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Ethics Committee To Continue Investigation Into Top N.H. House Democrat's Role With Teachers Union

The Legislative Ethics Committee voted on Monday to pursue a preliminary investigation into a complaint against New Hampshire House Majority Leader Doug Ley, a Democrat from Jaffrey who also leads one of the state’s largest teachers unions.

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The head of the Massachusetts motor vehicle division has resigned for failing to terminate the commercial driving license of man whose collision with a group of motorcyclists in New Hampshire left seven people dead.

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, on Tuesday plead not guilty to seven counts of negligent homicide and was ordered to remain in preventive detention in New Hampshire, with a judge saying his driving record poses a potential danger to the public and himself.

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Governor Chris Sununu has vetoed a plan to replace all state cars and trucks with zero-emissions vehicles within about a decade.

The bill would have required the state to stop buying new conventional vehicles by 2026.

State agencies would have had to replace their existing fleets with carbon-free technologies by the year 2041.

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Governor Chris Sununu has vetoed a bill aimed at curbing wage violations in the construction industry.

The bill backed by Democratic state lawmakers would have made it easier for the Department of Labor to quickly stop a project if the contractor was under investigation for wage theft, or for failing to pay workers' compensation.

Supporters said the bill was needed to curb widespread underpayment of wages, particularly of undocumented immigrant workers.

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Numerous employees were laid off today today at Oracle + Dyn in Manchester, one of the Millyard's biggest employers.

Oracle has been conducting layoffs worldwide since March.

In a statement, Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig called Oracle's decision to lay off a significant number of employees in Manchester quote "upsetting and disappointing."

It is currently unknown how many workers received layoff notices.

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Democratic state lawmakers say they'd prefer it didn't happen, but they are preparing for Governor Chris Sununu to veto the next state budget.

House Speaker Steve Shurtleff says he has been talking with Republicans about a continuing resolution to keep government running if the Legislature and the Governor remain at impasse.

"That will be coming up on Thursday, that's something I've worked on with our friends in the Senate as well as Republican leadership in the house."

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The 23-year old man facing seven counts of negligent homicide for his role in a devastating crash in Randolph last week entered a plea of not guilty on Tuesday. 

Prosecutors allege that Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy was driving “erratically” when his 2016 Dodge 2500 pick-up truck that was towing a trailer crossed the double-yellow line on Route 2 in the tiny New Hampshire town north of the White Mountains.

Courtesy of the Manchester Equity Review Team.

 

The Manchester Equity Review Team, a group tasked with improving equity in the city's public schools, is recommending the district increase racial diversity among staff and change how it disciplines students.

In the last decade, Manchester has struggled with a decline in state aid and major demographic shifts; the percentage of Latino students, English language learners (ELL's) and students on free and reduced lunch in Manchester have nearly doubled.

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People who rent out space in their homes through AirBnB may face new rules in Laconia. Last night the Laconia City Council approved short-term rental regulations for Airbnb and other home-sharing sites.

The rules would require hosts to submit an application to the city, perform safety inspections, and provide on-site parking, among other changes.

Councilor David Bownes said this is just the first step in a long process.

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The Legislative Ethics Committee voted on Monday to pursue a preliminary investigation into a complaint against New Hampshire House Majority Leader Doug Ley, a Democrat from Jaffrey who also leads one of the state’s largest teachers unions.

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A regional dairy association is urging Governor Sununu to veto a bill that some of its members support.

The Dairy Premium Fund bill would create a local dairy label, priced higher to increase revenue for New Hampshire farmers who chose to participate.

But the Northeast Dairy Foods Association says families won't pay extra for milk, even if they know it's local. 

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