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All Things New Hampshire-Thursday, July 2, 2015

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A reminder that with the Independence Day Holiday coming this weekend, you can get a complete list of fireworks and parades here.

Wednesday was day 1 of the new hands-free driving law, and drivers are reacting.

New Hampshire's Cold Case Unit secured its first conviction in its 6-year history when a suspect in a 2001 murder pleaded guilty Wednesday.

With the holiday weekend approaching and a recent string of drowning deaths in the Granite State, officials are urging you to be safe if you go out on the water.

Can't get enough of Donald Trump? Kevin Landrigan gives us "Trump unplugged".

George Pataki apparently has had enough of Donald Trump; he's calling on other candidates to denounce him for remarks made about Mexican immigrants.

5 people were arrested during a prostitution sting in Manchester this week.

A young girl and a dog were rescued from a fire in Somersworth Tuesday.

A Pinkerton graduate with a 12-year perfect attendance record is looking for recognition-but isn't getting it.

Police in Keene have arrested a man they say was selling heroin, and seized hypodermic needles and a shotgun.

A man is facing charges for using a fake identity to get a car loan.

There's a new head of the AFL-CIO in New Hampshire.

Newborns in New Hampshire will now be screened for a rare genetic disorder.

If you missed it yesterday-check out this New Hampshire man's innovate approach to mowing his lawn-inventing a "triple mower".

Stories we're following from the NH1 Media Center

We're waiting for updates from state officials on the investigation into a suspicious death in the North Country town of Columbia.

Governor Hassan is attending the opening of a Veterans Center in White River Junction, Vermont, just over the NH border.

A celebration of life is being held this afternoon for Phillip Carter, killed last month in a deadly accident on Route 28 in Salem that saw his car split in two.

Top News

The Attorney General's office and the major crimes unit is investigating a suspicious death in the northern New Hampshire town of Columbia.

A Claremont firearms instructor is in critical condition after being shot in the face and abdomen in an incident in Vermont.

A high-profile Medical Examiner who worked on the OJ Simpson case says the death of a Milford man working as a contractor in Saudi Arabia was a homicide.

The AG's office has released a list of names of police officers given credit for passing a test allowing them to administer breathalyzers-but may have actually failed due to a glitch in the system.

The former Fire Chief in Farmington has been sentenced after being convicted of stealing $216,000 from the town.

A woman in Lempster is recovering after a lightning strike that shocked her in her home Wednesday morning.

The woman who provided drugs to a man who later was involved in a deadly crash has been granted work release.

Could safety concerns short-circuit the annual Deerfield Fair?

Citing numerous problems, the American Legion has shut down one of its posts in Nashua.

Tool donations have poured in after similar items were stolen from a Habitat for Humanity work site in Manchester.

Government/Politics

Chris Christie took a break from campaigning in New Hampshire to pick up an endorsement from Maine's controversial Governor.

Officials in Pelham have approved a study looking at the potential environmental impact of a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run through the town.

3 Police Chiefs told Portsmouth Police Commissioners about the value of accreditation at a meeting Wednesday.

Nashua schools are getting ready for changes to their grading system-it's not just an "A +" anymore, it's a "4".

Courts

A request to lower bail was denied for a Lowell, Massachusetts man charged in last month's accident on Route 28 in Salem that saw a car split in two and killed the other driver.

A judge has ruled that there's probable cause to proceed with charges against a Keene man accused of going online to lure a 14 year-old girl to a city park for sex.

A Rochester man has been indicted on a string of charges involving the violent assaults of two women.

A Walpole man has been indicted for sexually assaulting a Hinsdale girl in her home Easter Sunday.

A judge has denied a request for a new trial for a former Belmont man convicted of a hate crime for threatening to shoot two people because he thought they were Jewish.

A Concord man battling a drug addiction is headed to jail after a burglary spree he blames on his habit.

Police/Fire

Police in Somersworth are investigating a Wednesday night pharmacy robbery.

A store clerk in Hampton is facing charges he exposed himself to a female customer last month.

A man is facing charges in Concord after being found passed out behind the wheel of his car that was rolling slowly through an intersection.

No charges have been filed in a hit-and-run crash in Rochester that saw one driver speed off even after his airbags deployed.

A Dover man has turned himself into police after fleeing the scene of a crash last month.

Crews in Dover were busy cleaning up a water main break that may have been caused by a nearby road project.

Police in Conway say a local man may face charges after apparently driving off the cliff of a scenic vista on purpose.

The results from a community survey show residents are giving police in Rochester a thumbs up.

Business

Once said to be in a "death spiral", Eversource is now offering some of the lowest electric rates in the state.

The housing market is booming-at least, it is if you're the owner of a million-dollar home.

Sports

It'll be the US women's team taking on Japan in the World Cup final after a heartbreaking own-goal loss by England's women last night.

Dreams of seeing Kevin Love in Celtic green are dashed Wednesday as the free agent re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Ex-Patriot Brandon Spikes, cut from the team after his damaged car was found abandoned near the team's Foxborough facility, has pleaded guilty to hit-and-run charges.

Other News

DOT officials say the new Memorial Bridge can become a "smart bridge"-monitoring its own structural conditon.

The "Ride The Wilds" ATV trail network in the North Country is in talks with Northern Pass on a possible multi-million dollar donation.

A heads up if you're planning to be on Interstate 93 southbound next week-expect some lane closures.

A team effort helped get some baby skunks across the road in Plaistow.

Advocates for New Hampshire's Loon population are asking you to give the birds some space this weekend.

A man has kicked off a cross-country trip from New Hampshire to the west coast on a locally-manufactured motorcycle-all to benefit the Wounded Warriors foundation.

The documentary that chronicles last year's Market Basket power struggle is expected to hit screens this fall.

National and World News

A Navy Yard in Washington, DC is on lockdown after a report of a shooting.

A referendum this weekend in Greece on the country's financial future has led to many residents feeling they are in a state of limbo.

Investigators say the two escaped inmates from a New York prison apparently split up because one of them had a drinking problem.

Small business hiring held steady in June after several months of recent gains, but the overall job outlook is optimistic. Unemployment is at its lowest level nationally in 7 years.

Episcopalians have voted to allow gay marriage in their churches. In other gay marriage news, a Federal judge says Alabama counties must issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

After 44 years, Sonia from Sesame Street is leaving the long-running children's show.

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