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January 30. 2013 12:57PM

Bill would end NH’s limited recognition of common-law marriages

'If the couple wanted marriage benefits, they should have married while they were both alive and taken responsibility for each other,' said Rep. David Bickford, a Republican from New Durham, during a hearing yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee.

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Seacoast home sales cool off in August

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NYT: Teen penpals marry after rediscovering each other in NYC using online dating site

She is a daughter of Lesley Arnold of Keene, N.H., and Barton D. Goodeve of Sharon, N.H. She is a stepdaughter of Kenneth Arnold. The officiant was Arpad J. Toth, the bride’s maternal grandfather and a justice of the peace in New Hampshire.

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Hampstead school officials aren't taking town meeting 'No!' for an answer on $6.18M renovation

Feds reject NH delegation request for rail study aimed at derailing Newington propane terminal

New Hampshire officials to hold meeting on Vermont Yankee

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CATO lauds PSU for nixing all its speech codes thus earning top rating for free speech on campus

NH one of 4 states impacted by reforms aimed at ending record food stamp spending