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Proposal would provide protections to sex workers reporting sexual assault

BY: - April 21, 2021

This story was updated on April 21 at 5:12 p.m. to correct the spelling of Pamela Keilig’s name. A proposal before the Senate Judiciary Committee aims to provide protections to sex workers who report a sexual assault. Opponents of the measure said it would grant sex workers immunity from all crimes, a claim the bill’s […]

Federal background checks on ammunition sales pushed by Democrats

BY: - April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Tuesday reintroduced legislation that would require instant background checks to prevent people with a criminal record from illegally purchasing ammunition. The measure backed by the Democrats, known as Jaime’s Law, is named in honor of Jaime Guttenberg, a student who […]

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Some schools struggle to meet mandate on in-person learning

BY: - April 21, 2021

When Seacoast Charter School in Portsmouth opened its doors for the school year last fall, there was little in the way of hard guidelines from the state. So the district designed its own plan. The school divided its students into “cohorts.” Cohort A would come into school for in-person learning on Monday and Tuesday and […]

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Voting record of superior court nominee Conway under scrutiny

BY: - April 20, 2021

The state Attorney General’s Office has been asked to investigate whether a superior court judicial nominee lived in one town and voted in another in 2008. At a confirmation hearing last week, Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway said she voted in Atkinson in 2008 while helping her elderly father to the polls. At that time, […]

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State sees boost in tax revenue

BY: - April 20, 2021

This story was updated April 20, 2021 at 4 p.m. While the COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic crisis for many, the state has seen a boost in tax revenue, including for tobacco, business, real estate, and interest and dividends taxes. The exception is rooms and meals, which is down 17 percent from what the […]

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Tourism rebounds even as pandemic persists

BY: - April 20, 2021

By September, Melissa and Nick Kielbania of Ipswich, Massachusetts, needed a vacation. Their three kids were home, attending school remotely, and their jobs – his at a hospital, hers with the post office – felt relentless. They chose New Hampshire because it was the closest state with the fewest COVID-19 restrictions. “Our governor (Republican Charlie […]

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With dog theft on the rise, lawmakers look to crack down

BY: - April 19, 2021

There’s a dark side to the increase in demand for pets during the pandemic: when those procuring the animals do so illegally. Dog theft has been on the rise nationally during the pandemic, with thieves snatching dogs from their yards and even from houses. Now state lawmakers are considering a proposal to increase the penalty […]

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What’s keeping some at state hospital? No transitional housing

BY: - April 19, 2021

A lack of transitional housing is among the top reasons people remain in New Hampshire Hospital longer than needed, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. An unexpected delay in adding 22 more spots means that’s not changing soon. It also means that adults in a psychiatric crisis will continue to wait […]

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Vaccination of minority populations continues to lag

BY: - April 19, 2021

When Clifton West learned that there was a surplus of vaccines in Strafford County, he promptly went into fire-drill mode. He made calls, sent text messages, composed emails – any method he could think of to get the word out. “It was like, oh my God, okay, we have to get people there,” he said. […]

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With no state mask mandate, it’s decision time for businesses

BY: - April 16, 2021

This story was updated April 19, 2021 at 10:45 a.m.  Shortly after Gov. Chris Sununu announced the end of the state’s mask mandate, The Common Man headquarters announced on Facebook and Twitter and in an email that masks will still be required for staff and diners at its 17 restaurants in New Hampshire. “I send […]

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Agreement reached on law to release ‘Laurie List’ on police misconduct

BY: - April 16, 2021

This story was updated April 17, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.  Police unions, New Hampshire newspapers, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office say they have reached an agreement on a way to release the state’s “Laurie List” – a list compiled over decades of police officers with credible complaints of […]

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What would a new Department of Energy mean for New Hampshire?

BY: - April 16, 2021

A proposal to create a new Department of Energy would be a major overhaul of how energy policy is made and regulated in New Hampshire. Clean-energy advocates are eager for change. With energy policy and regulation spread between various state agencies, some key decisions and the allocation of funding have been delayed for years, leaving […]