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New Hampshire Briefs

Biden to raise money for NH Gov Hassan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden plans to raise campaign cash for the Democratic leader of the first-in-the-nation primary state.

The White House says Biden will appear at an Aug. 22 fundraiser in Maine for New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, who faces re-election next year. The event is at Democratic lobbyist Jim Demers' home. Former Maine Gov. John Baldacci and prominent lobbyist Severin Beliveau are also hosting.

The event is sure to fuel chatter about Biden's own political pursuits. Raising money for New Hampshire candidates is a rite of passage for presidential aspirants. Biden hasn't closed the door to running again in 2016.

Hassan attended Biden's swearing-in ceremony in January, the same weekend Biden mingled with Democratic activists from Iowa, another crucial state for presidential primary contests. He has also attended fundraisers in South Carolina.

NH fruit growers on alert for destructive fly

LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire's fruit growers are on alert for a harmful new fruit fly that's been moving east across the United States.

The Eagle-Tribune reports ( that the Asian spotted-wing drosophilia has been spotted in Rockingham and Hillsborough counties. It favors soft fruits, including blueberries, raspberries, grapes and peaches, and has been moving east from California since 2008.

The University of New Hampshire estimates New Hampshire crop losses due to the fly were $1.5 million last year.

Officials with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension have placed traps at Sunnycrest Farm in Londonderry to monitor the fly, but farmer Dan Hicks says so far, so good.

NH senator to host forum on Medicaid expansion

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- A public forum is being held in Manchester to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of expanding New Hampshire's Medicaid program to an estimated 49,000 poor adults.

A special nine-member commission is currently gathering information to use in making a recommendation to lawmakers on whether the state should expand and if so how.

The public forum Aug. 14 is sponsored by Sen. Lou D'Allesandro, a Manchester Democrat, to discuss Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act.

D'Allesandro, Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas, Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny and Deputy Insurance Commissioner Alex Feldvebel will be on the panel. The forum is at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

UNH physics building damaged by smoke, water

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- The University of New Hampshire is cleaning up water and smoke damage after a fire broke out in the Physics department.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports ( that a faculty member was cleaning with isopropyl alcohol on Sunday evening when something reacted with the alcohol and started a fire on a countertop in DeMerritt Hall.

The sprinkler system quickly put out the flames, but there was water damage to the first and second floors as well as smoke damage to the second floor.

No one was hurt, and fire officials said none of the chemicals housed in the building were at risk.

Non-native marine species surveyed in New England

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) -- Researchers are combing the coast of several New England states in search of non-native species that pose a threat to public health, shellfish and structures like docks and piers.

The one-day sweep in New Hampshire on Monday is part of a six-day effort to collect and catalog marine organisms from Maine's mid-coast to Cape Cod and Rhode Island. UNH zoology professor Larry Harris says without such a survey, researchers wouldn't have been able to identify a type of red alga that is fouling beaches and causing problems for the tourism industry.

The project is organized by Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant.

New Hampshire's team will start at the UNH Coastal Marine Lab in New Castle before traveling to Hampton.

Injured Mount Washington hiker in stable condition

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) -- A Massachusetts man is in stable condition after suffering serious head injuries in a fall on New Hampshire's Mount Washington.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says 25-year-old Russell Kincade of Pembroke, Mass., was hiking in the Huntington Ravine central gulley when he slipped and fell 200-feet down a rock slope Saturday afternoon.

Rescue crews brought him to safety early Sunday morning, and he was flown to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, where an employee told WMWV radio that he was in stable condition Monday morning.

Boaters asked to report marine entanglements

BOSTON (AP) -- Wildlife experts are appealing to boaters to call in reports about marine animals they see entangled in debris at sea.

Massachusetts wildlife officials say entanglements in debris including rope, netting and hooks are leading causes of injury and death for endangered animals like sea turtles and whales.

Boaters can contact the Coast Guard on VHF Channel 16 or call 1-800-900-3622 or 866-755-NOAA to report an entangled animal, whether it is alive or dead.

Wildlife officials say disentanglement attempts by untrained people could hurt a live animal and also cause injuries to mariners.

Authorities say the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies has an on-call entanglement response team that is ready to help in waters off Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

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