New Hampshire state budget raises smoking age to 19

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The minimum age for buying tobacco products in New Hampshire is going up, but not as much as some advocates wanted.

After a bill to increase the purchase age from 18 to 21 stalled in the Senate, much of its language resurfaced in the state budget. But Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed the budget in June, and the compromise he signed this past week includes a provision to raise the age only to 19.

Several New Hampshire communities, including Dover, Keene and Newmarket, already have enacted so-called Tobacco 21 ordinances.

More than a dozen states have increased the minimum age for buying tobacco to 21, including Maine and Vermont.

Man gets up to 12 years in prison for stabbing state trooper

BOSTON (AP) — A New Hampshire man charged with stabbing a Massachusetts state trooper after a multi-state car chase has been sentenced to 10 to 12 years in prison.

Nineteen-year-old Nghia Le, of Manchester, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty Friday to numerous charges in connection with the October 2018 attack included armed assault with intent to murder and carjacking.

Police say Le carjacked a 72-year-old woman's vehicle after a car crash in New Hampshire and led police on chase through Vermont and into Massachusetts, where he crashed in New Salem.

Police say Le then stabbed Trooper Mark Whitcomb repeatedly before he was shot by another officer.

Le and Whitcomb were hospitalized for treatment.

Le's attorney has questioned his mental health.

Fire destroys Masonic lodge in Northwood

NORTHWOOD, N.H. (AP) — Fire has destroyed a Masonic lodge in Northwood.

Firefighters battled the massive fire on Saturday night. They tell WMUR-TV that when they arrived, the flames were spreading rapidly through the three-story building.

A lack of hydrants in the area made it difficult to slow down the fire.

As many as nine fire departments responded to the four-alarm blaze.

One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion. No other injuries were reported.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com

School heads put on leave as claims against teacher reviewed

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two New Hampshire school officials have been placed on paid leave as the Concord School District board investigates how allegations against a teacher later charged with sexual assault were handled.

WCVB-TV reports the president of the board announced the decision regarding Superintendent Terri Forsten and Concord High Principal Tom Sica in a note to parents Friday.

The board began investigating after special education teacher Primo "Howie" Leung was charged in April with sexually assaulting a student off school property.

Leung has pleaded not guilty.

Following his arrest, it became known that a 13-year-old girl complained about Leung's behavior with other students at Rundlett Middle School in 2014 and was suspended for doing so. The suspension has since been cleared.

Neither Forsten nor Sica could be reached for comment. There were no phone numbers listed under their names.

New, heated restrooms at Monadnock State Park

JAFFREY, N.H. (AP) — New, heated restrooms at Monadnock State Park will allow for year-round use to address the increase in winter hiking at the park.

The addition also includes indoor space for hikers to prepare gear. The building's design allows future expansion to include a visitor center.

Mount Monadnock, at 3,165 feet, is one of the most popular hiking sites in the world.

New Hampshire State Parks will host a ribbon-cutting at the park on Oct. 4.

New president at Saint Anselm to be inaugurated next month

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Ceremonies marking the inauguration of Saint Anselm College's new president are scheduled for next month.

A Mass and installation ceremony Joseph Favazza will be held Oct. 16 and 17, respectively.

Favazza began his tenure at Saint Anselm on July 15.

He served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. He also served as dean of general education, overseeing a new core curriculum and interdisciplinary programs, and as associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.

Nearly 70 arrested at protest outside coal-fired power plant

BOW, N.H. (AP) — Nearly 70 people have been arrested at a protest outside a coat-fired power plant in New Hampshire.

The activists were arrested on Saturday on charges of trespassing on the grounds of the Merrimack Station.

More than 200 protesters turned out for the rally and called for the coal-fired plant to be shut down. The protest came at the end of a week of climate demonstrations around the world calling for governments to do more to reduce carbon emissions.

The protest was organized by nonprofits such as 350 New Hampshire, Rights and Democracy, New Hampshire Youth Movement and Climate Disobedience.

Granite Shore Power says the Merrimack Station is an important part of the local economy and has drastically decreased carbon emissions.

Usonian Automatic Frank Lloyd Wright home for sale

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — One of two New Hampshire homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is on the market.

The Toufic H. Kalil house in Manchester was built in 1955 and is an example the "Usonian Automatic" houses Wright designed as a more moderately-priced option for the post-war middle class.

The house made of modular concrete blocks was built for a doctor and his wife who were inspired by the home of a friend whose Wright house was built on the same street. That property, the Zimmerman house, is now part of the Currier Museum of Art.

The Kalil house is now for sale for the first time, being offered at $850,000 by the Paula Martin Group. It includes the original furniture and fixtures.

New Hampshire company wins $59 million shipyard contact

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — A New Hampshire company has won a nearly $60 million contract to build a new facility at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins announced Friday that the contract was awarded to Methuen Construction Company to build a paint, blast, and rubber consolidation facility at the shipyard.

Her office says the project will consolidate and renovate some existing facilities.

The new facility will be comprised of industrial shop areas and offices, break rooms, locker rooms, training and support spaces.

Collins, a Republican, says once the work is completed "these consolidated and renovated facilities will provide workers with modern, streamlined spaces to fulfill their mission of repairing and modernizing our Navy's submarines."

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