NEW HAMPSHIRE

Coverage of New Hampshire from New England Public Radio, NPR, and other NPR stations.

A new WBUR poll finds New Hampshire voters divided along party lines over whether President Trump should be impeached and removed from office.

Among likely voters in the Democratic presidential primary, 69% say Trump should be removed from office.

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and former Vice President Joe Biden are leading the crowded Democratic presidential primary race in New Hampshire, according to a new WBUR poll. With the first-in-the-nation primary less than nine weeks away, Buttigieg is running slightly ahead of Biden, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is in fourth place.

Throughout the presidential primary campaign, voters in New Hampshire have said climate change is one of their top priorities. And even as candidates emphasize the dangers of global warming – and detail their plans to address it – many voters aren't reassured.

NHPR’s Annie Ropeik has more as part of our series “Where They Stand,” which takes a closer look at candidates’ policy proposals. 

Editor's note, Feb. 4, 2020: Click here to see an updated version of this project with the Democratic field as of the final week of the New Hampshire primary. 

People in West Lebanon had a chance to tour New Hampshire’s first net-zero multi-family residential building. 

About 400 solar panels will power Tracy Community Housing. Some are on the roof, and others are on the south side of the building. Each apartment has a mini-split unit that’ll cool or heat the apartment using air source heat pumps.

There’s little doubt that Elizabeth Warren has emerged as the Democratic front-runner, especially in New Hampshire. But after last week’s debate, could this be a Pete Buttigieg moment?

More than 600 people who filled a theater in Bow on Thursday night seemed to think so, as they greeted the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, with raucous cheers.

A Coos County grand jury has indicted the driver of a truck that crashed into a group of motorcycles on 23 different charges, including manslaughter and driving under the influence.

Seven motorcyclists were killed when Vladimir Zhukovskyy, 25, allegedly swerved into oncoming traffic on Route 2 in Randolph last June. The riders were all members of the Jarhead Motorcycle Club, which is made up of Marine Corps members and their families.

Imagine you are forced to go to a hospital to receive psychiatric treatment that you don't think you need. What rights would you have?

That's the question at the heart of a legal battle between the state of New Hampshire and the American Civil Liberties Union.

The case has big implications for New Hampshire, but it also highlights a nationwide problem: A shortage of mental health beds is leaving patients stranded in emergency rooms for days or weeks at a time.

Anxiety and agitation

A Superior Court judge heard arguments Friday against New Hampshire's strict new limits on PFAS chemicals in public water supplies.

The major chemical company 3M and a group of local stakeholders want an injunction against the recently implemented rules.

3M's attorney laid out their arguments inside Merrimack Superior Court, as protesters outside denounced the involvement of the corporation that pioneered PFAS.

Boston, Everett and Holbrook are just some of the places that Massachusetts residents drove from on a recent weekday to get to Smoker Choice, a vape shop just across the border in Salem, New Hampshire.

Store manager Ali Shaikh says he’s had a rush of Massachusetts customers.

“We always saw a lot of people from Massachusetts but they were mostly people that weren’t 21 yet,” Shaikh says. “All of a sudden the rush we got, it’s people of all ages, all kinds of people.”

 

Massachusetts' ban last week on vaping products is giving a boost to some vape shops in New Hampshire. The ban, which came after a rash of vaping-related lung illnesses and deaths in September, is considered the most aggressive state action against vaping in the country.

A newly unsealed affidavit sheds more light on what led to a car crash in Randolph this summer that killed seven motorcyclists, all members of a club for military veterans. 

Nearly 70 people were arrested during a protest at a coal-fired power plant in Bow Saturday.

The activists had marched onto the grounds of Merrimack Station, the largest coal-burning facility left in New England that is not set to retire.

Hundreds more people from across the region protested outside the plant’s main gate and in nearby Memorial Field, decrying the continued use of the fossil fuels that accelerate the harmful effects of climate change.


As Congressional Democrats launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, many presidential candidates are voicing their support. But impeachment, so far, is getting mixed reactions from Democratic voters in New Hampshire.

