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Capital Beat: Concealed weapons on Legislature’s agenda

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Republicans already scored one victory in the firearms category: allowing concealed weapons back into the House Chamber. Now they are going for the second: a constitutional carry law that would mean you don’t have to get a state-issued license in order to carry a concealed gun.  “I would call it common sense legislation,” said Rep. JR Hoell, a Dunbarton Republican …

Do drones, smart rifles make hunting too easy?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The use of drones and other emerging technologies while hunting could soon be banned in New Hampshire. The state Fish and Game Department has proposed rules that would ban the taking, driving or locating of wild game through use of drones, while also banning smart rifles and live-action game cameras. “We need to establish rules regarding these fast-changing technologies to make sure that …

Japan: Unverified video may show execution

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A visibly shaken Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said early today that Japan was working to free two hostages held by the extremist Islamic State group, calling a new online video purporting to show that one had been killed “outrageous and unforgiveable.” The message claimed one of the Japanese hostages, Haruna Yukawa, had been …

Plan to remove NH from carbon cap-and-trade program heats up at hearing

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Supporters of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative came out in full force yesterday to defend New Hampshire’s participation in the carbon cap-and-trade program, at a time when some Republican lawmakers are seeking to kill it. “RGGI has reduced …

PolitiFact: Barack Obama says United States only developed country without paid maternity leave

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The statement The United States is “the only advanced country on Earth” that doesn’t guarantee “paid maternity leave to our workers.” — Barack Obama on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 in the State of the Union address Our ruling …

Russia, Ukraine agree on pullback line for heavy arms

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Diplomats from Russia and Ukraine agreedyesterday on a dividing line from where both sides should pull back their heavy weapons, just hours after separatist forces deployed more arms and manpower to an emerging flashpoint in eastern Ukraine. Germany’s …

Abortion foes push new bills in Congress and the states

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Buoyed by conservative gains in the November election, foes of abortion are mobilizing on behalf of bills in Congress and several state legislatures that would further curtail women’s access to the procedure. On both sides of the debate, …

Your kids are getting way too many calories from pizza

Thursday, January 22, 2015

America has a pizza problem. A team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago found that too many kids are eating too much pizza, and all the excess calories are taking a toll on children’s health. “There are a bunch of takeaways from the study. But …

Obama attempts to set terms for 2016 with State of the Union

Thursday, January 22, 2015

President Obama’s State of the Union address was a tale of two speeches – and two campaigns. It was part 2012 and part 2008, both partisan and aspirational. It was an expression of a politician determined to make a fight of it with Republicans during his last two …

License revocations

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The director of motor vehicles, Richard Bailey Jr., released the following list of driving while intoxicated license revocations. ∎ Mary B. Juranty, 50, of Allenstown ∎ Zachary O. Palombo, 31, of Belmont ∎ Jeffrey D. Renk, 58, of Bradford ∎ Samuel H. Worthen, 61, of Bristol ∎ Tyler J. Gagnon, 23, of Canterbury …

Students take on hunger

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

For the second year in a row, students from Concord High School organized a fundraising event, Hunger Games for Hunger. Students raised more than $1,000 for the Friendly Kitchen. Joe Ossoff and Skye Reese lead the organizing, but …

Syria: ISIS seeks ransom for Japanese hostages

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Islamic State militant group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages within 72 hours, demanding a $200 million ransom in a video posted online yesterday that showed a knife-brandishing masked militant standing over the two kneeling captives. Prime …

Obama in State of the Union: Tax wealthy, help middle class

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Obama unveiled last night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle …