Jordyn Haime

News Intern

Jordyn is NHPR's news intern. She’s a rising senior at UNH, where she’s studying journalism and international affairs. She’s a staff writer for the student newspaper The New Hampshire.

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Hundreds of people across New Hampshire turned out at Climate Strike events Friday to lend their voice to calls for action on climate change. 

Carrying handmade signs, pushing strollers and handing out leaflets, they joined striking protesters around the world in a coordinated effort to kick off a week of climate activism.  

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The University of New Hampshire is entering a $600,000 contract with the consulting group Huron to review UNH’s financials, according to an email sent to UNH faculty and staff Tuesday.

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Rolando Cantú is originally from Texas, and is now a junior at American University in Washington, D.C. But I caught up with him a few weeks ago in Berlin, New Hampshire, where he was helping set up tables and chairs in a packed catering hall, before Sen. Bernie Sanders was scheduled to speak. 

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New data shows that Southern New Hampshire University spends more on advertising and marketing than any other private, non-profit college in the country. 

The report from the Chronicle of Higher Education shows that SNHU spent more than $130 million on advertising and marketing in 2017. 

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Pamela Rogers is a mother of four, who, lately, has the entire house to herself.

“I’m getting a little taste of what it’s like to be an empty nester. I don’t really care for it, but ...” Pam says.

Three of her kids have left home. One is in the military, one’s on a mission trip, another in college in Idaho.

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The Coakley Landfill will soon get treatment and cleanup from New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services.

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Former UNH President Mark Huddleston’s employment agreement is getting some big changes. He’ll be returning to UNH this year, making a $20,000 salary as an adjunct instructor in the UNH Professional Development and Training department.

According to the agreement, Huddleston will present at various leadership conferences and institutes, and provide “consulting services” for future curriculum in that department this year. He will also be working with state public officials through UNH Extension.

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The University of New Hampshire's Franklin Pierce School of Law launched its new hybrid law degree program Wednesday.

The juris doctor degree program is primarily online, with some in-person learning on the Concord campus. The available hybrid JD program is in intellectual property, technology, and information law.

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After several New Hampshire religious organizations were awarded federal grants last week to help strengthen security, others are wondering why they weren't included.

The grants, funded through the State Homeland Security Program, totaled $150,000 for seven religious organizations in the state. They're meant to help protect places of worship from foreign and domestic terrorism.

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 The Portsmouth City Council voted Monday night to apply to acquire the downtown McIntyre property, and legally bind the city into a public-private partnership with the developer Redgate/Kane. 

The city is applying to the national parks service to acquire the federal property, through a program called the Historic Property Surplus Program. It would allow the Portsmouth to acquire and redevelop the McIntyre site at no cost to the city.

New Hampshire Attorney General's Office

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced at a press briefing today that his office would not file charges against three Belmont police officers who shot and killed a man in June.

(Scroll down to read the AG's report on the investigation.)

MacDonald said the use of deadly force by Belmont Police Officers Kristopher Kloetz, Patrick Riley, and Evan Boulanger against 45-year-old Michael Sheehan was legally justified.

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The University of New Hampshire has announced that it is officially partnering with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

The partnership will make it easier for UNH students and faculty to engage in educational opportunities and conduct research with the Shipyard.

 

Kevin Gardner, UNH's vice provost for research, says it will especially benefit students in STEM fields, who will have greater access to paid internship and on-site learning opportunities.

 

The annual League of NH Craftsmen's Fair starts at Mount Sunapee in Newbury on Saturday and an estimated 25,000 visitors will attend the nine-day event.

The fair has seen some positive changes as well as some difficulties this year, shortly after the mountain was purchased by Vail.

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Bill Binnie surprised some at a public hearing in Portsmouth Wednesday by proposing a new redevelopment plan for the federal McIntyre building.

Over 100 residents attended the public hearing  discuss the site's future.

Councilors called the hearing in response to a petition from a group called Revisit McIntyre, which is critical of the redevelopment plan. That petition gathered over 600 approved signatures.

