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Environmental Services refers Saint-Gobain bypass stack issue to AG for enforcement

BY: - December 7, 2021

The Department of Environmental Services has asked the state’s attorney general to get involved in enforcing Saint-Gobain’s permit for air emissions at the company’s facility in Merrimack. At issue is a bypass stack Saint-Gobain built without the state’s permission, according to the DES. During a series of tests in September, state officials found that untreated […]

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Bullying reports plummeted during remote learning school year, state numbers show

BY: - December 6, 2021

Reports of bullying in New Hampshire schools plummeted in the 2020-2021 school year as most schools entered remote learning, according to recent numbers from the Department of Education. With most students learning via video screens, and many classrooms abandoned for the majority of the school week, elementary schools recorded 364 reported incidents of bullying of […]

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Executive Council to consider request for contract with Vermont mental health hospital

BY: - December 6, 2021

A continuing rise in mental health crises among children and too few inpatient beds to treat them has the Department of Health and Human Services looking to Vermont for help. The department will ask the Executive Council Wednesday to approve a $684,000 contract with Brattleboro Retreat for 10 beds through June 2022. A denial of […]

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Liberty asks utilities commission to suspend energy efficiency decision

BY: - December 3, 2021

Liberty Utilities has asked the Public Utilities Commission to suspend an energy efficiency decision the company says would cause “irreparable harm” if implemented. The utility filed a motion for a stay of order early Friday morning, the latest response to a contentious decision from the utilities commission to reject a triennial energy efficiency plan and […]

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Study: Those eligible for food stamps may not be using program due to lack of state outreach

BY: - December 2, 2021

New Hampshire hasn’t had an outreach plan for its food stamp program in more than four years – and an analysis of recent years shows that people who are eligible may not be using the program, according to the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute. The institute found that outreach could help increase awareness of the […]

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Nashua overlooked in ‘Booster Blitz’ campaign, state lawmakers say

BY: - December 1, 2021

Nashua lawmakers are raising concerns that the state’s “Booster Blitz” overlooked New Hampshire’s second largest and most diverse city, even as the city has one of the highest COVID-19 positivity and community transmission rates in the state. The governor’s office said on Wednesday a nearby location was chosen instead to avoid confusion with a pre-existing […]

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Sununu, health officials seek approval of nearly $90 million for COVID efforts

BY: - December 1, 2021

This story was updated December 2, 2021 at noon to include new budget information from the state Department of Health and Human Services. The governor and state health officials will ask the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee during a special meeting Thursday to expedite approval to spend nearly $90 million on their newest efforts fighting a […]

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State opens registration for 20-site ‘Booster Blitz’

BY: - November 30, 2021

Granite Staters struggling to schedule a booster shot can sign up Wednesday morning for one of the 10,000 boosters the state will make available Dec. 11 during its statewide “Booster Blitz.”  Individuals will be allowed to make appointments for up to five people at vaccines.nh.gov and choose among 20 sites located from the North Country […]

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State’s supply of free, at-home COVID tests exhausted in less than 24 hours

BY: - November 30, 2021

This story was updated Nov. 30, 2021, at 1 p.m. to include comments from the state Department of Health and Human Services and again at 5:30 p.m. after the state corrected the number of tests available.  Last week, Gov. Chris Sununu enthusiastically announced residents would soon have access to 1 million at-home rapid COVID-19 tests […]

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Utilities commission’s energy efficiency decision draws lawsuit, contractor complaints

BY: - November 30, 2021

Clean Energy New Hampshire announced on Monday that it would file a lawsuit over the Public Utilities Commission’s recent decision to cut funding for the state’s energy efficiency programs. The nonprofit is suing in conjunction with energy efficiency contractors who are impacted by the decision. The organization will file suit in New Hampshire Superior Court, […]

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Federal vaccine mandate for health care workers in 10 states blocked by judge

BY: - November 29, 2021

WASHINGTON – Enforcement of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for millions of health care workers was blocked in 10 states on Monday, after a ruling by a federal judge in Missouri. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp affects the states involved in the lawsuit, which includes New Hampshire. The others are Missouri, Iowa, […]

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New COVID omicron variant ‘not a cause for panic,’ Biden says

BY: and - November 29, 2021

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden sought to reassure Americans on Monday about the latest COVID-19 variant, describing it as “a cause for concern, not a cause for panic.” Biden did not announce any new travel restrictions or other federal actions during his brief remarks from the White House.  Instead, he urged Americans to get a […]