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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 …

‘You’re out of order!’: Belknap County commissioners’ chairmanship dispute heads to court

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A dispute between Belknap County’s commissioners that went viral earlier this month may be headed to trial, after the ousted chairman of the board decided to ask a judge to answer: Who is the true chairman? When three …

Cruz hires senior adviser in N.H.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

After becoming the first Republican to officially enter the 2016 presidential race, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is hiring an adviser to build his campaign efforts in New Hampshire. Ethan Zorfas, a top aide to New Hampshire Congressman Frank Guinta, is Cruz’s first hire in the early …

Editorial: Make the downtown project fun

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Though the formal ground-breaking ceremony to mark the long-awaited reconstruction of Concord’s Main Street won’t occur until April 20, work on the project has already begun. Workers with Severino Trucking, the contracting firm hired to carry out the $10.69 million reconstruction of nine blocks of the downtown corridor, …

Eversource Energy will address Concord City Council subcommittee on Northern Pass

Monday, March 23, 2015

Concord could receive $828,000 in new pole tax revenue if Northern Pass comes through the city, an Eversource Energy representative told a city council subcommitee yesterday. That subcommittee has gathered to study how the proposed hydropower line would affect Concord; yesterday was its first meeting. The city is …

Downtown Concord's construction schedule

Monday, March 23, 2015

Construction on the Main Street project has begun. Here’s a recap of the schedule: The first three weeks will be more utility work on North Main Street, similar to the construction last fall. While crews will be working …

Members of House Finance Committee reverse course on Medicaid cuts

Monday, March 23, 2015

After voting last week to eliminate coverage for “optional” Medicaid services – not mandated by the federal government but still critical for many residents living with injury or disabilities – state representatives reversed course yesterday afternoon, opting to maintain funding after all. State representatives from the House Finance …

Eversource, wildlife agencies, to announce major conservation partnership in New Hampshire

Monday, March 23, 2015

Eversource Energy and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are set to announce a partnership that will help manage and preserve three separate areas of New Hampshire. The sides will announce the public-private partnership Thursday morning in Londonderry. The multimillion-dollar deal targets preservation of habitats for trout, rabbits …

Time to renew your dog license

Monday, March 23, 2015

As required by state law, Concord dog owners can apply for or renew their dog licenses next month. On April 1, the city clerk’s office in Concord will begin its annual dog licensing season. The licenses are effective from May 1 to April 30 of the subsequent year. …

Too late to discipline lawmaker after abortion comments

Monday, March 23, 2015

A New Hampshire legislator won’t face discipline for comments he made linking abortion to an effort by a group of fourth-graders to have the state name an official raptor, an official said yesterday. House of Representatives Clerk Paul Smith said that any discipline of Rep. Warren Groen would …

N.H. House budget writers approve cuts to Hassan’s $11.5B plan

Monday, March 23, 2015

House budget writers began approving a budget bill yesterday that eliminates Medicaid expansion, substantially changes school funding and does not give state employees a raise they recently negotiated with the governor’s office. The House Finance Committee will continue voting on changes to Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan’s budget today …