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New Hampshire Hosts Formula Hybrid Competition

Loudon, n.h. — Future engineers, start your engines.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is hosting Dartmouth College’s 8th annual Formula Hybrid Competition, founded and run by the school’s Thayer School of Engineering.

Starting today and ending Thursday, the competition features high-performance hybrid and electric race cars built by teams of undergraduate and graduate students.

Twenty-four teams are registered for this year’s competition, in which students must follow strict rules as they learn about vehicle design, acceleration, handling and endurance while trying to optimize energy efficiency and sustainability of materials.

Kristen Lestock, spokeswoman for the speedway, said the competition is a great opportunity for young people interested in future careers in the automotive industry. In past years, officials from automotive manufacturers have visited the students as they work, offering some jobs on the spot.

This year, the length of the endurance event will increase from 22 kilometers to 44 kilometers, and the number of auotcross runs will increase.

On day two of the competition, middle and high school students will be given guided tours by volunteers from the New England section of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Bill Establishes N.H. Paint Disposal Program

Concord — The Senate is considering establishing a paint disposal program funded by a fee on paint sold in New Hampshire.

The Senate votes Thursday whether to back the program which could mean an increase in the price of paint.

Supporters say it would give consumers a way to empty garages and basements of old paint cans at free drop-off sites. The bill came under fire in the House from Republicans who argued the fee amounted to a tax on paint.

Under the House-approved bill, manufacturers would charge participating retailers 75 cents per gallon of paint to cover the disposal cost. The fee would be 35 cents for smaller amounts and $1.60 for cans larger than a gallon. A nonprofit organization designated by the state would run the program.

Drivers Warned to Watch Out For Moose

Montpelier — Drivers in Vermont are being warned to be on the lookout for moose this time of year. Fish and Wildlife Department officials say moose are on the move and likely to be crossing roads, often after dark or in the early morning as they move from wintering areas to spring feeding spots.

Officials say more moose are hit by cars in the spring than in any other season. The crashes also increase in the fall, during moose breeding season.

New Hampshire House Considers New Casino Proposal

Concord — New Hampshire’s House is voting Wednesday whether to legalize two casinos about a month after representatives said ‘no’ to one casino.

The Ways and Means Committee voted 11-9 to recommend that the House reject the bill, which includes $25 million in aid to communities as a sweetener. The House has never approved video slots legislation.

The Senate bill proposes legalizing two casinos sharing a total of 5,000 video slot machines and 240 table games. The House killed a bill a month ago that would have legalized one casino licensed to have 5,000 video slot machines. House gambling supporters had talked of adding the $25 million in aid to the House bill had it survived.

Supporters argue New Hampshire needs the revenue while opponents say casinos would harm the state’s image.

— Wire Reports