Budget cuts force office closings

CONCORD (AP) — Budget cuts are forcing the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles to close substations in Belmont and Merrimack starting July 22.

Division Director Richard Bailey said the changes reflect the realities of the new budget.

The division also announced other changes.

Starting July 25, the Nashua substation on Broad Street will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Beginning the first week of August, the Milford substation will only be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the Berlin substation will only be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bailey encouraged eligible drivers to renew driver's licenses online.

Gas prices still high, but falling

CONCORD (AP) — Gas prices are continuing to drop in New Hampshire.

Statistics compiled by the website newhampshiregasprices.com found the average price for regular gas yesterday was $3.62 cents a gallon, down 2 cents from a week ago and almost 17 cents from a month ago.

But the average price is still 84 cents higher than it was a year ago.

New citizens sworn in at Portsmouth ceremony

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — More than 100 people celebrated the July Fourth weekend in Portsmouth by becoming U.S. citizens.

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter presided over the ceremony Monday at Strawbery Banke Museum.

Souter praised the 105 new citizens for learning and understanding the principles of the Constitution as part of the naturalization process.

He also urged them to uphold the principles of the Constitution and set an example to those who take their citizenship for granted.

He also encouraged the new citizens to vote.

Gov. John Lynch said the event is a reminder of what it means to be an American.

The event was one of dozens held around the nation in the week before the holiday to welcome 24,000 new citizens.

Group of Pakistani teachers arrive

PLYMOUTH (AP) — Another group of educators from Pakistan have arrived in New Hampshire to learn about innovations in American education and how to translate them for use in schools at home.

The Pakistani Educational Leadership Project at Plymouth State University started in 2004 and is funded by the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

This year's group of 37 educators arrived Sunday night and will spend the next month attending workshops.

In Pakistan, the teachers are divided by geography, ethnicity and professional hierarchies — not to mention more than a dozen different languages — making it unlikely they would ever meet or work together.

But participants say in New Hampshire, they are colleagues and friends.

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