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3:50 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

N.H. Senate Opens Budget Hearings

House finance committee chair Mary Jane Wallner opened her testimony on the house’s $11b spending plan by holding it aloft, and then setting it gently on the table.

"We brought you a present, all tied up in a big gold bow. So there it is, house bill 1 and 2 as passed by the house."

The senate accepted the House budget politely, but Senators  also signaled they will be taking a different approach.  Casino Gambling, which the Senate and Governor Hassan support, is likely to be at the center of the Senate spending plan.

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3:36 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

250 Years In The Making: Towns We're Visiting

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Over the next year, producer Keith Shields will be visiting thirteen New Hampshire towns that are either turning or celebrating 250 years, looking to dig up the interesting, near-forgotten, and quirky stories that make each town unique. The series will kick off later this week with New Boston, with Plymouth coming up next month. Our map will let you know where else Keith will be going!

(Note: Numbers in legend do not indicate the order they will come up in the series.)

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NH News
10:31 am
Mon April 8, 2013

N.H. Museum Exhibits Rare Monet Painting

A Currier Museum docent leads a group of fifth-grade students from Green Acres Elementary School.
Credit Ali Kuzmickas

A new exhibit at the Currier Museum of Art in New Hampshire features a rare impressionist painting.

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NH News
3:22 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Immigration Rally Held In Nashua

Immigration Rally in Nashua
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Labor Unions and activist groups held a rally for immigration reform in front of Nashua City Hall Saturday.


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NH News
4:46 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Nashua Airport Tower To Remain Open Until June

Nashua Airport Tower
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The FAA announced Friday it will postpone one hundred forty nine contract control tower closures until June.


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NH News
1:06 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

New London Police Chief Resigns, Lawsuit Still Possible

Former New London Police Chief David Seastrand
Credit Town of New London

The female victim of a New Hampshire police chief’s alleged sexual misconduct is not ruling out a civil suit against the town or officer.

New London Police Chief David Seastrand resigned Thursday. Authorities say on March 6th , he told a Colby-Sawyer College student he would drop an underage drinking charge if she agreed to pose nude for photographs.  

The Attorney General’s office investigated the incident, but agreed to not press charges against Seastrand in exchange for his immediate resignation.

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NH News
4:24 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Cabs Return To Service In Manchester

Several of the taxis taken off the road earlier this week in Manchester are returning to service.

Five of the 18 taxis grounded earlier this week have returned to service in the Queen City after undergoing repairs and inspections.

Problems with the vehicles ranged from broken tie rods and cracked windshields to rear brake failure and severe body rot.

Initially, cab company owners were unable to find a state inspector to recommission the vehicles, but city police helped locate an independent garage in Manchester for the work.

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NH News
11:53 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Free State Project Wants To Reach 20K Goal Sooner Than Later

A man sets up the Free State Project booth at the 2013 Liberty Forum in Nashua in February.
Credit Michael Brindley / NHPR

Ten years after the Granite State was chosen as the home of the Free State Project, organizers want to speed up the process of getting people to move here.

The Free State Project launched in 2003, with a mission of getting 20,000 pro-liberty people to move to New Hampshire.

The project’s president Carla Gericke says nearly fourteen thousand have committed to moving here, but only roughly eleven hundred have actually done so.

Appearing on NHPR’s The Exchange, she said she wants to get that process moving.

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NH News
6:08 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

N.H. House Passes $11B Budget

Credit Emily Corwin, NHPR

The 194-172 vote was near party line, and came after both sides compared this year’s spending plan to the current state budget, crafted by republicans.  Democrat Cindy Rosenwald of Nashua is vice chairman of the house finance committee.

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5:32 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Sarah Long Bridge Repair Could Take A Month, Total Cost Unknown

Credit Muffet / Flickr Creative Commons

  State Department of Transportation officials say at least two steel trusses on the Sarah Long Bridge will need to be replaced, after a tanker struck the bridge on Monday.

While estimates of the total cost of repair remain unknown, it’s clear the damage from the accident earlier this week was substantial.

Department of Transportation Spokesman Bill Boynton says the bridge connecting Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine took a "big hit."

The tanker Harbour Feature broke free from its mooring and drifted into the bridge Monday afternoon.

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NH News
4:01 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Ann McLane Kuster Tours Nashua Control Tower

Mayor Lozeau (left) and Ann Kuster (right) in the Nashua Airport
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Nashua Airport tower will shut down this Sunday because of recent federal budget cuts. New Hampshire Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster visited the tower Wednesday afternoon to speak out against the sequestration cuts.


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NH News
11:12 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Video - N.H. Roads: How We Got Here

As lawmakers consider raising the state's gas tax, you may be wondering: are New Hampshire's roads getting worse? Why are they getting harder to pay for? And, does it really matter if we have a few more potholes?

NHPR's newsroom answers those questions in this animation:

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5:28 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Manchester Taxis Grounded Pending Repairs

State Police officers from Troop G conducting an inspection of a Manchester Taxi
Courtesy of Manchester Police Dept.

The Manchester City Clerk’s office suspended the licenses of all 18 of its city taxis Tuesday following a day of inspections.

All Manchester taxis have been taken off the road after collectively failing their annual inspections, according to the Manchester Police Department.


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NH News
5:23 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Sarah Long Bridge Closed Indefinitely After Sustaining 'Significant Damage' From Tanker Strike

The Sarah Long Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine sustained significant damage from a ship accident.  On Monday afternoon, a tanker ship drifted into the bridge. 

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and State Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement spent Tuesday morning surveying the damage.  The tanker Harbour Feature is now docked at the state pier, where the Governor updated her survey of the bridge damage assessment.

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NH News
5:30 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Liquid Cremation Process May Soon Be Legal In N.H. Again

Bio cremator in Maine Coast Crematory.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

A new form of cremation that proponents claim is more environmentally friendly may soon be legal in New Hampshire. It goes by many names including Resomation, Aquamation, bio cremation, and non-flame cremation. The scientific term is alkaline hydrolysis and it’s a process that uses a lye-like solution and hot water to liquefy human remains. But the jury is still out on whether the local funeral industry will adopt it.


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