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New Hampshire Briefs

Getaway car in NH robbery had 6-year-old passenger

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Police in New Hampshire say a 6-year-old girl was a passenger in a getaway car allegedly used in an armed robbery.

Police caught up with the car in a cash-only lane at a toll plaza in Bedford, N.H., after a man fled after displaying a gun Sunday at Crosstown Variety in Manchester.

Two people were arrested without incident.

Police say 22-year-old Brian Cunneen of Lowell, Mass., was charged with armed robbery and 27-year-old John Hickey of Lowell, Mass., was charged with criminal liability to an armed robbery. They say a 22-year-old woman and her 6-year-old daughter were passengers in the car.

NH to study moose population

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire's Executive Council has approved a four-year, $695,000 study of the state's moose population, which state biologists fear is threatened by climate change.

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State biologists believe shorter winters cause problems for the herd by giving a boost to ticks and other parasites that target the state's nearly 5,000 moose.

The Concord Monitor ( ) says the money will be used to put radio collars on 80 to 100 moose and track their reproduction and mortality rates. The funding is coming from the federal government and is being coordinated by Fish and Game and the University of New Hampshire.

The herd was last studied in 2006. The results of the new study will help the state manage the moose population by adjusting the number of moose-hunting permits.

NH offers fishing class at Umbagog

CAMBRIDGE, N.H. (AP) -- As part of its "Let's Go Fishing" program, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is offering an introductory fishing class at the Umbagog Lake Campground on Friday.

The free class is open to anyone but those 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Would-be anglers should reserve a spot by calling the Umbagog National Wildlife Reserve at 482-3415, extension 115.

All equipment and materials will be provided. A fishing license is not required to participate.

The morning will be spent learning about equipment, safety, knot tying, fish identification and casting techniques. Participants will head out in boats to try out their skills in the afternoon.

NH student project captures space, earth videos

CORNISH, N.H. (AP) -- High school students and teachers involved in a University of New Hampshire summer program designed to promote science and math skills have declared their weather balloon project a success.

Students launched two weather balloons from the grounds of Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish July 17. The balloons soared 100,000 feet to the edge of outer space, capturing video and still images of the flights' motion and of space and earth.

A review of the video and 2,500 high-resolution photos -- taken by cameras weighing less than a quarter-pound -- show the motion of the Styrofoam and cardboard re-entry vessels as they wafted gently back to the ground. They landed about 117 miles from the launch site in Exeter and in Lee.

The house-sized balloons that carried the re-entry vessels toward space burst under pressure, leaving the student-designed vessels to float slowly back to the ground.

Eight students from three high schools -- Timberlane Regional, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy and Londonderry -- collaborated on the project during the four-week program at the University of New Hampshire.

Lou Broad, a physics teacher at Timberlane, said the project taught students about how computer systems work in spacecraft and rotation rates of re-entry vessels as they returned to earth. "Probably the best lesson was giving them a very good idea of how a real spacecraft is built," Broad said. "This is a simulated satellite."

The UNH-sponsored SMART program -- standing for Scientific and Mathematics Achievement through Research Training -- is in its 22nd year. It is a four-week program designed to spur high school juniors and seniors into careers in science and mathematics.

NH gets high marks for health emergency drills

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A review of New Hampshire's public health emergency preparedness drills shows that the state has improved.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts annual assessments of state and regional emergency preparedness under the Strategic National Stockpile Program.

The assessment process, which has been in place for nine years, looked at state efforts, regional work by Public Health Networks and regional sites from February 2012 to February 2013.

State officials say New Hampshire continues to improve its readiness year after year.

The stockpile program is a federally managed system that, in the event of a major emergency, provides medication, medical equipment and medical supplies to local areas to support the response to an emergency.

Legislative stalemate means more NH roads unpaved

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A legislative stalemate over raising money for highways is putting the Interstate 93 expansion and other highway improvement projects at risk and could force laying off a third of New Hampshire's transportation staff.

Two senators told The Associated Press they hope to resolve the looming crisis by bringing back the same funding methods rejected this year -- casino gambling and higher gas taxes -- and persuading lawmakers to support them.

Republican Senate Transportation Chairman Jim Rausch plans to bring in a bill to increase the gas tax and another bill to borrow money to finish the I-93 expansion and rebuild the Sarah Long Bridge in Portsmouth. He would pay off the loan with casino profits from a bill Democratic Sen. Lou D'Allesandro plans to file.

Waterville Valley hosts 5 Summit Challenge

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire hikers who don't want to travel to Alaska to reach the highest point in the United States can cover the same distance next month during the Waterville Valley 5 Summit Challenge.

Organizers at the Waterville Valley Resort say the idea is to spend one weekend hiking five New Hampshire mountains with altitudes that when combined come close to matching the 20,000-foot summit of Alaska's Mount Denali. They are: Mount Osceola's two peaks, Mount Tecumseh, Welch Mountain and Dickey Mountain.

There is no fee for the Aug. 16-18 event, though there is a charge for a cookout at the resort.

Those who conquer all five will be proclaimed "Alive After Five."

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