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N.H. Senate votes to repeal the crime of adultery

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The New Hampshire Senate is sending a bill to the governor’s desk that repeals the crime of adultery. Senators passed the measure on a voice vote. Adultery currently is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,200. But the Judicial Branch reports that the law hasn’t been enforced in more than a decade. The bill’s sponsor – Manchester Rep. Tim O’Flaherty – said he was motivated … 0

N.H. Senate approves hand-held cell phone ban

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hand-held cell phone use would be banned while driving in New Hampshire in mid-2015 under a bill passed yesterday by the Senate. The Senate’s voice vote sends the bill back to the House to consider an amendment to require the state to educate the public about the ban. The House can vote to accept the change, kill the bill or ask the Senate … 1

N.H. Senate rejects effort to repeal death penalty

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A divided New Hampshire Senate voted against repealing the death penalty yesterday, ending concerns for some who worried that a repeal would reverse the death sentence of Michael Addison, who was convicted for fatally shooting Manchester police Officer Michael Briggs in 2006. “I think it’s incumbent on all of us to think and … 0

On revote, N.H. Senate panel endorses death penalty repeal measure

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday revisited the idea of repealing New Hampshire’s death penalty and recommended that it pass, setting up a potentially historic vote in the chamber next week. The bill represents the most energetic recent effort to repeal the state’s centuries-old death penalty. It passed the … 1

Appeals court hears arguments on Utah’s same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A panel of appeals court judges appeared torn yesterday about whether Utah voters and legislators who defined marriage as only between a man and woman violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples who want to marry. Three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit … 0

House passes Ryan budget with big cuts

Thursday, April 10, 2014

House Republicans rallied behind a slashing budget blueprint yesterday, passing a nonbinding but politically imposing measure that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years with sweeping budget cuts and termination of health care coverage under the Affordable … 0

Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton during speech

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A woman was taken into federal custody yesterday after throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton as the former secretary of state began a Las Vegas convention keynote speech. The incident happened moments after Clinton took the stage before … 1

Monitor Minute: April 10, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Monitor Minute Episode 140: April 10, 2014. The Monitor Minute is a daily rundown of today’s top stories. Brought to you by the Concord Monitor. … 0

N.H. House committee takes testimony on bill to annul mental health records

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Both the attorney general’s office and the state Department of Safety urged lawmakers yesterday not to pass a bill that would allow people to annul their mental health records, therefore restoring their rights to purchase firearms. New Hampshire doesn’t report the names of people adjudicated as mentally ill … 0

Ayotte: Death penalty repeal could effectively commute Addison’s sentence

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Talking about repealing the death penalty as if it won’t affect Michael Addison’s death sentence is “absurd,” U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte said on a Manchester radio program yesterday. “It seems like in Concord they’re saying, ‘Well, we’re just going to leave the Addison case alone,’ and I think … 0

N.H. committee formed to make recommendations on STEM education

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan has issued an executive order creating a task force to make recommendations on STEM education in schools – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The group includes members with experience in STEM education in kindergarten through 12th grade; the Community College System of New Hampshire; the … 0

Clinton says she’s ‘thinking about’ presidential run in 2016

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hillary Clinton, an early front-runner in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, said that though she’s contemplating a run, she won’t make a decision soon. “I am thinking about it,” the former secretary of State said Tuesday in a question-and-answer session after a speech at a conference in San … 0

What were you reading? The Monitor’s 15 most-read stories of March

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Practically every day, part of my job as web editor here at the Monitor is to see what you – the readers – are looking at while you’re hanging out on ConcordMonitor.com. In March, marijuana was again a … 2