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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 ...

New Hampshire House votes to reverse voter registration laws

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House voted Thursday to reverse two new voter registration laws, even though neither has fully taken effect and both are being challenged in court. One of the laws requires additional documentation from voters who register within 30 days of an election. ...

Ex-New Hampshire lawmaker in sex case gets work release

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A former New Hampshire lawmaker who pleaded guilty to charges of drug possession and trying to lure a 14-year-old girl over Facebook into a sexual encounter has been granted work release. Kyle Tasker pleaded guilty in 2017 and was sentenced to three to 10 years in ...

Public advocate backs power line; environment group opposed

HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — A proposed transmission line across western Maine that would serve as a conduit for Canadian hydropower is “in the best interest” of state electricity customers thanks to incentives negotiated with Central Maine Power, the state’s public advocate said ...

Herring fishing restricted south of Cape Cod for rest of ‘19

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — The federal government is limiting the harvest of an important bait fish for the rest of the year from Massachusetts to North Carolina. Atlantic herring are harvested on the East Coast for use as bait and human food. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

Amoskeag Fishways center closing, fish ladder deck remains

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Amoskeag Fishways environmental education center along the Merrimack River in Manchester, New Hampshire, is closing soon, although an observation deck for the Amoskeag Dam’s fish ladder will remain. The Concord Monitor reports the move comes after Eversource ...