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New Hampshire Monday am news update

Police identify man who drowned in lake

RAYMOND (AP) — State police have identified a 56-year-old man who drowned in a lake in Raymond, New Hampshire, over the weekend. ...

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Police identify man who drowned in lake

RAYMOND (AP) — State police have identified a 56-year-old man who drowned in a lake in Raymond, New Hampshire, over the weekend.

They say M. Lee Ribblett of Raymond was swimming and attempting to retrieve his canoe, which had been blown from the shoreline of Governors Lake, on Saturday. They say he began to struggle in the water. A witness saw him, swam out and brought him back to shore, where CPR was performed.

Ribblett was pronounced dead at Exeter Hospital.

The drowning is under investigation. Police say alcohol and foul play aren't believed to be factors.

Governors Lake is 61 acres and has an average depth of about 6 feet.

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Police confirm body found on railroad tracks

CONCORD (AP) - Police in Concord, New Hampshire say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man whose body was discovered on railroad tracks in the city.

Authorities say they will not release further details of the investigation and circumstances of the man's death until Monday.

They confirm the body was discovered Saturday but would not specify the time, location or other details.

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Police plan major traffic changes for race day

CONCORD (AP) - New Hampshire state police and transportation officials are planning some major traffic pattern changes to cope with the influx of over 100,000 NASCAR race fans.

The race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Louden starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, but officials anticipate the most congestion will occur late afternoon and early evening.

The Exit 14 ramp on I-93 northbound will be closed from 5 to 11 a.m. Sunday. That same exit ramp and the Exit 15-East ramp on the southbound side of I-93 will be closed from about 3:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Route 106 - leading to and from the track - will have lane changes to accommodate traffic flow.

Lane changes also will be made on I-93 in the afternoon and evening.


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Small claims courts to start online pilot programs

CONCORD (AP) - The New Hampshire Judicial Branch will begin pilot programs to push small claims courts toward going paperless.

Officials say small claims courts in Concord and Plymouth will switch to electronic filing and processing July 30.

The goal is to have all 32 small claims courts statewide go paperless by the end of the year.

Judicial officials say more than 13,000 new small claims actions were filed in 2013 and nearly 9,000 were reopened.

Small claims are filed in cases involving damages or debts of $7,500 or less. That sum will increase to $10,000 next year.

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Mental health first aid training starts Monday

MANCHESTER (AP) - Members of New Hampshire's congressional delegation are kicking off a program aimed at training health care providers and others to recognize the symptoms of mental illness, de-escalate crisis situations and provide timely referrals to community resources.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Rep. Annie Kuster will be in Manchester on Monday for the opening of a five-day training program to certify 30 people as Mental Health First Aid instructors.

Along with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, Ayotte and Kuster sponsored legislation last year to provide $20 million in grants for similar training programs around the country.

The training is being offered by the New Hampshire Community Behavioral Health Association, the National Council for Behavioral Health and the state Department of Health and Human Services.

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Shaheen discussing fishery disaster relief

SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — 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 research showed several key fish stocks, such as cod and flounder, were not rebuilding despite catch limits. The declaration also predicted those species would continue to fall.

Shaheen is meeting with the fishermen in Seabrook on Monday.

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Bridge work starting at Mascoma River

LEBANON (AP) — Work is starting on a nearly $9 million bridge reconstruction project in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Tree clearing was scheduled to start Monday along Route 4 in preparation for work on the span crossing the Mascoma River at the intersection of Routes 4 and 4A.

Traffic will remain on the existing bridge while a new bridge is built adjacent to it. The nearby New Hampshire Rail Trail will remain open throughout construction most days.

The state Department of Transportation says the new bridge will be opened by late fall 2015, and the existing bridge will be removed.