Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Sept. 27

Sep 26, 2019

Governor Sununu and Democratic leaders reach an agreement on the state budget, a week before the temporary spending plan was set to expire.  A federal judge denies a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a veteran challenging the display of a Bible in the lobby of the Manchester VA Medical Center.  And Senator Elizabeth Warren gains substantial support in the Granite State, edging ahead of former fruntrunner Vice President Joe Biden. 

Air date: Sept. 27, 2019

GUESTS: 

Kevin Landrigan -  N.H. Statehouse reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Dean Spiliotes - Civic scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at SNHU

Paula Tracy - Senior reporter covering Statehouse and environmental issues for InDepth NH. She previously worked at the New Hampshire Union Leader for 25 years and for four years at WMUR. 

Some Top Stories of The Week

After about three months of stalemate, Governor Sununu and Democratic leaders reach a compromise on a two-year state budget about a week before the temporary spending plan was set to expire. Read coverage by Kevin Landrigan, Paula Tracy

New Hampshire's Lottery Commission is considering about 13 bids from vendors seeking to manage the state's new sports gambling program approved by the legislature earlier this year.  Read NHPR's coverage, including an Exchange conversation on the debate leading up to the vote.  

Another marijuana-related debate -- this time about federal banking laws and legislation that would allow banks to invest in the cannabis business where medicinal or recreational use is allowed.  

New Hampshire's House members and voters weigh in on the impeachment inquiry. 

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren makes substantial gains in several states, including in New Hampshire, where she has pulled slightly ahead of former front-runner Vice President Joe Biden. 

Glenn Normandeau, director of the N.H. Fish and Game department, announces he is stepping down in March 2020 after about 12 years in the position -- creating another opening in a department already facing a labor shortage.  Read Paula Tracy's coverage. 

"The Secret Life of NH's Endangered Mountain Butterfly" by Paula Tracy.