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Early end to federal unemployment benefits pushes some toward brink

BY: - May 24, 2021

This story was updated May 24, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. to clarify that federal unemployment will decline $11.4 million per week after all federal benefits end June 19, 2021.  Gov. Chris Sununu’s decision to end federal unemployment benefits three months early has parents like Sherry Pratt in a panic.  She lost her $60,000-a-year job when […]

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Commentary: Experts have yet to figure out what caused the most significant polling error in 40 years in Trump-Biden race

BY: - May 24, 2021

More than six months after the astonishing polling embarrassment in the 2020 U.S. elections, survey experts examining what went wrong are uncertain about what led to the sharpest discrepancy between the polls and popular vote outcome since Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter in a near-landslide in 1980. Lingering questions about the misfire in 2020, in […]

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House lawmakers retain bill on calculation of school adequacy funding

BY: - May 21, 2021

A House committee on Thursday pushed aside an effort to give additional funding to New Hampshire schools after COVID-19, continuing a growing rift between House and Senate lawmakers over how best to help public schools. In a party-line vote, the House Education Committee voted to retain Senate Bill 135, which would have required the Department […]

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Senate amends, passes campaign finance bill

BY: - May 21, 2021

On Thursday, the Senate passed a bill that would remove voluntary expenditure limits, a spending program for candidates that has largely fallen into disuse. The proposal also increases the reporting threshold for campaign contributions and changes the maximum contribution a person can make. Sen. James Gray said the changes would create “an even playing field […]

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Young Democratic Caucus pushes Sununu on mental health care spending

BY: - May 21, 2021

The House Young Democratic Caucus called on Gov. Chris Sununu Friday to move quickly on using $10.7 million in new federal aid to expand mental health care across the state. The lawmakers also said they’ll be introducing legislation next session to give minors more mental health options, bolster counseling in schools, and recruit mental health […]

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How a landfill proposal divided a community and launched a statewide environmental debate

BY: - May 21, 2021

When Fred Anderson started coming to Forest Lake in 1977, there was no running water at the little cabin where he and his family stayed. That wasn’t a problem because the family could drink the water from the lake. And until 2004, that’s what they did. So in 2019, when Anderson learned that Casella Waste […]

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Commentary: Roe v. Wade gave American women a choice about having children – here’s how that changed their lives

BY: - May 21, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case challenging a Mississippi state law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, much earlier than the 24-week threshold generally established by the pivotal abortion rights case Roe v. Wade in 1973. Roe v. Wade granted women the right to terminate a pregnancy under specific conditions, […]

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Legislation for affordable housing tax breaks sent to governor

BY: - May 20, 2021

The New Hampshire Senate passed a bill allowing cities and towns to designate tax-break areas for affordable-housing development, sending the bill to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk.  House Bill 154, which passed on a voice vote Thursday, would allow cities and towns to make any area within their borders into a “community revitalization” area and set […]

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Senate committee rejects attempts to undo abortion restrictions

BY: - May 20, 2021

This story was updated May 20, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. with new information from U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan. In party line votes, the Senate Finance Committee rejected attempts to undo two House restrictions on abortion Wednesday that House Republicans have said are nonnegotiable.  If those budget line items make it through the […]

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Much to farmers’ dismay, sweet corn among bear necessities

BY: - May 20, 2021

Kristen May is anxious about bears, and she’s not alone. Along with her father, Howard Hatch, she farms 200 acres in North Haverhill. It’s a dairy operation, and the family farm also grows corn used for feed. They have a dairy stand that attracts visitors who come to eat ice cream. But over the years, […]

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Lawmakers take up ‘vaccine freedom’ measures

BY: - May 19, 2021

A Senate committee put limits around one “vaccine freedom” bill Wednesday, but another much broader one may be headed over from the House.  The Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed an amended version of House Bill 220, which seeks to allow most people to refuse any vaccine or medical intervention. The amended version limits […]

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Bill that would roll back bail reform retained by lawmakers

BY: - May 19, 2021

Lawmakers shelved a set of proposed changes to New Hampshire’s bail system Wednesday, kicking a complicated policy debate into 2022. Voting 12-9, a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the House Criminal Justice Committee moved to retain a bill that would have walked back some steps the state has taken toward bail reform. That bill, Senate […]