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NH News
5:26 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Governor Hassan Declares Emergency In Wake Of 'Spice' Overdoses

'Smacked' is one brand of so-called Spice sold in N.H. stores.
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Governor Maggie Hassan has declared a state of emergency in the wake of more than 40 synthetic marijuana overdose cases since Monday.

Synthetic cannabinoids, also known as spice, has been linked to a jump in overdoses in Manchester and Concord. The powers of Governor Hassan’s executive order to seize the drug sold ostensibly as incense in corner stores, applies only to the bubblegum-flavored variety of a brand called ‘Smacked!.’ Health Commissioner Nick Toumpas says other brands called ‘Green Giant’ and ‘Crazy Monkey’ may also be dangerous.

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Newscast
3:48 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Hassan Signs Victims' Protection Bills

Victim advocates were out in force as Governor Maggie Hassan ceremonially signed six bills that aim to better protect women and victims of domestic and sexual violence.

The new laws establish domestic violence as a standalone crime, stiffen penalties for human trafficking, and make it easier for victims of rape who become pregnant to terminate the parental rights of the rapist.

They also create a commission to study sexual abuse prevention education in public schools and add pets to the domestic violence protection statute.

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Politics
10:17 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Hassan Signs Bills On Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is holding a bill-signing ceremony to formalize laws on domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual abuse prevention.

Hassan is signing bills establishing a crime of domestic violence in the state and protecting household animals from violence.

She's also signing bills relative to grounds for termination of parental rights; on a commission to study sexual abuse prevention education in elementary and secondary schools; and on protecting juveniles from being prosecuted for being forced to perform illegal acts.

 

NH News
8:19 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Gov. Hassan Asks Agencies For Conservative Budget Proposals

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has sent state agencies a letter asking them to submit conservative budget proposals that keep spending increases at a minimum for fiscal years 2016-2017.

The letter includes a request for agencies to submit proposals for improving their efficiency and effectiveness. The instructions were included as part of the state's biennial budget manual, which was delivered in training sessions Wednesday.

NH News
4:31 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Hassan Campaign Returns $33k In Improper Contributions

Maggie Hassan in her first TV spot released Wednesday.
Credit Hassan campaign

Governor Maggie Hassan has returned another $9,000-worth of campaign contributions from organized labor. Hassan has now returned $33,000 of improper donations from union political action committees.

The problem with the initial donations – $25,000 from the Electrical Workers PAC and $10,000 from the Plumbers and Steamfitters PAC, was when they were received – after Hassan’s candidacy was official.

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NH News
3:33 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Gov. Hassan: No Large Expenditures After July Drop In Revenue

Gov. Maggie Hassan
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Governor Maggie Hassan is directing state agencies to put all large expenditures on hold, after shortfalls in revenue last month.

Hassan says specifically, there were shortfalls from the business taxes and interest and dividends tax.

She says meals and rooms revenue and other financial indicators remained strong in July.

"We must continue to work together across party lines to address these revenue trends and responsibly manage the state’s budget while protecting our bipartisan priorities.”

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NH News
7:58 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Gov. Hassan Nominates I.T., Tourism Department Heads

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is asking the Executive Council to confirm her nominations to head the Department of Information Technology and the Division of Travel and Tourism Development.

Hassan has nominated Steve Kelleher as acting commissioner of information technology and Amy Bassett as acting director of tourism.

Hassan is asking the council at Tuesday's meeting in Bridgewater for the confirmations so that the departments will continue to have the leadership needed during the search for candidates to fill them permanently.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Gov. Hassan's Campaign Ordered To Return $24K In Contributions

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Governor Maggie Hassan’s campaign has been ordered to return $24,000 in contributions that came in the day after she filed for  re-election.

Attorney General Joe Foster issued a ruling Friday on the complaint filed last month by the New Hampshire Republican Party.

Foster says the Friends of Maggie Hassan political action committee accepted a $25,000 contribution from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers political action committee on June 13.

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Politics
1:11 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Hassan Vetoes Workplace Anti-Bullying Bill

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Governor Maggie Hassan has vetoed a bill she called “well-intentioned” aimed at protecting public employees from bullying in the workplace.  

