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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The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday to fund full-day kindergarten in the state. The final vote was 231 to 100.

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A bill decriminalizing three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana in New Hampshire is headed to Governor Chris Sununu, who says he’ll sign it. 

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Lawmakers in the House have passed a bill that defines a fetus as a person in cases of homicide.  Under the new legislation, a person who caused the death of a fetus that has reached 20 weeks could be charged with homicide or manslaughter.

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The New Hampshire House has passed a bill allowing districts without the option of public schools to use tax money to send students to qualifying private schools. Religious schools are excluded.

The measure, better known as the Croydon bill, passed 210 to 147. It now heads back to the Senate who are likely to concur. From there it's  to the Governor, who has said he’ll sign it.

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After more than ten hours of debate, the New Hampshire Senate Wednesday night passed a GOP-crafted state budget along party lines.

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When Senate budget writers laid out details of the Republican-backed state spending proposal to lawmakers Tuesday afternoon, several Republican House members weren’t too impressed. 

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The State's so-called "drug czar" is stepping down. 

James Vara, who held the position for the past year, has been nominated by Gov. Chris Sununu to serve as Chief of Staff for the Attorney General. The Executive Council must approve Vara's new position at next week's meeting.

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The full New Hampshire Senate is scheduled to vote on the Finance Committee’s budget proposal Wednesday.

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Senate budget writers will be pitching their version of the next state spending plan to lawmakers Tuesday morning at the Statehouse.

The full Senate are scheduled to vote on the budget Wednesday.

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Republican leaders in the Senate are confident the body will pass a GOP-backed version of the state budget next week.

But how the process will unfold after that is different than usual this year.

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After weeks of going through the numbers, the Senate Finance Committee has wrapped up its version of the state’s next two-year budget.

The proposal passed the committee with a 4 to 2 vote Wednesday, with Democrats against.

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The Republican-controlled Senate Finance Committee backed a proposal on Tuesday to cut New Hampshire’s business taxes.

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The state Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that the potent synthetic opiate Carfentanil has been involved in a total of six deaths in New Hampshire. 

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St. Paul’s School graduate Owen Labrie is asking the state’s highest court to review a New Hampshire law that requires him to register as a lifetime sex offender.

Labrie was convicted in 2015 of having sex with a fifteen year-old classmate while he was a student at the Concord prep school. The law at issue involves the use of a computer to lure a minor for sex.

Read the latest filings in the case right here.

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The New Hampshire House overwhelmingly OK’d a proposal Thursday to allocate $33 million to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services to make up for a budget shortfall.

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When recovering from an opioid addiction, one important step is finding safe, drug-free housing.

There are a lot of places in New Hampshire that call themselves 'sober living.' But with no state oversight there’s no real way to check how sober these houses actually are.

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The University System of New Hampshire will likely not see an increase in state funding over the next two years.  That’s after Senate budget writers Tuesday voted to approve the recommendation of both the Governor and the House Finance Committee in keeping the system’s funding at current levels - $81 million a year. 

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Democratic U.S. Senators from New Hampshire and other states hit hardest by the opioid crisis spoke out Tuesday about what they see as failures by President Donald Trump to address the epidemic.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen started off the press conference in D.C. quoting President Trump on a promise she says he’s not living up to.

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Senate budget writers Monday signed off on a few key spending areas in the state’s next two year budget proposal.

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Senate budget writers will be working some long days this week as they allocate funding for the state’s 53 agencies…in just four days.

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Governor Chris Sununu is requesting federal emergency funding for damages resulting from March's blizzard.

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The New Hampshire Senate has backed a bill to make up to ¾ an ounce of marijuana a violation rather than a crime.

This is the first time the Senate has supported proposals to loosen the state’s marijuana laws.

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New Hampshire residents will continue to change their clocks this year for daylight savings. That’s after a proposal to put the state on Atlantic Standard Time failed in the state Senate Thursday, 7 votes to 16.

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A bill that would remove the requirement that felons get a waiver in order to serve alcohol in the state is headed to the Governor’s desk.

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The New Hampshire Senate Thursday will weigh in on a range of policy proposals, including a loosening of the state’s laws on marijuana. 

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Presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway stopped by Manchester’s central firehouse Wednesday, as part of the Trump Administration’s nationwide listening tour focused on the opioid epidemic.

During her visit, Conway had little to say herself. But her presence spurred lots of talk among the locals.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office says its staff is working around the clock to get the powerful synthetic opioid Carfentanil off the streets.

Cases of Carfentanil in the state have increased from three to roughly a dozen in the past month.

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A new report shows that the increased use in substance misuse in New Hampshire has cost the state more than $2.3 billion.

That's an uptick of more than half a billion dollars from four years ago, the last time this study was done.

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The public will have a chance this week to weigh in on two N.H. House Reps who’ve been criticized recently for controversial comments they each made online.

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It's official: the annual Rochester Fair will no longer run this September after 141 years of operation. 

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