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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...


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...


Slain state hospital security officer was unarmed. State moves to change that.
04-02-2024 1:00 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state is moving forward with what would be a significant change at New Hampshire Hospital: armed private security guards. The move is a response to the November fatal shooting of state hospital security officer Bradley Haas, who was unarmed in the...


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...


Lawmakers scale back public records fee to target ‘largest, most problematic requests’
03-24-2024 7:54 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

In a compromise with the ACLU of New Hampshire and media representatives, lawmakers made significant changes to a bill Thursday that would have allowed municipalities and the state to charge up to $25 an hour for right-to-know requests that took...


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...


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...


Lawmakers back several bills benefiting charities, casinos
03-11-2024 3:47 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Lawmakers moved forward Thursday with bills that would mean significant changes for casino owners and the charities their gaming revenue supports. One would revise rules for gambling tournaments.Here’s the breakdown as the House and Senate near their...


Veterans court would resolve charges with treatment instead of prosecution
02-26-2024 2:23 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

More of New Hampshire’s 94,000 veterans with behavioral health challenges would be able to resolve criminal charges through treatment under a bill getting broad support from lawmakers.House Bill 1589 has been endorsed by the state Department of...


After delays, state says it will close on 220-acre Laconia property in March
02-22-2024 2:34 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

After two months-long delays, the state says it will close its $21.5 million deal on the 220-acre Laconia State School property on March 13. The state has tried to sell the property, which needs considerable work, including the removal of dilapidated...


Sports betting raised $100M for education in first four years
02-19-2024 12:48 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

In the four years since New Hampshire legalized sports betting and teamed up with DraftKings, the partnership has contributed $100 million to public education, according to the New Hampshire Lottery. It’s one of several games run by the Lottery that...


Government transparency advocates prevail in slowing bill with public records fee
02-11-2024 11:02 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Under heavy lobbying from government transparency advocates, the House reversed itself Thursday and agreed to rethink a bill it passed last week that would allow communities to charge up to $25 an hour to fulfill requests for public records when doing...


Bill aims to prevent more ‘horrifying’ treatment of children in state placement
02-07-2024 4:28 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Details of what the Office of the Child Advocate called “horrifying” abuse and neglect of two New Hampshire boys placed by the state in a Tennessee youth facility are behind legislation that would require the state to substantially increase its...


House passes bill that could make public records requests costly
02-02-2024 2:45 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Requests for public documents, such as those that unearthed the shady sale of public land in Webster and over-inflated taxes in Nashua, could become pricey under a bill that cleared the House Thursday but will go before lawmakers again next week for...


Lawmakers will again take up bills expanding, tightening gun laws
02-01-2024 2:40 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Of the nearly dozen gun bills lawmakers will soon take up, one is particularly noteworthy because it’s backed by unlikely allies: mental health advocates and a pair of House members who’ve long been at opposite ends of firearm legislation.House Bill...


State delays sale of Laconia property
01-11-2024 3:09 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state has delayed its closing on a $21.5 million sale of the former Laconia State School property a second time, but the deal remains on track, said Commissioner Charlie Arlinghaus of the state Department of Administrative Services.While there...


Some hospitals restore masking policy
01-10-2024 4:42 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

You may be asked to wear a mask the next time you visit a New Hampshire hospital or health care facility. The New Hampshire Hospital Association said Wednesday the change comes as hospitals are nearly full due to an increase in respiratory illnesses...


House passes bill prohibiting casinos from charging charities rent
01-04-2024 4:08 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Charities would no longer have to give up some of their winnings in rent payments to the casinos they partner with under a bill that passed in the House Thursday.Senate Bill 112, which cleared the House on a voice vote, would prohibit casinos from...

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