Complaints have surfaced again from customers of a New Hampshire home heating oil company about delays in fuel deliveries and in contacting the business, including a school in Alton where 150 students went much of one day without any heat.
Superintendent Bill Lander in Alton tells WMUR-TV he called Fred Fuller Oil 10 times Monday and either got a busy signal or no answer. Once, the number was disconnected.
The district was eventually able to get through to the Hudson-based company and get oil.
The New Hampshire House is slated to vote this week on a bill to prevent housing discrimination. Renters who pay with federal subsidy vouchers, known as Section 8, and victims of domestic abuse would receive new protections.
Portsmouth’s City Council voted unanimously on Monday to pass a resolution protecting city workers from discrimination based on gender identity.
At present, New Hampshire is the only state in New England that does not have a similar law at the state level. That’s despite existing state laws protecting individuals based on sexual orientation, gender, race, creed, marital status, or disability.
Portsmouth’s resolution was championed by former state Rep. Jim Splaine, and included an item that would press the state to update their anti-discrimination laws.
A state Senate committee has recommended passage of a gas tax increase in New Hampshire.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of the increase.
The 18 cent tax would rise about 4 cents per gallon in July under the bill. It has not been increased since 1991 and is the lowest in New England. That increase is projected to raise $32 million annually for road improvements and the Department of Transportation.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill March 13.
We finish a two-part series on the teaching profession, with a look at how we prepare our teachers. After criticism claiming credentialing standards in the U.S. are lax, many states, including New Hampshire, are trying to raise the bar and turn out more qualified teachers. Some say more in-classroom experience is key. But there are challenges to such changes, including the expense.
New Orleans Mardi Gras tunes get rolled out like Christmas Carols. You may welcome them as harbingers of the rituals and reverie to come, but by the time Fat Tuesday rolls around, you may not be able to stomach another rendition of "They All Ask'd for You."
Even though it’s Carnival time, I summoned enough discipline to choose 10 (with a little stretching that comes with the local custom of Lagniappe, or a little bit extra) of my most tried and true Mardi Gras favorites -- in no particular order. They span a few of the eras, genres and populations that make New Orleans such a beautiful mess. These are the songs I turned to, long before I could watch Second Line parades on the internet or Treme on HBO, when I found myself marooned from Mardi Gras. These may not all be strictly Mardi Gras songs, but listening to them instantly connects me to the chaos of Carnival.