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March 23. 2012 1:44PM

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NEWS
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PilotCatholicNews: N.H. Catholic college plans move to Groton
Thomas More College president, Dr. William Fahey said the move could take place as soon as 2014 or perhaps closer to 2019, depending on when the college secures funding for the project. At that time the undergraduate programs will migrate from the college's current Merrimack, N.H. campus.


Poverty stretches the digital divide
New Hampshire is fifth in broadband at 70 percent and first in income at $66,303.


The Unknown Soldiers: This Marine was a true leader on, off battlefield
On March 22, 2009, Cpl. Ouellette, 28, and fellow Marine Cpl. Anthony Williams, 21, were killed when an improvised explosive device detonated in Afghanistan's Helmand province.


Humane Society ranks NH at the head of the pack on rules aimed at interdicting puppymills
Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire all require unannounced inspections of commercial dog breeding facilities two times per year. Oregon, Washington and Virginia all prohibit anyone from owning more than 50 breeding dogs. NH is ranked 4th in the nation.


UNH-insured students won't lose contraception coverage
Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Senator for New Hampshire, characterized Republican objection to a federal mandates requiring the Catholic Church and other religious institutions to provide birth control benefits to employees as a political play.


Where in the world is Mark Huddleston? UNH likes the road for researching diversity initiatives for UNH
While Huddleston served as president at Ohio Wesleyan University (2004-2007), he travelled an estimated 40 percent of the time. Here at UNH, he travels an estimated 15 - 20 percent of the time, and he aims to increase this trend. “I think that my traveling is more valuable to UNH than spending time in Concord,” Huddleston said. Though reaching out to the local media is essential, travel is as well. Three of the main reasons that Huddleston travels, most recently to Australia and New Zealand, were to foster university advancement, research study abroad and recruitment initiatives, and to investigate UNH's premiere study abroad program, EcoQuest.


NHBR: NH-chartered college said to leave international trail of unpaid bills
The fledgling university is allegedly months behind on its bills, has lost most of its U.S. staff -- its U.S. phone is disconnected -- is reportedly fighting to hold on to its Italian castle and is the target of at least two lawsuits on both sides of the Atlantic, including one by its former CEO, George Hagerty, who previously was president of Franklin Pierce University in Rindge for 16 years.


New Hampshire DMV reports 86% pass rate for buses inspected in 2011
The report documented school bus crashes in the state. According to the report, there were 122 crashes involving school buses from July 1, 2010 to June 30. Of these crashes there were 22 injuries. The number of crashes and injuries is a decrease from the previous year when there were 158 crashes involving school buses and 33 injuries.


Cloudy Skies Delay Virginia Suborbital Rocket Launches AGAIN to at least Sunday
NASA says it will decide Friday afternoon whether to attempt the launch Sunday morning.


BUSINESS
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National social networking site for horse lovers launched in Lyndeborough
The new online application provides amateur and professional horse owners a way to document, store and share important information about all aspects of their equine activities and horse care.


Feds question $102M federal loan guarantee for windfarm
The report questions whether the Record Hill wind project adequately qualifies for the U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantee, since the technology must be considered innovative. Rob Gardiner, president of Independence Wind, a partner in the project, said the project meets all qualifications and that the company is repaying the loans. The other partner in the wind farm project is New Hampshire's Wagner Wind Energy I.


New Hampshire has 10th highest apartment costs in the nation
The mortgage crisis and foreclosures have created a glut of houses for rent, but those are not a match for many of the people who need housing, Raphael Bostic, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said during an event releasing the report March 13. As more former homeowners have become renters, rents have gone up, the report said.


FEATURES / ENTERTAINMENT
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Third episode of ‘Courage New Hampshire' filmed in Oak Glen
Riley's farm is once again the set of a history drama ser­ies that captures the complex dealings of a small town in the period prior to the Revol­utionary War. Production for the third episode of “Courage New Hampshire” is in full swing and is scheduled for premiere on May 6.


Down East magazine on Maine's new state song and those of other states


NPR Audio - All Things Considered: After The Rapture, Who Will Walk Your Dog?


