Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Nov. 30, 2018

Nov 29, 2018

A new federal report on climate change includes some dire news for this region but a leading author of the report says there are some hopeful signs to be found in how some local communities are adapting and working to mitigate the effects. The race for N.H. Secretary of State enters its final lap. And a jury delivers its verdict in an art forgery case involving a prominent collector and a N.H. mother and son. 

GUESTS: 

Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, a professor of geography at the University of Vermontt and a lead author of the recently released National Climate Assessment.  She is also Vermont's State Climatologist.

Paul Feely, reporter covering Manchester for The Union Leader. 

Annie Ropeik, NHPR's energy and environment reporter. 

Paul Steinhauser, N.H. political reporter. 

Dean Spiliotes,  Civic scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University.  

Related Reading

Read the Northeast chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment here. Lead author of the Northeast chapter, professor Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, remains hopeful despite bleak findings.  Here's a recent Northeast Public Radio interview with Dupigny-Giroux.  UNH also played a role in the report. The Boston Globe sums up some key regional takeaways from the report. In his Granite Geek column for The Concord Monitor, David Brooks suggests the forecast for snow may not be so dire as the report finds.

In the final days before lawmakers vote on the Secretary of State next week, five former governors throw their support behind current Secretary of State Bill Gardner, who would be serving his 22nd two-year term if he is victorious over challenger Colin Van Ostern.   Incoming Democratic state senate president Donna Soucy,  however, is staying silent on her votge. Meanwhile, Paul Steinhauser reports in The Concord Monitor that Gardner has hinted this may be his final term if he is re-elected. 

At the Statehouse, new members get their bearings.  Republican lawmakers elect their leader, Representative Dick Hinch, who will serve as minority leader.  

In Manchester, a school board member is under scrutiny for emailing a high school reporter to take issue with her editorial.  The incident has prompted the school board to revisit privacy policies.   Also, Manchester police consider body cameras, days after a video was posted on social media showing police arresting two people outside a downtown bar. Mayor Joyce Craig has said their use of force during the arrest is under review.  

And a former Franklin Pierce University art professor  and her son are ordered to repay nearly $500,000 for selling forged paintings by artist Leon Golub.  A jury in federal court ruled in favor of plaintiff Andrew Hall, who discovered the 17 paintings were fake after buying them from Loreattann and Nikolas Gascard of Rindge in 2011.  Read more coverage of this story by NHPR's Todd Bookman here