Congress, White House scramble to ease baby formula shortage

BY: and - May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON – Both the Biden administration and Congress moved Wednesday to try to relieve a national infant formula shortage, as the White House invoked the Defense Production Act and the U.S. House approved $28 million for the Food and Drug Administration. President Joe Biden said he would use the law to address the formula shortage, […]

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Q&A: With cases climbing again, here’s what the COVID-19 picture looks like in New Hampshire

BY: - May 19, 2022

COVID-19 – and the the public’s appetite for safety measures – look different these days. Cases and hospitalizations, which were relatively flat in late March, are slowly climbing in New Hampshire, though they are nowhere near the numbers we saw in January and February. On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 dashboard […]

Compromise reached on bill that would allow store owners to sell keno tickets

BY: - May 18, 2022

It’s looking like good news for store owners who want to sell and not just cash in keno tickets. Currently only bars and restaurants can sell the tickets, which allow players to pick one to 12 numbers and wager $1 to $25.  But in a compromise bill that will go before the full House and […]

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New meeting scheduled to resume negotiations over parental rights bill

BY: - May 18, 2022

House and Senate lawmakers will continue to negotiate a controversial “parental rights” bill, despite an impasse Tuesday that had appeared final. The Legislature announced Wednesday that the committee of conference for the bill will reconvene on Thursday at 9 a.m. That committee had met Tuesday but ended with Senate and House negotiators unable to find […]

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Lawmakers revive farmers market assistance program

BY: - May 18, 2022

A food assistance program to help low-income mothers and children access fresh food at farmers markets is one step closer to becoming law after a panel of lawmakers from the House and Senate agreed to fund it Tuesday. The provision was added into House Bill 1099 by Sen. Becky Whitley, a Hopkinton Democrat, who had […]

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Lawmakers close in on $25 million for PFAS remediation and new regulations  

BY: - May 18, 2022

Of the nine bills this session that aimed to address PFAS contamination in the state, three are still in play. One would put $25 million into a PFAS remediation fund, while the other two address how the chemicals are regulated in the air and before they enter wastewater treatment facilities.  Those are meaningful changes, according […]

Biden condemns racist theory of white supremacy in visit to Buffalo after mass shooting

BY: - May 17, 2022

President Joe Biden on Tuesday commemorated the victims of last weekend’s mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, and condemned the ideology that drove the killer to “carry out a murderous, racist rampage” at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood. In a visit to the Upstate New York city, Biden and other New York […]

‘Parental bill of rights’ falls after objections from Attorney General’s Office, advocates

BY: - May 17, 2022

An effort to pass a “parental bill of rights” came to an end Tuesday after House Republicans and Democrats voiced concerns the bill could require schools to “out” students’ gender identities to their parents and exacerbate teen suicide rates.  “There are a lot of great parents out there,” said Rep. Kimberly Rice, a Hudson Republican. […]

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U.S. House to vote on $28 million for FDA to relieve infant formula shortage

BY: - May 17, 2022

WASHINGTON – Democratic appropriators in the U.S. House unveiled a $28 million emergency spending bill Tuesday intended to address a nationwide infant formula shortage that has left parents and caregivers struggling to find food for babies. The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on the bill, which would provide funding to the U.S. […]

A new round of free, at-home COVID-19 tests announced

BY: - May 17, 2022

The federal government is offering a third round of free COVID-19 tests just as cases and hospitalizations are increasing. The Biden administration announced Tuesday that each household can order eight tests at Households that did not take advantage of the first or second round of free tests may order additional tests. To do so, […]

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Parents’ rights bill goes to House and Senate negotiators to work out disagreements

BY: - May 17, 2022

This story was updated at 9:30 a.m. on May 17 to correct the name of one of the representatives on the committee of conference. House and Senate Republicans are continuing to negotiate a proposed “parental bill of rights,” but the two chambers face broad differences over the controversial legislation. The original version, from the House, […]

New Hampshire lawmakers work on a new congressional district map

BY: - May 16, 2022

Lawmakers from the House and Senate met Monday to negotiate their latest attempt at drawing a congressional district map that can gain Gov. Chris Sununu’s signature, a process intended to determine voting districts for the next decade. After a few last-minute tweaks were discussed in a morning session, the joint panel of lawmakers met again […]