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Amid a spike in hate crimes nationwide, New Hampshire's Democratic congressional delegation announced Friday that seven houses of worship in the state are getting funding to help bolster security.

The $150,000 in grants will go to four churches, two temples and a chabad. The delegation also announced the state was getting more than $4 million from the State Homeland Security Program to support terrorism prevention and preparedness efforts.

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Law enforcement officials have charged a 79-year-old man in the shooting death of his wife in Derry, New Hampshire.

Police responding to a 911 call early Saturday found the body of 74-year-old Ellen Munstis, along with her husband. Police say Roderick Munstis was the one who called 911.

Roderick Munstis was arrested on charges of knowing and reckless second-degree murder, and is being held while awaiting arraignment on Monday.

An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

 

Officials say a Massachusetts man was killed when his all-terrain vehicle crashed in Jericho State Park in Berlin, New Hampshire.

Officials say the ATV operated by 56-year-old William Vannett, of Middleboro, Massachusetts, skidded off the Holt's Revenge Trail and dropped over an embankment early Friday evening.

He died at the scene.

Vannett was described as an experienced ATV operator who was wearing a helmet and eye protection at the time of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

 

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Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed a bill that would have re-established and raised New Hampshire's minimum wage, it would have had a detrimental effect on workers.

The state currently relies on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, the lowest in New England. The Legislature's bill would have set it at $10 per hour in 2020 and $12 per hour in 2022.

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New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services says an adult from Kingston has tested positive for mosquito- and tick-borne viruses.

The department said Thursday the adult tested positive for the Jamestown Canyon virus, transmitted by infected mosquitoes, and Powassan virus, transmitted by infected ticks. It's the first time they've been identified in the state this year.

   

A New Hampshire school district has concluded a cafeteria company was right to terminate a worker who claimed she was fired for giving a student free lunch.

Bonnie Kimball alleges she was fired in March by a food supply vendor for Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan, a day after giving a free lunch to a student who couldn't pay. The district denies this, saying all students get lunch regardless of income.

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The New Hampshire Lottery is looking for proposals from potential online vendors and retailers to offer sports betting after it became legal last month.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed a law that legalizes betting on professional sports and most Division I college sports, excluding games involving New Hampshire schools.

Mobile betting and retail gambling at 10 locations will be allowed, though it will take some time to set up. The wagering is expected to produce an estimated $7.5 million for education in fiscal year 2021 and $13.5 million two years later.

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Diane Foley learned her son's fate not from any government official but from a sobbing journalist who asked if she'd been on Twitter.

Foley had not, but the ghastly images weren't hard to find. President Barack Obama soon confirmed the news to the world: James Foley, a 40-year-old American journalist kidnapped in Syria two years earlier, was the American beheaded by Islamic State militants in a video circulating online.

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New Hampshire residents who get health insurance through Obamacare could see a modest decrease in monthly premiums next year under the latest proposed rates.

The New Hampshire Insurance Department says the proposed average premium for a benchmark individual plan in 2020 would be $440, or 2.5 percent lower than this year's average.

This year's median premium for such a plan was 15 percent lower than 2018, but that cost had jumped more than 75 percent the previous year.

President Donald Trump on Monday condemned weekend shootings in Texas and Ohio as "barbaric" attacks and crimes "against all humanity" as he called for bipartisan cooperation to strengthen the nation's gun laws.

Trump said he wants legislation providing "strong background checks" for gun users, but he provided scant details and has reneged on previous promises after mass shootings.

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New Hampshire parents who have lost children to suicide said Friday that a new law that focuses on schools will save lives.

The bill signed by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu will require schools to develop policies on suicide prevention, response and risk assessment and to provide suicide prevention training for faculty, staff and volunteers.

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A federal appeals court has declined to act on the case of an immigrant from Brazil who faces deportation from New Hampshire and says the United States isn't honoring an agreement allowing him to remain in the country.

A three-judge panel of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston reviewed the case of Renato Filippi, of Nashua.

In its judgment Friday, the panel agreed with a 2017 ruling from a federal judge in New Hampshire that the court lacked jurisdiction over his case.

 

A former worker at a New Hampshire drug recovery center has pleaded guilty in federal court to transporting fentanyl.

In a written statement, 39-year-old Jeffrey Hatch, of Manchester, a former NFL player who was chief business development officer at Granite Recovery Centers in Salem, said Thursday he had the drugs as part of a relapse from a knee replacement.

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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to reverse a rule banning firearms inside Representatives Hall in the New Hampshire Statehouse.

In January, the House started its new session with a vote to ban guns in the chamber. The policy on allowing firearms on the House floor has changed over the past 10 years, depending on which party holds the majority. Democrats won control of the chamber last year.

