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Contracts aim to address shortage of mental health crisis beds in state

BY: - August 2, 2021

State health officials have long said the shortage of mental health crisis beds at the state hospital is a “back door” problem, meaning there are too few places to discharge patients who are ready to leave but still need some care. That backup would be reduced under tentative agreements the state Department of Health and […]

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New law places barrier on state joining low carbon fuel standard programs

BY: - August 2, 2021

This story and headline were updated on Aug. 2 at 2:42 p.m. to clarify that the version of the bill that was signed into law did not contain language preventing discussion of low carbon fuel standard programs. In 2019, Gov. Chris Sununu decided that New Hampshire would not join the Transportation and Climate Initiative, but […]

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Policy experts say infrastructure deal could transform clean energy efforts, address inequity

BY: - August 2, 2021

A test vote on Wednesday advanced national legislation on a $550 billion infrastructure deal and cleared the way for debate to begin in the U.S. Senate. The plan contains significant measures for clean energy infrastructure – the subject of a policy symposium held at Dartmouth’s Irving Institute on Wednesday. During the discussion, policy experts raised […]

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Commentary: Sex trafficking isn’t what you think

BY: - August 2, 2021

The idea that sex trafficking is an urgent social problem is woven into American media stories, from reports of Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz’s alleged trafficking of teenage girls to debunked QAnon conspiracy theories about a sexual slavery ring run through online retailer Wayfair. The common perception of sex trafficking involves a young, passive woman […]

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Bill changing the date of the state primary vetoed by Sununu

BY: - July 30, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a proposal to hold the state primary earlier in the year. House Bill 98 would have moved the state primary from the second Tuesday in September to the first Tuesday in August, a change proponents said would level the playing field between incumbents and newcomers. The bill, whose prime sponsor was […]

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Business leaders outline harm caused by border closure

BY: - July 30, 2021

It’s time to open up. That was the message from business and tourism leaders who highlighted the economic and interpersonal harm of the ongoing northern border closure at a roundtable hosted by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Friday. While Canada has announced that it will be reopening its border to vaccinated Americans on Aug. 9, the […]

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For many in New Hampshire, earned income tax credit is a missed opportunity

BY: - July 30, 2021

The “earned income tax credit” is a big tax break that could use a better name. One in four eligible New Hampshire residents failed to claim it in 2018, giving up nearly $50 million, a problem many attribute to poor marketing by the IRS.  There are fears those numbers will grow this year under expanded […]

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Sununu signs bill shifting burden of proof in special education hearings to schools

BY: - July 29, 2021

A bill signed by Gov. Chris Sununu Thursday gives parents more power during disputes with schools over special education arrangements. House Bill 581, signed by Sununu Thursday afternoon, places the burden of proof on schools during hearings of children’s individualized education programs. The change means that when parents request due process hearings to challenge the school’s […]

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New laws bolster animal protection in the state

BY: - July 29, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu signed three animal protection bills into law on Wednesday during a ceremony at the Salem Animal Rescue League, a nonprofit no-kill shelter, with lawmakers and advocates in attendance. House Bill 174 requires a driver who hits a cat to report it to either the animal’s owner or to a police officer. Under […]

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American Rescue Plan money setting town and city projects in motion

BY: - July 29, 2021

This story was updated July 29, 2021 at 3 p.m. with information about Claremont’s plans for its federal aid. Nearly 70 New Hampshire cities and towns have received the first half of the nearly $112 million coming to them as part of the American Rescue Plan Act passed in May. Sixty others have submitted requests […]

Guy Routhier, 76, poses in front of a Manchester school bus

As schools prepare to get kids back in classrooms, bus driver shortage looms large

BY: - July 29, 2021

Guy Routhier didn’t start his life with the dream of being a school bus driver. He didn’t end his 40-year career in human resources with that goal either.  But retirement didn’t come naturally, and Routhier had a few friends who drove school buses and enjoyed it. So at 71, still restless and intrigued, he jumped […]

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Bipartisan group of senators and Biden strike deal on $550B in new infrastructure spending

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of U.S. senators say they have worked through the sticking points on a major infrastructure package, paving the way for a vote to begin debate on that proposal as soon as Wednesday evening. That announcement came a week after Republicans blocked a test vote on the deal, with GOP senators […]