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Chances of marijuana legalization in NH appear to dim
05-29-2024 9:49 AM

By RICK GREEN

Differences in the N.H. House and Senate versions of a marijuana-legalization bill are so significant that the legislation may be doomed, lawmakers said Tuesday.State Rep. Jonah Wheeler, D-Peterborough, doesn't think New Hampshire will quickly join...

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Sentinel to shift to mail delivery; aims to improve consistency via postal service
06-04-2024 11:42 AM

By JAMES RINKER

The Keene Sentinel will no longer use independent contractors to deliver the paper, starting this summer.Effective July 1, The Sentinel will use the U.S. Postal Service for print distribution, according to a staff memo issued May 28. The locally owned...


Bills that would curb LGBTQ+ rights draw 200 protesters to Statehouse
05-30-2024 11:00 AM

By JAMES RINKER

Eighteen years ago, Willow Young was a new parent who had just moved to New Hampshire.The state’s motto, “Live Free or Die,” appealed to her.“I wanted a space where I knew my children could be raised and know who they were themselves, because that...


Keene State, UNH to receive funding for STEM research
05-28-2024 11:30 AM

By JAMES RINKER

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded roughly $8 million to colleges and universities across New Hampshire to increase research opportunities and industry partnerships.Keene State College will receive $40,000 per year over four years,...


Bill sponsored by Keene lawmaker would boost state funding for shelters
05-21-2024 11:30 AM

By RICK GREEN

New Hampshire would provide additional money for homeless shelters under a bill by state Sen. Donovan Fenton that has been winning legislative support.The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee on Friday approved spending $2.5 million in federal pandemic...


Area nursing homes warn new federal staffing standards could reduce capacity
05-20-2024 10:00 AM

By KELLY BURCH

New staffing mandates from the federal government will likely reduce the number of nursing home beds available in the Monadnock Region, officials say, leaving people who need a higher level of care less able to access it.The new rules, which were...


Lawmaker apologizes for comments directed at Walpole Rep. Weber
05-14-2024 10:30 AM

By RICK GREEN

N.H. Rep. Kenneth Weyler apologized to the state House of Representatives recently for making “loud remarks” in two previous general sessions.“I had no right to breach the decorum of this House and its protocol, and I apologize for those remarks. I’m...


We love NH, but it's the season of the ticks. Here's what to know.
05-13-2024 10:01 AM

By OLIVIA BELANGER

As Monadnock Region residents start to soak up the sun this spring, state health experts are reminding people to stay vigilant against ticks.Though tick exposure can occur year-round, the bugs — which are known for carrying Lyme and other diseases —...


NH House passes bill that would boost caps on wrongful death claims
05-10-2024 10:44 AM

By RICK GREEN

Despite opposition from the insurance industry, the N.H. House on Thursday passed a bipartisan bill that would increase damages a jury can award for a wrongful death claim.Senate Bill 462 now goes to Gov. Chris Sununu and would become law if he signs...


NH Senate committee backs pot legalization bill
05-09-2024 10:01 AM

By RICK GREEN

A bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults cleared a key hurdle Wednesday with a recommendation by the N.H. Senate Judiciary Committee that the full Senate pass the measure.Voting in favor of House Bill 1633 were Sen. Daryl Abbas,...


NH Senate panel frowns on bill to ease vehicle inspection requirements
05-08-2024 11:30 AM

By RICK GREEN

A state Senate panel pumped the brakes Tuesday on a House-passed bill that would allow motorists to skip inspections on brand-new cars for at least two years.The Senate Transportation Committee recommended unanimously that the full Senate take no...


Expanded degree offerings at KSC, Plymouth State among panel's recommendations
05-08-2024 10:45 AM

By JAMES RINKER

Public colleges and universities in New Hampshire should reduce financial barriers, expand online degree offerings and engage with businesses to identify workforce needs throughout the state.These are just some of the recommendations from a task force...


Legally required expense records still missing for several current, former NH officials
05-06-2024 10:24 AM

By RICK GREEN

The N.H. Attorney General’s Office is in charge of enforcing RSA 14-C, a state law requiring legislators to submit reports after organizations cover more than $50 of their expenses in attending political, charitable or ceremonial events.An...


Despite recent closure, LEAF Charter School in Alstead plans for graduation
05-02-2024 10:52 AM

By JAMES RINKER

A local charter high school that closed earlier this week still plans to issue diplomas and hold its graduation ceremony in June.LEAF Charter School’s board of trustees voted in an emergency meeting April 23 to dissolve the school on Baine Way...


Citing lack of assets to pay creditors, LEAF motions to dismiss bankruptcy case
05-01-2024 9:51 AM

By CHRISTOPHER CARTWRIGHT

A local charter school that recently filed for bankruptcy and announced its permanent closure has submitted a motion to dismiss the case in federal court, saying it lacks any assets that could be used to reimburse creditors.LEAF Charter School, at 6...


College due process rights at issue in NH bill
04-24-2024 10:21 AM

By RICK GREEN

An attorney for the University System of New Hampshire testified Tuesday that pending state legislation would disrupt an already effective system for handling disciplinary complaints at higher learning institutions.House Bill 1288 is aimed at ensuring...


Affordable housing and child care remain top concerns for young people in N.H.
04-23-2024 11:00 AM

By JAMES RINKER

Young people love living in the Monadnock Region, but they’re struggling to afford to stay.That was one of the findings Stay Work Play New Hampshire released last week from its second "Policy & Pints" pop-up series, which looks into the reasons why...


The N.H. Senate is considering a bill to ban gender-affirming surgeries on minors. Hospitals statewide say they don't perform these procedures.
04-23-2024 10:24 AM

By JAMES RINKER

A bill that would ban gender-affirming surgery for minors in New Hampshire will have a public hearing before the state Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.But representatives from a dozen hospital systems statewide say they don’t perform this type...


Beekeepers, farmers square off in NH Senate committee hearing
04-19-2024 11:43 AM

By RICK GREEN

Farmers and beekeepers seem like natural allies, but they disagreed Thursday on House Bill 1698, which would allow people to spray pesticides from drones without first notifying neighbors.Mary Ellen McKeen, president of the N.H. Beekeepers...


NH Senate defeats bill to ban guns in schools
04-12-2024 10:30 AM

By RICK GREEN

The N.H. Senate on Thursday rejected, 14-9, a bill from Keene Sen. Donovan Fenton to prohibit people from carrying guns on school property.All the Democrats present voted in favor of Senate Bill 593, and all the Republicans voted against it.Fenton, a...


NH House passes marijuana legalization again
04-12-2024 10:22 AM

By RICK GREEN

The N.H. House of Representatives voted for a second time Thursday in favor of a bill to legalize the sale and possession of marijuana for recreational use by adults.It now goes to the Senate.This time, the vote on House Bill 1633 was 239-136. All of...

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