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.
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.
It’s the height of the harvest season, and New Hampshire’s farmers continue to look for ways to make the business of small farming profitable in an age of industrial agriculture. On the Seacoast, one group of farmers is using technology and cooperation to expand beyond the farmers market.
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At Flatbread pizza in Portsmouth, head chef Ryan LeBossiere chops organic California onions.
A judge is putting off ruling on whether to move evidence including the house of a man charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl who returned home after nine months.
Nathaniel Kibby is charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez Oct. 9, as she walked home from high school. She returned home two weeks ago.
Defense attorney Jesse Friedman says the 34-year-old Kibby maintains his innocence and that moving his trailer home and a storage unit would prevent him from determining what people saw or heard on the property.
In June, the state saw fewer than 150 foreclosure deeds filed--the first time that's happened since before the recession. That's according to a new report released by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority. Foreclosure deeds in June were down 15 percent from May, and 30 percent from June of last year. Foreclosure auction notices also were also down more than 40 percent from June of 2013.
After much anticipation, it is official: Pease Air National Guard Base will be the first in the nation to receive the KC-46A, the latest generation of aerial refueling tankers.
The Air Force chose New Hampshire’s 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease over 88 competitors back in May of last year. Now that an environmental impact study is complete, champions of NH’s 157th are celebrating. Senator Kelly Ayotte explains that "The 157th refueling unit has done a phenomenal job, but they are flying Eisenhower-era tankers. "
Manchester city officials have approved the sale of UNH Manchester’s main millyard building to Segway inventor Dean Kamen’s company.
The deal includes a long-term lease agreement with Dean Kamen’s company which owns the much larger Pandora building. UNH Manchester’s Interim Dean Mike Hickey says construction will begin Monday and they hope to complete the move to Pandora by next Spring break.
A judge will hear arguments over preservation of evidence in the case of a man accused of kidnapping a New Hampshire girl last October.
Nathaniel Kibby's lawyer says he needs all the evidence preserved, including Kibby's trailer home and a storage unit, because he has so little information on why his client was arrested. The 34-year-old Kibby was charged last month with snatching 14-year-old Abigail Hernandez as she walked home from high school.
For more than a decade, New Hampshire prisons have been under enormous pressure. The prison population has gone up as staff numbers have gone down. Aside from the inmates, few feel the consequences as acutely as the state’s correctional officers.
Corrections Sergeant Justin Jardine represents prison officers with the State Employees’ union. “I'm working approximately 3 double shifts a week, so 64 hours a week,”says Jardine. Younger officers, Jardine says, work 4 or 5 double shifts -- around 80 hours a week.