Weekly N.H. News Roundup

Fridays at 9 a.m.

NHPR’s flagship call-in show The Exchange brings together journalists and experts every Friday to review the issues of the week and explore recent New Hampshire news stories during a one hour program at 9 a.m.

This show complements the current Friday line up of domestic and international news roundups hosted by Joshua Johnson and 1A at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.  The Weekly NH News Roundup is hosted by Peter Biello.

The Weekly NH News Roundup replays Fridays at 7 p.m. on NHPR and Saturdays at 6 a.m. on ClassicalNH.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: August 18, 2017

Aug 17, 2017

Continued fallout and reactions to events in Charlottesville, VA, dominate the headlines this week. New Hampshire politicians respond to the President’s ambiguous statements on white supremacy. And yes, there are white supremacists here in New Hampshire. 

In other news, the federal government says New Hampshire's Medicaid funding mechanism might be illegal. Manchester is considering filing its own lawsuit against an opioid company for its alleged role in the state opioid crisis.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: August 11, 2017

Aug 10, 2017

N.H.'s Attorney General files to sue Purdue Pharma over its role in the state’s opioid crisis. The President declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency - or did he?  The ACLU and the Secretary of State's Office agree N.H. will share voter information with the Trump election commission, but not as a digital database.  And Keno will be on the ballot in several N.H. cities this November.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: August 4, 2017

Aug 4, 2017

President Trump called New Hampshire a "drug-infested den," according to a transcript published by the Washington Post, and that's spurring strong reactions from local politicians and advocates alike.

Lawmakers and public officials are concerned about the health of the individual health insurance marketplace in New Hampshire, as rates are projected to increase significantly in the next year.

The Manchester VA gets a visit from U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin after whistle blowers alleged terrible conditions in the medical center.

And the state women's prison project has been delayed again. We'll cover these stories and more. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: July 28, 2017

Jul 27, 2017

New Hampshire's Congressional delegation reacts to President Trump’s announcement via Twitter that transgender people would no longer be able to serve in the U.S. military.  Dozens of veterans show up at a town hall event to hear how VA officials are addressing allegations of unsanitary conditions and insufficient care at the Manchester VA Medical Center.  And Manchester officials post signs designed to discourage people from giving money to panhandlers.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: July 21, 2017

Jul 21, 2017

Two top officials at the VA Medical Center in Manchester were removed after a Boston Globe report detailing  allegations of substandard care at the facility.  New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner attends the first official meeting of the Trump administration’s election integrity commission.  And New Hampshire became the 22nd state and the last state in New England to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: July 14, 2017

Jul 14, 2017

New Hampshire's Attorney General opens a criminal investigation into charges of sexual assault at St. Paul's School. Governor Chris Sununu signed a number of bills, including full-day kindergarten funding, a drug interdiction bill, and another tightening the definition of domicile for voting purposes. He also vetoed his first bill, regarding zoning board procedures.  And Grover Norquist, of Americans for Tax Reform, visits the state to talk tax reform and support GOP congressional candidates.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: July 7, 2017

Jul 7, 2017

We'll have the latest on the controversy over the request  from the Presidential Commission on Electoral Integrity for voter data from the states.  The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire sues to bar New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner from disclosing New Hampshire voter information.  The re-building of I-93 from Manchester to Salem may include a fourth lane, which could also cut five to eight million dollars along the way.  A 14-year-old student raped in a hallway at Manchester High School West in 2015 may sue the school district. And it's a bumper year for strawberries.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 30th, 2017

Jun 30, 2017

Governor Sununu and other New Hampshire lawmakers announced their opposition to the proposed healthcare bill from the U.S. Senate.  "Keno-garten" comes to the Granite State, but critics worry the new funding from the electronic gambling game Keno won't be enough for widespread full-day kindergarten programs. And Mayor Ted Gatsas of Manchester announces his re-election campaign, amongst some controversy. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 23, 2017

