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August 11, 2020

Inspector general asked to review Census Bureau’s decision to end count early

by Fredrick Kunkle

An inspector general has been asked to investigate whether President Trump or political appointees pressured the Census Bureau in its decision to wrap up door-knocking and other field activities at the end of September, a month sooner than planned. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), the ranking Democrat of the commerce, justice, science and related agencies appropriations subcommittee, asked the Commerce Department's inspector general to review the process that led the Census Bureau to reverse cou… Continue Reading

August 11, 2020

Non-profits, small towns seek more COVID-19 aid

by Kevin Landrigan

CONCORD - Administrators with nonprofit groups and small towns warned U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Tuesday that congressional failure to increase COVID-19 aid to state and local governments will mean public employee layoffs, cuts to essential services and soaring property taxes next year. Maureen Beauregard, president of Easterseals New Hampshire, said the fallout from the pandemic for communities and human service programs like hers could become worse without additional relief. "That i… Continue Reading

August 04, 2020

Pandemic assistance helps Concord drone company ArgenTech Solutions expand

by Ethan DeWitt

When the furloughs first came, the future for Rene Roy was unclear. The Bow resident had worked for years at BirdsEyeView Aeronautics, a drone manufacturing company in Andover, serving as a commercially licensed pilot and manufacturing technician. At once, a global pandemic and economic crash was upending all of that. After BirdsEyeView briefly shuttered, much of its highly skilled workforce was left adrift. Drone design and piloting is not exactly a universally requested skill. But Roy found… Continue Reading

August 01, 2020

Plane with hundreds of thousands of pieces of PPE for VA facilities arrives in NH

by Siobhan Lopez

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Another shipment of personal protective equipment touched down in Manchester on Saturday, and much of it is destined for Veterans Affairs facilities across the country. The chartered FedEx Boeing 777-200 is the largest cargo plane to ever land at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, and it was carrying critical supplies to keep people safe. It's becoming almost a weekly occurrence: a planeload of personal protective equipment delivered to New Hampshire from China. To date,… Continue Reading

August 01, 2020

Shaheen meets with Derry business owners

by Julie Huss

DERRY - Making sure the state's small businesses continue to get support from the federal government was a key issue on Friday morning as U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., paid a visit to one local restaurant to hear more about how COVID-19 has affected the business. Shaheen met with T-Bones' co-owners Tom Boucher and Bill Greiner to hear more about how the federal Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, has given the restaurant the lifeline needed to continue to operate through the coronavirus pa… Continue Reading

July 30, 2020

Family of slain journalist want suspects returned to US to face trial

by Siobhan Lopez

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The families of four Americans killed by ISIS are asking the Trump administration to bring their suspected killers to the United States to face trial. It has been nearly six years since four Americans, including New Hampshire journalist James Foley, were killed by ISIS. Foley's mother, Diane Foley, is among the group of families calling on President Donald Trump to extradite suspects who are in U.S. custody in the Middle East to face trial. "I feel I owe Jim at least that … Continue Reading

July 30, 2020

Keene Fire to buy new breathing equipment with $370K FEMA grant

by Olivia Belanger

Keene firefighters will be able to upgrade their breathing equipment, thanks to a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The agency, through its Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, awarded just over $885,000 to five fire departments across the state, New Hampshire's congressional delegation announced Wednesday. The grant program provides financial assistance to fire departments to enhance the safety of firefighters and the public, a news release from U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen… Continue Reading

July 29, 2020

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is concerned inefficiencies at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are holding up the distribution of $5 billion in supplemental Community Development Block Grants appropriated for communities nationwide under the CARES Act. Following a conference call earlier this month with New Hampshire housing officials and advocates, Sen. Shaheen sent a letter last Tuesday, July 21, to HUD, requesting it address a number of issues including HUD's approval process … Continue Reading

July 29, 2020

Berlin gets federal grant for fire department equipment

BERLIN - The city has been awarded $167,952 in Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to replace aging breathing apparatus for the fire department. The grant, which the city applied for in December, will replace 20 self-contained breathing apparatus along with 40 cylinders and 20 masks. The new breathing apparatus will replace equipment that ranges from 10 to 15 years old and does not meet current standards. Berlin was one of five New Hampshire communities to receive a grant from … Continue Reading

July 25, 2020

Lydall aiming to dominate the filtration market

by Kimberley Haas

A company in Rochester is positioning itself to be the largest site for meltblown filtration media production in North America and arguably the world. Meltblown filtration products include porous fabrics - or media - that are components of masks that filter liquids and gases. The media produced at Lydall is a critical layer of N95 respirators and surgical face masks, which health care workers and emergency responders need to protect themselves from COVID-19. Employees at the Che… Continue Reading

