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New Uses for Campaign Signs

Friday, February 12, 2016

Durham — The oversized Carly Fiorina campaign signs along New Hampshire’s Route 4 weren’t enough to keep the Republican presidential hopeful’s campaign alive past Tuesday’s primary, but they could end up helping people with disabilities live their lives more independently. For the past four years, University of New Hampshire professor Therese Willkomm has been seeking donations of discarded campaign signs for use in her occupational therapy classes, where students cut …

N.H. Town Returns Surplus Grenade Launcher as Lawmakers Look to Limit What Departments Accept

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Meredith Police Department never got a chance to use its grenade launcher. The equipment, obtained at least nine years ago through a U.S. Department of Defense program, was recalled by the Obama administration as part of its reconsideration of a federal policy giving surplus military gear to local police departments. On Jan. 13, the Meredith Police Department mailed the grenade launcher back …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lebanon Board Gives Housing Development Extension Lebanon — The Lebanon Planning Board unanimously granted the owner of a housing development on Old Pine Tree Cemetery Road an extension for the project’s third phase at its meeting on Monday. The board initially approved the 140-unit housing development as Sleeper Village in 2005. Subsequently, the project has undergone a series of delays and is now …

Kasich Tells New Hampshire Voters: ‘It’s All Up to You’

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Claremont — Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday told Claremont-area voters at his 91st town hall meeting in the state that it will be up to them whether he continues his campaign after next Tuesday’s primary. Kasich, who …

Graff Out Of Vermont Lt. Gov. Race

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Former Politico editor Garrett Graff has abandoned the idea of running for Vermont lieutenant governor this year. He made the announcement Tuesday on Facebook. Graff said he didn’t want questions about his Vermont residency to dog his candidacy. “It’s become clear that the ambiguity around this question of …

N.H. May Revive Bobcat Hunting

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Concord — A proposal to reopen a season for hunting bobcats in New Hampshire drew plenty of opposition as well as some support at a packed public hearing Monday night, but the hours of public discussion showed a secondary issue: whether the controversy might spur bigger changes. “The …

Vt. Health Site Still Has Backlog

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Montpelier — Gov. Peter Shumlin’s health care reform team told the House Health Care Committee on Thursday about bigger challenges with Vermont Health Connect than was previously reported. Lawrence Miller, the chief of health care reform, said the number of changes to customer accounts waiting to be handled …

N.H. Surplus Centers Home to Excess

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Concord — In the market for a crate of Boston and Harvard hoodies and baby onesies? How about a suitcase full of pork rinds? Seek out your nearest state surplus store, where many airports nationwide send their unclaimed …

N.H. Sees High Voter Turnover

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Durham, n.h. (ap) — Voter turnout is always important in New Hampshire’s presidential primary, but a new study concludes population turnover also will play a big role. A report by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire estimates that more than 30 percent …

N.H. Woman Who Won Pot Case Dies

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Concord (ap) — A New Hampshire woman who was suffering from late-stage cancer when she won permission to buy medical marijuana in Maine before it was available in her home state died Monday. Linda Horan was 64. Her death was confirmed by state Rep. Renny Cushing, D-Hampton, a …

The Outside Story: Have You Seen a Mountain Lion?

Monday, February 1, 2016

In the photo, the mountain lion lies on its side on the shoulder of a Connecticut parkway. Tail lights shine in the distance. A Connecticut state trooper snapped the photo after a motorist had struck and killed the …

New Rail Link to Maine Waterfront Now Operating

Monday, February 1, 2016

Portland, Maine — Freight trains are rolling through New England carrying the first-ever shipping containers loaded on the Portland waterfront. The new train service is the product of years of planning and millions in public and private investment, with the goal of connecting this once-thriving port by rail …

Photographers Also Battle in N.H. Primary

Monday, February 1, 2016

Concord — Decades ago, the fierce competition to win the New Hampshire primary wasn’t limited to the presidential candidates. News photographers also fought to be first. In just over a week, voters in three tiny northern towns will cast their ballots at midnight, delivering the debut results of …