Jun 23, 2017

Catch up on this week's stop N.H. stories:  The New Hampshire House and Senate pass an $11.7 billion budget. Despite a Republican majority, GOP leaders had to work hard to pass this spending plan, but it's now on its way to the Governor's desk.  Another fraught issue for both sides of the aisle: a bill funding full-day kindergarten.  And more than 80 Great Dane dogs were rescued from a puppy mill operating out of a mansion in Wolfeboro.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 16, 2017

Jun 16, 2017

N.H. House and Senate negotiators reach a deal on the $11.7 billion budget this week but the spending plan is facing pushback from both sides of the aisle ahead of next week's full vote. At a hearing on the Northern Pass project, opponents show up in force. And bears continue to make news in the Granite State. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 2, 2017

Jun 1, 2017

After more than ten hours of debate, the New Hampshire Senate passes a GOP-crafted state budget along party lines. The N.H. House will vote on the plan next week. Three significant pieces of voting legislation are up for a final vote in the House.   Former Manchester Police Chief David Mara takes over as the Governor's Advisor on Addiction and Behavioral Health, known as the "drug czar".  Mara currently serves as interim police chief in Portsmouth. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 26, 2017

May 25, 2017

Senate Republicans are confident their state budget plan will clear the full Senate. A  full-day kindergarten proposal is tied to the lottery game KENO.  St. Paul’s School releases a report detailing allegations of sexual assault by faculty and staff decades ago. And Fish & Game Officials are flooded with calls to save trouble-making bears in Hanover.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 19, 2017

May 18, 2017

N.H. political figures respond to this week's turmoil in Washington D.C., quelled to some extent by the appointment of the widely respected Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to  investigate possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election. State representative Robert Fisher resigns after a N.H. House committee inquiry into his postings on the misogynistic Reddit forum known as the Red Pill. And several racially-charged incidents in recent weeks cloud graduation season at UNH's Durham campus.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017

President Trump names N.H. Secretary of State Bill Gardner to a Presidential Commission on Election Integrity. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price visits New Hampshire to hear about the state’s response to the opioid crisis.  And legislative hearings into online postings by two state reps become contentious.  


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 5, 2017

May 5, 2017

The NH House investigates Rep. Robert Fisher for alleged offensive and mysognistic "Red Pill" forum postings, and decides to include tweets by Rep. Sherry Frost in the inquiry. Full-day kindergarten gets the green light with a vote for full funding in the NH House. State health officials blame Dartmouth-Hitchcock for understaffing at the state mental hospital. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 27, 2017

Apr 27, 2017

A  rape shield law passes the House committee and heads to the House for a vote. A voucher bill that is playing a big role in the school choice debate was discussed at the statehouse earlier this week, and the drug Carfentanil was linked to three overdose deaths. We'll discuss these topics and more of this week's headlines.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 21, 2017

Apr 20, 2017

Governor Sununu pushes his kindergarten plan in the New Hampshire House and makes a change at the State Board of Education.   The State Senate considers legalizing, and taxing , online fantasy sports. St. Paul's graduate Owen Labrie is denied a new trial. And a new reports says our air quality is better than it's been in twenty years.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 14, 2017

Apr 14, 2017

A bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana hits a snag in the Senate.  All eyes are on two of Governor Sununu's nominees for the Dept. of Labor and the Dept. of Environmental Services.  And the Northern Pass transmission project begins lengthy hearings before the Site Evaluation Committee. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 31, 2017

Mar 31, 2017

The New Hampshire House gets ready to vote on it's version of the state budget, but some conservatives say the Republican-crafted budget is too rich.  New Hampshire's two U.S. senators say they'll vote against Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's Supreme Court pick.  A new energy project coming from Canada and an adverse decision by regulators thickens the plot when it comes to the Northern Pass project.  


