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All Things New Hampshire: Friday, April 3, 2015


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There will be no Pumpkn Festival in Keene this year, after City Councilors voted against granting a permit to organizers last night.

A report of a hostage situation in Keene turned out to be a hoax.

A Maine man pleaded guilty Thursday for his role in the stabbing death of a Madbury teen during a robbery attempt last June.

What's next for the State Budget after a version passed in the House this week?

A comment made by a lawmaker in the heat of the budget debate is getting some attention, and has led to an apology.

Portsmouth's Assistant Mayor is proposing a marriage equality statement in reaction to the religious freedom measures that have triggered debate in states like Arkansas and Indiana.

The General Manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway has pleaded guilty to a lewdness charge.

The redesign of Concord's downtown Main Street is underway, and it's expected to cause some headaches for local businesses.

Chief Meteorologist Joe Joyce says spring will finally make its presence felt on Friday.

A new study suggests women workers in New Hampshire won't close the gender pay gap until the year 2082.

As New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez deals with a corruption scandal, New Hampshire's GOP party is calling on Senator Shaheen to return "tainted" money asssociated with Menendez

Chris Christie appears to be ramping up his presidential aspirations.

Ted Cruz's campaign has hauled in the cash in the days since he announced a run for President.

Former New York Governor George Pataki is another candidate taking steps towards a presidential bid, and also weighed in on the controversy in Indiana.

If you haven't already, check out the NH1 News Political Report with Kevin Landrigan.

Work is underway to improve cellphone service in the North Country.

A mooring problem is being blamed for a 2013 tanker crash into the Sarah Long Bridge.

Somebody's going around selling candy in Manchester claiming to be for a good cause, but they may not be what they seem.

Teams from high schools around the state gathered in Hooksett Thursday, fighting homelessness through the power of...dodgeball?

Thursday was World Autism Awareness Day.

A quadruple amputee dog in Colorado is getting around pretty well thanks to a company called Orthopets

Stories we're following from the NH1 Media Center today

Today is Good Friday. Christians will mark the day with religious services, and members of Brookside Congregational Church in Manchester will do a meditative walk through the streets city during the evening bearing a cross. In Nashua, members of St. Louis church will re-enact a live representation of the Stations of the Cross around the neighborhood.

Tonight also begins the 8-day festival of Passover, and Jewish families will be observing the occasion with several annual traditions.

A report is expected to be released today providing a review of the response by police and officials in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing attack.

James Robarge will be sentenced in Newport. Robarge was convicted in February of killing his estranged wife and burying her body in Unity.

Sentencing is also scheduled for Christopher Compas in Manchester. He was convicted of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's Pembroke home in 2012 and attacking her with a knife-then setting the home on fire.

On Friday afternoon at American Legion Post 48 in Hudson, Representative Annie Kuster will be on hand to present John Ekenbarger with medals earned during his service in the Korean War. Ekenbarger served as an Anti-aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Crewman in the 2nd Infantry Division, U.S. Army.

Governor Hassan will speak Friday afternoon at the 99th Corrections Academy Graduation in Concord.

Top News

A Massachusetts man has been sentenced for assaulting a baby in Nashua, who is now facing a long road to recovery from his injuries.

Prosecutors say the case against a Portsmouth teen-accused of hitting two Hampton women walking along the opposite side of the road last June-won't be affected even though his impounded car was damaged by snow plows over the winter.

Maine's Governor had a jar of vaseline thrown in his general direction at a town hall meeting last night. That's not a misprint-there's video and everything.


State revenues were slightly lower than projected in March.

A bill in the state Senate would make the practice of phone "spoofing"-using software to mask or provide a different number than your phone number when it shows up on someone's caller ID-illegal.

Nashua's Board of Education are preparing a list of additional budget cuts before presenting their school budget to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

A search committee has recommended a candidate to become the next Superintendent of Concord Schools.

A Portsmouth City Councilor says the city shouldn't try to regulate Uber drivers.

Congressman Frank Guinta paid a visit to a mental health service center in Portsmouth Thursday.

A forum to discuss a "Living Wage" has been scheduled in Portsmouth.


A farmer has pleaded guilty to bank fraud and charges he falsely claimed to be a decorated veteran.

A former IT worker for the Exeter school system, accused of changing student records, is asking a judge to throw out statements she made to police.

A former Nashua man, on probation after being convicted on rape charges, is headed back to prison after prosecutors say he stalked his victim all the way to Indiana.

Prosecutors are investigating the wife of a Atikinson piano teacher for possibly tampering with business records after he was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a young student.

A Massachusetts man has turned down a 60-day jail sentence and wants to go to trial on charges he attacked a UNH employee with a champagne bottle last year.

Restitution for a deadly 2013 crash in Hampton has been delayed.


A brief lockdown at a Derry Elementary school after a report of a break-in attempt nearby appears to have been a false alarm.

A parolee is facing charges in Manchester after getting hit with a stun gun and tussling with an officer.

3 vehicles were involved in a Thursday morning crash on Route 101 in Auburn.

A Massachusetts man has been charged with using a fake identity to get a state ID card.

Police say scammers are targeting residents in Littleton.


Allegiant Air is flying as normal out of Portsmouth after a judge's ruling narrowly avoided a pilot's strike.

A decision on the proposed expansion of Mount Sunapee is expected soon from state officials.

Nashua's first "Nanobrewery" is getting ready to open its doors.

The market for condominiums in the Lakes Region is improving, according to local realtors.

Other News

A memorial road race for fallen Brentwood Police Officer Steven Arkell is set for Saturday.

Broadway stars will be in Nashua Saturday to raise money for the district's school music program.

A different kind of triathalon is coming to downtown Nashua in May.

A Stratham teen who's originally from Ethiopia, and still has a brother living there, won't need a second bone marrow transplant from his sibling.

Jewish families around New Hampshire are getting ready to mark Passover.

The ice-out watch is underway at Lake Winnepesaukee.

A Milton native has won the "Nobel Prize of computing"-and it comes with $1 million.

National and World News

A breakthrough has been announced in talks with Iran on a nuclear deal.

Lawmakers in both Arkansas and Indiana have passed amendments to their recently-passed religious freedom laws. A pizza shop in Indiana which became the center of the controversy

Investigators in the German plane crash in the French Alps say the co-pilot sped up the plane's descent.

Horrifying details are coming out about the attack at a Kenyan college by Islamic Extremists.

The prosecution has rested in the trial of Aaron Hernandez.

Allies of New Jersey Senator Robert Menedez are launching a public relations campaign in response to the filing of corruption charges against him this week.

The founder of the Crystal Cathedral megachurch, Robert Schuller, has died.

A man rescued at sea after 66 days used laundry to fish for food.


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