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4:50 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

U.S.S. Norfolk Arrives At Shipyard For Inactivation

The USS Norfolk, her crew of 16 officers and 122 enlisted personnel arrived at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Friday to undergo the process of inactivation. During its 31 year history, the Norfolk completed 15 deployments and covered 30,000 nautical miles. 

At the Shipyard in Kittery, crews will defuel the nuclear-powered ship. They will drain hydraulic systems and oil tanks, and remove tools, parts and furnishings.

Next, the sub will be towed to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard where it will be dismantled.

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4:15 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

UNH Law To Launch Health Law And Policy Program

Credit University of New Hamshire / Lucy Hodder has stepped down as counsel to the Governor to direct UNH Law School's new Health Law and Policy Program

The UNH School of Law announced its new Health Law and Policy program Friday.

The health law program will bridge the University’s Law School in Concord, and College of Health and Human Services, in Durham.

It aims to align curricula with the state’s growing health sector.

Interim Law School dean, Jordan Budd, says while the school does a good job already placing lawyers, this will help it do better.

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10:18 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Seacoast Bests Manchester In Regional Jobs Forecast

Vital Design, a Portsmouth marketing firm, is spending $250,000 to construct a 5,000 square-foot office space to accommodate their growth.
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  A ten-year employment forecast in New Hampshire shows the Seacoast region gaining jobs faster than any other region in NH.

According to a report published by New Hampshire’s Economic Security Agency earlier this week, jobs in the Portsmouth/Salem region are predicted to grow 14.7 percent over the next 10 years –faster than anywhere else in the state. New Hampshire economist Dennis Delay says that’s a bit of a surprise.

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9:24 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Quick-Hit Snowstorm Snarls Traffic On Everett Turnpike

Several accidents led to the closure of the northbound side of the F.E. Everett Turnpike in Merrimack.

As of 9 a.m., New Hampshire DOT says there are now alternating lane closures to get traffic through.

"We do have the speeds on the interstates downposted to 45 mph," said DOT spokesman Bill Boynton. "As usual, with winter maintenance, there's a lot of variables involved. Three of them are timing, temperature, and intensity and those all hit this morning."

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9:15 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Robberies, Burglaries Down In Manchester In 2014

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The number of robberies and burglaries were down significantly in Manchester last year.

That’s according to a preliminary year-end crime report released by the department this morning.

Robberies were down 21 percent in 2014, compared to the previous, while the city saw burglaries decline by 18 percent.

Cases of arson and sexual assault were down last year.

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8:02 am
Fri January 9, 2015

In Inauguration Speech, Hassan Highlights Rail, Energy Supply As Priorities

Gov. Maggie Hassan speaks during her inauguration Thursday.
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Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan is highlighting the need to expand commuter rail into New Hampshire, increase natural gas supply and increase the state's minimum wage in her inaugural address.

Hassan is entering her second two-year term as governor and faces a Republican-controlled Legislature.

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7:01 am
Fri January 9, 2015

N.H. Reacts To Possibility Of Boston 2024 Summer Olympics

With Boston a step closer to hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics, there’s hope the event could have a spillover effect on the New Hampshire economy.

New Hampshire’s tourism director Victoria Cimino tells WMUR her office will be watching whether Boston ultimately is chosen as host.

She says having the Olympics in New England would be an exciting opportunity for the region.

The U.S. Olympic Committee last night chose Boston’s bid as its entry in the global competition.

Boston beat out Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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7:36 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

State House Open House Features Made In New Hampshire Goods

Governor Hassan talking to a New Hampshire resident.
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  Following the inauguration ceremonies earlier in the day, the State House was opened to the public last night for children’s activities, music and more. Governor Hassan was on hand to meet with residents and take pictures.

In the State House cafeteria, local businesses showcased their products like apples with edible prints on the skin, toffee and wine stoppers.

While, checking out the trade show, Hassan stops to speak with Mason Parker, a coffee roaster and wholesaler based in Greenfield.

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4:51 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Foodstuffs: Who Makes The Best Latte Art?

This is a tulip design.
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The A&E Custom Coffee Roastery in Amherst is hosting a latte art throwdown. We decided to learn more about how latte art is made and judged.

Sam Delay really knows his coffee.

“This espresso that we’re using is our bonbon espresso blend.”

Delay is a trainer and wholesale account manager at A&E. And, as a barista, he puts a lot of pride in his art, describing the exact weight of the coffee grounds, the time it takes to pour, the volume of a double-shot and so on.

“Mugs that are very good for pouring art have a very curved bottom.”

