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Public input sought on state’s pedestrian, bicycle plan

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Department of Transportation is seeking public input to help update its statewide pedestrian and bicycle transportation plan. The first of eight sessions has been scheduled for Sunday at the Dover Farmer’s Market at Henry Law Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ...

Sununu vetoes bill on absentee voting requirements

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed a bill on absentee voting. Sununu on Friday vetoed a bill that would have allowed voters to vote by absentee ballot at a state or local election without a requirement that the voter be absent from the municipality or unable to ...

Registration open for New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud contest

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Registration has opened for high school students for the 2020 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud competition. As many as 10,000 New Hampshire students are expected to participate, starting at the classroom level. Those winners advance to school competitions, which are ...

Newport Sunflower Festival eyes bouquet-making record

NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) — Organizers of a festival in Newport, New Hampshire, don’t want attendees to just stop and smell the flowers — they want to put people to work. The Newport Sunflower Festival on Saturday features an attempt to set a record for the most people making flower bouquets ...

Eastern Maine lashed by rain, wind as Dorian passes offshore

EASTPORT, Maine (AP) — Hurricane Dorian has lashed the eastern tip of Maine with heavy rain, strong winds and high surf as the storm’s remnants passed offshore. The National Weather Service placed Down East Maine under a tropical storm warning on Saturday, and up to 3 inches of rain fell ...

Hospitals in Vermont and New Hampshire considering mergers

MONTPELIER , Vt. (AP) — Three hospitals serving Vermont and New Hampshire are considering merging their services. One of the three, Springfield Hospital, is going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The other two are Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Care in Windsor, Vermont and Valley Regional ...

Pence: ‘The Bible stays’ at veterans hospital facing lawsuit

Vice President Mike Pence weighed in on a First-Amendment lawsuit challenging a Bible on display at a New Hampshire veterans hospital, saying under the current administration, “VA hospitals will not be religion-free zones.” “We will always respect the freedom of religion of every veteran ...

Fallen officer’s son graduates from police academy

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The son of a police officer who was killed in the line of duty in 2006 has graduated from the New Hampshire Police Academy. Mitchell Briggs is the son of Officer Michael Briggs, of Manchester. The Manchester Police Department tweeted its congratulations Friday, ...

Hotel briefly shut down as police search for suspect

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A hotel in Concord, New Hampshire, was briefly shut down as police searched rooms for a man sought on a warrant accusing him of attempted second-degree murder. Police said they received a tip that the man was staying at the Holiday Inn on Thursday afternoon. They ...

Youth electronic cigarette, vaping use up in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire survey says 24% of high school-age youth reported having used electronic cigarettes and cigars, vaping and hookah devices in a 30-day period, compared to the national average of 13%. The data is from the 2017 New Hampshire Youth Risk Behavior ...

Ban lifted on shellfish harvesting along coastline, harbor

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services has lifted a ban on most shellfish harvesting along the state’s ocean coastline and Hampton-Seabrook Harbor after a drop in toxic algae bloom known as red tide. The harvest closure went into effect on May 9 in ...

New Hampshire gets grants to secure houses of worship

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Amid a spike in hate crimes nationwide, New Hampshire’s Democratic congressional delegation announced Friday that seven houses of worship in the state are getting funding to help bolster security. The $150,000 in grants will go to four churches, two temples and a ...

Sununu vetoes bill setting up redistricting commission

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed a bill that would create an independent commission in New Hampshire to redraw the state’s legislative districts. Sununu on Friday argued there was no need for the commission because gerrymandering was rare in the state and the ...

New aerial refueling tankers on their way to New Hampshire

NEWINGTON, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Air National Guard is welcoming the Air Force’s new aerial refueling tanker, the KC-46A Pegasus. Seacoastonline.com reports the Pease Air National Guard Base in Newington is expected to receive two of the planes Thursday. They’re replacing KC-135 ...

Adult tests positive for mosquito- and tick-borne viruses

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services says an adult from Kingston has tested positive for mosquito- and tick-borne viruses. The department said Thursday the adult tested positive for the Jamestown Canyon virus, transmitted by infected mosquitoes, and ...

Suspect in stabbing of ex returned to psychiatric facility

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A New Hampshire man charged with fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend in a Massachusetts restaurant where she was attending a book club meeting has been committed to a mental health facility for an additional six months. Court officials tell Masslive.com that at a ...

2 men in custody after argument, gun fired in Dollar Store

BARNSTEAD, N.H. (AP) — Police say an argument inside a store between two men in New Hampshire led to one of them pulling out a gun and shooting a round. Police Chief Paul Poirier of Barnstead tells WMUR-TV no one was hurt Wednesday. Both men inside the Dollar General store were taken into ...

Sununu asks for disaster declaration following July flooding

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has requested a major disaster declaration for Grafton County and other areas hit by severe rain and flash flooding in July. Sununu wrote to President Donald Trump on Thursday, saying the July 11-12 flooding washed out roads and left ...

Sununu willing to compromise on Medicaid provider rates

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is willing to compromise with legislators on the subject of Medicaid provider rates as both sides try to agree on the next state budget. In June, the Republican governor vetoed the Democratic-controlled Legislature’s budget, which ...

Man charged with murder, rape to claim insanity defense

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — The New Hampshire man charged with killing a food delivery driver in Massachusetts, raping a convenience store worker, and shooting two other women in 2017 will use an insanity defense at trial. The Salem News reports that the lawyer for 23-year-old Brian Brito, of ...