State: Children must have parental consent to be vaccinated

BY: - November 24, 2021

In the last several days, groups opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine have suggested in emails and on social media that children can be vaccinated in New Hampshire even if a parent does not grant permission. Not true, said a top state public health official Tuesday. “We’ve heard a lot of misinformation in some communities and […]

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Executive order targets shortage of health care workers, hospital beds

BY: - November 24, 2021

Citing the state’s record levels of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, Gov. Chris Sununu announced new statewide at-home testing and vaccination programs Tuesday in addition to issuing an executive order allowing hospitals to set up large “surge” treatment rooms. The order also directs more resources to the state agency that must process licenses for health care […]

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Energy efficiency decision draws opposition

BY: - November 23, 2021

This story has been updated at 5:47 p.m. on Nov. 23, 2021 to include comments from Gov. Chris Sununu. A decision from the Public Utilities Commission to reject the state’s triennial energy efficiency plan is facing opposition from the city of Dover, and Democrats in the state are asking the governor to take a stance. […]

More staff urgently needed to license health care workers

BY: - November 23, 2021

This story was updated November 23, 2021 at 1 p.m. with comments from the executive director of the Office for Professional Licensure and Certification. The office that processes licenses for health care workers has made an urgent request to the Executive Council for nine temporary employees to process licenses for traveling health care staff and […]

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With COVID-19 cases surging, some hospitals pause elective surgeries

BY: - November 23, 2021

Concerns about surging COVID-19 hospitalizations have prompted Cheshire Medical Center in Keene to join the list of hospitals postponing some elective surgeries, pleading with patients to avoid the emergency room if possible, or begging people to get vaccines and boosters. The state has fewer available hospital beds now than it has ever had during the […]

So far, drinking water and wastewater have claimed the most in federal aid

BY: - November 22, 2021

With a third of the state’s nearly $1 billion of federal pandemic money allocated, drinking water and wastewater projects have received the biggest slice of funding as of October, according to recent analysis by the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute. Of the $360 million approved, over 40 percent of it has gone to water infrastructure. […]

Poll: Twice as many Granite Staters hosting or traveling for Thanksgiving this year

BY: - November 22, 2021

For most New Hampshire families, the 2020 Thanksgiving dinner table was abnormally empty. This year, that caution has mostly disappeared.  Nearly twice as many Granite Staters are planning to travel or host people in their homes this Thanksgiving than were last Thanksgiving, according to a poll by the University of New Hampshire, suggesting a broad […]

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In drawing new House maps, a divide over the definition of fair

BY: - November 22, 2021

The maps that will shape elections for the next decade made their way out of a special committee last week and are heading to the full House for a vote. But while the dramatic changes to the congressional maps have taken center stage, nonpartisan observers have their eyes on issues with the House maps that […]

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Low-income energy efficiency programs to decrease under PUC decision

BY: - November 19, 2021

A decision from the Public Utilities Commission to reject a three-year energy efficiency plan would also impact programs for low-income residents of the state. Low-income programs are funded through a mix of federal and state dollars. The state’s contribution comes from the System Benefits Charge, a portion of residents’ monthly electric bills. Twenty percent of […]

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Fiscal committee approves use of $22.5 million in federal funds for vaccination efforts

BY: - November 19, 2021

New Hampshire is no longer the only state in the country to reject millions in federal money for its vaccine program.  The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee on Friday voted, 6-4, to give the state Department of Health and Human Services the last approval it needed to spend $22.5 million to enhance its vaccine registry, manage […]

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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 Democrats pass Biden’s $1.85 trillion ‘Build Back Better’ plan

BY: , and - November 19, 2021

This story was updated on Nov. 19 at 10:35 a.m. with comments from President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. WASHINGTON – U.S. House Democrats united around a landmark $1.85 trillion social spending and climate bill on Friday, sending the major plank of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda to the Senate.  Democratic leaders […]