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Woman jumps from 2nd-story balcony to escape burning home

Jun. 18, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — A woman jumped from a second-story balcony to escape a burning home in Merrimack and two firefighters were injured while battling the fire, New Hampshire authorities said. The fire started near 7 p.m. Thursday at the home on Baboosic Lake, and...

House negotiators agree to abortion ban, school vouchers

Jun. 14, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — House negotiators on Monday agreed with the Senate’s proposal to include a ban on late-term abortions and a school voucher program in the state budget. On Friday, the team of negotiators from both chambers quickly agreed to move forward with the...

New Hampshire set to increase penalties for some DWI crashes

Jun. 13, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire bill aimed at strengthening penalties for repeat drunk drivers is headed to the governor's desk. The House on Thursday agreed to the Senate's version of Tyler Shaw's Law, named for a 20-year-old Concord man who died in 2018 when a...

House agrees with Senate on spending portion of NH budget

Jun. 11, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — House budget negotiators quickly acceded to the Senate on the spending portion of the state’s two-year budget Friday, though debate is expected to increase next week when they get to the accompanying policy proposals. Compared to the House-passed...

New Hampshire bill seeking feline equality sent to governor

Jun. 10, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill seeking justice for run-over cats in New Hampshire is heading to the governor’s desk, minus the name of the animal that inspired it. State law already requires drivers who injure or kill dogs to notify police or the animals’ owners, or...

New Hampshire Legislature protects display of mottos

Jun. 10, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Legislature has voted to protect the ability of schools to display the national and state mottos. The House passed a bill in April specifying that the state can't prohibit schools or school districts from displaying the national...

Gun background check bill passes New Hampshire House

Jun. 06, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill that would eliminate New Hampshire's role in conducting background checks for those purchasing handguns is headed to the governor's desk. The House on Thursday approved legislation that would abolish the state police “gun line,” and...

NH House backs bill to divide state, federal elections

Jun. 05, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House has approved legislation that could result in separate voting procedures for state and federal elections. The bill approved Thursday amounts to a preemptive strike against sweeping election and voter-access legislation being...

New Hampshire Senate passes $13.5 billion budget

Jun. 03, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Republican-led New Hampshire Senate approved a $13.5 billion two-year state budget Thursday after rejecting attempts by Democrats to remove proposed business tax cuts, abortion restrictions and a thorny provision about race and education. The...

NH Senate, House differ on rescheduling state primary

May. 31, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Both House and Senate lawmakers want to change the timing of New Hampshire's state primary, but they disagree on the ideal date. Though it is known for hosting the nation's earliest presidential primary every four years, the state primary — the...