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Dartmouth College President Philip Hanlon speaks to faculty and students about changes planned for the Ivy League school Thursday Jan. 29, 2015 in Hanover, N.H. Dartmouth College banned hard liquor on campus Thursday and said all students will have to take part in a sexual violence prevention program all four years they're enrolled at the Ivy League school. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Dartmouth instituting changes to eliminate extreme behavior

Friday, January 30, 2015

Dartmouth College banned hard liquor on campus yesterday and said all students will have to take part in a sexual violence prevention program all four years they’re enrolled at the Ivy League school. Dartmouth has long tried to move past its hard-partying reputation, but the latest steps come amid a national furor over sexual assault on college campuses and the …

Trial for alleged child rapist ends in mistrial after witness statement

Friday, January 30, 2015

The trial of Macario Sanchez ended in a mistrial Wednesday after the alleged victim’s mother testified that he has been imprisoned recently, his attorney said yesterday. The trial has been rescheduled for March in Merrimack County Superior Court. Sanchez, a 35-year-old Hooksett man who is accused of sexually abusing a young girl more than five years ago, was released on bail yesterday morning. …

14 companies apply for spots in NH medical marijuana market

Friday, January 30, 2015

Fourteen nonprofit companies have applied to open marijuana alternative treatment centers in New Hampshire, according to the Department of Health and Human Services official overseeing the contract process. Eric Borrin, the director of contracts and procurement, said “a number of those companies” who applied submitted applications for more than one geographic region. In launching its medical marijuana program, the department divided the state …

Hassan addresses Health and Human Services budget challenges

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan, speaking after yesterday’s Executive Council meeting, said the Department of Health and Human Services’ plan to scale back payments to nursing homes was necessary in order to avoid cuts to other programs. “What we have done with the nursing homes is decided not to give …

New trial for alleged child rapist opens in Merrimack County

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The trial of a 35-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl several years ago in Pembroke and Hooksett opened yesterday in Merrimack County Superior Court, with a prosecutor claiming he attacked her three times and a defense attorney suggesting the girl had been coerced to lie …

USDA revises maple syrup grading with descriptive terms

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said yesterday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they’re buying. The revisions to the voluntary standards …

Shelter opens for the day to house homeless during storm

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Anthony Shinholster took the early bus from Manchester to Concord yesterday to shovel snow outside Steeplegate Mall. But after trudging up Loudon Road through the snow and piercing wind, the 37-year-old learned that, like most everything else, that …

Despite the cold, enough businesses stayed open for some coffee, pizza, and a hot lunch

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow plows crowded the parking lot of the Windmill Restaurant, one of the few eateries still open and serving drivers who were looking for lunch in the teeth of the storm. “We never close. Only on Christmas Day,” …

Ray Duckler: In Penacook, some work, some don’t as storm fails to deliver

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Darlene Junkins, who flexed both arms like Arnold Schwarzenegger to show off her New England toughness, sold hardware. George Blatsis sold salads and sandwiches. Mohammad Warraich sold convenience store stuff, mostly coffee and cigarettes. These merchants worked in …

Coastal storm fails to pack a wallop in Concord

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The supposed blizzard of historic proportions didn’t live up to the hype in Concord yesterday, but most residents heeded warnings and stayed off the roads anyway. A National Weather Service meteorologist reported the capital city would have 10 …

PHOTOS: Riding out the storm at UNH

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Students can get pretty creative when it comes to having fun on a snow day. University of New Hampshire students Kurt Ferrell, Stefan Formichelli and Aj Kivela chained up an old inflatable couch to Ferrell’s truck and took …

N.H. officials urge caution during major snowstorm

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Hampshire residents and officials are bracing for a major snowstorm, which is expected to dump 12 to 18 inches on the capital city. Gov. Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency yesterday and asked drivers to stay …

Pembroke youth football embezzler sentenced to 90 days, served on weekends

Monday, January 26, 2015

Three years ago, Lisa Wiggin was a working mother on the brink of financial collapse. She and her boyfriend and teenage son were living mostly paycheck to paycheck in a rental in Pembroke. The checking account had been canceled because of repeated overdraft violations. The savings was nearly …