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1:03 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

N.H. House Votes To Repeal 'Stand Your Ground'

On a 189-184 majority, the New Hampshire House has voted to repeal the state’s so-called ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.

The two year old measure allows people to use deadly force anywhere they have a right to be if they feel their lives are in danger.

Previously, people had a duty to retreat to safety if possible before defending themselves with deadly force.

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NH News
4:56 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Keene State College Names New President

Dr. Anne E. Huot
Credit Keene State College

Keene State College has named Anne Huot as its tenth president.

Huot comes to Keene State from the Brockport campus of the State University of New York, where she has been the provost and vice president for academic affairs for the past six years.

She replaces Helen Giles-Gee, who stepped down last year. Jay Kahn is serving as the interim president this year.

Huot will start in July.

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NH News
4:44 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

House Committee Readies Budget Plan

The $11 billion budget the full House will vote on next week is likely to send $32 million less to hospitals for charity care than the Governor proposed.

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NH News
4:42 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

N.E. Patriots' Wilfork Brings Diabetes Awareness To Derry Middle School

Vince Wilfork greets students at the Gilbert H. Hood Middle School in Derry Tuesday.
Michael Brindley/NHPR

At just over 6 feet tall and 325 pounds, Vince Wilfork is an imposing figure.

Putting the New England Patriots star defensive lineman in a gymnasium full of middle school students in Derry on Tuesday only magnified his stature.

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NH News
4:42 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Soldiers Land at Pease Airport

Credit Roger Wood

New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte was on hand for the arrival of 117 American soldiers at Pease International Airport.

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NH News
2:50 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Gov. Hassan Joins Facebook Movement To Support Same-Sex Marriage

Governor Maggie Hassan changed her Facebook profile photo to a red equality sign, part of a movement supporting same-sex marriage on the social media site.
Credit Facebook

Governor Maggie Hassan is making her support for same-sex marriage clear on Facebook.

Like many, she changed her profile photo on Tuesday to a red equality sign, part of an online movement by the Human Rights Campaign.

So did Ann McLane Kuster

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Local Government Center
7:30 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Interim LGC Chief Vows To Get Organization "Back On Track"

Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

After Maura Carroll's sudden departure from the Local Government Center last month, former Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner George Bald took over.  By shifting the LGC toward greater transparency, refocusing on customer service, and repairing the bitter relationship with its regulator, Bald hopes to overhaul the culture of the embattled organization.  And put its years-long legal troubles to rest.

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NH News
3:57 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Shea-Porter Visits Shipyard; Hopes To Reverse Sequestration

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter
Credit Roger Wood

New Hampshire First District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter says she sympathizes with federal government employees who face furloughs.

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NH News
3:20 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Live Blog: UNH President Mark Huddleston

9:56: Huddleston on UNH School of Law, “It’s been a wonderful partnership so far,” two joint degree programs so far, our faculty have been working on research projects.”  

9:51: On money from collegiate athletics, Huddleston says college sports for overwhelming majority of schools is a “huge money loser.” Says only a handful of institutions able to generate revenue from programs. Hockey and football at UNH “make a little money” for the school.

9:50: Huddleston says UNH has had to explore public/private partnerships because of cuts to budget.

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NH News
3:16 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

House Subcommittee Looks To Scale Back Restoring Funding To USNH

A House Finance Subcommittee wants to scale back state funding being restored to the University System of New Hampshire.

Governor Maggie Hassan has proposed restoring $20 million in fiscal year 2014 and another $15 million in fiscal year 2015 to the university system.

But Representative Dan Eaton says his subcommittee made cuts in this area.

“There’s a $6 million reduction each year in UNH from the governor’s recommended funding.”

The university system also covers Plymouth State University, Keene State College and Granite State College.

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NH News
3:12 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

House Subcommittee Seeks To Cut Funding For New Charter Schools

The House Finance Committee will consider Tuesday whether to approve a subcommittee recommendation to cut funding for new charter schools over the next two years.

Governor Maggie Hassan has set aside nearly $2.5 million for new charter schools in her budget proposal.

But Representative Dan Eaton said during a budget presentation Monday that his subcommittee recommends freezing funding in two areas of proposed education funding.

“Basically, there’s a moratorium on charter schools and building aid for the biennium.”

NH News
4:41 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Nashua Airport Tower Will Close

Nashua Airport Tower
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Nashua Airport tower will close April 7th. It’s on a list the Federal Aviation Administration released Friday.


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NH News
10:26 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

If Nashua Airport Tower Closes, Air Traffic Controllers May Be Forced To Make Career Change

Nashua Airport Tower
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Budget cuts from Sequestration will soon be felt by air traffic controllers across the country as the Federal Aviation Administration plans to close more than 230 control towers. Nashua’s airport is on that preliminary list and, if it closes for good, many air traffic controllers may need to find work in different fields.


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NH News
6:17 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

N.H. House Backs Pot Decriminalization

The 214-115 vote marks the 4th time in 5 years that the House has backed marijuana decriminalization. Under the bill, penalty for possessing a quarter ounce or less of marijuana would by a fine of up to $200. If violators were 18 or under they would have to attend drug rehabilitation classes or be fined $1,000. Prior to the vote,  Manchester Democrat Joel Winters told colleagues the policy strikes the right balance.

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NH News
5:37 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

N.H. Bars Could Stay Open Late

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted to allow bars to serve alcohol until 2 in the morning. That extends closing time by one hour.

Representative Emily Sandblade, a Republican from Manchester, says there are 45 states that allow bars to close at 2 am or later. "Of these states 22, or about half have lower rates than alcohol related accidents than New Hampshire," she said on the House floor, "That statistic is telling us that our earlier closing hours aren’t buying us any special protection."

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