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Senate passes bill to raise New Hampshire’s minimum wage

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Senate on Thursday passed a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage. The bill, which passed 14-10, would raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour in 2020 and $11 or $12 an hour in 2021, depending on additional benefits provided by employers, such as paid ...

Maine considers another bump in number of moose hunt permits

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s moose hunters could see another bump in the number of hunting permits for the big game animals this year. Biologists in Maine are proposing an increase of 11 percent in moose permits, bringing the total to 2,820. The permits are doled out via a lottery that ...

VA medical center chosen for new safety designation

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s only VA medical center has been chosen as part of a new initiative to put procedures and protocols in place to maximize safety and minimize harm. The Manchester Medical Center is the first in the Veterans Health Administration’s system to become a ...

Snowmobile rider, 81, crashes into son, both hurt

STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department says an 81-year-old woman on a snowmobile crashed into her son as he was getting off of his vehicle, seriously injuring both of them. Conservation officers say Cynthia Jaycox, of Columbia, New Hampshire, was operating the ...

Descendants of historic cottage owner seek to save building

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — More than a dozen descendants of a man who built a historic Portsmouth cottage are asking for time to save the building from demolition. The 38-room Carey Cottage in Creek Farm is currently owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. The ...

Lawsuit challenges school funding formula

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Two decades after a series of court decisions that said New Hampshire has a duty to provide and pay for an adequate education, a school district has sued the state, saying that hasn’t been accomplished. New Hampshire Public Radio reports the ConVal School District names ...

2 arrested in November shooting that wounded man

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire’s capital city say they’ve arrested two 18-year-olds and they’re looking for a third suspect in connection with a shooting in November that seriously wounded a man. Police on Wednesday charged Devon Gilligan with attempt to commit murder and ...

Senate approves independent harassment investigator

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Senate has voted to have an independent human resources employee who would investigate sexual harassment complaints against lawmakers. Currently, complaints against House members are handled by the House or Senate chiefs of staff. Under a bill that ...

3 towns defeat measures to close town roads to ATV use

STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. (AP) — Voters on Town Meeting Day in three northern New Hampshire towns have rejected measures to close town roads to ATV use because of noise and traffic concerns. The Caledonian-Record reports voters in Pittsburg and Colebrook defeated petitioned articles to close the ...

Dump truck hits I-93 overpass, backs up traffic

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire state police say a dump truck traveling on southbound Interstate 93 hit an overpass and the body of the truck landed on the highway, causing an accident with two other vehicles and backing up traffic during the morning rush hour. WMUR-TV reports police said ...

Senate votes on school safety, mental health bills

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to a batch of bills addressing safety and mental health in schools. Senators voted in favor of developing a statewide, real-time notification system to link schools directly to law enforcement in the event of a ...

Rescuers help stranded skier in icy slope on Mt. Washington

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — Authorities have come to the aid of a skier trapped on an icy slope alongside Mount Washington. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says 20-year-old Sean Bagdon, of Colchester, Vermont, had been skiing down Burt Ravine on the western side of the mountain ...

Squirrels are damaging some maple syrup operations

DANVILLE, Vt. (AP) — Maple syrup producers have more than the weather to worry about. Frenetic squirrels are chomping on equipment, crimping the flow of sap at some operations. Damage from wildlife — deer, bear woodpeckers, and squirrels — is not unusual for maple producers, but this ...

Liquor commission celebrating ‘85 Years of Cheers’

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is celebrating its 85th anniversary with a yearlong campaign, “85 Years of Cheers.” The commission will be randomly awarding 85 customers with 85 percent off of their purchases of either $250 or $1,000 at liquor and wine outlet ...

Police officer sentenced for falsifying documentation

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former New Hampshire police officer has been sentenced on charges related to falsifying documentation of evidence. Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced March 28, 2018, that he was investigating the conduct of former Claremont Police Sgt. Ian Kibbe and Officer ...

Regulators to consider appeal on Seacoast transmission line

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Regulators are going to consider an appeal of a new transmission line approved for New Hampshire’s Seacoast. The Site Evaluation Committee voted last year in favor of the Seacoast Reliability Project. The project, to be built by Eversource, would span13 miles between ...

Death penalty repeal bill passes New Hampshire House

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — With a veto-proof majority, the New Hampshire House voted Thursday to repeal the state’s death penalty after hearing from a freshman Democrat who fled Afghanistan as a child and a longtime Republican lawmaker grieving his wife’s recent death. New Hampshire’s ...

Court: Board wrong to deny workers’ comp for medical pot

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A labor appeals board was wrong to determine that workers’ compensation insurance can’t reimburse an employee for the cost of medical marijuana, according to a New Hampshire Supreme Court decision released Thursday. But the court left unresolved whether an insurance ...

State to include internet outage in company investigation

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials say they will review how Consolidated Communications responded to a recent internet outage as part of a larger investigation into the company. Vermont Public Radio reports the outage Wednesday affected 83,000 residents and small businesses in Vermont ...

Senate passes bill on inaugural committee spending

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Future New Hampshire governors would face stricter campaign finance rules when it comes to their inaugural committees under a bill passed by the state Senate. The bill comes in response to reports that family members and close political allies of Republican Gov. Chris ...