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Council approves marketing contracts for agritourism, employment, state parks

BY: - July 6, 2021

Last week, the Executive Council unanimously approved a $15.5 million contract with GYK Antler LLC for ongoing state marketing campaigns. The bulk of the funding will go toward domestic and international advertising through the Division of Travel and Tourism. The marketing agency will continue to work with the state on an array of campaigns, including […]

A green and white sign for the Yankee Farmer's Market in Warner, with colorful signs for individual products like eggs, lamb, and buffalo

Interest in local food doesn’t always mean more sales for farmers

BY: - July 6, 2021

Pooh Sprague had a record year on his Plainfield farm last year. The community supported agriculture program, often called a CSA, grew from 250 to 300 boxes. There was so much interest that the family farm had to start turning away customers. That was a complete reversal from the previous year, when Sprague thought the […]

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CDC study finds racial, regional disparities as schools reopened for in-person learning

BY: - July 5, 2021

WASHINGTON – After last year’s abrupt shutdown of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, increasing numbers of students returned to in-person learning. But a new study shows that racial and geographic gaps persisted as K-12 students went back to their classrooms – with non-Hispanic white kids more often the ones attending a brick-and-mortar school full-time […]

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Bills on voting rights for incarcerated people, electronic poll books signed into law

BY: - July 2, 2021

Two voting rights measures will become law after they were signed by Gov. Chris Sununu on Thursday. House Bill 555 ensures that some people who are incarcerated will be able to vote by absentee ballot. While people serving a sentence for a felony are not allowed to vote, those who are serving because of a […]

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In blow to state’s Republicans, Supreme Court strikes down voter registration law

BY: - July 2, 2021

The New Hampshire Supreme Court struck down a 2017 voter registration law in its entirety Friday, holding that it burdened the constitutional right to vote. Voting 4-0, the court overturned Senate Bill 3, a Republican-backed law that would have required voters to prove their place of domicile by producing a series of documents to election […]

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As health care workforce shortage persists, employers boost incentives

BY: - July 2, 2021

It’s a good time to be looking for a job in health care.  Catholic Medical Center is offering $10,000 signing bonuses to registered nurses with three years of experience. Rockingham County is offering not only signing bonuses to licensed nursing assistants but also tuition and a paycheck while they get their license. State corrections officials […]

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Schools given option to continue testing for COVID-19

BY: - July 1, 2021

When New Hampshire public school students return to classrooms in August and September, one piece of pandemic life might be sticking around: testing.  Granite State schools will have the option to continue testing their students for COVID-19 when they return in the fall, under a voluntary program extending to June 30, 2022. The $20 million, […]

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GOP furor over ‘critical race theory’ hits college campuses

BY: - July 1, 2021

Professors say the Republican crusade to root out “critical race theory” is taking a toll on college campuses around the nation – places where academic freedom is supposed to encourage thought, discussion, and analysis.  Much of the “critical race theory” uproar to date has centered on teaching in K-12 schools. But several high-profile incidents, combined […]

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Municipalities eligible for $56 million in American Rescue Plan money

BY: - July 1, 2021

The Executive Council approved the first installment of money for municipalities from the American Rescue Plan on Wednesday: $56 million for local governments around the state. The money can be used for public health expenditures, addressing negative economic impacts of the pandemic – which can include economic harm to workers, households, small businesses and industry, […]

Executive Council denies contract for rehabilitative program for health care workers

BY: - July 1, 2021

In a 4-1 vote, the Executive Council on Wednesday denied a contract for a rehabilitative program for health care workers following an outcry from the medical community in New Hampshire and beyond. But the current contract, held by New Hampshire Professionals Health Program, is expiring, which left the council scrambling to find a solution and […]

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Council unanimously approves $52.4 million for community mental health centers

BY: - June 30, 2021

New Hampshire’s Executive Council gave a green light to a broad expansion of the state’s community mental health centers Wednesday, finalizing a proposal that advocates have called “transformational.” In a unanimous vote, councilors voted to devote $52.4 million in state and federal funds toward building out the 10 centers, which provide mental health services to […]

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Audit demand could delay funding, interrupt care at reproductive health centers

BY: - June 30, 2021

A new requirement that Planned Parenthood and other family planning organizations be audited by the Department of Health and Human Services could cause the Executive Council to delay state funding, councilors said Wednesday.  Funding contracts for Planned Parenthood, Equality Health Center in Concord, Lovering Health Center in Greenland, Amoskeag Health in Manchester, and others are […]