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Sununu signs bill requiring accessible voting machines in every town
07-09-2024 10:15 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

New Hampshire cities and towns will be required to provide accessible voting machines for all elections after January 2025, according to a bill signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu this month.House Bill 1264, signed by Sununu July 3, states that every...

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More dentists are agreeing to see Medicaid patients – but not enough to meet demand
07-11-2024 10:13 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

It took oral health advocates nearly 25 years to persuade lawmakers to provide adults on Medicaid coverage for basic dental care. Gail Brown, one of those advocates, said she saw that investment pay dividends in far less time.Brown was stopped this...


How citizen scientists have helped map changes to New Hampshire’s beaches
07-10-2024 10:08 AM

By CLAIRE SULLIVAN

For six years, citizen scientists have helped track New Hampshire’s changing coastline through seasons and storms.That data has helped scientists better understand the unique response of each beach to weather events: Some bounce back quickly, while...


Sun, fun, and – fecal bacteria? How to practice ‘Healthy Swimming’ this summer.
07-03-2024 10:23 AM

By CLAIRE SULLIVAN

For many, summer means time to hit the beach. But maybe not any beach, if you don’t want to swim in harmful bacteria. From late May to early September, New Hampshire’s Beach Inspection Program monitors public beaches for fecal bacteria. And with...


Fact check: Republicans say abortion isn’t banned in NH and not a top issue for voters
07-02-2024 10:13 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

At a time when national Republican leaders often struggle to talk about abortion restrictions they’ve supported, the New Hampshire Republican Party is making those restrictions central to its 2024 campaign strategy.  Last week, party Chairman Chris...


North Country residents rally against Dalton landfill: ‘I don’t want Massachusetts trash’
06-30-2024 10:00 AM

By CLAIRE SULLIVAN

Andrea Bryant lives in Bethlehem, about a mile from the landfill there. She doesn’t open her windows at night anymore because she’s often been woken up by a thick stench in her house, though the noise still rouses her most mornings.The same company...


Sanborn secures another win over the state, this time an extension to sell his casino
06-27-2024 1:06 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state has granted former state Sen. Andy Sanborn’s request for at least a three-week extension to sell the casino it ordered shuttered in December following allegations he misused nearly $844,000 in federal pandemic aid to enrich himself, $181,250...


Staffing shortage, high cost of overtime a concern at NH Department of Corrections
06-26-2024 11:56 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

New Hampshire’s Department of Corrections is facing a temporary $3.44 million deficit caused in large part by an increase in overtime payments, according to DOC Commissioner Helen Hanks. Now, as the June 30 end of the state fiscal year approaches,...


NH gubernatorial candidates sharply divided over school funding lawsuits
06-25-2024 10:00 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

Last year, a superior court judge delivered a jolt to the state’s education system: He ruled that New Hampshire should be paying nearly twice what it currently does per student. This year, the question is dividing the race to succeed Gov. Chris...


State keeps foster kids’ benefits
06-24-2024 1:14 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Dawson Hayes spent about three years in foster care before he was adopted in February at age 16. As he was moved from foster home to foster home, Hayes thought about something his state case worker had told him. Once he was adopted or aged out of...


Bill could bring greater transparency to use of public comments in NH rulemaking process
06-19-2024 11:21 AM

By CLAIRE SULLIVAN

When a person submits a comment on a proposed regulation in New Hampshire, it’s usually not clear what influence – if any – that feedback has on the final rule. That may change under a bill heading to the governor’s desk. Agencies already must create...


Cannabis, immigration, freedom accounts, and bail: What to watch in the final legislative session
06-12-2024 9:54 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

After a week of negotiations, “committee of conference” season is over. House and Senate representatives had until last Thursday to cobble together last-minute agreements on any bills the two chambers disagreed over. The process allowed select...


After a year of ‘teeny tiny steps,’ advocates aim for bigger child care fixes
06-11-2024 10:01 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Two years ago, the House speaker appointed a special committee to solve or at least mitigate the child care crisis in New Hampshire. There’s disagreement among lawmakers and child care advocates about its success.Committee members have sent a few...


Kangaroo ownership, rodent traps, brass knuckles: The bills you may have missed
06-10-2024 12:00 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Kangaroo ownership, rodent traps, brass knuckles. The bills you may have missed.You can continue pronouncing Concord however you like and use adhesive rodent traps, but brass knuckles remain illegal and you’ll still need a permit to adopt a...


Cyanobacteria blooms can produce dangerous toxins. Here’s what to know.
06-10-2024 10:17 AM

By CLAIRE SULLIVAN

The Granite State hasn’t been spared from the global trend of more frequent cyanobacteria blooms, the often-toxic growths that can kill pets and threaten human health.With climate change and excess nutrients getting into water bodies, “we can expect...


‘The viability of hospitals is at stake’: Lawmakers, governor, hospitals fail to reach deal on Medicaid payments
06-07-2024 2:01 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state’s 26 hospitals stand to lose millions in state payments for uncompensated care with the collapse Thursday of negotiations between the governor, lawmakers, and the hospitals. With a deadline fast approaching and a legislative fix seemingly...


After progress on PFAS bills this session, Merrimack reps promise, ‘We’ll be back’
06-06-2024 10:24 AM

By CLAIRE SULLIVAN

On Rep. Wendy Thomas’ Merrimack street, there are four private wells contaminated with PFAS, and four homes struck by cancer.In one house, the dad died of kidney cancer. In another, a father and his adult son both died of colon cancer. In the third,...


Bill to prohibit racial profiling among police officers heads to governor’s desk
06-05-2024 9:43 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

Rep. Charlotte DiLorenzo knows it as “the talk”: the conversation Black parents have with their children about how to respond if officers stop them or pull them over. “Keep your hands visible, make no sudden movements, keep your mouth shut, be polite,...


As bail reform goes to negotiations, some say a compromise is finally possible
06-04-2024 10:18 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

Ever since the New Hampshire Legislature passed a bill aimed at reducing the number of people held without bail in 2018, lawmakers – particularly Republican ones – have sought to roll it back. But among those seeking to limit who can be released on...


Bill to require citizenship documents for NH voter registration would be unique in US
05-30-2024 10:19 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

New Hampshire Republican lawmakers are continuing to push to require residents to produce a birth certificate, passport, or other citizenship document to register to vote. Proponents say the measures would ensure that people could vote only if they...


The end of the legislative calendar, explained
05-28-2024 10:06 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

The New Hampshire House and Senate finished their last traditional voting days Thursday, taking action on hundreds of bills as they seek to wrap up the year. Now comes the messy part. While the hearings, floor debates, and major amendments to the...

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