Paige Sutherland

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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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The morning after President Donald Trump’s address to Congress, Governor Chris Sununu told a crowd of Manchester businesspeople that he was inspired by the president's tone.

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For the past year, state and county prosecutors in New Hampshire have started enforcing a decades-old law that allows them to seek tougher penalties for drug dealers who sell lethal doses.

So far, the policy has led to a handful of convictions, with sentences ranging from a few years to 20 years in prison.

But critics warn this strategy will have little effect on the state’s epidemic of drug abuse.

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It’s a quiet week at the Statehouse this week, but not for budget writers.

House Finance members will continue to meet with state department reps as they work to finish up their version of the state's new two-year spending plan. 

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Governor Chris Sununu has created a new position in his office to help shape drug prevention, treatment and recovery policy.

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Well-known Boston attorney J.W. Carney stands by the defense he provided Owen Labrie, a former St. Paul's School student, during his 2015 trial for sexual assault.

On Thursday, Labrie's hearing for a new trial on the basis his legal team poorly represented him officially wrapped up after three days. Labrie, who's now 21, is free on bail while he appeals his one year sentence.

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Owen Labrie’s legal team gave conflicting viewpoints Wednesday on how they represented Labrie during his 2015 trial for sexual assault.

The St. Paul’s graduate is currently asking for a new trial on the basis that he had ineffective counsel. 

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In 2015 Owen Labrie was convicted of having sex with a then-15-year-old freshman at St. Paul’s School when he was a senior at the time and using a computer to lure her in.

The now 21-year-old is asking for a new trial on the grounds that his legal team did a poor job of representing him.

NHPR’s Paige Sutherland has been covering this ongoing case and attended Tuesday’s hearing. She spoke with All Things Considered Host Peter Biello about it.

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St. Paul’s graduate Owen Labrie will present his case for a new trial this week in Concord. In 2015 Labrie was sentenced to one year in prison for having sex with a minor as well as using a computer to lure her.

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New Hampshire lawmakers will hear testimony this week on bills on marijuana policy, the state’s business taxes and eligibility for food stamps.

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The state’s highest court has denied a new trial to 78-year-old convicted murderer Robert Breest.

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The New Hampshire House will consider more than 50 bills Wednesday ranging, from policies for drones to regulations for veterinarians.

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Gov. Chris Sununu presented his $12 billion, 2-year state spending proposal to House and Senate budget writers for the first time Tuesday.

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The biggest snowstorm of the season hit New Hampshire Sunday through Monday, leaving up to a foot and a half of snow in some parts of the state.

Most schools were closed and hundreds experienced power outages from winds of up to 35 miles per hour.

But that didn’t stop some people from getting out in Manchester.

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New Hampshire's budget process continues this week as House Finance members now take a crack at crafting a new state spending plan.

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Governor Chris Sununu laid out his 2-year budget proposal Thursday afternoon at the State House.

The plan comes in at roughly $12 billion with increased spending for public kindergarten, state infrastructure and the opioid crisis.

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Manchester’s public health director says based on last year’s numbers, the city’s drug problem is still serious but efforts to address it are working.

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New Hampshire’s alcohol fund, which takes a small portion of state liquor sale revenues and puts it towards substance abuse prevention and treatment, has only been fully funded once since it was created in 2000. 

But one Keene lawmaker wants to change that.

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New Hampshire lawmakers face a stack of bills this week ranging election law, drug policy and child protection policies.

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The New Hampshire House passed a pair of education bills Thursday that focused on parental control.

One would require school districts to give parents two weeks notice before teaching lessons involving sex.

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A bill that would make possession of small amounts of marijuana a violation rather than a crime received strong support at a public hearing Wednesday.

If the New Hampshire House passes the measure, it will be the 8th time it has done so in recent years.

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The New Hampshire House meets Thursday to vote on bills ranging from education policy to a proposal to possibly change the state’s time zone.

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The Executive Council Wednesday delayed the confirmation vote of Frank Edelblut to serve as state Commissioner of Education.

The delay was triggered by questions about whether Gov. Chris Sununu had followed the proper procedure in making the nomination. State law requires the governor to consult with the state Board of Education before nominating a new commissioner; Sununu said he only meet with the chair.

Sununu told the Council it would be “prudent” to hold off on the nomination until he has the chance to meet with the entire board.

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A Democratic senator from Concord is hoping to close a so-called loophole in New Hampshire’s election laws that he says undermines the state’s limits on campaign contributions.

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The state’s task force on internet crimes against children is hoping to double the money available to help law enforcement investigate more cases.

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A bill that would close a loophole that lets business owners make multiple campaign contributions to a single candidate will be up for debate Tuesday at the Statehouse.

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The job of New Hampshire lawmaker isn’t terribly rewarding—at least if you’re talking about sheer salary. A spot in the state Legislature offers annual compensation of just $100, one of the lowest in the nation.

But though they don’t earn much in their Statehouse paychecks, some lawmakers regularly bring home extra cash just driving to and from Concord.

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New Hampshire lawmakers will tackle two controversial issues this week: gun laws and marijuana policy.

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Maple syrup production in New Hampshire has kicked off early this year.

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The head of the state's Division of Children, Youth and Families is stepping down after three years on the job. The  news comes just weeks after an outside review delivered a tough report of the agency's work. 

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Since last May, the Manchester Fire Department's Safe Station program has helped more than 1,000 people take the first step toward recovery from drug and alcohol abuse.

But while the first-of-its-kind program is being hailed as a lifesaver in the state's largest city, bringing Safe Station to other parts of the state may prove difficult: it requires treatment centers and other resources that most New Hampshire communities simply don’t have.    

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