Southern NH

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This summer, towns in southern New Hampshire are breaking ground on what will become the state’s largest regional water system. It is being built in part with money from massive settlements between New Hampshire and gas companies, including ExxonMobil, that used to produce MtBE, a chemical that polluted local drinking water. 

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New Hampshire is in the midst of an outbreak of hepatitis A.

Since November, 142 people have been diagnosed with hepatitis A in the state and one person has died. In an average year in New Hampshire, just 7 people get the virus.


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Residents in southern New Hampshire could be looking at higher water bills because of a new federal tax on private water utilities.

 

Salem is considering a deal with Manchester Water Works to buy over a million gallons of water per day for residents in Salem and nearby towns.

The deal would be part of the proposed Southern New Hampshire Regional Water Interconnection Project, which would route water from Lake Massabesic, near Manchester, through a pipe that would be built with existing state money along Route 28.

Salem Selectman Robert Bryant says Salem's major local water source, Lake Canobie, has suffered from recent droughts and can't meet the demand of a growing population.

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Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess says the city needs to focus on housing, green energy, and infrastructure to attract more young people.

In his State of the City address on Tuesday night, Donchess said his office is helping to convert the former railyard downtown into the 'Rail Yard District' with 150 housing units.

He said the 500-700 seat performing arts center in downtown Nashua should be up and running within two years.

A former principal in Manchester has filed a wrongful termination and whistleblower lawsuit against the Manchester School District SAU 37. 

Sarah Lynch alleges she was wrongfully fired from Webster Elementary School in October and is seeking compensatory damages from the District and its superintendent, Dr. Bolgen Vargas, and assistant superintendent, Amy Allen.

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Most of New Hampshire’s riverside mills and factories have closed. But they’ve left their mark - and in some cases, a lot of toxic waste.

For decades, Nashua has struggled with what to do with waste from the Mohawk Tannery, a factory that produced leather for sixty years. Now, the city is considering a private-public partnership to clean it up, but the details are still up for debate.

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Manchester is continuing to develop a plan for improving its schools. The initiative, called Manchester Proud, was started by the local business community this summer.

On Tuesday, members of the coalition gave an update to the school board about their efforts to gather input and develop an action plan.

Since September, they have knocked on the doors of over 2,000 residents to survey them about local schools.

A New Hampshire lawmaker accused of assaulting an adult film producer is comparing his treatment to that of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Seven-term State Rep. Frank Sapareto, who lives in Derry and is vice chair of the House Criminal Justice Committee and Public Safety Committee, is facing a civil lawsuit in California.

Going Local: The Merrimack Valley

Aug 30, 2018
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We look at the Merrimack Valley region as part of our summer series, Going Local. 

The state's most populated area is perhaps the one with the least identity as a "region," including big cities, growing suburbs, and rural towns. We find out what it's like to live there: what residents love and what they don't. 

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A Nashua real estate developer is working with the EPA on plans to clean up and develop a toxic waste site in the city. 

At a meeting with EPA officials and Nashua residents on Wednesday, Bernie Plante of Blaylock LLC unveiled a proposal to develop 40 acres along the Nashua River. 

Food, music and dance from Latino, Caribbean and African traditions will fill Manchester's Veterans Park this Saturday. But there’s also a focus on engaging young people to get involved with their communities

One of Diego Cataño’s favorite parts of the We Are One festival is when the music starts, and different people are dancing to beats from around the world. Cataño's been organizing these festivals for 18 years and besides bringing people from all backgrounds together he's also talking with younger Latinos about leading community events like this one.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen visited the Londonderry maker of honey wines Moonlight Meadery today. She stopped by to illustrate how local companies are impacted by the Trump administration's trade policies.

Distillery owner Michael Fairbrother says he was working on a deal with China that would have almost doubled his revenue. But thanks to retaliatory tariffs from China, Fairbrother says he's lost $750 thousand dollars in sales. 

