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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 ...

Despite contract impasse, gov feels deal will be reached

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu says he’s confident a contract deal will be reached with state employees, despite a decision by workers’ unions to declare an impasse. The unions declared an impasse Tuesday after months of negotiating. Rich Gulla, president of the State ...

New Hampshire cold case unit solves 5 decade old murder

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Cold Case Unit said Wednesday it has solved its oldest crime, the 52-year-old shooting death of an auto repair shop worker, and said the man who did it killed himself years later. On Sept. 1, 1966, Everett Delano, 49, was shot three times in the head ...

Feds propose rules for scallop fishery with season coming

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — This year’s Atlantic sea scallop fishing year begins in several weeks, and federal regulators are proposing new management measures for the valuable fishery. The fishing season for scallops begins on April 1. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...

Authorities investigate death of Mount Washington climber

CAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says police are investigating the death of a Mount Washington climber who was hiking up a snowy and icy area of the Northeast’s highest peak when he apparently slipped and fell more than 300 feet (91 meters) into a boulder-strewn area. The ...

Senate passes bill to protect businesses from sales taxes

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Senate has unanimously passed a bill to protect businesses from out-of-state jurisdictions attempting to pose a sales tax on these companies. The bill was the result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that said states can require online retailers ...

Maine governor adds boost to major power line project

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gov. Janet Mills is throwing her support behind a 145-mile transmission line across western Maine to supply Canadian hydropower to electricity consumers in Massachusetts, citing economic and environmental benefits under a sweetened proposal by Central Maine Power. The ...

Survey available for victims of crime in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new survey is available for crime victims in New Hampshire. Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced Friday the New Hampshire Victim’s Needs Assessment Online Survey at www.NHCrimesurvey.com . Crime victims are encouraged to provide feedback related to their ...

Group that promotes development near Canada border expanding

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — An organization that promotes economic development near the Canadian border in northern New England and upstate New York is expanding the areas eligible to receive the assistance, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy said Thursday during an event in Middlebury. In Vermont, the ...

Senate approves bill allowing federal rail analysis funds

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Senate has voted to approve a bill that would allow the Transportation Department to access existing federal funds to complete a commuter rail expansion analysis from Boston to Nashua and Manchester. Last year, Gov. Chris Sununu and the Governor’s ...

Suspect in kidnapping and sex assault indicted by grand jury

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted the man charged with kidnapping a woman and her 5-year-old son in New Hampshire and later sexually assaulting the woman in Vermont. Documents filed in U.S. District Court in Burlington on Thursday say Everett Simpson was charged in a ...

Man accused of having 3 wives in 3 states awaits extradition

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Maine prosecutors say New Hampshire will have first dibs on a man who is accused of being married to three women in different states. Forty-three-year-old Michael Middleton is being held in Ohio while awaiting extradition to New Hampshire, where he’s charged with ...

Gov proclaims Girl Scout Cookie weekend in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It’s Girl Scout Cookie Weekend in New Hampshire. Gov. Chris Sununu made the proclamation earlier this week honoring Girl Scouts for investing in the future of girls. Patricia Mellor, the CEO of Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, says the cookie program ...

Scholarship fund to help engineering students

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new scholarship fund will distribute more than $100,000 annually to New Hampshire engineering students. The Norman F. and Marilyn W. Jones Scholarship Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation will make its first awards this year to students this year to students ...