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More than $350B in federal recovery cash starts rolling out to states, cities, counties

BY: - May 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — States, cities and counties can begin to tap their share of the $350 billion in federal funds intended to spur a national recovery from the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, White House officials announced Monday. The Biden administration said the much-anticipated money, which was included in the massive relief law enacted earlier this […]

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FDA green lights Pfizer vaccine for kids 12-15, with CDC still to act

BY: - May 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday signed off on expanding the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 12 to 15, clearing one key hurdle before that age group can begin receiving the two-shot vaccine. But another step is needed before tweens and teens can line up for shots. The […]

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‘Gun Line’ bill divides Republicans on House committee

BY: - May 10, 2021

A Republican effort to dismantle New Hampshire’s state handgun background check system could be in jeopardy, after a key House committee recommended killing it Monday. Senate Bill 141 seeks to end New Hampshire’s “Gun Line” – the system in which State Police reviews would-be buyers of handguns before approving the sales. Currently, State Police gets […]

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Senate panel discusses voting rights for prisoners, campaign finance, absentee voting

BY: - May 10, 2021

On Monday, advocates and lawmakers debated proposals on voting rights for prisoners, reporting contributions to political committees, and procedures around absentee ballots during a hearing before the Senate Election Law and Municipal Affairs Committee.   House Bill 555 wouldn’t expand voting rights, but it would make it clear that people in penal institutions can vote by […]

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Unemployment in a pandemic is stressful – even before the overpayment notices

BY: - May 10, 2021

The New Hampshire Department of Employment Security recently announced it was dropping its effort to collect $25 million in unemployment “overpayments” from 8,000 people who did not, upon review, qualify for benefits. But those overpayment notices, which are stressful and take months to reverse, have also been going to people who not only did qualify […]

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House Democrats want funding for remote access to hearings included in budget

BY: - May 7, 2021

This story was updated on May 10, 2021 at 5 p.m. to correct the legislative expenses related to COVID-19. In a press conference Friday, House Democrats called on Speaker Sherman Packard to include funding for ongoing remote access to legislative hearings in the next state budget. Their federal lawsuit seeking a court order requiring remote […]

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Lawmakers vote to lift State House mask mandate

BY: - May 7, 2021

Top New Hampshire lawmakers voted to remove the State House mask mandate Friday, in a move described as timely by Republican leaders but opposed by Democrats.  In an 8-4 vote Friday morning, the Joint Legislative Facilities Committee opted to remove a mask mandate that had been in effect since last year. All four Democrats – […]

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State offering property-tax relief for some homeowners

BY: - May 7, 2021

The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration is offering property-tax relief for qualifying low- and moderate-income homeowners. Single people who earn less than $20,000 are eligible to apply. A couple filing jointly can earn up to $40,000 and still qualify for the tax-relief program. Homestead owners who pay state education property tax are also eligible.   […]

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Manchester takes an expansive view of COVID-era summer learning

BY: - May 7, 2021

It’s the summer of freedom, the first step in the return to normalcy. But for many New Hampshire schools, the warmer months of 2021 present a new challenge: a rush on summer school programs.  Parents are calling constantly. Registrations are flowing in. Schools are expanding programs to meet what they expect to be major demand. […]

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‘Every day, Black women die because the system denies our humanity’

BY: - May 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — When U.S. Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri was pregnant with her first child, Zion, she saw a sign in her doctor’s office encouraging her to speak up about anything unusual she was feeling. She did so, telling her physician that she was having severe pains, but her concerns were swiftly dismissed. The doctor […]

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Senator says arguments against law requiring rear-facing car seats for kids under 2 ‘not based in fact’

BY: - May 7, 2021

New Hampshire senators are divided over whether to require rear-facing car seats for children under 2 years old. While some are pushing for a study on the issue before making the requirement law, others say national data on the topic has already clearly proven it to be a necessary, life-saving measure for babies and young […]

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Unemployment benefits blamed for local employers’ hiring woes

BY: - May 6, 2021

In another time, an April virtual job fair co-hosted by the state would have been a job hunter’s dream: 100 employers looking to fill 3,400 jobs. Not these days. Only 138 people showed up. Employment experts say the federal assistance that rescued so many Americans during the pandemic’s unprecedented health and financial crisis may be […]