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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard getting new commander

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is undergoing a change of command. Capt. Daniel Ettlich is taking command of the shipyard Friday. He’s taking the helm from Capt. David Hunt. Ettlich has been serving as deputy for shipyard operations at the Naval Sea Systems Command in ...

NOAA to meet with public about possible new whale protection

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — Federal officials will meet with fishermen and other members of the public in a series of meetings about possible changes to rules designed to protect vulnerable whales. A federal team has called for a reduction of the vertical trap lines in the Gulf of Maine to reduce ...

Dump truck driver charged in pickup, school bus crash

SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire have charged a dump truck driver with negligent driving after his vehicle rear-ended a pickup truck that collided with a school bus. Thirty-seven-year-old Jeremy McNally, of Concord, was charged Wednesday in the Aug. 1 crash. Police said 21 people, ...

Officials: Piping plovers set a record for chicks in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Endangered piping plovers have fledged 165 chicks so far this summer for a new record in Maine. The Maine Audubon reports that the number of chicks represents a 29% increase over last year. And it follows a 30% increase last year. Laura Minich Zitsk, director of ...

Sununu signs bill to set up dairy premium fund for farmers

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. Chris Sununu has signed a bill to help New Hampshire dairy farmers. The purpose of the bill is to provide a way to support dairy farmers by buying specially labeled milk for an extra 50 cents per gallon. The measure creates a dairy premium fund that replaces the ...

Lottery looking for vendors, retailers for sports betting

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Lottery’s looking for proposals from potential online vendors and retailers to offer sports betting after the state legalized it last month. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed into law a measure that legalizes betting on professional sports and most ...

Police: At least 12 hurt in school bus-dump truck crash

SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Police say at least 12 people, including some children, have been hurt in a crash involving a school bus and a dump truck in New Hampshire. Police said the crash happened at about 10:15 a.m. Thursday in Salem and that most of the injuries appear to be minor. WMUR-TV ...

Officer hurt, man found dead after exchange of gunfire

WEARE, N.H. (AP) — A police officer responding to a domestic violence call at a home was shot in the arm during an exchange of gunfire with a man inside the house, and the man was later found dead, New Hampshire authorities said Thursday. Police said the injury to Weare Police Officer ...

Prison chaplin sentenced for bribery, giving contraband

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal prison chaplain in New Hampshire who pleaded guilty to accepting over $52,000 in bribes for providing inmates cellphones, tobacco, drugs, and other contraband has been sentenced to a little over three years in prison. Prosecutors said investigators seized ...

Man convicted in deadly wrong-way crash seeks new trial

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man convicted of murder in the deaths of five teenagers killed on an interstate highway in a wrong-way crash is seeking a new trial. Attorneys for Steven Bourgoin acknowledged he caused the October 2016 crash but said he was insane at the time. The defense ...

Report: Driver who hit bikers was under influence of drugs

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The driver involved in a crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire was under the influence of drugs and reached for a beverage just before the collision, according to a federal inspection report obtained Thursday. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety ...

Sununu to join artisans in opening 86th Craftsmen’s Fair

NEWBURY, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is going to join artisans in opening the 86th annual Craftsmen’s Fair by blowing a horn, a tradition used to announce the fair’s start for more than 45 years. The kickoff is Saturday. The nation’s longest-running outdoor craft fair ...

Annual Youth Voices Summit has a rap music theme

HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) — An annual gathering of current and former foster youth in New Hampshire has a rap music theme this year. Participants at Thursday’s Youth Voices Summit at New England College in Henniker will attend workshops on topics such as getting a college degree; finding a job; ...

Bill would aim to help laboratory animals get a home

A bill to encourage the adoption or retirement of animals no longer needed for research in federal labs has the support of U.S. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. Supporters say more than 50,000 cats, dogs, monkeys, rabbits and other animals regulated under ...

Lawyers-turned-judges support woman in citizenship appeal

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two New Hampshire judges who were lawyers for a woman convicted of lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide to obtain U.S. citizenship are willing to testify on her behalf as she argues for a new trial. Beatrice Munyenyezi (moon-yehn-YEH’-zee) was sentenced to ...

Manchester diocese releases list of priests accused of abuse

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester released a list Wednesday of priests accused of sexually abusing children as part of what it called an effort to take accountability for the abuse that stretched back decades. The diocese posted the list of 73 names on its website that go as far back as ...

Baker says he didn’t know of registry backlog before crash

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday he did not learn of problems his state’s Registry of Motor Vehicles had with processing notifications sent by other states until after a crash that killed seven motorcyclists last month, though top agency officials have testified ...

Man charged with murder in New Hampshire stabbing death

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire authorities have charged a man with second-degree murder in a stabbing death. Twenty-nine-year-old Joseph Hanright is accused of killing 64-year-old Marshall John Villeneuve, who was found dead in his Concord apartment on July 26. Hanright was arrested ...

Judge refuses to dismiss challenge to voter law

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal judge says a challenge to New Hampshire’s new voter residency law can continue. Judge Joseph Laplante on Tuesday refused to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two Dartmouth College students. The new law ends the ...

Officer trying to rescue kitten finds a bobcat instead

STRATHAM, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire police officer says the kitten he was trying to pick up in a parking lot turned out to be a bobcat, which then jumped onto the roof of a Burger King. Stratham Officer Matt Callahan tells Seacoastonline.com he was on patrol Saturday and saw the ...