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CONCORD— New Hampshire is suing Travelocity.com, Orbitz and other online travel companies, alleging that they aren't paying enough taxes on hotel rooms they sell in the state. Several other counties and states elsewhere have reached settlements over similar allegations. By Holly Ramer. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.
CONCORD — The head of the state's council on problem gambling says services for compulsive gamblers are needed before a casino is approved in New Hampshire. Ed Talbot, a recovering compulsive gambler himself, told the New Hampshire Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority this week he knows the pitfalls of gambling well and hasn't made a bet in almost 36 years. By Norma Love. SENT: 500 words.
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CHILD PORN CONVICTION
CONCORD — A federal court jury has convicted former selectman of a small New Hampshire town of possession of child pornography. The jury deliberated about three hours before returning its guilty verdict Thursday in the case of 42-year-old Jonathan Tanguay, who was a Bartlett selectman when he was first indicted on state child pornography charges in 2010. SENT: 235 words.
DOVER — Prosecutors must consider the mental state of a woman charged with starving a disabled New Hampshire boy, a judge has ruled. Peggy Starr, 55, is accused of depriving the boy of food when he lived in her daughter's New Durham home from 2006 to 2010. Prosecutors say the then-6-year-old boy weighed 23 pounds when the state intervened. SENT: 230 words.
CONCORD — State prisons in New Hampshire and Vermont are each getting $15,000 in grants from the Children's Literacy Foundation to help inmates and their families through reading. SENT: 220 words.
— BANK ROBBERY — A bank in Claremont, N.H., is offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who robbed it earlier this month.
— CHICKEN SALAD RECALL — Nearly 223,000 pounds of chicken salad made by a Boston company has been recalled.
— MEMORIAL BRIDGE — A tribute to the newly built Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine is planned next month. The Music Hall in Portsmouth is hosting the celebration on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.
— SHEA-PORTER-FOREST — New Hampshire Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter is touring the White Mountain National Forest to discuss the impact of the federal government shutdown and automatic budget cuts on the state's economy. Shea-Porter is being accompanied Friday afternoon by White Mountain National Forest Supervisor Tom Wagner and Saco District Ranger Mike Martin.
— AMTRAK-NEW RAIL CARS — An upstate New York plant is putting the finishing touches on new long-distance rail cars for Amtrak. The cars are being built at CAF USA's manufacturing plant in Elmira, and production of the first units is nearing completion. They're expected to begin field testing this winter.
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