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February 16, 2011

NEW HAMPSHIRE NEWS IN BRIEF

Lynch nominates liquor commission member

CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch said he will nominate Merrimack police Chief Michael Milligan to serve as a liquor commissioner on a three-member board that has seen its share of turmoil.

Lynch planned to recommend Milligan at the Governor and Council meeting yesterday. The Executive Council must confirm the nomination.

Last year, Commissioner Richard Simard was removed after being charged with driving while intoxicated. Commissioner Mark Bodi was reinstated and reprimanded after ordering video surveillance equipment returned to a bar owner before an investigation was completed.

The commission regulates the sale of alcohol.

Lynch said Milligan has strong management skills and can work effectively with law enforcement and government leaders.

Milligan has served with the Merrimack Police Department since 1978. He became chief in 2007.

Ayotte files bill aimed at Afghan contractors

CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is co-sponsoring legislation she said would make it easier for U.S. officials to stop contractors who are funneling money to Afghan warlords.

Ayotte, a Republican, and her co-sponsor, Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, call their legislation "No Contracting with the Enemy."

They filed it in reaction to recent reports from government agencies that found that some contractors in Afghanistan have been providing money to the Taliban in exchange for protection and other services.

Ayotte said it often takes months to stop the flow of funds once the contractors are identified, but her bill would help cut through the red tape.

Council examines vendor fees for Bike Week

LACONIA (AP) — The City Council in Laconia is considering cutting Bike Week vendor fees for people who sell their wares outside of "The Weirs" boardwalk area during the annual gathering.

The fee would drop for those vendors from $450 to $150. City officials feel the idea would be to attract more vendors during the nine-day event in June.

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