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5:53 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

A Runner, And A Race Volunteer Tell Their Boston Marathon Story

There are so many stories from yesterday's events in Boston--stories of loss and horror, of runners and spectators and first responders and friends.

Here is how Lisa and Ross Ramey saw the events: she as a finish line volunteer, her husband running in his first Boston Marathon, just half a mile from the finish when tragedy struck.

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4:20 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

House Committee Hears 'Dealer's Bill Of Rights'

Auto dealers and lobbyists gather to give testimony before the House Commerce Committee.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

A bill that pits dealers against manufacturers drew a crowd to its House hearing today.

  Car and heavy equipment dealers say state franchise laws need an update to protect them from what they call “excessive” manufacturer demands.   

Manufacturers say this would amount to state government micromanaging their private business contracts.

Nashua Chamber of Commerce president Chris Williams – who supports the bill -- told House Commerce Committee that ordinarily, this is an area where government ought to tread lightly. 

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3:10 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Jaffrey Fireworks Festival Cancelled Indefinitely

Jaffrey Festival of Fireworks
Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce

The Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce announced that it will no longer host fireworks festivals due to safety concerns in the wake of last year’s bomb threat.

The Jaffrey Festival of Fireworks was one of the largest fireworks events in New England for the past 22 years. Co-Chair Cyndy Burgess says the Jaffrey police performed a security assessment and filed a report to the chamber.


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10:25 am
Tue April 16, 2013

New Hampshire Stories Emerge From Marathon Tragedy

Credit wallyg / Flickr Creative Commons

Three hundred seventy-seven New Hampshire residents were competing in Boston today when two explosions erupted in the crowds near the finish line of the race. An untold number more were in Boston as spectators or volunteers.

Ronald and Karen Brassard of Epsom and their daughter were injured in the blast, but are going to be fine, according to a relative.

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NH News
5:31 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Ovide Lamontagne Takes Major Anti-Abortion Job In D.C.

New Hampshire Public Radio

Former gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne has taken a job in Washington D.C. And this may take him out of the running for future political races.


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2:59 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Gov. Hassan Still Pushing Using $80M From Casino In Budget

Governor Maggie Hassan continues her push for $80 million in licensing fees from a casino to fund what she says are critical priorities for the state.

The House version of the budget is stripped of the $80 million in initial revenue from a single casino that Governor Maggie Hassan had built into her proposal.

On The Exchange Monday, Hassan reiterated her position that licensing fees from one high-end, highly regulated casino would help fund programs like higher education, school building aid, and uncompensated care for hospitals.

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9:01 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Live Blog: Gov. Hassan's First 100 Days

Governor Maggie Hassan on The Exchange Tuesday, April 15.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

9:56: On repealing stand your ground, “I continue to be very concerned that we make New Hampshire as safe a state as we can.” Supports a repeal of the law, says it allows people to open fire in public places when other options available to them. “That just isn’t safe.”

9:54: On Medicaid expansion, Hassan says hospitals have come forward and said if you want us to participate, we need to have some of that money to fund our uncompensated care costs, because we are so strained. 

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4:00 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

Henri Renaud: The Only Granite Stater To Ever Win The Boston Marathon

Henri Renaud wins the 1909 Boston Marathon

There was hardly a single person who thought that Henri Charles Renaud would win the 13th running of the Boston Marathon in 1909.  He was just 19 years old, a son of French Canadian immigrants who worked in the Nashua mills. And is his great grandson, Brett Misenor says he had only started running seven months earlier.

His father urged him to run only about 2 weeks before the race. Henri had begun running the September before and won the first race he ever ran and he entered the Boston Marathon and ended up out running some of the world’s best Olympic runners.

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6:22 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Bedford Police Name Suspect In November Home Invasion

Charles Normil in 2010.
Credit Courtesy of Rye Police Dept.

  Bedford Police say they have a warrant for a Massachusetts man allegedly involved in the burglary and subsequent assaults of Eduardo Quesada and his wife Sofia on November 24th.


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4:59 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Family Of Brittany Tibbetts Doesn't Want Her To Be Forgotten

Donna Tibbetts keeps her daughter Brittany's urn on the mantle.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

People in Greenland are remembering their former police Chief Michael Maloney. He died a year ago, when authorities say 29-year-old Cullen Mutrie shot Maloney through a basement window during a drug raid.

Mutrie then shot 26-year-old Brittney Tibbetts, who was also wanted for dealing drugs.

He then shot himself.

A year later, the family of Brittany Tibbetts says they don’t want what happened to their daughter that night to define her.

Diesel, a brown mini pincher, is one of the last connections that Donna Tibbetts has to her daughter, Brittany.

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7:30 am
Fri April 12, 2013

One Year After Police Chief's Death, Memorial Fund Continues Service Legacy

After Chief Michael Maloney died, there was a massive outpouring of support for Greenland. Now, a memorial fund is trying to keep that community spirit, and Maloney's memory, alive.
Credit NHPR

One year ago today, Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney was killed in the line of duty as he tried to execute a search warrant.  Not long after his death, friends and family established a memorial fund to serve the Seacoast in his name. 

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7:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

New Boston: 250 Years in the Making

Welcome to New Boston
Archive photo

New Boston is a town that sounds like it could or should be in Massachusetts, and at one time, it actually was. In the 1730s Boston proprietors were granted a charter to the town, but never did much with it, mostly because of the presence of Native Americans in the area. By 1741, when new borders were drawn up New Boston became part of New Hampshire, with a brand new set of residents says historian Stu Wallace:

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5:39 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Officers Continue With Civil Suit Against Greenland Shooter's Mother

A year after the shooting in Greenland, four drug task force officers wounded in a raid continue to seek damages from Beverly Mutrie, the mother of the gunman.

Identifying themselves as John Does one through four, the officers wounded in the Greenland drug raid filed a civil suit against Beverly Mutrie last summer.

She is the mother of Cullen Mutrie, the man police say killed Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney and wounded the officers.

Police say he then shot his girlfriend, killing her, and then shot and killed himself.

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4:57 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

One Year Later, Greenland Plans To Honor Its Hero, Move Forward

Greenland Town Administrator Karen Anderson holds ribbons that people will wear Friday to honor Chief Michael Maloney.
Michael Brindley NHPR

As the town of Greenland marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Chief Michael Maloney, residents say the painful memories of that night are still fresh in their minds. But they also agree it’s important to remember the sacrifice the chief made to the community.

In the town of Greenland, life goes on.

On a recent morning, Town Administrator Karen Anderson is getting briefed about a small fire at the transfer station.

It’s the kind of minor issue Anderson deals with on a normal day.

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4:31 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Key Law Enforcement Critics Don't Ask Senate to Kill House-Backed Medical Marijuana Bill

Credit Josh Rogers, NHPR

Go to any medical marijuana hearing and you will hear people suffering from severe illness or injury extolling the therapeutic benefits of marijuana. But in NH you have never heard things like this. Elizabeth Woodcock is with the NH Department of Justice:

The NH attorney general’s office is willing to work with the committee and with the medical community to see if we can resolve the concerns that we have about the bill, and that’s the only thing I came to say.

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