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How will the state’s new ‘divisive concepts’ law affect municipal training programs?

BY: - July 21, 2021

Since 2016, the city of Manchester has used a catchy mnemonic for its employee training: SPIRIT. The acronym stands for Service, Pride, Integrity, Respect, Initiative, and Teamwork, and forms the backbone of the city’s training efforts for employees and supervisors.  But this summer, organizers of the trainings have added a new disclaimer: The instructional sessions […]

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For many families, monthly child tax credit payments arriving just in time

BY: - July 20, 2021

Single mom Carrie Duran of Wolfeboro was shouldering a lot before the pandemic. She was in school full time, working part time, and caring for her twins and a daughter who has Down syndrome.  “It’s been pretty tight. We’ve struggled financially quite a bit,” Duran said. “But with a little luck and a whole lot […]

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House Republicans remain divided over the pursuit of affordable housing

BY: - July 19, 2021

This story was updated at 8:50 a.m. to correct Rep. Jim Maggiore’s party affiliation. He is a Democrat. It took just five years for rents in southeastern New Hampshire’s to become unrecognizable.  As recently as 2015, the median rent for two-bedroom apartments in Rockingham County hovered around $1,200 a month, according to data from the […]

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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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 […]

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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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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As they await state guidance, teachers consider how ‘divisive concepts’ law will affect lesson plans

BY: - July 12, 2021

For a history teacher, Ryan Richman’s assignments are often firmly rooted in the present day.  Every week, students in Richman’s world history class at Timberlane Regional High School receive a simple assignment: find an event in the news, bring it to class, and be prepared to discuss its connections with the past. The results vary, […]

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How the new, expanded federal child tax credit will work

BY: - July 9, 2021

WASHINGTON – The most ambitious part of the pandemic stimulus package signed by President Joe Biden earlier this year is about to hit the bank accounts of millions of U.S. parents. Starting next week and ending in December, the vast majority of U.S. households with children will begin receiving monthly payments as a result of […]

Indigenous students load loaves of bread into a wheelbarrow outside of a bakery in 1880

A federal investigation seeks to uncover the painful history of Native American boarding schools

BY: - July 8, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Native American children traveled on trains, thousands of miles from their homes, to Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many had been forcibly taken from their parents and communities.  Once there, they had to hand over their belongings, put on uniforms, cut off their braids, adopt […]

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New Hampshire among nine states still opposing Purdue Pharma deal 

BY: - July 8, 2021

Fifteen states have reached a deal with Purdue Pharma on the company’s bankruptcy organization plan. New Hampshire is not among them.  The deal moves the states and company a step closer to a $4.5 billion opioid settlement. Plaintiffs in the case are trying to hold the company and its owners, the Sackler family, responsible for […]