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Kim Place shows photos of her son Freddie to a House committee at the Legislative Office Building on Thursday. Place saw her son succumb to Krabbe disease which affects the myelin sheath of the nervous system.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: Why don’t we test for Krabbe? Inquiring minds want to know

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

She sat nervously in the waiting area, outside Room 205 at the Legislative Office Building, facts in her folder, friend by her side. She thought about her late son, Freddie, who’d be in high school by now, driving, dating, living. If only Kim Place had known 16 years ago what was wrong, why her baby, so normal at birth, so …

N.H. health care officials say abortion buffer zone law, though barely enforced, has led to fewer, more civil protests

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Though officials are not actively enforcing a state law that sets 25-foot buffer zones around abortion clinics, health care providers say its existence has led to more civilized protests. “This law has had everybody on their best behavior,” Linda Griebsch, executive director of the Joan G. Lovering Health Center in Greenland, told senators …

While Republican candidates flock to N.H., Democrats left in waiting

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New Hampshire Republicans have had pie with John Kasich and Lindsey Graham, rallied with Ted Cruz and Scott Walker, dined with Carly Fiorina and Rick Perry and Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, signed books with Marco Rubio, questioned Donald Trump and caught up with George Pataki in several settings. And that’s just since …

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 …

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 …

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, …