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Hands free sign on I-93 south near exit 15 in Concord.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

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 talking on my cell phone, held to my ear, which is no longer allowed under the state’s new hands-free statute. I never heard anything connected to the color blue, nothing about my bluetooth, no blue …

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 and landed on Hassan’s desk this week, giving her five days to act. A veto …

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 people from using hand-held cell phones while driving went into effect Wednesday. The officer said …

Franklin fire guts School St. home, kills two cats

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A two-alarm fire in Franklin has left a two-family residence uninhabitable. The fire at 40 School St. was reported at 6:17 p.m. Tuesday, Captain Bruce Goldthwaite said. The residents home at the time of the fire, two cats and several pit bulls were safely evacuated, but three other …

Judge rules two out of three charges against Concord Hospital nurse accused of diverting drugs lacked probable cause

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A district court judge in Concord determined Tuesday that two of three felony charges against a traveling nurse accused of pocketing narcotics from Concord Hospital lacked probable cause to go forward. Kerry Bridges, 47, of Warren, Maine, was …

Hours after announcing presidential run, Chris Christie answers questions from crowd in Sandown

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Chris Christie had already spent about a half-hour addressing the crowd – getting in the weeds on his vision for entitlement reform, the need for strong surveillance and counterterrorism programs, and other policy issues – when he paused …

Kelly Ayotte officially launches re-election bid for Senate

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

When Republican Kelly Ayotte first ran for the U.S. Senate five years ago, a voter warned her not to drink the water down in Washington, D.C. Everyone who does, she said he told her, forgets where they came …

Police say Sanbornton homeowner interrupted burglary in progress, two suspects in custody

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Two Franklin men were arrested Monday following a reported break-in and assault at a Sanbornton residence. Frederick Temple, Jr., 30, and Cody Merrill, 21, were arrested by the Sanbornton police Monday and are being held on cash bail, …

Concord fireworks set for Saturday, rain date Sunday

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The city of Concord will host its annual July 4 fireworks display Saturday night at Memorial Field. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with games and contests from local radio DJs Nazzy and Mya from 98.3 WLNH. They will be giving away concert tickets, Fisher Cats tickets …

Man pleads guilty to robbing 3 banks

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A man has pleaded guilty to robbing three banks in 2013 in Claremont and Lebanon. The U.S. Attorney’s office said in each robbery, 31-year-old James Oberfeldt wore a dark face mask and carried an air pistol that appeared to be an automated handgun. He was identified after being …

3 campers found at state park, walked off of trail

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Three campers have been found in good condition after they accidentally walked off a trail at New Hampshire’s Bear Brook State Park and called 911. The three became lost near a large marsh on Monday night. A search party included park staff, Deerfield police, and Fish and Game …

Eversource moves ahead with mercury reduction plans despite Supreme Court ruling

Monday, June 29, 2015

Eversource Energy is proceeding with a $2 million project to reduce toxic emissions from coal-burning Schiller Station, even as the U.S. Supreme Court challenged a key federal clean energy standard. The court ruled Monday against an Environmental Protection …

Hassan signs bill to study commuter rail funding

Monday, June 29, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill that could help pave the way for public-private funding of commuter rail. Efforts to bring commuter rail from Boston up to Nashua and Manchester hit a snag this year when lawmakers chose not to include $4 million in the capital budget …