Latest New Hampshire state government News

Air quality affected by smoke from wildfires in west, Canada

Jul. 26, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Fine-particle air pollution concentrations have reached unhealthy levels statewide for people with lung diseases and those who are active outdoors as smoke from wildfires in the west and Canada reaches the area, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services...

New Hampshire adopts rules for wake surfing

Jul. 25, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is enacting new rules for wake surfing, though they won’t take effect until fall. Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill this week adding wake surfing regulations to the state’s boating laws. Wake surfing refers to...

Sununu signs 'medical freedom' immunization bill

Jul. 25, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire residents can’t be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access public facilities, benefits or services under a bill signed into law by Gov. Chris Sununu. Supporters say the bill signed this week establishes...

Senior support volunteer group ends work in New Hampshire

Jul. 25, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A volunteer organization that advocated for residents of long-term care facilities during the pandemic has ended its work now that most have been vaccinated and infections are low. For 14 months, members of the Senior Support Team of New Hampshire...

New Hampshire COVID-19 hospitality fund helps 130 businesses

Jul. 24, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than 100 New Hampshire hotels and other lodging establishments are splitting $10 million in federal funds to offset losses suffered during the coronavirus pandemic. The $10 million fund for the hospitality industry will cover about 12% of the...

Windham audit expenses total at least $123,000

Jul. 24, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The cost to investigate discrepancies in Windham’s 2020 election results was more than $123,000, though the law authorizing the audit didn’t include any money to pay for it. Associate Attorney General Anne Edwards told New Hampshire Public Radio...

New Hampshire bishop accused of abusing teenage boy

Jul. 22, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

A lawsuit filed earlier this month accuses the head of the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire of committing sexual abuse decades ago while he served as a priest in New York. In a lawsuit filed July 14 in state Supreme Court in Suffolk County, Bishop Peter Libasci of...

More than 100 requests for New Hampshire's vaccine van

Jul. 22, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than 100 organizations have requested a visit from New Hampshire’s COVID-19 vaccine van as infections continue to rise, state officials said Thursday. The van, a partnership between the state and ConvenientMD, started running July 14. Since...

Drug overdose deaths holding steady in New Hampshire

Jul. 22, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

SALEM, N.H. (AP) — Drug overdose deaths in New Hampshire are holding steady, but it’s too soon to celebrate the state’s relative success, Gov. Chris Sununu said Thursday. Overdose deaths increased in every state except New Hampshire and South Dakota in 2020,...

Unlike elsewhere, New Hampshire refunds COVID business fines

Jul. 21, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Three Republican governors opposed efforts this year to absolve businesses for violating public health orders during the coronavirus pandemic. But only in the “Live Free or Die” state have the scofflaws been set free of the fines. In March,...