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On Air News Read for September 20, 2017

Yesterday’s Primary Election in the Queen City produced some interesting results, though I must admit I, your humble political prognosticator, predicted almost every outcome, many of them in my out loud radio voice. My chief prediction that Mayor Ted Gatsas would finish a relatively close second to challenger Joyce Craig was spot on.  With fifty eight hundred votes, or fifty two point seven percent, Craig bested Gatsas’ four thousand nine hundred eighty seven, or forty five point four percent.   Democratic plant Joshua Dallaire received seventy one votes and perennial candidate Glenn Ouellette tallied one hundred thirty eight to account...

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On Air News Read for September 19, 2017

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announced that he, along with attorneys general from thirty one states and the District of Columbia, has signed a letter to Equifax requesting it disable links for enrollment into its fee-based monitoring services in wake of the massive data breach which saw the personal date of one hundred forty three million people stolen from its databases.  Equifax is offering free credit monitoring services in response to the breach, but, in the letter, the attorneys general object to Equifax, quote: “seemingly using its own data breach as an opportunity to sell services to breach...

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On Air News Read for September 18, 2017

September’s shaping to be a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Month for opioid overdoses in the Queen City.  (Apologies to Alexander!) Manchester Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Officer Christopher Hickey released September’s month to date statistics showing fifty one suspected overdoses, including four fatalities.  There were sixty three overdoses, with five fatalities, in all of last September.  Thus far this year, there have been five hundred ninety eight suspected overdoses, including forty six deaths. On the Safe Station front, as of Friday, one thousand five hundred ninety six people had made a total of two thousand three hundred...

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On Air News Read for September 15, 2017

Former Hooksett School Board member John Lyscars has filed a Right to Know request with the Manchester School District’s Human Resources Director Pamela Hogan asking for information on board members who take taxpayer provided health and dental benefits.  As the request was made on Monday, the district is obligated to respond to Lyscars in some fashion by the end of the day today, given the requirements of the law.  Lyscars is asking which members of the board are receiving any type of health or dental benefit and the cost to the district for each member’s benefits.  The request came...

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On Air News Read for September 14, 2017

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announced that, beginning last week, the New Hampshire Department of Justice was in contact with the Claremont Police Department and the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office regarding the incident involving an 8-year old bi-racial child who was hung by older juveniles.  MacDonald said his office will review all of the facts of this incident and that, to the extent that there is any credible information it constituted a hate crime or a civil rights violation under New Hampshire law, the office was prepared to take any and all appropriate action. That announcement apparently...

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On Air News Read for September 12, 2017

Recent personal and political attacks against Secretary of State Bill Gardner by senators Jeanne Shaheen, Health Care Queen and Margaret Wood Hassan aren’t going without notice or without response.  The senators issued a joint statement on Facebook again criticizing Gardner for his involvement with the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity after Vice-Chair Kris Kobach, Kansas’ Secretary of State, penned an op. ed. declaring that, were it not for voter fraud, Senator Kelly Ayotte would likely have been reelected. Kobach’s piece ran after New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper released voter statistics he received from the Office of the...

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On Air News Read for September 11, 2017

The credit bureau Equifax has announced it’s been hacked, resulting in what is believed to be the largest theft of personal data in history.  Information on one hundred forty three million Americans may have been lost to hackers, including six hundred twenty two thousand five hundred fifty eight people here in the Granite State.  New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced that his office was notified by Equifax of what’s being termed a quote unquote “cybersecurity incident.”  Equifax’s computerized data files were compromised between May and July, 2017.  The information accessed through this breach included:  Names, Social Security numbers,...

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On Air News Read for September 8, 2017

The Bedford Police and Fire departments announced that their phone systems will undergo upgrades that will take them off line from Midnight tonight to six A M tomorrow morning.  The upgrades actually started last night at Midnight, which put the system off-line until six this morning,  but they didn’t tell anybody it was happening until a notice was issued at five yesterday evening.  Those who need to contact either department for non-emergency purposes while the system is down are asked to dial 4 7 1 0 3 5 3.  Emergency 9 1 1 service will not be affected. Three...

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On Air News Read for September 7, 2017

We have a correction to make as we start out this morning’s news!  Yesterday, we reported that Ward Two aldermanic candidate Will Stewart announced his endorsement by the Manchester Education Association.  In our discussion about the endorsement, we said we found it interesting that rival Ryan Richmann, the President of the Timberlane Teachers Association, had not been endorsed; opining it may have been because the union didn’t see him as a viable candidate. Well, Richmann was also endorsed by the M E A for the Ward Two aldermanic seat.  Thanks to a couple of members of our Large and...

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On Air News Read for September 6, 2017

The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen met last night and though it was a relatively short meeting, it was eventful.  The board received a presentation from Health Department officials regarding a new Web site they’ve developed to better connect people to their neighborhoods.  It’s called My Manchester NH.  We’ve got the link.  It also awarded Emergency Medical Services Officer Christopher Hickey with its newly minted Bright Idea award for coming up with Safe Station. As to matters of substance, the board not only extended the downtown park smoking ban to Kalivas Park, it also made the ban permanent,...

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