May 22, 2015 5:52 AM

All Things New Hampshire: Friday, May 22, 2015

Quick housekeeping note: All Things New Hampshire will be off Memorial Day. Our next edition will come on Tuesday, May 26.

Stories that have us clicking on

Blame it on the pigs: A chemical used to preserve pigs being used for dissection in a science class appears to be the cause of a foul odor that led to the evacuation of Hillsboro-Deering High School Thursday morning.

Former Governor Jeb Bush had a one-on-one conversation with NH1 Political Director Paul Steinhauser Thursday. The potential 2016 candidate parts ways with declared White House hopeful Rand Paul on renewing the Patriot Act.

The NH1 News Political Report by Kevin Landrigan is out, and it includes a look at how Governor Hassan might use her veto power to get what she wants in the next state budget.

Which Presidential candidate is leading the way in Facebook traffic in the Granite State? The answer isn't all that big of a surprise.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is adding to his team in New Hampshire as he lays groundwork for a 2016 run for President.

A former Seabrook police officer on trial for assaulting a suspect at the police station in a 2009 incident caught on camera took the stand in his own defense Thursday.

NH1 investigates a phone scam involving Social Security numbers that's gotten the attention of police in Dunbarton.

Reaction is harsh from parents and police after the arrest of a Manchester grade school teacher on charges she hosted an alcohol-fueled after-prom party for Pinkerton Academy students. It's the latest in a string of incidents involving school employees around the state who are currently on leave.

Derry Town Councilors are facing more blowback over the closure of a fire station. One of them sat down with NH1's Shari Small.

A now-fired corrections officer in Rockingham County has been indicted on charges of spitting at and threatening an inmate.

A Massachusetts man is charged with assaulting a woman in Nashua, threatening her and trying to choke her.

A man from Hampton is in hot water after being charged with pretending to be a justice of the peace and officiating weddings - one of whom was his unknowing niece.

New Hampshire is now enforcing a ban on using drones while hunting.

Police in Dover have charged a sex offender, saying he didn't report his email address.

There's outrage in Lynn, Massachusetts after the desecration of a Holocaust memorial.

New Hampshire's hospitals say the state's Medicaid expansion program has led to fewer people without health insurance going to emergency rooms.

Portsmouth is considering parking permits for reserved spaces.

Some students at Oyster River High School in Durham got a nice surprise when they went out for a pre-prom dinner.

The 13th edition of the "Rock 'n Race" was held last night in Concord, with thousands of runners (including our own Kevin Deane!) taking part.

Today's NH1 Top 5: The best lakes to visit in New Hampshire.

Stories we're following from the NH1 Media Center

The annual New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ceremony takes place this morning in Concord at 10am. The names of the 46 police officers who have fallen while in the line of duty will be read, including the newest addition to the memorial, Brentwood Officer Stephen Arkell.

State Police, in conjunction with police in Maine, are holding an 11am news conference this morning in Seabrook reminding drivers that they'll be out in force this holiday weekend.

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is back in New Hampshire. Clinton is scheduled to visit Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton for a business-themed discussion. In the afternoon, Clinton will attend what the campaign calls "an organizing meeting with campaign supporters" in Exeter.

Manchester Police are planning a sobriety checkpoint this evening-and there are protestors who will be nearby trying to direct traffic away from it. Activists says police shouldn't have the right to stop you if there's no suspicion of a crime.

The "Ride The Wilds" ATV trail system opens in the North Country today.

Top News from around New Hampshire

State officials are expecting a bump in tourist traffic this Memorial Day weekend.

The charges are piling up for a couple that led police on a chase from Epping to Methuen, Massachusetts Wednesday afternoon.

A pair of state prison supervisors have been indicted on reckless conduct and witness tampering charges for an incident involving an inmate at the men's prison.

Police are looking for a Laconia woman last seen in Gilford on May 16th.

A Newmarket man is facing 21 charges for the beating of his infant son.

The state Senate has put off a decision on extending the Medicaid expansion program championed by Governor Hassan.


Hillary Clinton's Twitter account, which has 2.5 million followers, was in the control of a Portsmouth business owner on Thursday.

George Pataki says the U.S. should send troops to attack ISIS fighters in Iraq.

