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Legislators Take Up Boat Ramps, Swimming and Invasive Species Bills

State legislators will vote in committee Tuesday on a handful of bills expanding recreational access and funding for public waters. One bill up for a vote in the House Fish & Game committee would set up a pilot program to allow swimming at five water bodies with public boat ramps. The proposal stems from a debate over one such pond in Ossipee, where residents want to swim alongside non-motorized boats. Legislators will also vote on a bill that would require state agencies to plan a new...

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Portsmouth will take public input this summer on a new city-wide land preservation plan, announced Monday.

Portsmouth's master plan for 2025 says the Seacoast city should work to expand public access to open space, and conserve new public lands.

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State legislators will vote in committee Tuesday on a handful of bills expanding recreational access and funding for public waters.

One bill up for a vote in the House Fish & Game committee would set up a pilot program to allow swimming at five water bodies with public boat ramps.

The proposal stems from a debate over one such pond in Ossipee, where residents want to swim alongside non-motorized boats.

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Manchester will soon be home to the country’s first professional baseball field that’s gone organic. 

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats field at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester is working with the nearby dairy company Stonyfield Organic to make its field permanently pesticide-free over the next two years.

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New Hampshire's congressional delegation on Monday criticized a new Trump Administration rule around facilities that offer abortions.

 

In February, the administration announced it will deny federal money -- known as Title X funds -- to clinics that provide abortion services. Opponents say this would hurt providers that offer other health services on site, including cancer screenings and birth control.

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New Hampshire authorities investigating a suspicious death in Hampton have released the victim's name but not how he died.

The Attorney General's office says Hampton police officers responding to a 911 call on Saturday found 34-year-old Juan Astacio unconscious in his apartment with obvious injuries. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.

An autopsy was conducted Monday. The manner of death was ruled a homicide but the cause is being withheld pending further investigation.

 

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There are no policy positions on his website. He has virtually no paid presence in the states that matter most. And his campaign manager is a high school friend with no experience in presidential politics.

 

The Department of Defense says a member of the U.S. Air Force from New Hampshire has died in a non-combat-related incident.

The death of 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Albert J. Miller of Richmond, New Hampshire, at the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar was announced Saturday.

The incident that led to Miller's death Friday is under investigation.

Miller was assigned to the 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. He was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

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The Exchange is working on a series of shows about workforce shortages in New Hampshire. New Hampshire boasts one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates, but the state is also facing a serious workforce shortage.

The Exchange will spend several shows exploring how we got here, the sectors and regions most affected, and discussing possible solutions.

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Robert Frese’s police file is as thick as the Bible, but it contains a very different collection of stories.

Take the time he hit a traffic flagger and drove off.

It was August 2017, and Frese, unhappy with a road closure in Portsmouth, bumped his car into Fred Chase before fleeing the scene.

 

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office is investigating a homicide following a man's death in Laconia Friday.

The AG said Wilfred Guzman Sr., 57, was found dead at his residence.

  

The Chief Medical Examiner's office concluded Guzman's death was caused by a blunt and sharp-force injury to his head.

 

The homicide remains under investigation.

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