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Dec 31, 2015 12:46 PM

No. 1 - 4th graders' proposed red-tailed hawk bill gets a rude awakening at NH State House

No. 1 - NH lawmakers harshly kill 4th-graders' bill in front of them

Ah, 2015's top story won't soon be forgotten.

It was a top story for weeks - not just on our site - but nationally. It was trending on Facebook. It got attention from national outlets all over the country.

I'm talking, of course, about the now infamous Red-Tailed Hawk kerfuffle in March.

A 4th-grade class from Lincoln came to see how the NH Legislature works (like all 4th-grade classes do) by submitting a bill.

This one? Naming the red-tailed hawk as the official state raptor.

Some lawmakers were not kind to the kids' proposal.

One state representative compared the bird with abortion, another said we should start debating state hotdogs (he is now known as the Hot Dog guy in the Legislature).

Backlash from the Granite State and the nation was immediate and harsh.

But we were excited to learn months later that this story had a happy ending.

The 4th-grade class offered forgiveness. The world swooned. They were invited to name the White House's official hawk. They even got a shout-out in the president's first-ever Facebook post.

But for a while there, a bird was all anyone could talk about.

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