FRONTPAGE

February 28. 2012 1:41PM

Tuesday headlines - NH news from the web

NEWS
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Hopes for saving Isaacson Steel jobs in Berlin fading
A filing in federal district court Monday shows a Texas firm that specializes in selling off industrial equipment has a tentative deal to buy Isaacson's assets.


After academic review, vertical cuts expected at UNH


Walpole winery wins 2012 Farm of Distinction honor
The Farm of Distinction Award is given to a farm that maintains its beauty and stays aesthetically pleasing.


Expired sticker leads to drug bust in Salem
Police were taking Deserres into custody when they discovered a backpack stuffed with marijuana. There were 45 bags of marijuana, packaged for sale, police said.


BUSINESS
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Mascoma's MGT yeast wins key OK from FDA; higher yields, enzyme savings in sight for ethanol producers
In New Hampshire, Mascoma announced today that FDA, after scientific review, supports the use of the Mascoma Grain Technology yeast product as a processing aid in the production of animal feed, which is a by-product of the corn ethanol conversion process.


Q&A: Gary Hirshberg finally gets his say
He's the frequent subject of his wife Meg's column. Now, the founder of Stonyfield Farm gets to speak up about what he's learned from being his wife's favorite recurring character.


CNN: A fishing way of life is threatened


Power supplier says it has saved Merrimack $106K since June 2010


Gravel pit owner accused of violating wetland rules
"I don't have time for their silly antics," said Gregory Fillmore . "I'm trying to run a business in a bad economy and keep people employed and stay on the positive side."


MIT Report: Manufacturing jobs sent to China hurt US economy
In conducting the study, the researchers found more pronounced economic problems in cities most vulnerable to the rise of low-wage Chinese manufacturing; these include San Jose, California; Providence, Rhode Island; Manchester, New Hampshire; and a raft of urban areas below the Mason-Dixon line – the leading example being Raleigh, North Carolina.


FEATURES / ENTERTAINMENT
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UNH students spend winter break volunteering at Tanzanian orphanage


Boston Globe: Joss Whedon movie films in NH
New Hampshire realtor Betty LaBranche has Joss Whedon to thank for some pretty fantastic free advertising. LaBranche's Exeter office was chosen by movie scouts to serve as the backdrop for significant scenes in the thriller/love story “In Your Eyes,'' which was written by Whedon, director of the soon-to-be-released blockbuster “The Avengers'' and creator of the beloved “Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' TV series.


Maine official suspends use of human hampster balls
SOUTH PORTLAND – "Human hamster balls" were the main attraction for the New Hampshire kids on school vacation who visited here Monday. They expected to step into transparent plastic spheres and roll around the surface of the shallow pool at Summit Adventures in the Maine Mall.


Abenaki tribes near state recognition in Vt.
Because Abenaki territory spanned the borders of New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, and Canada, there was often confusion as to which geographic area Native Americans officially resided in. This has been a particular issue for the Koasek band, which has traditionally lived along the Connecticut River in what is now Newbury, Vt., and Haverhill, N.H. As part of the application process, the band had to show that the majority of its members – eventually found to be 58 percent – lived within Vermont.


POLITICS
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Olympia Snowe quits Maine Senate race
U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe stunned Maine’s political establishment on Tuesday by announcing she would not seek re-election in a decision likely to have ramifications on both congressional races here and on the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.



CBS: NH woman forced to return dead mother's pension, pay health premiums


Nashua Telegraph: City accepts prorated return of health premium benefit


Some Pentagon acquisition successes: Yes, they do happen
The US Navy began the Virginia class submarine program after terminating the unaffordable Seawolf program. The USS New Hampshire, first of the Block II Virginias, came in eight months early and $54M under budget, and that's on top of the $300M cost savings already achieved on the Block II design.


Time ranking of U.S. states by well-being places NH at #9 behind a bunch of other red states


Photo: Gov. Lynch leaves the White House following a meeting with Obama and Biden on Monday


Keene man named to NH Board of Auctioneers


Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley rails against freedom activists
“I think that they are radical extremists who chose New Hampshire nine years ago to infiltrate and take over,” Buckley said. “Their philosophy is to impose this sort of extremist, cult-like ideology onto the people of New Hampshire.”


PersonalLiberty.com: Opting Out Of Vaccines May Get Easier
New Hampshire is one of 21 states that allow parents to refuse vaccinations for their children.


Kennedy bills appear to undercut Brown
Judd Gregg, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire who served on the Senate's health committee for 17 years with Kennedy, said lawmakers from both parties tried to avoid bills that would open big fights on the conscience issue because the distraction would prevent progress on other health care issues. He said Kennedy knew that churches at the time could exclude coverage based on moral objections and seldom did anything to challenge that. “The way we handled the conscience clause was always just let it sit,'' Gregg said. “It was the law.''


Looks unlikely county union deals will be signed in time to meet budget deadline
LACONIA - Belknap County officials doubt that collective bargaining agreements with the union representing county employees will be ratified before the county delegation votes on the 2012 budget next month, but insist that the outstanding issues should not forestall adoption of the budget. The commission further budgeted for a 30-percent increase in the cost of health insurance for county employees, only to learn that premiums will rise by 38.5-percent beginning July 1.


NYT: Democrats see benefits in battle on contraception access
Senate Republicans who support Mr. Blunt's bill say that they are not concerned with contraception per se, but with protecting religious freedom, a position they believe most Americans share. “This is not a women's rights issue,” said Senator Kelly Ayotte, Republican of New Hampshire, during a recent news conference with Mr. Blunt. “This is a religious liberty issue.”


PRIMARY
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Shaheen urges Democrats to embrace gay marriage in 2012 campaign


John H. Sununu describes Romney as 'cold and clinical'
"People sometimes criticize him for not being able to deliver the high rhetoric or the passionate phrase, but they ought to understand that his strength is that he's able to maintain an even keel at all times."


Kid Rock Jams at Romney Rally
On the eve of the Michigan primary, musician Kid Rock sang a live version of “Born Free,” the official campaign song of the Romney campaign and a song that, until tonight, has only been heard in its recorded version, blaring through speakers at events from New Hampshire to Iowa to South Carolina, and everywhere in between.


OPINION
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BattleCreekEnquirer: Expansion of N.H. program a smart investment
For nearly a decade, a small specialized program in New Hampshire has helped individuals deal with mental health issues by addressing their physical fitness. Many participants not only have reduced their waist size and blood pressure, but seen a decrease in symptoms of depression, adopted healthier eating habits and experienced greater confidence. In some instances they have overcome the isolating effects of conditions such as bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder to re-engage with their communities, find jobs and lead fulfilling lives.


Jon Wraith: Revenue sources needed to preserve NH Verterinary Diagnostic Laboratory open
Jon Wraith is the dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture as well as the director of the N.H. Agricultural Experiment Station.


SPORTS
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Registration now open for Lakes Region Lacrosse


Blue Jays Crawford makes his pitch

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