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6:15 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Jindal Joins Havenstein On Campaign Trail

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is joining Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein for two education related campaign stops.

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NH News
3:41 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Historians' Estates Leave 'Bumper Crop' Of Books For Athenaeum Book Sale

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  The Portsmouth Athenaeum’s annual book sale begins on Friday at the North Church Parish. “There’s a bumper crop this year,” says Tom Hardiman, the Athenaeum’s “keeper,” or Executive Director.

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NH News
12:52 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Electric Co-op Latest Utility To Announce Rate Increase

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  Another utility has announced that electric rates will rise this winter. For customers of the New Hampshire Electric Coop, the state’s second largest utility, winter electricity bills will rise 12.2%

The rate increase takes place on October 1st, and will cost ratepayers using 500 kilowatt hours $12.47 cents more per month. The increase is due to increasing rates on the energy half of the electric bill, which are increasing from 8.97 cents per kilowatt hour, to 11.6 cents.

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NH News
11:35 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Man Charged In Manchester High School Lockdown Heading To Court

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A 21-year-old New Hampshire man charged in connection with a lockdown at his former high school in Manchester is heading to court.

Damian Johnson of Manchester will be arraigned Friday on a felony count of falsifying physical evidence and misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass, violation of probation and disrupting school in session.

Police say Manchester High School West was on lockdown for 90 minutes Thursday, after a student reported seeing Johnson with a gun tucked into his waistband. He was found in a small, occupied classroom and was arrested without incident.

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NH News
7:20 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Consumer Advocate Seeks Relief On Liberty Rate Hike

New Hampshire’s Consumer Advocate has asked regulators to soften the blow of a big rate hike expected for as many as 42,000 New Hampshire electricity customers. The average customer of Liberty Utilities, which provides electricity to towns on the Massachusetts border and in the Upper Valley, says customers, might pay as much as $50 more per month for winter if the increase is granted, a 50 percent increase.

On cold winter days, homes burning natural gas for heating fill up most of the pipelines coming into New England, and what little gas is left over becomes very expensive.

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NH News
5:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

UNH Undergrad Seeks To Produce First Genetically Decaffeinated Tea Plant

Some genetically altered plants growing in growth mediums in a temperature-controlled room in UNH's Rudman Hall.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Genetic engineering of plants has come a long way in recent years. It was first used to make more robust crops, then more nutritious and efficient crops. Now, scientists at the University of New Hampshire are tweaking tea plants to create an un-caffeinated variety.

Camellia sinensis is the plant from which virtually all caffeinated teas derive. UNH neuroscience major Laura Van Beaver has been working to flip one particular gene like a switch, which changes the plant in a significant way.

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Newscast
8:13 am
Tue September 23, 2014

N.H. Attorney General Monitoring Lawsuit Against Fred Fuller Oil

New Hampshire's attorney general is closely monitoring a lawsuit filed by a major supplier of home heating oil against a dealer who supplies about 30,000 customers with fuel to be sure the dealer can fulfill its obligations.

Senior Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti says he will meet next week with lawyers for Hudson-based Fred Fuller Oil, in light of a lawsuit filed by Sprague Energy. The company claims Fuller owes $4.7 million in unpaid bills and is seeking to seize Fuller's delivery trucks and other assets.

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NH News
10:25 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Report: Aging N.H. Population Will Reshape Health Care System

A New Hampshire Center for Public Policy study predicts the state's aging population will reshape its health care system.

The center's annual report, titled "What Is New Hampshire," says that by the year 2020, nearly 20 percent of the state's population will be 65 or older, a dramatic jump from 13.5 percent in 2010.

The report also notes that the economy is changing significantly.

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Newscast
10:04 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Littleton Receives Main Street Revitalization Grant

The New Hampshire town of Littleton is getting $250,000 to support a revitalization project on Main Street.

Littleton is planning to construct a multi-use bridge over the Ammonoosuc River pedestrians, bicycles and off-road vehicles.

The grant is from the Northern Border Regional Commission, which helps economic development in the North Country.

Gov. Maggie Hassan is touring the project after addressing the Littleton Economic Development Summit on Monday.

NH News
5:14 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Litigation Is Only Option For Portsmouth In Stalling Newington Propane Expansion

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  After failing to appeal the Newington Planning Board's decision to approve the propane company Sea-3’s expansion through that city's Zoning Board of Adjustment, a Portsmouth  staff attorney says they will proceed to Superior Court.

In an unusual legal maneuver, the City of Portsmouth filed their appeal in the Superior Court in June.  That appeal was stayed as the city pursued an appeal via Newington's ZBA.

In July, New Hampshire’s congressional delegation requested federal government provide an environmental impacts study. That request was denied on Tuesday.

