North Country representatives were evenly split on the vote for House Bill 1546, which NHPR reported allows “any employer with a religious objection to deny workers insurance coverage for contraceptives.”
Supporters of the bill said it was about religious freedom.
Opponents note the Catholic church helped draft the bill and say it supports its anti-contraception views.
After Isaacson Structural Steel was sold off in a bankruptcy auction last month it wasn’t certain what would happen to the employees. But NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports it’s clear now and the news is not good.
In a blow to the North Country more workers at Isaacson Structural Steel in Berlin are being laid off.
About 80 have already lost their jobs with another 40 still on the job finishing up a project, says Diana Nelson with New Hampshire Employment Security.
“There will be a handful of employees at Isaacson’s through mid-April.”
A federal district judge has dismissed a suit against the Town of Franconia over a double shooting that left Franconia police officer Bruce McKay and his assailant, Liko Kenney, dead. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.
Almost five years ago a double shooting left Liko Kenney of Easton and Franconia police officer Bruce McKay dead.
McKay was shot by Kenney during a traffic stop.
Then, a passerby – Gregory Floyd – picked up McKay’s gun and killed Kenney.
Kenney’s father, David, later sued the town of Franconia in federal district court.
A Fish and Game official says four ill-equipped hikers from Massachusetts probably would have died Sunday on the Franconia Ridge had two Connecticut men not happened along. NHPR’s Chris Jensen has the story.
Brian Croce and a companion were working their way along the Franconia Ridge in blustery, frigid conditions Sunday afternoon.
Then they saw four people - three men and a woman - huddled together behind a rock.
“The guy told us that they desperately needed help and to call 911 for them.”