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6:48 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Report: Seacoast Will Lead N.H. In Job Growth Over Next Decade

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The Seacoast area is expected to see the greatest job growth in New Hampshire over the next decade.

That’s according to a report issued Wednesday by the state employment office.

The report projects 10-percent job growth statewide, with 14.7 percent growth in the Seacoast region, while only 4.8 percent in the North Country.

The report cites the dispersed population and geographic isolation of the North Country as major reasons for its slow projected growth.

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5:27 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

State Says Telemarketing Settlements Show 'Widespread' Issues

The state has made another settlement over alleged violations of the state’s telemarketing laws.

The $90,000 agreement announced with Minnesota-based Ameriprise Financial Services is smaller than that of several other recent settlements, but it’s the seventh such deal in recent months, and state officials say that suggests these problems are widespread in the financial services industry.

The state says Ameriprise, like other companies, had not appropriately monitored its agents, who called people on the do not call list.

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1:31 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Manchester Opening Warming Shelter

Manchester will open an emergency warming shelter Wednesday night.

The shelter is in response to frigid temperatures and will be at the former police station on Chestnut Street.

It will be open through Friday, with hours of 6 pm through 7:30 am.

Manchester and Rochester schools also have announced a two-hour delay Thursday morning.

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7:21 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Tobacco Sales To Youth Up In N.H.

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New Hampshire heath officials say the percentage of retailers selling cigarettes to children increased slightly last year.

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3:54 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

U.S. Marshalls Warn Concord Residents About Phone Scam

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The U.S. Marshals Service says residents in the Concord, New Hampshire, area have been getting calls in a scam about having to pay hundreds of dollars for failing to appear for federal jury duty.

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3:49 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

N.H. Officials Urge Residents To Take Precautions In Frigid Temperatures

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With wind chill temperatures forecast for 30 degrees below zero and lower for Wednesday night into Thursday, New Hampshire emergency management authorities are urging people to stay indoors as much as possible and dress in layers when they go outside.

Homeland Security Directory Perry Plumber encourages people to have emergency supplies in their car in case they get stuck.

People also should watch for signs of frostbite, such as the loss of feeling or white or pale appearance in fingers, ear lobes and the tip of the nose.

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4:25 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

2014 Manchester Drug Arrests Up 85 Percent

Manchester police made more drug arrests in 2014 than in the previous year.

Manchester police recorded 155 drug-related arrests for the year. That’s up from 83 the previous year, an increase of about 85%. Major dragnets like those in March and November netted close to 60 alleged low level dealers.

Brian Leveille, the head of Manchester’s Special Investigations Unit, says the amount of heroin and oxycodone seized more than doubled from 2013.

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3:53 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Kibby Waives Arraignments, Pleads Not Guilty

Nathaniel Kibby after his arrest
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The man accused of kidnapping, imprisoning and raping a northern New Hampshire girl over nine months has waived two preliminary hearings.

Nathaniel Kibby, a 34-year-old from Gorham, was charged in December with more than 200 counts and was due to be arraigned Thursday in Coos County and Friday in Carroll County. His public defender, Jesse Friedman, has waived the arraignments and entered not guilty pleas on Kibby's behalf.

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3:10 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Franconia Ski Racer Killed By Avalanche In Austria

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  A member of the US Alpine Ski Team from New Hampshire has been killed in an avalanche in Austria.

Ronnie Berlack of Franconia was one of two skiers who perished in the accident. Twenty-year-old Berlack was one of seven skiers named to the US ski team’s development squad last spring. He had finished in the top twenty in two events in last year’s US championships in Squaw Valley.

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7:51 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Ceremony Marks Construction Start At Sarah Long Bridge

The Sarah Mildred Long Bridge
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A ceremony is scheduled to mark the start of construction at an aging bridge that connects New Hampshire and Maine.

The 70-year-old Sarah Mildred Long Bridge connects Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine. It is rated structurally deficient.

On Monday at 10 a.m., dignitaries from both states are gathering at the Kittery Community Center at Frisbee Common to mark the official start of the project. Members of the public will have a chance to sign a commemorative construction trestle that will be installed on the project later in the week.

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7:48 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Lebanon Airport Receives Federal Money For Improvements

The Lebanon Municipal Airport has received $1 million in federal funding for improvements after surpassing a goal of 10,000 departing passengers for 2014.

The airline Cape Air has worked with the airport to achieve that goal.

Airport Manager Ric Dyment says Cape Air's successful White Plains to Midtown service is one example, as well as its 74 domestic nonstop connections and 42 international connections through Boston.

