NH News Roundup on Friday, Jan. 6

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Sununu Sets Priorities and Tone in First Speech as Governor (NHPR)

After being sworn in Thursday at the State House, Republican Chris Sununu has officially become the 82 nd Governor of New Hampshire. In his inauguration address, Sununu laid out his priorities for the next two years but also offered an indication of his leadership style.

Sununu Issues News Release About Today’s Swearing-In Ceremony (InDepthNH.org)

In lieu of providing excerpts from the address, below is a background quote that speaks to the broad themes and policy areas of focus in today’s remarks. The following can be attributed to “senior transition officials” :

Former Woodsville Attorney Pleads Guilty to Theft (Valley News)

North Haverhill — A former Woodsville attorney pleaded guilty on Tuesday to pocketing nearly $44,000 that should have been paid to the estate of a Haverhill resident. Gary J. Wood, 63, was sentenced to one year in the Grafton County jail in connection with the felony-level theft by misappropriation charge.

Plan to give free breakfast to Monadnock elementary students won’t go to voters (Keene Sentinel)

SWANZEY CENTER — A proposal to provide breakfast to all elementary school students in the Monadnock Regional School District won’t come before voters at this year’s annual meeting in March.

Shaheen, Hassan Letter Urges GOP To Improve Obamacare, Not Repeal (InDepthNH.org)

Urging Republicans to consider improvements before causing irreparable damage through outright repeal, Senators highlight their past support for commonsense changes and improvements.

Mass. sheriff offers to have inmates build Trump’s proposed wall (WCVB)

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Will inmate labor from Massachusetts be used to build President-elect Donald Trump’s anti-immigration wall along the Mexican border? A local sheriff is offering that service to the future commander-in-chief.

Man posed as woman to lure teen to park, police say (WMUR)

Vermont man accused of making up woman to attack teenager

State rep wants to require proof in child sex abuse cases (Concord Monitor)

A bill created after Concord psychologist Foad Afshar’s sexual-assault conviction would require sexual-assault survivors to have additional proof of their assault other than their word.

First up for Sununu: nominating slate of new judges, top officials (Union Leader)

Gov. Chris Sununu’s to-do list begins and ends with a state budget address he will deliver to lawmakers Feb. 9, but his first days in office are peppered with meetings with legislative and state leaders and filling out his new administration.


LACONIA — Two high-profile cases are still scheduled for jury selection on Monday despite the contention of one attorney that information from the other case is relevant to his.

County commissioners seem headed for farm faceoff (Conway Daily Sun)

CONWAY — At Wednesday’s meeting of the Carroll County commissioners, newly sworn-in Mark Hounsell (R-Conway) said he would like to shut down the county farm and replace it with something more productive.

Sununu stresses bipartisanship at gubernatorial inauguration (Nashua Telegraph)

CONCORD – Chris Sununu, calling for an open and bipartisan government that serves the people, took the oath of office as New Hampshire’s 82nd governor.

Farmington officials: Bed bugs are a statewide issue (Union Leader)

Officials in Farmington are offering people tips on how to get rid of bed bugs after two recent reports of the bugs in schools, but say the nuisance pests are commonly found throughout New Hampshire. 


Russian hacking claims: Joe Biden tells Trump to ‘grow up’ (BBC)

On Friday, Mr Trump will be briefed on allegations Russia meddled in the US presidential election – claims he has cast doubt on.

U.S. intercepts said to capture Russian officials congratulating themselves on Trump win (Washington Post)

The ebullient reaction to Donald Trump’s victory contributed to the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Moscow’s efforts were aimed at least in part at helping the president-elect. Identities of those involved in delivering stolen Democratic emails to WikiLeaks are at the heart of an unprecedented intelligence report detailing evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, which is expected to be presented to Trump on Friday.

Trump Said ‘Torture Works.’ An Echo Is Feared Worldwide. (New York Times)

Human rights experts fear that authoritarian regimes around the world will see Donald J. Trump’s campaign vows to reinstate torture as a green light to carry out their own abuses.

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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