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NH News
3:07 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Medical Marijuana Advocates Unhappy With Slow Implementation Of N.H. Law

Wednesday marks one year since New Hampshire became the final New England state to legalize medical marijuana.

Outside the State House in Concord today patient advocates marked the anniversary by saying the state is moving too slowly in making it legal to actually possess it. 

Matt Simon with the Marijuana Policy Project gathered with prospective patients in front of the State House on Tuesday to outline their complaints.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Republicans Accuse Hassan Of Taking Illegal Campaign Contributions

Update:  Thursday afternoon an attorney for the Hassan campaign asked New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster to expedite a review of the Republican party’s allegations.

New Hampshire Republicans have accused Gov. Maggie Hassan of accepting illegal campaign contributions from organized labor and have asked the Attorney General to investigate. At issue is a total of $45,000 in donations to the governor’s re-election campaign from three labor unions.

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NH News
1:42 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Hassan Says Feds Haven't Requested N.H. Shelter Immigrant Children

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Governor Maggie Hassan says the federal government has not contacted the state about sheltering some of the unaccompanied children who have crossed the nation’s southern border illegally.

The federal government has reached out to other New England states, including Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut.

Governor Hassan’s spokesman says if the federal government were to make such a request, the governor would share that with the public, authorities, health officials and local communities.

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NH News
12:28 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Not Much For "Kremlin Watchers" At Meeting Between N.E. Governors And Canadian Premiers

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The Governors of New England and the premiers of the Eastern Canadian Provinces have just wrapped up a meeting in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. The conference was focused on the issues of energy and trade, though dueling protests outside the conference meant energy stole the spotlight for much of the event. But the speakers and resolutions of the conference barely touched on the most pressing energy issues facing New England, and this careful side-stepping of the issues  is a reflection of a tumultuous energy landscape.

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Health
3:47 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Hassan Signs $11 Million Mental Health Package

Gov. Hassan signs House Bill 1635 into law, surrounded by mental health advocates and lawmakers.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

Governor Hassan has signed legislation designed to strengthen the state’s mental health system, a result of a class-action lawsuit filed in 2012.

The law allocates roughly $11 million through next fiscal year for increased community-based treatment options including supportive housing and crisis response teams. It is the first portion of a $30 million settlement agreement reached in December.

The Disabilities Rights Center and U.S. Department of Justice had sued the state in federal court over its lack of adequate care for people with mental illness.

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NH News
2:03 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Gas Tax Hike Brings Protestors

Matthew Murphy speaks at Mr. Gas in Hooksett
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New Hampshire’s per gallon tax on gasoline and diesel is going up 4.2 cents July 1. According to Americans for Prosperity, New Hampshire’s economy will pay a price.

Tom Thomson of Orford was among the protestors the conservative group brought to a Hooksett gas station.

Thomson: The power to tax is the power to destroy. By passing Senate Bill 367, we will at best damage the New Hampshire advantage, and worse see businesses suffer and or close; and that equals loss of jobs.

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NH News
5:33 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Hassan Promises Review of Buffer Zones After Supreme Court Strikes Down Mass. Law

Gov. Maggie Hassan
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Gov. Maggie Hassan said her administration will “closely review” how Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Massachusetts’ law that restricts protests outside abortion clinics will affect a similar law that will take effect in New Hampshire next month.

Hassan, who is in Turkey on a trade mission, signed a bill June 10 that authorizes reproductive health facilities that perform abortions to establish 25-foot buffer zones around the entrance. The law is set to take effect July 10.

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NH News
11:49 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Gov. Hassan Says Trade Mission To Turkey Has Been 'Productive'

Governor Maggie Hassan (L) with TUSKON President Rızanur Meral (C) and Jeff Rose, New Hampshire's commissioner of economic development during a meeting on Monday.
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  Governor Maggie Hassan is in the midst of a week-long trade mission to Turkey.

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NH News
7:21 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Gov. Hassan Attends Opiate Response Conference

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan will join most of the other New England governors at a conference to map out a regional response to the growing problem of opiate drug abuse.

Hassan will attend Tuesday's meeting at Brandeis University in Waltham hosted by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Only Maine Gov. Paul LePage is not expected to attend.

