NH News

Defense Sector
7:00 am
Sun March 17, 2013

State Hopes To Boost Defense Industry As Sequester Cuts Loom

With mass layoffs at BAE Systems and the future of the Portsmouth Naval Sh

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NH News
5:00 am
Sat March 16, 2013

N.H. Home Sale Prices Up Sharply In February

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Home sale prices in New Hampshire rose sharply last month, marking the largest one-year increase in the six years the data has been tracked by the New Hampshire Association of Realtors.

The median price of single family homes sold in New Hampshire last month was $199,000.

That’s a 12.2 percent increase in median price compared to February of last year.

New Hampshire Association of Realtors President Bill Weidacher says the spike is a result of simple supply and demand economics.

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NH News
4:11 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

USS Miami Arsonist Sentenced To 17 Years In Federal Prison

Casey James Fury

The former shipyard worker who started a fire on the USS Miami submarine was sentenced Friday to a little more than 17 years in federal prison.


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NH News
5:13 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Lawmakers Consider A Lower Gas Tax Increase: 7-12 Cents

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering, Thursday, a smaller tax increase on gas and diesel fuel to pay for highway improvements.


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NH News
5:05 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

N.H. Senate Backs Gambling

The New Hampshire Senate has voted 16-8 to authorize a single casino on the Massachusetts border. The Senate margin is the strongest yet for a casino bill. But the real fight on this issue will be in the New Hampshire House.

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NH News
4:54 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Converting To Digital At Red River Theatres All About Survival

The new digital projector at Red River Theatres in Concord.
Credit Michael Brindley/NHPR

Red River Theatres in Concord is going through a transformation this week. Technicians put the finishing touches on installing digital projection equipment at the nonprofit theatre.

For Barry Steelman, going digital presents an internal conflict.

Steelman is the facilities manager at Red River Theatres. He knows the upgrade will make for a better movie-watching experience.

“They should notice a much brighter and clearer image here. Not that there was anything wrong with what was being presented here before, but this is an improvement upon that.”

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Military
2:39 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

SNHU Responds To Military Students Hit By Sequester

Many service members balance taking SNHU's online coursework with their regular duties
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Until about two weeks ago, active duty armed service members could count on $4,500 a year to help pay for college tuition.  But with the military suspending the benefit because of sequestration, Southern New Hampshire University is trying to bridge that gap.

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NH News
1:06 am
Thu March 14, 2013

New Hampshire Catholics Celebrate New Pope

Parishioners attend mass at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Manchester
Credit Jonathan Lynch / NHPR

Catholics held a special mass in Manchester Wednesday night to celebrate the selection of the new pope.

Parishioners gathered on short notice at St. Joseph’s Cathedral Wednesday night to commemorate the anointing of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis I.

Bishop Peter Labasci was on hand to lead the mass. He asked those in attendance to welcome the new pope and to pray for his success in leading the church.

Labasci said the selection of the Argentine came as a surprise to him:

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NH News
5:08 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

N.H. Urges FAA Not To Close Nashua Airport's Air Traffic Control Tower

Boire Field at Nashua Airport
Credit Photo: Sheryl Rich-Kern

The Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation is urging federal officials to reconsider plans to shut down the air traffic control tower at the Nashua airport.

In a letter to the director of the Federal Aviation Administration, Commissioner Chris Clement says closing the tower at Boire Field would have an impact on safety.

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NH News
5:07 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

70 M.P.H. Speed Limit Bill Passes N.H. House

New Hampshire drivers looking at this would no longer have to keep their eyes peeled for state troopers.
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Drivers would be able to go 70 miles per hour on a stretch of Interstate 93 north of Concord, N.H. under a bill headed to the Senate.  

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NH News
4:40 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

House Kills Abortion Waiting Period Bill

Last year, the GOP-dominated House twice passed bills to require women to wait 24 hours before receiving abortions. Neither ended up clearing the state senate.  But with Democrats now controlling the House, this measure, which critics called theologically driven, was voted down 229-121. Rep. Sylvia Gale (D-Nashua) spoke for many when she told colleagues lawmakers should butt out when it comes to abortion.

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NH News
4:35 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Forum Discusses Importance Of Arts And Culture Organizations To N.H. Economy

Randy Cohen
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Arts and cultural enthusiasts from around the state gathered in Concord Wednesday to talk about the economic impact of cultural non-profits. And analysts say the arts and culture sector is a $115 million industry for the Granite State.


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NH News
3:04 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Diocese Of Manchester Hosting Special Mass Tonight To Celebrate New Pope

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was chosen as the new Pope. He has selected the papal name of Francis.
Credit AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, file

The Diocese of Manchester will hold a special mass at 6 this evening to celebrate the election of a new pope.

Bishop Peter Libasci will lead the mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Manchester.

Diocese Spokesman Kevin Donovan says the announcement of a new pope comes very early, compared to previous elections.

“The earliest that a pope has been elected in 100s of years was on the first day, and this is the second day, so still fairly early, which means there was consensus early on among the electors, the cardinals, electing the pope.”

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NH News
10:13 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Horse Enthusiasts Warn Against Paving Near Lawrence Barn

Lawrence Barn in Hollis
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

The town of Hollis holds its town meeting Wednesday evening.

In the high school gym, residents will debate town hall renovations, property tax exemptions for seniors and funds for the Old Home Days event.

But what’s likely to drum up the most vigor at the meeting is a warrant article that some say is detrimental to horses.

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NH News
4:05 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

N.H. May See Bump In Tobacco Settlement Money

The deal ended the dispute between 17 states and tobacco companies over payment amounts under 1998's master settlement agreement that requires cigarette makers to help states cover the medical costs of sick smokers. At issue, is money tobacco companies had withheld on the grounds that states were not forcing non-participating companies to pay into escrow, as required under the 46-state settlement. The total value of the new agreement is $4b, but Deputy attorney general Ann Rice says NH's piece is small.

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