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Plush wars? Squishmallows, Build-A-Bear sue each other

02-16-2024 3:23 PM

By WYATTE GRANTHAM-PHILIPS

It turns out there are lots of sharp elbows in the plush toy business. Build-A-Bear and the makers of Squishmallows are facing off in federal court.Kelly Toys and its Berkshire Hathaway-controlled parent company Jazwares have sued Build-A-Bear, saying...


This week’s area real estate listings

02-16-2024 2:23 PM

BARNSTEAD67 Millsfield Lane Unit 12; condominium; $390,000; D. and M. Homes LLC to Alisa Promthong.BELMONT81 Gardners Grove Road; land and building; $460,000; Stephanie H. Masiello to John P. Gribbin.BOW335 Page Road; land and building; $550,000; Ian...


Alexei Navalny, Putin’s fiercest foe, dies in prison

02-16-2024 2:19 PM

By JIM HEINTZ, DASHA LITVINOVA and EMMA BURROWS

Alexei Navalny, who crusaded against official corruption and staged massive anti-Kremlin protests as President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest foe, died Friday in the Arctic penal colony where he was serving a 19-year sentence, Russia’s prison agency said....


It’s time for Northeast to prep for floods like those that hit this winter. Climate change is why

02-16-2024 1:42 PM

By PATRICK WHITTLE

PORTLAND, Maine — After back-to-back storms lashed the Northeast in January, rental properties Haim Levy owns in coastal Hampton, New Hampshire, were hammered by nearly two feet of water, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage and...


State gives hard pollution deadline to Bow power plant

02-16-2024 1:06 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Almost a year after it failed a required emissions test and after a few unsuccessful attempts to complete the process, the Merrimack Station power plant in Bow has received a hard deadline from the state to meet air pollution guidelines.“There were...


National Guard to be sent to Southern border after Sununu funding request approved

02-16-2024 12:31 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Members of New Hampshire’s National Guard will be deployed to the Southern Border in Texas, after the legislature authorized $850,000 in funding Friday. Governor Chris Sununu asked the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee for the funding after he...


Diaper Spa denied to operate in Atkinson

02-16-2024 10:34 AM

By Angelina Berube

A packed, standing-room-only crowd filled Town Hall and spilled into the lobby as more than 100 residents witnessed the Zoning Board of Adjustment deny a permit for The Diaper Spa to operate in town.Spa owner Colleen Ann Murphy presented her business...


NH Senate Republicans block guns bills, including ‘red flag’ law and waiting period

02-16-2024 10:04 AM

By TODD BOOKMAN

New Hampshire Senate Republicans blocked an effort to enact an extreme risk protection order system, sometimes referred to as a “red flag” law.The proposal up for debate Thursday would have allowed someone’s relatives or law enforcement to petition a...


Video: Historic Stark Mansion catches fire in Dunbarton, most of structure saved

02-15-2024 8:29 PM

By JONATHAN VAN FLEET

The historic Stark Mansion that was once owned by Caleb Stark, the son of Revolutionary War General John Stark, caught fire in Dunbarton Thursday night.Fire crews from around the area responded to the home on Mansion Road around 6:30 p.m. and shuttled...


Bill would give Dept. of Education power to subpoena teachers

02-15-2024 6:19 PM

By SARAH GIBSON

Lawmakers are again considering whether to give the state’s top education official power to issue subpoenas during teacher misconduct investigations.The bill, backed by Republican lawmakers and the Department of Education, is a more tailored version...


Environmental groups sue to force government to finalize ship speed rules that protect rare whales

02-15-2024 6:16 PM

By PATRICK WHITTLE

PORTLAND, Maine — A coalition of environmental groups has sued the federal government to try to force the finalization of ship speed rules that the groups say are critically important to save a vanishing species of whale.The proposed ship speed rules...


‘Katina’s Law’ gets hearing in Concord

02-15-2024 6:15 PM

By KATELYN SAHAGIAN

CONCORD — A bill named after a Litchfield woman who died in Derry was heard at the Statehouse Friday. If it passes, it could make it possible for town and county officials to ask State Police to conduct independent investigations.The House Criminal...


Senate rejects enshrining abortion rights in the state constitution

02-15-2024 6:14 PM

By HOLLY RAMER

Another attempt to enshrine abortion rights in the New Hampshire Constitution failed Thursday, this time in the Senate.State law prohibits abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy except when the mother’s health or life is in danger or there is a fatal...


In his final State of the State speech, Sununu touts New Hampshire success

02-15-2024 5:26 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Governor Chris Sununu is not shy when it comes to presenting New Hampshire as the “envy of the nation.” He’s said it in speeches in Concord, on national television and once again in his final State of the State address.“Our economy was ranked as the...


DES neutral on bills to prevent out-of-state trash

02-15-2024 4:30 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Tom Tower found the decision to privatize solid waste management in New Hampshire decades ago to be a logical choice. However, with the state’s sluggish pace in updating its plan to deal with its trash and the alarming influx of waste from neighboring...


As community power advances in NH, a pause in 3 towns because of a pricing quirk

02-15-2024 3:39 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

The community power program continues to advance in most of the state but is facing a potential pause in three towns that are caught in an unexpected tangle over electricity rates.The Merrimack County Board of Commissioners voted in December to join...


Police say Concord man driving stolen vehicle at high speed killed in head-on crash

02-15-2024 2:32 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

The Concord man who died at the scene of a head-on crash Tuesday was driving at highway speeds in a stolen car at the time of the collision, according to Concord Police. Nicholas Fletcher, 29, was driving a blue Mazda that struck a black Nissan on...


Video: Wind-fueled fire destroys Hopkinton home

02-14-2024 7:40 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Fueled by forceful and frigid winds, a fire that began in the garage quickly consumed a farmhouse on Barton Corner Road in Hopkinton Wednesday afternoon.A woman and two dogs in the home when it caught fire after 2 p.m. were able to evacuate safely,...


With a $1M donation, Christ the King Parish looks to build new food pantry

02-14-2024 4:11 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Mary Jane Bailey wants to see a new food pantry built in her lifetime. Thanks to her late friend Theresa Downing, that wish is about to come true.Two years ago, Downing left $1 million in her will to build a new pantry at Christ the King Parish in...


Aviation Museum open extra days during Winter Break

02-14-2024 3:38 PM

Looking for fun, indoor and family-friendly activities for the upcoming school vacation week? Then look no further than the Aviation Museum of N.H. at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.During the 2024 winter vacation, the museum will open from 10...



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