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NH mayors want more help from state on homelessness prevention funds
04-16-2024 8:02 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

When homeless residents request housing assistance from Keene, the city must help, even when shelters are full. As the number of New Hampshire’s homeless has grown, that has become increasingly expensive.During the fiscal year that ended in June 2023,...

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No deal. Laconia buyer misses deadline, state is out $21.5 million.
04-23-2024 10:23 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

In 2021, Gov. Chris Sununu rewrote state law to give himself the power to sell the beautiful but problematic 220-acre former Laconia State School campus, saying he’d succeed where others had failed. With just three votes from the Executive Council,...


The fraught path forward for cannabis legalization, explained
04-19-2024 9:43 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

New Hampshire’s cannabis legalization effort has reached a tricky crossroads.A year after Gov. Chris Sununu announced he would support a legalization approach that meets a number of strict conditions, the New Hampshire House has passed a bill. That...


Court: Communities can’t reject solar on looks, property value fears alone
04-17-2024 10:18 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Four communities in the state have been recognized as solar-welcoming by SolSmart, a federally funded organization that helps municipalities expand solar power. Franklin is not among them, and a recent state Supreme Court opinion likely won’t help get...


Mayors say need is growing for state homelessness prevention funds
04-17-2024 10:02 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

When homeless residents request housing assistance from Keene, the city must help, even when shelters are full. As the number of New Hampshire’s homeless has grown, that has become increasingly expensive.During the fiscal year that ended in June 2023,...


New EPA PFAS rule goes further than New Hampshire’s standards, setting up new challenge
04-11-2024 10:32 AM

By LISA SORG and ETHAN DeWITT

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule adding new limits on PFAS chemicals in public water systems announced Wednesday would go further than New Hampshire’s own limits and could have major implications for homeowners and water utilities, state...


One year in, state says paid family leave program is stable and growing
04-10-2024 9:48 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

For years, Concord had a less-than-ideal policy for new mothers who were city employees: short-term disability insurance. After giving birth, the moms could use their six to eight weeks of annual disability leave for recovery and newborn bonding.New...


Laconia land deal buyer Robynne Alexander under investigation by state securities bureau
04-09-2024 12:49 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

This story was updated April 9, 2024, at 10:05 a.m. after two people Alexander identifies as team members said they consulted for her briefly and have no ongoing role in the project.The state Bureau of Securities Regulation, an agency charged with...


Roving patrols, culture shock, and scorpions: NH soldiers arrive in Texas
04-08-2024 12:00 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The 15 New Hampshire National Guard soldiers who arrived in Texas Thursday to assist with border control were warned about safety risks. Many were not what you’d expect: vipers, ticks, filth flies, mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus, and...


Lawmakers advance bill allowing landlords to evict at end of lease
04-04-2024 10:40 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

In July 2004, a national real estate company attempted to end a lease with one of its Nashua tenants. They did not explain the decision, but they gave her six weeks to leave.The tenant, Kasha Dziewisz, refused. She had paid rent on time and had not...


Gun-rights Republicans split, pass bill adding mental health records to gun checks
03-29-2024 10:22 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Gun rights advocates who are usually unified on gun legislation split Thursday on a bill that would add some mental health records to gun background checks. New Hampshire is one of several states that does not report that information to the federal...


State says its buyer has four weeks to ‘put up or shut up’ and close Laconia land deal
03-28-2024 9:46 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state has given its chosen buyer until April 22 to “put up or shut up” and close on a $21.5 million land deal for the former 220-acre Laconia State School property. The buyer and her team have requested three extensions since winning the bid to...


House passes bill barring trans girls from middle school, high school girls’ sports teams
03-22-2024 11:10 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

The New Hampshire House approved a bill to bar transgender girls from participating in female sports teams in K-12 schools and public colleges and universities, in a 189-182 vote that drew criticism from LGBTQ+ rights groups.House Bill 1205 would...


Fetal homicide law used for the first time last week was 20 years in the making
03-21-2024 10:13 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

It took the state nearly 20 years to enact a fetal homicide bill in 2018 that allows murder charges for the killing of an unborn child. Friday, the state Attorney General’s Office used that law for the first time in charging William Kelly with...


House takes up bevy of bills related to free speech in schools
03-19-2024 12:52 PM

By ETHAN DeWITT

Since the mask debates of COVID-19, New Hampshire schools have become fervent battlegrounds for ideological debates around race, sexuality, and gender identity. And last Thursday’s House session was no exception. Over a series of floor votes,...


State pushes to spend $500,000 to address distracted driving
03-18-2024 3:16 PM

By ETHAN DeWITT

The New Hampshire Department of Safety is seeking to spend nearly $500,000 in federal money to raise awareness of distracted driving and increase the number of State Police patrols on highways.The request, approved by the Joint Legislative Fiscal...


House passes bill removing exceptions to state voter ID law
03-15-2024 1:23 PM

By ETHAN DeWITT

The House narrowly approved a bill Thursday that would eliminate any exceptions to the state’s voter ID laws and require documentary proof of citizenship to vote, 189-185. The bill, House Bill 1569, would require a person registering to vote to...


State: Pushing closing on $21.5 million Laconia land deal to summer is ‘ridiculous’
03-15-2024 10:47 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state has agreed to give its chosen buyer for a $21.5 million Laconia land deal a third extension to close, but it’s unclear how many more delays it will consider if asked. The Bulletin reported Tuesday that the buyer, Robynne Alexander, asked on...


State Supreme Court issues a stay over sweeping ConVal school funding decision
03-14-2024 5:04 PM

By ETHAN DeWITT

The New Hampshire Supreme Court granted a stay over a school funding lawsuit decision Wednesday, hitting pause on a sweeping order that would force the state to double its spending on public schools. Without comment, all five justices concurred with...


As NH lawmakers eye statewide housing solutions, local control remains a barrier
03-13-2024 10:11 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

The goal behind the bill is bold: Allow any property owner to build residential housing units in a commercial zone – whether the zone allows for it already or not.Proponents of the legislation, House Bill 1053, argue it is a way to fast-track the...


Mount Major’s trails are ‘being loved to death’
03-12-2024 5:21 PM

By HADLEY BARNDOLLAR

As one of the most popular hiking destinations in the state with an estimated 80,000 visitors annually, Mount Major’s trails “are being loved to death,” said Jack Savage, president of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.His...

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