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Senate budget writers restore many cuts in House plan

Monday, May 25, 2015

With the benefits of more time and money, Senate budget writers are crafting a two-year state spending plan that restores many of the cuts made by their House counterparts in April. The Senate Finance Committee began detailing its budget plan last week and will finalize it this week. It heads to the Senate floor June 4. Final spending numbers in the Senate budget haven’t been tallied, making it hard to …

Minor earthquake felt in Concord area

Monday, May 25, 2015

A minor earthquake rumbled central New Hampshire yesterday afternoon about 2:12 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and could be felt in the Concord area. The 2.3 magnitude earthquake was centered in Boscawen, according to the USGS. Earthquakes less than 2.5 on the Richter scale are considered minor, and as many as 900,000 occur each year. People in New England usually feel …

NH Supreme Court takes up Exxon appeal

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Two years ago, a jury in Concord fined Exxon Mobil $236 million for knowingly contaminating thousands of groundwater wells across the state with the gasoline additive MTBE. It was the largest such verdict in New Hampshire history, and Exxon, perhaps predictably, has been contesting it ever since. The battle appears to be finally nearing a head. Last week, Exxon’s attorneys asked the state …

Downtown: ‘Soul sisters’ open home decor shop on Pleasant Street

Monday, May 25, 2015

Ten years ago, Mae Edwards and Ann Carignan met through their church in Concord. “When I first met Anne, I said, ‘Somehow our lives are going to be connected,’ ” Edwards remembered. Fast forward to this spring, when the pair walked into a narrow storefront on Pleasant Street …

Community fundraiser planned for Concord High principal Gene Connolly

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Nearly one year ago, more than a thousand Concord High School students and staff marched for principal Gene Connolly, carrying banners and a unified message – “Connolly Strong.” The walk came following news in June 2014 that Connolly …

Within 24 hours, two inmates walk away from halfway houses in Concord

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Two inmates walked away from their respective transitional housing units in Concord on Friday night. Christy Blondeau, 32, of Manchester was given permission to leave the Shea Farm Transition Housing Unit for a two-hour outing at 7 p.m. Friday. Blondeau, who was convicted of forgery in Rockingham Superior …

Ayotte, Shaheen hosting forum to answer veterans’ questions on VA choice program

Saturday, May 23, 2015

New Hampshire’s senators are hosting an open forum this week with officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs to address questions surrounding the newly implemented VA choice program. Scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Saint Anselm College’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics, the forum is billed as an …

Pembroke Academy’s ‘Save Our Headmaster’ movement won’t go quietly

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Those who still want the chief administrator at Pembroke Academy to be called headmaster – not principal – aren’t giving up yet. The tradition of calling the school’s leader a headmaster came to an end recently, when the …

For sale in Concord: Four-unit home in heart of downtown

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The home at 17 Hanover St. in Concord is a fantastic investment opportunity in absolute immaculate condition! Situated just five blocks from the New Hampshire State House, this four-unit multi-family home is within walking distance to shops, entertainment, …

May 29 is deadline to enter New Hampshire moose lottery

Saturday, May 23, 2015

It’s not too late to enter the New Hampshire moose lottery. Applications for the annual lottery must be postmarked or submitted online by midnight Friday, or delivered to the New Hampshire Fish and Game headquarters in Concord before 4 p.m. that day. The applications cost $15 for residents …

CRIMELINE: Concord police searching for suspect in Penacook Pharmacy robbery

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Concord police are searching for a man who reportedly broke into the Penacook Pharmacy early on Monday and made off with drugs. The suspect is described as white and stalky, about 5 feet 10 inches tall. The police said a witness saw the man smash a window …

Hard work, perseverance the glue to NHTI’s 2015 graduating class in Concord

Friday, May 22, 2015

The 604 NHTI students who received diplomas yesterday represented the second largest class in the school’s 50-year history. The graduating class included students like Ashley Gilmore of Manchester and Amanda Moore of Nashua, who met on the cheerleading …

Ray Duckler: Fallen officers honored, led by a little girl with an old hat

Friday, May 22, 2015

One person, more than any other, stood out yesterday, her eyes hidden beneath a piece of history. One person, sitting in the front row, looked like the relative of a fallen officer, in a sea of relatives of …