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State joins lawsuit over vaccine mandate for federal workers

BY: - October 29, 2021

Attorney General John Formella made it official Friday: New Hampshire has joined nine other states in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for federal workers and contractors. ​“The state has made clear that the available COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and that every eligible person in New Hampshire is […]

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No climate deal for Biden as he joins global allies at critical UN conference

BY: - October 29, 2021

President Joe Biden will arrive at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, without new federal programs in hand to fight climate change, after Democrats in Congress failed to reach an agreement to pass his revised $1.75 trillion spending plan. But environmental advocates say they haven’t given up and praised the new proposal […]

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Latest version of energy efficiency bill recommended by House committee along party lines

BY: - October 29, 2021

The House Science, Technology, and Energy Committee voted along party lines to recommend advancing a bill that could determine the future of energy efficiency programming in the state. The state’s energy efficiency program has been racked with uncertainty this year, after the Public Utilities Commission failed to approve a three-year energy efficiency plan that was […]

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What’s in – and out – of Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending and climate bill

BY: and - October 29, 2021

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s sprawling social spending and climate package has been slimmed down into a still-massive $1.75 trillion plan that he and top congressional Democrats are attempting to wrestle through after months of negotiations. Snipped from that proposal are a number of key priorities for Democrats, including an attempt to create the first […]

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The debate on greenhouse gas emissions: Science is clear, but political path forward isn’t

BY: - October 29, 2021

On Tuesday, a group of lawmakers had a heated debate over a bill that would establish goals for the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a climate action plan. New Hampshire is the only New England state that hasn’t established a goal for reducing emissions, which is a problem, according to some environmental […]

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Remaining CARES Act money to go toward long-term care, food pantries, shelters

BY: - October 28, 2021

With a deadline approaching for spending the rest of the CARES Act money, Gov. Chris Sununu announced on Wednesday how the remaining funds will be pushed into programs with the goal of spending that money before the end of the year. $11.5 million will go toward addressing the COVID-19 impact on long-term care. Long-term care […]

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1,600 students approved for ‘education freedom accounts’ in first quarter, commissioner says

BY: - October 28, 2021

New Hampshire’s Department of Education has approved around 1,600 students to receive “education freedom accounts” this fall, Commissioner Frank Edelblut said Wednesday, indicating a demand for the voucher-like program that has exceeded initial expectations. In comments to the Executive Council Wednesday, the commissioner said the ballpark figure – which surpassed estimates in the spring of […]

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The dismal heating season ahead: lower temperatures and higher prices

BY: - October 28, 2021

This article has been updated on Oct. 28, 2021 at 9:53 a.m. to clarify that colder temperatures are predicted for much of the U.S., while the prediction for New Hampshire is a more mild winter. Get ready for the rate shock. That’s what almost everyone who is paying attention to the price of heating fuels […]

Building on the grounds of former Lakes Region prison

Councilors approve marketing contract for former Lakes Region prison property

BY: - October 27, 2021

The state got the go-ahead Wednesday to start the process of selling the 220-acre former Lakes Region prison property under an unusual arrangement that bypasses typical state review and leaves decisions with the five-member Executive Council. And the two tenants on the site – the state’s backup 911 call center and Lakes Region Mutual Fire […]

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Chairwoman of Public Utilities Commission steps down; Chicoine nominated to lead Energy

BY: - October 27, 2021

After a two-year tenure as chairwoman of the Public Utilities Commission, Dianne Martin is resigning from the top position, four years before her six-year term was set to end.  The newest addition to the utilities commission, Dan Goldner, who started in May, was nominated to take over for Martin. Her last day as chairwoman will […]

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$4.7 million for vaccination efforts approved by executive councilors

BY: - October 27, 2021

After rejecting $27 million in federal money for vaccine outreach at their last meeting, Republican executive councilors joined Democratic Councilor Cinde Warmington to approve a much smaller amount of $4.7 million Wednesday to help vaccinate 5- to 11-year-olds, who are expected to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as early as next month. That amount […]

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Executive Council approves state’s plan to buy Hampstead Hospital with federal money

BY: - October 27, 2021

The Executive Council gave the state Department of Health and Human Services its final approval Wednesday to use $15.1 million in federal money to buy Hampstead Hospital to provide minors inpatient psychiatric care.  Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette said the purchase, which includes nearly 100 acres, could be complete by the end of […]