NH News

City mulling plastic bag ban at grocery stores

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The City Council in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is considering a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags handed out by groceries, pharmacies, and other stores. Instead, customers could buy a recycled paper bag for 10 cents, to encourage them to bring their own reusable ...

National Guard unit to be honored in welcome-home ceremony

NEWINGTON, N.H. (AP) — More than 90 soldiers from New Hampshire National Guard's 197th Field Artillery Brigade are being honored after time spent in the Middle East. A welcome-home ceremony is planned at the Pease Air National Guard Base in Newington on Sunday March 12. They were deployed ...

Gov. Baker wants greater control over state water supply

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is pushing legislation he said will give Massachusetts greater control over protecting the state's water supply. The bill, which will be filed Wednesday, would let the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection ...

Conservation officers seize monkey illegally kept as pet

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire conservation officers say they've found a monkey being illegally kept as a pet at a couple's home. State Fish and Game Department conservation officers say they executed a search warrant on a Laconia residence after receiving a report about the primate ...

Cops: Work release inmate flees transitional housing unit

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Police are looking for a work release inmate who walked away from a transitional housing facility in Manchester, New Hampshire. The state Department of Corrections says 25-year-old Christopher William Plaisted-Comeau, formerly of Plymouth, walked away from the Calumet ...

Seacoast police struggle to find minority officers

By NIK BEIMLER, The Portsmouth Herald DOVER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is one of the least diverse states in the country and conflict between minority populations and police departments has not been as much of a problem in the Granite State as in other parts of the nation. But police chiefs ...

Sessions: Education, enforcement needed in opioid fight

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Recalling his days as a federal prosecutor in the 1980s, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told thousands of New Hampshire young people Tuesday that it would take education, prevention and a crackdown on drug gangs to turn the tide against the rising rates of addiction in ...

New Hampshire delegation: Health bill a setback

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Democratic congressional delegation says a Republican bill to replace the health care law would reverse progress for care addressing the opioid epidemic. Under the current law, Medicaid was expanded to cover more low-income people; the bill would limit ...

Bill would add new requirements to prove voter eligibility

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Republican-backed election law bill is drawing criticism for a provision that says local police might visit people's homes to verify they are legally eligible to vote. "This is a very hard thing for the League of Women Voters to ...

1886 ale marks University of New Hampshire anniversary

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Smuttynose Brewing Company is helping the University of New Hampshire mark its 150th anniversary with a new ale. Called 1866, the year UNH was founded, the session ale will be for sale and on tap throughout the seacoast region starting March 13. The university is ...

New Hampshire professor gets fellowship for Belize museum

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — A University of New Hampshire associate professor of anthropology has been awarded a fellowship to establish a public history museum in Belize. Eleanor Harrison-Buck will use the $50,000 Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship to create the museum focusing on the Kriol ...