Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Scott Brown moved to New Hampshire late last year, and is now locked in a tight race with incumbent Jeanne Shaheen. Whether Brown wins or loses, he’s already having an indirect, but potentially profound effect on his new home state: as the landlord of a nascent evangelical church in Portsmouth.
Lawmakers, energy developers, and policy wonks descended on downtown Concord today for the annual New Hampshire Energy summit. The event couldn’t come at a more appropriate time, last week New Hampshire electric utilities – with the notable exception of the state’s largest, Public Service of New Hampshire – announced winter rate hikes ranging from twelve to fifty percent.
Jeanne Shaheen kicked off her week of women’s themed events by collecting the endorsement of NARAL-Pro-Choice America PAC, and by telling reporters to take Scott Brown’s claims of having a pro-choice record with a grain of salt.
“He can try and say all he wants to that he has been pro-choice. The fact is that’s not the way he vote when he was in Massachusetts – check his record – and that’s not the way he has voted in Washington.”
The New Hampshire Technical Institute at Concord's Community College has been awarded a $2.5 million federal job-training grant aimed at boosting information technology programs.
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced the U.S. Department of Labor grant on Monday.
The grant will help create new certificate and associate degree programs in information technology such as cyber security, networking and game programming. Shaheen says those skills can be applied in growing fields including health care, energy and advanced manufacturing.
New Hampshire's Department of Safety has made changes to the state's concealed carry gun license application for the second time in two months, following complaints from gun rights groups over some of the questions.
The Concord Monitor reports the department first made changes to the application form in August, in response to a superior court decision and general suggestions.
New Hampshire's gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates are addressing energy industry leaders, consumers and policy makers at an annual summit in Concord.
The New Hampshire Energy Summit being held Monday is organized by the Dupont Group and the New Hampshire Independent Energy Council, a coalition of non-utility electric generators, renewable generation developers, private transmission companies and electricity suppliers.
Gov. Maggie Hassan and her Republican challenger both will speak, as will U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Scott Brown.
Another utility has announced that electric rates will rise this winter. For customers of the New Hampshire Electric Coop, the state’s second largest utility, winter electricity bills will rise 12.2%
The rate increase takes place on October 1st, and will cost ratepayers using 500 kilowatt hours $12.47 cents more per month. The increase is due to increasing rates on the energy half of the electric bill, which are increasing from 8.97 cents per kilowatt hour, to 11.6 cents.
A 21-year-old New Hampshire man charged in connection with a lockdown at his former high school in Manchester is heading to court.
Damian Johnson of Manchester will be arraigned Friday on a felony count of falsifying physical evidence and misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass, violation of probation and disrupting school in session.
Police say Manchester High School West was on lockdown for 90 minutes Thursday, after a student reported seeing Johnson with a gun tucked into his waistband. He was found in a small, occupied classroom and was arrested without incident.
New Hampshire’s Consumer Advocate has asked regulators to soften the blow of a big rate hike expected for as many as 42,000 New Hampshire electricity customers. The average customer of Liberty Utilities, which provides electricity to towns on the Massachusetts border and in the Upper Valley, says customers, might pay as much as $50 more per month for winter if the increase is granted, a 50 percent increase.
On cold winter days, homes burning natural gas for heating fill up most of the pipelines coming into New England, and what little gas is left over becomes very expensive.
Genetic engineering of plants has come a long way in recent years. It was first used to make more robust crops, then more nutritious and efficient crops. Now, scientists at the University of New Hampshire are tweaking tea plants to create an un-caffeinated variety.
Camellia sinensis is the plant from which virtually all caffeinated teas derive. UNH neuroscience major Laura Van Beaver has been working to flip one particular gene like a switch, which changes the plant in a significant way.
New Hampshire's attorney general is closely monitoring a lawsuit filed by a major supplier of home heating oil against a dealer who supplies about 30,000 customers with fuel to be sure the dealer can fulfill its obligations.
Senior Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti says he will meet next week with lawyers for Hudson-based Fred Fuller Oil, in light of a lawsuit filed by Sprague Energy. The company claims Fuller owes $4.7 million in unpaid bills and is seeking to seize Fuller's delivery trucks and other assets.
After failing to appeal the Newington Planning Board's decision to approve the propane company Sea-3’s expansion through that city's Zoning Board of Adjustment, a Portsmouth staff attorney says they will proceed to Superior Court.
In an unusual legal maneuver, the City of Portsmouth filed their appeal in the Superior Court in June. That appeal was stayed as the city pursued an appeal via Newington's ZBA.
In July, New Hampshire’s congressional delegation requested federal government provide an environmental impacts study. That request was denied on Tuesday.
A Colebrook woman is trying to make it easier for people to buy locally grown foods while giving farmers an economic boost. Her idea is a variation on the classic roadside farm stand, and it is a model that could be used around the state.
New Hampshire may have a tiny seacoast but that doesn't stop people from hauling out oysters.
The state's Fish and Game department says oyster season is open from September through May. It's only open to Granite Staters and the shellfish can only be taken for personal consumption; no sales are allowed.
Oysters can be taken by hand or by using tongs but rakes are illegal.
A man whom authorities say fatally shot his mother, then killed himself, was a student at Vermont Law School.
Authorities said 35-year-old Jonathan Trombly of Amherst, New Hampshire, shot his mother, 69-year-old Elizabeth Trombly, multiple times before shooting himself. Their bodies were discovered in a home Tuesday.
The Burlington Free Press reports the Vermont Law School community learned about the case in an email from President Mark Mihaly on Wednesday afternoon.
The New Hampshire Humane Society is denying allegations brought up in lawsuit filed by its former executive director, who said she was fired for reporting concerns such as allegations of animal mistreatment.
The Citizen reports its board of directors says it believes all allegations by Mary Di Maria will be found baseless and without merit. The board voted to fire Di Maria on Dec. 11, 2013.
He says he may just give the $625,000 award to his wife.
Yitang Zhang, a professor of analytic number theory at the University of New Hampshire, is one of 21 artists, scholars and professionals to receive a prestigious MacArthur "genius" grant this year.
Zhang rose to celebrity unexpectedly last year after discovering a finite bound on the gaps between prime numbers. The discovery is a major breakthrough on a subject that has bedeviled mathematicians since ancient times.
The former executive director of the New Hampshire Humane Society has filed a lawsuit against former and current board members, saying she was fired for reporting concerns such as allegations of animal mistreatment.
Mary Di Maria of Moultonborough says she was fired after reporting animals were being euthanized without the needed approval, surgery was being performed on animals that were not fully anesthetized and that a failure to perform timely exams on cats resulted in a number of them requiring respiratory infections.
The New Hampshire House of Representatives has voted to sustain three of Governor Maggie Hassan’s vetoes from the last legislative session.
The bills would have cracked down on bullying between state employees, given the legislature the power to decide privacy disputes raised during audits of state agencies, and made it illegal to disclose the name of a lottery winner.
A majority of the house, but not the needed two thirds, voted in favor of the auditing and the lottery winner privacy bill.
Republican State Senate Leadership responded Tuesday to the University System of New Hampshire Trustees’ request to restore University funding to 2009 levels, a $16 million dollar increase between 2015 and 2016, in exchange for another two years tuition freeze.