New England in Brief

Saturday November 10, 2012

Romney campaign spent $25,000
on election night fireworks show

BOSTON (AP) -- Mitt Romney’s campaign had planned an eight-minute, $25,000 fireworks show to celebrate a presidential victory that never materialized.

The fireworks were scheduled to be shot from a barge in Boston Harbor within sight of the Republican’s election night party at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Instead, Atlas Professional Fireworks Displays unloaded the pyrotechnics from mortars on the barge and carted them back to company headquarters in Jaffrey, N.H.

A permit filed with the city said the fireworks show could have occurred between 7 p.m. Tuesday, just after the first polls closed, and 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Atlas president Stephen Pelkey said the show was designed to be "fast-paced" to cap off the evening, heavy on patriotic colors of red, white and blue explosions.

Audits show inefficiencies in
N.H. state prisons

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- State audits conclude that staffing shortages and inefficient management at New Hampshire’s state prisons has cost nearly $10 million in overtime and that female inmates get fewer services than men.

Corrections Commissioner William Wrenn said he agreed fully or in part with the audits released Thursday.

Wrenn said the Legislature has made it difficult, even impossible for him to address the problems because his budgets have been cut and money has been refused for a new women’s prison. Wrenn said he’s had difficulty controlling overtime because employee unions have fought proposed staffing and policy changes.

The audits were released to the Legislature’s joint fiscal committee.

N.H. sending troopers to help N.J. police

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch is sending 12 state troopers to New Jersey to assist with relief and patrol efforts there in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Lynch says the 12-member team would arrive in New Jersey on Saturday night. They will report to Fort Dix and remain in the storm-battered state for eight days.

The governor says he is pleased to be able to answer New Jersey’s request for assistance.

The team of troopers will be led by Field Operations Commander Russell Conte. They will assist New Jersey law enforcement officers.

Republicans aren’t reaching out
to Maine’s King

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Days after winning the race to succeed Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, independent Angus King of Maine isn’t being shown a lot of love from the GOP.

King said Democratic Sen. Harry Reid called on election night to congratulate him and to open the door to discussions about caucusing with the party. But as of Friday, King hadn’t heard from the Republican leadership, though he had received a call from Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who won re-election on Tuesday.

Maine Republican Sens. Snowe and Susan Collins also have reached out to King.

King will travel to Washington on Sunday to begin an orientation week of meetings. He said next week is the earliest he might make a decision on which party he’ll caucus with.


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