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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. Other rules: No shucked oysters are allowed on or when leaving New Hampshire waters; the oyster license number must be...

Maine Department of Transportation

A $25 million federal grant will subsidize the replacement of the aging Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which connects Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine. The states applied for the grant together, which was awarded Monday. In particular, the grant will fund the railroad tracks that go over the bridge along the route 1 bypass. These tracks are used by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to remove nuclear waste. Bill Boynton with New Hampshire’s Department of Transportation says the two states...

Update 3:50 PM: Federal investigators say an initial probe shows the small plane that crashed shortly after takeoff in New Hampshire had no obvious mechanical failures before it fell from the sky, killing two people. Todd Gunther of the National Transportation Safety Board says witness accounts indicate the Cessna pitched up sharply after take-off on Monday at Hampton Airfield, rolled to the left then plummeted into trees. Gunther said Tuesday that the propeller was turning, the engine was...

Juliet Marine Systems

An 18-person Portsmouth startup has built a futuristic stealth attack boat they are now shopping around to the Department of Defense. Caroline Winter with Bloomberg reports the Ghost , built by Juliet Marine Systems, will go for about $10 million each. Right now, a Ghost prototype resides in a hangar at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. There, CEO Gregory Sancoff told Winter the 4,000 horsepower aluminum and stainless steel vehicle is “such a smooth ride, you can sit there and drink your coffee...

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There’s been no shortage of people mourning the killing of James Foley by Islamic State militants. President Obama interrupted his Martha’s Vinyard vacation Wednesday to recall Foley -- who disappeared two years ago in Syria -- and to condemn his killers. “People like this ultimately fail,” Obama said. “They fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy. The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley and the overwhelming majority of humanity who are appalled by those who...

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As many as 200 Africans and their descendants are buried beneath a single block on Chestnut Street in downtown Portsmouth, known as the African Burying Ground. On Monday, the Western lane of that city block will be transformed into a $1.2 million dollar memorial park. David Moore does community development for the city. He says the memorial construction will include the "re-interment of remains that were exhumed in 2003 during excavations associated with a roadway construction project." That...

Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte along with Congresswoman Carol-Shea Porter want to take a closer look at the potential environmental impacts of propane rail traffic through the Great Bay Estuary. The Sea-3 proposal to bring propane by rail through the Seacoast has been controversial from the start. This week in a letter to the Secretary of Commerce, members of New Hampshire's Congressional delegation urged NOAA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to assess the...

Two Seabrook Police Officers were fired Wednesday in connection with the November 2009 assault of a man who had been taken into custody. The incident took place four and a half years ago, but didn’t become public until earlier this year, when the assault victim, now 24 year old Mike Bergeron, posted a video of the incident on YouTube. In the video, Officers Mark Richardson and Adam Laurent are seen shoving Bergeron, then 19, headfirst into a concrete wall. Seabrook Town Manager William Manzi...

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About 40 foodies are expected to show up at the Seacoast’s first community Food Swap this Sunday at Frank Jones Mansion in Portsmouth. Organizer Erin Urquhart says it works like this: You get together and one person says 'ok I have two cans of blueberry jam, I have two pounds of carrots, I’m willing to swap for that,' and someone behind you says 'I have a sheet of brownies that I made, I want that instead.' Urquhart's partner is a chef in Exeter, and she writes a blog about pickling. She says...

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A trial has been rescheduled for a New Hampshire woman accused of giving a drug to a 19-year-old woman hours before the teen drove into some cyclists, killing two. Foster's Daily Democrat reports the trial is scheduled for Oct. 6 for 49-year-old Cindy Sheppard of Hampton, with a final pretrial hearing on Sept. 25. Sheppard was indicted in January on charges of dispensing a controlled drug and possession of fentanyl, cocaine and methadone. Police said Sheppard gave fentanyl to Darriean Hess...

