A nepotism inquiry by House Speaker Bill O’Brien has turned up little evidence of improper hiring in state government.
The probe comes in the wake of last month’s scandal at the Department of Employment Security. Two high ranking officials are accused of hiring their daughters, and then having them laid off by subordinates so that they could collect unemployment benefits.
Speaker O’Brien requested that all agency heads disclose any family members working within their respective departments.
Naturalist-artist David M. Carroll is the author of three acclaimed natural histories. Swampwalker's Journal, for which he received the John Burroughs medal for distinguished nature writing, The Year of the Turtle, and Trout Reflections. David graduated from the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of New Hampshire and an Honorary Masters in Environmental Science from New England College. In 2006 he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.
A former Manchester City Alderman and School Board member has pleaded guilty to simple assault after being charged with sexual assault against a woman on July twelfth.
Russ Ouellette served on the Manchester School Board for eight years and on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for more than four years. That all ended last week when he resigned in the face of sexual assault charges. Ouellette was accused of assaulting a woman after leaving a billiards club in his pickup truck. He was arrested a second time for breaking the terms of his bail.
The New Hampshire Department of Education says that in the past decade there has been a 6 percent increase in the number of high school graduates continuing on to college, but also a five percent increase in the number of high schoolers leaving the state for college.
Officials for the Northern Pass hydro-electric project say they plan to have their new route through Northern New Hampshire finished this fall.
NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.
Northern Pass is making progress buying land for its new route through northern Coos and still hopes to file that plan with the U.S. Department of Energy by the end of the year, says Leon Olivier, an official with Northeast Utilities, which is behind the Northern Pass project.
Anyone who’s been in this state in late July has seen the traffic pattern – the long line of cars and trucks with boats or kayaks or bikes on the back, heading north on the highway to New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. Some folks are heading toward campgrounds or b&b’s; some others are heading toward their own vacation homes, which in the Lakes Region can be pretty substantial.
The Family Place provides a variety of services to help young families through a myriad of challenges. Jennifer Smith learned about the Family Place when her daughter was a newborn and in neo-natal intensive care.
Next week on the Exchange, we begin the week checking in on the local-turned national story of the Hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital. We’ll get the latest news and what we’ve learned from this fiasco.