NH News

Hotel briefly shut down as police search for suspect

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A hotel in Concord, New Hampshire, was briefly shut down as police searched rooms for a man sought on a warrant accusing him of attempted second-degree murder. Police said they received a tip that the man was staying at the Holiday Inn on Thursday afternoon. They ...

Youth electronic cigarette, vaping use up in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire survey says 24% of high school-age youth reported having used electronic cigarettes and cigars, vaping and hookah devices in a 30-day period, compared to the national average of 13%. The data is from the 2017 New Hampshire Youth Risk Behavior ...

Ban lifted on shellfish harvesting along coastline, harbor

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services has lifted a ban on most shellfish harvesting along the state’s ocean coastline and Hampton-Seabrook Harbor after a drop in toxic algae bloom known as red tide. The harvest closure went into effect on May 9 in ...

New Hampshire gets grants to secure houses of worship

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Amid a spike in hate crimes nationwide, New Hampshire’s Democratic congressional delegation announced Friday that seven houses of worship in the state are getting funding to help bolster security. The $150,000 in grants will go to four churches, two temples and a ...

Sununu vetoes bill setting up redistricting commission

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed a bill that would create an independent commission in New Hampshire to redraw the state’s legislative districts. Sununu on Friday argued there was no need for the commission because gerrymandering was rare in the state and the ...

New aerial refueling tankers on their way to New Hampshire

NEWINGTON, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Air National Guard is welcoming the Air Force’s new aerial refueling tanker, the KC-46A Pegasus. Seacoastonline.com reports the Pease Air National Guard Base in Newington is expected to receive two of the planes Thursday. They’re replacing KC-135 ...

Adult tests positive for mosquito- and tick-borne viruses

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services says an adult from Kingston has tested positive for mosquito- and tick-borne viruses. The department said Thursday the adult tested positive for the Jamestown Canyon virus, transmitted by infected mosquitoes, and ...

Suspect in stabbing of ex returned to psychiatric facility

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A New Hampshire man charged with fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend in a Massachusetts restaurant where she was attending a book club meeting has been committed to a mental health facility for an additional six months. Court officials tell Masslive.com that at a ...

2 men in custody after argument, gun fired in Dollar Store

BARNSTEAD, N.H. (AP) — Police say an argument inside a store between two men in New Hampshire led to one of them pulling out a gun and shooting a round. Police Chief Paul Poirier of Barnstead tells WMUR-TV no one was hurt Wednesday. Both men inside the Dollar General store were taken into ...

Sununu asks for disaster declaration following July flooding

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has requested a major disaster declaration for Grafton County and other areas hit by severe rain and flash flooding in July. Sununu wrote to President Donald Trump on Thursday, saying the July 11-12 flooding washed out roads and left ...

Sununu willing to compromise on Medicaid provider rates

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is willing to compromise with legislators on the subject of Medicaid provider rates as both sides try to agree on the next state budget. In June, the Republican governor vetoed the Democratic-controlled Legislature’s budget, which ...

Man charged with murder, rape to claim insanity defense

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — The New Hampshire man charged with killing a food delivery driver in Massachusetts, raping a convenience store worker, and shooting two other women in 2017 will use an insanity defense at trial. The Salem News reports that the lawyer for 23-year-old Brian Brito, of ...

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard getting new commander

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is undergoing a change of command. Capt. Daniel Ettlich is taking command of the shipyard Friday. He’s taking the helm from Capt. David Hunt. Ettlich has been serving as deputy for shipyard operations at the Naval Sea Systems Command in ...

NOAA to meet with public about possible new whale protection

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — Federal officials will meet with fishermen and other members of the public in a series of meetings about possible changes to rules designed to protect vulnerable whales. A federal team has called for a reduction of the vertical trap lines in the Gulf of Maine to reduce ...

Dump truck driver charged in pickup, school bus crash

SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire have charged a dump truck driver with negligent driving after his vehicle rear-ended a pickup truck that collided with a school bus. Thirty-seven-year-old Jeremy McNally, of Concord, was charged Wednesday in the Aug. 1 crash. Police said 21 people, ...

Officials: Piping plovers set a record for chicks in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Endangered piping plovers have fledged 165 chicks so far this summer for a new record in Maine. The Maine Audubon reports that the number of chicks represents a 29% increase over last year. And it follows a 30% increase last year. Laura Minich Zitsk, director of ...

Sununu signs bill to set up dairy premium fund for farmers

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. Chris Sununu has signed a bill to help New Hampshire dairy farmers. The purpose of the bill is to provide a way to support dairy farmers by buying specially labeled milk for an extra 50 cents per gallon. The measure creates a dairy premium fund that replaces the ...

Lottery looking for vendors, retailers for sports betting

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Lottery’s looking for proposals from potential online vendors and retailers to offer sports betting after the state legalized it last month. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed into law a measure that legalizes betting on professional sports and most ...

Police: At least 12 hurt in school bus-dump truck crash

SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Police say at least 12 people, including some children, have been hurt in a crash involving a school bus and a dump truck in New Hampshire. Police said the crash happened at about 10:15 a.m. Thursday in Salem and that most of the injuries appear to be minor. WMUR-TV ...

Officer hurt, man found dead after exchange of gunfire

WEARE, N.H. (AP) — A police officer responding to a domestic violence call at a home was shot in the arm during an exchange of gunfire with a man inside the house, and the man was later found dead, New Hampshire authorities said Thursday. Police said the injury to Weare Police Officer ...