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State and local police in New Hampshire are responding to dozens of minor accidents, especially in the southern part of the state, as falling snow has made roads hazardous.

A dispatcher at the State Police Troop B barracks in Bedford says police responded to 40 to 50 accidents on Saturday afternoon.

A winter weather advisory was posted for southern and central New Hampshire until 9 p.m.

Police are urging people who are able to do so to put off travel until crews have a chance to clear the roads.

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Gas prices in New Hampshire have fallen nearly 3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.38.

The average comes from GasBuddy.com's daily survey of 875 gas stations in the state.

The national average has fallen slightly last week, to $3.29 per gallon.

The state prices are 2 cents per gallon lower than the same period last year and are a penny higher than a month ago.

The national average has increased 6.8 cents per gallon in the last month and stands 3.4 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

A New Hampshire-based accountable care organization created under the federal Affordable Care Act is expanding to include three more hospitals.

Under the accountable care organization model, networks of doctors and health care providers work together to provide high-quality, coordinated care for their patients while trying to limit unnecessary spending. Participants are required to meet quality standards for patient outcomes and other measures.

A printing equipment company has agreed to pay $116,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency over air pollution violations at its plant in Hudson, N.H.

Last September, the EPA filed a complaint against Presstek alleging violations of hazardous waste management laws, including failure to comply with air emission regulations.

The EPA said as part of its operations manufacturing printing equipment, Presstek generates hazardous wastes that include solvent-containing wastes, which are ignitable, and corrosive wastes.

 

The state of New Hampshire has set up an emergency hotline for Fred Fuller Oil Co. customers who are in imminent danger of running out of home heating oil.

Three police officers in Seabrook have been suspended after a video surfaced showing an officer slamming a suspect into a wall at the police station more than four years ago.

The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Boeing hailed Friday's vote, which proponents said solidifies the aerospace giant's presence in the Seattle area.

"Tonight, Washington state secured its future as the aerospace capital of the world," Inslee declared.

Workers at specialized summer camps will be required to undergo criminal background checks in New Hampshire under a new law that takes effect Jan. 1.

Authorities say a leak in a refrigeration system at a New Hampshire food market has sent nine people complaining of dizziness and respiratory problems to three area hospitals.

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Electric utilities continue to fix power outages across northern New England as a fast moving storm is expected to drop heavy, wet snow in parts of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

(Click here for N.H. power outage maps.)

More than 1,400 Vermonters remained without power Sunday. The Vermont Electric Cooperative says it expects to soon restore power to 700 more customers.

Central Maine Power reported about 600 customers without power Sunday evening and Bangor Hydro Electric reports 717 outages.

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation says it will close the Spaulding Turnpike Exit 3 southbound off-ramp in Newington for two weeks in January.

A legislative study group is floating the idea of imposing fees on canoes and kayaks in New Hampshire, but some lawmakers say the plan would sink like a stone.

A new study shows New Hampshire's program to give schoolchildren the tools to take care of their teeth ranks consistently near the top of national ratings.

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There's a search for a new operator of Robie's Country Store, a longtime campaign stop for candidates in New Hampshire's presidential primary.

 

New Hampshire U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster says hunters who donate wild game to food banks should be eligible for a tax deduction to cover the costs of processing.

 A judge has sentenced a New Hampshire man to the maximum of 35 years to life in prison for fatally shooting his wife in a jealous rage as their young son slept nearby.

New Hampshire residents are shoveling about 3 to 6 inches of new snow in some spots just a few days after the first big storm of the season hit.

Much of the snow fell during Tuesday afternoon and evening, with multiple spin-outs on the Everett Turnpike and Interstate 93. Highways were still slick Wednesday morning and speeds were lowered to 45 mph.

A water main break in Concord affected 26 homes Tuesday night, but it wasn't immediately known if it was weather-related. Service was restored Wednesday morning.

A day after federal regulators sued an online lender, accusing it of collecting money that consumers didn't owe, New Hampshire's attorney general says the state will be joining others in pursuing similar violations involving the business.

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A storm that dropped around a foot of snow across much of northern New England overnight continues to move through the region.

A Colorado high school student with an apparent grudge against a teacher wounded a classmate with a shotgun before killing himself, chilling a state that's still trying to make sense of mass shootings at Columbine High School and an Aurora movie theater.

Quick-thinking students at Arapahoe High School on Friday alerted the targeted teacher, who quickly left the building. Police immediately locked down the scene on the eve of the Newtown massacre anniversary — a somber reminder of how commonplace school violence has become.

State transportation plow crews are gearing up for up to a foot of snow expected to fall in New Hampshire starting Saturday night and lasting into Sunday.

A Transportation Department spokesman says that the season's first big storm is expected to hit the Salem area first at about 4 tomorrow afternoon and spread across the state.

Temperatures may be around 15 degrees, which is too cold to pre-treat roads with a salt-brine mixture.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — One student was in critical condition Friday after reports of a shooting at a high school in suburban Denver, hospital and state officials said.

The student was in surgery, said Jason Dunkel, spokesman for Littleton Adventist Hospital. It's unclear how the student was wounded.

Police were outside the school, and students were seen walking toward the school's running track with their hands in the air. Television footage showed students being patted down.

New Hampshire prosecutors are saying for the first time that their investigation into veteran Rockingham County attorney Jim Reams is criminal in nature.

Prosecutors are fighting Reams' motion to release details about the nature of the investigation and complaints they say have been filed against him.

The attorney general stripped Reams of his power to prosecute last month — at the outset of a joint state and federal investigation of his office.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is proposing a limit on taxpayer spending for oil painting portraits of government officials.

Her bill, co-sponsored with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, would specify that taxpayer money can only be used for portraits of those in the line of succession for the presidency. And even in those cases, there would be a $20,000 limit.

New Hampshire prosecutors say a former Fortune 500 executive who caused a crash that killed a Vermont couple told investigators he was attempting to kill himself.

Fifty-three-year-old Robert Dellinger, of Sunapee, is charged with two counts of reckless manslaughter in the deaths of 29-year-old Jason Timmons and 24-year-old Amanda Murphy, who was eight months pregnant.

Prosecutors say Dellinger's truck crossed the median on Interstate 89, became airborne and sheared off the top of the couple's car, killing them instantly.

 

The criminal case of a traveling medical technician who infected dozens of patients with hepatitis C through tainted syringes is pushing individual hospitals, state lawmakers and federal officials to close the loopholes he exploited.

The New Hampshire attorney general's office says no criminal charges will be brought against a former police chief accused of inappropriate interactions with women.  

A half-mile stretch of New Hampshire Route 12A in Alstead has reopened after the road was severely damaged in June by heavy flooding.

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Six Canadian hikers were helped off New Hampshire's Mount Washington after they called 911 from the mountain's auto road.   New Hampshire Fish and Game says the hikers were all in their 20s and from the province of Quebec. They had hiked up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and reached the summit around 2 p.m. Saturday, but with temperatures at zero degrees and winds at 50 mph, they decided to walk down the auto road.   Some members of the group were not dressed appropriately for the weather, and feeling the cold, they called 911.

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 U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster wants to require utility companies to produce at least 25 percent of their power from renewable energy sources like wind, solar and biomass by 2025.   Kuster is co-sponsoring legislation to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard. She says doing so would help create nearly 300,000 jobs, cut pollution and save consumers almost $100 billion on their utility bills by 2030.   According to Kuster, 29 states, including New Hampshire, already have renewable generation standards.    

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