NH News Roundup on Wednesday, Jan. 4

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Welcome to InDepthNH.org’s roundup of news that matters in New Hampshire for Jan. 4

Sununu Inaugural Website Adds Donors, Stirs Concern (InDepthNH.org)

Gov.-elect Chris Sununu’s inaugural celebration website has added a more detailed sponsor list since it went online, but its $25,000 major donors – including Eversource – are still the most likely to raise concern.

New NH transparency laws now in effect (Nashua Telegraph)

CONCORD – New laws aimed at government transparency, landowner protection and banned activities took effect in New Hampshire on Sunday.

Bill proposes changing New Hampshire’s electoral vote system (Caledonian Record)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Three state lawmakers are proposing a change to the way New Hampshire allocates its four Electoral College votes.

Judge weighs visitation after police say dad tried to run mom over on Christmas (Union Leader)

A judge is considering whether the parents of two children police removed from an apartment littered with feces and other waste should be allowed to continue supervised visits with the young boy and girl.

Hassan becomes second female governor sworn in as U.S. senator (Concord Monitor)

Maggie Hassan was escorted by fellow Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen as she walked into the United States Senate Chamber on Tuesday to be sworn in as New Hampshire newest U.S. senator by Vice President Joe Biden.

Rochester buys 18 acres of land for development (Union Leader)

City councilors in Rochester voted to purchase 18 acres of land along Route 108 for development Tuesday night.

Report recommends Swanzey partner up to maintain Carpenter Home (Keene Sentinel)

SWANZEY CENTER — Whether the town’s decades-old assisted-living facility will be around for years to come depends on what partnerships it can forge, what upgrades it can make, and what monthly rents it can charge its residents, according to a recently released report.

Addiction treatment programs open in Concord, Rochester to help teen, new mother demographics (NH1)

CONCORD — A new drug and alcohol treatment program will become available in Concord Wednesday, not long after a treatment center recently opened in Rochester.

UPDATE: 2nd NH mother sentenced for killing her daughter this past month (NH1)

MANCHESTER — Two New Hampshire mothers have been sentenced for their roles in the deaths of their daughters the last month.

Former Manchester Mayor Emile Beaulieu dies (Union Leader)

MANCHESTER — Emile Beaulieu, the man who served two non-consecutive terms as mayor of the Queen City in the 1980s, died last week.

Fryeburg candidates’ forum Thursday (Conway Daily Sun)

FRYEBURG, Maine — The Fryeburg Water District will host a candidates forum Thursday ahead of the Jan. 10 special election for town selectman.

A Year After It Began, A Check-In On N.H.’s ‘Felonies First’ Program (NHPR)

It’s been exactly one year since the New Hampshire Courts began a major change in how felonies are prosecuted. 

From Waterville Valley To A Gold Mine: Sununu Family Interests Built On Political Clout (NHPR)

When Chris Sununu takes office Thursday, he’ll be the youngest governor in the country. But his arrival will also be a restoration of sorts for his family.

Wentworth-Douglass officially joins Mass General (SeacoastOnline)

DOVER – Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is officially part of the Massachusetts General Hospital family. On Jan. 1, Wentworth-Douglass (WDH) was acquired by Mass General, according to a press release.

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AROUND THE NATION AND WORLD

New Republican Congress reverses ethics move after outcry (BBC)

Republicans have ditched a plan to gut the independent body that investigates political misconduct after a backlash.

Donald Trump: New attack on US intelligence over Russia hacking (BBC)

US President-elect Donald Trump has made a fresh assault on America’s intelligence community.

It started with a little online venting. Now the Women’s March could be the biggest inauguration demonstration. (Washington Post)

Teresa Shook never considered herself much of an activist, but when the election results became clear, she asked her friends how to create an event page on Facebook for a march. By the time she went to bed, 40 people were on board. Now, more than 150,000 have said they plan to attend what has become a focal point for activists opposing Donald Trump’s agenda.

A day of chaos at the Capitol as House GOP backs down on ethics changes (Washington Post)

The opening day of the 115th Congress, intended to usher in a new period of Republican governance, was overtaken by an embarrassing reversal on ethics oversight, with the GOP gripped by internal division and many lawmakers seeking to shield themselves from scrutiny.

Pick for Trade Chief Indicates Trump Will Confront Partners (New York Times)

Robert Lighthizer, a Washington lawyer, shares Mr. Trump’s priority of self-interest, and his selection as trade negotiator signals an intention to get tough with Mexico and China.

Compiled by InDepthNH.org, a nonprofit investigative news outlet published online by the New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism 603-738-5635

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