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Fourth-grade students at Christa McAuliffe School took the Smarter Balanced Assessment on HP Netbooks on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

Technology is the focus of first-time Smarter Balanced implementation

Thursday, March 26, 2015

With headphones on, hands on laptop keyboards and gazes focused on the screens, fourth-grade students at Christa McAuliffe School answered math questions yesterday during a Smarter Balanced testing session. Schools are used to administering standardized tests, but the tests corresponding to the Common Core State Standards are a new experience for both students and educators. “It’s the first time it’s …

Plan would take money from renewable energy fund, university system for DOT

Friday, March 27, 2015

House budget writers decided yesterday to take $50.8 million from the state’s renewable energy fund and millions more from the university system to help plug a hole in the state highway fund. The House Finance Committee voted 14-9 along party lines – Republicans in favor and Democrats in opposition – to adopt a …

With overdoses stacking up, police officers – and maybe soon citizens – get access to opioid antidote

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Police officers in towns that opt into a new training program will soon start carrying a life-saving overdose reversal drug. The Department of Safety announced yesterday that it will allow law enforcement officers to administer naloxone – also known by its brand name, Narcan – after they undergo eight hours of training, including CPR and first aid. The drug, given nasally, costs between …

Senate approves new restrictions on welfare purchases

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Republican-led Senate voted yesterday to prohibit more than 12,000 New Hampshire welfare recipients from using their cash benefits to buy alcohol, tobacco, firearms and several other items. “We want to help people who are in need,” said Republican Sen. Jeanie Forrester, the bill’s prime sponsor. “But it’s …

After seven years, Jose Montero to step down as state’s public health director

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The way José Montero sees it, “public health happens at the community level.” So when Montero looks back on his time at the helm of the state’s public health division, there’s one moment that sticks out most vividly …

N.H. Senate approves bill at center of Eversourse Energy settlement agreement

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Senate approved legislation yesterday that is at the center of a settlement agreement calling on Eversource Energy to sell off all its power plants, including Merrimack Station in Bow. The bill will allow for low-cost bond financing that would decrease Eversource customers’ carrying costs from 10 percent …

N.H. Senate delays workers’ compensation reform deal

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Senators have pushed off a deal to reform New Hampshire’s workers’ compensation insurance laws. The chamber voted yesterday to send a tentative deal, which would have given providers three years to bring down costs on their own without government price fixing, back to a committee for further discussion. …

Barnstead teen gets 20 years for near-fatal stabbing in Bear Brook State Park

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The two victims of Samantha Heath’s extreme brutality sat on opposite ends of a crowded Concord courtroom yesterday, one in tears, the other cooing in newborn abandon. It had been more than a year since the tearful one, …

Students and parents ask Concord School Board to maintain Capitol Center partnership

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tuesday night, Nick Skafidas was on stage at the Capitol Center for the Arts playing the trumpet in what he feared could be his last concert at the venue. To make sure he can play there next year, the Concord High School junior spoke at the Concord School …

Report: Diversity of New England plant life is threatened

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

From picturesque coastal estuaries of Cape Cod to the soaring White Mountains, much of New England’s rich native flora is fighting for survival against increasing odds, according to what conservationists call the most comprehensive accounting ever made of …

Teens injured in head-on collision on South Stark Highway in Weare

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A head-on collision that injured multiple people caused the police to close South Stark Highway in Weare for a few hours Tuesday night. The Weare police and fire and rescue departments responded to the accident on South Stark Highway near Duck Pond Road shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, …

PHOTOS: Trout in the Classroom at Henniker Community School

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Henniker Community School seventh-grade science classes are participating in the Trout in the Classroom project, a program supported by Trout Unlimited and New Hampshire Fish and Game. The students are raising trout from the larva stage (sac fry) …

President Obama signs N.H. disaster declaration

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

President Obama has signed a disaster declaration for the state of New Hampshire, ordering federal aid to help state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by a three-day snowstorm Jan. 26 to 28. The declaration says federal funding also is available to state and eligible local governments …