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Department of Energy joins those asking PUC to reconsider energy efficiency decision

BY: - December 13, 2021

The N.H. 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 request was filed by Department of Energy attorney Brian Buckley on Friday, the same day that all of the state’s utilities, along with environmental, clean energy, and ratepayer […]

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‘We got eaten alive’: Christmas trees in short supply 

BY: - December 13, 2021

In 2020, Mike Ahern’s Christmas tree farm in Plymouth sold 50 percent more trees than normal, which Ahern chalked up to the pandemic: With more people spending time at home, many found their way to the farm for the first time. He was sure things would return to normal this year, but so far that […]

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State’s utilities join with advocates to request reconsideration of PUC energy efficiency order

BY: - December 10, 2021

A broad coalition formally requested on Friday that the Public Utilities Commission reconsider its recent decision to cut funding for state energy efficiency programs over the next two years and that the decision – which they said would cause irreparable harm – be suspended in the meantime. All of the state’s electric and gas utilities, […]

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Superior Court creates faster process for hospital health care workers to be excused from jury duty

BY: - December 10, 2021

As COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to reach record levels, the state’s Superior Court has announced a new, faster process for hospital health care workers to request excusal from jury duty.  Court spokeswoman Susan Warner said the court is doing so at the request of the state Department of Health and Human Services. To qualify, the worker […]

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Amid another COVID surge, the state’s schools brace for the challenging winter ahead

BY: - December 10, 2021

The post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 surge is more than theoretical in Bow.  On Tuesday, 20 children in the elementary school were home from school after testing positive for COVID-19 or reporting a family member in their home who did, Superintendent Dean Cascadden announced to parents. In the middle and high schools, the numbers were 14 and 15, […]

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State board approves final education freedom account rules

BY: - December 9, 2021

The New Hampshire State Board of Education approved formal rules for the state’s education freedom accounts program Thursday, completing the latest stage in a program that has seen higher than expected interest.  The new regulations – if fully approved by lawmakers in the coming months – will provide clarity to the voucher-like program. Currently, the […]

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Kansas’ Bob Dole remembered at U.S. Capitol ceremony for public service, sense of humor

BY: - December 9, 2021

WASHINGTON – Former U.S. Sen. Robert J. Dole arrived at the U.S. Capitol for the final time on Thursday, for a Rotunda ceremony in which former colleagues and congressional leaders from both parties honored the life and career of the late Kansas political icon.  President Joe Biden and others remembered Dole – who died Sunday […]

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Contract approval doesn’t guarantee more beds for kids in psychiatric crisis

BY: - December 9, 2021

On paper, the state’s new contract with Brattleboro Retreat in Vermont has the potential to expand in-patient services for children in psychiatric crisis two ways: It provides up to 10 more beds and, unlike the state’s arrangement with Hampstead Hospital, this one does not exclude certain children, such as those whose behavior has led to […]

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U.S. Senate rejects Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private employers

BY: - December 9, 2021

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate passed a resolution Wednesday night to block President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on private employers, with every Republican and two Democrats casting votes aimed at preventing that pending requirement.  Democratic Sens. Jon Tester of Montana and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia joined with the GOP in backing the […]

Lawyers point to quorum problem with Public Utilities Commission order

BY: - December 9, 2021

On Monday, the Public Utilities Commission issued an order clarifying its November decision to drastically reduce funding for energy efficiency over the next two years. But only one commissioner signed off on that decision – and that’s a problem according to a state law requiring a quorum of at least two commissioners. The Monday order […]

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‘COVID-19 doesn’t really care who you are’: Doctors issue blunt plea to unvaccinated

BY: - December 8, 2021

The team from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health did not mince words Wednesday while pleading with the unvaccinated to get vaccinated. And those pleas were intentionally timed.  New Hampshire leads the nation in new daily COVID-19 cases, and its record high 462 COVID hospitalizations has led to a record low number of open hospital beds. On Wednesday, there […]

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Executive Council approves extension of Prenda learning pod program

BY: - December 8, 2021

The Executive Council voted Wednesday to extend a $5.8 million contract with a national company that provides “learning pods” to public schools, advancing a school choice program even as take-up in the existing program has been slow.  In a 4-1 party-line vote, the council authorized a two-year extension of the state’s existing contract with Prenda. […]