New England in Brief
N.H. moose lottery now inviting applications
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The annual New Hampshire moose lottery is open for business.
Hunting moose in New Hampshire begins with the hunt for a moose permit. More than 13,400 hunters applied last year, with 275 getting permits after being randomly chosen by computer in June.
An application costs $15 for in-state residents and $25 for non-residents.
Applications must be postmarked or received online by May 31. Winners will be chosen June 21.
Those who win a permit must pay to obtain a moose hunting license, at a cost of $150 for state residents and $500 for non-residents.
Moose season this year runs from Oct. 19-27.
’Good Samaritan’ motorist robbed in N.H.
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Police in Rochester, N.H., are looking for a man they say attacked and robbed a 59-year-old motorist near a shopping plaza.
The victim told police the robber posed as a stranded motorist looking for a ride on Friday. After the victim stopped to help him, the robber asked to use the victim’s phone, and then sprayed him with pepper spray and stole money from him.
The victim then had to flag down other passing motorists for help.
Police and their K9 units were not able to locate the attacker.
Dredging at N.H.-Maine river to start next month
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start dredging the Piscataqua River in Maine and New Hampshire next month to remove about 15,000 cubic yards of sand and gravel.
The work will be done at a 35-foot-deep channel upstream from the Interstate 95 bridge in the Piscataqua and at Portsmouth Harbor.
The $878,000 project is being managed by the corps and will be done by Cashman Dredging & Marine Contracting Co. of Quincy, Mass. It will take several weeks to complete.
Maine gun rights rally draws crowd
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Dozens of gun-rights advocates gathered in front of the Maine State House as part of Gun Appreciation Day events being held across the country.
Demonstrators, many standing in the snow and some holding flags and placards during Saturday’s mid-day rally, are concerned that gun control measures being proposed in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings last month will erode their Second Amendment rights.
One of the Augusta demonstrators, Joe Getchell of Pittsfield, said every law-abiding citizen has a right to bear arms, and it’s a constitutional right no one can take away.
Another demonstrator held a sign that said, "Educate Not Legislate."
The State House rally coincided with a gun show at the Augusta Civic Center that drew hundreds of shoppers.
Change in Sen. vacancy law led to Mass. elections
BOSTON (AP) -- A 2004 change in state law is behind the fact that Massachusetts could hold its second special election for the U.S. Senate in less than four years should Sen. John Kerry be confirmed as secretary of state.
Before 2004, the state’s governor appointed someone to fill a vacancy until the next regularly scheduled state election. But after Kerry secured the Democratic presidential nomination that year, the Democratic-controlled Legislature changed the law to block Republican Gov. Mitt Romney from naming a member of his own party to fill Kerry’s seat had he won the White House.
The law requires a special election to be held within 145 to 160 days of a Senate vacancy.
Massachusetts is among 14 states that require special elections for Senate vacancies. Other states governors appoint successors.
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