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April 11. 2013 1:03PM

UNH Prof: Disability claims skyrocket: Here's why

"With every recession, we see a rise in the number of applicants," said Andrew Houtenville, an economics professor at the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability. "People are looking for options in terms of income support."



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Changes in E-ZPass conditions reflect changes already made, including cheaper transponders

If you have an E-ZPass account and received a complicated-looking email notifying you of changes recently, don’t worry.

Police expect to charge youths who vandalized Somersworth school

SOMERSWORTH — Three juveniles will face charges after police allegedly caught them breaking windows and destroying property inside Hilltop School late last week.

Vt. family involved in Canobie Lake Park fight say police to blame police for mistreatment

The family says media reports that included a video of the melee are only telling one side of the story. They say their actions that day are a result of aggressive officers.

Manchester man wanted on homicide, arson, child porn charges believed to be in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The St. Petersburg Police Department is teaming with the U.S. Marshals Service to find Matthew Thomas Dion, 38. Officials believe he has been in the area since late March.

Grantland.com: 15 Questions for San Antonio's Matt Bonner

At the beginning of the summer the San Antonio Spurs beat LeBron James and the Miami Heat to win the 2014 NBA championship. At summer's end we caught up with the Spurs' one and only Matt Bonner over email to review everything from the championship run, sandwich analytics, and the Bonner Challenge.

Littleton man has been missing since mysterious crash last Thursday

LITTLETON, N.H. - The search continues for a man missing since a mysterious car crash Thursday night. Littleton Police are searching for 43 year-old Christopher Gochee. He was last seen in his vehicle at around 7 p.m. Thursday in Woodsville.

N.H.'s Laurie List under the spotlight

It led to police Chief Joseph Gordon placing Wood's name on the Laurie List, which includes law enforcement officers from around the state with credibility concerns. Officers are placed on the Laurie List solely at the discretion of local police chiefs.

Former KSC basketball player killed months after joining NYC police in patrol van crash

Michael Williams, 25, wanted to be a police offer just like his father — but a tragic crash killed him after only nine months on the beat. Eight other officers in the van were injured.

New Haven paid off sex harassment suit against Weare chief brought by female detective

However, Velleca's time in New Haven was not problem-free. The newspaper reported several of the detectives under his command filed hostile work environment complaints and the year after he retired as acting chief in 2011, the department paid $20,000 to settle a sexual harassment suit a female detective filed against him.

Hudson medical device maker Atrium faces lawsuits over surgical mesh

NASHUA – More than two dozen people have filed lawsuits against a Hudson-based medical device manufacturer, claiming the company knew its surgical mesh could cause …

Accused killer's alleged role in killing of NY violinist echoes role in 1991 NH murder

It was June 1991, and the investigation into the New Hampshire murder led almost immediately to the victim’s roommate, a 20-year-old stranger from Western New York. Jonathan M. Conklin didn’t kill Michael, but he did admit to helping orchestrate the attack.

Person killed by Downeaster in North Berwick

NORTH BERWICK, Maine — An unidentified person was struck and killed by the Amtrak Downeaster train 695 Saturday night about 7 p.m.

Segway inventor takes aim at thirst with Slingshot, but units cost top $200K

There's a problem. Kamen says each Slingshot costs his company several hundred thousand dollars to build. He's looking to partner with companies and organizations to distribute Slingshots around the world, but says a little more engineering work needs to be done in order to lower the production costs.

Keene memorial to Robin Williams has outstayed its welcome

Six weeks after the actor’s Aug. 11 death by suicide, the signs, stuffed animals, candles and photographs in downtown Keene present a mental health dilemma, according to a local mental health specialist.

Police identifies second man killed by Downeaster in as many months

The fatality was the second deadly incident with a train in North Berwick in recent months. A North Berwick man died July 23 when he stepped in front of a Downeaster train.

NH one of the states that receives least food stamp benefits per capita

The average value of the benefit they receive each month is almost $133, and the total cost of the federal program is some $80 billion a year. The states with the participation rates at over 18 percent are Oregon and Michigan. States with the lowest are Wyoming, New Jersey and New Hampshire.

NH family offers to drive corgi pup across country to replace dog slain in Washington state

BELLINGHAM (AP) — Corgi owners around the nation are rallying around a slain Bellingham dog, calling for the harshest penalty for the man charged with killing Molly, a Pembroke Welsh corgi.

Walpole wins statewide tap water taste test

The drinking water in 13 towns across New Hampshire went glass-to-glass, and Walpole came out on tap.

Dover rallying around restaurants closed by sewage flood

A GoFundMe page entitled 'Get Kelley’s and Blue Back Open' has begun online and has raised substantial money in a short period of time.

Biologists come to aid of 3 loons tangled in fishing line, 1 doesn't survive

MOULTONBOROUGH, New Hampshire — Biologists have come to the aid of three loons tangled in plastic fishing line.


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