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U.S. House to vote next week on expanding PFAS regulation, backers say

BY: - July 15, 2021

WASHINGTON – Members of Congress and Biden administration officials at a conference on Wednesday outlined how they’re attempting to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water – including an upcoming vote in the U.S. House. EPA Administrator Michael Regan, a former top environmental official in North Carolina, said the agency is in the process of […]

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Board of Education to vote on rules for ‘education freedom accounts’

BY: - July 14, 2021

A new state program creating “educational freedom accounts” could receive more clarity this week, as the New Hampshire Board of Education meets Thursday to take up rules governing the program.  Republican lawmakers passed the EFA program last month, allowing parents who withdraw their child from public school to take their child’s per-pupil state funding with […]

Schumer: Congress should legalize weed on the federal level

BY: - July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON – The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate says decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level is a change that’s “long overdue,” and that he’s prioritizing that effort amid a growing number of states legalizing cannabis. To that end, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday unveiled a draft proposal for removing cannabis from the […]

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Hanover becomes third municipality in the state to approve a community power plan

BY: - July 14, 2021

The town of Hanover will launch its own community power program following a vote at Tuesday’s town meeting, which makes it the third municipality in the state to approve such a program. Voters gathered at Dewey Field parking lot for a drive-in style town meeting, which residents attended by car. The approval of the Hanover […]

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Department of Justice seeks salary boost for director of communications

BY: - July 14, 2021

The Department of Justice is looking to create a new pay grade for its director of communications, Kate Giaquinto. The proposal will be put before the Executive Council for a vote on Wednesday. If approved, the request would create a new labor grade, ranging from $71,896.24 up to $100,159.28 for the communications director position. Attorney […]

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State drops 12 spots in latest CNBC ‘Top States for Business’ rankings, landing at 37

BY: - July 13, 2021

Maybe the just-passed business taxes and that big rainy day fund will help – but those new teaching restrictions on “divisive concepts” probably won’t. According to “America’s Top States for Business” rankings released Tuesday by CNBC, New Hampshire cannot compete with much of the country. In its 13th study since 2007, CNBC dropped the Granite […]

Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, speaks during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on May 20.

Anti-poverty advocates urge Congress to act on voting rights, minimum wage, filibuster

BY: - July 13, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Poor People’s Campaign announced on Monday the beginning of a weeks-long push calling on Congress to end the Senate filibuster and pass voting rights legislation. The anti-poverty campaign, “A Season of Nonviolent Moral Direct Action,” will run each Monday until Aug. 2. Advocates are urging Congress to enact the sweeping For the […]

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Evans-Brown named executive director of Clean Energy New Hampshire

BY: - July 13, 2021

Former NHPR reporter Sam Evans-Brown has stepped into a leadership role at Clean Energy New Hampshire, one of the state’s most prominent clean energy advocacy organizations. The nonprofit, which was previously led by Madeleine Mineau, is also involved in educational initiatives in the state. Mineau left the executive director role in June to take a […]

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Legislation on outdoor dining among bills signed by Sununu

BY: - July 12, 2021

New Hampshire restaurants will be allowed to continue to set up tables in parking lots, side streets, and sidewalks this summer and beyond after Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill cementing certain emergency COVID-19 executive orders into law. Under Senate Bill 155, an omnibus bill, restaurants “may expand into a shared space, such as a […]

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State’s Bureau of Film and Digital Media is a budget casualty

BY: - July 12, 2021

New Hampshire’s best known film credits may be “Jumanji” (1995), shot in Keene, and “On Golden Pond” (1981), made on Squam Lake. But there have been many others, albeit with less commercial success. “Love in Kilnerry,“ shot on the Seacoast in 2019, follows panic among small-town locals after they learn a new chemical in their […]

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Sununu signs bill that clears way for public dollars to go to religious schools

BY: - July 9, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu has signed a bill allowing public school districts to send public money to religious schools, lifting a longstanding funding barrier. House Bill 282 changes the rules around tuition agreements – the arrangements in which public schools send students in their district to other public or private schools to address capacity problems. Currently, […]

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Funding approved for climate change mitigation efforts

BY: - July 9, 2021

Last week, the Executive Council approved $63,299 to cover the cost of staff at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services who are doing work associated with a clean air settlement to mitigate the effects of greenhouse gas emissions in the state. In 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice sued American Electric Power, alleging that […]