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A snow ranger who worked to dig a skier out of an avalanche on Mount Washington heard him moaning from beneath the snow and eventually determined he was in a seated position with his lower legs and feet buried about 6 feet down, a report said.

 

New Hampshire's judicial branch says that its pilot program offering text message reminders to people involved in a divorce or parenting case reduced the failure-to-appear rate by 40% in a six-month period.

The circuit court launched the program last summer. People who chose to provide a cellphone number received three simple text messages reminding them of their mediation day and time: one each at seven days, three days, and one day before the event.

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The Scamman Farm in Stratham, New Hampshire, has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

The main building of the Janvrin-Healey-Scamman Farm was built circa 1836. The Greek Revival house has a wide gable front and nine fireplaces. Two porches were added in the second half of the 19th century.

The oldest building on the property, the free-standing English barn, dates to the 18th century. It represents the property's Colonial period of subsistence farming and is a rare surviving example of that structure type.

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Police in New Hampshire say a man accused of firing a shot from his gun that injured a 2-year-old girl in an upstairs apartment told an officer he thought someone was in his bedroom.

Police arrested 51-year-old Timothy Hale in Newport on charges of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and second-degree assault. He faced arraignment Monday; it wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.

The girl was in stable condition at a hospital.

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U.S. Senators from Maine and New Hampshire say they are encouraged by a new Defense Department memo that appears to maintain funding for projects at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Members of the congressional delegation have been working to prevent the construction projects from being cut to fund President Donald Trump's wall at the southern border.

 

Authorities have identified a skier who died in an avalanche on Mount Washington.

A spokesman for the White Mountain National Forest says 32-year-old Nicholas Benedix of Campton, New Hampshire, was buried under about 5 feet of snow in Raymond Cataract for about an hour Thursday afternoon before rescuers dug him out.

Benedix was skiing alone and was pronounced dead several hours later.

The spokesman said the avalanche was approximately 135-feet wide at the crown.

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A growing number of states are moving to allow the winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous as privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups' wishes to publicize winners to boost sales and show that the games are fair.

Arizona could be the next state to join at least nine others with laws that let winners keep their names secret under a proposal headed to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. Four years ago, just five states allowed anonymous winners, and a handful of others allowed trusts to claim prizes.

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Authorities say a man charged in the shooting deaths of a man and a woman was found dead in Vermont.

The New Hampshire attorney general's office said in a news release Friday that police found 28-year-old Derrick Shippee dead in Vernon, Vermont.

Officials issued warrants for Shippee and charged him with two counts of second-degree murder in the slayings of 29-year-old Neal Bolster and 19-year-old Aaliyah Jacobs. Bolster and Jacobs were found inside a Hinsdale, New Hampshire home on Thursday. An autopsy shows both died of gunshot wounds.

 

Authorities warn that the possibility of further avalanches is increasing a day after a skier died on Mount Washington.

 

A spokesman for the White Mountain National Forest says a man skiing alone in an area called Raymond Cataract was buried under about 5 feet of snow for about an hour Thursday afternoon before rescuers dug him out.

 

The man was pronounced dead several hours later.

 

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has submitted the state's proposed plan for supplemental grant funding to the federal government, which includes expanding access to residential treatment and availability of naloxone for those at risk of an overdose.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that New Hampshire is eligible to receive nearly $12 million in funding. The state's proposal includes increased funding to eliminate barriers to treatment and recovery services.

A police officer accused of driving drunk in a crash that killed a New Hampshire woman is scheduled for an arraignment next week.

State police say 27-year-old Tyler Berry crossed the center line in a pickup truck and hit a vehicle on Route 101 in Amherst on Friday night. A judge released Berry on his own personal recognizance. He's scheduled for an April 18 court appearance.

It wasn't immediately known if Berry, a Londonderry police officer, had a lawyer. A phone message was left seeking comment.

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Gasoline prices have risen slightly in parts of northern New England.

In New Hampshire, prices rose 2.5 cents per gallon, averaging $2.52.

The price in Maine went up 1.8 cents per gallon, averaging $2.59. The price actually went down less than a penny in Vermont, averaging $2.61 per gallon.

The national average price of $2.74 is up 27.6 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 9.3 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

 

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The Mount Washington Observatory is holding an open house to celebrate the 85th anniversary of its record-breaking 231 mph wind speed.

Events are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday at its Weather Discovery Center in North Conway.

At noon, there will be a special presentation on "The Story of the Big Wind" presented by staff scientists. There also will be two live video connections to the observatory's mountaintop weather station allowing visitors to meet weather observers and to see what is happening in real time on Mount Washington.

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A former congressional staffer has pleaded guilty to five federal offenses that stem from illegally posting online the home addresses and telephone numbers of five Republican senators who backed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

The Justice Department said in statement Friday that 27-year-old Jackson A. Cosko could face a prison term of at least 30 months and as much as 57 months. The offenses included making public restricted personal information, computer fraud, witness tampering and obstruction of justice.

