NH News Roundup for Monday, Jan. 2

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Welcome to InDepthNH.org’s roundup of news that matters in New Hampshire for Jan. 2

Lebanon man charged with setting church fire, stabbing pair (Union Leader)

LEBANON – A local man is charged with multiple stabbings and arsons, including the fire that claimed the historic First Baptist Church last Wednesday.

New Hampshire doctors ready to comply with new opioid prescription laws (WMUR)

MANCHESTER, N.H. — New Hampshire has been awash in prescription opioid pills for years now, contributing to the rampant opioid abuse devastating communities.

Northeastern ski areas revel in a rarity – powder (Caledonian Record)

FAYSTON, Vt. (AP) — Northeastern ski areas are reveling in a rarity — powder — after a nor’easter dumped 2 feet of snow in parts of Maine and lesser amounts in Vermont and New Hampshire following a dismal season last winter with little snow.

Nashua man charged with felony shoplifting, court date set (Nashua Telegraph)

NASHUA – The arrest two days before Christmas of 36-year-old Nashua resident Mark Palmer for shoplifting resulted in a felony theft charge, according to police.

HHS data breach taking its toll (Union Leader)

NEW BOSTON – Cheryl Paquette said the data breach notification letter she received from the Department of Health and Human Services last week was “emotionally very distressing.”

Fight against publishing notices in newspapers persists (Concord Monitor)

As classified advertising, once the lifeblood of newspapers, has dried up, one constant has remained: a thick daily listing of government public notices. But legislative fights have put that at risk.

Meth user shares his story of addiction, recovery in prison (Concord Monitor)

James Mott knew people who tweaked when they used methamphetamine, hearing voices and seeing things that weren’t there.

Time-Lapse Video: The Upper Valley in Satellite Images, From 1984 to the Present (Valley News)

See how the Upper Valley has changed from 1984 to 2016, including the construction of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and more, in the Valley News video above.

Blackberries, beavers and plastic bags: Taking a look at some bills for 2017 (Union Leader)

Blackberries, beavers and plastic bags are all on the agenda for lawmakers this year.
Nearly 1,000 Legislative Service Requests (LSRs) – requests to have bills drafted – have been filed by New Hampshire’s citizen legislators for the upcoming session. Many of them come from constituent requests. 

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Duckler: To these five who died in 2016, you won’t be forgotten (Concord Monitor)

If you parachuted into downtown on May 23 with no knowledge of recent local events, then ventured into the Capitol Center for the Arts, you never would have guessed that an undercurrent of sadness existed in the theater that night.

Did Santa Bring You Gifts Just To Spy on You? (InDepthNH.org)

I need to share one thing with you first: I am really bad at gift giving. Just ask my wife, who once got a rototiller for her birthday.

2017 shaping up to be a great year for Tom Brady (Boston Globe)

His Deflategate suspension behind him, Brady easily should be MVP.


Russian diplomats expelled by Obama over hacking leave US (BBC)

14 tons of trash after big New Year’s Eve party on the Strip: Let the cleanup begin (LA Times)

What a messy end to 2016. The Las Vegas Strip began jamming up with people hours before the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve and, as people are inclined to do, they brought a lot of stuff with them to celebrate the occasion.

2017 opens with 3 killed, 15 wounded after violent 2016 has its last homicide on New Year’s Eve (Chicago Tribune)

Three people were killed and 15 others were wounded during the first six hours of the year as the city ended a year that brought levels of violence that had not been seen in the city since the 1990s. 

Seven people injured in New Year’s Day drive-by shooting (Miami Herald)

Forecast: Sunbelt population will continue its surge for years to come (Miami Herald)

CNN’s Don Lemon gets ear pierced on live TV, tells viewers he’s ‘lit’ (Boston Globe)

The news anchor rang in the New Year by taking shots on live TV, getting his ear pierced, and admitting to viewers he was “lit.”

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