Jun 29, 2015 6:00 AM

All Things New Hampshire: Monday, June 29, 2015

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All Things New Hampshire is back from vacation ... though I should point out that we'll be off this Friday ahead of the 4th of July weekend. In the meantime, let's get to the news:

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The second escaped prison inmate on the run for the last 3 weeks after breaking out of a maximum security prison in upstate New York is now back in custody after being shot and captured Sunday.

The Red Cross is aiding 14 families displaced by storm damage to their apartment building.

Senator Kelly Ayotte is preparing to kick off her re-election campaign Tuesday in Manchester. Her announcement is being met by an ad from a Democratic national group criticizing her record.

Another GOP Presidential candidate is getting set to join the 2016 race-Ohio Governor John Kasich is expected to announce on July 21st.

New Hampshire enjoys its role as a first in the nation primary...but its natives are rarely directly involved in the race.

Former Governor John Sununu says he's staying on the sidelines and won't endorse a Republican candidate during the 2016 primary race.

Thousands attended the first Portsmouth Pride parade on Saturday, the day after a landmark Supreme Court decision.

Stormy weather on Sunday played a role in knocking out power to thousands in the Granite State.

Police in Nashua say they've found the man they believe robbed a city bank last Tuesday.

Police in Merrimack are looking for a resident wanted on a pair of outstanding warrants.

Summer is off to a deadly start in New Hampshire, with 6 drowning deaths in the past 6 weeks, and that has Fish and Game officials concerned.

The effort to bring commuter rail from Boston to New Hampshire continues, as a bill creating a study group awaits Governor Hassan's signature.

A new report says New Hampshire's dental care access has improved, but there's still a long way to go.

The launch of the SpaceX rocket ended in an explosion on Sunday.

The Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves in New Hampshire is expanding.

Events we're following from the NH1 Media Center

New Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard, taking over for the retiring David Mara, is being officially sworn in today at a 10am ceremony. At 1:30pm, Willard will be part of a police conference in the Queen City announcing a major drug bust.

Terrence Reardon of New Ipswich will be in court this morning in Jaffrey, facing 3 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

There will be a community forum tonight in Merrimack at 7pm discussing the heroin problem.

Top News

It's the final few days before New Hampshire's Hands-free law goes into effect.

A woman was seriously injured in a crash in Londonderry Sunday night.

With reports of a "Sanders Surge" in some recent polls, the independent Vermont Senator who's running for President campaigned in Rochester over the weekend.

Governor Hassan's veto of the state budget has renewed speculation about her 2016 plans and whether she will run against Senator Kelly Ayotte.

The family of murdered Rochester journalist James Foley says they are grateful the US is reviewing its policies on American hostages.

Reports of aggressive panhandlers have officials in Rochester concerned.

Work on the new Sarah Long Bridge is underway and running on schedule so far.

A Harvard Medical School professor says the two wells still in use at Pease International Tradeport should be tested after a third was found to be contaminated last year. Meanwhile, parents of children who are set to be blood-tested are being reminded to return their consent forms.

Despite the wind and rain, protesters gathered in Market Square in Portsmouth Sunday afternoon to call out politicians and the media in the wake of the deadly church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

Government/Politics

As Independence Day nears, potential and declared 2016 Presidential candidates will be campaigning around the state.

The legislative calendar year may be ending, but there's plenty of work for lawmakers to do over the summer.

The Department of Health and Human Services says it expects to overspend its current budget.

Faculty and students at New Hampshire's Community Colleges are worried about the latest round of layoffs, driven by budget cuts.

Some Dover residents are expressing sticker shock over the price tag for renovations at the city's high school.

Tuftonboro residents angry that there's no public comment on the agenda of town selectmen meetings plan to make their voices heard at the polls next March.

Pittsfield's town administrator, under fire after being accused of a "hostile takeover" of the town's website, is resigning, though he says he's proud of his 14 months on the job.

Embattled Litchfield Superintendent Brian Cochrane is resigning this week following a no-confidence vote from the teachers' union.

Salem officials say they got "blindsided" after a billboard that's been up for decades was found by the state to lack the proper permits, and could be torn down.

A Task Force met in Somersworth Thursday night to discuss the ongoing heroin problem in the city and around New Hampshire.

Police/Fire

New Hampshire's Senior Assistant Attorney General is working to get the word out: financially exploiting senior citizens is now a crime in NH.

A custodian at a Merrimack elementary school is under arrest after police say he threatened to shoot another employee.

Two New Hampshire men are facing drug and weapon charges in Massachusetts after a weekend traffic stop.

Wet roads are likely to blame for a single-vehicle crash in Manchester Sunday afternoon that left the driver injured.

9 people were arrested at sobriety checkpoints in Portsmouth and Londonderry Friday night.

Somersworth now has an officer patrolling on a bicycle.

Courts

The former Finance Director for the Colonial Theater in Keene was sentenced to 12 months in jail after pleading guilty to embezzlement.

The former Treasurer of the New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Growers' Association is receiving a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to charges she stole thousands of dollars.

A former member of the New Hampshire National Guard will serve two years on probation after being convicted of stealing a gun from the Manchester armory.

A competency hearing for the former Concord man accused of defacing refugee homes with hateful messages has been delayed once again.

The state Supreme Court has upheld a divorce decree involving a Hollis couple who were in the news five years ago after the wife was sent to jail for stealing $1.3 million from the nonprofit Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts.

Business

After climbing for several weeks, gas prices in New Hampshire appear to be leveling off.

Local ski resorts are hoping the coming winter will be a repeat of the successful 2014-2015 season.

Solar projects could soon be springing up around the state if the Public Utilities Commission approves a number of requests for grants from the state's Renewable Energy Fund.

A McDonald's in Merrimack has closed, as the restaurant chain downsizes nationwide.

A Nashua man wants to bring indoor drone racing to the Granite State.

Other News

An experiment is underway in Raymond that could provide homeless veterans an opportunity to have a roof over their heads.

Market Days wrapped up this weekend in Concord, with officials saying the event doubles as a coming-out party for the city's revamped Main Street.

Local artists are helping to keep the geese and ducks away from Hesky Park through sculptures on display there this summer.

Disc golf could soon be coming to Merrimack.

It's time for the art to go at the recycling center in Candia.

Two people are headed to the big Nathan's hot dog-eating competition on the 4th of July after competing in a qualifying event in Rochester.

National and World News

The Supreme Court has upheld the use of a lethal injection drug that has been criticized for its ineffectiveness.

3 people were killed after a plane crash in Plainville, Massachusetts on Sunday.

Massachusetts teens who wrote a letter to convicted mobster Whitey Bulger as part of a history project were surprised to get a letter back from him.

Banks are closed in Greece as that country tries to avoid the collapse of its financial system.

Gay pride parades were held in cities across the country this weekend, turned especially jubilant after Friday's Supreme Court ruling overturning same-sex marriage bans. The Attorney General in Texas says County Clerks who object to gay marriage on religious grounds don't have to issue marriage licenses, despite Friday's landmark Supreme Court ruling.

The co-founder of the group Yes and longtime bassist has died.

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