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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 …

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 …

N.H. lawmakers honor students after raptor debacle

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lawmakers yesterday passed a resolution formally encouraging student participation in state government even as the legislators were being lampooned nationally for mocking what started as a civics lesson for fourth-graders. The action in the House follows the much-criticized …

Former governor Merrill steps down from Rudman Center Board of Advisors

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A second member of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Policy’s Board of Advisors has resigned. Former governor Steve Merrill resigned yesterday, according to the University of New Hampshire. His resignation followed that of Portsmouth lawyer Stephen Tober. Both are close friends of former …

Gas leak temporarily evacuates Keene medical supply office

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Firefighters said a gas leak led to a temporary evacuation at a medical supplies building in Keene yesterday. The fire department said there was a leak near Smith’s Medical about 7:50 a.m. yesterday. The leak didn’t stop after an emergency shutoff was activated. Fire crews eventually stopped the …

UNH warns Broderick to stay away from Rudman Center in letter

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Policy next week will host three high-profile speakers, including retired U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal. The man who helped bring these speakers in, however, will not be in …

Ohio’s Kasich takes center stage at latest Politics and Pie event in Concord

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A lot has changed for John Kasich, the former congressman and sitting governor of Ohio, since the last time he visited New Hampshire. “If I would have come here 16 years ago, they would’ve had me shovel out …

N.H. House Finance Committee looks to pull back mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

In New Hampshire, a person caught driving with a suspended license after being convicted of driving while intoxicated must be incarcerated for a week under state law. The practice is known as a mandatory minimum sentence. It is a policy some New Hampshire representatives are looking to repeal …

House Finance Committee pushes ahead budget proposal

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The House Finance Committee finalized its budget proposal yesterday and it will now move for a full House vote next week, where it is likely to face further scrutiny and several amendments. The House budget proposal increases total spending over the current biennium by roughly $400 million, from …

Anti-bullying advocates oppose student privacy bill

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A 14-year-old bullying victim joined parents and school officials yesterday in opposing a bill aimed at protecting student privacy. The bill would prohibit any public or private school in the state from requiring or requesting access to students’ personal social media accounts. Supporters of the bill, including the …