Weekly N.H. News Roundup

Fridays at 9 a.m.
  • Hosted by Peter Biello

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: 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.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: January 6, 2017

Jan 6, 2017

Chris Sununu was sworn in this week as the state's first Republican governor in twelve years.  We discuss the themes in Sununu's inaugural address, and the implications for  the next legislative session, as lawmakers get back to business in Concord.  

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: December 23, 2016

Dec 22, 2016

It’s our year-end review of the top 2016 news stories in New Hampshire, from politics to precipitation. It was a year in which PFOA. became a household term in many communities, the First In the Nation presidential primary seemed to last forever, and fentanyl made its mark, causing a steep increase in overdose deaths.  We'll also discuss this week's alarming report on the state's child protective services agency.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: December 16, 2016

Dec 16, 2016

Join us for the top Granite State headlines this week, including N.H. political races caught up in revelations about Russian hacking.  Another grim record set as drug deaths in the state reach near 400.  And the state seeks to have a suit against DCYF dismissed in a child abuse case.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: December 9, 2016

Dec 8, 2016

The state legislature chooses its leadership, election laws are up for examination, and a  hotel on Mt. Washington is considered even as the AMC withdraws it's application for a new hut in Crawford Notch. 

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Weekly N.H. News Roundup: December 2, 2016

Dec 1, 2016

A four-way fight for House Speaker requires two rounds of voting. Republicans look to tighten voting laws. And lawmakers in the U.S. House pass a bill setting aside $1 billion for states battling the heroin and opioid addiction crisis.

 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 18, 2016

Nov 18, 2016

House Republicans are locked in a battle for the speakership after maintaining control of the chamber for another two years. Meanwhile, the recount process begins, with fifteen races scrutinized including one in the state Senate. And the Granite State's unemployment rate of two point eight percent is the lowest in the nation. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 11, 2016

Nov 11, 2016

We take a reflective look of New Hampshire politics and election day. The GOP reclaims the corner office for the first time in more than a decade and keeps its majorities in Concord.  But Democrats sweep New Hampshire's federal races.  Join us as we unpack that mixed bag.  


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 4, 2016

Nov 4, 2016

After all the campaigning, the election is almost upon us.  We set you up with a review of the races up and down the ballot, discuss increasingly hostile political ads, and talk about the final days of ground game campaigning in the Granite State. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup - October 14, 2016

Oct 13, 2016
NHPR

Recent political events cause turbulence down-ballot for New Hampshire candidates. Seventy percent of the drug deaths confirmed in New Hampshire so far this year have been caused by Fentanyl.  And work is underway  to pipe clean water to homes with wells contaminated by PFOA. We discuss this and other New Hampshire news. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup - October 7, 2016

Oct 6, 2016

With just about a month to go before the election, the debate season is in full swing. We look at the recent U.S. Senate debate that included a comment by Senator Kelly Ayotte that went viral.  Things get testy in the first televised gubernatorial debate between Chris Sununu and Colin van Ostern.  The state's rainy day fund swells to $90 million, and, with no rainfall in the forecast, state officials warn drought conditions could worsen. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup - September 30, 2016

Sep 30, 2016
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We check in on both presidential candidate visits to the Granite State, and discuss decisions on two major court cases, along with other news around the state this week.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup - September 23, 2016

Sep 23, 2016

The race for Governor is in full effect as Republican Chris Sununu and Democrat Colin van Ostern meet in their first debate.  Staffing problems raise fresh concerns over how the state protects its most vulnerable at New Hampshire Hospital and the Department of Child and Family Services.  And the industry dear to the Granite State  loses its last locally-owned quarry. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup - September 16, 2016

Sep 15, 2016

We discuss Tuesday's state primary and look ahead to November.  Donald Trump and Tim Kaine pay local voters another visit.  And Dartmouth-Hitchcock says the layoff of nearly 500 employees won't affect staffing at the New Hampshire Hospital.  


Weekly N.H. News Roundup - September 9, 2016

Sep 8, 2016

Debates - and the debate on drugs - dominate the run-up to the state's primary election on Sept. 13.  The state cap on education funding is ruled unconstitutional.  And students return to the classroom as Manchester learns of high lead levels in school drinking water.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup - September 2, 2016

Sep 1, 2016

With the primary scheduled for September 13, it's crunch time for candidates, especially for the seven running for governor.  New Hampshire gets a one million dollar federal grant to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for drug addiction.  And the victim in the Owen Labrie sexual assault case speaks out publicly for the first time. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - August 26, 2016

Aug 25, 2016

Presidential candidates converge on the Granite State: Donald Trump and Gary Johnson visit, as well as 2020 rumored hopeful John Kasich.  An executive council vote regarding New Hampshire Hospital could have major repercussions for health care and politics.  And traffics deaths are way up across the country, especially in New Hampshire.  Dean Spiliotes is our guest host.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup - August 19, 2016

Aug 18, 2016

Would-be Vice Presidents Tim Kaine and Mike Pence pay their respects to Granite State voters.  The state promises an investigation into a suicide that followed a patient's discharge from New Hampshire hospital.  And Maggie Hassan struggles to answer a basic question:  "is Hillary Clinton trustworthy?" and the tape goes viral; we take a look at the effect of Presidential candidates in down-ballot races.   Josh Rogers hosts.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup - August 12, 2016

Aug 12, 2016

After visiting the state, Donald Trump continues to stir up controversy for himself and for Republicans in downticket races, including Senator Kelly Ayotte.  In the race for U.S. Senate, Governor Maggie Hassan lays out her goals for keeping New Hampshire and the country safe in a foreign policy address.  And the state's fourth medical marijuana dispensary opens for business in Merrimack.  


Weekly N.H. News Roundup - July 22

Jul 22, 2016
Sara Plourde, NHPR

We review  notable N.H. - related moments of the RNC convention, including an unsuccessful attempt by a group of "Never Trump" Republicans to derail the nomination process. Back in New Hampshire,  U.S. House candidates Rich Ashooh and incumbent Congressman Frank Guinta spar over Guinta's campaign finance violations.  And resolution on two police matters:  the N.H. AG rules that a fatal officer-involved shooting of a 19-year old Michigan man last month was legally justified, and a N.H. state trooper is arrested on misdemeanor assault charges for his use of force after a high-speed chase last May. 


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