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Report: Democracy in N.H. gets failing grades

Friday, July 31, 2015

New Hampshire’s democracy just brought home its report card – and it’s full of D’s and F’s, according to a report released Thursday by Open Democracy, a New Hampshire organization working to reduce the influence of money in politics. The 40-page report compiled over the past nine months grades the status of New Hampshire’s democracy in six categories: voting, civic …

As plea deadline arrives, defense says St. Paul’s rape suspect headed for trial

Friday, July 31, 2015

On the eve of a final plea deadline, the lawyer for a St. Paul’s graduate accused of raping an underclassman last year said they plan …

Defendants in fatal hayride crash in Maine plead not guilty

Friday, July 31, 2015

All three defendants in a Halloween-themed hayride crash in Maine that killed a teenager and injured more than a dozen other passengers pleaded not guilty …

CATCH Neighborhood Housing receives tax credit award, will relocate offices

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

With the help of $400,000 in tax credits from the Community Development Finance Authority, CATCH Neighborhood Housing will consolidate all of its offices to a new home on Loudon Road. The CDFA awarded $5.5 million in tax credits to 16 nonprofits across the state. The tax credits are …

Hopkinton, state fair association reach settlement nearly one year after meeting in court

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Hopkinton State Fair Association and the town of Hopkinton have come to an agreement nearly a year after they went to court over the fair’s tax status. The settlement defines a clear amount of taxes the fair association will be expected to pay the town from 2015 …

Weare Police Department becomes nationally accredited

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Weare Police Department is now a nationally accredited organization. On July 25, the department received its accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., also known as CALEA. The commission is an organization created by national law enforcement agencies to set national standards for …

Three indicted in Concord home invasion, including target, an alleged drug dealer

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Three men are facing felony charges in connection to an April armed robbery at 39 Thorndike St. in Concord, including the alleged victim, John Cowdrey, who is accused of selling drugs and storing them in the home in the presence of a young child. According to county indictments …

Pollard to be freed; US analyst spied for Israel

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Jonathan Pollard, the former Naval intelligence analyst whose conviction of spying for Israel stoked fierce international passions, has been granted parole and will be released from prison in November after nearly 30 years. The decision to free Pollard …

Court finds in couple’s favor over attempt to sue ski resort

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The state Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a couple who attempted to sue Pats Peak Ski Resort over a chairlift fall, but whose complaint was dismissed for failing to give proper notice. The court reversed a judge’s decision Tuesday and sent the case back for further …

Ex-prison guard accused of forcing inmates to have sex

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A former high-ranking corrections officer at a southeast Georgia women’s prison used his position of power to prey on inmates, targeting their vulnerabilities and forcing them to have sex with him, according to investigators. Over at least four …

New York prison worker pleads guilty in escape of 2 killers

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A prison worker who was “in over her head” with two inmates convicted of murder tearfully pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of aiding them by smuggling hacksaw blades and other tools to the pair, who broke out and …

Jail releases more footage of Sandra Bland before her death

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Texas authorities on Tuesday released several hours of footage showing Sandra Bland during her three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving there. Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said such …

Authorities: California teen accused of killing 8-year-old

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A 15-year-old boy lured an 8-year-old girl into his apartment and killed her before hiding her body in a recycling bin at the housing complex for artists where they lived, authorities said Tuesday. Santa Cruz police Chief Kevin …