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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Still no sign of James Foley, Saturn is coming

FILE - This undated file still image from video released April 7, 2011, by GlobalPost, shows James Foley of Rochester, N.H., a freelance contributor for GlobalPost, in Benghazi, Libya. Foley has been allowed to make his first call to his mother since he was detained early this month by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. GlobalPost says Foley told his mother Saturday, April 23, 2011, at her home in Rochester, N.H., that he was fine, that he felt strong, was not injured and was being treated well. He told her he was in a Tripoli detention center. (AP Photo/GlobalPost, File)

FILE - This undated file still image from video released April 7, 2011, by GlobalPost, shows James Foley of Rochester, N.H., a freelance contributor for GlobalPost, in Benghazi, Libya. Foley has been allowed to make his first call to his mother since he was detained early this month by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. GlobalPost says Foley told his mother Saturday, April 23, 2011, at her home in Rochester, N.H., that he was fine, that he felt strong, was not injured and was being treated well. He told her he was in a Tripoli detention center. (AP Photo/GlobalPost, File)

For those who don’t know, James Foley is a New Hampshire native. He’s a very talented freelance journalist. And he’s been missing for 104 days. Foley was kidnapped by an unknown gunman on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2012, while covering the conflict in Syria.

Covering war was nothing new to Foley. He covered armed conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria. He was published and broadcasted by Globalpost, AFP, CNN, CBS, PBS.

Foley’s family has not given up, however. On Monday, his family again appealed to try to get some answers. “Jim is an objective journalist and we appeal for the release of Jim unharmed,” his father John Foley told Foster’s Daily Democrat. “Someone in Syria knows what happened to Jim and we hope they will contact us.”

If you’re unfamiliar with Foley’s work, his professional website is still running.

In other news:

∎ Another winter storm, this one called Saturn, is on its way to the Granite State.

 May Gruber, famous New Hampshire business and civic leader, died Monday – just two days shy of her 101st birthday, which would have been today.

∎ It’s town meeting season. Want to do a little financial research before your town’s meeting? Check out this report by New Hampshire Center for Public Policy.

∎ NHPR hit its this morning's March Fund Drive goal in three hours.

∎ Southern New Hampshire University will host the American Red Cross New Hampshire Region’s Heroes Breakfast tomorrow.

∎ Looking for a good Easter egg hunt? Concord’s Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt at White Park will be March 29.

 Over 60 sugar houses across the state open their doors to visitors for Maple Sugaring Weekend.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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