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AG says acceptance of grants does not mean state must comply with all federal COVID mandates

BY: - October 8, 2021

The state is not required to comply with all current and future federal COVID-19 mandates if it accepts $27 million in federal grants for vaccine outreach, the state attorney general said Friday. The analysis did not satisfy the group that has successfully stalled acceptance of the grants on the grounds their terms threaten the state’s […]

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Commissioner accepts school’s remote learning decision but says it should be ‘last resort’

BY: - October 8, 2021

One day after Raymond High School entered into remote learning over concerns about COVID-19, Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut offered tacit approval. The department is still stressing that students should be sent home only as a “last resort,” Edelblut said in a statement Thursday. “The Department of Education understands that families have legitimate concerns […]

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GOP lawmakers push back against federal probe into threats against school board members

BY: - October 8, 2021

WASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans on Thursday objected to a move by the Justice Department to investigate violent threats made against local school board members and teachers, arguing that the federal agency is “policing the speech of citizens and concerned parents.” “Violence and true threats of violence should have no place in our civic discourse, but […]

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Vaccination rates continue to lag among state’s young people

BY: - October 8, 2021

At the end of the month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will consider Pfizer’s request to authorize emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. If New Hampshire’s vaccination rate of its younger residents is any indication, FDA approval won’t be the only hurdle here.  The state is already struggling […]

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Officials outline preliminary plan for $30 million, 24-bed hospital for forensic patients

BY: - October 8, 2021

Patients with mental illness being held at the prison’s forensic hospital for security reasons could be moved to a new 24-bed hospital on the state hospital grounds by late 2023, state officials said Thursday.  The hospital will be managed by the Department of Health and Human Services – not a private company – and a […]

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Under new law, state will stop regulating small career schools

BY: - October 7, 2021

New Hampshire will no longer regulate small private schools that offer career training – such as beauty schools and electrical training centers – under a new law that takes effect Saturday. Under Senate Bill 148, any private vocational training center that brings in $100,000 or less in tuition every year will no longer need to […]

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Attorney general files complaint accusing Dover woman of violating Civil Rights Act

BY: - October 7, 2021

Attorney General John Formella filed an enforcement action on Thursday against Kristina Graper of Dover, who is accused of violating the New Hampshire Civil Rights Act. The complaint against Graper, 51, accuses her of threatening a Black 9-year-old child in a Dover park on May 10. Graper told the child she would “kneel on his […]

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New Hampshire contributes to a record year for abortion restrictions

BY: - October 7, 2021

New Hampshire is one of 19 states to enact a total of 106 abortion restrictions in the past year, the most in a single year since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, according to an analysis by the Guttmacher Institute. The prior record was set in 2011, when 89 new laws were enacted by […]

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‘It’s like a time of war’: Public meetings throughout the state marked by anger and harassment

BY: - October 7, 2021

This story was updated Oct. 7, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. to add two events attended by members of extremist groups. Yes, hate groups and right-wing extremists have made appearances in the increasingly angry fight in New Hampshire against vaccine mandates, mask policies, pandemic shutdowns, lessons on racism, unproven voter fraud, and even pronoun use. But […]

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Weyler resigns as chairman of House Finance, Joint Fiscal committees

BY: - October 6, 2021

Rep. Ken Weyler resigned as the chairman of the House Finance Committee and the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee Wednesday, two days after sending his committee a conspiracy-laden document claiming tentacled creatures are infiltrating people who receive COVID-19 vaccines. In a statement, House Speaker Sherman Packard said he had “reluctantly” accepted Weyler’s resignation. “Rep. Weyler and […]

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State officials hosting online forum to discuss secure psychiatric facility proposal

BY: - October 6, 2021

With nearly $40 million in place to build a new secure psychiatric facility near the state hospital, state officials are hosting an online forum Thursday evening to discuss their proposal and take questions and comments from the public. Currently, the state’s only secure psychiatric facility is within the state prison, where patients include jail and […]

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Liberty argues for more natural gas in hearing before utilities commission

BY: - October 6, 2021

Liberty Utilities on Wednesday made its case before the Public Utilities Commission to bring more natural gas to New Hampshire. At issue is a proposed 20-year contract between Liberty Utilities and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which would bring 40,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day to the state, a 20 to 25 percent increase to […]