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Hamel’s $10 million donation to UNH aims to pay close to full tuition

Monday, September 22, 2014

The University of New Hampshire announced yesterday the largest gift in the university’s history dedicated solely to in-state student support. Dana Hamel, longtime benefactor, is donating $10 million for scholarships for New Hampshire students. The gift will go toward the Hamel Scholars and Hamel Scholarship Program, which the Hamel family established in 2007. Vice President for Advancement and President of the UNH Foundation Debbie Dutton works closely with Hamel, who … 0

New company running New Hampshire National Guard support program

Monday, September 22, 2014

A program that helps New Hampshire National Guard members and their families won praise from a Defense Department official yesterday as it transitions to new management. The 7-year-old program helps individuals and families with suicide prevention, mental health care, employment and housing. Until recently, it was managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, the New Hampshire National Guard and Easter Seals … 0

In ‘Pledge 2.0,’ Havenstein commits to controlling spending

Monday, September 22, 2014

Granite State politicians have long pledged to oppose sales, income and other “broad-based” taxes. Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein now says that’s not enough, and he vowed yesterday to oppose any “unfunded obligations” that could lead to future taxes – something that, he said, Gov. Maggie Hassan has failed to do. “My commitment to the people of the state of New Hampshire is … 0

Hundreds speak out on New York casino plans

Monday, September 22, 2014

Supporters and critics of proposals for an Albany area casino weighed in yesterday at the first of three days of public hearings on casinos planned for upstate New York. A state board reviewing 16 casino applications is expected … 0

Islamic State offensive poses problems for Turkey

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fierce fighting yesterday between the Islamic State militants and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees and raising pressure for the government … 0

Islamic State militants kill 40 Iraqi troops

Monday, September 22, 2014

Islamic State militants disguised in Iraqi army uniforms and driving stolen Humvees killed at least 40 Iraqi soldiers and captured 68 others in western Anbar province, breaking through a deteriorating Iraqi military offensive in an area where the … 0

Businesses, investors pressing for green policy

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change in New York City this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses … 0

Poll: Support for gay marriage may be leveling off

Monday, September 22, 2014

A survey released yesterday by the Pew Research Center indicates American support for same-sex marriage could be leveling off after several years of dramatic growth in acceptance of equal rights for gays and lesbians. The study’s authors caution it’s too soon to draw any definitive conclusions. But the … 0

Wesleyan orders fraternities to become coed

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wesleyan University in Connecticut yesterday ordered its fraternities with houses on campus to become coeducational within three years, a move it says is not just about bad behavior but also equality. Wesleyan follows Trinity College in Hartford, which began the transition starting in 2012, citing problems with drinking … 0

Global marches draw attention to climate change

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tens of thousands of activists walked through Manhattan yesterday, warning that climate change is destroying the Earth – in stride with demonstrators around the world who urged policymakers to take quick action. Starting along Central Park West, most … 1

China surpasses EU on per-capita pollution, pushes CO2 to record

Sunday, September 21, 2014

China surpassed the European Union in levels of pollution per capita for the first time last year, propelling to a record the worldwide greenhouse gas emissions that are blamed for climate change. The findings led by scientists at two British universities show the scale of the challenge of … 0

Missing men in U.S. workforce risk permanent separation

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tom Kaminski is back at work, three years after losing his job as a human-resources manager and dropping out of the labor force for a time to go back to college. Kaminski, 43, dipped into his retirement savings while he earned a master’s degree. The added credential helped … 0

GM recalls Cadillacs, Impalas as Chrysler to fix Jeeps, Dodges

Sunday, September 21, 2014

General Motors, the largest U.S. automaker, is recalling some Cadillac and Impala cars while Chrysler called back some Jeep and Dodge sport utility vehicles, according to government reports Saturday. The GM recall may affect 132,921 vehicles, including 2013 to 2015 Cadillac XTS models made from Feb. 14, 2012, … 0