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A federal inspection report says the driver involved in a crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire was on drugs and reached for a beverage just before colliding with a group of bikers.

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Officials within the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles grappled for years without success to clear chronic backlogs in the processing of notifications sent by other states of infractions by Massachusetts drivers, according to testimony on Tuesday at an oversight hearing prompted by a crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire.

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New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services is expecting air pollution concentrations to reach unhealthy levels in Portsmouth and other seacoast communities.

The outlook for Tuesday is for unhealthy concentrations of ground-level ozone, the main component of smog. The unhealthy air quality comes from the persistence of high temperatures under sunny skies, which can combine with local emissions.

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A group of senators has a plan to reduce insulin prices with legislation intended to hold pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies more accountable.

The proposal's called the Insulin Price Reduction Act and its sponsors say it would incentivize reductions in list prices. The senators say the plan would create a new pricing model that would benefit both Medicare and private insurance users.

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Authorities investigating a suspicious death in Concord are seeking the public's help in finding a man they're calling a person of interest in the case.

Concord police and the attorney general's office said early Saturday that they are investigation the suspicious death of an adult man. An autopsy is set for Saturday, and authorities haven't released the victim's name.

In connection with the investigation, police said they are looking for a blue 2012 Mazda 3 sedan, New Hampshire license plate 4055307. 

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A former investment adviser in New Hampshire has pleaded guilty to stealing $345,000 from an elderly client.

Sixty-six-year-old James Knee, of Bow, recently pleaded guilty to financial exploitation, perjury and witness tampering charges.

The attorney general's office said Knee accepted checks from his 76-year-old client but didn't re-invest them. Instead, he deposited them into personal accounts and used the money to pay his expenses, including money sent to a Florida woman whom he had met online.

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More than a month after a crash in New Hampshire that killed seven motorcyclists, the National Transportation Safety Board has issued a report that provides no fresh clues as to what caused the tragedy.

In its preliminary report Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board summarized the details behind the June 21 crash in which a pickup truck driven by 23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy crashed into the bikers in Randolph.

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The Massachusetts attorney general's office has opened an investigation into the trucking company that employed the driver charged in the deaths of seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Maura Healey confirmed Tuesday an investigation into Westfield Transport Inc. She couldn't comment further because the probe is ongoing.

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A Republican lawmaker in New Hampshire is standing by comments made on social media that slavery was motivated by economics rather than racism, even as he was criticized by his own party.

In a Facebook exchange with a former lawmaker, state Rep. Werner Horn wrote that owning slaves didn't necessarily make someone a racist. He was responding to the former lawmaker's comment questioning how President Donald Trump could be the most racist president when other presidents owned slaves.

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There are poetry slams, and then there are slammed poets.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu abandoned his pick for poet laureate on Friday amid growing criticism of the man's work and how he was selected.

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New Hampshire is ending its practice of charging inmates and former inmates for the cost of their incarceration, often called "pay to stay" policy.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill last week repealing a 1996 law that allowed the state to seek such payments, which have amounted to an average of $102,000 per year for all inmates in recent years.

The change takes effect in September and is not retroactive.

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A new exhibit is set to open at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. It opens Saturday, July 20.

It features a lunar colony, toddler space exploration center and 3-D Apollo landing site maps. The first 150 guests will receive a gold coin commemorating the first steps on the moon (with paid admission).

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More than 1,600 Massachusetts drivers have had their licenses suspended following a Registry of Motor Vehicles review prompted by a deadly crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire.

The unprocessed out-of-state violations were discovered in bins at registry headquarters and during a search of the agency's archives dating back to 2011.

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It seems bears enjoy a good view just like any other visitor to the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

A photo snapped June 29 by an employee at the Omni Mount Washington Resort shows a black bear holding onto a rail on the veranda and looking out. The photo was taken around 5 a.m. and the employee, Sam Geesaman, said he had only wanted to get a photo of the sunrise.

Instead, he caught the bear as it climbed stairs in search of a trash can. The bear moved on after Gessaman loudly clapped and stomped.

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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is set to sign a bill authorizing sports betting in the state.

The bill being signed Friday will allow mobile gambling and wagering at up to 10 retail locations across the state.

The state Lottery Commission will supervise and regulate the new industry, which is expected to bring an estimated $7.5 million in fiscal year 2021 and $13.5 million two years later.

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The New Hampshire attorney general's office says human remains found in Grafton were those of a woman who went missing last year.

New Hampshire's chief medical examiner identified the woman as Trish Haynes, and concluded that her death was a homicide.

Officials began investigating her disappearance last summer. The 26-year-old was last seen in the Grafton and Danbury area in May or June of 2018.

It's unclear when the body was found. New Hampshire law enforcement officials declined to release details, and said the investigation remains active.

 

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