The high cost of a child care crisis: ‘It’s like we are paying our mortgage three times over’

BY: - December 3, 2021

Ruger Firearms in Newport has been fortunate to fill more than 100 jobs in the last year through hiring events and on-the-spot offers. But human resources director Joseph Blair said getting there has been tough because about 40 great candidates have turned down offers after realizing child care would be near impossible to find.  Keeping […]

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Grafton County’s broadband push faces challenge from incumbent providers

BY: - December 1, 2021

For Heidi Reynolds, not having reliable high-speed internet at her home on the border of Lyme and Hanover was taking a toll. The grueling 60-plus-hour work week as executive director of the AVA Gallery in Lebanon was depressing, and the option to work from home nonexistent. So, without another job lined up, Reynolds quit – […]

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Religious exemption requests related to COVID vaccine a growing challenge for employers

BY: - November 30, 2021

Prior to the pandemic, nearly all the religious exemption requests clients brought attorney James Reidy sought a work schedule accommodation for religious holidays and practices. Reidy represents employers, and those with vaccine mandates are coming to him with a new question these days: Given that an employee need only attest that their “sincerely held” religious […]

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Lawmakers call for Saint-Gobain closure following state’s discovery of continued PFAS pollution

BY: - November 29, 2021

Lawmakers are calling on the Department of Environmental Services to shut down Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in Merrimack after a September test conducted by the state showed the company is still emitting toxic PFAS chemicals into the air. The Department of Environmental Services found several deficiencies at the facility, most stemming from an unauthorized bypass stack […]

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$17 million proposal for student debt relief is tabled

BY: - November 19, 2021

Lawmakers put a pause on a proposed $17 million student debt relief program Friday until the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery can tell them more, including who would be eligible, what industries would be targeted, and how they’ll sustain a program started with one-time federal money. Taylor Caswell, executive director of GOFERR, told […]

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House committee passes amendment blocking businesses from mandating vaccines

BY: - November 16, 2021

A late amendment that would disallow private businesses from mandating vaccines and expand vaccine exemptions to include natural immunity and philosophical objections passed the House Education Committee Tuesday, 11-8, with the support of one Democrat, Barbara Shaw of Manchester. The vote followed a nearly five-hour public hearing in which most speakers supported the legislation. While […]

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To New Hampshire truckers, driver shortage is only part of the shipping problem

BY: - November 11, 2021

To find anything close to America’s 2021 shipping industry woes, Bob Freed has to reach back to 9/11. In 34 years in the trucking business, that was the only other period Freed can remember when transportation companies saw a national slowdown of freight. But that lull, sparked by acute uncertainty around subsequent attacks, lasted only […]

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Sununu joins businesses to blast employer vaccine mandate

BY: - November 8, 2021

As New Hampshire joins a multi-state lawsuit against a Biden administration employee vaccine mandate, some state business leaders are arguing the mandate will cause them to lose employees.  At a press conference Monday, a group of business representatives argued the new mandate – which directs businesses with employees of 100 or more to require vaccines […]

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Proposed program would help women and people of color access capital

BY: - November 8, 2021

Proposed legislation would make money available to assist business owners who haven’t historically had access to capital, including women and racially diverse residents of New Hampshire. The $1 million scholarship fund would cover both the borrower fee and the bank fee in the loan process for those who are eligible. The goal is to provide […]

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Supply chain issues are taking a big bite out of school lunch menus

BY: - November 3, 2021

On Oct. 26, the food service director for Governor Wentworth Regional School District hopped on a Zoom call with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The news was disheartening.  The next monthly shipment of staple items from the department would contain only one meat item: pulled pork. The rest of the shipment would consist of canned […]

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Marketing firm talks clicks and impressions, but is it finding success getting people vaccinated?

BY: - November 1, 2021

In mid-October, the Manchester marketing firm awarded nearly $1.3 million by the state to boost New Hampshire’s vaccination numbers sent the state a performance report of the newest social media campaign: Ads had 619,736 “impressions” and 1,231 “clicks” on Facebook and Instagram in the first week.  It’s the same proof-of-success evidence the state Department of […]

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Legislative committee approves use of robotic delivery devices

BY: - October 21, 2021

New Hampshire could be on the path to legalizing and regulating autonomous package carriers, after the House Transportation Committee voted unanimously to recommend a bill to do so. In a 20-0 vote Tuesday, members of the committee recommended a bill that would allow a “personal delivery device” or “mobile carrier” to operate on sidewalks and […]