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All Things New Hampshire: Friday, May 29, 2015


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No animals were seriously hurt after a van carrying dozens of cats and dogs rolled over on Interstate 95 in Portsmouth yesterday afternoon.

Around 50 people were put out of their home by a fire at an apartment building in Merrimack early Thursday morning.

Convicted Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be formally sentenced to death on June 24.

A state Senate Committee has signed off on a $11.3 billion 2-year state budget, but not everyone is satisfied with the result.

Former New York Governor George Pataki kicked off his 2016 presidential campaign in Exeter yesterday.

Donald Trump has announced...that's set a date for a "major announcement" about his 2016 plans.

Former 1st District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has broken her silence, calling for Frank Guinta to resign and hinting that she's ready for another run for Congress in 2016. Despite a dip in Guinta's approval numbers, supporters continue to rally to his side-some taking out a full-page ad in the Union-Leader yesterday.

NH1's Keke Vencill reports on the efforts of a brother and sister to return orphaned black bears to the wild.

It's "Home Matters" week in New Hampshire, and NH1's Gail Huff reports that the elderly and college graduates are struggling to find housing.

A New Hampshire man who fled the US will be returned to the Granite State to face child sex abuse charges.

Police in Manchester say they have charged a woman after she was found passed out inside her car at a gas station, with heroin and cocaine in her purse.

A woman who fell out of a moving car during an argument with her husband remains in a coma.

A New Hampshire family was rescued in the Massachusetts woods after getting lost Thursday morning.

That oily water spill on the Piscataqua River is cleaned up, and no long-lasting effects are expected.

The owner of the White Mountain Hotel has offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in a recent armed robbery.

A Manchester man is facing charges after police say they found him with a stolen gun.

New Hampshire's representative at the Scripps National Spelling Bee got 2 words right during yesterday's semifinals, but was eliminated on the third word.

Students and teachers at Pinkerton Academy cut their hair for a cause on Thursday.

A new travel plaza is open on Interstate 93 in Londonderry.

Summer is almost here, and we have some advice on how to make that family vacation a fun and safe one.

Families will get a chance to "Meet their milk" at an event at the UNH dairy center next month.

Stories we're following from the NH1 Media Center

Some streets around Southern New Hampshire Medical Center will be shut down this morning during a simulated medical helicopter crash atop the hospital’s parking garage.

Belknap County Republicans are hosting a cruise on Lake Winnepesaukee tonight. Among the potential and declared presidential candidates attending: Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and former New York Governor George Pataki.

Ronald Libby, already serving time after being convicted of sexually assaulting children his wife was baby-sitting and convicted last week of a third sexual assault will learn today whether a judge will add prison time to the sentences he is serving already.

Top News

Yesterday's stormy weather left some damage and knocked out power in one neighborhood in Salem.

Despite the rain yesterday, we've been in a drought for weeks, and the effects are starting to be felt along the seacoast.

There's a leak in Dover's water supply-and no one knows where it is.

The good news about the dry weather: it's keeping the tick population down, but we're entering the peak season for the threat of Lyme disease.

Police in Manchester are looking for a driver involved in a multi-vehicle crash last night.

Friends of a recent Yale grad from Manchester who jumped to his death from an apartment window after stabbing his roommate are trying to understand what led him to such bizarre behavior.

Last week we told you about a man from Hampton under investigation for pretending to be a justice of the peace and officiating weddings-including his niece's wedding on the beach. Now, he's facing formal charges.

A man who swindled local churches out of gift cards and cash by telling a hard-luck story is going to prison.

The Dartmouth fraternity that partly inspired the film "Animal House" is appealing a decision by town officials that bars them from housing members at their building. (No, their argument did not go like this.)


Advocates for commuter rail are disappointed the Senate version of the state budget contains no money for a study that could bring rail service from Massachusetts to New Hampshire.

Second District Congresswoman Annie Kuster led a roundtable of New Hampshire business leaders Thursday, all of whom expressed concerns over the re-authorization of the Export-Import Bank.

Manchester's Superintendent has submitted a revised version of her proposed school budget, and it will mean some sacrifices.

As school officials in Manchester look for a new home for the Adult Education program, the Dean of UNH-Manchester says he's not sure there's room on his campus.

Nashua's Board of Alderman heard from educators Thursday night as they made a pitch to exceed the spending cap on the school budget.

Another Community Advisory Board meeting has been scheduled in Portsmouth discussing the ongoing response to the well water contamination at Pease International Tradeport.

There's an open Selectman seat in Pelham that-so far-nobody appears to want.


A juror in the assault trial of former Seabrook police officer Mark Richardson, which ended in a mistrial, says 4 jurors didn't think the prosecution made a strong enough case.

There's still some lingering legal issues to be resolved before a judge can rule whether or not a Portsmouth Police Sergeant will keep a $2.1 million inheritance left to him by an elderly woman.

There will be no extra jail time for the Portsmouth man who broke into his neighbor's apartment last year to try and strangle a barking dog.

A lowered bail has been denied for a Merrimack man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend.

The city of Portsmouth has reached a settlement with a rooming house that's been the source of problems in the past.


A lightning strike is being blamed for a basement fire in Peterborough Thursday.

A Canadian man is facing charges he tried to buy "100 handguns" from a dealer in Nashua while pretending he lived in Manchester.

Police in Rochester say a convicted arsonist driving a car with an expired inspection sticker is facing new charges after marijuana plants were found growing in the back of the vehicle.

A mother in Ossipee is facing charges of selling heroin from her car-while her kids were with her.

The New Hampshire Attorney General's Drug Task Force says they've arrested an accused heroin dealer in Plymouth.

A man from Vermont is facing charges of trying to lure a 13 year-old boy into a sexual encounter.

Police in Portsmouth say the death of a man last week at Beechstone apartments is being investigated as a heroin overdose.

Driver fatigue is being blamed for a 2-car crash on Route 108 in Newfields Thursday afternoon.

A campfire during a ban on outdoor burning led police to break up an underage drinking party in the town of Washington last week.

Spontaneous combustion of oily rags is being blamed for a fire at an industrial building in Nashua.

A student dressed in camouflage as part of a class project inadvertently caused a brief lockdown at a middle school in Hudson Thursday.


Mortgage rates have hit a new high in 2015.


A rookie making his pitching debut led the Red Sox to victory over the Rangers last night.

Other News

Once again, a board in Dover has rejected one man's request to have a helicopter pad in his backyard, though the issue may still not be settled.

Work on the final phase of improvements to Route 3 in Concord begins on Monday.

Despite talk of banning trapping the animal this season, a UNH expert says the bobcat population is on the rise.

Frisbie Hospital in Rochester has been awarded a 4-star rating for its patient care by Hospital Compare.

Students at the Rundlett Middle School are in mourning after the unexpected death of a 6th-grader Wednesday night following a medical emergency.

There's now 6 pairs of the endangered piping plover nesting on New Hampshire beaches.

National and World News

The US is looking into the theft of 100,000 taxpayers information.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been indicted, accused of lying to the FBI about money he paid out to cover up other indiscretions.

10 years after Natalie Halloway disappeared in Aruba, there could be some new clues in the case.

There's a "Draw Mohammed" rally by free speech activists outside a mosque in Arizona today.

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