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Option to testify remotely on bills was popular – and push is on to keep it

BY: - December 17, 2021

As a COVID-19 survivor, Laurie Warnock was grateful to be able to testify remotely and safely last year on legislation related to her work as an EMT, Hampstead selectwoman, and state educator for the New England Poison Control Center.  Carla Smith of Fremont, a professor of nursing at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health […]

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Numbers confirm what would-be homebuyers already know: It’s tough out there

BY: - December 16, 2021

New Hampshire’s housing market remains expensive and prohibitive to enter after a year of unprecedented outside interest, a new report from the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority found this month. Housing prices are still high. The median sales price is $375,000, up 13 percent since October 2020, the report found. That number is down from […]

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Center awarded grant to grow health care workforce, boost cultural competency

BY: - December 16, 2021

The Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center has been awarded a $528,000 grant to grow the health care workforce and provide trainings on cultural competency. The center, a department of Lamprey Health Care, is the only program in the state to promote health care careers “with an emphasis on minority, disadvantaged populations, and rural […]

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Is cutting down a tree for Christmas bad for the environment?

BY: - December 16, 2021

Christmas is a time for celebrating the season and a time for cutting down trees – and that holiday tradition sometimes leads to discussions about what’s best for the environment: Is it greener to buy a real tree or a fake tree, or abstain altogether? UNH forest resources specialist Steven Roberge explained some of the […]

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How an election denier’s fan club got its start in the states

BY: - December 15, 2021

WASHINGTON – The suddenly famous election denier behind the circulation of a PowerPoint filled with plans to overturn the 2020 election has a long history of election subversion attempts in multiple states. Retired Army Col. Phil Waldron also has close ties to former President Donald Trump’s legal team and served as one of its key […]

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Business and Industry Association says it is opposed to energy efficiency program cuts

BY: - December 15, 2021

The Business and Industry Association sent a letter to the Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday joining those who have asked the agency to suspend its decision to cut funding for state energy efficiency programs. The letter was signed by David Juvet, interim president of the organization – which bills itself as a leading business advocate […]

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Inside ICUs and ERs of flooded hospitals, an endless loop of preventable tragedies

BY: - December 15, 2021

A young, unvaccinated mom of three was more fortunate than some after being admitted to Catholic Medical Center’s intensive care unit recently. Before she died, she had time to call home and request that her children be vaccinated. An unvaccinated male patient in his early 50s didn’t have that option.  He needed a breathing tube […]

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Request for $17 million in student debt relief revised with new details

BY: - December 14, 2021

A proposed $17 million student debt relief program tabled by the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee last month for lack of details would require recipients to work in New Hampshire for four years. And the state would set a goal of reserving $3 million of that for health care employees. Taylor Caswell, director of the Governor’s […]

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Casella withdraws wetlands permit application, plans to resubmit next year

BY: - December 14, 2021

Casella Waste Systems sent a letter to residents of Dalton late last week informing them that it would be withdrawing a wetlands permit application related to its proposed landfill near Forest Lake. The company plans to resubmit the application in 2022. The landfill plan has divided the town of Dalton, and some opponents of the […]

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Sununu letter supports Department of Energy’s stance on energy efficiency programs

BY: - December 14, 2021

In a letter to Department of Energy Commissioner Jared Chicoine on Tuesday, Gov. Chris Sununu praised the department for raising concerns about the state’s energy efficiency plan. On Friday, the Department of Energy asked the Public Utilities Commission to either clarify or reconsider a contentious November decision cutting funding for state energy efficiency programs. The […]

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As another push for marijuana legalization begins, efforts in Maine and Vermont offer lessons

BY: - December 14, 2021

The bills have bipartisan support. Their sponsors include left-leaning Democrats and libertarian Republicans. One has been advanced by a Republican chairman of an influential committee; another by the House Democratic leader himself. But as New Hampshire lawmakers put forward the latest round of marijuana legalization bills for next year’s session, the outcomes appear all but […]

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Teachers, parents file lawsuit over ‘divisive concepts’ law

BY: - December 13, 2021

Three teachers and two parents are suing the state of New Hampshire over a law limiting certain teachings in public schools, in an action coordinated by the American Federation of Teachers.  In a 52-page filing to the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire in Concord Monday, the New Hampshire affiliate of the teachers union argued […]