On Thursday the U.S. Senate confirmed the first woman to serve as a federal district judge in New Hampshire. Landya McCafferty was approved by a vote of 79-19.
McCafferty served as U.S. magistrate judge for New Hampshire for three years, and has clerked for two judges at the First Circuit Court of Appeals. She also prosecuted professional misconduct cases at the state Supreme Court and worked as a public defender.
New Hampshire's U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte have called McCafferty “exceptionally qualified and experienced.”
After last December's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management conducted a survey and determined that N.H.’s school buildings are at widely varied levels of security. In response, they developed the following recommendations based on three core standards: Surveillance, Access Control, & Emergency Alerting. Each school will have to take into account their budgetary constraints & environmental factors when considering how to implement the guidelines.
Part-time Rye resident and Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has yet to decide if he’ll run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Jeanne Shaheen, but the N.H. Democratic party isn’t waiting to go on the attack.
Over the year that has passed since the mass shooting in Newtown, CT, gun control advocates have made little headway – whether at the State House in Concord, or the capitol building in DC. Now, in every state including New Hampshire, mothers are banding together to fight for what they call “gun sense.”
On the Political Front, NHPR's Josh Rogers discusses discussion in the Statehouse about expanded gambling and lack of funds for highway projects, as well as Republican Bob Smith, a former U.S. Senator, declaring his candidacy for his old seat.
Six Canadian hikers were helped off New Hampshire's Mount Washington after they called 911 from the mountain's auto road. New Hampshire Fish and Game says the hikers were all in their 20s and from the province of Quebec. They had hiked up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and reached the summit around 2 p.m. Saturday, but with temperatures at zero degrees and winds at 50 mph, they decided to walk down the auto road. Some members of the group were not dressed appropriately for the weather, and feeling the cold, they called 911.
U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster wants to require utility companies to produce at least 25 percent of their power from renewable energy sources like wind, solar and biomass by 2025. Kuster is co-sponsoring legislation to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard. She says doing so would help create nearly 300,000 jobs, cut pollution and save consumers almost $100 billion on their utility bills by 2030. According to Kuster, 29 states, including New Hampshire, already have renewable generation standards.
New Hampshire's elected officials joined the state's military leaders to welcome home a medevac unit that recently returned from Afghanistan. The 169th MEDEVAC unit went to Afghanistan in September 2012. Made up of National Guard units from New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Missouri, the group became known as "Jigsaw'' to reflect the merger of different units. The medics performed 471 lifesaving missions and carried 427 patients to higher levels of care. Soldiers in the unit, which returned in August, earned several medals including Bronze Stars. The ceremony was at 11 a.m.
In line with national tradition, Governor Maggie Hassan proclaimed Saturday "Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day'' to mark the 72nd commemoration of the attack that drew the United States into World War II. Hassan directed flags in the state to be flown at half-staff. The attack by planes launched from Japanese aircraft carriers on Dec. 7, 1941, devastated the American naval fleet stationed at the Pearl Harbor base in Hawaii. More than 2,000 members of the U.S. military died in the attack.
The University of New Hampshire fired women's ice hockey coach Brian McCloskey on Thursday after an internal investigation into his behavior during a November 30th game.
Mike Murphy is Associate Director of Athletic Communications at the University. He says McCloskey made inappropriate physical contact with a player while on the bench during a losing game to Ohio State.
Murphy says the contact was absolutely not sexual, but would not confirm if it was violent in nature:
It was inappropriate physical contact, that is the term we use.