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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State lawmakers will chose the next Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives Wednesday.  

Current Speaker Shawn Jasper looks in good position to keep his speaker’s gavel, with Republicans holding a solid majority in the House. 

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The Laconia Fire Department has named a new drug recovery coordinator as part of the city's response to the addiction crisis. 

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This week the full New Hampshire House will decide who will lead the chamber for the next two years.

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A Nashua mother convicted of beating her 3-year-old daughter to death will be sentenced Friday morning.

Twenty-six-year-old Katlyn Marin was found guilty of second-degree murder in August for the 2014 death of Brielle Gage. 

Prosecutors say Marin physically assaulted her daughter over the course of several years, which resulted in the child's death.

Prosecutors will be asking the judge for a sentence of 45 to life.

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House Speaker Shawn Jasper looks set to keep his gavel for the next two years. He won the support of his Republican caucus during Wednesday night's vote for Speaker for the upcoming legislative session.

But it wasn’t easy – it took two rounds of voting,  with the last round putting him over the top by the slimmest of margins.

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Republican House members will meet Wednesday afternoon to choose who they want to lead the 400-person chamber for the next two years.

Dozens of New Hampshire small businesses will be offering deals this weekend but not for Black Friday -- rather they're celebrating “Plaid Friday.”

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The New Hampshire ski season officially kicked off this week with six mountains hoping to start up its lifts for the Thanksgiving weekend.

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New Hampshire corrections officials are asking state budget writers for nearly 30 million more dollars in the next budget to help pay for an ongoing labor shortage.

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After this month’s elections, Republicans will maintain control of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

Now House lawmakers must decide who will lead the 400-member chamber come January. The current Speaker Shawn Jasper is hoping to keep his gavel but he faces some challengers within his own party.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan kicked off the state’s two-year budget-writing process Friday at the Statehouse. But it was remarks from Governor-Elect Chris Sununu that seemed to get the most attention from budget writers.

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A state audit finds that the Department of Corrections has successfully cut the time it takes inmates to complete sex offender treatment but there's still more work to do.

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Officials with the University System of New Hampshire say they hope to freeze in-state tuition for the 2018 and 2019 academic years.

That’s if state budget writers approve the university system’s spending request: $88.5 million in 2018 and $93.5 million in 2019. That's a roughly $20 million increase from what state budget writers gave the system in the current state spending plan.

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With the election season over, lawmakers' focus now turns to crafting New Hampshire’s next two-year budget.

State agencies begin presenting their spending proposals to legislators Friday morning. It will be the first time Governor-Elect Chris Sununu will outline his plans to budget writers.

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Rep. Steve Shurtleff has been tapped by his fellow House Democrats to lead the caucus again next year after serving in the same position this term.

Thursday's vote was unanimous, as no other candidate was in the running.

Shurtleff, who’s serving his sixth term in the House overall, says he’s honored to continue his role as House Minority Leader.

“You know I take it as a vote that the Caucus believes I’m acting in the appropriate manner and serving the Caucus but more importantly serving the interest of New Hampshire," Shurtleff said.

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Its official: Sen. Andrew Hosmer of Laconia will not be returning to the New Hampshire Senate next year. The Laconia Democrat hoped to pick up votes in Wednesday’s recount, but Republican Harold French's margin of victory in the District 7 race actually increased by 4 votes.

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New Hampshire parents can rest assured that school bus drivers will show up for work this week.

But, beyond that, the picture is less certain.

A strike by drivers has been a possibility for weeks, as the union representing drivers in New Hampshire has been in a contract dispute with the bus company First Student over retirement payments.

At a meeting in Washington D.C. Wednesday, drivers agreed to postpone any job action until Tuesday, when the two parties are scheduled to next meet in Manchester.

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The state’s highest court is weighing whether to grant a new trial to the man convicted of killing University of New Hampshire student Lizzi Marriott.

Lawyers for Seth Mazzaglia argued before the New Hampshire Supreme Court Wednesday that Marriott's sexual past, which was excluded from the jury trial, is vital to his defense.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments in a case involving the 2012 rape and murder of UNH student Lizzi Marriott.

The man convicted of that murder, Seth Mazzaglia, was sentenced to life without parole in 2014, but today is the 34-year-old’s first chance to appeal that conviction.

NHPR’s Paige Sutherland, who's been following the appeal, joins Morning Edition's Rick Ganley to break down the specifics.

So today’s hearing will be more restricted then most appeals – can you explain why for us?

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U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen has been chosen to help plan the country’s 250th birthday.

Shaheen was appointed by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. The bipartisan commission, formally known as the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, is made up of eight members of Congress, 16 private citizens and eight federal officials.

Shaheen said in a statement that she’s honored to represent New Hampshire as the state “has a deep-seated history in American democracy.”

Meetings will take place at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The celebration is scheduled for July 2026.

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Dozens of school bus drivers in New Hampshire may not show up to work this week. That’s after the union representing these drivers voted Monday night to go on strike over an ongoing contract dispute with the bus company First Student.

But the union, Teamsters Local 633, agreed to wait until after a final negotiation meeting this week in Washington, D.C. 

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The opioid crisis was a big issue in New Hampshire in 2016 – both on the campaign trail and in the State House. Nearly 433 people died of a drug overdose last year; this year, that number is expected to surpass 500. But what will the shift in political control both nationally and at the state level mean for policy approaches to tackling this issue?

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When the New Hampshire Legislature reconvenes in January, Republicans will continue to hold majorities throughout the State House.

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Jury selection in a civil suit against St. Paul’s School is set for March of 2018. The Concord prep school is being sued for allegedly allowing an unhealthy sexual culture to foster on campus.

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Ivanka Trump campaigned across Southern New Hampshire Thursday for her father with stops in Manchester, Hollis and Nashua. 

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Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka will stump for her father in New Hampshire Thursday.

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State Senator Jeff Woodburn of Dalton has a little more at stake this election than most of his State House colleagues. If he wins re-election, and his fellow Democrats manage to secure a majority in the Senate, Woodburn is poised to become Senate President, the second-highest ranking official in state government.

But first Woodburn must win re-election to his seat representing the North Country, where he faces an opponent running on a single, very local issue: the Northern Pass energy project. 

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After more than a decade on the job, the head of New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services is ready to step down.

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Top Democrats in the state gathered in Manchester this weekend to get fired up for the election’s  homestretch.

At Saturday's inaugural Kennedy-Clinton Dinner, speakers included candidates for major office, with special guest Chelsea Clinton.

Among the presidential candidates, environmental issues haven’t gotten much play this campaign season.

Here in New Hampshire, that’s not quite the case, especially in the gubernatorial race where issues like Northern Pass, solar and wind energy and high energy costs have helped shape the campaign.

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