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Foodstuffs
4:16 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

New Farmer-To-Locavore Business Model At Odds With State Regulations

North Country Marketplace & Salvage in Colebrook.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

A Colebrook woman is trying to make it easier for people to buy locally grown foods while giving farmers an economic boost. Her idea is a variation on the classic roadside farm stand, and it is a model that could be used around the state.

But it’s going to require a change in state law.

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NH News
8:46 am
Thu September 18, 2014

New Hampshire's Oyster Harvest Season Now Open

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New Hampshire may have a tiny seacoast but that doesn't stop people from hauling out oysters.

The state's Fish and Game department says oyster season is open from September through May. It's only open to Granite Staters and the shellfish can only be taken for personal consumption; no sales are allowed.

Oysters can be taken by hand or by using tongs but rakes are illegal.

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NH News
8:31 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Census Data: Fewer People Living In Poverty In N.H.

The U.S. Census Bureau is releasing new data that shows about 17,000 fewer people were living in poverty in New Hampshire in 2013 compared to the year before.

The 1.3 percent decline from about 128,500 people in poverty in 2012 to roughly 111,500 last year is the second sharpest drop in the nation, trailing only Wyoming's 1.7 percent decrease.

In New Hampshire, 8.7 percent of the population lives in poverty, compared with 15.8 percent nationally. The national rate in 2012 was 15.9 percent.

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Newscast
8:24 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Son Involved In Amherst Murder-Suicide Was Law Student

A man whom authorities say fatally shot his mother, then killed himself, was a student at Vermont Law School.

Authorities said 35-year-old Jonathan Trombly of Amherst, New Hampshire, shot his mother, 69-year-old Elizabeth Trombly, multiple times before shooting himself. Their bodies were discovered in a home Tuesday.

The Burlington Free Press reports the Vermont Law School community learned about the case in an email from President Mark Mihaly on Wednesday afternoon.

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Newscast
8:23 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Humane Society Denies Allegations By Former Executive Director

The New Hampshire Humane Society is denying allegations brought up in lawsuit filed by its former executive director, who said she was fired for reporting concerns such as allegations of animal mistreatment.

The Citizen reports its board of directors says it believes all allegations by Mary Di Maria will be found baseless and without merit. The board voted to fire Di Maria on Dec. 11, 2013.

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NH News
10:08 am
Wed September 17, 2014

UNH Math Professor Receives 2014 MacArthur 'Genius' Award After Prime Number Discovery

: University of New Hampshire professor of mathematics Yitang “Tom” Zhang is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow.
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He says he may just give the $625,000 award to his wife.  

Yitang Zhang, a professor of analytic number theory at the University of New Hampshire, is one of 21 artists, scholars and professionals  to receive a prestigious MacArthur "genius" grant this year.  

Zhang rose to celebrity unexpectedly last year after discovering a finite bound on the gaps between prime numbers. The discovery is a major breakthrough on a subject that has bedeviled mathematicians since ancient times.

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Newscast
8:27 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Former Humane Society Director Files Wrongful Termination Suit

The former executive director of the New Hampshire Humane Society has filed a lawsuit against former and current board members, saying she was fired for reporting concerns such as allegations of animal mistreatment.

Mary Di Maria of Moultonborough says she was fired after reporting animals were being euthanized without the needed approval, surgery was being performed on animals that were not fully anesthetized and that a failure to perform timely exams on cats resulted in a number of them requiring respiratory infections.

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NH News
2:47 am
Wed September 17, 2014

N.H. House Upholds Three Hassan Vetoes

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted to sustain three of Governor Maggie Hassan’s vetoes from the last legislative session.

The bills would have cracked down on bullying between state employees, given the legislature the power to decide privacy disputes raised during audits of state agencies, and made it illegal to disclose the name of a lottery winner.

A majority of the house, but not the needed two thirds, voted in favor of the auditing and the lottery winner privacy bill.

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NH News
5:01 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Senate Republicans Applaud Proposed Tuition Freeze, Call Funding Debate Premature

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  Republican State Senate Leadership responded Tuesday to the University System of New Hampshire Trustees’ request to restore University funding to 2009 levels, a $16 million dollar increase between 2015 and 2016, in exchange for another two years tuition freeze.

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Newscast
4:32 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Preliminary Report Released On Hampton Plane Crash

A preliminary report by federal investigators on a small plane that crashed in North Hampton on Labor Day, killing two, showed no evidence of any mechanical failure or malfunction.

The National Transportation Safety Board released its report Tuesday. Eighty-one-year-old pilot David Ingalls and 62-year-old passenger Bruce Anderson, both of Kingston, were killed in the crash, which happened shortly after the plane took off at Hampton Airfield.

NH News
6:38 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

PUC Asked To Clarify Rules On Relationship Between Northern Pass And PSNH

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A group representing power plants all over New England has asked regulators to weigh in whether Northern Pass is receiving inappropriate subsidies from Public Service of New Hampshire.

