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As public funds shrink, legal aid programs increasingly looking to private donations

Saturday, August 29, 2015

As the amount of public money to New Hampshire legal aid programs shrinks, lawyers are increasingly looking towards local businesses and community stakeholders for financial assistance. The 15th annual N.H. Campaign for Legal Services is kicking off to raise $350,000 for New Hampshire Legal Assistance as well as the Legal Advice and Referral Center in Concord. The programs provide legal advice and representation to the elderly and low-income people, including …

Former Weare assistant: Chief fired me for my disability and hired a woman he had an affair with

Saturday, August 29, 2015

In the course of one month in the spring of 2014, a six-year employee of the Weare Police Department and former assistant to then-Chief John Velleca accidentally called the chief by his first name, was interrogated about a heart attack she suffered years earlier, was commanded to resign, and was ultimately fired because of her disability, according to a lawsuit filed in federal …

Convict in 1971 murder wants to appeal latest trial ruling

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A man convicted of killing an 18-year-old woman more than four decades ago wants to appeal a recent court decision denying him a new trial. Robert Breest, 77, denies beating Susan Randall to death and tossing her partially nude body onto the frozen Merrimack River in Concord in February 1971. He has twice …

Franklin City Council forms committee to study SAU split

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Franklin City Council approved Monday the formation of a withdrawal planning committee to study the Franklin School District’s separation from SAU 18. The committee, which the council also nominated members for at Monday’s meeting, will complete its plan by October and bring it to city council for …

Burn permit requests are available online

Monday, August 24, 2015

If you want to burn something outdoors, the state would like you to go online first to get the necessary permit. Unless you live in Canterbury, Franklin or Hopkinton, that is. Those towns in greater Concord are have not yet participated in the program and still require people …

Service providers, veterans discuss challenges for military women

Monday, August 24, 2015

Manchester resident Linda Grant had been mostly quiet during a roundtable discussion Monday about the challenges women face during and after military service. But before U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster left the event, Grant approached the congresswoman. Grant is …

New Hampshire primary campaigns rely on ‘super volunteers’

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Each Saturday morning, 78-year-old Gary Patton goes door to door to talk to his neighbors about Hillary Clinton. He starts with a friendly introduction to make sure people know he’s a local – not some out-of-towner who doesn’t …

Sanders talks income inequality in front of overflow crowd in Salem

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Bernie Sanders took the microphone at Woodbury School in Salem on Sunday night and didn’t relinquish it for the next hour and a half – his stump speech covering everything from income inequality to international trade to free …

Fishing boat hits swimmer in Lake Winnipesaukee

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Authorities said a swimmer is recovering from injuries he suffered when he was struck by a motor boat in Lake Winnipesaukee. The State Police Marine Patrol said an 18-foot outboard fishing boat carrying two men struck the swimmer Sunday morning in Moultonborough. Both occupants of the boat said …

Former employee at Nashua group home charged with sexual assault

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Police said a Massachusetts man charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault was a former employee of the Nashua Children’s Home, where the 16-year-old victim was a resident when the assault occurred. The Telegraph of Nashua reported that 30-year-old Jordan Dorsey of Lawrence, Mass., turned himself into police earlier …

N.H. schools seek to address mental health issues among students

Sunday, August 23, 2015

High school officials are rolling out programs to help combat depression, anxiety and other mental health issues among New Hampshire students. Exeter High School Principal Jim Tremblay told the Portsmouth Herald students will see new mental health services this year to combat what he describes as an uptick …

Downtown: Concord plays host to new Greek tragedy

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Two guys, sitting side by side at the bar in True Brew Barista. The scene would be completely normal on a Saturday in Concord – except for the camera and the lights and the microphones. A couple walks …

New Hampshire moose hunting permits fetch $28,002

Sunday, August 23, 2015

An auction for two coveted moose hunting permits in New Hampshire raised just over $28,000 for the state’s Wildlife Heritage Foundation. Only two permits were available to auction this year because ticks have taken a toll on the moose population. Altogether, there were six bidders from New Hampshire, …