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 24, 2017

Mar 24, 2017

Governor Chris Sununu made an unannounced trade mission to Montreal, re-affirming his support for Northern Pass and urging updates to NAFTA. House budget writers craft their version of the new state spending plan, eliminating 18 million dollars in kindergarten funding.  And flags are lowered to half-staff on the news of the death of State Senator Scott McGilvray. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 17, 2017

Mar 17, 2017

Confusion reigns at town halls across the state as a nor'easter hits on Town Meeting Day.  The N.H. Senate examines bills reforming the state's Division of Children and Youth.  This follows a report that the head of DCYF closed hundreds of cases of suspected abuse over a two-day period last year.  And N.H.'s congressional delegation, along with Governor Chris Sununu, oppose the Republican healthcare plan.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 10, 2017

Mar 9, 2017

The N.H. legislature had a full calendar this week, debating changes to the state’s election laws, transgender rights and marijuana decriminalization.  N.H.'s congressional delegation reacts to President Trump's revised travel ban, and assesses the impact in  N.H, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes a surprise visit to an N.H. youth summit on opioid abuse.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 3, 2017

Mar 2, 2017

Governor Chris Sununu returns from a trip to Washington bullish on block grants and President Trump.  New Hampshire's  all-democratic congressional delegation have different views of the President and his address to Congress.  Here in New Hampshire, a North Country judge drops murder charges for Celina Cass's stepfather due to mental competency. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: February 24, 2017

Feb 23, 2017

Governor Sununu signs his first bill into law; it makes New Hampshire the 11th state to allow gun owners to carry concealed without a permit.  A bill  to extend civil rights protections to people who are transgender wins the backing of a house committee.  And former St. Paul's student Owen Labrie is back in court seeking a new trial.


Bi-partisan frustration rises in the Granite State over President Trumps unsubstantiated charges of New Hampshire voter fraud.  The New Hampshire House votes to kill a Right-to-Work bill, which would have impacted how unions collect fees. The policy has been a priority for Republicans, who control the House, Senate and Governor’s Office for the first time in more than a decade.  And the Executive Council confirms the Governor's choice for Education Commissioner, Frank Edelblut. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: February 10, 2017

Feb 9, 2017

We discuss the implications for the state following Governor Chris Sununu's address outlining his two-year spending plan.  A N.H. house committee voted against passage of Right-to-Work legislation; the bill goes to the full house next week.  A paid family and medical leave bill won’t be voted on this year, despite community and bipartisan support. And a new report says Manchester's drug problem is still serious but efforts to address it are working.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: February 3, 2017

Feb 3, 2017

We'll discuss reaction in New Hampshire to President Trump's executive orders and cabinet picks. Frank Edleblut has the support he needs to be confirmed Commissioner of Education, but the vote is delayed. Former Senator Kelly Ayotte signs on with the Trump administration to help Judge Neil Gorsuch persuade US Senators to support his nomination to the Supreme court.  And, attention at the statehouse will soon turn to the budget Chris Sununu will present to lawmakers next week.  


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: January 27, 2017

Jan 26, 2017

Authorities identify the killer in two New Hampshire cold cases.  The head of New Hampshire's beleaguered child protection agency announces her retirement.  And, as claims of election fraud return to national headlines, lawmakers here consider a slate of changes to state voting laws.  


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: January 20, 2017

Jan 19, 2017

Governor Sununu picks a former rival to head the education department, and orders restrictions on state hiring.  First District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter will not attend Donald Trump's inauguration, going to a religious service instead. And new numbers show the state's unemployment rate at just 2.6 percent. 

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Weekly N.H. News Roundup: January 13, 2017

Jan 13, 2017

The New Hampshire Senate moves quickly on hot-button GOP priorities like Right-to-Work and Concealed Carry.  Senator Jeanne Shaheen grills Rex Tillerson about lifting Russian sanctions in confirmation hearings for Secretary of State.  And the issue of "ballot selfies" continues to be a topic of debate in the state.


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