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Gorham man charged in Abigail Hernandez's kidnapping heads to court

CONWAY (AP) — A 34-year-old man charged with kidnapping a New Hampshire teen more than nine months ago is heading to court.

Nathanial Kibby of Gorham was charged Monday with felony kidnapping Oct. 9 — the day then-14-year-old Abigail Hernandez vanished after leaving her Conway high school. She returned home the night of July 20, but officials have yet to reveal information about the circumstances.

Kibby's arraignment is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday in Conway District Court.

Assistant Attorney General Jane Young says details will come out in court and there will be a press briefing afterward.

Kibby was arrested without incident at his mobile home Monday afternoon. Neighbors say they were shocked.

Attorney General Joseph Foster said Hernandez provided authorities with the details that led to Kibby's arrest.


Hassan vetoes bill on state audit process

CONCORD (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill that deals with investigations and audits of state financial activities, saying it violates the fundamental separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches.

The bill deals with the Office of the Legislative Budget Assistant, which investigates and researches financial activities of state government agencies. It's made up of the Audit Division and Budget Division.

Hassan said Monday sometimes, the audit division asks for access to documents that executive branch agencies consider confidential or privileged under the state's right-to-know laws.

Such disputes normally are handled by the attorney general's office. The bill would shift them to the Legislative Fiscal Committee, which could make them public. Hassan said that could undermine the state's ability to attract competitive bids for goods and services.


Talks set for FairPoint Communications and union

COLCHESTER (AP) - Contract talks are due to resume between FairPoint Communications and the largest union representing workers across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers business manager Mike Spillane tells WPTZ-TV FairPoint is determined to gut benefits.

The union represents about 1,800 FairPoint employees in the three states. Members have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if necessary.

Health and retirement benefits are among the issues yet to be resolved. The company says current benefits are out of synch with industry norms and that it remains focused on reaching a successful agreement.

FairPoint spokeswoman Angelynne Amores Beaudry says the company has a plan in place to ensure continued service if the workers strike.



Community college cuts costs, reduces staff

CONCORD (AP) - The community college in Concord, New Hampshire, has reduced its workforce by 14 positions as it deals with growing expenses and flat revenue.

President Sudan Dunton told staff that four full-time and one part-time faculty member, as well as two full-time staff, have been told they would not be recalled for the fall semester. In addition, one full-time faculty member and five full-time staff positions and one part-time position that were recently vacated will not be filled.

Dunton said in the spring, the senior management team instituted several steps to start to address what was forecast as a budget gap of about $3 million. This included a hiring freeze, more than $1 million in cuts to non-payroll budget items, and shifting over $400,000 in expenses.


Man sentenced, tried to smuggle drug into jail

LACONIA (AP) - A New Hampshire man charged with providing heroin that resulted in a man's overdose death in February has pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle a prescription narcotic into the Belknap County jail.

Jonathan Woodbury has been sentenced to at least 18 months in prison after saying he stole a bottle of shampoo from a supermarket, dumped its contents and refilled with an opiate used to relieve pain and treat addiction.

The Citizen reports (http://bit.ly/1l9o3EX) prosecutors said the 31-year-old Woodbury brought the bottle to the jail last October for a female inmate.

In April, Woodbury was indicted charge of sale of a narcotic, with death resulting. A trial has been scheduled for January.


President of NH Community Loan Fund honored

CONCORD (AP) - The president of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund is getting some recognition in Money magazine.

Juliana Eades of Canterbury has been named a "Money hero."

The magazine chose one person from each state who is "making extraordinary efforts to improve the personal finances of others."

Eades, the first employee of the Community Loan Fund when it was founded in 1983, has been honored for working to provide stable and affordable homeownership for low- and moderate-income people and families.

Under her leadership, the Community Loan Fund provides financing and education that helps residents of manufactured-home parks convert their communities to resident-owned cooperatives.

It collaborates with donors and investors, and with business, nonprofit and government partners, to provide financing and support for people to have affordable homes.