At issue is what’s the definition of a “competitive affiliate.” These are companies that the utility owns, and which provide similar services. The New England Power Generators Association or NEPGA, a group that represents PSNH competitors and opposes Northern Pass, argues in a filing submitted to regulators at the Public Utilities Commssion on Monday that is what Northern Pass is to PSNH.

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NH News
4:38 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

University Trustees Pitch Tuition Freeze In Exchange For Funding (Again)

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The University System trustees have unanimously agreed to freeze tuition for two more years at the state’s public colleges, so long as lawmakers restore the University system’s budget to 2009 levels. That would mean an increase of $16 million dollars from fiscal year 2015 to fiscal Year 2016.  

Board chair Pamela Diamantis says these two additional years of budget reductions would allow the class of 2017 to graduate without a single tuition increase, "and I think that’s just a great testament to trying to drive affordability."

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NH News
4:09 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Senate Fails To Override Hassan Veto Of Juvenile Justice Bill

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The NH Senate has upheld Gov. Maggie Hassan’s veto of Senate Bill 391, which sought to change the state’s juvenile justice system.

The 12-9 vote fell along party lines and was two votes shy of the 2/3rd margin needed to override.

GOP senators disputed Hassan’s claim this bill would make the juvenile justice system too focused on incarceration.

Sharon Carson of Londonderry, the bill's lead sponsor, reminded colleagues that they had endorsed the bill without controversy earlier this year.

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Newscast
7:36 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Retired Justices O'Connor And Souter To Speak In N.H.

The chambers of the United States Supreme Court

 Two retired U.S. Supreme Court justices will share the same New Hampshire stage this week.

Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor — the first woman appointed to the nation's highest court — will be the keynote speaker at this year's "Constitutionally Speaking" lecture Wednesday night at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.

She will be introduced by retired Justice David Souter, who founded the lecture series to spark discussion about citizens' rights and responsibilities.

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Newscast
7:32 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Nashua Drug Court To Receive Federal Grant

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An unofficial drug court in Nashua is celebrating both its first program graduate and a federal grant that will allow the program to continue.

Drug courts allow nonviolent criminals to avoid jail time and instead get court-ordered treatment, therapy and other help. Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Jacalyn Colburn told the Telegraph that she started an unofficial version last year with funding from the Greater Nashua Mental Health Center, and later applied for a federal grant.

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Newscast
7:30 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Fish And Game Hold Hearings On Fishing Relief Funds

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are holding two hearings on a draft plan to distribute $1.1 million in economic relief funds to the state's groundwater fishing industry.

The hearings will be held Monday and Tuesday night at 6 at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth.

Monday's meeting focuses on the commercial groundfish industry and Tuesday's on the for-hire groundfish industry.

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NH News
10:33 am
Sun September 14, 2014

James Foley's Mother 'Appalled' By U.S. Inaction Over Kidnapping, Launches Foley Fund

Diane Foley
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The mother of slain journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley says the U.S. government threatened prosecution if the family attempted to raise ransom.

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Diane Foley said she was “embarrassed and appalled” by the way the American government dealt with her son’s case.

James Foley, a Rochester native, was killed by the militant group known as the Islamic State, or ISIS. A video of his murder was released in August.

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NH News
4:19 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Authorities Dismantle Major Supply Chain Of Black Market Painkillers In Manchester

Baggies of 30mg Oxycodone Tablets seized by police.
Courtesy of MPD

Manchester Police say they’ve arrested nine alleged drug dealers and seized more than $90,000 worth of Oxycodone tablets.

The drugs seized over the course of 13 searches on August 27th came by way of New York and Lawrence Massachusetts according to authorities. The individuals arrested were affiliated with what they are calling a “high level” Drug Trafficking Organization. Three of the individuals behind bars were operating at the top of the chain.

Sgt. Brian O’Keefe says the multi-agency investigation began nearly a year ago and is still ongoing.

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1:57 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Look North Tonight: Aurora Borealis Stargazing Tips

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The Aurora Borealis may be visible from all or part of New Hampshire tonight. Although Auroras are difficult to predict,  Accuweather.com reports the solar flare’s strength and timing make sightings more likely.  Adam Woodworth is a Seacoast photographer and an expert in landscape astro photography. His long-exposure photograph of the Aurora, above, was taken in Southern Maine last year.

Woodworth is following the Aurora closely today and has these tips for citizen stargazers:

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10:33 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Senator Rand Paul Rallies Millenials At Liberty Event

Sen. Rand Paul addresses Millenials in Manchester
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

 

  Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has plans to endorse Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown this afternoon among college students at UNH. Last night, Paul addressed a similar demographic at an event in Manchester.

Before 150 or so young people brought together by GenOpp – a liberty-minded youth activism nonprofit – Rand Paul hammered away at issues many millenials say they care about: from the President’s power to declare war, to the NSA, to Guantanamo Bay:

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