AT&T has decided to withdraw an application to install a 130-foot cell tower in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, after residents voiced their opposition. The Portsmouth Herald reports staff attorney Brian Grossman said AT&T is re-evaluating its network priorities, including the best way to improve wireless coverage within Portsmouth. The company said, though, that customer demand is growing. It says 70 percent of its customers have smartphones and the amount of data handled by the national...

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is meeting with fishermen to discuss the impact of a plan to distribute $32.8 million in federal fishery disaster funds across New England. New Hampshire is getting more than $2 million in disaster relief with more than $900,000 going to direct assistance for New Hampshire fishermen, and more than $1.1 million being used at the state's discretion. In 2012, the U.S. Commerce Department declared a fisheries resource disaster for the Northeast fishery after...

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City officials in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, say one of their oldest trees has died. The American elm tree on Peirce Island was over 100 years old. The Portsmouth Herald reports members of the Peirce Island Committee noticed the elm didn't sprout buds in the spring. The tree has no leaves. Peter Loughlin, chairman of the city's Trees and Public Greenery Committee, said Dutch elm disease has killed American elms up and down the East Coast. He said the tree was the last surviving elm in the city.

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Today's the big day at the 14th Annual Master Sand Sculpting Competition at New Hampshire's Hampton Beach. Sculptures by some of the continent's best sand artists will be on display and be professionally judged for $15,000 in prizes that will be announced at 8 p.m. Saturday. Sculpture fans also get to vote from 1 to 4 p.m. for the People's Choice Award. A sand sculpting lesson will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. to those who sign up at the Chamber of Commerce office near the sculptures....

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Some things never change in New Hampshire – including our position as a battleground state. In 1788, eight colonies had ratified the constitution – but nine were needed to establish the United States of America. Stephanie Seacord, with Strawbery Banke Museum, says New Hampshire was split. " There were two factions in NH," she says. One, wanted to stay independent, the other hoped to join the union. Th e latter was largely based in Portsmouth and led by then-Governor John Langdon. Seacord says...

New Hampshire State Police have safely arrested an armed man sought in an area of southern New Hampshire near the Massachusetts border after an earlier confrontation with police at his home. Maj. David Parenteau said Tuesday night that officers found 44-year-old Anthony Reardon back in his South Hampton home about five hours after they had condoned off the nearby area with a large police presence. Parenteau said the first officers who came to his home Tuesday afternoon found Reardon with...

The city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a step closer to acquiring ownership of a building that's been under federal control. New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says she's received a commitment from the U.S. General Services Administration to leave the McIntyre Federal Building and to work with the city to transfer ownership. The city has long wanted ownership of the building in downtown Portsmouth. Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine tells the Portsmouth Herald he envisioned a number of...

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After six months of deliberation, the Newington planning board has approved a controversial proposal to bring up to 12 railcars of propane through the Seacoast each night. The company, called SEA-3, wants to transport domestic propane from oil wells in Pennsylvania and elsewhere to the Seacoast, for export by ship. But neighborhood groups in Portsmouth, Stratham and Greenland have opposed the rail expansion, voicing concerns about moving explosive materials over aging railroad tracks....

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The Seacoast Science Center in Rye is now handling marine mammal rescue duties in coastal New Hampshire. The center has joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's marine mammal stranding network. The partnership began Jan. 1, but the busy season is likely to start this spring as seal pup season begins. Humans are more likely to encounter seals and seal pups on the beach at this time of year. The center reminds residents that most seals they encounter on beaches are not in...

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The University System of New Hampshire voted Friday to put $54 million toward building renovations and acquisitions at UNH’s Durham Campus. $37 million will be spent renovating Hamilton Smith Hall, which houses UNH’s English Department, ESOL, Journalism and writing programs. The building has not been renovated in more than 30 years, and does not meet all disability and safety standards. Another $10 million will go toward expanding the Holloway Commons dining facility, and $4.5 million toward...

