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State official recommends town revoke costly union contracts

METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts’ inspector general says Methuen officials should rescind costly police contracts that could lead to layoffs. Inspector General Glenn Cunha said Friday that former Mayor Stephen Zanni and the City Council may have violated state and local regulations and ...

Police investigating dead body found along roadside

WESTFORD, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating after a woman was founded dead along the side of a road in northern Massachusetts. The Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office says the death is being treated as suspicious because of where the body was found and because the woman ...

New congressman named to subcommittee overseeing shipyards

BATH, Maine (AP) — Maine’s newest member of Congress has been appointed to a pair of subcommittees that could allow him to influence policy about shipbuilding, which is a major employer in the state. Democratic Rep. Jared Golden was appointed last week to the House Armed Services ...

Northern New Hampshire town expanding its industrial park

LITTLETON, N.H. (AP) — A northern New Hampshire town is expanding its industrial park. The chairman of the Littleton Board of Selectmen signed a deed Wednesday granting the Littleton Industrial Development Corp. 42 acres of town-owned land for the expansion. The measure was passed at the ...

Democrats challenging voter registration law denied database

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democrats challenging a voter registration law in New Hampshire won’t be able to use the state’s voter database to argue the law unfairly burdens those who are more likely to support their party, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The court ruled on a dispute ...

$175K grant goes to project helping young children in need

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is awarding a $175,000 grant to help fund a project dedicated to helping young children and families in need. The grant is covering continued leadership and planning for Project LAUNCH in Manchester, or Linking Actions for Unmet ...

University of New Hampshire president outlines priorities

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire could become one of the nation’s top 25 public universities in the next five years, its new president said Thursday. James Dean Jr., who took over as the 20th president of UNH in June, outlined what he called four “bold and ...

Man accused of killing family for inheritance granted funds

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Vermont man accused by relatives of killing his millionaire grandfather and mother for the inheritance money has been granted access to at least $125,000 from a trust fund so he can pay legal and credit card bills. The Hartford Courant reports a Connecticut ...

New Hampshire’s moose hunt lottery is open

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s 2019 moose hunt lottery is open. Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight on May 31, or delivered to the state Fish and Game Department headquarters by 4 p.m. that day. Winners will be selected by a computerized random drawing on ...

Some residents evacuated due to river ice jam

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Some Brattleboro, Vermont, residents have been evacuated from their homes due to an ice jam on a brook that has caused flooding. Mynbc5.com reports that Mountain Home Trailer Park, the Glen Trailer Park and a public housing facility in southern Vermont town were being ...

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, GraniteOne Health move to affiliate

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health has taken the first step toward affiliating with an organization that includes hospitals in Manchester, Peterborough and Wolfeboro. The non-binding letter of intent announced Thursday is the start of a lengthy process to bring together ...

Proposal would create independent redistricting commission

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment would create an independent commission to draw boundaries for state elections in New Hampshire. Current state law leaves redistricting to the state lawmakers. New Hampshire Public Radio reports proposal supporters say that allows for ...

Man accused of using computer for child-sex encounter

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been accused in New Hampshire of using a computer to arrange a sexual encounter with a person whom he believed to be a child. Police in Nashua recently arrested 42-year-old Kenneth Mathews, of North Chelmsford, on one count of certain uses of ...

Surplus eyed to address psychiatric boarding crisis

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lawmakers are considering a proposal to encourage construction of hospital psychiatric units to address what the Democratic sponsor calls a “festering wound” in New Hampshire: mental health patients languishing in emergency rooms. But Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said ...

Maine, NH piece of medical device settlement each $1.4M

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Both Maine and New Hampshire will receive $1.4 million each as their share of a multistate settlement with medical device companies. They and 43 other attorneys general, including Vermont’s, reached the $120 million consent judgment with Medical Device Business ...

Shutdown makes it tough for groups to help endangered whales

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Rescuers who respond to distressed whales and other marine animals say the federal government shutdown is making it more difficult to do their work. A network of rescue groups in the U.S. works with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to respond to ...

Pappas assigned to transportation, veterans’ committees

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Congressman Chris Pappas has been assigned to the House committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Veterans’ Affairs. Pappas, a Democrat representing the 1st District elected to his first term in November, said Thursday addressing New ...

SNHU offers emergency fund for students affected by shutdown

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Southern New Hampshire University has established a $1 million emergency fund for students and employees affected by the partial government shutdown. New Hampshire Public Radio reports SNHU is offering payments of between $250 and $1,000 to students and employees in ...

New Hampshire health officials report flu death

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials say an adult has died of the flu. WMUR-TV reports officials said Thursday the flu victim lived in Cheshire County. The flu is now considered widespread in the state. The flu typically causes congestion, fatigue, fever and muscle ...

Fellow moms help family that lost toddler found dead in cold

NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) — A group of mothers is collecting gift cards and having meals delivered to the New Hampshire family that lost a toddler found dead in the bitter cold. The women didn’t know the mother of 2 ½-year-old Sofia Van Schoick, but felt compelled to help a fellow mother and her ...