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4:51 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Foodstuffs: Who Makes The Best Latte Art?

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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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NH News
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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10:00 am
Tue December 30, 2014

A.G.: Murder-Suicide At Dover Hospital Involved Husband And Wife

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An investigation is underway into a murder-suicide involving a husband and wife at a Dover hospital this morning.

According to the attorney general’s office, Dover police responded to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital just after 6 this morning for a report of shots fired.

Officers found the husband and wife both dead in the hospital’s critical care unit.

While the investigation is ongoing, it appears the husband murdered his wife and then took his own life. 

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9:18 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Labor Board Rejects 'Bad Faith' Claims Against FairPoint

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FairPoint Communications says the National Labor Relations Board has dismissed complaints accusing the company of bargaining in bad faith, disappointing news for striking workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said they were appealing. Pete McLaughlin, head of the union negotiating committee, said the unions remain "united and committed in our fight for fairness at FairPoint."

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5:56 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Cold Temps Good News For Nordic Skiers

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  Thanks to snow blowing, most lifts and at least half the trails are open at New Hampshire's major downhill ski resorts. Now, upcoming cold temperatures will mean more cross country trails can open up, too.

Gunstock will begin blowing snow onto its cross country trails on Monday night.  Marketing Director Bill Quigley says getting snow onto these narrow, tree-lined trails requires the assistance of a local farmer. "They actually load the snow into a manure spreader," he says, "and then we drag it around with a snowcat and a tractor to spread it on the trails."

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5:43 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Avis Goodwin, Healthcare 'Visionary,' Dies At 95

A lifelong champion for uninsured women and their children has died.  Avis Goodwin passed away on Saturday in York Harbor, Maine on Saturday at age 95. 

As Director of Social Services at Wentworth Douglass Hospital in 1969, she started the state’s first prenatal care clinic for uninsured women. It is now a nonprofit called the Goodwin Community Health Center in Somersworth.

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3:41 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Lawmakers To Weigh 9-1-1 Fee For Pre-Paid Cell Phones

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In the upcoming legislative session state lawmakers will be asked to add a charge to pre-paid cellphone contracts to help pay for nine-one-one service.

Landlines, Voice Over IP and standard cell phone contracts already carry a 57 cent surcharge that pays for 9-1-1, but pre-paid cellphones, which are increasingly popular, don’t.

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5:12 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Wood Pellets' Swift Rise Tests Supply Chain

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The number of homes in New Hampshire using wood for heat has more than doubled over the last decade, from 3.8 percent in 2005 to 8.6 percent in 2013.

Much of that increase comes from wood pellets. Pellets have advantages over cord-wood – they are less work and burn more cleanly – and are cheaper than fuel oil or propane.

But the fuel’s rapid growth has meant the pellet industry has earned a few black-eyes from the occasional shortage, and manufacturers and retailers are struggling to figure out how to smooth out their supply chain.

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7:09 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

State Officials Issue Warning About Thin Ice On Ponds

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New Hampshire officials are issuing a thin ice warning for area ponds after a Concord city worker rescued a man from a pond in a city park.

On Christmas Eve, Concord Parks and Recreation employee Tom Wright noticed a young man struggling in vain to get out of the icy waters of a pond in White Park.

Officials say the man went out on the icy to rescue his dog, which had fallen through about 30 feet from shore. He managed to get his dog back onto the ice but couldn't pull himself up or break a path through the ice.

Wright ran into the pond and pulled the man to safety.

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1:45 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

PSNH Asks For Time To Negotiate Settlement On Scrubber, Selling Power Plants

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Public Service of New Hampshire wants to seek a settlement on two major proceedings currently before utility regulators.

The first decision facing the Public Utilities Commission is how much ratepayers should have to spend to reimburse the cost of a $422 million scrubber on its coal-fired power plant in Bow. The second is whether it’s in customers’ best interest to allow PSNH to keep its power plants, or if the utility should sell them.

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