Last week, we spoke to two contestants and the producer of Dartmouth's annual singing competition, Dartmouth Idol. One of our guests, Nathaniel Graves, was victorious, so we tracked him down on his spring break to see how it feels to be this year's champion.
Last year, the GOP-dominated House twice passed bills to require women to wait 24 hours before receiving abortions. Neither ended up clearing the state senate. But with Democrats now controlling the House, this measure, which critics called theologically driven, was voted down 229-121. Rep. Sylvia Gale (D-Nashua) spoke for many when she told colleagues lawmakers should butt out when it comes to abortion.
Arts and cultural enthusiasts from around the state gathered in Concord Wednesday to talk about the economic impact of cultural non-profits. And analysts say the arts and culture sector is a $115 million industry for the Granite State.
The Diocese of Manchester will hold a special mass at 6 this evening to celebrate the election of a new pope.
Bishop Peter Libasci will lead the mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Manchester.
Diocese Spokesman Kevin Donovan says the announcement of a new pope comes very early, compared to previous elections.
“The earliest that a pope has been elected in 100s of years was on the first day, and this is the second day, so still fairly early, which means there was consensus early on among the electors, the cardinals, electing the pope.”
The deal ended the dispute between 17 states and tobacco companies over payment amounts under 1998's master settlement agreement that requires cigarette makers to help states cover the medical costs of sick smokers. At issue, is money tobacco companies had withheld on the grounds that states were not forcing non-participating companies to pay into escrow, as required under the 46-state settlement. The total value of the new agreement is $4b, but Deputy attorney general Ann Rice says NH's piece is small.