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The Exchange will explore a different region of the state every Thursday starting July 12th: the Great North Woods, the White Mountains, the Lakes Region, Dartmouth/Sunapee, the Monadnock Region, the Merrimack Valley, and the Seacoast. 

We look at what makes each region distinct, the biggest issues facing that part of the state, and what people who live there love about their home. 

New Hampshire's attorney general says a person has been shot by a police officer and is being treated at a hospital.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald says no police officer was hurt in the incident Tuesday night in Nashua. The person's condition wasn't immediately known.

The State Police Major Crime Unit is assisting in the investigation. Further information was not immediately available.

We will update this developing story.

City of Nashua

The city of Nashua is moving forward in its plan to reduce its carbon footprint.  

The Solarize+ campaign covers Nashua and Hudson, and runs through the end of August.

The city is working with two New Hampshire companies to offer residents and businesses discounts on clean energy upgrades – like solar installations, battery storage and energy efficiency audits.

Madeline Mineau of the city’s energy committee says the more sign-ups they get, the bigger the discounts will be.

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Police say a pursuit that started with a man shooting out of a vehicle at police officers in Massachusetts ended about 20 miles away when the car crashed in Windham, N.H.

 

The chase started in Haverhill, Massachusetts, around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say one of the men was shooting at an unknown target but then started shooting at them after they gave chase.

The vehicle crashed in Windham, New Hampshire, and the driver was immediately taken into custody. The passenger fled and was found around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Nashua Board of aldermen voted Tuesday to approve a new $15.5 million performing arts center. All but one of the aldermen voted for the complex, which is set to go in at the Alec’s shoe store building on Main Street.

Late last year the Board voted against the project, with some citing cost as a factor.

Manchester’s Safe Station Program is exploring a novel way to transport people to local substance abuse providers -- by using the ride-sharing app Lyft.

Special Drug Unit Coming to Merrimack, N.H.

Jan 26, 2018
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The town of Merrimack will soon have a special drug unit to address a recent uptick in meth. The town council Thursday night unanimously voted to approve the additional officers.

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Merrimack town councilors are set to vote Thursday on whether to create a specialized drug unit within the police force.

The proposal is in response to police reporting an influx of drug use at hotels in town – specifically meth use.

In just two weeks there have been 17 drug arrests, most involving meth.

Police Chief Denise Roy says without a drug unit, the department doesn’t have the time or resources to stop this from getting worse.

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A New Hampshire judge will be presented Tuesday with a plan for how to continue key drug abuse services in Manchester.

Last month the state was court-ordered to take over the treatment center Serenity Place due to its severe financial troubles.

Craig Sworn In as First Woman Mayor of Manchester

Jan 1, 2018
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Joyce Craig will officially be sworn in as the first female mayor of Manchester on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

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A group of healthcare workers from New Hampshire are heading to Puerto Rico this weekend to help out a local hospital that was severely damaged in the recent hurricanes.

Convicted Murderer at 17, Fights to Get Out 26 Years Later

Dec 13, 2017
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A 43-year-old man serving a life sentence for a murder he committed at 17 may now get a chance to be released. 

Nashua OK's Funding for New Drug Recovery Coach

Dec 13, 2017

The Nashua Board of Aldermen Tuesday night approved funding for a citywide recovery coach for those battling drug addiction. But it wasn’t without a lengthy debate.

Nashua Recovery Beds in Jeopardy As Funds Run Out

Dec 11, 2017
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Nashua could soon lose 11 recovery beds for people battling drug addiction. That’s if the nonprofit that runs the beds doesn’t get the money needed to keep them open.

Nashua Gets a New Fire Chief

Dec 6, 2017
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The city of Nashua will soon have a new fire chief.

Manchester Settles Panhandling Lawsuit for $89K

Dec 4, 2017
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The city of Manchester has paid $89,000 to settle a lawsuit over the city’s panhandling policies.

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Think bagpipes, and you likely think Scotland. But one of the world’s largest bagpipe manufacturers happens to call Nashua, New Hampshire home.

That company, however, is facing an unexpected wrinkle in its international supply chain.

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