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On Air News Read for July 24, 2017

  Fire officials in Manchester are marking a milestone that is as concerning as it is celebratory.  On Thursday, the Fire Department’s Safe Station program welcomed the two thousandth visit by an addict.  According to Emergency Medical Services Officer Christopher Hickey, that marker was reached amidst what he called a “surge of intakes,” which he said has been averaging six to seven per day.  He considered that good news, especially since most of those visiting were new to the program, as opposed to being repeat clients.  Hickey also said that, despite its bad start, the number of overdoses in...

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On Air News Read for July 21, 2017

Governor Christopher Sununu announced the results of his initiative to reduce regulation in the Granite State yesterday.  On the day he took office, Sununu ordered a regulatory review of each agency of state government and imposed a ninety day moratorium on the adoption of new rules.  In a statement issued yesterday, Sununu said the effort identified over sixteen hundred rules that can simply just go away.  Sununu also said he’d issued a new Executive Order requiring agencies to either go through the process of repealing the identified regulations or not renewing them, and establishing the Regulatory Reform Steering Committee, which...

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On Air News Read for July 20, 2017

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas has filed a defamation of character lawsuit against former Ward Ten Alderman Bill Cashin and gadfly Jon Hopwood.  Hopwood wrote a letter, which Cashin signed and said was his own, accusing the mayor of engineering a cover-up of the rape of a fourteen year old girl at West High by another student in September of 2 0 1 5.  In the letter, the dynamic duo of Cashin and Hopwood said Gatsas, a multi-millionaire, covered it up to win his reelection battle with then Alderman Joyce Craig, to provide himself with a financial gain by retaining...

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On Air News Read for July 19, 2017

Hot in the city.  The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.  Stupid is as stupid does.  The list of music and movie titles, quotes and clichés about last night’s meeting of the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen could go on for a long time. Residents of the city’s South End brought the heat last night as speaker after speaker opposed a proposed change to the zoning ordinance, requested by politically connected developer Will Socha, that would allow up to two hundred high density multi-unit apartments to be built on South Mammoth Road.  Current zoning would allow about two...

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On Air News Read for July 18, 2017

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced that fifty nine year old Deborah Walsh of Manchester was sentenced on July 14th in Hillsborough Superior Court Southern District on one class-A felony count of Financial Exploitation of an Elder Adult.  Walsh was sentenced to twelve months at the House of Corrections with 11 months deferred for 1 year.  The deferred portion of the sentence will be further deferred or suspended for an additional four years, conditioned upon good behavior and full restitution paid to her father.   An investigation conducted by the Hudson Police Department revealed that Walsh, who was...

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On Air News Read for July 17, 2017

The pace of the opioid crisis seems to have slowed a bit.  On Friday, just shy of halfway through the month, Manchester Fire Department Emergency Services Officer Christopher Hickey released stats showing there’d been thirty two overdoses and one death thus far.  That compares with eighty one overdoses and eight deaths for the month of July last year.  If the current trend holds, it would reflect a significant improvement over last July. Meanwhile, the number of Safe Station visits continues to rise, with more than two dozen having taken place just in the last week, bringing the total to...

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On Air News Read for July 14, 2017

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced, yesterday, that his office, along with the Merrimack County Attorney’s Office, the Concord Police Department and the New Hampshire State Police, has begun a criminal investigation into St. Paul’s School in Concord.  MacDonald said he launched the investigation in light of the report recently released by the school detailing sexual assaults of students by teachers and the exposure of student sexual conquest rituals, such as the “Senior Salute,” a practice which led to the highly publicized prosecution of Owen Labrie, a graduating St. Paul’s student in 2 0 1 5.  Another allegation of...

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On Air News Read for July 13, 2017

Keno-Garten is officially on the books now in New Hampshire.  Governor Christopher Sununu signed the bill into law yesterday.  For those who’ve forgotten, or are otherwise unaware, the funding mechanism for “Full Day K,” as it’s called, is the gambling game Keno.  Until this bill was signed, Keno was not legal in New Hampshire.  Now it is, so long as voters in local communities vote to allow eligible businesses in their city or town to install the machines.  The vote can be ordered either by the governing body or by citizen petition.  Despite the inability to predict revenue from...

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On Air News Read for July 12, 2017

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas officially filed for re-election yesterday.  In doing so, he issued a statement saying he was extremely proud of the work accomplished during his time as mayor.  The mayor highlighted reductions in crime, a net migration of people and businesses into the city and the STEAM Ahead program at West High as evidence that things are moving in the right direction.  Said Gatsas, quote:  “What the city needs now is to continue on the positive work we have done together while also understanding where we can and must do better…I am running for Mayor because I love...

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On Air News Read for July 11, 2017

Manchester has a new city solicitor and for the first time in decades, an outsider has been appointed to the post, as Mayor Ted Gatsas’ nomination of Emily Gray Rice to fill the position was ratified by a phone poll of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.  Yesterday morning, shortly before nine, Gatsas announced he’d named Rice as Interim City Solicitor pending confirmation by the board.  He said he’d named her as the interim and ordered the phone poll to avoid having to wait for her nomination and confirmation at the board’s meeting on July 18th, citing the immediate...

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