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Democrat, U.S. Sen Jeanne Shaheen listens as her Republican opponent former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown answers a question during a live televised debate for U.S. Senate hosted by WMUR, the New Hampshire Union Leader, and The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Shaheen, Brown face off in final debate

Friday, October 31, 2014

The state’s U.S. Senate candidates met last night for their final debate, where just days before the election they underscored contrasting stances on health care, the economy and foreign policy – as well as their knowledge of New Hampshire. A question on the economy in Sullivan County proved to be one of the debate’s tensest moments after panelist James Pindell …

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster pushes constituent services to bolster bipartisan credentials

Friday, October 31, 2014

In 2012, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster campaigned for Congress on two major promises: to end tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas, and to freeze congressional pay until the budget is balanced. Did she fulfill those pledges? It may be unfair to evaluate any member of the 113th Congress on their accomplishments, …

Garcia’s conservative record a study in contradictions with her moderate reputation

Friday, October 31, 2014

As a first-time congressional candidate, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia has spent much of the past year introducing herself to voters, and defining who she is and what her candidacy means. At 31 years old, with little professional experience, she points to her four terms in the State House, where, she says, she’s worked …

Three run for school board seats in Concord’s District A

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Both Jim Richards, 55, and Evan Mulholland, 38 – who are facing each other for the two-year term in District A – are fathers with young children, and each candidate says he is invested in the future of …

Historic Concord house likely to be torn down for parking

Monday, October 27, 2014

An 1880s house on Blake Street in Concord will likely be demolished, despite the opposition of the city’s heritage commission. Phenix Mutual Fire Insurance Co. has applied for a permit to raze the red two-story house at 11 Blake St. to make way for a parking lot. President …

Winter shelters at Concord churches in need of volunteers for this season

Monday, October 27, 2014

Concord’s cold weather shelters are in need of volunteers for this winter, and the organizers are hosting two information sessions for anyone interested in getting involved. The shelters are housed at both First Congregational Church and South Congregational Church in Concord; the first information session for interested volunteers …

Shea-Porter, Guinta spar in 1st District debate

Monday, October 27, 2014

Republican Frank Guinta, in a debate last night, repeatedly referred to Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s six years in Washington, ignoring his own two-year term as he tried to equate her with the entire length and breadth of …

Report: N.H. woman died of gunshot wounds; man killed self

Monday, October 27, 2014

The New Hampshire attorney general’s office has identified a man and woman found dead of gunshot wounds in their home over the weekend in Lincoln. Autopsies have been completed in the deaths of 48-year-old Douglas Marsden of Lincoln and 26-year-old Taylor Lessard of Manchester. The attorney general’s office …

Man traveling 111 mph says he’s late for work

Monday, October 27, 2014

The New Hampshire State Police said a driver clocked at speeding 111 mph on Interstate 89 told the police he was running late for work. They charged Francis Aumand IV, 34, of Burlington, Vt., with reckless operation. State police aircraft were conducing traffic enforcement on the highway in …

Lyman woman charged in infant death waives hearing

Monday, October 27, 2014

A woman accused of jumping out a second-story window over the summer with her 4-month-old twins, killing her son and severely injuring her daughter, has waived a hearing on the evidence against her. Patina Welch of Lyman was arraigned earlier this month on charges of second-degree murder and …

Downtown: New opera company takes the stage at the Concord City Auditorium

Monday, October 27, 2014

There’s the Paris Opera, and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. A little closer to home, find the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. Can’t forget the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Just across the border to Massachusetts, we’ve got the Boston Opera House. And now …

State Senate District 17 features Reagan/Fraher rematch

Monday, October 27, 2014

Voters in District 17 will recognize both names on the ballot for state Senate, as Democrat Nancy Fraher once again challenges Republican John Reagan for the seat. Now in his first term as state senator, Reagan defeated Fraher …

In Allenstown, generous vote leads to even higher taxes

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Allenstown residents are about to feel the effects of a generous March vote, when a majority of residents decided to give the town more money than it asked for. Town Administrator Shaun Mulholland said he thinks energized voters accidentally denied the proposed budget without realizing it had been …