After Bernie Sanders announced his proposal to make college free, college affordability has been front and center in the Democratic primary. When it comes to broad goals, the candidates agree. But as for the best way to get there, that’s where they differ.
Governor Hassan has nominated Manchester Attorney David Ruoff as Superior Court justice, after three Republican councilors blocked the confirmation Manchester attorney, Dorothy Graham.
Chris Sununu, who is running for Governor, argued Graham’s twenty years as a Public Defender made her unqualified to be a judge. The councilors stood by their decision despite vocal pushback from the legal community.
Republican candidate Carly Fiorina has been crossing New Hampshire this week. As terror attacks in Paris and in California make headlines, Fiorina has been arguing her business background – doing deals in other countries –would make her the best commander in chief. Fiorina’s potential supporters like that argument.
This is Fiorina’s tenth swing through New Hampshire in half as many months. Through all those stump speeches, her small government, pro-business message hasn’t changed. Neither has her intensity.
Firefighters from at least eight seacoast towns spent two hours fighting what Operations Chief James Heinz calls “heavy fire” in downtown Portsmouth. The flames went from the second floor to the attic of both the Gaslight and Altrezzi, a kitchen accessories store next door.
By 1pm, water was raining down from the ceiling to the first floor of the Gaslight.
“There’s only a few four-alarm fires in Portsmouth a year,” he says. Heinz also called the conditions “ideal,” saying there were few occupants, and no wind.
In an opinion piece for the Washington Post in September, Orleans Public Defender Tina Peng wrote, “because we don’t have enough lawyers on staff, the week I passed the bar in 2013, I began representing people facing mandatory life sentences on felony charges.” Her caseload is double the maximum recommended by the American Bar Association; high turnover means after two years on the job, she’s one of the more senior attorneys on staff.
Data from the University of New Hampshire shows that almost all high school students witness acts of dating and sexual aggression in high school, and that most bystanders do something about it.
Psychology professor, Katie Edwards says this is one of the first studies in the country to look at bystander behavior among high schoolers. In a survey, she and other researchers found almost all New Hampshire high schoolers witness acts of sexual and dating aggression, and almost two thirds of them intervene – most often, girls.
It’s been one year since James Beard award-winning chef Evan Mallett had an epiphany. “We were on a vacation that culminated in a meal at a restaurant called Saturne,” Mallett recalls, “an amazingly expensive meal with the love of my life in Paris.”
Earlier this month, Dan Innis announced his candidacy for the congressional seat held by embattled Republican Frank Guinta. If he wins, Innis could become the nation’s first openly gay Republican elected to Congress.
Innis says for fellow New Hampshire Republicans, being gay hasn't been a problem. It’s his liberal and gay friends who have had the strongest reaction -- to his political affiliation.
Twenty-seven past presidents of the New Hampshire Bar Association are defending a judicial nominee whose confirmation failed in the Executive Council earlier this month.
The attorneys purchased half-page ads in the Concord Monitor and the Union-Leader that ask three Republican Executive Councilors to reconsider their votes not to confirm long-time public defender Dorothy Graham for the Superior Court bench.
Graham is the managing attorney for the Manchester Public Defenders office.
New Hampshire Right To Life will not receive documents about Planned Parenthood they requested from the federal government five years ago.
On Monday, the Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal to a lower court ruling that allowed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to withhold documents, in part because the documents contain confidential commercial information that might undermine Planned Parenthood’s ability to compete for patients.
For the first time in recent memory, New Hampshire’s Executive Council voted not to confirm an attorney nominated to a seat on the state's Superior Court bench. The Republican councilors who voted not to confirm Dorothy Graham, a longtime public defender, said they did so because of her history defending individuals accused of crimes -- particularly sex crimes against children. As word spreads of the scuttled nomination, some among the state’s legal community are voicing concern.
After two years of conflict, a Newington company got the green light today to bring propane by rail to the New Hampshire Seacoast.
On Friday, the state’s Site Evaluation Committee voted to allow the propane company SEA-3 to expand its facility without a year-long evaluation process.
