State tax revenue under projections
CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire’s tax collections last month were $17 million less than expected and that doesn’t include almost $14 million in refund requests.
Administrative Services Commissioner Linda Hodgdon said January was a disappointing month, especially for business tax collections. Still to be processed are requests for almost $13 million in refunds from businesses and $1 million from people who pay the state tax on interest and dividends.
Total revenues for the year lag $30 million behind projections largely due to unpaid hospital taxes.
The state taxes hospitals on net patient revenues. The hospitals did not question the guidelines used to determine what was taxable until the current budget was passed that cut state payments to hospitals. Ten hospitals are suing the state over the cuts.
Teens charged with selling drugs
PORTSMOUTH (AP) — Police in Portsmouth have arrested two teens on charges of possessing and distributing drugs to Portsmouth High School students.
Police said they seized meth, heroin, bath salts, marijuana and other drugs out of the apartment Monday night where the 15- and 16-year-old suspects live with their mother, who was not charged.
Police also seized hypodermic needles, scales, drug baggies, numerous cell phones and laptop computers from the apartment.
Police say they have information that some of the drugs were received from international locations. They also are working with federal law enforcement agencies.
Jury chosen for genocide trial
CONCORD (AP) — A jury of seven men and five women has been chosen for the second trial of a New Hampshire woman accused of lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide so she could enter the United States and become a citizen.
Prosecutors say 43-year-old Beatrice Munyenyezi of Manchester ordered the rapes and murders of Tutsis and moderate Hutus during the genocide that killed up to 800,000 people. They contend she lied when she denied any role in the killings on applications to enter the United States in 1995 and obtain citizenship in 2003.
Munyenyezi’s 2012 trial ended in a mistrial after jurors deadlocked.
Her lawyers say she denies taking part in the genocide.
Testimony begins today in federal court in Concord.