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Biden sends medical teams to 6 states, promises more free COVID tests and masks

BY: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the federal government will deploy military medical units to six states to assist hospitals overwhelmed with the recent spike of the omicron coronavirus variant. Starting next week, more than 120 medical personnel – the beginning of a deployment of 1,000 service members – will go to hospitals […]

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Republicans open new front in ‘divisive concepts’ legislative debate: colleges

BY: - January 13, 2022

Midway through a House Education Committee hearing Tuesday, a member of the committee posed a weighty question to the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire. “There are academic people out there in New Hampshire and everywhere, who advocate in classes … for ideologies, for movements, and for people who favor […]

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State to apply for new federal batch of tests as schools say they’re running short

BY: - January 12, 2022

New Hampshire will apply to a federal program intended to boost the number of COVID-19 tests available to schools, Gov. Chris Sununu said Wednesday, a week after school superintendents said testing quantities continue to be a challenge. Responding to a question at his weekly press conference, Sununu said the state would “absolutely” be applying for […]

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Congressional Black Caucus calls for Senate action on voting rights

BY: - January 12, 2022

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is expected to meet with Senate Democrats on Thursday to push for the swift passage of two voting rights bills, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus are applying pressure for action as well.  During a press conference at the Capitol on Wednesday, caucus Chair Joyce Beatty said that members […]

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Reproductive health care contracts again rejected by Executive Council Republicans

BY: - January 12, 2022

For the third time since September, the Executive Council rejected contracts Wednesday that provide 80 percent of the low-cost reproductive health care to Granite Staters in the state’s Family Planning Program. The 4-1 vote again fell along party lines, with only Democratic Councilor Cinde Warmington voting for the two-year contracts with Planned Parenthood of Northern […]

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‘A real turning point’: Mobile crisis units offer new tool in mental health treatment

BY: - January 12, 2022

For years, getting help during a mental health emergency usually began with two options, neither ideal and both often harmful: A call to police or a trip to the emergency room, where someone could wait hours, days, even weeks for care. So-called “emergency room boarding” has led to upward of 30 children and often as […]

Complaints about White House handling of COVID-19 aired at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - January 11, 2022

WASHINGTON – Senators from both political parties expressed their frustration with the Biden administration coronavirus response team during a Tuesday hearing that keyed in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on vaccines, as well as the shortage of COVID-19 tests available for Americans. The hearing also was highlighted by a tense exchange […]

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Expansion of career program for students with disabilities proposed

BY: - January 11, 2022

New Hampshire’s Executive Council is poised this week to expand a program to help students with disabilities transition into employment, continuing the growth of an effort that launched in 2016.  A new contract before the council would expand the state’s IMPACCT program – the “Inspiring the Mastery of Postsecondary Achievement in College, Career, and Training” […]

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National Guard members to help ease staff shortage at men’s prison in Concord

BY: - January 11, 2022

This story was updated on Jan. 11  at 3:30 p.m. to include comments from a corrections spokeswoman that were received after the story appeared. The state’s hospitals are the not only ones looking to the New Hampshire National Guard for help with critical staff shortages. Approximately 25 troops are expected to arrive at the men’s […]

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Council to take up pay increase for state’s mental health workers

BY: - January 11, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu continues to oppose a request from the State Employees Association and Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette to make permanent the temporary 20 percent pay increase given to 231 mental health workers during the pandemic.  In arguing for a pay increase, Shibinette said without it “New Hampshire Hospital will be unable […]

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A new venue for the House – but fight over remote participation remains the same

BY: - January 11, 2022

As the New Hampshire House met in Manchester Thursday, lawmakers struck an urgent pace. Hoping to avoid a snowstorm that blanketed much of the state Friday, they rushed through bills, tabling where they could and limiting debate to avoid coming in the next day.  Rep. Katherine Rogers had a more pressing reason to hurry. The […]

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Pair of House lawmakers test positive for COVID-19

BY: - January 10, 2022

Two New Hampshire House representatives tested positive for COVID-19 after a two-day meeting at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Manchester last week, House leadership announced in an email to members Sunday. The members, who were not identified, reported their positive test results to House leadership, the email stated. The Speaker’s Office then carried out […]