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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Happy 100th N.H. primary; Ellen DeGeneres reunites military family

Nancy Dindorf checks a name off her list as town moderator Les Schoof places a ballot in the box at Hart's Location Town Hall just after midnight on Tuesday,  November 6, 2012. Twenty-three residents voted for Barack Obama, nine for Mitt Romney and one for Gary Johnson.

Nancy Dindorf checks a name off her list as town moderator Les Schoof places a ballot in the box at Hart's Location Town Hall just after midnight on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Twenty-three residents voted for Barack Obama, nine for Mitt Romney and one for Gary Johnson.

Things change over a century.

Some things don’t, and the Granite State’s first in the nation primary is one of them.

On this day in 1913, New Hampshire established it’s presidential primary. If you were lucky enough to be at the State House this morning at 10:30, you got to celebrate with some good old fashioned cake.

Can you believe it’s only been 100 years since we bid farewell to our good friend, the caucus system?

Gov. Maggie Hassan, Senate President Peter Bragdon, House Speaker Terie Norelli, primary veterans from both parties, and family members of the elected officials who acted together a century ago to create the primary were all expected to speak at the event.

The primary is a great source of pride for the state, and just a few weeks ago, fundraising began to build a monument.

2013 might seem like a lame year to celebrate since we just had an election a year ago, but things are already starting to heat up for 2016.

So here’s to another 100 years, New Hampshire primary!

In other news

 Ellen DeGeneres hosted a family originally from New Hampshire on her show and reunited them with their soldier who is stationed somewhere in Southeast Asia.

 New Hampshire did not get one of the three recent No Child Left Behind waivers granted by the U.S. Department of Education.

 A New Hampshire man was sentenced to 15 years for two bank robberies in November 2011.

∎ Does your company export agricultural products? You could qualify for a $500 federal grant from the International Trade Resource Center.

∎ Some state DMVs' computers went offline yesterday after an internet outage.

 UNH is looking at three potential logos to represent the university system.

∎ Beware. We could be looking at a rough mosquito season.

∎ Memorial Day is on Monday. Here’s a list of local observance events.

∎ Concord’s Matt Bonner could be the key factor for the San Antonio Spurs and their quest for an NBA championship.

(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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