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Dec 12, 2014 8:23 AM

All Things New Hampshire-Friday, December 12, 2014


Two Farmington Police officers accused of assault were found not guilty Thursday.

House Speaker Shawn Jasper has named some of his leadership team.

Fairpoint Internet service is back after a widespread outage Thursday.

A mother accused of kidnapping her child 10 years ago is now out on bail, though where the child (now 18) is remains a mystery.

Representative Carol Shea-Porter spoke with NH1 Political Director Paul Steinhauser about her future plans. She's not ruling out a 2016 run for Congress.

2nd District Congresswoman Anne Kuster also talked with Paul Steinhauser about her agenda in Congress.

A small earthquake was reported in Exeter on Thursday morning.

At 10 a.m. in Concord, the Granite State Airport Management Association held its second annual Legislative Focus Meeting to discuss the benefits and challenges facing airports and aviation in New Hampshire.

At 10 a.m., James Whinnem, already in court this week for a bank robbery in Manchester, appeared in Dover to answer to robbery charges there.

At 10:30 a.m., the State Liquor Commission announced an initiative to cut down on drunken driving and alcohol abuse during the holiday season.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Strawbery Banke held a news conference celebrating the opening of its ice rink, which is expected to open to the public at 6 p.m.

At 1 p.m., frozen seafood processing company High Liner Foods held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their new headquarters in Portsmouth.

At 2 p.m., New Hampshire Police Standards and Training is holding its 165th NH Police Academy Graduation in Concord. Governor Hassan is scheduled to attend.

At 4 p.m., Hall of Fame coach and player Mike Ditka Castro's Back Room in Nashua. This gives me an excuse to link to this video.

At 8 p.m., UNH takes on Tennessee-Chattanooga in the FCS quarterfinals at Cowell Stadium. You can watch the game on ESPN 2.

The last night of Nashua's second annual Festival of Trees starts at 7 at the Hunt Memorial Building.

Top News from around New Hampshire

Nashua residents continue to demand answers in the death of 3-year-old Brielle Gage.

A judge has refused to dismiss charges against a police officer accused of slamming a suspect's head into a concrete wall at the Seabrook Police Station.

The widower of one of the victims of the deadly bicycle race accident in Portsmouth tells the Boston Herald he is OK with the plea deal offered to the accused driver in that case, Darrien Hess.

A couple is calling on Portsmouth officials to make Pierce island's unofficial dog park safer after her dog was killed there.

Salvation Army officials say Red Kettle donations are down this year in the Manchester area.

A missing Florida dog that turned up in Salem is headed home today.


The chairwoman of the GOP has announced her re-election bid.

Just over the border, the Maine Turnpike Authority may be ready to replace the York Toll Plaza.


The trial of a martial arts instructor accused of sexually assaulting a teen continues in Nashua.


Manchester police are investigating a string of recent heroin overdoses from what they say is a highly potent strain of the drug.

An overnight shooting is under investigation in Manchester.

A Nashua day care center is closed after a truck hit it overnight-then apparently drove off.

Manchester police are investigating an armed robbery of a cab driver Wednesday night.

Police in Manchester are also investigating a robbery involving sports memoribilia.

Plaistow police say the investigation into accusations the former Town Planner hacked into co-workers email accounts is "very active".

How do you steal an excavator in broad daylight? Someone in New Durham pulled it off.

Two Nashua fugitives arrested in California are headed back to New Hampshire.

A Nashua woman is facing charges of shoplifting at the Pheasant Lane Mall.

Police say a Dominican man was arrested in Nashua after attempting to use false documents to get a driver's license.

A woman was hit by a car in Manchester last night while "darting" across the street.

An Epsom man's been charged with methamphetamine possession in Idaho.

A utility pole was broken in a crash in Rochester on Thursday morning.

Somersworth's chief is marking his 40th anniversary on the force.


The chancellor of the state's community college system is blaming slumping tuition revenue for faculty cuts.

Wal-Mart has begun work on its long-delayed Supercenter in Manchester.

A local economist is voicing concern about the housing market.

A new report says among all U.S. states, New Hampshire has lost the third-most jobs to China since 2001.

Market Basket employees are getting their holiday bonuses.


UNH is ready for its big test against Tennessee-Chattanooga tonight.

None of them are named Jon Lester, but the Red Sox are shoring up their pitching staff.

Other News

A pair of Nashua Marines are pushing Congress to extend visas for Afghan interpreters they credit with saving their lives.

There could be job cuts at the Oyster River School District.

An unexpected find is complicating work on the new Broad Street Parkway in Nashua.

It'll cost a bit more to send students to Pinkerton Academy in Derry.

A Dartmouth study finds that kids eat more fruits and vegetables when they are in school.

National and World News

Congress (narrowly) avoided a government shutdown yesterday.

Computer problems have forced London's airspace to be closed.

A man beaten by Mark Whalberg back in 1988 (some of us will always know him as "Marky Mark") is in favor of granting him a pardon.

Talk about old school: a 1795 time capsule buried by Sam Adams (the American patriot, not the beer) and Paul Revere is being excavated from the Massachusetts State House.

McDonald's is shrinking its menu.

We now know some of the character names for the new Star Wars movie. (I loved how they did this-using graphics modeled after trading cards from the original trilogy. I collected those as a kid and deeply regret allowing my mother to throw them out.)


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