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March 08. 2012 11:59AM

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NEWS
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Goffstown, NH man arrested on I-290 in Mass. had 175 grams of ecstasy pills with him


NH men indicted in murder of Florida man in NY
Two of her accomplices, Charles Blancard, 21, of Hill, New Hampshire and Travis Morin, 24, of Danbury, New Hampshire, were also indicted and await extradition to New York State.


Manchester man charged in rape of Shirley, Mass., girl, 12
The principal spoke to another student who confirmed the underaged girl was in a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old man she met online, Sullivan said. The principal notified police. Accused is Joshua A. Bernier Laing of Manchester.


The Citizen: Belknap County to ship inmates elsewhere due to overcrowding


StateImpact: Gen Y struggles with declining wages


NASA tests of high-altitude jet stream to be visible in southern New Hampshire
NASA plans to launch five sounding rockets over five minutes sometime between March 14 and April 4. They will release a milky white cloud into a part of the atmosphere where winds can reach 300 mph.


Relatives of New Hampshire woman accused of role in Rwanda genocide say she never carried gun


Pittsfield school one of four to split $16.4M in grants Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Over the next three years, the foundation plans to build enthusiasm for the student-centered methods it promotes by pouring millions into bolstering innovative teaching and learning in Burlington-Winooski in Vermont, Pittsfield in New Hampshire, and Portland and Sanford in Maine. Community organizations working in partnership with those school districts will also be funded.


Boston Herald: NH state liquor stores a beneficiary of Mass. nonprofit's spending on vacations, booze and dinners out
“It's horrifying to think that money that is supposed to go to severely disabled people would instead be benefiting the administrators of this program,” Bump told the Herald yesterday. “It's hard to accept the executive director's explanation that purchases at out-of-state restaurants, including the New Hampshire liquor store and the Walt Disney World Resort, had any connection to program supplies for the disabled clients.” Agency Executive Director Jack Millerick — whose compensation package topped $171,000 in 2010 — charged more than $123,000 on the nonprofit's credit card in fiscal 2009 and 2010, the audit revealed. Nearly 40 percent of the purchases in 2010 — including charges at Best Buy and BJ's Wholesale Club — were in New Hampshire, where Millerick owns a vacation home, the audit states."


BUSINESS
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Forbes: Tyco Settlement Lawyers: "No Control" Over $464 Million Fee
Lawyers who negotiated a $3.2 billion settlement of securities claims against Tyco International in 2007 have a novel argument for why they shouldn't be required to stick to a contract that would have given them $187 million less in fees: They had “no control” over the matter


Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation : Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results
Lastly, during the quarter, we successfully sold our foundry business in New Hampshire, and we continued to work with our advisor on divesting our perimeter security business."


NH has 5th highest electric rates in the nation


Manchester-based Ty-Flot Inc. obtains patent on hard hat lanyard
"In a preemptive attempt to meet industry demand for a newly issued patent, Manchester, NH based safety company Ty-Flot, Inc. has released three new versions of the hard hat lanyard; a safety device meant to prevent a hard hat from falling."


NHPR - StateImpact: Why a business magazine named SNHU one of world's most innovative companies


FairPoint Communications reports 2011 fourth quarter and full year results
"2011 was a great year for FairPoint that resulted in a platform for future revenue growth and free cash flow generation," said Paul H. Sunu, CEO of FairPoint. "I'm proud of our Company's ability to stabilize and then improve operations, while generating nearly $74 million in Unlevered Free Cash Flow. Our disciplined approach to capital spending allowed us to achieve our 2011 network plans and still grow our cash balance despite unanticipated challenges that weighed on our EBITDAR, including Hurricane Irene, an early winter storm and new property taxes in New Hampshire on our poles and conduit."


