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N.H. News Roundup: It’s may not be sunny but it’s still sunshine week; flood watch

(Video credit: YouTube NashuaTelegraphVideo)

Hello everybody! It’s been a gloomy Tuesday so far. It’s almost hard to believe it’s sunshine week here in New Hampshire.

No, I’m not talking about the weather. Sunshine week refers to regulations requiring openness in government, and it encourages a transparent government. Meetings, votes, and official actions are available for the public, and it’s how newspapers and other media outlets and advocacy organizations get to the bottom of important issues to best inform the readers and citizens.

The Telegraph explored the Right-to-Know law when it requested access to all of Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau’s calls and text messages in her capacity as mayor, sent and received over the past six months. She prefers to get important information from the police chief rather than the news.

Reporter Maryalice Gill explains the process in the video above, which accompained the story on the Telegraph’s website.

The internet has also played a major role in recent sunshine cases, as information has become more available, and plays a major role as records and files are now kept electronically.

So next time you’re reading breaking news or an uncovered scandal, you might have the Right-to-Know law to thank.

In other news:

∎ In actual weather news, flood watches have been issue across New Hampshire.

∎ Here are five reasons the Granite State’s roads aren’t looking too great.

∎ Lyme seventh-graders got to experience running a business first-hand.

∎ The Conant boys’ basketball team won the Division III state championship on Saturday.

∎ It’s also day 2 of Manufacturing Week. You can visit several manufacturing facilities and learn about the products they make and the careers they offer today.

∎ A man was paid $200,000 to settle a lawsuit filed against the Manchester police stemming from an alleged beating by several off-duty officers at a local bar.

∎ UNH’s hockey team has fallen to No. 7 in the national rankings.

∎ Did you know the Granite State is home to 54 of the remaining 750 covered bridges in the United States?

∎ It's also town meeting week. Stay tuned with the Monitor to find out what's happening in your neck of the woods. We'll have a live blog running tonight with election results, too!

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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