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Squirrels are damaging some maple syrup operations

DANVILLE, Vt. (AP) — Maple syrup producers have more than the weather to worry about. Frenetic squirrels are chomping on equipment, crimping the flow of sap at some operations. Damage from wildlife — deer, bear woodpeckers, and squirrels — is not unusual for maple producers, but this ...

Liquor commission celebrating ‘85 Years of Cheers’

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is celebrating its 85th anniversary with a yearlong campaign, “85 Years of Cheers.” The commission will be randomly awarding 85 customers with 85 percent off of their purchases of either $250 or $1,000 at liquor and wine outlet ...

Police officer sentenced for falsifying documentation

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former New Hampshire police officer has been sentenced on charges related to falsifying documentation of evidence. Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced March 28, 2018, that he was investigating the conduct of former Claremont Police Sgt. Ian Kibbe and Officer ...

Regulators to consider appeal on Seacoast transmission line

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Regulators are going to consider an appeal of a new transmission line approved for New Hampshire’s Seacoast. The Site Evaluation Committee voted last year in favor of the Seacoast Reliability Project. The project, to be built by Eversource, would span13 miles between ...

Death penalty repeal bill passes New Hampshire House

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — With a veto-proof majority, the New Hampshire House voted Thursday to repeal the state’s death penalty after hearing from a freshman Democrat who fled Afghanistan as a child and a longtime Republican lawmaker grieving his wife’s recent death. New Hampshire’s ...

Court: Board wrong to deny workers’ comp for medical pot

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A labor appeals board was wrong to determine that workers’ compensation insurance can’t reimburse an employee for the cost of medical marijuana, according to a New Hampshire Supreme Court decision released Thursday. But the court left unresolved whether an insurance ...

State to include internet outage in company investigation

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials say they will review how Consolidated Communications responded to a recent internet outage as part of a larger investigation into the company. Vermont Public Radio reports the outage Wednesday affected 83,000 residents and small businesses in Vermont ...

Senate passes bill on inaugural committee spending

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Future New Hampshire governors would face stricter campaign finance rules when it comes to their inaugural committees under a bill passed by the state Senate. The bill comes in response to reports that family members and close political allies of Republican Gov. Chris ...

New Hampshire House votes to reverse voter registration laws

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House voted Thursday to reverse two new voter registration laws, even though neither has fully taken effect and both are being challenged in court. One of the laws requires additional documentation from voters who register within 30 days of an election. ...

Ex-New Hampshire lawmaker in sex case gets work release

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A former New Hampshire lawmaker who pleaded guilty to charges of drug possession and trying to lure a 14-year-old girl over Facebook into a sexual encounter has been granted work release. Kyle Tasker pleaded guilty in 2017 and was sentenced to three to 10 years in ...

Public advocate backs power line; environment group opposed

HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — A proposed transmission line across western Maine that would serve as a conduit for Canadian hydropower is “in the best interest” of state electricity customers thanks to incentives negotiated with Central Maine Power, the state’s public advocate said ...

Herring fishing restricted south of Cape Cod for rest of ‘19

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — The federal government is limiting the harvest of an important bait fish for the rest of the year from Massachusetts to North Carolina. Atlantic herring are harvested on the East Coast for use as bait and human food. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

Amoskeag Fishways center closing, fish ladder deck remains

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Amoskeag Fishways environmental education center along the Merrimack River in Manchester, New Hampshire, is closing soon, although an observation deck for the Amoskeag Dam’s fish ladder will remain. The Concord Monitor reports the move comes after Eversource ...

Exhibits, festivals highlight Youth Arts Month

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It’s Youth Arts Month in New Hampshire with arts exhibits, concerts, and festivals. The highlights include the New Hampshire Music Educators’ Large Group Festival on March 9 at Goffstown High School for middle school students and at Bow High School for high school ...

Advocate for homeless challenges city’s tenting ban

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — An advocate for the homeless in New Hampshire is asking the state Supreme Court to strike down a tenting ban in the city of Rochester. Don McCullough tells seacoastonline.com he believes the ordinance criminalizes homelessness and conflicts with the state’s public ...

House passes bill celebrating Pollyanna recognition day

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House has passed a bill that celebrates a children’s literary heroine. The bill would proclaim the second Saturday in June as “Pollyanna of Littleton, New Hampshire, Recognition Day.” The 1913 best-selling novel “Pollyanna” was written by ...

Ceremony to bring awareness to bleeding disorders

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is going to sign a proclamation to declare March as Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month. A ceremony is scheduled at the Statehouse on Thursday. The New England Hemophilia Association says hemophilia and other inheritable bleeding disorders ...

Authorities ID child who died in a house fire in Hampton

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Authorities have identified the child who died in a house fire in Hampton. The state fire marshal said Saturday that 7-year-old Nova Demanche died in the fire reported at about 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday. Seven other people escaped from the home. The state’s fire marshal ...

Maine town, first responders mourn death of fire captain

BERWICK, Maine (AP) — The Maine town of Berwick and first responders around New England are mourning the loss of a Berwick firefighter who died while battling an apartment building fire. Captain Joel Barnes died and four other firefighters were injured Friday. Berwick Fire Chief Dennis ...

Independent investigator proposed for Statehouse harassment

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An independent human resources employee would investigate sexual harassment complaints against New Hampshire lawmakers under a bill before a Senate committee Wednesday. Currently, complaints against House members are reported to the House or Senate chiefs of staff. Under ...