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5:00 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Pipeline Eminent Domain At Center Of Statehouse Bill Proposals

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The power of natural gas pipeline developers to take private property using eminent domain will come under the scrutiny of state lawmakers this legislative session.

Federal law dictates that any interstate gas pipeline which has won approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) is granted the power to take land it needs for the project, so long as it pays fair market price.

Jim Belanger, a Republican from Hollis, has sponsored two bills at the request of a constituent in his town. "They weren't my idea," he says.

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5:38 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Fairpoint, Unions Will Head Back To Negotiating Table

FairPoint Communication and unions representing more than 1,700 striking workers are headed back to the bargaining table.  

Top leaders from both negotiating teams are to gather in Washington, D.C., at the request of Allison Beck, acting director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.  The unions said the meeting is Sunday.  

The last session convened by a federal mediator in Boston on Nov. 18 ended with no progress.  

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4:55 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Fired Rockingham Whistleblower Joins Exeter Defense Firm

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  Former Rockingham County prosecutor Jerome Blanchard begins work Monday as a criminal defense attorney with Russman Law in Exeter.

Blanchard was a primary whistleblower in the state’s investigation into former Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams. Blanchard was later fired by Patricia Conway, a longtime prosecutor in Reams’ office who was elected County Attorney in November.

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10:53 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Weather Causes Pileup On I-93 Near Ashland

Interstate 93 has reopened following this morning's massive car pileups near Ashland.

Authorities had asked drivers to use the detour at Exit 22 northbound to avoid the area near exits 24 and 25, where state police say about 35 cars were involved in this morning’s accidents. At least one of the vehicles caught fire.  

State emergency management officials say there were no serious injuries.

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6:00 am
Fri January 2, 2015

N.H. Preps For Hand-Held Cell Phone Ban Public Awareness Campaign

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A campaign is set to launch soon aimed at raising awareness of a new law taking effect later this year banning the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.

Come July, drivers in the Granite State will have to use a hands-free device if they want to talk on their cell phones.

Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says a group has been working on ways to make sure drivers aren’t caught off guard by the change.

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1:27 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Record Year For Red-Bellied Woodpeckers During Christmas Bird Count

Counts of red-bellied Woodpeckers were unusually high this year.
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It was a record year for red-bellied woodpeckers in New Hampshire. That's the word from New Hampshire's birders as the international Christmas Bird Count tradition comes to a close.

Overall, bird enthusiasts from 21 regions across the state are reporting both high individual bird counts, and high species counts.  

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11:31 am
Thu January 1, 2015

AG Confirms Identities Of Couple In Murder-Suicide

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover
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  Autopsies completed Wednesday confirmed the identities and cause of death of the couple found dead at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Tuesday morning. 

The Attorney General's office believes Mark Lavoie, 50, shot and killed his wife, Katherine Lavoie, 49, then commit suicide with a single gunshot wound to his head.

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6:00 am
Thu January 1, 2015

N.H.'s 'Paycheck Fairness Act' Takes Effect Jan. 1

Supporters of the "Paycheck Fairness Act" rally in Concord last year.
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A new law meant to ensure women and men are paid equally takes effect Jan. 1.

The so-called Paycheck Fairness Act includes a provision that makes it illegal for employers to forbid workers from talking about their salaries.

Retiring state Senator Sylvia Larsen was a key sponsor of the bill and says the law also extends from one to three years the time workers have to file wage discrimination complaints.

“To be underpaid for years on end with no resolution was unfair. I think the Paycheck Fairness Act certainly corrects that problem.”

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6:05 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Portsmouth Celebrates 28th Annual First Night

  Granite Staters greeted the New Year with festivities across the state, including First Night celebrations. 

In Portsmouth, Jeff Day estimates he’s spent the last 20 New Years Eves running his chainsaw through blocks of ice right here in Portsmouth’s Market Square. This year, he’s working with thirteen 300-pound cubes. 

"We're gonna make an iceburg, we're gonna have some penguins on there, some sliding, some sitting there," he says.

Day, who owns a diner in Rumney, won second place at the World Ice Art Championships in 2006.

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11:51 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Hudson Concrete Manufacturer Faces $230K In OSHA Fines

A Hudson concrete manufacturer faces $230,000 in fines for alleged safety violations involving its workers.

Acting on a worker complaint, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says an inspection at Concrete Systems Inc. yielded more than two dozen safety violations.

Those included workers in danger of being crushed, falling, or suffering from hearing loss.

The office says two of the violations were willful, meaning the company intentionally disregarded the law.

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