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New Hampshire funding for treatment, recovery far lower than neighboring states

Monday, July 6, 2015

Sleep as long as possible. Find a way to get heroin. Use. Repeat. The painful cycle was Lance Alonardo’s life, until the 26-year-old decided to seek out help at a treatment center in Franklin. But the waitlist for one of the 13 beds at the state-funded facility was longer than a month. So over the next three weeks Alonardo added …

Political uncertainty of expanded Medicaid has drug treatment expansion plans on hold

Monday, July 6, 2015

The state’s Medicaid expansion program offers an opportunity for substance abuse treatment centers to add more services, but it’s also proving an administrative headache for …

In New Hampshire, Pataki challenges Trump to immigration debate

Monday, July 6, 2015

George Pataki was among the first Republican presidential candidates to call out Donald Trump’s comments characterizing Mexican immigrants as a group that consists largely of …

Guinta to hold first town hall since FEC violations surfaced

Monday, July 6, 2015

Rep. Frank Guinta has, in the months since the Federal Election Commission found that he broke campaign finance regulations, repeatedly signaled plans to continue on in his role as congressman, business as usual – sending emails to supporters, …

N.H. synthetic drug ban signed into law

Monday, July 6, 2015

It’s been nearly a year since Gov. Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency over synthetic cannabinoids – sometimes referred to as “spice” or “Smacked!” – in the wake of a series of overdoses attributed to the substance across New Hampshire. Within months, legislators were at work on …

Hassan vetoes bill to remove concealed carry license

Monday, July 6, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan stood firm Monday against Republican-led efforts to roll back the state law regulating who can carry hidden guns. In her veto message, Hassan said a bill to remove the licensing requirement for carrying concealed firearms would undo the state’s “common sense” gun laws. “New Hampshire’s …

Three big questions about what happens next in Greece’s debt crisis

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Greek people have voted no to their bailout, no to austerity, and, quite possibly, no to the euro itself. That last part, though, depends on what the European Central Bank does in the coming days. Now, in the end, the “nos” won a landslide 61 percent in …

Morning after: Greeks united, proud of their defiance

Monday, July 6, 2015

Nicky Zachary closed her family’s shoe store just a few hours after opening it Monday after the few customers who had strolled in hadn’t bought a thing. But she was not discouraged – she thinks a landmark “no” …

County corrections workers vote for union switch

Monday, July 6, 2015

Merrimack County corrections employees are switching union representation to SEA/SEIU Local 1984, the state’s largest public sector union. Workers voted early last week to leave the National Correctional Employees Union, which currently represents them, according to a press release by SEA/SEIU Local 1984. “I think this is a …

Christie likely had an escort when bypassing holiday traffic

Monday, July 6, 2015

Drivers stuck in traffic Friday morning on Interstate 93 near Suncook might have seen two black SUVs with New Jersey license plates and flashing blue lights zip past them in the breakdown lane and wondered whether it was …

Seventh-Day Adventists consider gender roles

Monday, July 6, 2015

Tens of thousands of Seventh-day Adventists are meeting this week to face an issue as divisive as any in the Protestant group’s 152-year history: Does the Bible allow women to be ordained as clergy? The question has special …

Google jumps into the ridesharing business with an upgrade to Waze

Monday, July 6, 2015

For the estimated 50 million people who rely on it, the turn-by-turn navigation app Waze helps redirect users around traffic jams, accidents and other obstacles on the road. Now Waze, with a new expansion into ridesharing, is hoping …

In New Hampshire jails, recovery programs are scarce

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Merrimack County jail is one of the most visible battlegrounds in New Hampshire’s war on drugs. Nearly 80 percent of inmates there report histories of substance abuse. Every week, a stream of men and women in orange detention uniforms shuffle before judges in Concord for drug and …