It didn't get as much attention as the budget cuts involving the fire department, but Derry Town Councilor also tackled another controversial issue at a recent meeting: the use of drones.

The New Hampshire Senate wants to give school systems more flexibility with student assessment tests-and less of them.

A Senate committee is proposing additional money for several projects-but none for a proposed commuter rail study.

Portsmouth officials continue to review a development project that would bring a Whole Foods grocery store to the city.

After hearing concerns from a nearby resident, Portsmouth officials have withdrawn a plan to have a satellite parking lot built on land near the Albacore submarine museum.

There's a proposal on the table in Hampton to force people living near the shoreline who have built seawalls on town property to protect their own homes to have to pay to lease that land where there walls are located. (You'll be shocked to hear that residents aren't too excited about this plan.)

Lebanon city leaders are looking into locations for a possible medical marijuana dispensary.


The state supreme court has ruled that grandparents retain the right right to visit their grandchildren even if the childrens' parents die and someone else adopts them.

A man accused of choking a child in Exeter has been sentenced to 6 months in prison.

Plaistow's former Town Planner has been indicted on charges she hacked into fellow town employees' email accounts, including the fire chief and health officer.


State Police have issued their annual warning asking you to use a sober driver this Memorial Day weekend. The DOT says they are adding an additional safety vehicle for holiday travelers.

A house fire in Franklin Thursday appears to have been caused by an accident involving boiling cooking oil.

Last week's suspicious fire in Keene has stalled plans for a home for veterans.

Londonderry Police are investigating 20 car break-ins in just 12 hours.

The driver in a deadly weekend crash in Salem has been identified.

Police in Portsmouth say a woman is facing charges after she and another woman overdosed on a drug intended to fight heroin addiciton.

OSHA is investigating this week's accident in Portsmouth involving an excavator that fell through the ground at the Olde Port Traders building Monday.

The mother of a 4 year-old boy hit by a car in Somersworth earlier this week says the driver wasn't at fault.

A Dover man is facing charges he pocketed money while working at a Dunkin' Donuts downtown.

A Nashua man has been charged with writing forged checks.

4 high-end cars were destroyed in a fire at the I-95 information center just over the state line in Kittery, Maine Tuesday.


A Bedford firm has been honored as the Family Business of the Year.

An Aldi grocery store is set to open in Nashua this December.

The CEO of Lumber Liquidators has resigned amid accusations the company used flooring laminates with excessive amounts of potentially harmful chemicals.

Citing accessibility issues, the owner of Alec's shoes in Nashua says he's moving the store out of downtown.

Pizzeria Regina is declaring bankruptcy and closing four locations, including 2 in New Hampshire.


The Monarchs picked up a win in the opening game of the AHL Eastern Conference finals last night.

Domestic violence charges have been dismissed against NFL running back Ray Rice, who was caught on camera punching out his then-fiancee in an elevator.

Boston will be hosting an IndyCar street race in 2016.

One of the owners of the Boston Celtics is taking over the city's bid for the 2024 Olympics.

Other News

We got some rain this morning, but much of New Hampshire remains in a drought heading into the holiday weekend.

The US Census bureau released new data this week showing that Durham, Dover and Portsmouth are among the New Hampshire cities with the fastest population growth.

Bids are finally being taken for reconstruction of the closed Sewalls Falls bridge in Concord, and work is expected to begin in July.

Remember those goats that turned up in Merrimack, and no one could figure out where they came from? They've found a new home.

Merrimack is considering building a half-million-dollar riverwalk that would link two of its most popular recreation areas.

White Mountains Community College held their 48th commencement exercises Thursday.

National and World News

A grand jury has indicted 6 Baltimore police officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, who died after suffering injuries while in police custody, sparking violence in that city.

The suspect wanted in connection with the deaths of a wealthy Washington DC family whose home was then burned is now under arrest.

Archives show that Hillary Clinton endorsed a White House plan to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors at the same time the William J. Clinton Foundation was soliciting donations for her husband's presidential library.

Former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to charges of witness intimidation. He's accused of shooting a former friend who is a witness in a double-murder case against the former New England tight end.

Ireland is voting on whether or not to legalize gay marriage.

A reality TV star is apologizing after being accused of molesting girls as a teenager.

Amazon is now offering 1-hour food delivery in New York City.


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