Briefs

Monkeypox cases climb in NH as vaccine uptake remains low

BY: - September 26, 2022

As the number of confirmed monkeypox cases in New Hampshire climbs – from 16 to 29 in the past month – state health officials have expanded eligibility for the vaccine and announced additional vaccination sites. Any person who identifies as gay, bisexual, queer, or is a man who has sex with men, and believes they […]

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Unitil requests electric price increase

BY: - September 26, 2022

This article was updated at 4:14 p.m. on Sept. 26 to include comment from the consumer advocate. Unitil customers can expect a significant rate increase in December, if the utility’s Friday request is granted. Unitil requested to increase electric rates to 26 cents per kilowatt hour, which would take effect on Dec. 1 and last […]

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Worker shortage and too few discharge options close 48 beds at state hospital

BY: - September 23, 2022

In a week where nearly 30 adults were waiting in emergency rooms for inpatient psychiatric care, 48 of New Hampshire Hospital’s 184 beds are closed due to staffing shortages, Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette told executive councilors this week. That’s partly due to the department’s inability to compete with wages and […]

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Department of Health and Human Services removes request to expand food assistance eligibility

BY: - September 22, 2022

The Bulletin incorrectly reported on Sept. 21 that changes to the SNAP program had been approved by the Executive Council on Wednesday. The Department of Health and Human Services removed a request to expand eligibility for a food assistance program during the Executive Council’s meeting on Wednesday. The request would have increased eligibility for the […]

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State attorneys general raise concerns about credit card companies tracking firearm purchases

BY: - September 21, 2022

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen is leading a group of attorneys general – including John Formella of New Hampshire – in calling out a handful of financial institutions for a new policy that would track and monitor firearm purchases. At the center of the coalition’s ire is recent action taken by the International Organization for […]

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State to dedicate $5 million to help temporary shelters this winter

BY: - September 20, 2022

New Hampshire is setting aside $5 million in federal COVID relief funds to help support emergency homeless shelters in the winter, as the number of homeless residents has climbed recently.  The new program, approved by the Executive Council and Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee earlier this month, will provide financial assistance to temporary shelters set up […]

Rules for community power approved

BY: - September 16, 2022

A legislative committee approved rules for community power Friday, which will allow cities and towns to band together to purchase their own energy. Amid soaring electricity costs, energy experts anticipate this will save ratepayers money while increasing renewable energy options.  The rules required approval by the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules before taking effect. […]

Mobile health clinic will travel the North Country

BY: - September 16, 2022

This fall, North Country residents will have a more convenient option for getting preventive health care, including immunizations, glucose screenings, and some medical services.  The New Hampshire Medical Society and North Country Health Consortium are partnering to launch theNorthern New Hampshire Mobile Health Clinic, which will provide care via a van. The vehicle will also […]

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Education Freedom Accounts double after one year; most recipients outside public school

BY: - September 15, 2022

Participation in New Hampshire’s education freedom account (EFA) program has doubled in the year since it launched, the state Department of Education said Friday, far exceeding the department’s initial estimates. As of September, there are 3,025 students participating at the start of the program’s second academic year, according to the department. At the program’s launch […]

House plans to take up emergency energy aid bill Thursday

BY: - September 14, 2022

The Legislature is scheduled to meet Thursday to act on bills vetoed by Gov. Chris Sununu. But the meeting is also an opportunity for lawmakers to act on Sununu’s call to create an emergency energy plan to address the skyrocketing costs of both electricity and home heat. In June, Sununu proposed a $60 million dollar […]

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State to use $6 million to bring COVID-19 vaccines to communities and homebound Granite Staters

BY: - September 14, 2022

With final state approval in hand, the Department of Health and Human Services plans to use $6 million in federal pandemic money to bring COVID-19 testing and vaccines to Granite Staters’ neighborhoods and homes. The money will allow the department to send three mobile vaccination vans into communities, providing not just vaccines and boosters but […]

New Hampshire’s late primary day

BY: - September 13, 2022

As voters headed into the polls Tuesday, Gov. Chris Sununu said he would be open to moving up the state’s primary, among the latest in the country. But the governor has vetoed previous legislative attempts to move the primary to August.  “Look, I don’t mind moving the primary. I’ve come to that,” Sununu told talk […]