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June 06. 2012 12:26PM

NH news from around the web - Updated 6/6

NEWS
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Two brothers from Colorado behind effort to make day New Hampshire vote created the United States a national holiday
June 21, 1788 is when New Hampshire became the ninth colony back in 1788, giving our government the super majority and making the constitution the law of the land. "It's just as important as the 4th of July," Darryl said. "The 4th of July celebrates our independence, but this is what celebrates the guarantee of our freedom and our rights."


NH issues no-wake order for all of Silver Lake


NHPR: Study - Tougher teen licensing in NH could have saved lives


Opponents rail against proposed east-west highway in Maine
More than a dozen members of the Friends of Piscataquis Valley voiced opposition or provided alternatives to the four-lane, 220-mile highway from Coburn Gore to Calais proposed by Cianbro President and CEO Peter Vigue. The meeting came on the heels of an appearance by Vigue at Foxcroft Academy to promote the highway that saw fierce opposition.


The Hassler, new NOAA survey vessel, scans the depths of the Chesapeake
The Hassler's sponsor is Kitty Sununu, wife of former New Hampshire Sen. John Sununu. And in the spring or early summer of 2013, the ship will move to the University of New Hampshire's Coastal Marine Laboratory, its home port.


Sullivan County shelves plan for emergency dispatch center


FEATURES
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CBS Video: Classic Car Collection Up For Auction In Hampton
They belong to Mike Dingman. He sat on the board at Ford Motor Company for 20 years. The cars are his personal collection, carefully selected over 15 years.


Retro Video: Frontiers of Meter Manufacturing - The GE Watt-hour meter being manufactured in Somersworth circa 1960



Centre Harbor Historical Society presentation on antique logging tools



BUSINESS
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Lebanon's Mascoma and Lallemand Ethanol Technology announce TransFerm brand name
TransFerm™, which is the first commercial application of Mascoma's proprietary consolidated bioprocessing (CBP) technology platform, is a bioengineered drop-in substitute for conventional fermenting yeast that lowers costs for corn ethanol producers by alleviating the need to purchase a significant amount of the expensive enzymes currently used in corn ethanol production.


Industry lauds end to union labor requirement for $40M Job Corps Center in Manchester
“This is a big win for taxpayers and the principles of fair and open competition in federal contracting,” said ABC Director of Labor and Federal Procurement Ben Brubeck. “Removing the coercive PLA mandate in New Hampshire will level the playing field and ensure increased competition and construction job creation for all skilled construction workers and their qualified employers, instead of just special interests needlessly favored by this administration.”


COURTS / PUBLIC OVERSIGHT
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U.S. District Court - Raynes v. Keene <<< Suit alleges Keene officials defrauded him by misrepresenting facts to buy plaintiff's property below fair market value


U.S. First Circuit: MATTHEW DOWNING v. GLOBE DIRECT <<< Court finds for Globe. Globe is a subsidiary of the NYT contracted to send Mass. drivers renewals by mail. The company w/ the state's knowledge used the info to market to motorists. Downing challenged this as a violation of the Driver's Privacy Protection Act.
In a putative class action alleging that defendant violated the Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), 18 U.S.C. sections 2721-25, when it included commercial advertising in mailings to Massachusetts drivers that contained their motor vehicle registration renewal notices, the district court's grant of defendant's motion on the pleadings, based on plaintiff's failure to join the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an indispensable party, is affirmed where even the district court abused its discretion, there was no violation of the DPPA.


Low interest disaster loans available in NH for April 23 storm


Public comment sought for proposed license changes for NextEra Energy Seabrook - Docket No. 50-443, Seabrook Station, Unit 1, Rockingham County, New Hampshire
Description of amendment request: The proposed change would revise TS 6.7.6.k, Steam Generator (SG) Program, to exclude a portion of the tubes below the top of the SG tube sheet from periodic tube inspections and plugging. The proposed change also establishes permanent reporting requirements in TS 6.8.1.7, Steam Generator Tube Inspection Report, that were previously implemented on a temporary basis.


POLITICS
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Portsmouth's Ocean Properties creates PAC to fund candidates favoring racino in Maine
The first money bomb of Maine’s legislative campaign has landed on the Biddeford-Saco area, leaving supporters of the state’s Clean Election program shuddering. Ocean Properties Inc., the Portsmouth, N.H.-based developer behind last year’s proposal for a racino in Biddeford, transferred $25,000 to a new political action committee on May 31. Over the past few days, the Race for ME PAC has spent $13,334 on fliers and newspaper advertisements supporting three pro-racino candidates in the area’s Democratic primaries for state Senate and House.


NHWatchdog.org: Feds ask for data in wake of NH Medicaid Lawsuit


Video: EPA June 4 overreach and the impact on NH communities



OPINION
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NHPR: Cosmos and Culture - How uncertain was Heisenberg?


SPORTS
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Louisville signs Brewster Academy's star Montrezl Harrell


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