House finance committee chair Mary Jane Wallner opened her testimony on the house’s $11b spending plan by holding it aloft, and then setting it gently on the table.
"We brought you a present, all tied up in a big gold bow. So there it is, house bill 1 and 2 as passed by the house."
The senate accepted the House budget politely, but Senators also signaled they will be taking a different approach. Casino Gambling, which the Senate and Governor Hassan support, is likely to be at the center of the Senate spending plan.
Over the next year, producer Keith Shields will be visiting thirteen New Hampshire towns that are either turning or celebrating 250 years, looking to dig up the interesting, near-forgotten, and quirky stories that make each town unique. The series will kick off later this week with New Boston, with Plymouth coming up next month. Our map will let you know where else Keith will be going!
(Note: Numbers in legend do not indicate the order they will come up in the series.)
The female victim of a New Hampshire police chief’s alleged sexual misconduct is not ruling out a civil suit against the town or officer.
New London Police Chief David Seastrand resigned Thursday. Authorities say on March 6th , he told a Colby-Sawyer College student he would drop an underage drinking charge if she agreed to pose nude for photographs.
The Attorney General’s office investigated the incident, but agreed to not press charges against Seastrand in exchange for his immediate resignation.
The 194-172 vote was near party line, and came after both sides compared this year’s spending plan to the current state budget, crafted by republicans. Democrat Cindy Rosenwald of Nashua is vice chairman of the house finance committee.
The Nashua Airport tower will shut down this Sunday because of recent federal budget cuts. New Hampshire Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster visited the tower Wednesday afternoon to speak out against the sequestration cuts.
As lawmakers consider raising the state's gas tax, you may be wondering: are New Hampshire's roads getting worse? Why are they getting harder to pay for? And, does it really matter if we have a few more potholes?
NHPR's newsroom answers those questions in this animation:
The Sarah Long Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine sustained significant damage from a ship accident. On Monday afternoon, a tanker ship drifted into the bridge.
New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and State Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement spent Tuesday morning surveying the damage. The tanker Harbour Feature is now docked at the state pier, where the Governor updated her survey of the bridge damage assessment.
A new form of cremation that proponents claim is more environmentally friendly may soon be legal in New Hampshire. It goes by many names including Resomation, Aquamation, bio cremation, and non-flame cremation. The scientific term is alkaline hydrolysis and it’s a process that uses a lye-like solution and hot water to liquefy human remains. But the jury is still out on whether the local funeral industry will adopt it.