July 25, 2020

They served, too: Opening NH's 'hallowed ground' to all Guardsmen and Reservists

by Shawne K. Wickham

The first time Sy Mahfuz visited the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, he knew he wanted to make this quiet place of memory and honor his final resting place. "Nothing would make me more proud than to be buried in the cemetery with all of my friends who served," said Mahfuz, who lives in Nashua. But when he asked, Mahfuz was told he was not eligible. Although he spent six years in the Army Reserve, serving during the height of the Vietnam war, Mahfuz was told that only… Continue Reading

July 24, 2020

Lydall of Rochester breaking ground to expand N95 masks materials production

ROCHESTER - Lydall Performance Materials is set to break ground Friday after being awarded a $13.5 million contract with the Department of Defense to help increase production of N95 masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. Lydall produces fabric used in N95 masks. The company, which has headquarters in Connecticut and locations around the United States, as well as in Europe and Japan, announced it will be bringing all of the production work from this contract to its Rochester site on Chestnut Hill … Continue Reading

July 23, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan call for expanded testing in next stimulus bill

by Siobhan Lopez

MANCHESTER, N.H. - New Hampshire's U.S. senators are calling for funding for more robust COVID-19 testing in the next federal stimulus package. Democratic U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan are also calling for more funding for individuals, small businesses and industries that have yet to reopen, along with more help for schools to open safely. Shaheen said there needs to be a national strategy for testing. "Funding and a national strategy are absolutely critical, and it's unforgi… Continue Reading

July 22, 2020

Sen. Shaheen: $15 million more going to PFAS health study

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen reported she successfully added an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes $15 million for the first national PFAS health study. The amendment for fiscal year 2021 secures $5 million more in funding for the PFAS study than was included when the annual legislation passed the Senate Armed Services Committee last month. Shaheen, D-N.H., is a member of the Armed Services Committee. The added money will ensure the study into the health … Continue Reading

July 21, 2020

Shaheen, delegation push Navy for virus safety at Portsmouth shipyard

by Hadley Barndollar

KITTERY, Maine - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen led the New Hampshire and Maine congressional delegations in a letter to the Navy secretary Tuesday regarding the health and safety of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers as the base returns to full strength. Shaheen, D-N.H., U.S. Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H.; Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine, and Democratic Reps. Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas of New Hampshire and Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden of Maine, inquired to Navy Secretary Kenneth … Continue Reading

July 19, 2020

Smiths Medical in Keene enlisted in COVID-19 fight

by Damien Fisher

KEENE - The Smiths Medical facility on Bowman Drive is joining the U.S. government's effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic through a $20 million investment. The company, based in Minnesota and with plants throughout the world, announced the investment last week. The investment will enable the company to expand the Keene facility and hire 100 more employees. The expansion will allow the company to manufacture the first order of 78.6 million syringes and hypodermic needles needed for an expected… Continue Reading

July 16, 2020

Crashing coastal property values and the economic fallout of climate change

by Jeanne Shaheen and Sheldon Whitehouse

Climate change has taken hold here in New England. From the White Mountains to Narragansett Bay, there have been more frequent heat waves; native wildlife and plants are shifting north; and there have been troubling upticks in climate-related ailments like tick-borne diseases and asthma. But nowhere is climate change more apparent than along the coast, where warming and acidifying waters and rising sea levels are taking a toll, disrupting fisheries and eroding coastal marshes and beaches. These… Continue Reading

July 16, 2020

Safe Station program goes mobile to connect homeless with addiction, mental health services

by Mark Hayward

With the original services of the once-innovative Safe Station program now available through Catholic Medical Center, the Manchester Fire Department has begun a new phase of Safe Station. It's gone mobile. Three times a week, a team that includes firefighters, mental health workers and shelter managers has been visiting homeless camps in the city. Fire Chief Dan Goonan said the effort is to get some 175 homeless camp residents more connected with the help they need to fight problems su… Continue Reading

July 16, 2020

Camps quieter this summer

by Madeline Hughes

SALEM, N.H. - It was quieter than usual at Camp Otter. The 20-acre camp that normally hosts 250 campers a day during the summer had only 53 kids, Camp Director Ryan MacRae said as she led U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on a tour of the facilities. Areas like the archery pit were noticeably empty as campers spread out on benches to wait and take turns shooting. Shaheen met with MacRae and other camp officials to talk about how to help summer camps. Shaheen knows summer camp in New Hampshire is vital… Continue Reading

July 15, 2020

NH school districts working on plans to prepare for return of students

by Jennifer Crompton

MANCHESTER, N.H. - New Hampshire school districts are working to finalize plans for the return of students in the fall. After the state released guidance Tuesday that left many decisions in the hands of local officials, districts are taking different approaches to reopen. In Rochester, school officials have been setting up classrooms to space desks 3 and 6 feet apart. "We're trying to make sure people have the best information and the science behind the decisions so people can make an info… Continue Reading

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