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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Could Kelly Ayotte flip? Girls and a dress code

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte held a town hall at Winnisquam Regional High School in Tilton on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte held a town hall at Winnisquam Regional High School in Tilton on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

In yesterday’s Monitor, Sen. Kelly Ayotte wrote a column explaining her vote of against the background checks and said her goal is to improve them. In the op-ed, she said “I want to set the record straight: I support effective background checks and in fact voted recently to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.”

Ayotte has been on the defense since the vote, but word is spreading in Washington that some Republican senators might be open to open to reopening the debate, according to Senate aides.

Ayotte’s approval rating in New Hampshire has seen a net 15 percentage-point drop since October.

And Harry Reid has hinted that because of that, Ayotte could flip. In response to his comments, Ayotte’s spokesman said Harry Reid “doesn’t speak for her,” and that Ayotte still stands by her vote.

In other news

∎ Jessica Lahey, an English, Latin, and Writing teacher at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, wrote an article about the worry over dress codes and middle-schoolers.

∎ Affidavits supporting the arrest of Kathryn McDonough, who was charged as an accomplice in Elizabeth Marriott’s murder, were unsealed yesterday.

∎ Supermarkets have fallen on rough times, but Market Basket is opening it’s 69th store.

 Little chefs have been invited to the Fox Run Mall to learn about the craft of cooking.

∎ Looking for a volunteer opportunity? The Moffatt-Ladd Garden is looking for some spring cleaning help.

∎ The American Independence Festival has a new Facebook page.

∎ The second Smell the Roses Senior Hike will start at Podunk Road parking lot in Bear Brook State Park at 10 a.m.

∎ Catch today's New Hampshire Fisher Cat’s game on WGIR.

 UNH’s Memorial Field is getting a new surface.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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