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State House: Bills’ fates hang on Hassan

Saturday, July 4, 2015

While most state lawmakers have already fled Concord for the summer recess, several big-time bills they passed this year on subjects ranging from medical marijuana to concealed guns are awaiting action from Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. Once a bill actually gets to Hassan’s desk, she has five days to take action and several options. Hassan can veto a bill, sign …

Ray Duckler: Are you driving and talking hands free yet?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

With apologies to the Concord Police Department, I broke the law three days ago and got away with it. No one pulled me over for …

Weare: 17-year-old killed in car crash

Saturday, July 4, 2015

One teenager is dead and two others are seriously injured after a crash on Route 114 in Weare early Friday morning. The victim who was …

July 4th visits, spending could set record in New Hampshire

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Visits and spending are expected to set records for the July 4 holiday period this year in New Hampshire. The Institute for New Hampshire Studies says more than 900,000 people are expected to visit the state from Friday through Monday. They are expected to spend more than $140 …

Hassan likely to veto bill removing concealed gun license

Saturday, July 4, 2015

New Hampshire’s gun laws are likely to be the center of debate next week as Gov. Maggie Hassan takes action on a bill that would make it easier for people to carry hidden guns. She has said she’ll veto it. The legislation passed the Republican-led Legislature this year …

Hands-free law violation leads to drug arrest

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The new hands-free cell phone law has led to the arrest of a driver from Massachusetts on drug charges after a police officer stopped him about using a phone, then smelled marijuana. The Salem officer saw the driver using the phone Thursday and stopped him. The law barring …

2 men sought in credit union robbery

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Police are looking for two men who robbed a credit union in Nashua, threatening the tellers and showing handguns. The men fled the Bellwether Community Credit Union on Thursday morning. No one was hurt. Both men were wearing dark-colored sweatshirts with black masks covering their faces. Associated Press …

State officials give lawyers names of more police officers

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The New Hampshire attorney general’s office has released to defense attorneys the names of nearly 150 officers whose certifications to perform breath tests in suspected drunken driving cases may be in question. Deputy Attorney General Ann Rice on June 19 notified the state’s criminal defense lawyers that at …

N.H. Democrats find some of Chafee’s ideas ‘odd’

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee stands before a few dozen people at a meeting of New Hampshire’s Belknap County Democrats. The Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat gets nods of approval when he tells them he was the only Republican senator to vote against …

Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation preps for closure

Saturday, July 4, 2015

After months of scrutiny over allegations of abuse and neglect, an Effingham facility for people with brain injuries is telling its employees to prepare for an Aug. 1 closure. Officials at Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center are telling the facility’s roughly 250 employees they are likely to be laid off …

Confusion reigns in Greece on last day of campaigning before referendum

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Greece’s highest administrative court ruled Friday that a referendum planned for Sunday is constitutional, clearing the last serious hurdle before Greeks go to the polls for a vote that could set the country’s direction for decades. From the moment Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced the referendum last …

Scientists, North Carolina officials look for patterns after 7 shark attacks

Saturday, July 4, 2015

This is becoming another Summer of the Shark. The last one was in 2001, when a series of shark attacks on the East Coast combined with a period of generally slow news to whip up a spasm of shark mania. This time, the fears are most acute in …

400-foot Ferris wheel stops: All 66 riders safely taken off

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Firefighters safely evacuated all 66 riders stranded aboard the Orlando Eye after the 400-foot Ferris wheel that towers above central Florida abruptly halted Friday afternoon, authorities said. Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Kathleen Kennedy told the Associated Press …