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The University System of New Hampshire voted to move forward with negotiations two major development projects at UNH this morning.

The projects include replacing two undergraduate residence halls with a boutique hotel and parking garage, and building a new, privately-owned graduate housing complex at 66 Main Street in Durham.

UNH will be working with Elliott Sidewalk Communities on both of the projects. That company is set to purchase the Main St. property, and will completely fund the cost of the hotel and parking garage.

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The University of New Hampshire updated former president Mark Huddleston’s contract to include the promise of a year of full salary after retirement in order to help the school weather a financial crisis, according to a top official with the state university system.

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Former University of New Hampshire president Mark Huddleston continued to collect a $425,000 salary in the year after he retired from his position in June 2018. That put Huddleston slightly behind UNH’s current president, Jim Dean, who earns $455,000 a year since taking over for Huddleston last summer. 

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The Washington Post has released data obtained by the Drug Enforcement Administration that is painting a clearer picture of the prevalence of opioid drug use in New Hampshire.

According to the data, 280 million oxycodone and hydrocodone pills were supplied to the state between 2006 and 2012. That’s about 36 pills per person, per year.

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The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is taking the next steps toward building a commuter rail line through New Hampshire’s capitol corridor.

A bill allowing the use of federal funds for the development stage of the project became law last week without the governor’s signature.

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Governor Sununu cut the ribbon Wednesday for the opening of a new transitional home for mothers recovering from substance abuse.

The new facility in Rochester is named Abi's Place after Abi Lizotte, a young mother who died of substance abuse in December 2017.  She played a critical role in the opening of Hope on Haven Hill, a substance abuse treatment center for homeless women with children, also in Rochester. 

Annie Kuster

Congresswoman Annie Kuster describes conditions at border facilities in Texas as "inhumane."

Kuster visited the facilities in McAllen and Brownsville this past weekend with a congressional delegation.

She says she saw overcrowding, and the abnormally high volume of migrants that have been passing through the facility.

"The night before we were there, they had picked up 2,000 migrants. So the volume coming through the facilities at this point is extremely high. They told us it was the highest it had been since 1986,” Kuster said.

Portsmouth McIntyre Project

 

The Portsmouth city council postponed a vote Monday night to propose a plan to the National Parks Service that would hand the federal McIntyre property over to the city. Councilors will take it up at their meeting on Aug. 12.

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Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke decried the treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers at the U.S. border while campaigning Friday night in Peterborough.

O’Rourke spoke at one of many “Lights for Liberty” vigils held across the state and the country. The vigils were part of a nationwide campaign to protest reported conditions at immigrant detention centers.

Lights for Liberty

Candlelight vigils focusing on the treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers at the border will take place across New Hampshire Friday night.

They're part of a national event called “Lights for Liberty,” happening across the country.

“We believe that these child prisons should be closed immediately, and the children released to their relatives and extended families in the U.S.,” reads a press release from Lights for Liberty event organizers in Hanover.

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New Hampshire residents will soon have a third, non-binary option for gender indication on state driver’s licenses and state-issued IDs.

Governor Chris Sununu allowed HB 669 to pass yesterday without a signature, while he signed 42 other bills signed into law.

Allison Quantz

Some rural hospitals in New Hampshire are facing challenges as for-profit health centers, like urgent care facilities, continue to open across the state.  A new bill signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu last week created a committee to address that issue and look into possible solutions.

For-profit health clinics like urgent care can provide more affordable health services to patients. But some hospitals have faced financial losses due to those clinics opening up nearby.

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A USDA plan to euthanize nuisance-causing geese in Barnstead has been postponed after pushback from some residents. The roundup was originally scheduled for June 26, according to an email sent to Barnstead residents.

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Numerous employees were laid off today today at Oracle + Dyn in Manchester, one of the Millyard's biggest employers.

Oracle has been conducting layoffs worldwide since March.

In a statement, Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig called Oracle's decision to lay off a significant number of employees in Manchester quote "upsetting and disappointing."

It is currently unknown how many workers received layoff notices.