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Constitutional Amendment Would Create An Independent Redistricting Panel in N.H.

Lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on a proposed constitutional amendment that would create an independent commission to draw boundaries for state elections. Current law leaves the responsibility of redistricting to the New Hampshire Legislature. Supporters of this measure say that allows for gerrymandering, or the ability of the majority party to draw boundary lines in its favor. Democratic State Rep. Ellen Read, a supporter of the measure, said she's mentioned limiting gerrymandering to...

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Lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on a proposed constitutional amendment that would create an independent commission to draw boundaries for state elections.

 

Current law leaves the responsibility of redistricting to the New Hampshire Legislature. Supporters of this measure say that allows for gerrymandering, or the ability of the majority party to draw boundary lines in its favor.

 

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As the government shutdown continues, most TSA workers in New Hampshire are still going to work at the state's airports, but this week, they’re about to miss their second paycheck.

 

Valyria Lewis of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), which represents the 164 TSA workers in New Hampshire, said appreciation from passengers and politicians isn't enough. 

 

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Bills to boost mental health services at local hospitals and hire staff at the state's child protection agency went before state senate committees Tuesday.

Democrats are prioritizing the bills, which spend about $13 million in state money. 

Dover School District

The Dover High School teacher at the center of an uproar over a recent racist incident in the classroom will keep his job.

John Carver gave the class assignment late last year that led Dover students to sing racist lyrics to the tune of Jingle Bells. It was caught on video, and Carver was put on paid leave while the district investigated.

Kim Cummings

Sometimes, the clothes hanging in the closet hold dreams about who we could become.

John W. Hession

A new apartment building in Gilford is the first in the state to be certified as a “passive house.”

It uses airtight construction and energy efficient insulation that aims to sharply lower residents’ bills.

The building is the third phase of an affordable senior housing development called Gilford Village Knolls.

It includes 24 one-bedroom apartments, with a small rooftop solar array to cut residents' energy costs through net metering.

The nonprofit Lakes Region Community Developers built the multi-million dollar complex with state funding and tax credits.

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Concord begins work Tuesday on planning how to use only renewable energy to power the community within a few decades.

The capital city passed a goal last summer of going all-renewable for electricity by 2030, and for heat and transportation by 2050.

On Tuesday night, they'll hold the first of three public input sessions on how to achieve those goals.

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New Hampshire regulators have given Liberty Utilities final approval to test a first-of-its-kind home battery storage project.

Liberty will sell Tesla Powerwall batteries to 500 of its customers in Southeastern New Hampshire and the Upper Valley.

Spokesman John Shore says the batteries will charge overnight, storing power when demand and rates are lowest. They can also be charged with solar power installed at the user's home. 

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Lawmakers in Concord are again considering legislation that would require presidential candidates running in New Hampshire’s primary to release five years of income tax returns.

The bill is sponsored by two Seacoast Democrats, including David Meuse, who told the House Election Law Committee on Tuesday that voters would benefit from increased transparency.

Hampton Beach Village District

A new report says sea level rise has already cost New Hampshire more than $15 million in coastal property valuation in recent years.

Researchers from Columbia University and the First Street Foundation, a national nonprofit, analyzed 2.5 million coastal homes in four New England states.

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