Briefs

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New state outreach on food assistance program becomes law

BY: - June 21, 2022

New Hampshire will begin promoting an underused food assistance program after Gov. Chris Sununu signed Senate Bill 404 into law on Friday. An analysis of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program found that 29,000 children and 45,000 adults in New Hampshire received benefits monthly in 2019, but an additional 17,000 potentially eligible children and tens of […]

Sununu signs bill that makes changes to youth employment rules

BY: - June 20, 2022

A bill signed by Gov. Chris Sununu lowers the age limit for students to bus tables where alcohol is served from 15 to 14 years old. It also increases the hours most 16- and 17-year-olds can work when they’re in school.  Senate Bill 345, which took effect Friday, was supported by the New Hampshire Lodging […]

In a first, 2 rooms in U.S. Capitol named for women who served in the Senate

BY: - June 20, 2022

WASHINGTON – The first woman joined Congress more than a century ago, but not until this month have any of the 540 rooms in the U.S. Capitol been officially named for women who served in the U.S. Senate.  Following a dedication ceremony earlier this month, Margaret Chase Smith of Maine, the first woman elected to […]

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Sununu signs affidavit ballot bill into law; voting rights groups file lawsuit

BY: and - June 17, 2022

This story was updated on June 18 at 9:56 a.m. to clarify that the state primary is 56 days before the November general election. Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill into law on Friday that would create affidavit ballots for the first time in New Hampshire, a process that could delay final election results up […]

Manchester accepting grant applications for community-based projects and events

BY: - June 17, 2022

One year ago Manchester learned it would receive $43.2 million in pandemic aid. Since then, it’s awarded 29 nonprofits nearly $254,000 in grants, and now it’s looking to give out more. The mayor’s office announced Wednesday it is accepting a second round of applications for the nearly $1 million it allotted to community-based projects and […]

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State requests use of COVID relief funds to pay for public and private school security upgrades

BY: - June 16, 2022

New Hampshire is seeking to use COVID-19 relief money to continue funding school security and infrastructure upgrades, an effort that is close to running out of state funding. And this time around, the state is proposing to fund private school upgrades, too.  In a request before the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee meeting this Friday, Department […]

The cost of New Hampshire search and rescue missions

BY: - June 15, 2022

Around 180 times a year, New Hampshire Fish and Game search and rescue units are dispatched to aid someone who has gotten in trouble outdoors. Sometimes, it’s a call from a hiker who has slipped on a wet rock and broken a leg or ankle. Other times, it’s from a rock climber who is stranded […]

Biden directs federal agencies to protect LGBTQI+ rights under attack in GOP-led states

BY: - June 15, 2022

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday aiming to curtail conversion therapy, expand health care access, and promote safe learning for LGBTQI+ people. The order is meant to counter laws in Republican-led states that restrict the rights of LGBTQI+ kids and their families. A senior administration official referenced Texas and Florida as two states […]

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Electric prices set to double in New Hampshire

BY: - June 14, 2022

One of the state’s major utilities is set to double the price of electricity in August, and it’s likely other utilities will be forced to raise their prices, too. The price hikes are being driven by projected high costs of natural gas. In a Monday filing with the Public Utilities Commission, Liberty Utilities proposed increasing […]

Spongy moth caterpillars descend on New Hampshire

BY: - June 13, 2022

Eating everything it can find, the spongy moth caterpillar – formerly known as the gypsy moth caterpillar – may not notice the defoliation it’s causing. But state officials and researchers do and are preparing to track the caterpillars’ population boom across several counties this spring. The spongy month caterpillars, an invasive species, cause the large-scale […]

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Bulletin wins 10 New Hampshire Press Association awards

BY: - June 10, 2022

In its first year entering the annual New Hampshire Press Association Distinguished Journalism Contest awards, the New Hampshire Bulletin took home 10 reporting awards, many of them for first place, in the division for small daily news outlets. The awards were presented Thursday night at the association’s annual awards ceremony. Two of the awards went […]

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New law makes temporary health care licenses permanent just in time

BY: - June 8, 2022

When the pandemic exacerbated the state’s shortage of health care workers, the state made an exception to licensing rules to allow 22,330 providers to quickly receive temporary licenses. Those licenses – which expired May 31 – are now “permanent” with Gov. Chris Sununu’s signature on Senate Bill 277. Those providers will still have to renew […]