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N.H. House passes gas tax increase, sends to governor’s desk

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A bill aimed at paying for major transportation projects through a 4.2-cent increase in the gas tax passed the House yesterday and will now go to Gov. Maggie Hassan’s desk. “I look forward to signing this bipartisan legislation into law so we can keep New Hampshire’s economy moving forward by advancing critical road and bridge projects and finishing the long-overdue expansion of I-93,” Hassan said in a statement after the vote. On July 1, this bill will increase the gas tax from 18 to 22.2 cents, the first increase since 1991. The roughly $32 million in new annual revenue from the increase will be dedicated to state and local road and bridge repairs. The bill … 0

Weare shooting report details night of botched sting

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The attorney general’s 44-page report released yesterday afternoon detailed the weeks and hours leading up to the Aug. 14 shooting in Weare that left a convicted drug dealer dead. Weare police officers had been working with a confidential informant to buy heroin from his dealer in Manchester – later identified as Alex Cora … 0

Weare shooting report critical of police, but clears shooter from criminal charges

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A report by the state attorney general’s office released yesterday concluded the officer-involved shooting eight months ago in Weare could have been prevented, but there is not enough evidence to prove whether the officer who killed a fleeing drug dealer was justified. The 44-page report is the first public examination of the Aug. 14 shooting, during which Alex Cora deJesus, 35, of Manchester … 0

Former Fortune 500 executive indicted in fatal N.H. crash

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A former Fortune 500 executive has been indicted on murder charges in a New Hampshire crash in December that killed a Vermont man and his pregnant fiancee. Robert Dellinger, 53, of Sunapee told investigators he was trying to kill himself when he steered his pickup across an Interstate … 0

Monitor Minute: April 23, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Monitor Minute Episode 148: April 23, 2014. The Monitor Minute is a daily rundown of today’s top stories. Brought to you by the Concord Monitor. … 0

State House Live: N.H. House passes bill aimed for pay equity between men, women

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2:50 P.M.: A bill aimed at increasing pay equity between men and women passed the House this afternoon, 187-134. The bill, which passed the Republican-led Senate unanimously, will now go to the House Criminal Justice Committee before coming back to the full House floor. Gov. Maggie Hassan will … 0

N.H. House committee votes to back domestic violence bill

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A House committee voted nearly unanimously yesterday in support of a bill that would establish domestic violence as a crime in New Hampshire. The bill, known as “Joshua’s Law,” passed the Senate in February and now heads for a floor vote in the House later this spring. It … 1

N.H. Senate committee hears testimony on housing discrimination bill

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

At least half a dozen landlords spoke yesterday in opposition to a bill that would prohibit them from turning away tenants solely because they receive federal Section 8 housing subsidies or are victims of domestic violence. “Every landlord I’ve spoke to does not have an issue with the … 1

Water main burst leaves 32 Concord households without water

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Seated on a front porch on South State Street yesterday afternoon, Paul Dunbar had a clear view of city workers repairing the broken water main that left 32 households in Concord’s South End without water for much of … 1

N.H.’s bond outlook falls from ‘stable’ to ‘negative’

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Standard & Poor’s downgraded the state’s outlook on general obligation and state-guaranteed bonds from “stable” to “negative” yesterday, based largely on a recent court ruling that said a state tax on hospitals that brings in significant revenue is illegal. That ruling, combined with the state’s low reserve fund … 6

Federal judge agrees to hear Concord prisoner’s assault claim

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A federal judge has agreed to consider a Concord inmate’s complaint that a corrections officer let another prisoner attack him last year, and that the warden subsequently locked him in solitary confinement for nearly a week. The lawsuit was brought last month by the 23-year-old inmate, John Barber. … 0

3-alarm brush fire in Concord consumes 5 acres

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A three-alarm brush fire burned approximately 5 acres near Marjorie Swope Park in Concord yesterday afternoon, according to a news release from the Concord Fire Department. Fire dispatchers started receiving reports of a fire in the hilly area at 1:47 p.m. Responding crews were challenged in locating the … 0

Merrimack Valley High School Principal Jette accepts assistant superintendent job in Bedford

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

After 23 years as a teacher and administrator at Merrimack Valley High School, Principal Michael Jette will leave the district in June. Jette, of Webster, has been named assistant superintendent of the Bedford School District. His last day … 0