The decision came after opponents agreed to drop objections in exchange for additional safety measures, paid for by SEA-3. The agreement limits railcar traffic and includes fire safety measures paid for by SEA-3.
A Newington company that wants to transport propane by rail on the Seacoast has reached an unexpected deal with neighbors who have stood in opposition to the project for two years.
The tentative agreement limits railcar traffic and includes fire safety measures paid for by SEA-3, which hopes to bring in American propane over tracks between Newfields and an expanded facility in Newington.
A multi-year conflict between a Newington propane company and its neighbors comes to a head this week as state regulators decide whether the company can expand immediately, or must undergo a year-long evaluation.
On the surface, Planning Board and court decisions have favored the propane company. But opponents say despite apparent setbacks, they have succeeded in stalling the project, and extracting concessions.
Republican candidate Rand Paul spoke at UNH on Monday to a room of just over 100 students and community members. The Kentucky Senator called Jeb Bush a hypocrite; Carly Fiorina he called naïve on foreign policy. And his party in general? It did not get a lot of love.
Residents in Portsmouth will choose a new mayor and nine city councilors on Tuesday. Voters will likely notice some new names on their ballots. What they might not know – is who has been guiding those candidates, behind the scenes.
Portsmouth resident Dan Innis announced on Thursday a bid for New Hampshire’s District One seat in Congress. In the primary, Innis will run against incumbent Frank Guinta, who has faced scrutiny after accepting an illegal campaign donation from his parents in 2010.
Dan Innis was a close second to Guinta in the 2014 Republican primary. He is the former dean of UNH’s Paul College of Business, and sums up his politics like this:
New Hampshire’s only death row inmate Michael Addison is asking the United States Supreme Court to review the state court’s decision to uphold his conviction of capital murder.
In a petition filed by his attorney, Addison argues that in allowing and refusing certain pieces of evidence during trial, the New Hampshire Supreme Court violated the eighth amendment of the US Constitution, which protects citizens from cruel and unusual punishment.
A Gilford woman facing a $25 dollar fine for going topless at a beach in her hometown is heading to trial to fight it. She says her goal is to prove that ordinances banning female toplessness violate women’s civil rights.
Students who graduate from Great Bay Community College with an Associates’ Degree can now transfer up to 63 credits toward their bachelor’s degree at the University of New England, in Biddeford, Maine.
The partnership was initiated by Great Bay, after administrators noticed an increasing number of students transferring to UNE’s Physicians’ Assistant track, which ultimately graduates students with a masters’ degree.
Now, the new transfer agreement includes more than 20 programs at UNE, including in oceanography and elementary education.
Portsmouth Police Chief Stephen DuBois will resign, effective March 28, 2016.
DuBois became chief in early 2012 after 19 years on the force.
The resignation is voluntary. It comes one month after a judge ruled against now-fired Portsmouth police Sergeant Aaron Goodwin. Goodwin’s inheritance of now diseased Geraldine Webber’s $2 million estate was contested by beneficiaries from an earlier will.
The U.S. Air Force has agreed to treat two more contaminated wells on the former Pease Air Force Base.
That’s in addition to the Haven well, which the Air Force agreed to treat back in August. That well tested above the EPA’s provisional health advisory level for perfluorochemicals, which had leached into the water from firefighting foam used on the base.
Now, after urging from the community and EPA, the Air Force will treat the Harrison and Smith wells, which test positive for the chemicals, but below the EPA’s threshold for the contaminants.
For the first time in decades, court-appointed lawyers who represent the poorest clients will get a raise.
The raise from $60 to $100 dollars an hour would apply only to major crimes that take hundreds of attorney hours, like capital murder, and felonious sexual assault. The maximum fee cap for those crimes will also increase from $4,100 to $8,000.
People exposed to contaminants in well water on the former Pease Air Force Base say the state’s information about health risks has been insufficient. While the state says no conclusions can be made about the science, scientists say more is known that the state is letting on.