For nearly a decade, New Hampshire has been seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from oil companies over the chemical additive MTBE, which the state says caused contamination in the state’s groundwater. The legal proceedings originally involved 26 oil companies; as trial began this week, there were just two left, ExxonMobil and Citgo, and now there may be just one.
The state’s Public Utilities Commission is planning to investigate whether PSNH is charging consumers too much for electricity.
In an order issued Friday afternoon the state’s Public Utilities Commission says it wants to know more about how Public Service of New Hampshire is operating and how that affects consumers and the state.
In particular the commission says it will investigate “how PSNH proposes to maintain safe and reliable service” and “just and reasonable rates” in light of market conditions.
Three climbers caught in an avalanche Thursday got a rapid, tumbling ride down Mount Washington’s Huntington Ravine. But apparently they were not seriously injured.
The men were in the central gully of the Huntington Ravine when the avalanche occurred just after 5 pm, said Joe Lentini, a team leader for the Mountain Rescue Service, which participated in the rescue.
The snow rushing down the mountain was about waist deep, not enough to make being buried likely.
A study finds excessive alcohol consumption is costing the state just over $1.1 billion annually due to factors such as lost worker productivity and medical costs.
The statewide nonprofit advocacy group New Futures put together the study, which also contains several policy recommendations.
Chief among them is incorporating alcohol treatment into Medicaid expansion. But Tricia Lucas with New Futures says that is dependent on lawmakers moving forward with expansion, something they will consider this session.
A New Hampshire schoolteacher is one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year.
Heidi Welch is director of the music department at Hillsboro-Deering High School. She is one of just four nominees in the country for that award.
She talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about how she teaches literacy through music and how overcoming challenges growing up in Manchester helps her reach students who could benefit from joining band and chorus.
In 1993, the New Hampshire Supreme Court overturned a murder conviction for a man named Carl Laurie, because prosecutors had not disclosed that one of the police detectives on the case had an issue in his personnel file that might have raised questions about his credibility.
Today the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, and each New Hampshire county attorney, keeps what is called a “Laurie List," a record of law enforcement officers whose credibility could be called into question were they to testify in criminal trials.
Virginia Prescott chats candidly with Guster's Ryan Miller. Topics include: flying to the wrong city for a show, drawing album art on iPads, not wanting to listen to your own music, and the struggle to age gracefully as a band.
With a new governor, a divided statehouse, and continued uncertainty over federal spending, New Hampshire lawmakers are preparing to hammer out a budget. It’s never a particularly easy process. But hopes are high at the statehouse that this session, the inevitable fiscal fights will be more muted.
In her inaugural address earlier this month, Democratic governor Maggie Hassan struck a bipartisan tone about the state’s finances.