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Local / State

Canterbury crash victim died 'doing what he loved'

Friday, May 29, 2015

For Billy Ainsworth, fast was never quite fast enough. Even as a young kid, he was constantly searching for new means of acceleration, by modifying a bicycle, by tinkering on a dirt bike. By the time he got his license, he had already fixed and sold two cars. “If it wasn’t fast, and if it wasn’t loud, we weren’t interested,” …

Senate version of capital budget doesn’t include commuter rail funding

Friday, May 29, 2015

The potential for a commuter rail ran into a major roadblock yesterday after the Republican-controlled Senate signed off on a capital budget that doesn’t include money to move forward on expansion plans. Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan included $4 million in her own capital budget proposal to pay for an environmental and engineering assessment of a rail expansion project. The House stripped the money, …

Financial literacy fair gives students a taste of adulthood, budgeting

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hunter David wants to become an electrical engineer. It’s a decent job that will pay him about $60,000 a year, but still about $5,000 below the state’s median family income. While Hunter, a 14-year-old student at Bow Memorial School still has a lot of work – and school – to complete before he …

Prison guards accused of witness tampering, reckless conduct in Concord knife incident

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Two state corrections officers have been indicted on felony charges accusing them of slicing a Concord halfway house inmate’s shirt and threatening to withhold medical care from him unless he reported that he had “cut himself.” The indictments, released yesterday, identify the officers as Robert Gauthier, 47, of …

N.H. Senate committee rejects $4 million for commuter rail study

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A push to extend commuter rail from Boston into New Hampshire hit a snag yesterday when a state Senate committee rejected plans to spend $4 million to study the expansion. The vote fell along party lines, with Republicans on the Senate Capital Budget Committee rejecting the proposal and …

Hillsboro-Deering school evacuated due to unknown odor, some students get sick

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Authorities said Hillsboro-Deering High School in New Hampshire was evacuated due to an unknown odor in the building. At least two students said they felt sick yesterday morning and ambulances were called, but by midday, no major illnesses or injuries were reported. WMUR reported the Central New Hampshire …

Money for courthouse, women’s prison, State House repair in capital budget

Friday, May 22, 2015

An effort to keep the county courthouse downtown is fading away now that a key Senate committee approved funding for a new courthouse to be built off Hazen Drive. The Senate Capital Budget Committee approved the projects at …

Local runners Ham and Jennings continue their dominance

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Colton Ham of Webster and Concord’s Connor Jennings are familiar names in the local running community, and neither did anything to change that fact last night. Ham and Jennings finished one-two in the 13th edition of the Rock …

Food and dancing brings Concord’s international community together

Thursday, May 21, 2015

At the end of Concord High School’s third annual International Night, more than 100 students stood on the auditorium stage, singing “We Are the World” at the top of their lungs. About 10 students had started the song, …

Sewalls Falls Bridge finally out to bid; construction to start in July

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Concord has officially put the long-awaited construction job on the Sewalls Falls Bridge out to bid. The city posted the invitation for bids yesterday, and any interested contractors must apply by June 19. Concord should hire a contractor and start construction in July, which keeps the project on …

Woman pleads guilty in botched sex act robbery that ended in double stabbing

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

An 18-year-old Concord woman pleaded guilty yesterday to her role in a botched robbery last fall that ended in a double stabbing. Under a deal with prosecutors, Pierce Osgood of Warren Street was sentenced to 12 months in …

Concord police nab suspected bank robber

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Concord man has been arrested and charged with robbing the Bank of New Hampshire branch on North Main Street on Monday. Scott Lojko, 39, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon at his home on Stone Street, the …

Yvonne Dean-Bailey ekes out victory in well-attended special election for state rep

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Yvonne Dean-Bailey, the 19-year-old Republican candidate for Rockingham County’s 32nd House district, eked out a victory in her first-ever election yesterday. The former intern for U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and former field organizer for former U.S. House candidate …