Paige Sutherland

Southern New Hampshire 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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Mayoral candidates in the state’s largest city are starting to gear up with the city's election now just a month away.

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This week Franklin became the first place in New Hampshire to allow the electronic gambling game Keno to be played in its borders.

Last legislative session lawmakers legalized Keno to help pay for full-day kindergarten in the state.

Now that it can be played in Franklin – what does that mean for the businesses that want it?

NHPR’s Paige Sutherland joins All Things Considered host Peter Biello to break down some of those details.

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All DMV offices in New Hampshire will be closed on Monday and Tuesday with online services suspended from now until Wednesday.

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The state’s highest court will hear an appeal from a St. Paul’s graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a freshman student on campus in 2014.

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Governor Chris Sununu says gun reform should be put on the back burner, as families continue to mourn those lost in Sunday night's mass shooting in Las Vegas. 

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Governor Chris Sununu spent part of Monday at the White House.

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State regulators will spend the day Tuesday touring part of the 192-mile route for the proposed Northern Pass transmission line project stretching the length of New Hampshire.

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New Hampshire would likely see fewer refugee resettled here if President Trump’s proposed refugee cap goes into effect.

A New Hampshire jury Friday has awarded $274 million in damages to three prominent businessmen in Manchester.

It's said to be the largest figure in a defamation case in state history, according to longtime lawyer Steve Gordon, who represented the three plaintiffs in the case.

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The Granite Hammer Program started last year to try to get major drug dealers off New Hampshire’s streets.  The state legislature has OK’d another year of funding for the program - but that funding still needs to be approved at the local level.

The Nashua Board of Aldermen gave an initial nod Tuesday night to a plan to bring a commuter rail stop to the city.

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By now most elementary and high school kids in New Hampshire are back in the classroom. Meaning it's time for those yearly safety PSA's advising drivers to be wary in school zones.

There's one local announcement though that might have grabbed your attention. That's from the Londonderry Police Department. One of their officers made his safety pitch while riding a skateboard. Not going to lie - it's pretty impressive too. 

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National politicians, local law enforcement and education officials met in Manchester Friday to promote the importance of early childhood education in the state’s fight against opioids.

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Needle exchange programs are now legal in New Hampshire. But since the state is providing no financial support or other resources for them, some groups are wondering how to go about starting one.

One group in Strafford County is taking on that guiding role.

If you're planning to travel toward the Lakes Region on Sunday you should expect a lot of traffic.

An estimated 60,000 people and roughly 30,000 cars will be headed to the NASCAR race at 2 p.m. in Loudon that day.

That means major roads heading in that direction, both before and after the race, will be backed up. Bill Boyton with the state’s Department of Transportation says drivers should plan accordingly.

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Prisoners in New Hampshire can now get handmade drawings and pictures in the mail again.

In 2015 the state’s Department of Correction issued a ban in an effort to prevent Suboxone from being smuggled into the prison. Officials had found small amounts of the drug hidden in drawings or pictures sent to inmates.

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Incumbent Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and former alderman Joyce Craig will face off again in the race for mayor this November.

That’s after the pair claimed the top two spots in Tuesday's city primary election.

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New Hampshire has invested millions of dollars into curbing its opioid epidemic. But progress has been slow. That’s pushed some state policymakers and others to get creative.

This week, in a three-part series called “Alternatives,” NHPR’s Paige Sutherland reports on some less traditional approaches.

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A new state law loosening the penalties on marijuana possession officially took effect this weekend. Police departments around the state are worried some residents may not fully understand what the change means.

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Voters in Manchester head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the mayoral primary. While there are four candidates in the race, the two heavyweights are the same ones who faced off in the last campaign for mayor.

Incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas and former alderman Joyce Craig.

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There’s an aldermen race going on next week in Manchester. And one of the candidates on the ballot would be the city’s youngest elected if he wins.

He turned 20 Thursday, attends UNH Manchester, and is a refugee from Kuwait.

But first he’ll have to clear Tuesday’s primary before he can even make it onto November’s ballot.

Nashua lawmakers rejected a proposal on Tuesday to buy the former campus of Daniel Webster College off University Drive.

The city's aldermen voted on whether to spend up to $23 million to purchase the property, and use it for city administrative buildings, classrooms and a performing arts center.

Those against the purchase argued the property wasn’t feasible and cost too much. The measure failed 4 to 9. The campus has been for sale since the college shut its doors for financial reasons earlier this year.

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After hours of debate and public testimony, the Nashua Board of Alderman late last Tuesday rejected a proposal to build a performing arts center in downtown.

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The electronic bingo game Keno will be on Nashua’s ballot this fall.

The city’s board of aldermen voted unanimously without debate to do so Tuesday. A public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 10.

Manchester, Berlin, Laconia and Rochester will also have Keno on the ballot. So far Portsmouth is the only city yet to reject it.

Earlier this year the Governor legalized Keno, but each city and town will decide whether it’s played in its borders. Revenue generated from the games will go to fund full-day kindergarten programs statewide.

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On Tuesday, Nashua's Board of Aldermen will decide the fate of a $15.5 million proposal to build a performing arts center on Main Street.

The proposal calls for a 500 to 700 seat theater and event center. The project has been in the works for years and has received strong backing from many downtown businesses, the Chamber of Commerce and Nashua Community College.

There’s also a petition going around with more than 500 online signatures. But some aldermen have reservations with the project's cost.

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Southern New Hampshire University will soon open a new center to help refugees and immigrants in Manchester further their educations.

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The state’s Chief Medical Examiner is retiring after two decades on the job.

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The head of the state’s agriculture department is retiring after a decade on the job.

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First responders in Manchester are noticing a change since the city banned smoking in downtown parks.

Chris Hickey, with the Manchester Fire Department, says there's been a reduction in overdoses from the synthetic marijuana known as Spice.

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New Hampshire political operative Corey Lewandowski will be at Harvard this Fall. The former campaign manager for President Donald Trump was chosen this week as one of six visiting fellows at the school’s Institute of Politics.

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