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Vet George Messenger and his wife Vet tech Shaela Messenger prepare to put Banner under anesthesiology before surgery Monday at Caves Animal Hospital. (GOEFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

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 everyone please stop staring at her now? Banner, who belongs to Jim and Nancy Cowan at the New Hampshire School of Falconry … 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 energy regulations. Hassan emphasized energy diversification and the state’s role in setting efficiency targets. “Conservation … 0

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 after disclosures last year about secret surveillance programs that swept up phone records of hundreds … 0

Former employee sues HHS over breast-feeding

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A former state employee is suing the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, alleging that the agency put her in a position that forced her to choose between breast-feeding her child and keeping her job. In a complaint filed Sunday, Katherine Frederick’s attorney, Benjamin King, writes … 0

Man wanted on homicide, arson, child porn charges

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Authorities said a man who is suspected of killing his parents and setting their house on fire in Manchester is believed to be in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area. The St. Petersburg police and the U.S. Marshals Service yesterday said Matthew Thomas Dion has been in the St. … 0

Software better connects schools, police

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Hampshire schools and police departments are getting better connected thanks to a statewide school safety initiative. Gov. Maggie Hassan joined the Londonderry Police Department, school officials and the director of the state’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management office yesterday to launch the initiative, which is aimed at … 0

PHOTO: Honoring Sylvia Larsen

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The state Democratic Party held a celebration for outgoing state Sen. Sylvia Larsen on Tuesday night. … 0

Sex offender in molestation case on trial over alleged registry violations

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Testimony began yesterday in the trial of Max Wilson, a registered sex offender who is accused of caring for and molesting a 14-year-old boy in Concord earlier this year. Wilson, 69, has been charged with 12 misdemeanor counts of sexual assault, but those are not at issue presently. … 0

CRIMELINE: Concord police looking for two in credit card scam

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Concord police have asked for help in identifying two men who they suspect perpetrated credit card fraud earlier this month at Targets in Hooksett and Concord. The thefts occurred Sept. 10. The suspects allegedly purchased $5,000 worth of merchandise from the Hooksett store and tried to purchase … 0

Department of Veterans Affairs hosting forum on latest programs

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

As part of a series of similar events across the nation, the Department of Veterans Affairs is welcoming veterans to a forum Thursday at the Manchester VA Medical Center. Open to the public, the forum is billed as a chance for attendees “to hear the latest on VA … 0

Concord hypnotist acquitted on sexual assault charges

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Concord hypnotist has been acquitted on charges that he sexually assaulted a female relative during a therapy session at his home last year. Thomas Goodness, 60, was found not guilty last week of six misdemeanor counts of sexual assault. The verdict was reached Sept. 16 by Judge … 0

Bow Board of Selectmen vote to move forward with fire department study

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Bow Board of Selectmen voted 3-1 to move forward with a study of the fire department at last night’s meeting. The study will evaluate the department’s organizational efficiency and future needs of the department and town. The study will be put out to bid, so the board … 0

Former day-care head accused of child porn images

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A former day-care director in Lebanon has been charged with possessing child pornography. The Valley News reported 53-year-old Michael Whelton of Enfield told the police the images were sent to him through an online messenger account. He was using a laptop computer connected to his position at the … 0