Welcome to InDepthNH.org’s roundup of news that matters in New Hampshire, Dec. 9
Toddlers From Daycare Found Walking Alone On Pleasant Street (Caledonian Record)
A passing motorist came to their rescue
Five hours after InDepthNH.org reported that the U.S. Department of Energy planned to exclude the public and press from two meetings about Northern Pass next week, those events in Concord and Whitefield were suddenly postponed.
Shumlin to Pardon Pot Convictions (Valley News)
Randolph — In his final weeks in office, Gov. Peter Shumlin will consider pardons for Vermonters convicted of possessing up to an ounce of marijuana.
Lebanon Raises City’s Water, Sewer Rates (Valley News)
Lebanon — The City Council unanimously approved 7 percent rate increases for water and sewer users on Wednesday night, though some councilors acknowledged they were approving the increase reluctantly.
Wednesday was Organization Day for the New Hampshire Legislature, when all 400 members of the House of Representatives gather for the first time since being elected. Reporter Hannah McCarthy spoke to three brand-new reps about their decision to run.
Thirty-five projects for land conservation and historic preservation have been awarded grants by the state’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program . LCHIP was created by the legislature in 2000 to provide matching grants for conservation and preservation projects across New Hampshire.
SPOFFORD — Amid the lakeside splendor of Route 9A, Spofford Hall is an outsider.
Jacob Hudson, Austin Furlong face charges
Kyle Tasker to appear before judge Friday
Opponents concerned about environmental impacts
Hassan talks health care (Nashua Telegraph)
NASHUA – Gov. Maggie Hassan, now in her final six weeks in the corner office, visited Lamprey Health Care on Thursday.
The collaborative aims to create comprehensive and specialized services for all victims of human trafficking, investigate and prosecute sex and labor trafficking cases, and support data collection and analysis that will help guide the state in developing best practices for an informed response.
Value of power plant in Bow boosted by payments to keep it available (Concord Monitor)
Coal-fired power plants might be a dying breed in the U.S., but Eversource has high hopes for the sale of Merrimack Station in Bow because of a program called the forward capacity market.
AROUND THE NATION AND WORLD
Fully 88% of all money spent by super PACs and politically active nonprofits on ads naming Republican women was spent opposing them.
John Glenn, astronaut and senator, dies at 95 (Boston Globe)
John Herschel Glenn Jr. — twice an astronaut, four times elected to the Senate, once a presidential candidate — died Thursday in Ohio.
Donald Trump is gone from the boardroom of NBC’s reboot of ‘‘Celebrity Apprentice,’’ but he’s kept a business connection to the reality show.
How chicken manure, Great Lakes figure into Trump’s pick to run EPA (Detroit Free Press)
Hundreds of men appear to have gone missing after crossing from rebel-held areas of Aleppo into government territory, UN officials say.