Briefs

Wildfire smoke above a mostly empty highway out West

Agriculture section of reconciliation bill centers on fighting climate change, enhancing research

BY: - September 13, 2021

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House Agriculture Committee on Monday finished marking up its section of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The agriculture portion would provide funding for historically Black land grant colleges and investments in urban agriculture, along with boosting U.S. Department of Agriculture programs to address climate change threats in farming.  The $66 billion […]

A sign protesting the proposed landfill, with forest lake in the background

Environmental group criticizes state decision to consider only first phase of proposed landfill

BY: - September 13, 2021

The Conservation Law Foundation is challenging the state’s decision to change course on the wetlands permitting process for a proposed landfill in Dalton. While the Department of Environmental Services was originally reviewing the wetlands impact for all three phases of the proposed project, the department requested an amendment in August to consider only the impacts […]

Sign for the former Lakes Region Facility

State receives four bids to market former Lakes Region Facility for redevelopment

BY: - September 10, 2021

The state received four bids by Friday’s deadline to market the 220-acre former Lakes Region Facility for redevelopment. A law change tucked into the state budget will allow Gov. Chris Sununu to bypass the usual internal review process and award a contract himself with just three Executive Council votes. The state Department of Administrative Services […]

Vials of the COVID vaccine

Survey: One in five New Hampshire adults say they won’t get vaccinated

BY: - September 10, 2021

The state’s rate of fully vaccinated residents has been stuck at 54 percent since July. The latest Granite State Panel from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center suggests neither the Delta variant nor the state’s $1.3 million vaccine campaign will make much of a difference. According to the survey, one in five New Hampshire […]

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Lawyers say practice of emergency room boarding continues

BY: - September 9, 2021

Four months after the New Hampshire Supreme Court told the state it could no longer detain people in hospital emergency rooms without a hearing within three days, the practice continues, according to lawyers for the hospitals and people held during a mental health crisis. An attorney representing the state Department of Health and Human Services […]

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Listening sessions on redistricting set to begin next week

BY: - September 9, 2021

New Hampshire’s House and Senate redistricting committees will hold their first joint listening session in Concord next week, part of a series of weekly meetings to hear resident input on how to draw the next decade’s political map. According to the two chambers’ digital calendars, the meeting will be held Sept. 14 at the Old […]

Ben Franklin on 100 dollar bill wearing a mask

Website gives state high marks for pandemic recovery, but COVID numbers suggest all is not well

BY: - September 8, 2021

Hospitalizations and cases are climbing quickly. Thirteen people have died since the start of the month. And the vaccination rate is inching up, but slowly. Still, when it comes to recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, New Hampshire ranks fifth, according to WalletHub, a finance site often cited for its state-by-state economic rankings. Maine’s second-place finish […]

Students sit at their desks while wearing masks

‘Coping through COVID-19’ series continues Wednesday with discussion on back-to-school anxiety

BY: - September 7, 2021

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health will kick off its latest “Heads Up: Coping through COVID-19” series Wednesday with a conversation about the anxiety of returning to school during a pandemic. The series began shortly after COVID-19 hit New Hampshire and has explored the pandemic’s impact on mental health and frontline health care workers, and addressed concerns about the […]

Gov. Chris Sununu stands at a lectern outside on Friday

Sununu recovering at home following hospitalization for a bleeding ulcer

BY: - September 7, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu is home to continue his recovery after being treated and discharged from the hospital for a bleeding ulcer, his office said in a statement. “I’m on the mend, resting, and working from home today per doctor’s orders,” Sununu, 46, said in a statement Tuesday. “I’m grateful for the well-wishes that have poured […]

A now hiring sign

Policy analysis sees investment in aid programs as key to economic recovery

BY: - September 3, 2021

The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute’s latest look at the state’s pandemic employment recovery draws a good news, bad news, good news conclusion. Unemployment numbers are dropping. We’re still not where we were pre-pandemic, however, largely because of a lack of child care – and lower-wage workers have been particularly hard hit. But, we could […]

Gov. Chris Sununu

Sununu’s flu-like symptoms caused by bleeding ulcer

BY: - September 3, 2021

(This story was updated on Sept. 3 at 5:15 p.m. with new medical information from Gov. Sununu’s chief of staff.) Gov. Chris Sununu was hospitalized in Portsmouth on Friday afternoon with flu-like symptoms, which tests later confirmed were caused by a bleeding ulcer, according to a statement released by Jayne Millerick, Sununu’s chief of staff. […]

State House dome and the state flag

Proposed apprenticeship program would launch in four school districts for starters

BY: - September 2, 2021

New Hampshire’s Department of Education is pushing for a new approach to improve the pipeline from high school to industries, starting with four “pilot” school districts.  In a request before the Executive Council this month, the department is seeking approval for a federally funded program that would allow students in Conway, Hinsdale, Laconia, and Manchester […]