NH News

Independent investigator proposed for Statehouse harassment

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An independent human resources employee would investigate sexual harassment complaints against New Hampshire lawmakers under a bill before a Senate committee Wednesday. Currently, complaints against House members are reported to the House or Senate chiefs of staff. Under ...

Despite contract impasse, gov feels deal will be reached

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu says he’s confident a contract deal will be reached with state employees, despite a decision by workers’ unions to declare an impasse. The unions declared an impasse Tuesday after months of negotiating. Rich Gulla, president of the State ...

New Hampshire cold case unit solves 5 decade old murder

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Cold Case Unit said Wednesday it has solved its oldest crime, the 52-year-old shooting death of an auto repair shop worker, and said the man who did it killed himself years later. On Sept. 1, 1966, Everett Delano, 49, was shot three times in the head ...

Feds propose rules for scallop fishery with season coming

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — This year’s Atlantic sea scallop fishing year begins in several weeks, and federal regulators are proposing new management measures for the valuable fishery. The fishing season for scallops begins on April 1. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...

Authorities investigate death of Mount Washington climber

CAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says police are investigating the death of a Mount Washington climber who was hiking up a snowy and icy area of the Northeast’s highest peak when he apparently slipped and fell more than 300 feet (91 meters) into a boulder-strewn area. The ...

Senate passes bill to protect businesses from sales taxes

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Senate has unanimously passed a bill to protect businesses from out-of-state jurisdictions attempting to pose a sales tax on these companies. The bill was the result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that said states can require online retailers ...

Maine governor adds boost to major power line project

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gov. Janet Mills is throwing her support behind a 145-mile transmission line across western Maine to supply Canadian hydropower to electricity consumers in Massachusetts, citing economic and environmental benefits under a sweetened proposal by Central Maine Power. The ...

Survey available for victims of crime in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new survey is available for crime victims in New Hampshire. Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced Friday the New Hampshire Victim’s Needs Assessment Online Survey at www.NHCrimesurvey.com . Crime victims are encouraged to provide feedback related to their ...

Group that promotes development near Canada border expanding

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — An organization that promotes economic development near the Canadian border in northern New England and upstate New York is expanding the areas eligible to receive the assistance, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy said Thursday during an event in Middlebury. In Vermont, the ...

Senate approves bill allowing federal rail analysis funds

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Senate has voted to approve a bill that would allow the Transportation Department to access existing federal funds to complete a commuter rail expansion analysis from Boston to Nashua and Manchester. Last year, Gov. Chris Sununu and the Governor’s ...

Suspect in kidnapping and sex assault indicted by grand jury

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted the man charged with kidnapping a woman and her 5-year-old son in New Hampshire and later sexually assaulting the woman in Vermont. Documents filed in U.S. District Court in Burlington on Thursday say Everett Simpson was charged in a ...

Man accused of having 3 wives in 3 states awaits extradition

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Maine prosecutors say New Hampshire will have first dibs on a man who is accused of being married to three women in different states. Forty-three-year-old Michael Middleton is being held in Ohio while awaiting extradition to New Hampshire, where he’s charged with ...

Gov proclaims Girl Scout Cookie weekend in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It’s Girl Scout Cookie Weekend in New Hampshire. Gov. Chris Sununu made the proclamation earlier this week honoring Girl Scouts for investing in the future of girls. Patricia Mellor, the CEO of Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, says the cookie program ...

Scholarship fund to help engineering students

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new scholarship fund will distribute more than $100,000 annually to New Hampshire engineering students. The Norman F. and Marilyn W. Jones Scholarship Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation will make its first awards this year to students this year to students ...

Forest crews getting back to business after shutdown

CAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Now that the partial government shutdown is over, White Mountain National Forest crews are taking care of removing hard-packed snow from trailhead parking lots and freeing frozen-shut restroom doors. Forest Supervisor Clare Mendelsohn said visitors can expect varying ...

Massachusetts will likely wait to recoup unpaid Conn. tolls

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker wants Connecticut to help his administration collect millions in unpaid highway tolls, but he may have to wait to see whether Connecticut lawmakers finally vote for some form of tolling. Baker, a Republican, has called for a reciprocity ...

New Hampshire air guard to receive new Air Force tanker

NEWINGTON, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Air National Guard is set to become the first guard unit in the country to receive the Air Force’s new aerial refueling tanker, the KC-46A Pegasus. Seacoastonline.com reports the first of 12 aircraft are due to begin arriving in New Hampshire in ...

Animal rescue farm owner accused of neglecting horses

LANGDON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire State Police have accused a woman who runs an animal rescue farm of neglecting the care of 26 horses that were seized by the state. Sixty-three-year-old Olexandra Beck, of Langdon, New Hampshire, was arrested Thursday on four misdemeanor counts of animal ...

Bite my Picasso: Art museums drawn into Super Bowl rivalry

BOSTON (AP) — Careful about picking sides in the Super Bowl — one of these world-class art museums may tell you where to Van Gogh. As Sunday’s showdown between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams draws near, Boston’s prestigious Museum of Fine Arts and Los Angeles’ ...

Man sentenced for recorded assault, robbery, in gun buy

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to 8 ½ years in federal prison for assaulting and robbing an individual during a firearms transaction who was working with authorities. Court documents say 27-year-old Aaron Sperow, of Nashua, arranged for someone to come to a ...