Governor Chris Sununu signed two bills Tuesday banning the use of some products that contain harmful PFAS and other chemicals.

The industrial compounds have been linked to a wide array of health problems.

New Hampshire motor vehicle officials say that until recently, the state had a backlog of more than 22,000 unprocessed DMV notifications, echoing a backlog that came to light in Massachusetts following a devastating car crash earlier this summer.

We all know traffic can be nightmare in Greater Boston. A recent congestion study even found Massachusetts is at a “tipping point” as congestion has “gone from bad to worse.”

And it’s an issue plaguing other states too. Hoping to share ideas on ways to beat traffic congestion, several members of the National Governors Association gathered for a summit in Boston Tuesday.

The University of New Hampshire is renewing a long-term contract with a China-based group that’s raised concerns among U.S. intelligence agencies. Confucius Institutes, which partner with colleges and universities around the globe, have been accused of serving as propaganda outlets of the Chinese government. 

The  Catholic Diocese in Springfield, Mass. is one of seven New England dioceses, that have started a confidential, third-party system to report misconduct by bishops.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The Springfield Catholic Diocese and six others in New England are offering a confidential reporting system, operated by a third party, for filing sexual abuse and other misconduct allegations against bishops.

The scene outside the SNHU Arena in Manchester looked pretty much like every other Trump rally you’ve seen on TV: thousands of people in bright red hats, street vendors selling Trump gear.

But the difference was the line of people who wound around Elm Street - many wearing Red Sox shirts matched with their Make America Great Again hats.

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy of West Springfield, Massachusetts, appears in Springfield District Court with his attorney Donald Frank on June 22, 2019.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

A federal inspection report says the driver involved in a crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire was on drugs and reached for a beverage just before colliding with a group of bikers. 

Emma Cummings and Fred Freeman on the Gulfside Trail at Mount Jefferson in New Hampshire in July 1902.
Courtesy Allison Bell

In 1902, two middle-aged women organized a hiking trip through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, which were at the time under threat from logging and fires.

Eversource has officially pulled the plug on the Northern Pass transmission line.

The utility filed a notice with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission late Thursday, a spokesman says, “reflecting our conclusion that Northern Pass has unfortunately been brought to an end.”

 

The Massachusetts attorney general's office has opened an investigation into the trucking company that employed the driver charged in the deaths of seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Maura Healey confirmed Tuesday an investigation into Westfield Transport Inc. She couldn't comment further because the probe is ongoing.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Friday dealt what may be the final blow to the Northern Pass transmission line.

New Hampshire on Thursday adopted the country’s most sweeping limits for PFAS chemical contamination in drinking water.

The strict standards won approval from the state legislature’s administrative rules committee, along roughly party lines.

New Hampshire residents will soon have a third, non-binary option for gender indication on state driver’s licenses and state-issued IDs.

Governor Chris Sununu allowed HB 669 to pass yesterday without a signature, while he signed 42 other bills signed into law.

New Hampshire is at the forefront of a growing debate over PFAS chemical contamination in drinking water. And many of the Democrats campaigning to win the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary are taking notice.

They’re using the issue to connect with a highly engaged block of potential Granite State voters – and local PFAS activists are welcoming the attention.


State environmental officials on Friday proposed what would be some of the lowest limits in the country for four types of PFAS chemicals in public water supplies and groundwater.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators and New Hampshire State Police at the scene of a June 21, 2019, collision involving a pick-up truck and numerous motorcycles.
Peter Knudson / National Transportation Safety Board

This week, Massachusetts Registrar of Motor Vehicles Erin Deveney resigned over a fatal crash involving a West Springfield man now facing charges of negligent homicide. The crash killed seven motorcyclists in northern New Hampshire.

The man who’s accused of killing seven motorcyclists in an horrific crash in New Hampshire last week had been previously arrested in Connecticut, after refusing a sobriety test -- a revelation that has led to finger pointing between the licensing agencies of two states. 

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