Welcome to InDepthNH.org’s roundup of news that matters in New Hampshire for Jan. 3
9 of 16 killings solved in 2016 (Union Leader)
Sixteen homicides were recorded in 2016 in New Hampshire. Four of the killings — 25 percent — occurred in Manchester. That could rise to 31 percent if the Dec. 4 death of Eugenio Colon Nieves, 30, is ruled a homicide.
A recent report aimed at improving the lives of Concord’s pedestrians recommends the city rethink its roads-first policy that leaves almost all sidewalk plowing until after the streets are clear.
Medicaid expansion, casinos among Hassan’s wins and losses (Concord Monitor)
Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan officially becomes a U.S. senator on Tuesday, ending four years of leading New Hampshire from her corner office.
The minimum wage is increasing in four of the six New England states Sunday. Massachusetts is raising its minimum wage from $10 to $11 an hour.
AROUND THE NATION AND WORLD
House Republicans vote to rein in independent ethics office (Washington Post)
The office was created in 2008 in the wake of a series of embarrassing congressional scandals. Ethics watchdog groups said that the vote, held in a GOP conference meeting behind closed doors, could further undermine public confidence in Congress.
Turkish police have launched raids in Istanbul and arrested 12 people, as the hunt for an attacker who killed 39 people in a nightclub intensifies.
People are dying because of an audacious cash policy that India says will modernize its economy (LA Times)
Usha Boinavad, a farmworker in western India who underwent a heart operation as a teenager, began suffering from chest pains last month. A doctor advised the 26-year-old to seek heart valve surgery in the nearest major city, 200 miles away.
Russian government hackers do not appear to have targeted Vermont utility, say people close to investigation (Washington Post)
As federal officials investigate suspicious Internet activity found last week on a Vermont utility computer, they are finding evidence that the incident is not linked to any Russian government effort to target or hack the utility, officials said.