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Laconia officials raise concerns about developer ahead of Executive Council meeting

BY: - December 6, 2022

Additional concerns arose Tuesday about a Manchester woman with no large-scale property development experience who’s been chosen by the state to buy the former 220-acre Laconia State School and turn it into a massive housing and tourism campus. The concerns come a day before the state Department of Administrative Services is to ask the Executive […]

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Hospitals managing a new surge: kids with RSV

BY: - December 2, 2022

A year ago, it was adults sick with COVID-19 who filled intensive care units, many requiring oxygen or full intubation. Now beds are increasingly occupied by children who are so sick with respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, they too require ICU-level care. All eight of the state’s pediatric ICU beds are full, and there are […]

A record-setting number of women will serve in state legislatures in 2023

BY: - December 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — A record number of women will soon serve in state legislatures, breaking the previous cap of female lawmakers by at least 69 seats and bringing total representation to more than 32%, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. New Hampshire is contributing to those numbers, with half of the state’s 24 […]

DNC committee to vote on New Hampshire primary position

BY: - December 1, 2022

A key panel of Democrats in Washington, D.C. will vote this week on which states should lead the presidential primary calendar – and whether New Hampshire should remain first.  On Friday and Saturday, the powerful Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic National Committee is scheduled to meet to discuss the recommended lineup of states […]

Assistant DHHS commissioner makes pitch for interim post

BY: - December 1, 2022

The person who’s been serving as deputy commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services for two years is in line for the top job – temporarily. Lori Weaver, a 20-year veteran of the department, made her case to the Executive Council Thursday to finish the remaining year of outgoing Commissioner Lori Shibinette’s term […]

Updated fees for Cannon approved for 2022-2023 ski season

BY: - November 30, 2022

Same-day adult lift tickets for Cannon will increase by $5 for both adults and seniors this ski season, after approval this month from a key legislative committee. The new rates were approved after lawmakers pushed back on initial plans by the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources for bigger increases for seniors, residents, and state […]

Republicans secure slim majority in NH House

BY: - November 29, 2022

Republicans have secured a slim 201 to 198 majority in the New Hampshire House after a review of contested ballots left recount results intact Monday. The fate of one House seat is still undecided after a recount found Democrat Chuck Grassie and Republican David Walker had tied, each receiving 970 votes. The Ballot Law Commission […]

Child advocate: Protecting at-risk children requires more staff, funding

BY: - November 29, 2022

Citing a 31 percent increase in incident reports of restraints, seclusion, and other mistreatment of children, the state’s child advocate told state officials Monday that she needs more staff and money to ensure the state is providing at-risk youth safe, dignified, and effective treatment.  Child Advocate Cassandra Sanchez requested to expand her staff of eight, […]

Displaced Afghans reach out for aid from a local Muslim organization at a makeshift IDP camp on Aug. 10 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

State diverts some Afghan evacuee resettlement funding toward rental relief

BY: - November 28, 2022

New Hampshire state officials are diverting federal funding meant to help the resettlement of the state’s 250 Afghan evacuees toward statewide rental assistance, one month after the U.S. Treasury moved to wind down the state’s rental relief funding.  On Tuesday, the Executive Council approved an item from the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery […]

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$6.2 million for weatherization assistance approved by Executive Council

BY: - November 28, 2022

The state will receive $6.2 million in federal money for its weatherization assistance program, following approval from the Executive Council last week.  The money comes ahead of a particularly expensive winter heating season, according to projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration that found households heating with natural gas could see almost a 30 percent […]

Thousands of veterans deluge VA with claims for toxic exposure benefits, health care

BY: - November 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is processing claims at the fastest rate in its history, hoping to avoid a significant backlog as hundreds of thousands of veterans apply for health care and benefits under the landmark toxic exposure law Congress passed earlier this year. The day after President Joe Biden signed the […]

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New Hampshire charter school enrollment increases 14% in past year

BY: - November 25, 2022

Enrollment in New Hampshire’s public charter schools grew 13.89 percent over the last school year, according to new figures released by the Department of Education, even as enrollment in public schools dropped overall.  The department reported there were 4,912 students enrolled in the state’s 28 charter schools as of the start of the 2022 -2023 […]