The state’s businesses are clamoring for a labor force better prepared in the STEM fields, says Governor Maggie Hassan. "It has been very clear to me that the number one need that businesses identify is a 21st century workforce," she says.
She says both the state’s school districts and Universities aren’t doing enough. So, she's issued an executive order to establish a 14-member taskforce to plan the future of STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education in New Hampshire.
On Wednesday the Federal Railroad Authority announced it will propose new rules this summer for railroad safety. That comes amid safety concerns on the Seacoast following a proposal to transport propane to Newington by rail.
Republican candidates for U.S. Senate Karen Testerman, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith debated in Bedford Tuesday night. The tone was cordial and while some disagreed on points of policy, they were united in their criticism of the absent candidate: Scott Brown.
Superior judge Richard McNamara heard arguments Monday on whether New Hampshire's Attorney General has the authority to continue the suspension of Rockingham County attorney Jim Reams. The Attorney General suspended Reams in November, and then pursued an investigation into alleged employment discrimination and financial mismanagement.
After a long winter and several false starts, it looks like New Hampshire might finally be heading into spring.
Mild temperatures on Sunday brought many Granite Staters outside to enjoy the weather. Concord resident Annie Morgan brought her eight-year old son to a city park. And she was confident that this time, spring was here to stay.
“Well I’m determined! It’s not going anywhere," she said with a chuckle. "No, we’re not getting any more snow, and it’s going to be beautiful!”
The long, cold winter has delayed spring planting in the Granite State. That complicates matters for nurseries and lawn and garden businesses. Charlie Cole is general manager of Cole Gardens in Concord. He sees the late spring as a mixed bag for his business—although he’s optimistic.
“We’re really excited, because the pent-up need to be out in the garden is just building, and it’s still building. And once our customer base are able to get in the garden and plant, we think it’s going to be a great spring,” Cole says.
For a 31-year period in the 19th century, glass making was the heart of the economy in the small town of Stoddard.
Factories there made everything from whiskey flasks to ink wells and at their peak, each produced a million bottles a year.
Pieces of Stoddard Glass have since become highly collectible and highly valuable antiques.
As part of our ongoing series, NHPR’s Michael Brindley visits Stoddard and talks with historian Alan Rumrill about glassmaking in the town and how much the rarest of the Stoddard glass pieces are worth today.
Former Supreme Court Chief Justice and current UNH Law School Dean, John Broderick told lawmakers that NH is better than countries like Iran, Iraq, North Korea, where the death penalty is used.
Broderick said anyone who's spent time in a prison knows it's a hopeless and demeaning place, and asked lawmakers to consider what it would be like to by laying on a gurney, a lethal injection headed your way, knowing you were innocent.