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Hamel’s $10 million donation to UNH aims to pay close to full tuition

Monday, September 22, 2014

The University of New Hampshire announced yesterday the largest gift in the university’s history dedicated solely to in-state student support. Dana Hamel, longtime benefactor, is donating $10 million for scholarships for New Hampshire students. The gift will go toward the Hamel Scholars and Hamel Scholarship Program, which the Hamel family established in 2007. Vice President for Advancement and President of … 2

Liberty Utilities expects customers will see higher electricity bills this winter

Monday, September 22, 2014

Liberty Utilities is expecting its customers’ electricity bills to increase this winter by nearly 50 percent. The utility is planning to double its energy charge … 0

Weare police assistant sued former employer for sexual harassment

Monday, September 22, 2014

The assistant who has accused Weare police Chief John Velleca of shoving her to the ground following a brief affair also claims to have suffered … 0

New company running New Hampshire National Guard support program

Monday, September 22, 2014

A program that helps New Hampshire National Guard members and their families won praise from a Defense Department official yesterday as it transitions to new management. The 7-year-old program helps individuals and families with suicide prevention, mental health care, employment and housing. Until recently, it was managed by … 0

N.H. biologists come to aid of 3 loons caught in fishing line

Monday, September 22, 2014

Biologists have come to the aid of three loons tangled in plastic fishing line. Two of the loons have survived. One, which found in a cove in late August, had fishing line around its bill and tongue. Staff with the Lake Sunapee Protective Association untangled and released the … 0

Hassan: Havenstein ‘would be a rubber stamp for Bill O’Brien and the Koch Brothers’

Monday, September 22, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan used an endorsement event yesterday as an opportunity to frame her track record as one of making investments for the state’s future and to pre-empt criticism lodged against her less than an hour later by her Republican opponent. Accepting an endorsement from the New Hampshire … 0

In ‘Pledge 2.0,’ Havenstein commits to controlling spending

Monday, September 22, 2014

Granite State politicians have long pledged to oppose sales, income and other “broad-based” taxes. Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein now says that’s not enough, and he vowed yesterday to oppose any “unfunded obligations” that could lead to future … 0

State Fair Association files complaint seeking tax exemption against town of Hopkinton

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Hopkinton State Fair Association is taking the town to court over its tax status, the latest development in a nearly yearlong dispute. In April, the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to deny the nonprofit a charitable tax exemption. Just days before this year’s Labor Day weekend … 0

Former dispatcher accused of selling drugs in Concord

Monday, September 22, 2014

The wife of a Chichester police officer has been arrested and accused of selling prescription painkillers in Concord last month. Angel Wright, 35, of Bradley Street in Concord was charged Aug. 29 with three Class B felonies for drug sales and acts prohibited. She has been released on … 0

Hundreds speak out on New York casino plans

Monday, September 22, 2014

Supporters and critics of proposals for an Albany area casino weighed in yesterday at the first of three days of public hearings on casinos planned for upstate New York. A state board reviewing 16 casino applications is expected … 0

Islamic State offensive poses problems for Turkey

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fierce fighting yesterday between the Islamic State militants and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees and raising pressure for the government … 0

Islamic State militants kill 40 Iraqi troops

Monday, September 22, 2014

Islamic State militants disguised in Iraqi army uniforms and driving stolen Humvees killed at least 40 Iraqi soldiers and captured 68 others in western Anbar province, breaking through a deteriorating Iraqi military offensive in an area where the … 0

Businesses, investors pressing for green policy

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change in New York City this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses … 0