Looks like that post rapture pet walking company was a hoax


Plain Dealer: Cleveland International Film Festival: How a man of God balanced his love with faith, church, in 'Love Free or Die'


COURTS / PUBLIC OVERSIGHT
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Conn. parish stripped of its church in dispute over ordination of gay New Hampshire business takes case to U.S. Supreme Court


Conservation Law Foundation wants new PUC commissioner disqualified from Merrimack Station proceedings


NH v. Glendon Hill
LYNN, J. The defendant, Glendon Hill, appeals his conviction in Superior Court (Nicolosi, J.) for aggravated felonious sexual assault, see RSA 632-A:2, I (2007), on the ground that the jury's verdict was against the weight of the evidence. We affirm.


THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE v. DANIEL MATTON
In 1998, the defendant was convicted of arson and sentenced to seven and one-half to fifteen years in state prison, all suspended, and five years of probation. In 1999, the defendant was found to have violated the terms of his probation, and was ordered to serve three and one-half to seven years at the prison. In 2002, the defendant was convicted of assault by a prisoner, and was sentenced to prison for one and one-half to three years.


SAY PEASE IV, LLC & a. v. NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE ADMINISTRATION <<< Affirmed, DRED not entitled to transfer tax affirmed on $10M parcel near Pease


STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE v. CHRISTINA SMITH <<< DWI conviction affirmed, even if you are in a turning lane you are required to signal
DALIANIS, C.J. The defendant, Christina Smith, appeals her conviction for driving while intoxicated. See RSA 265-A:2 (Supp. 2011). She argues that the Dover District Court (Morrison, J.) erred in denying her motion to suppress because the State failed to establish that the arresting officer had a reasonable suspicion that she had violated the law when he stopped her. We affirm.


MICHAEL O'HEARNE & a. v. JAMES MCCLAMMER <<< Land dispute on Sugar River in North Charlestown, affirmed


Harborside Assoc. v. City of Portsmouth <<< Dispute involving downtown hotels, court upholds lower courts reversal of Portsmouth ZBA decision handing loss to Parade Residence Hotel.
Parade's property abuts the property of the plaintiff, Harborside Associates, L.P. (Harborside), the operator of the Sheraton Portsmouth Hotel. On September 18, 2008, the Board
approved Parade's application to construct a five-story building, consisting of a hotel, a restaurant, and ground floor retail space. Parade began construction in July of 2009.


NHPUC Order Amending Order No. 25,331 on Fairpoint Service Quality Penalties
Fairpoint is lobbying the NHPUC to allow it to use several million in service quality penalties to expand broadband in NH.


POLITICS
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Windham chief finagles continued federal aid with Ayotte's help
WINDHAM, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire police chief has helped gain a reprieve for a night vision equipment loan program that helps more than 400 law enforcement agencies nationwide.


Respect for human rights condition for Georgia's entry to NATO
Republican Senator Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire) said that Baltic states were very young members of NATO, granted membership for achievements in democracy and Euro-Atlantic integration. Georgia may achieve progress at the Chicago summit in late May. Its parliamentary polls in October will be a test for democracy, the senator said on Thursday.


Lynch urges more spending on public education


OPINION
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WaPo - Carter Eskew: Romney's slip, not slide
When I was a young child, I rode a cog railway to the top of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. It had a unique gear mechanism designed for steep grades. The train would move forward two gear ratchets and "slip" one; thus, in a way, my non-mechanical mind accepted this action as a matter of fact, keeping the train secure and also moving to the top, two steps forward, one back.


Kennebec Journal: OUR OPINION: Maine voters seem smarter as casinos decline


Mass. paper lauds victory for gay marriage in New Hampshire
The overwhelming defeat was an embarrassment for House Speaker William O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon, and Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt, R-Salem. Competent leadership would have buried the bill rather than be handed such a stinging public rebuke.


SPORTS
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Racin' with Jason: Global RallyCross Championship can expose New Hampshire Motor Speedway to new audience
RallyCross is a fast growing portion of the "action sports" empire. It's part of ESPN's annual X Games, so you know it's legit. The press release put out by NHMS describes the sport as "part time trial, part stunt show and all adrenaline."


Ravens agree to two-year deal with former Wildcat Corey Graham


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