Latest University of New Hampshire News

New quarantine advice for post-infection, vaccination in NH

Jan. 12, 2021 5:43 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire residents who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or were previously infected no longer need to quarantine after being exposed to an infected person or after traveling, according to new guidance from the state Division of Public Health Services. Under previous...

New Hampshire. State Representatives stand for the Pledge of Allegiance during an outdoor meeting of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in a parking lot, due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, at the University of New Hampshire Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

American idle: New Hampshire House holds drive-in session

Jan. 6, 2021 4:21 PM EST

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Bumper-to-bumper parking replaced the usual shoulder-to-shoulder seating for the New Hampshire House of Representatives on Wednesday as one of the world’s largest legislative bodies convened from the socially distant confines of their cars instead of the Statehouse. “This...

Legislators from the House of Representatives are sworn in to office at the State Capitol on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, in Helena, Mont. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Statehouses could prove to be hothouses for virus infection

Jan. 4, 2021 5:48 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — As lawmakers around the U.S. convene this winter to deal with the crisis created by the pandemic, statehouses themselves could prove to be hothouses for infection. Many legislatures will start the year meeting remotely, but some Republican-controlled statehouses, from Montana to...

Legislating by dashboard light? NH plans drive-in session

Dec. 29, 2020 4:20 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There will be only one House speaker, but as many as 400 New Hampshire lawmakers will be in the driver’s seat next month for a legislative session modeled on a drive-in movie theater. The House released plans Tuesday for what acting Speaker Sherm Packard called “the most...

Acting speaker: House not prepared to operate remotely

Dec. 18, 2020 7:54 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House isn't prepared to run an election for speaker or conduct its business for adopting rules in a remote meeting or hybrid situation, the acting House speaker said. Sherman Packard, R-Londonderry, expressed his opinion in a message in the House calendar on Friday...

House members consider meeting in cars in January

Dec. 14, 2020 4:45 PM EST

The House of Representatives is tentatively planning to hold a drive-in style meeting in January at the University of New Hampshire in the wake of its speaker dying of COVID-19. Dick Hinch, who was sworn in Dec. 2 as leader of the state’s newly Republican-led, 400-member House, died Wednesday. He was 71...

Craft beverage industry to get energy efficiency assistance

Dec. 12, 2020 1:44 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire craft beverage industry is getting some help with improving its energy efficiency and reducing waste. A program under the state Department of Environmental Services has received a two-year grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant. The program will...

Trials in 4 NH county courthouses canceled for January

Dec. 4, 2020 6:37 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Jury trials and grand jury meetings scheduled for January in four county courthouses have been canceled because of rising COVID-19 infection rates and limited air circulation in the buildings. The decision affects the courthouses in Newport, Strafford, Laconia and Nashua, said Superior...

New Hampshire lawmakers meet for an outdoor session, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. The 400-member House and 24-member Senate are meeting to get sworn in, choose leaders and elect constitutional officers including the Secretary of State. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Many New Hampshire Democrats skip opening session over virus

Dec. 2, 2020 1:59 PM EST

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers bundled up and spread out on an athletic field Wednesday to start their next two-year session. But many House Democrats skipped the gathering over concerns about the coronavirus, and the no-shows, coupled with a show of force by Republicans, signaled a rough path...

GOP lawmakers test positive for virus before opening session

Dec. 1, 2020 4:50 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A “small number” of Republican lawmakers who attended a recent caucus meeting have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday. The development, first reported by WMUR-TV, comes a day before the 400-member House and 24-member Senate are set to meet...