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NH Senate Republicans block guns bills, including ‘red flag’ law and waiting period
02-16-2024 10:04 AM

By TODD BOOKMAN

New Hampshire Senate Republicans blocked an effort to enact an extreme risk protection order system, sometimes referred to as a “red flag” law.The proposal up for debate Thursday would have allowed someone’s relatives or law enforcement to petition a...

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Bill would give Dept. of Education power to subpoena teachers
02-15-2024 6:19 PM

By SARAH GIBSON

Lawmakers are again considering whether to give the state’s top education official power to issue subpoenas during teacher misconduct investigations.The bill, backed by Republican lawmakers and the Department of Education, is a more tailored version...


Sununu seeks to send NH National Guard troops to Texas
02-14-2024 11:19 AM

By JOSH ROGERS

Gov. Chris Sununu wants to send soldiers from the New Hampshire National Guard to Eagle Pass, Texas, to aid with immigration enforcement efforts at the nation’s southern border.The move comes amid ongoing tension between Texas and the federal...


Along the Merrimack River, a No. 1 year ... for No. 2
02-02-2024 11:19 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

About 2 billion gallons of raw sewage mixed with stormwater runoff flowed into the Merrimack River last year, blowing the previous record for sewer overflows out of the water.The Merrimack River Watershed Council has only been keeping track of the...


How write-in votes broke down in the 2024 NH primary
02-01-2024 2:50 PM

President Joe Biden won this year’s New Hampshire Democratic primary thanks to more than 79,000 thousand write-in votes, according to the latest count from the New Hampshire Secretary of State. But he wasn’t the only write-in candidate.The second most...


Analysis: NH’s shifting population could shake up primary
01-19-2024 10:49 AM

By OLIVIA RICHARDSON

New research from the University of New Hampshire has found that the state’s voting population doesn’t look the same as it did in 2020.Kenneth Johnson, who led the study, said when people think of New Hampshire they might think of an aging population...


Rep. Laurie Sanborn’s future remains unclear as 2024 House session enters second week
01-10-2024 2:39 PM

By JOSH ROGERS

The political fall out for Rep. Laurie Sanborn, one of the top ranking lawmakers in the New Hampshire House, remains uncertain — nearly two weeks since the state suspended the casino license held by her husband, former state Sen. Andy Sanborn.Rep....


Littleton town manager resigns
01-10-2024 2:21 PM

By OLIVIA RICHARDSON

Dozens of Littleton residents gathered at Monday’s select board meeting, many hoping for an apology for anti-LGBTQ+ remarks made by one of its members and a resolution to the board’s handling of a larger debate over public art by and about LGBTQ+...


What to watch as NH lawmakers head back to the State House this week
01-03-2024 12:22 PM

State lawmakers will kick off their 2024 session this week by polishing off 2023’s leftovers — the more than 300 bills slated for action last year that were retained over the summer.The New Hampshire House of Representatives has the far fuller plate,...


NH DOT hoping to recruit more snowplow drivers
01-02-2024 11:39 AM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

Between retirements and the demand for people with commercial drivers licenses at private companies, New Hampshire has had a tough time staffing the trucks that plow snow.State officials are trying a variety of things to recruit drivers: offering...


Just after Hanukkah, NH synagogues targeted with bomb hoax
12-21-2023 2:35 PM

By TODD BOOKMAN

Five synagogues in New Hampshire were among hundreds nationwide that received bomb threats in recent days. The emailed threats, which the FBI said Tuesday don’t appear credible, come as the state is set this year to record the highest number of...


Foreign policy takes on growing importance
12-20-2023 5:57 PM

By JOSH ROGERS

Russia and Ukraine have been waging war for nearly two years, and Israel and Hamas have been fighting since October with no end in sight. The conflicts are making foreign policy a topic of growing interest for Granite State voters in the final weeks...


North Country business leaders urge board to proclaim support for LGBTQ+, public art
12-15-2023 11:14 AM

By OLIVIA RICHARDSON

Over one thousand people — including several prominent North Country businesses — have signed onto an open letter criticizing the Littleton select board’s handling of recent discussions about public art by and about LGBTQ+ people.“Why is the municipal...


What Sununu’s support could mean for Haley’s 2024 primary campaign — and his own future
12-14-2023 5:09 PM

By JOSH ROGERS

Gov. Chis Sununu endorsed Nikki Haley for president Tuesday night during a joint appearance at Manchester’s McIntyre Ski Area. Sununu’s announcement ends a public discernment process that started in June, when the governor abandoned his own potential...


Lawmakers consider proposals to protect, restrict abortion
12-13-2023 2:21 PM

 By PAUL CUNO-BOOTH

New Hampshire lawmakers will again consider competing proposals to either protect or restrict abortion rights next year.This will be the second legislative session since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, ending protections for abortion...


Ayotte and Craig lead cash race in 2024 NH governor contest
12-07-2023 5:45 PM

By JOSH ROGERS

The candidates vying to become New Hampshire’s next governor are already raising — and in some cases spending — big money.Next year’s election is the first since 2016 in which there will be an open seat for in the governor’s office. Campaign finance...


Advocates skeptical over Casella fuel offer
12-05-2023 2:23 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

Casella Waste Systems is offering a winter heating fuel assistance program just for residents of Dalton, where the company is hoping to build a controversial landfill.Casella submitted new permit applications for the proposed landfill in October,...


Countway says she brings an open mind to NH high court
11-30-2023 1:51 PM

By TODD BOOKMAN

Melissa Countway, Gov. Chris Sununu’s nominee to New Hampshire’s Supreme Court, told the Executive Council that if appointed, she would bring a fair and impartial voice to the bench.Countway, 52, was tapped to fill the seat being vacated by Justice...


This year, a ginkgo tree at UNH lost its leaves later than ever
11-24-2023 4:00 PM

By MARA HOPLAMAZIAN

Ginkgo trees have a habit of dropping their leaves all in one day.“It's very stunning and spectacular,” said Serita Frey, a professor in the Department of Natural Resources at the University of New Hampshire. “It always happens after a hard frost on a...


An account of being caught up in the ‘border crisis’
11-13-2023 5:05 PM

By TODD BOOKMAN and GABRIELA LOZADA, Report for America Corps Member

New Hampshire’s border with Canada is heavily forested and sparsely populated. There are relatively few roads in the region and only one official crossing point. Unlike the country’s southern border with Mexico, there’s little commerce or daily...


‘There is this sense of revising history’
11-10-2023 3:27 PM

By OLIVIA RICHARDSON

New York Times best-selling author and Upper Valley resident Jodi Picoult was the keynote speaker for the New Hampshire Humanities annual celebration in Manchester on Wednesday night.Picoult has been an outspoken critic of book bans, as her own titles...

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