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Concord man gets reduced sentence following outpour of courtroom support

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A 30-year-old Concord man caught selling heroin just hours after being released for the same offense was sentenced yesterday to 2½ years in prison – a much lighter punishment than the county attorney’s office had sought. In announcing his decision, Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Richard McNamara said he had been especially moved by the testimony of Shane Plummer and more than a half-dozen family, friends and treatment providers, who … 0

Pittsfield schools ‘making education history’

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fred Bramante, a former chairman of the state Board of Education, said yesterday the Pittsfield School District is pioneering the future of education with its focus on extending learning opportunities outside the standard classroom setting. “This little town, Pittsfield, New Hampshire, is making education history,” he said after the premiere of a film … 0

State finishes 2014 fiscal year with a $20 million surplus, but $7 million less than planned

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The state government finished the most recent fiscal year with a surplus of $19.5 million, but fell about $7 million short of its surplus goal, according to an unaudited spending report released by the governor’s office yesterday. The budget for the 2014 fiscal year – which ended June 30 – called for roughly … 0

Hillary Clinton to raise money for Shaheen

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hillary Clinton is expected to help raise campaign cash for Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen – an important place to maintain friends, should the former secretary of state choose to make a second bid for the White House. Two Democrats with knowledge of the event confirmed Clinton will … 0

Firefighters’ union endorses Kuster in 2nd Congressional District

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Rep. Ann Kuster secured the endorsement of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire yesterday. “As our congresswoman, Annie Kuster has made it clear that she fights for the issues that matter to firefighters, and to the middle class families in our state. Our congresswoman stands up for … 1

State Employees’ Appreciation Day to be held at State House today

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The State Employees’ Association is sponsoring an event at the State House today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to show appreciation for New Hampshire public servants. The event is open to the public and will include a brief presentation at noon. Representatives of state departments and programs … 0

Charges dropped for Milton man who tried to sell rhino head

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Milton man who tried to sell an 80-pound rhinoceros head online is happy that charges against him have been dropped. Ari Goldenberg was charged by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2012 with selling an endangered … 0

Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Hampshire PAC endorses Hassan

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Hampshire declared its support for incumbent Gov. Maggie Hassan yesterday, who also earned the group’s endorsement when she first ran for her seat in 2012. At a press conference yesterday joined by Planned Parenthood supporters and a handful of state legislators, Hassan … 0

Deering bird survives world’s first-ever falcon cataract surgery

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

With a huff, and a puff, and a cock of her head to the side, Banner the lanner falcon announced yesterday at 4 p.m. that yes, she had made it through her surgery just fine, thank you. Would … 2

Hassan, Havenstein paint different pictures of N.H.’s energy future

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan and her Republican challenger, Walt Havenstein, each painted a very different picture of New Hampshire’s energy future at a summit on the topic in Concord yesterday. Havenstein focused on the importance of rolling back government … 4

House hopefuls explore privacy-protection balance

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Candidates competing in both of New Hampshire’s Congressional districts agree that maintaining a strong national defense and protecting civil liberties are not mutually exclusive responsibilities, though they disagree on how to strike a balance between the two. Congress and President Obama have been fighting to regain public trust … 0

Weare rescinds firing of former discredited police sergeant Joseph Kelley

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Joseph Kelley, the Weare police sergeant who oversaw a deadly and sharply criticized drug bust last year and who was fired months later for allegedly falsifying documents, can potentially return to the job, according to officials and a letter sent Friday by the town’s attorney. Kelley has not … 0

Brown, Shaheen pick up more endorsements

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Scott Brown and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen started the week with a handful of key endorsements and continued to knock each other’s track records: Brown said Shaheen is bad news for businesses, while she said he’s bad news for women. Brown, a Republican, picked up support from the … 1