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Federal background checks on ammunition sales pushed by Democrats

BY: - April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Tuesday reintroduced legislation that would require instant background checks to prevent people with a criminal record from illegally purchasing ammunition. The measure backed by the Democrats, known as Jaime’s Law, is named in honor of Jaime Guttenberg, a student who […]

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Voting record of superior court nominee Conway under scrutiny

BY: - April 20, 2021

The state Attorney General’s Office has been asked to investigate whether a superior court judicial nominee lived in one town and voted in another in 2008. At a confirmation hearing last week, Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway said she voted in Atkinson in 2008 while helping her elderly father to the polls. At that time, […]

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State sees boost in tax revenue

BY: - April 20, 2021

This story was updated April 20, 2021 at 4 p.m. While the COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic crisis for many, the state has seen a boost in tax revenue, including for tobacco, business, real estate, and interest and dividends taxes. The exception is rooms and meals, which is down 17 percent from what the […]

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With dog theft on the rise, lawmakers look to crack down

BY: - April 19, 2021

There’s a dark side to the increase in demand for pets during the pandemic: when those procuring the animals do so illegally. Dog theft has been on the rise nationally during the pandemic, with thieves snatching dogs from their yards and even from houses. Now state lawmakers are considering a proposal to increase the penalty […]

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What’s keeping some at state hospital? No transitional housing

BY: - April 19, 2021

A lack of transitional housing is among the top reasons people remain in New Hampshire Hospital longer than needed, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. An unexpected delay in adding 22 more spots means that’s not changing soon. It also means that adults in a psychiatric crisis will continue to wait […]

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Agreement reached on law to release ‘Laurie List’ on police misconduct

BY: - April 16, 2021

This story was updated April 17, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.  Police unions, New Hampshire newspapers, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office say they have reached an agreement on a way to release the state’s “Laurie List” – a list compiled over decades of police officers with credible complaints of […]

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Sununu says state mask mandate will not be renewed

BY: - April 15, 2021

New Hampshire’s mask mandate will become a mask recommendation – “when appropriate” – on Saturday. Gov. Chris Sununu announced Thursday at his weekly COVID-19 update that the state will not renew the mask mandate when it expires Friday. Businesses, cities, towns, and schools can continue requiring masks. He also announced that on May 7, he […]

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State’s mayors seek restoration of revenue sharing

BY: - April 15, 2021

New Hampshire’s 13 mayors are turning to the Senate for an ambitious ask: a boost in municipal aid in the budget. In a letter sent Wednesday to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Gary Daniels, mayors from Claremont to Rochester urged Senate budget writers to restore revenue sharing to cities and towns – a once-standard budgeting approach […]

Efforts waylaid to make Indigenous People’s Day an official state holiday

BY: - April 15, 2021

When a proposal about Indigenous People’s Day in New Hampshire came out of a House committee, Paul Pouliot of Alton was surprised by what he saw – and not in a good way. It had changed so much that Pouliot was glad when the proposal was ultimately tabled.  Pouliot is the council chief and speaker […]

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Seventy-three bills killed after House crashes against mid-session deadline

BY: - April 14, 2021

Seventy-three bills failed to get a vote in the New Hampshire House after lawmakers missed a key deadline Friday, angering Democrats who accused House Speaker Sherman Packard of setting up the schedule to fail. In one fell swoop, as the House session came to a close Friday, bills ranging from voting to criminal justice died […]

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Merrimack Republican Boyd wins House seat

BY: - April 14, 2021

Republican Bill Boyd captured one of the New Hampshire House’s 400 seats Tuesday evening, beating back a high-intensity Democratic challenge to succeed the late Republican Speaker Dick Hinch. In a 2,531 to 2,144 vote, Boyd prevailed against Democrat Wendy Thomas to win one of eight House seats in Merrimack. The town held a special election […]

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State pauses use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

BY: - April 14, 2021

(This story has been updated to include additional comments from Gov. Chris Sununu.) The state is pausing use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone who has received it and experienced serious side effects within three weeks is urged to contact their health care provider. Gov. Chris Sununu’s announcement follows guidance from the […]