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How a landfill proposal divided a community and launched a statewide environmental debate

BY: - May 21, 2021

When Fred Anderson started coming to Forest Lake in 1977, there was no running water at the little cabin where he and his family stayed. That wasn’t a problem because the family could drink the water from the lake. And until 2004, that’s what they did. So in 2019, when Anderson learned that Casella Waste […]

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Commentary: Roe v. Wade gave American women a choice about having children – here’s how that changed their lives

BY: - May 21, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case challenging a Mississippi state law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, much earlier than the 24-week threshold generally established by the pivotal abortion rights case Roe v. Wade in 1973. Roe v. Wade granted women the right to terminate a pregnancy under specific conditions, […]

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Legislation for affordable housing tax breaks sent to governor

BY: - May 20, 2021

The New Hampshire Senate passed a bill allowing cities and towns to designate tax-break areas for affordable-housing development, sending the bill to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk.  House Bill 154, which passed on a voice vote Thursday, would allow cities and towns to make any area within their borders into a “community revitalization” area and set […]

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Senate committee rejects attempts to undo abortion restrictions

BY: - May 20, 2021

This story was updated May 20, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. with new information from U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan. In party line votes, the Senate Finance Committee rejected attempts to undo two House restrictions on abortion Wednesday that House Republicans have said are nonnegotiable.  If those budget line items make it through the […]

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Much to farmers’ dismay, sweet corn among bear necessities

BY: - May 20, 2021

Kristen May is anxious about bears, and she’s not alone. Along with her father, Howard Hatch, she farms 200 acres in North Haverhill. It’s a dairy operation, and the family farm also grows corn used for feed. They have a dairy stand that attracts visitors who come to eat ice cream. But over the years, […]

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Lawmakers take up ‘vaccine freedom’ measures

BY: - May 19, 2021

A Senate committee put limits around one “vaccine freedom” bill Wednesday, but another much broader one may be headed over from the House.  The Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed an amended version of House Bill 220, which seeks to allow most people to refuse any vaccine or medical intervention. The amended version limits […]

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Bill that would roll back bail reform retained by lawmakers

BY: - May 19, 2021

Lawmakers shelved a set of proposed changes to New Hampshire’s bail system Wednesday, kicking a complicated policy debate into 2022. Voting 12-9, a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the House Criminal Justice Committee moved to retain a bill that would have walked back some steps the state has taken toward bail reform. That bill, Senate […]

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House panel OKs amendment on separation of federal, state election processes

BY: - May 19, 2021

This article was updated at 3:50 p.m. on May 19, 2021 to reflect the fact that the bills will be voted on before the House and that Rep. Barbara Griffin is from Goffstown. The House Election Law Committee approved a proposal on Wednesday that would create separate processes for state and federal elections, in response […]

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After a challenging year, educators assess the challenges to come

BY: - May 19, 2021

Ben Lambright could talk about the toll the COVID school year has had on his peers, but he said his teachers aren’t in much better shape.  “I have teachers at school who, I like to joke, they have senioritis worse than I do,” the Nashua 12th-grader joked to a panel of education representatives Monday. “So […]

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House committee rejects police reform bill amendment

BY: - May 18, 2021

A New Hampshire House committee has killed a last-minute Democratic effort to hold police departments and other public bodies liable for their employees.  In a 14-7 vote, the House Judiciary Committee voted to defeat an amendment that would have allowed a person to sue a public employer – including a police department – for any […]

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Lawmakers work on details of proposed Department of Energy

BY: - May 18, 2021

On Monday, the Senate Finance Committee continued hammering out a proposal to create a new Department of Energy, adding positions to the Public Utilities Commission, and clarifying the so-called firewall between the utilities commission and the proposed department. State Budget Director Matt Mailloux presented an amendment to the panel to add attorney and clerk positions […]

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Sununu says extra federal unemployment benefits to end June 19, announces stipend program

BY: - May 18, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu said Tuesday he will end the extra federal unemployment benefits on June 19, including the $300 weekly payment being collected by nearly 35,500 people in the state. He also announced he has set aside $10 million to pay stipends of $500 and $1,000 to people who come off unemployment and get a […]