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Council to consider contract to address learning loss among students in nonpublic schools

BY: - August 16, 2021

New Hampshire students in nonpublic schools could soon benefit from federally funded “learning loss” programs to address any setbacks caused by remote instruction. Under a contract appearing before the Executive Council Wednesday, the New Hampshire Department of Education would set aside $1.58 million for in-school instruction and summer-school learning loss programs to help students at […]

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Expanded contract sought for marketing firm to promote vaccination

BY: - August 16, 2021

At Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting, the state Department of Health and Human Services will ask to increase its $434,500 contract with a Manchester marketing firm to $1.3 million to continue promoting COVID-19 vaccination through 2022. Under the expanded contract, GYK Antler will still use social media, radio and television spots, and billboards to try to […]

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Messaging is a big challenge when it comes to changing minds among the state’s unvaccinated

BY: - August 16, 2021

This story was updated Aug. 16, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. to reflect the state’s most recent contract with GYK Antler. There is no shortage of vaccine “messaging” advice for states like New Hampshire, which appears at a standstill with 39 percent of residents eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine not yet vaccinated. Here’s the challenge: Messaging […]

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In reversal, state’s NEA chapter supports COVID vaccine requirement for teachers

BY: - August 13, 2021

The New Hampshire chapter of the National Education Association is supporting a vaccine requirement for teachers, reversing an earlier position as cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 continue to climb. In a statement Friday, NEA New Hampshire said that its board members agree with the national NEA’s decision Thursday to announce support for a […]

President Joe Biden speaks outside the White House with a bipartisan group of senators after meeting on an infrastructure deal on June 24 in Washington, D.C. From left to right are Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah).

How Congress will attempt the biggest expansion of U.S. social programs since FDR

BY: and - August 13, 2021

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate this week passed a massive bipartisan infrastructure bill and an even larger budget blueprint that would pave the way for historic changes in U.S. health, education, climate, and tax policies. The two measures are roped to each other, reflecting Democrats’ strategy to pass what could be bipartisan with Republicans – […]

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Here’s what you need to know about schools reopening amid another COVID surge

BY: - August 13, 2021

New Hampshire is weeks away from the start of the 2021-2022 school year, and school boards across the state are wrestling with a crucial operational question: Are mask mandates necessary? On Wednesday, state epidemiologist Dr. Ben Chan gave a clear answer: Probably yes.  During a briefing to schools and child care providers Wednesday, Chan said […]

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New state law requires electronic prescriptions for controlled drugs

BY: - August 12, 2021

New Hampshire has joined nearly 40 other states in addressing its opioid epidemic by requiring electronic prescriptions for controlled drugs with a few exceptions. Pharmacists, however, are not required to prove a requested exception is valid, and there are no penalties for violating the new law – at least not now.  Instead, licensing boards will […]

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Pair of new laws add to state’s gambling options

BY: - August 12, 2021

This story was updated Aug. 23, 2021 to correct the changes Senate Bill 22 makes to Lucky 7 tickets. New Hampshire is expanding its gambling options under two new state laws signed by Gov. Chris Sununu Tuesday. A third law will transfer background checks for charitable gaming licenses from the state Attorney General’s Office to […]

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‘It’s wicked confusing’: Dozens of towns have not filed paperwork to receive relief funds

BY: - August 12, 2021

With an Aug. 18 deadline approaching and significant money at stake, 50 towns had not filed the paperwork required to collect their American Rescue Plan payments as of Tuesday. Many said they intend to, but some, especially smaller ones without grant writers and town administrators, are hesitant, citing “onerous” reporting requirements and uncertainty about what […]

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Data shows state’s hospitality industry is making gains

BY: - August 11, 2021

New Hampshire’s restaurant and hotel industry appears to be starting to bounce back after a year of depressed profits – at least if state tax data is any indication. A monthly “snapshot” released by the state Department of Administration indicates that revenue from the state’s “meals and rooms” tax soared this past July, when compared […]

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U.S. Senate to try again on voting rights in September

BY: - August 11, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is planning to bring a comprehensive voting rights package to the Senate floor for a vote when the chamber returns from recess next month. Schumer, a New York Democrat, said Wednesday that the Senate will take up a compromise version of the voting and elections bill, S. […]

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‘Everything is in a state of flux’: New Department of Energy struggling to find its footing

BY: - August 11, 2021

On July 1, a new department was born. Proponents of the reorganization that created the Department of Energy had high hopes that it would help increase transparency and accountability. The vision was to create a “home” for energy policy in state government by pulling some of the energy work that used to happen at the […]