Joe Plaia -- a former Marine MP and public defender and current chief hearings officer for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission -- will run again for the position of Rockingham County Attorney. Plaia is the first Democrat in this majority-Republican county to seek the seat of suspended Attorney, Jim Reams. Plaia says the Rockingham County Attorney's Office needs to be modernized. "There's a lot we can do to save taxpayer dollars," Plaia says, "there's a lot we can do to reduce recidivism." So...

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For 36 years the Newington company Sea-3 has imported propane from Algeria and other countries. Ships come into port, off-load the fuel, and Sea-3 stores it and sells it locally. Then two years ago, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in places like North Dakota led to a boom in production, and American propane actually became cheaper than foreign propane. And with that, says Sea-3s’ vice-president Paul Bogan, the company’s business model was no longer profitable. “Essentially,” he says, “we...

Terrafugia

The Massachusetts-based company Terrafugia will test a flying car at the Pease Airport in Portsmouth over the next two weeks. The vehicle caters to recreational pilots who live near an airport and don’t want to rent a hangar. the "Transition" vehicle being tested at Pease looks like a small plane with wings that fold. When folded, it fits into a one-car garage. The vehicle is legal for driving on public roads, and is expected to cost $280,000. Watch Terrafugia's promotional video: In the air,...

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A Bedford, N.H., man charged with possessing 49 stolen lobster traps, including some owned by a fisherman who died last summer, has pleaded guilty to several crimes and more than 100 violations. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says Kyle Basoukas pleaded guilty Monday to receiving stolen property and disturbing lobster gear, as well as 133 violations regarding his own equipment. He was given a suspended sentence of 90 days, fined more than $11,000 and had his lobster license revoked...

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The US Navy will offer for lease the former Naval Prison on the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The Navy has twice before sought private-sector redevelopment of the old Naval Prison, which closed in 1974. It was built in 1908, and has been called the “Alcatraz of the East.” The medieval-looking multi-story building is 265,000 square feet and has 11 and a half acres of waterfront land. The new tenant would be responsible for ensuring structural stability in the now-dilapidated building, and...

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Portsmouth planners say in the next six years, the city will need at least 650 more parking spaces But last year, a new parking lot championed by the then-mayor failed to gather support among city councilors. The future of parking in the city became a divisive issue in last November’s council election. On Monday, the newly elected council took the oath of office. It's likely this month they will begin trying to reach agreement once again on whether a new parking garage downtown will help or...

Portsmouth police say they've made a ninth arrest in connection with a months-long heroin ring investigation. The ninth suspect--21-year old Chelsea Glover of Milton--was arrested Friday night on charges of selling heroin. She was being held on $5,000 bail. Seven other people have been charged with felony-level drug offenses. One was charged with misdemeanor trespassing. Police tell the Portsmouth Herald that the arrests were made after a months-long investigation into street-level drug...

The Coast Guard says salvage operations are continuing following the sinking of a barge off Portsmouth Harbor. Officials say on one was hurt when the 40-foot work barge equipped with a crane began taking on water Saturday east of the harbor. The only person board, the barge operator, was able to escape. It was unclear why the barge began taking on water. The Coast Guard said Sunday that divers confirmed that all fuel tanks were intact.

The Hampton textile firm Foss Manufacturing Company is facing $115,000 in fines, according to the state’s Department of Labor. That’s after a federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation discovered 21 safety hazards, following an employee complaint. Investigators found a substantive probability of injury or death from electrocution, burns, and amputation injuries, as well as confinement in oxygen-deficient spaces. Foss Manufacturing Company creates recycled non-woven...

Republican Dan Innis, dean of the University of New Hampshires business school, is running for Congress in the states First District. Innis, who also owns a Portsmouth inn with his husband, announced his campaign via an online video Wednesday. Though hes never run for office, he tells The Associated Press that the national situation is so dire with the growing deficit, national debt and Washington gridlock, that hes determined to do something about it. He says too many members of Congress let...

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