Latest New Hampshire state government News

Driving road tests resume, but not tourist trains in NH

Jun. 1, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Merrimack Valley High School students will get to drive across the finish line at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during a special graduation ceremony later this month, and the state has resumed road tests for new drivers. But tourists hoping to explore the state by train are still out of...

Public awareness campaign seeks to prevent financial abuse

Jun. 1, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A group working to prevent the financial exploitation of New Hampshire’s elderly residents has launched a statewide public awareness campaign to connect victims and those at risk with trusted sources of help. The New Hampshire Financial Abuse Specialty Team was created in 2013...

Work planned for several days on Spaulding Turnpike Bridge

May. 30, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Work is planned for several days on the Spaulding Turnpike Bridge over Route 108 in Dover, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation said. The work is scheduled to start Monday, and be finished Wednesday. It will require temporary ramp and lane closures. The turnpike southbound...

Hotels, churches set to reopen, stay-at-home order extended

May. 29, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. Chris Sununu extended New Hampshire’s stay-at-home order for an additional two weeks, while announcing the limited reopening of hotels, summer camps and houses of worship. The stay-at-home order had been due to expire on Sunday but instead was extended until June 15. ...

Court finds for media, overrules old right-to-know decision

May. 29, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Friday found in favor of two news media organizations requesting police-related records, and in doing so, overruled its decision in a 1993 right-to-know law case that broadly allowed government agencies to withhold information. Government agencies...

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Most hospital overflow sites closing; 101 new cases reported

May. 28, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire plans to start breaking down most of its “flex facilities” to handle hospital overflow for coronavirus cases starting next week, saying that hospitals have created surge spaces of their own, if needed. The state had set up 14 facilities around New Hampshire...

FILE -  In this Feb. 19, 2013 file photo New Hampshire Democratic state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark speaks to a senate committee during a hearing, in Concord, N.H. The longtime legislator announced Thursday, May 28, 2020 that she is retiring from office and won't seek re-election this year, saying it's time for

Longtime legislator Martha Fuller Clark to retire

May. 28, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Longtime New Hampshire legislator Martha Fuller Clark announced Thursday that she is retiring from office and won't seek re-election this year, saying it's time for “a new generation of political leaders" to fill her seat. Fuller Clark, a state senator, was first elected to...

Waitress Jennifer Heath, of Martha's Exchange, wears a protective mask due to COVID-19 concerns, as she sanitises a table after the guests ate their lunch in Nashua, N.H.., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Restaurants along Main Street were allowed to reopen and occupy travel lane for table service in front of their restaurant after being closed in March in the virus outbreak shutdown. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Task force approves rules for sports, gambling, driver's ed

May. 27, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The task force on reopening New Hampshire’s economy approved recommendations Wednesday related to bingo, basketball and allowing driving instructors back behind the wheel. The proposed rules for charitable gaming includes limiting the number of seats at tables set up for poker,...

Christmas Eve death of boy, 5, determined to be a homicide

May. 27, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The death of a 5-year-old boy on Christmas Eve was caused by blunt force trauma to the head and neck, and the manner of death is homicide, the New Hampshire attorney general's office said Wednesday. Dennis Vaughan, Jr., of Laconia, died at a hospital. Police arrived at his home to...

New Hampshire expands virus testing to more workers

May. 26, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — As more businesses reopen, New Hampshire is offering coronavirus testing workers who have prolonged contact with colleagues or members of the public while on the job. The state has set up nine testing sites, as well as mobile teams that can visit workplace parking lots to collect large...