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House rules committee, chaired by Speaker Shawn Jasper, shoots down attempt to make Bill O’Brien majority leader

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A move to allow the caucus of each political party to select its own leaders — supported largely by allies of Rep. Bill O’Brien after his failed reelection bid for Speaker of the House — failed to win the support of the House rules committee. But proponents of the rule change have no plans of backing down. Rep. Al Baldasaro, …

Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made …

Pakistan school: Devastation where 148 were slain

Thursday, December 18, 2014

As they buried their children yesterday, the families spoke of their dreams. One boy had just gotten high marks on his midterm and hoped to …

Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country yesterday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility. Wearing his military uniform with …

Republicans meet again day before move to replace House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan

Thursday, December 18, 2014

In the first official Republican House caucus, representatives outlined a broad list of more than two dozen policies they plan to prioritize in the coming legislative session, which range from balancing the budget without any new taxes to lowering energy costs and reducing the size of government. “What …

New Hampshire moves to ease distance learning

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Hampshire is joining a national effort to make education more accessible to college students across state lines. The New England Board of Higher Education recently voted to make New Hampshire the first state in New England and the 18th nationally to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, …

Ayotte, Shaheen support bill for injured veterans

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Hampshire U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen say a bill on its way to President Obama will enhance treatment services for veterans living with traumatic brain injuries. The senators introduced legislation that would modify a pilot …

Kearsarge Regional Elementary School students propose mastodon as official N.H. fossil

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The fourth-graders at Kearsarge Regional Elementary School in Bradford are preparing for a busy winter. The class is mapping out meetings with legislative committee chairs, penning letters to lawmakers and scheduling testimony at State House hearings, all in …

Weare School Board approves creation of upper elementary school for next fall

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fourth-grade students in Weare will attend class in a newly created upper elementary school at Weare Middle School beginning next academic year. The Weare School Board voted Tuesday night to create this upper elementary school – “a school within a school” – moving the highest grade level from …

Seeking Shelter: For caseworker Andy Labrie, a lot of successes and a fair amount of failures

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Andy Labrie got into homeless outreach indirectly, and for personal reasons. It was the 80s. The AIDS epidemic was raging. He was tired of watching his friends die. Labrie was working in real estate then, and he quickly …

Seeking Shelter: The hassles of a landlord and steady payments keep some out of permanent housing

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

John Howland is not so sure whether he would prefer permanent housing to his current setup, outside in the cold. It’s been years since he had a place, and there are so many hazards to consider: hostile landlords, …

Seeking Shelter: Family looking for help in Concord, heads to Florida instead

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nicole Minerva and her family had plans to stay with a friend Saturday night. Minerva, 30, her husband Edward Portalla, 33, niece Tina Bushey, 26, and Bushey’s 4-year-old son, Kenneth, have been homeless for about three months and …

Bill O’Brien: ‘We’re going to have a leader of the Republican caucus, and that will be me’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A group of more than 100 Republican representatives met in a closed-door meeting yesterday to forge a path into the coming legislative session with Mont Vernon Rep. Bill O’Brien as their leader. Coming out of the meeting, representatives …