Dueling Town Halls in Claremont
dualingtownhaksClaremont was the heart of NH politics on Tuesday. Hillary Clinton visited the largely democratic city in the morning, holding a town hall at River Valley Community College.
Clinton addressed a crowd of about 500 at River Valley Community College in Claremont on Tuesday. The democrat candidate for President presented her “New College Compact.” The compact would ensure that students could attend a 4-year public college without taking loans for tuition and attend community college tuition-free. Clinton also wants students and their families to be able to refinance student loans, saying some are as high as 12 percent.
In addition, the compact calls for states to re invest in education and for schools to raise graduation rates. There was no mention on the cost of the New College Compact. According to the Clinton campaign, the plan will be fully paid for by closing tax loopholes and getting rid of other tax advantages for the rich.

On Monday evening Rand Paul, republican candidate for president held a town hall at the Claremont Paul was the first republican presidential candidate to visit the City in over two federal election cycles and drew a crowd of about 250. Paul had the 70,000 pages of the US tax code on display and spoke on lowering the 35 percent business tax code to keep businesses from moving to other countries. The presidential hopeful also spoke on cutting the size of the Federal Government and giving the individual states control over their education, commerce, and doing away with various federal departments.

DOT Plans Paving on I-89 Exits 12-A and 13
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announced that night paving is planned on Interstate 89 ramps in New London and Grantham.
This night paving on ramps at Exit 12A and Exit 13 will take place between Sunday, August 16, and Friday, August 21, from 8:00 pm until 5:00 am each night.
Only one ramp will be closed at night and traffic will be detoured to the next exit to turnaround. Motorists are advised to read the message boards in the project area for more information.

VT Woman Charged with Heroin Trafficking
A Westminster woman was charged with trafficking heroin and possession of crack cocaine, after a traffic stop in Westminster on Monday. Bellows Falls Police say it was just after 7 pm when they stopped a vehicle for a traffic offence. During the stop, K-9 Caesar alerted them to the presence of drugs. Police discovered that passenger Denise A. Nuccio had 383 bags of heroin and about 4 grams of crack cocaine on her person. Nuccio was held on $10,000 cash or surety bond and taken to the Southern State Correctional Facility. She will to appear in Windham County Superior Court-Criminal Division at a later date.

VT Food Bank Receives $18,000 from Jewish Organization.
MAZON, A Jewish Response to Hunger organization bestowed $18,000 to the Vermont Foodbank to provide food for struggling Vermont families. John Sayles CEO of the Vermont Foodbank said, “We are so grateful to have their support again this year.” The funds will help the Foodbank provide 153,000 Vermonters with meals or groceries.
MAZON is a national nonprofit organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. For more than 20 years, MAZON has supported the Vermont Foodbank and its mission.

VT Woman Charged with Domestic Assault
A Thetford VT woman is being held without bail after she was charged with for Aggravated Domestic Assault. Vermont State Police say, shortly before 11 am on Tuesday they went to a domestic disturbance at a Thetford home. An investigation showed that Lena Menard 62 had assaulted a male member of the residence by striking him several times with a large lamp and causing injuries in several locations. Menard is being held at the Northeast Regional Correctional Center in St. Johnsbury until her court appearance at a later date.