 

Penn and Dartmouth have completed the longest game in Ivy League history, with the Quakers using an eight-run 21st inning to beat the Big Green 21-15 Saturday.

The game lasted 6 hours, 22 minutes. Penn's Josh Hood hit a three-run homer in his 11th plate appearance, keying the 21st-inning rally.

Craig Larsen hit a grand slam in the eighth and became the first Penn player to hit for the cycle in 19 years. The freshman had five of the team's program-record 30 hits.

 

Hundreds of high school students from around New Hampshire harnessed the power of peer-to-peer discussions Friday to tell policymakers about the pressures they face and what kinds of support they need.

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Federal fishing managers say rules for recreational fishing of cod and haddock off New England are staying the same for the time being, and that means fishing for cod in the Gulf of Maine is still prohibited.

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Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan jumped into the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, portraying himself as a candidate who can bridge Democrats' progressive and working class wings to win the White House.

Ryan, 45, announced his primary bid on ABC's "The View." He plans a kickoff rally on Saturday in downtown Youngstown, where a big turnout by organized labor is expected.

 

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for its Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship and Professional Development Scholarship programs.

Now in its 12th year, the Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship was established to honor and celebrate North Country teachers in public education.

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Are pearls proper? Are hats harmful? Both questions came up Tuesday as New Hampshire lawmakers discussed the delicate issue of decorum as they do their jobs.

The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee drew attention recently when some members who opposed a gun control bill wore strands of fake pearls to a public hearing. They said they were showing support for the Women's Defense League of New Hampshire, but members of the Moms Demand Action advocacy group said they felt mocked.

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New Hampshire House Democrats are putting the final touches on a $13.4 billion two-year budget that spends more and significantly departs from Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's proposal on mental health, education and other issues.

The House will vote next week on the plan being crafted by its Finance Committee. Top Democrats on the committee shared some details with reporters on Monday, saying their focus has been crafting a budget that provides property tax relief to towns and cities by boosting education aid.

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A partnership between the experimental agriculture and beer brewing programs at the University of New Hampshire has produced another brew.

Strawberry Milkman is the third beer to be developed as part of the partnership between the UNH brewing science program and the New Hampshire Agriculture Experiment Station.

It's described as a sweet, cloudy IPA, and is made using strawberries developed for optimal production in New England using advanced genetic techniques.

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A traveling medical technician convicted of infecting patients with hepatitis C waited too long to ask a judge to vacate his sentence, New Hampshire prosecutors said Friday.

David Kwiatkowski was sentenced in 2013 to 39 years in prison for stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood. In January, he acted as his own attorney and asked to be released, saying his former lawyer was ineffective.

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A former University of New Hampshire researcher has been sentenced to two years of probation for stealing money from federal research grants.

Prosecutors say 47-year-old Jichun Zhang submitted fictitious receipts for nearly $7,000 in expenses on a credit card. The university made payments and obtained reimbursement from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which provided the grant.

Zhang was a research associate professor for UNH's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space.

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A New Hampshire auto shop owner facing deportation to Lebanon will get a chance to seek a pardon for crimes he committed as a teenager 14 years ago.

Thirty-four-year-old Alain Ata came to the U.S. at age 10. He spent several years in prison for burglary, conspiracy and receiving stolen property incidents when he was 18, and is seeking a pardon that will allow him to remain in the country.

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Republican Steve Negron, who lost to Democrat Annie Kuster last year in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District election, says he's once again running for the seat for 2020.

Negron, of Nashua, is a former state lawmaker, serving in the House from 2016 to 2018. He served in the Air Force and works in the defense industry.

He defeated six other GOP candidates in the primary election to get his party's nomination.

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is facing sharp pushback over a proposal to cut federal funding to the Special Olympics.

Celebrities, politicians and activists have taken to social media to rebuke DeVos for her plan to cut funding for the group as part of $7 billion in reductions in 2020. The organization received $17.6 million from the Education Department this year, but DeVos says it should be supported through philanthropy.

House Democrats grilled DeVos in a budget hearing Tuesday, with Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., calling the cut "appalling."

They didn't win the big jackpot, but a group of winners from a New Hampshire business plans to claim a $1 million Powerball prize.

The New Hampshire Lottery says a winning ticket was sold at a Cumberland Farms on Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua for the drawing on Saturday, March 23.

The lottery says the ticket will be claimed Wednesday morning at its headquarters in Concord.

The current Powerball jackpot has hit $750 million.

 

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New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker will be one of four commencement speakers at Southern New Hampshire University's graduation ceremonies in May.

The school announced Tuesday that the presidential candidate will speak at a ceremony for online students on the morning of May 12.

Booker is one of six current senators who have announced campaigns to win the Democratic nomination in an effort to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election.

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A New Hampshire man has been convicted of running a prostitution operation following a trial during which witnesses described how he used their drug addictions to causing them to work as prostitutes for his profit.

A federal jury found 33-year-old Steven Tucker, of Manchester, guilty Friday of using interstate facilities to promote prostitution, maintaining a drug-involved premises and sex trafficking of a minor. He's scheduled to be sentenced July 2.

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