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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 […]

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U.S. House backs select committee to probe Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol

BY: - June 30, 2021

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House voted Wednesday to establish a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection, in which a mob of pro-Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol. In a 222-190 vote that was almost entirely party-line, just two Republicans joined Democrats in passing the resolution, which calls for a probe into “one of […]

Community mental health centers on the precipice of a ‘transformational’ moment

BY: - June 30, 2021

This story was updated June 30, 2021 to correct the spelling of Brian Collins’s name. The state’s 10 community mental health centers would be able to expand services significantly and offer statewide mobile crisis response under a contract going before the Executive Council Wednesday. “This is really transformational and something I have not experienced in […]

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Closure plan in works for Sununu Youth Services Center

BY: - June 29, 2021

The state Department of Health and Human Services is wasting no time preparing a closure plan for the Sununu Youth Services Center before the March 1, 2023, deadline.  The department has signed a $55,000 contract with Alvarez and Marsal Public Sector Services of Washington, D.C., to write a closure plan and a plan for transitioning […]

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Chicoine named interim commissioner of new Department of Energy

BY: - June 29, 2021

Jared Chicoine will serve as interim commissioner of New Hampshire’s new Department of Energy. Chicoine, a resident of North Haverhill, will be leaving his current role as the director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives. The office will effectively be dissolved in the government restructuring that Gov. Chris Sununu signed into law last week as […]

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10 members of Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion resign, citing budget language

BY: - June 29, 2021

More than half of the members of Gov. Chris Sununu’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion resigned Tuesday, citing the governor’s signature of a budget that regulates public school teaching around structural racism and implicit bias.  In a letter sent to Sununu, 10 members of the council said they would be resigning their positions from […]

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State system for background checks divides gun advocates

BY: - June 29, 2021

Five years after May 13, 2016 – the night when two Manchester police officers were shot and injured by an assailant – many of the details leading up to the violence remain unknown. But one thing is clear: The man who fired the shots was not supposed to have a gun. Six weeks before the […]

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State aims to set up $3 million relief program for homeowners

BY: - June 28, 2021

New Hampshire is poised to launch a new, $3 million relief program to assist homeowners with mortgage payments and other expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an item before the state’s Executive Council Wednesday, the state’s pandemic relief office has requested to set aside $3 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to […]

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Utilities announce electricity rate increases

BY: - June 28, 2021

The Public Utilities Commission has been under fire for its failure to move forward on multiple major pending dockets. Orders have been issued recently addressing one key item, however: increasing electric rates. For both Eversource and Liberty customers, the cost of electricity will go up on Aug. 1. Unitil’s rate increase went into effect on […]

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Will New Hampshire finally deliver on the promise of cheaper electricity?

BY: - June 28, 2021

Expensive electricity is not a new problem in New Hampshire.  It’s one that has rankled lawmakers for decades, aggravated customers, and hindered the state in its efforts to advance clean energy initiatives. Twenty-five years ago, lawmakers thought they were on to something: allowing for market-driven solutions to bring down prices and create customer choice. Restructuring […]

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Sununu signs two-year budget into law

BY: - June 25, 2021

It’s official.  Gov. Chris Sununu signed the $13.5 billion two-year state budget Friday afternoon, about 24 hours after it reached his desk. The budget and trailer bill cuts taxes on businesses, gives parents expansive education vouchers, and contain two bans: one on abortion at 24 weeks and another on the teaching of systemic oppression and […]