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States express support for offshore wind in Gulf of Maine

Dec. 12, 2019 2:16 PM EST

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Leaders in states bordering the Gulf of Maine expressed strong support Thursday for offshore wind, setting the region up to become the next battleground over the resource as some members of the area's influential fishing industry voice objections. Officials from Massachusetts and Maine,...

New Hampshire releases hate crimes reporting guidelines

Dec. 10, 2019 5:09 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire released a set of guidelines Tuesday to help law enforcement agencies better handle hate crimes in the wake of recent debate about racism in the mostly white state. The protocols from the attorney general's office call on departments to designate one staffer responsible...

Study warns helmets don’t offer full protection on slopes

Nov. 28, 2019 8:30 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — For several years now, it has been almost de rigueur for skiers and snowboarders to strap on a helmet amid rising concerns about safety on the slopes. But a new study caution that helmets cannot protect skiers from all head injuries. Two trauma surgeons studied data of seriously...

State to cancel contract with youth drug treatment center

Nov. 27, 2019 5:15 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is terminating a contract with a treatment facility for troubled youth after two residents overdosed and three others were hospitalized, officials said Wednesday. Gov. Chris Sununu also said the state will work with Granite State Pathways to transfer the remaining five...

Sports betting approved in New Hampshire for next year

Nov. 25, 2019 4:11 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Lottery Commission approved a sports-betting contract with DraftKings on Monday, paving the way for the state to become the second in New England to allow wagering on games. The Executive Council, an advisory body to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, voted Monday to...

AP: At least 1,680 dams across the US pose potential risk

Nov. 11, 2019 1:02 PM EST

The security camera at Lake Dunlap Dam near San Antonio was rolling one day last May as it usually does, helping dam operators monitor for signs of trouble. The day, bright and clear, was unremarkable, the water flowing steadily over the top of the dam as it was supposed to. Suddenly and without warning, a...

Citing security, Nevada keeps dams' emergency plans secret

Nov. 10, 2019 9:10 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada keeps emergency response plans for potential dam failures secret for the same reason the U.S. government refuses the state's demands for information about weapons-grade plutonium shipped to the Las Vegas area: It's confidential for security purposes, even for dams at golf course...

N Carolina No. 2 in risky dams where failure could kill

Nov. 10, 2019 9:46 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina carries a little-understood risk of flooding as climate change makes rainstorms more intense — the state has the country's second-largest collection of dams in poor or unsatisfactory condition built in places where a failure could kill people. An investigation by...

38 Rhode Island dams pose safety risk, must be repaired

Nov. 10, 2019 9:28 AM EST

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) — For nearly a decade, Rhode Island officials have been after the town of Johnson to repair several potentially unsafe dams. Considered high hazard and in poor condition, state officials argue the town has done little more than remove the vegetation from the trio of dams — one...

Dozens of New England dams a safety risk, in need of repair

Nov. 10, 2019 9:24 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Merrymeeting Lake is like so many others in the New Hampshire woods, a bucolic summer getaway of cabins and second homes where vacationers sail, swim and fish. Like dozens of other lakes in the state, it also has a problem that is hidden from most of the people who come to enjoy it....