Health
4:49 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Coverage To Start August 15th

New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion program finally has a launch date. Coverage for an estimated 50,000 low-income recipients will start August 15, with an enrollment period beginning July 1.

“The bipartisan New Hampshire Health Protection Program is a historic step forward for the health and economic well-being of New Hampshire families, businesses and communities,” writes Governor Maggie Hassan in a statement announcing the new timeline.

Residents earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level, or about $16,000 a year, are eligible for the program.

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NH News
7:24 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Agencies Requesting $227M For Capital Projects

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Gov. Maggie Hassan is opening hearings on $227 million in capital spending requests from New Hampshire agencies.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Hassan Files For Reelection

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Governor Hassan pointed to the state budget, the expansion of the N.H’s Medicaid program, and the passage of the first gas tax increase in more than twenty years as examples of what she called bipartisan progress.

“We’ve expanded healthcare for 50,000 hard-working granite staters and we are funding improvements to our roads and bridges and the completion of I-93. And we created balanced and fiscally responsible budget, without a sales or income tax, which I continue to oppose and would veto."

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The Currency
4:29 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The Currency: Who's Going On The Turkey Trade Mission, And Why They Say It Matters

ROKON owner and president Tom Blais is among the New Hampshire business delegates going on the trade mission to Turkey
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

Today we begin a new segment on NHPR called The Currency.  It’s our ongoing look at economic and business news in New Hampshire. 

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NH News
8:11 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Amid Criticism, Hassan Defends Overseas Trade Mission

Gov. Maggie Hassan's office said canceling a planned trade mission to Turkey would cost taxpayers $10,000 and the private businesses that will accompany the governor would lose thousands more.

In a written response to a public-records request by the conservative nonprofit Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, Hassan's chief of staff Pamela Walsh said "non-refundable travel arrangements" had already been paid for when the governor announced a freeze on hiring and out-of-state travel.

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NH News
4:45 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

State Revenue Continues To Fall Below Estimates

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Administrative Services Commissioner Linda Hodgdon said Tuesday that May's revenues were about $3 million below estimates, mostly because $2.6 million the state thought it would get during the month came in April instead.

Hodgdon said May is a small tax collection month and can't be used to pinpoint trends. She said officials will be better able to tell if a trend is developing once tax receipts are in for June, a significant tax collection month.

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Health
6:15 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

$40 For An Ice Pack? Workers' Comp System Comes Under Review

A report comparing workers comp costs finds the average cost for an MRI in New Hampshire is $932, while the regional average is $699 and the national rate is $552.
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Governor Hassan is creating a task force to study ways to improve the state’s workers’ compensation system.

The move comes on the heels of a new report that finds worker compensation costs in New Hampshire are well above regional and national averages.

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Newscast
5:20 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Hassan Orders Freeze On Spending As Tax Revenues Dip

Governor Hassan testifying Thursday in Concord.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

A legislative committee has approved New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan's proposal to freeze hiring, equipment purchases and out-of-state travel.

Hassan asked the Fiscal Committee Thursday to approve the freeze, as past governors have done when confronted with potential budget deficits. 

"Given the fact that revenues currently remain ahead of plan for the year, this is an unprecedented action that will help protect our budget," Hassan told lawmakers.

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North Country
5:18 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Gov. Hassan Requests Disaster Declaration For April Flooding

Governor Hassan is requesting a federal disaster declaration following mid-April flooding in Carroll and Coos Counties.

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NH News
4:30 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Thousands Of Police Turn Out For Arkell's Wake

A sea of police march into Exeter High School.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Nearly 2,000 police officers from around the state and their region paid their respects to fallen Brentwood Officer Steve Arkell and his family Tuesday night.


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NH News
3:56 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

N.H. Gas Tax Increase Becomes Law

Governor Hassan signing the bill into law.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

On a newly built bridge near interstate 93, Governor Maggie Hassan signed into law the first increase in the state’s gas tax in more than two decades.


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NH News
4:44 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

N.H. "Paycheck Fairness Act" To Become Law

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A bill designed to close the wage gap between men and women will become law, after it cleared its final legislative hurdle today.

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