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4:38 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

LGC To Pay Out Surplus To Communities

A number of communities will get payouts this summer from the Local Government Center.  Nearly a year ago, a hearing officer ordered the LGC to return more than $33 million in health insurance premium surplus to member communities.  

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NH News
4:18 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Hampton, Rye Beaches Among Highest Rated On NRDC List

N.H.’s Wallis Sands Beach and Hampton Beach are among thirteen U.S. beaches with a five-star rating on the National Resources Defense Council’s 2013 list of cleanest vacation beaches.

NRDC’s beach rating system measures water quality based on bacteria levels and frequency of testing. Of over 1,000 N.H. Department of Environmental Service tests last year, only 10 exceeded normal bacterial levels.  DES Beach Program Coordinator Sonia Carlson says the culprit for high bacteria levels is fecal matter.

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Education
2:48 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Community Colleges Freeze Tuition For 2013-14 School Year

Tuition at New Hampshire’s seven community colleges will remain frozen for the next academic school year.

The decision comes after lawmakers signed off on a state budget that fully restores deep cuts made to the system in the last budget.

Chancellor Ross Gittell says the restoration of funding allows the community college system to hold the line on tuition for the upcoming school year.

He says it will also be used to help align education and training programs with the needs of businesses.

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North Country
10:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

After A New Route What's Next For Northern Pass?

After the announcement of Northern Pass’ new proposed route through Northern Coos - expected late this morning - the utility’s next steps will be to seek state and federal approval.

Having a new proposed route means Northern Pass can formally file it with the U.S. Department of Energy, which has to give its approval for a Presidential Permit. That permit allows the hydro-electric power to be imported from Canada.

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NH News
6:12 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Lawmakers Pass Budget, Med Marijuana, and Voter ID Change

Credit Ben McLeod / Flickr Creative Commons

On this day, there were a lot of floor speeches pretty much like this.

"I would just like to rise and applaud the sponsors of this bill, the house committee the governor, the governor’s staff the senate committee for making this come forward."

That was Hollis Senator Peggy Gilmour moments before the senate passed a medical marijuana bill on a voice vote.

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NH News
6:11 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Lawmakers Pass Budget, Med Marijuana, and Voter ID Change

On this day, there were a lot of floor speeches pretty much like this.

"I would just like to rise and applaud the sponsors of this bill, the house committee the governor, the governor’s staff the senate committee for making this come forward."

That was Hollis Senator Peggy Gilmour moments before the senate passed a medical marijuana bill on a voice vote.

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NH News
5:17 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

DOMA Ruling Will Reduce Income Taxes For Some N.H. Couples

A New Hampshire lawyer says one of the key changes following today’s overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act has to do with income taxes. 

Let’s say you’re in a same-sex marriage recognized by the state of New Hampshire.  Your spouse works for a company that covers both of your health benefits. Before Wednesday, when the Supreme Court overturned DOMA, you had to pay federal income taxes on those health benefits. 

New Hampshire lawyer John Rich says, that’s because in the eyes of IRS, your same-sex spouse was not considered a member of your family: 

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NH News
5:00 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Student IDs Still Valid At Polls As Lawmakers Approve Compromise

New Hampshire students will still be able to use their school-issued IDs to vote after lawmakers approved a modified bill Wednesday.

Under a law passed last year, student IDs would no longer have been valid at polls starting this fall. But lawmakers are rolling back that provision, allowing New Hampshire-based school IDs as proof of identity.

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North Country
4:50 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Hassan Signs Bill To Study Site Evaluation Committee

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed Senate Bill 99, which calls for a study of the state’s important Site Evaluation Committee’s “organization, structure and process.”

The committee  reviews major utility projects, which would include Northern Pass Transmission. Without its approval the project to bring hydro-electric power from Canada could not move ahead.

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NH News
4:15 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

House And Senate Send Medical Marijuana To Be Signed

Medical Marijuana

State lawmakers easily passed a bill Wednesday to make New Hampshire the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana. The program envisioned under the law will be among the more tightly regulated in the country. 


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Politics
3:02 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

A Quick History Of Proposition 8

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Confused after this afternoon's ruling by the Supreme Court on Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case concerning California's Proposition 8? Lost track of the back and forth over the past decade or so? No worries - here, we run it down for you, mostly free of legalese:

Education
2:58 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

N.H.'s Application For No Child Left Behind Waiver Approved

The U.S. Department of Education has approved New Hampshire’s application for a waiver from certain requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan informed state officials today that their application had been accepted.

The waiver frees the state from ten different sections of the controversial education law, which calls for universal math and English proficiency by 2014.

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NH News
2:57 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Widow Of Late N.H. Guardsman And Gay Rights Activist Reacts To DOMA Decision

Charlie Morgan (left) and wife Karen Morgan (right).

The widow of gay-rights activist and New Hampshire Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan says she’s pleased with the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.

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NH News
2:31 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Next State Budget Passes With Broad Support

The New Hampshire House and Senate easily passed a state budget on Wednesday, sending the two-year spending plan onto the Governor for signature.

After four months of debate and some late night deal making, the final product--a $10.8 billion budget measuring nearly 1,000 pages--enjoyed wide bipartisan support.

The vote was unanimous in the Senate and nearly as wide in the House, where lead budget writer Mary Jane Wallner (D-Concord) praised the two chambers for working together.

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NH News
11:17 am
Wed June 26, 2013

N.H. Reacts To Ruling On Defense Of Marriage Act

Executive Director of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union Devon Chaffee says the ruling will have a significant positive impact for same-sex couples in the Granite State.

“After this decision, we’ll see same sex couples marries in New Hampshire and elsewhere being able to benefit from programs like family medical leave, social security survivor benefits and access to healthcare for spouses.”

Same-sex marriage has been legal in New Hampshire since 2010.

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