara Bouchard converse at a table in the "mall" area at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.

While you’re binging on new episodes of Orange is The New Black this week, here in New Hampshire, architects are working with the Department of Corrections to design a real $38 million state prison for women. 

And unlike most women’s prisons around the country, this 224-bed prison is being designed for the particular needs of women inmates. 

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Politics
4:21 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Scott Brown Files Candidacy And Resigns From Florida Company

Credit Josh Rogers

As he filed for office, Scott Brown said he was focused on the issues that matter.

“And what matters right now is making sure that people are getting  a good value for their dollars and they are not paying an exorbitant amount of many for their health care, and their medical care, obviously, and their energy prices.”

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NH News
12:46 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Senate Democratic Leader Larsen To Retire

Sylvia Larsen
Credit New Hampshire State Senate

A surprise announcement in the Senate today, as Democratic leader and former Senate president Sylvia Larsen told colleagues she will retire from the body.

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NH News
12:35 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

House, Senate Sign Off On Medicaid Enhancement Tax Deal

Sen. Bob Odell (R-Lempster) speaking in support of a bill to change the Medicaid enhancement tax. The measure passed on a voice vote.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

House and Senate lawmakers have signed off on a Medicaid Enhancement Tax deal.

Lawmakers voted 278-72 in favor of the deal that settles a lawsuit with 25 New Hampshire hospitals.

The Senate later passed it on a voice vote, and it now heads to Governor Maggie Hassan’s desk.

Hassan and legislative leaders announced the settlement last week, with St. Joseph Hospital of Nashua the lone holdout.

Republican Representative David Hess of Hooksett says he may not be completely happy with the result, but the deal is better than nothing.

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NH News
9:16 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Rockingham County Attorney Faces New Allegation

Credit Rockingham County Attorney's office

 

A New Hampshire county attorney who was suspended for five months as the attorney general's office investigated him on misconduct allegations is facing a new accusation.

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NH News
8:11 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Amid Criticism, Hassan Defends Overseas Trade Mission

Gov. Maggie Hassan's office said canceling a planned trade mission to Turkey would cost taxpayers $10,000 and the private businesses that will accompany the governor would lose thousands more.

In a written response to a public-records request by the conservative nonprofit Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, Hassan's chief of staff Pamela Walsh said "non-refundable travel arrangements" had already been paid for when the governor announced a freeze on hiring and out-of-state travel.

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NH News
8:30 am
Mon June 2, 2014

House, Senate To Consider Medicaid Enhancement Tax Deal

Credit NHPR Staff

Lawmakers in the House and Senate this week will consider a deal between the state and hospitals on the Medicaid Enhancement Tax.

The deal, largely brokered by Governor Maggie Hassan, pulls 25 of the state’s 26 hospitals out of a lawsuit.

Two Superior Court judges had ruled the tax in its current form unconstitutional, and a ruling is pending before the state Supreme Court.

As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports, the deal isn’t being seeing a positive step by all.

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NH News
6:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

N.H. Legislature To Vote On Returning Massachusetts Settlement Money To Towns

14 communities along the Merrimack River could see some back tax payments from Massachusetts returned.
Credit BEV Norton / Flickr Creative Commons

State lawmakers will vote this week on whether to accept a deal that would give 18 towns about $540,000 in back tax payments.  A state House and Senate committee of conference approved a measure addressing back payments from Massachusetts to towns along the Merrimack and Connecticut River watersheds on Friday. 

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NH News
7:06 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Study: Greeley Park Best Place For Nashua's Controversial Playground

Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

A third-party study has determined the east side of Nashua's Greeley Park  would be the best place for a playground that has sparked two years of debate.

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