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House Republicans slam treatment of Jan. 6 defendants held at D.C. jail

BY: - December 7, 2021

WASHINGTON – Four House Republicans held a Tuesday press conference to complain about the poor conditions at a District of Columbia jail housing inmates charged with violence in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.   But a District of Columbia advocate for prison reform in an interview said that jail and another […]

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Environmental Services refers Saint-Gobain bypass stack issue to AG for enforcement

BY: - December 7, 2021

The Department of Environmental Services has asked the state’s attorney general to get involved in enforcing Saint-Gobain’s permit for air emissions at the company’s facility in Merrimack. At issue is a bypass stack Saint-Gobain built without the state’s permission, according to the DES. During a series of tests in September, state officials found that untreated […]

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The personal, medical, and political consequences of state’s new abortion law

BY: - December 7, 2021

In three weeks, it will not only be illegal to terminate a pregnancy after 24 weeks, but every person seeking an abortion, even a legal abortion, will have to undergo an ultrasound. In early stages of pregnancy, that means having a camera slid into the vagina, not an over-the-belly scan. It’s not pleasant, especially for […]

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Bullying reports plummeted during remote learning school year, state numbers show

BY: - December 6, 2021

Reports of bullying in New Hampshire schools plummeted in the 2020-2021 school year as most schools entered remote learning, according to recent numbers from the Department of Education. With most students learning via video screens, and many classrooms abandoned for the majority of the school week, elementary schools recorded 364 reported incidents of bullying of […]

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Executive Council to consider request for contract with Vermont mental health hospital

BY: - December 6, 2021

A continuing rise in mental health crises among children and too few inpatient beds to treat them has the Department of Health and Human Services looking to Vermont for help. The department will ask the Executive Council Wednesday to approve a $684,000 contract with Brattleboro Retreat for 10 beds through June 2022. A denial of […]

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‘Our lakes are sick’: Upward trend of cyanobacteria blooms troubles residents, experts

BY: - December 6, 2021

This story was updated on Dec. 6, 2021, at 10:28 a.m. to correct the name of the nonprofit NH LAKES. Kirk Meloney first started going to Lake Kanasatka as a boy. He remembers the crystal-clear water in the small lake – you could see straight to the bottom, even in parts of the lake that […]

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Women would sign up for the military draft under defense bill in Congress

BY: - December 3, 2021

WASHINGTON – As the Senate works to finalize a major annual defense measure, there is a bipartisan push to include a requirement that all young Americans – including women – for the first time register for the military draft. The $777.9 billion measure, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022, also would allocate millions to […]

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‘The picture is getting pretty dark’: Hospitals buckle under weight of COVID surge, staff shortages

BY: - December 3, 2021

Catholic Medical Center in Manchester aims to discharge its long-term care patients to a nursing home within five days. Today, it can take more than 14 weeks because an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 patients and too few health care workers have left the state with dangerously few treatment beds.  Tying up a single in-patient bed […]

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Liberty asks utilities commission to suspend energy efficiency decision

BY: - December 3, 2021

Liberty Utilities has asked the Public Utilities Commission to suspend an energy efficiency decision the company says would cause “irreparable harm” if implemented. The utility filed a motion for a stay of order early Friday morning, the latest response to a contentious decision from the utilities commission to reject a triennial energy efficiency plan and […]

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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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Study: Those eligible for food stamps may not be using program due to lack of state outreach

BY: - December 2, 2021

New Hampshire hasn’t had an outreach plan for its food stamp program in more than four years – and an analysis of recent years shows that people who are eligible may not be using the program, according to the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute. The institute found that outreach could help increase awareness of the […]

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Fiscal committee approves funds to address shortage of hospital beds

BY: - December 2, 2021

Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette offered a stark visual Thursday when she asked state fiscal officials for more flexibility spending $90 million in federal aid tackling the state’s hospital bed shortage.  Moving a single elder who doesn’t need acute hospital care to a nursing home would allow hospitals to treat as many as […]