Paige Sutherland

Reporter

Paige Sutherland reports from a political town hall in Londonderry in 2014=5
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Before joining NHPR, Paige was a freelance writer for Boston's NPR affiliate WBUR, a freelance political reporter for WATD, and a general assignment reporter at the Boston bureau of The Associated Press.

A graduate of the graduate journalism program at Northwestern University, Paige received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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For more than a century, the U.S. Postal Service has delivered mail to the islands of Lake Winnipesaukee. For the past 50 years, that job has fallen to the Sophie C., a 74-foot motor boat, docked off Weir’s Beach.

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Voters from New Hampshire’s 16th District were at the polls Tuesday choosing a new state senator in a special election.

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Voters in New Hampshire’s 16th District will head to the polls Tuesday to choose a new state senator.

The seat opened up after the passing of Democratic Senator Scott McGillivray.

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Next month, for the first time, New Hampshire residents can "legally" draft players for fantasy football leagues.  Recently, Gov. Chris Sununu signed a law legalizing all fantasy sports games in the state. 

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In one of his first acts after being inaugurated in January, Governor Chris Sununu asked department heads to compile a list of state regulations that could be stricken from the books.

That review has now resulted in more than 1,600 regulations that Sununu said need to go.

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Two years ago, Southern New Hampshire University began a new program, offering college degrees to refugees in Rwanda. Now, after graduating its first class last month, the school is expanding the program from one refugee camp to five.

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In the spirit of summer, Gov. Chris Sununu and New Hampshire's Executive Councilor had a little fun at Wednesday’s regular meeting, starting the morning with a boat ride and ending it with arcade games.

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July tends to be a quiet month in New Hampshire’s political calendar. That’s why candidates in the special election for the District 16 New Hampshire Senate seat are doing their best to remind voters to get to the polls later this month.

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Law enforcement in New Hampshire will soon get some help in fighting the state’s drug epidemic. Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill this week putting $4.5 million towards drug enforcement.

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Former U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice will be Manchester’s new interim city solicitor. Rice was officially confirmed Monday by the city’s alderman through a phone poll.

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A group of New Hampshire firefighters will be heading west this weekend to help in the battle against wildfires in the Rocky Mountains.

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This summer, beach-friendly wheelchairs will be available for free at several New Hampshire beaches.

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If this Fourth of July is sounding noisier to you, you’re not wrong. This is the first Fourth of July in more than a decade that people can legally buy firecrackers in New Hampshire.

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A wild black bear was shot and killed in downtown Nashua late last night.

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A new law is in effect this year that could affect anyone putting a boat into New Hampshire’s waters this summer.

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Rescues in New Hampshire’s mountains have been on the rise this year and state officials expect the holiday weekend to only add to those numbers.

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Governor Chris Sununu has been busy over the past few days signing more than 30 bills into law including the state’s next two year budget.

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An investigation by the attorney general’s office into New Hampshire’s largest provider of drug recovery centers has ended with no criminal activity found.

But attorneys from the state’s justice department will be meeting with leadership at Hope for New Hampshire Recovery soon to offer assistance and guidance in the management of the organization.

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The Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday that no criminal activity was found during its investigation of the non-profit addiction recovery organization HOPE for New Hampshire Recovery.

The investigation was sparked by complaints by former HOPE Employees.

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The state’s first syringe exchange program has opened its doors.

Earlier this month Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill into law making such programs legal, allowing drug users to exchange used needles for clean ones.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office says it’s investigating more than three dozen cases involving the deadly synthetic drug carfentanil – seven of which have led to indictments.

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Last week, the New Hampshire legislature voted to legalize the electronic bingo game Keno. This is an issue that has come up in the Statehouse several times in the past but has never been able to clear both chambers.

The proposal now heads to Governor Chris Sununu who said he’d sign it – making New Hampshire one of about 18 other states who operate Keno.

NHPR reporter Paige Sutherland joined Morning Edition to discuss what this means for New Hampshire residents.

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U.S. Senate Republican leaders unveiled their new health care bill Thursday. The Senate is scheduled to vote on it next week, but they don’t plan to hold any public hearings on the proposal. 

New Hampshire’s U.S. Senators say that’s why they decided to have their own public hearing Friday in Concord.

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New Hampshire’s 400 plus state lawmakers had their last session day Thursday and they had one major item left on the agenda to get through – passing the state’s next two-year budget.

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A contentious debate Thursday at the Statehouse revolved around pregnant women being allowed to murder people. This strange line of debate had to do with a possible mistake in a proposal that was passed earlier this month.

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After months of working on a new two-year state budget – the big moment has arrived. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote on the final version Thursday.

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New Hampshire’s largest drug recovery organization, HOPE for New Hampshire Recovery, won’t be receiving more state funding, at least not for now.

On Wednesday the top official at New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services announced that the state is holding off on a contract with HOPE, pending investigation.

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Over the past two years, the nonprofit organization HOPE for New Hampshire Recovery has expanded from a single modest space in Manchester to seven drug recovery centers statewide, making it the largest such organization in New Hampshire.

But Hope for New Hampshire’s growth hasn’t gone smoothly. 

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The start of budget negotiations between the Senate and House start Friday. That means we’re near the end of a months-long process that’s had some surprises this year.

Lawmakers sitting on the Committee of Conference, the one's charged with finalizing the budget, need to sign off on a final version by next Thursday.  

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Senate and House budget writers will meet Friday to start negotiating a final version of the state’s next two year budget.

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