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Lawmakers want state to publicly track number of COVID cases among House members

BY: - October 12, 2021

The state reports COVID-19 infections by town, county, long-term care facilities, and schools. A group of Democratic lawmakers would like to add the Legislature to that list. Doing so would allow lawmakers and the public to better assess their risk of exposure, they said. They see another benefit, too. “I think one of the advantages […]

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New Hampshire employers face another pandemic hiring challenge: housing

BY: - October 12, 2021

Back in spring, Simbex was looking to expand. The Lebanon-based medical device manufacturer was hoping to grow its workforce from 32 to 46.  The hiring market was brutal; restaurants, main street stores, and businesses were struggling to entice new employees and coax back old ones. But Simbex wasn’t having trouble attracting employees. The real difficulty was […]

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Executive Council to meet at police training facility, with vaccine-related contracts on agenda

BY: - October 11, 2021

The two vaccine-related contracts that led protesters to shut down the last Executive Council meeting remain on the agenda for this week’s meeting. But the new location suggests security will be more of a priority. The council is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Police Standards and Training Council on the NHTI […]

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Border closure continues to be a challenge for Indigenous people, businesses, residents

BY: - October 11, 2021

The Canadian border has been open to vaccinated citizens of the United States since early August, but the United States has yet to reciprocate the policy. Instead, each month the Biden administration has extended the closure – as well as the closure of the southern border – to the confusion and dismay of some New […]

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Electric rates to increase due to high cost of natural gas

BY: - October 8, 2021

Electric rates for the winter are going up a lot, and two utilities have announced rate hikes that take into account the dramatically higher cost of natural gas: Unitil and the New Hampshire Electric Co-op.  Unitil’s winter rates will be a 60 percent increase for a household that uses around 650 kWh per month, while […]

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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 […]