NH News Roundup on Thursday, Dec. 22

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Welcome to InDepthNH.org’s roundup of news that matters in New Hampshire, Dec. 22

Sununu Hosting Three ‘Black Tie Optional’ Inaugural Celebrations (InDepthNH.org)

Gov.-elect Chris Sununu is hosting three pricey inaugural dinners sponsored by Eversource, Nextera Energy and the Gallagher Callahan and Gartrell lawfirm, but he wasn’t talking on Wednesday about how much they are paying or what they might expect in return.

Convicted Rep named a vice chair; misdemeanor doesn’t disqualify Sapareto from criminal justice position (Nashua Telegraph)

CONCORD – Republican House Speaker Shawn Jasper named a representative who was once convicted of misdemeanor simple assault as vice chairman of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday.

Nashua’s newest casino opens downtown (Nashua Telegraph)

NASHUA – Players looking for action downtown can start heading over to the River Casino, the new gaming establishment on High Street.

Feds Award $80M To DEKA, UNH and Dartmouth-Hitchcock for Bio Research and Manufacturing Institute in Manchester (InDepthNH.org)

The Department of Defense has awarded $80 million over five years to establish a bio research and manufacturing institute in Manchester that will be led by a coalition that includes DEKA Research & Development Corporation, the University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

 During the campaign, Governor-elect Chris Sununu said he would make attracting companies to the state a top priority. He also promised to meet with 100 business leaders in his first 100 days in office. 

Governor-elect Chris Sununu has named some of his key staffers. 

Baby’s presence raises a ruckus at town hall (UnionLeader)

ATKINSON — The town’s tax collector says she doesn’t see a problem baby-sitting her infant granddaughter at work, but at least one elected official does not agree.

Traffic stop leads to possibly largest fentanyl seizure in New England (NH1)

A major fentanyl bust today—possibly the largest seizure in New England. Police stopped a tractor trailer Wednesday on a highway in Derry, Connecticut and found 55 pounds—or 25 kilos—of fentanyl with an estimated street value of $1.5 million.

Local pastor and Mayor Ted Gatsas help Manchester family left out in the cold (NH1)

MANCHESTER — A woman and her children found themselves homeless just days ago when welfare stopped paying for their shelter. Mayor Ted Gatsas teamed up with a local pastor to help.

Baillargeon indicted for alleged negligent homicide (Berlin Daily Sun)

LANCASTER — Randy Baillargeon, 33,of 97 Elm St., Berlin, was indicted by a Coos County grand jury Friday, alleging that he negligently causing the death of Kristin Black last August in Berlin.


Trump Suggests Attack Affirms His Plan to Bar Muslims (New York Times)

“All along, I’ve proven to be right,” President-elect Donald J. Trump told reporters, speaking of the truck rampage that killed 12 and injured dozens in a Berlin Christmas market.

Berlin attack: Christmas market reopens following lorry rampage (BBC)

The Berlin Christmas market where 12 people were killed on Monday by a suspected Islamist extremist who drove a truck into a crowd has reopened.

$3.6 million missing in Miami Beach amid fraud investigation (Miami Herald)

About $3.6 million is missing from one of Miami Beach’s bank accounts, leaving administrators and law enforcement agencies scrambling to figure out how it happened, who did it and why no one noticed earlier.

In lawsuit settlement, Emanuel admits using personal email for public business (Chicago Tribune)

Under pressure from a pair of open records lawsuits, Mayor Rahm Emanuel acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that he has used personal email accounts to conduct public business, a practice that allowed him to hide some of his government correspondence from the public since he took office.

Fired social workers allege nursing home tried to mislead state on patient abuse (Chicago Tribune)

Two social workers allege they were fired from a suburban nursing home after refusing to fabricate medical records related to incidents of patient abuse, according to their pending lawsuit.

Prime suspect in deadly Berlin attack was subject of previous terror probe (Washington Post)

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