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N.H. lawmakers debate lifting sex offender residency restrictions

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New Hampshire’s Legislature is once again debating measures that would ban municipalities from restricting where sex offenders can live, even as some other states are making such restrictions tougher. The Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee is expected to send the proposals to the full House this week. The House last year supported the ban on residency restrictions by a vote of 231-97, but the Senate killed the bill …

30,000 marchers in Moscow mourn slain Putin foe

Sunday, March 1, 2015

For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle yesterday was a time for silence, not slogans. The marchers occasionally broke into chants of “Russia without Putin,” or “Say no to war,” but …

Upscale NY suburb embroiled in a wily debate over coyotes

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Chappaqua, a well-heeled hamlet north of New York City, is embroiled in an increasingly nasty debate that seems oddly out of place amid the stately homes and tony boutiques: What should be done about coyotes? Self-styled coyote spotters in and around Chappaqua have counted 160 incursions in backyards and streets over the last …

Lawmakers push bills on casinos, keno

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lawmakers are again pushing a plan to license two casinos in New Hampshire as a way to boost state revenues without taxing residents. “Why do we need this piece of legislation? We need jobs . . . we need capital,” said the bill’s sponsor, Democratic Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, …

Did NSA plant spyware in computers shipped abroad?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other targets under surveillance abroad? A new report from Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said its researchers identified malicious programs or worms that infected computers in …

Legislation to decriminalize 1 ounce of marijuana in N.H. returns

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Marijuana decriminalization is back on the table in New Hampshire – and still provoking strong reaction from both sides, even though this is just the latest in a long line of debates over the issue in the last …

As ‘right-to-work’ bills vetted, Hassan says she would veto them

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The arguments for and against “right to work” laws in New Hampshire haven’t changed much from previous sessions. Neither has the likely endgame for right to work, which would prohibit collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join a labor union and has been universally decried by the …

Hassan presents budget to Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee; House projections $229M lower than hers

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan officially handed off her $11.5 billion budget proposal to lawmakers yesterday, and already key areas of the two-year spending plan are facing significant hurdles in the Republican-controlled House and Senate. In a hearing before the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee yesterday, Hassan faced few questions about …

Judge stalls Obama’s immigration policy

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The White House promised an appeal yesterday after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Obama’s executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the …

19-year-old in special election seeks to be one of youngest female reps in state history

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A 19-year-old freshman at a Massachusetts college is hoping to become one of the youngest female state representatives in New Hampshire’s history as she enters a special election that will be decided this spring. Yvonne Dean-Bailey of Northwood, …

San Francisco: Labor official arrives as ports back up

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The nation’s top labor official is arriving in California in an attempt to resolve a damaging contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers. U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez is flying to San Francisco, where negotiations between the dockworkers union and a maritime association of companies …

In Concord, Christie tells it like it is

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knows he has a reputation for being a little blunt, is a little prone to confrontation and a little infamous for saying things that might “make you shake your heads.” That’s fine by …

Hassan’s budget carries clues to possible Senate run

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan’s budget address Thursday outlined a plan that acknowledged New Hampshire’s tight revenues, the need to pay off costly lawsuits and the fact that there simply isn’t enough money to make everyone happy. But the …