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For Third Time, Family & Medical Leave Bill Passes N.H. House, Now Heads to Senate

The third time seems to be the charm on efforts to get a paid family and medical leave bill through the New Hampshire House. But the most recent passage came only after heated debate over a last-minute amendment from the House Finance Committee that would have made drastic changes to the version of the program that passed the House twice before .

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The New Hampshire State Police Bomb Squad responded to a suspicious package on Main Street in downtown Concord on Friday afternoon.

The brown package was found perched on a window sill outside the Merrimack County Savings Bank branch, just a block from the New Hampshire State House.

Bomb squad members in full gear first used a portable x-ray tool to examine the box, which was smaller than a loaf of bread.

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  New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu beamed as he looked out upon a room packed with 60 round tables, each one full of supporters.

“A little daunting once you finally get up here. I’m absolutely humbled, absolutely humbled at the turnout,” he said to the crowd.   

It may have been Sununu’s party at the Manchester Downtown Hotel Thursday night, but it was Vice President Mike Pence who got top billing.

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Two University of New Hampshire researchers have been arrested for allegedly misusing federal grant funds.


The U.S. Attorney’s office in Concord says Hailong Zhang, 44, of Nottingham, and Jichun Zhang, 45, of Durham, were arrested on Friday. The men each face 31 counts of theft of government money for spending nearly $90,000 in research funding on personal items, including Amazon gift cards.

A lot of people hear "cooperative business" and think of their local food co-ops. But, the co-op model isn't limited to bulk bins of quinoa - it was designed to share profits with workers and give small businesses leverage against megastores.

So, what role do they play in the granite state? 

Plus, we'll hear from area-high school students, in this post-Parkland moment, who are organizing to tell lawmakers: Never Again. 

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Dissatisfied with both the incumbent and his well-financed challenger, another Democrat is putting himself forward as an alternative to longtime Secretary of State Bill Gardner.

Former Manchester Representative and Alderman Peter Sullivan says he respects Gardner’s 42 years years of service in the position but believes it’s time to put someone more forward-thinking in the role.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 23, 2018

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In a visit to Manchester this week, President Trump discusses efforts to combat the opioid crisis and floats the idea of the death penalty for drug traffickers.  With the deadline for bills in the legislature to "crossover" from one chamber to the other, we look at which bills struggled, which sailed through, and what is still up for debate.  Plus,  a last-minute attempt to change the Granite State’s gun laws.

Officials will gather on Monday in Concord for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the long-delayed new women’s prison.

The opening of the 224-bed facility has been pushed back several times, a result of funding battles and, more recently, an inability to hire enough staff. The $48-million facility is located on the same grounds as the men’s prison.

What Drives N.H. Commuters To Take The Bus To Boston?

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For about nine months out of the year, NHPR employees are used to seeing Laura Knoy, host of The Exchange, coasting across the parking lot on her road bike.  For the 23 years she’s been hosting, home has just been a few minutes away.

Her husband, Steve Winett, has no such luxury. Three days a week he boards a bus for downtown Boston.

“There's our family,” Laura says. “There's me, there's Steve, there are the two boys, and there is this other entity: the bus.”

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Unfortunately, passing the Equinox, doesn't flip a switch on the weather. While we may be ready for spring temperatures and mild breezes, this week's winds and cold are a reminder that winter will not "go quietly into that good night." While it may not feel like spring, take solace from the fact that heading back to New Hampshire from the tropics, right now, are some of the most melodious songsters that we have: the woodland thrushes. 

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New Hampshire lawmakers have referred a bill legalizing recreational use of marijuana to further study, dealing a blow to those who hoped the Granite State would join neighboring states in relaxing regulations on the drug.

The House gave preliminary approval to the bill earlier this year. It would allow adults to possess up to 1 ounce (28 grams) of marijuana and cultivate it in limited qualities.


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