NH News Roundup on Tuesday, Jan. 3

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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.

Downtown: Concord’s sidewalk snow removal is No. 1 in New England, officials say Concord Monitor)

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.

Minimum wage increases in 4 out of 6 New England States, leaving NH with lowest (NH1)

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.

PORTSMOUTH — A superior court judge ruled that Toyota of Portsmouth owner James Boyle did incur damages from a city sewer line running through the Greenleaf Avenue property on which his dealership sits.

Police Use Tear Gas To Subdue Man Wanted in Franklin Incident (Laconia Daily News)

FRANKLIN — A man who had eluded police for three days after allegedly firing a handgun while being pursued by police Wednesday morning, was arrested Saturday morning at a trailer park in Concord.

Three arrested in connection with stabbing in Nashua (WMUR)

Incident occurred on Dec. 17, police say

Portion  Of Trails To Close (Valley News)

West Windsor, Vt. — About five miles of the roughly 35-mile trail network that snakes through the town forest, the former Ascutney Mountain ski area and abutting properties will be lost to public use in two weeks. A property owner has terminated the licensing agreement that allowed access to his land.

Community mourns loss of Tony Urban (Berlin Daily Sun)

BERLIN — Tony Urban, who died Thursday, was remembered as an educator, an avid supporter of athletics and a dedicated public servant.

Here Are Some New N.H. Laws Taking Effect On January 1st (NHPR)

The New Year will bring plenty of new rules and regulations to New Hampshire, covering everything from police body cameras to the use of laser pointers. Here’s a look at some of the bills that will officially be law as of January 1st:

Colebrook Chronicle

The News and Sentinel


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.

Turkey nightclub attack: Manhunt for gunman intensifies (BBC)

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.

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