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New Hampshire

October 4, 2013

N.H. News in Brief

Some Guard members return to work

CONCORD (AP) — About 120 New Hampshire National Guard members are back at work after being furloughed as part of a federal government shutdown.

The military technicians received exemptions and were allowed to go back to work yesterday. About 100 of them work at the Pease Air National Guard Base; the rest are Army guardsmen.

About 330 other National Guard members remain on furlough.

There are about 2,800 troops in total.

For many of the furloughed members, it’s their second forced time-off this year: They had to take six unpaid days over the summer as a result of the mandatory across-the-board spending cuts.

State, marina reach settlement

CONCORD (AP) — The New Hampshire attorney general’s office has settled a boat fuel safety regulations case at the Wentworth by the Sea Marina in New Castle.

The state alleged that an underground fuel storage tank system was altered to engage in “fast fueling,” allowing boats to be fueled more quickly, but bypassing required safety systems. The state said the practice increased the risk of uncontrolled releases of petroleum to the water, although no fuel was spilled at the marina.

The marina’s Pier People LLC agreed there were violations, but said they resulted from miscommunication.

The settlement, announced yesterday, assesses a penalty of $50,000; $15,000 will be permanently suspended provided there are no further violations.

UNH police step up safety patrols

DURHAM (AP) — Police say a University of New Hampshire student says she was assaulted by two men who tried to take her wallet.

Police said the woman was near Rudman Hall on Academic Way at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday when the men grabbed her. They said she fought off the attackers, striking one suspect in the face.

University police officers and campus service officers were increasing their patrols of the area and offered to provide safety escorts.

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