Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan is interviewed at  Hypertherm on March 4, 2013. (
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan is interviewed at Hypertherm on March 4, 2013. ( Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

Hassan Signs Pay Equity Bill

Concord (ap) — Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill that addresses pay equity between men and women in New Hampshire.

The Paycheck Fairness Act updates state law to eliminate loopholes, increase transparency in wages and ensure all workers have the right resources to help them earn a fair and equal paycheck without fear of retaliation.

Hassan said Monday while paycheck fairness legislation has stalled in Washington, in New Hampshire, legislators have shown that they can come together to expand middle-class opportunity and move the economy forward.

She thanked legislators from both parties for working on passing “the most significant piece of legislation for women in New Hampshire’s workforce in over a decade.”

Police: Man Strikes Trooper At Motor Speedway, Crashes

Loudon, n.h. (ap) — Police say a man has been accused of driving into the path of two state troopers directing traffic after the New Hampshire Motor Speedway race, striking one of them, then speeding away and hitting another vehicle.

Police said the trooper was not hurt.

Police said 21-year-old Damian Biron, of North Sutton, N.H., failed to stop Sunday, struck a vehicle, then went down southbound Route 106 before colliding with a pickup. That vehicle was pushed about 20 feet off the road.

Police said Biron left his truck and tried to flee, but was arrested on charges of reckless conduct and disobeying an officer, among other charges.

Two other people in Biron’s truck were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Man Dies in Fall From N.H. Rock Cliff

North Conway, n.h. (ap) — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says a man preparing to descend from a rock cliff in North Conway fell 65 feet and died of his injuries.

Officers said 56-year-old Brian Delaney, of Scarborough, Maine, was climbing alone Saturday and ascended Cathedral Ledge. At about noon on Saturday, another climber saw him finish his climb, then saw him fall.

Other climbers came to his aid and called 911 for assistance.

A preliminary investigation suggests that the fall happened as Delaney, an accomplished climber, was preparing or attempting to descend the route.

New England Governors, Canadian Premiers Discuss Energy in N.H.

Bretton Woods, n.h. (ap) — The premiers of the Eastern Canadian provinces and governors of the New England states say delivering clean energy to this corner of the United States is one of the most important issues facing the region.

Energy and economic collaboration were the main topics at a two-day conference between the five premiers and six governors that wrapped up Monday at New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Resort.

The leaders stressed any energy solutions would focus on increased efficiency and protecting the interests of each state and province individually.