NH screening Monday of documentary on Hydro-Quebec, backers of Northern Pass


NHBR: Foss plans to add 40-45 jobs in Hampton


NHBR: Executive Council OKs another $9M extension for unfinished HHS computer system
ACS State Health Care's five-year delay in putting in place a new Medicaid contract has earned it another $9 million in work. The New Hampshire Executive Council on Wednesday voted 3-2 to extend implementation of the contract for another 15 months with ACS. Because of the repeated delays, the state will seek an upgrade to the system so it will be able to handle new electronic transactions mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability act, known as 5010 compliance. This will increase the cost of the contract from $67 million to $76 million.


FEATURES / ENTERTAINMENT
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UNH Administration Sends Typo In Survey & Implies Their Students Party 8 Days a Week
For all you college students looking to party this weekend, we have one suggestion: Hop on the Amtrak Downeaster and head to Durham, New Hampshire. Why? Because students at the University of New Hampshire apparently party eight days a week, or so says the University's Office of Health Education & Promotion.


Everett Brings Mind-Bending Journey to Keene State's Redfern Arts Center


Mini Iron Chef competition for area kids upcoming at Children's Museum March 18


Gossip: From Canobie Lake Park to outer space (with your help)
John Herman got a boost this week when Gov. John Lynch invited him to an executive council meeting to share his tale. Here's hoping he's picked up a few more voters. Either way it's turned up the pressure, says the Newmarket resident vying for a semi final spot in Space Race 2012


COURTS / PUBLIC OVERSIGHT
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Court reverses decision in Webb v. Sowell, which struck down 30-year precedent regarding non-custodial parent paying college tuition
"We therefore overrule Webb and find that Risinger and its progeny do not violate the principles of equal protection. Accordingly, we reverse the family court's decision in this case and remand for a determination of what amount, if any, Father should pay towards Collin's college expenses. Additionally, we hold the family court erred in reducing Father's child support obligation for Jamie below the amount in the temporary order and in not awarding Mother attorney's fees and costs."


GRAND ENCAMPMENT OF KNIGHTS TEMPLAR OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. CONFERENCE OF GRAND MASTERS OF MASONS IN NORTH AMERICA - Summary judgement upheld, case dismissed.
"The plaintiffs have not shown that they suffered any injury in New Hampshire due to any alleged misrepresentations. The only injury the plaintiffs reference is that Sir Knight Tsirimokos was barred from attending a meeting in Oregon, not New Hampshire. Therefore, the plaintiffs have not made a prima facie case for the purposeful availment element."


POLITICS
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The Wire: Rochester Rep. Kyle Jones skewered on 'The Colbert Report' over rescinding lunch rules


Barack Obama offers $1bn in tax credits to green allies
The tax credits – which must be voted on by Congress – would help up to 15 cities and towns pay for charging stations for electric cars and biofuel pumps for alternative fuel vehicles to encourage people to switch to electric cars. Obama is also asking Congress to expand the tax credit for advanced vehicles to $10,000 from $7,500, and to all fuels – including natural gas, which is not covered under the programme.


Roll Call: Between the Lines - The last two redistricting holdouts
But over the past few months, what were supposed to be easy redraws became complicated, and now New Hampshire and Kansas are the only states left that haven't started redistricting in earnest this cycle.


Ayotte, Shaheen question military leadership on Pakistan and Afghanistan


WSJ Photo Journal: Women in gallery react to New Hampshire House vote giving businesses choice as to whether health coverage pays for birth control


PRIMARY
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On this day in 1960, Nixon and Kennedy won the New Hampshire presidential primary
In 1960, Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon won the New Hampshire presidential primary.


OPINION
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Salon: The 5 biggest Romney vulnerabilities that have been exposed by the GOP primary process


The Dartmouth - SAE President Brendan Mahoney: How not to combat hazing.



SPORTS
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Hockey East goes to the playoffs, with Boston College the team to beat


Conway Daily Sun: Mount Washington Valley Lacrosse spring season begins
MWV Lacrosse is beginning its 2012 spring season. Over the last five years MWV has grown from a club team to a high school sanctioned sport continuously fueled by four youth boys team that compete within the New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association (NHYLA).


Laconia Daily Sun: Enrollment drop pushed LHS sports programs down into Division III, where AD expects they will be more competitive


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