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Ethan DeWitt

Ethan DeWitt

Ethan DeWitt is the New Hampshire Bulletin’s education reporter. Previously, he worked as the New Hampshire State House reporter for the Concord Monitor, covering the state, the Legislature, and the New Hampshire presidential primary. A Westmoreland native, Ethan started his career as the politics and health care reporter at the Keene Sentinel.

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Senators urged to prioritize health care, public education in state budget

By: , and - May 4, 2021

This story was updated May 5, 2021 at 8 a.m. Developmental disability advocates, school representatives, health care leaders, and residents took to a public microphone Tuesday to argue for specific priorities in the New Hampshire budget, in a marathon hearing that highlighted broad concerns with the state’s funding models.   During a nine-hour virtual listening session […]

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Unpacking the budget: From tax reductions to red-listed bridges

By: - May 4, 2021

This story was updated on May 4, 2021 at 10 a.m. to clarify the details of Gov. Chris Sununu’s Department of Energy proposal as well as the House’s Planned Parenthood provision.  By now, debates over the big-ticket items in the New Hampshire state budget are well established. There’s Gov. Chris Sununu’s push for a continued […]

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‘Ethical hacker’ named to Windham election audit

By: - May 3, 2021

A prominent Finnish computer programmer and election expert will join a forensic audit of a New Hampshire town election last year, state officials announced Monday, boosting the profile of an investigation that’s caught the eye of Donald Trump. New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner and Attorney General John Formella have chosen Harri Hursti as […]

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Lawmakers seek audit of Child Care Licensing Unit over delays

By: - April 30, 2021

New Hampshire lawmakers have requested a performance audit of the state’s Child Care Licensing Unit, citing concerns over long delays with license renewals. The unit, a subdivision of the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, is tasked with overseeing day cares, nurseries, and other programs in the state. In that role, the unit conducts […]

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Senate passes bill to release ‘Laurie List’ of police officers cited for bad conduct

By: - April 29, 2021

The New Hampshire Senate passed a bill Thursday to gradually release one of New Hampshire’s most secretive documents: the list of police officers whose supervisors say they have credibility issues. In a rare unanimous vote, the body voted, 24-0, to approve a bill that would make the “Laurie List” public. The list, which was created […]

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The crumbling wall between public money and religious schools

By: - April 29, 2021

New Hampshire’s latest bid to create “education freedom accounts” – a voucher-like program allowing public school dollars to be used by families in private schools – is not the first attempt of its kind. But it is the broadest.  The proposed law, Senate Bill 130, would give parents the option of using per-pupil public school […]

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Bill aims to give FBI control of gun background checks

By: - April 28, 2021

State lawmakers are weighing whether to eliminate the role of New Hampshire State Police in handgun background checks and defer to the FBI instead. A bill passed by the Senate in early April would end New Hampshire’s “gun line” – the service by which state police assist firearm sellers with background checks for prospective buyers.  […]

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Outdoor dining gets a push for permanence – with a catch

By: - April 27, 2021

As New Hampshire restaurants and bars gear up for a second summer of COVID-era outdoor dining – from parking lots to city side streets – some state lawmakers are pushing to make the option permanent. A bill moving through the House would allow restaurants to “expand outside wherever an outdoor dining area can be set […]

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Liquor Commission sees $10 million boost in sales during pandemic

By: - April 26, 2021

New Hampshire liquor profits have stayed strong during the pandemic – so strong that they’ve offset a rise in state Medicaid costs. As the 2021 state fiscal year nears a close, officials at the New Hampshire Liquor Commission expect to take in $151.6 million in revenue between July 2020 and June 2021, about $9.8 million […]

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Job-search requirement for unemployment to be reinstated

By: - April 23, 2021

A year after expanding the eligibility and minimum payment of New Hampshire’s unemployment system for the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Chris Sununu is moving to restrain it.  In an announcement Thursday, Sununu said the state would restore the requirement that a person be actively looking for employment in order to qualify for unemployment insurance. That change […]

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For youngest students and their teachers, ‘back to normal’ carries big challenges

By: - April 23, 2021

Charlene Kurtz has weathered it all since COVID-19 hit – from screens to schedule changes. A year ago, the Manchester kindergarten and first-grade teacher wasn’t sure how she would teach core concepts to 7-year-olds over a camera and a computer. These days, she feels like she’s mastered it. “I’ll be honest: Almost all of my […]

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How school lunch leftovers could help in hunger fight

By: - April 22, 2021

New Hampshire lawmakers are hoping to tackle a persistent problem in the state’s schools: leftover school lunch food that goes to waste. House Bill 500 would allow schools to team up with nonprofit programs to redistribute leftovers. Under the law, schools could repackage perishable meals into frozen meals and send them home on Fridays for […]