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December 13, 2018

Senators want PFAS studies to include firefighters

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators led by Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, are calling for federal health officials to take immediate action to address firefighter exposure to PFAS chemicals. Twenty-one senators signed on to the letter sent Thursday to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). "As you are aware, PFAS chemicals are a byproduct of aqueous film forming foam (AFFF), a fire suppres… Continue Reading

December 06, 2018

World War II veteran battling cancer will receive Purple Heart, officials say

by Christine DeLong Wheeler

MANCHESTER, N.H. - A U.S. Army veteran from Manchester who never received a Purple Heart after being injured during World War II will finally be recognized for his service and sacrifice. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced Thursday that Cpl. Francis Byrne will finally be awarded a Purple Heart. Her office has been working on his application since August. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was injured in the line of duty in Belgium when he was hit by shrapnel from a landmine. His lieuten… Continue Reading

December 06, 2018

World War II veteran to get his Purple Heart

by Paul Feely

MANCHESTER - A World War II veteran from Manchester is getting his dying wish - a Purple Heart Award, to be presented at a ceremony in his honor more than seven decades after he was injured. Francis Byrne, 94, of Manchester, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 at the age of 18. He saw his first combat on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day a year later, and was injured in the line of duty in Belgium when he was hit by shrapnel from a German land mine. His story was featured recently in the New Hamp… Continue Reading

November 23, 2018

Funding included for dredging of Hampton harbor

by Max Sullivan

HAMPTON -- Officials concerned the Hampton Harbor was becoming shallow beyond use celebrated new funding for the harbor's emergency dredging this week. The $4.6 million needed to complete the dredging was included in the Army Corps of Engineers' 2019 Work Plan, according to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's office. Shaheen and other New Hampshire congressional delegates praised the Army Corps for including the funding to get the work completed next year. Shoaling has caused sand to collect in the har… Continue Reading

November 16, 2018

Shaheen, Tillis lead delegation to security forum

CONCORD, N.H. Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina are leading a bipartisan delegation attending an international security conference in Canada. The group is participating in the 10th annual Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Three hundred delegates from around the world are discussing strategic cooperation on common global security goals. Shaheen and Tillis are the co-chairs of the recently re-e… Continue Reading

November 13, 2018

'GEAR UP' Manchester programming slated to debut in early 2019

by Paul Feely

MANCHESTER - School board members heard an update on how a federal grant providing $10.5 million over the next seven years will help low-income students in Manchester middle schools. Earlier this year, U.S. senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, both Democrats, and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-NH, announced a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant for $1,572,534 per year over the next seven years to the New Hampshire College & University Council. … Continue Reading

November 12, 2018

Senators, advocates push for USS Thresher disaster memorial

by Adam Sexton

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - A renewed effort is underway to memorialize the 129 sailors and civilians who were lost aboard the USS Thresher, a submarine that sank off the New England coast in 1963. In the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history, the USS Thresher went down on April 10, 1963, during deep-diving tests, sinking in 8,000 feet of water about 200 miles off Cape Cod. None of the 129 men aboard the Portsmouth-based vessel survived. "It was a national event," said Kevin Galeaz of the US… Continue Reading

November 11, 2018

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan: Protecting consumers from exorbitant – often surprise – out-of-pocket health care costs

by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan

Imagine opening the mail to find a massive, unexpected medical bill that throws your entire budget into disarray, like the man from Concord who sought treatment for a cut to his finger and was charged $3,500. He was unaware that he was seen by a physician who wasn't covered under his insurance which resulted in a much higher fee. Or the man from Texas who had a heart attack, was sent to an out-of-network hospital, and charged $108,951 in out-of-pocket costs for care. Or maybe you don't have to … Continue Reading

November 07, 2018

As Midterms Reshape Congress, Shaheen Hopes For Bipartisanship

by Annie Ropeik

New Hampshire's senior U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she's hoping for more bipartisanship in Congress, with a new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. Shaheen was at an event in Portsmouth Wednesday and spoke to NHPR about the mixed midterm results. While Democrats took back the House of Representatives, Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate. Shaheen says it's a call for all of Congress to work across the aisle. "We've had too much partisanship. I think that was… Continue Reading

November 07, 2018

Portsmouth’s Amico gets EPA honor for PFAS fight

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH - Local mother and community activist Andrea Amico received a national public service award from the Environmental Protection Agency for her work advocating for families exposed to PFAS contamination at the former Pease Air Force Base. Amico received the award from EPA Region I Administrator Alexandra Dunn during a ceremony Wednesday in City Council Chambers at City Hall. The event was attended by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who has worked with Amico for years to address the water con… Continue Reading

October 31, 2018

Shaheen, at Keene State, urges 'seat at the table' for US on global stage

by Jake Lahut

At the outset of a foreign policy speech at Keene State College Tuesday, there was a palpable feeling in the luminous Mountain View Room that a business-as-usual approach would not be appropriate. After being introduced by Keene State Democrats President Davis Bernstein, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen set aside her prepared remarks for the college's forum on foreign affairs and took a pause. "I started this speech a few weeks ago, before the events of last week," the New Hampshire Democrat s… Continue Reading

October 23, 2018

Shaheen visits the Glen House’s geothermal system

by Edith Tucker

GREEN'S GRANT - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) visited the just-opened Glen House hotel at Mount Washington on Route 16 last Friday to discuss the critical role of energy efficiency initiatives in combating climate change. After touring the closed-loop geothermal heating and cooling system housed with backup propane boiler system in the basement of the three-story building, Shaheen discussed the hotel's sustainability components with General Manager Howie Wemyss, who also has oversight over … Continue Reading

October 22, 2018

Shaheen tours data site at Bartlett Experimental Forest

by Edith Tucker

BARTLETT - Part of the 86-year-old Bartlett Experimental Forest, established in 1932 as a 2,600-acre set-aside tract for research within the White Mountain National Forest, now will provide a site where ecological research on a continental scale will be advanced for the next 30 years. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) got an overview last Friday afternoon of the extensive research that will be done at the forest now that it has been designated as part of the National Ecological Observatory Netw… Continue Reading

October 13, 2018

U.S. pastor credits Shaheen's role in his release from Turkish prison

by Kevin Landrigan

WASHINGTON - Andrew Brunson, a North Carolina Christian missionary pastor detained for two years in Turkey, singled out U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., along with President Trump and Republican leaders with playing major roles in his release from captivity."There are a number of people in the Senate, and I can't mention everyone, but I know that my Senator (Thom) Tillis visited me in prison, so did Senator Shaheen and Senator (Lindsey) Graham, and Senator (James) Lankford," Brunson said while … Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Portraits of Heartbreak: New Hampshire mom raising awareness of opioid deaths through art

by Cristina Corbin

If art imitates life, Anne Marie Zanfagna's portraits capture the promise of youth - brush strokes of vibrant colors that make up each face, vivacious and carefree, on square canvases displayed Wednesday near the U.S. Capitol. The young subjects - each with their own story - are dead. Collectively the 150 portraits represent a generation ravaged by the opioid epidemic. "When you see them all together, it's very powerful," said Zanfagna, whose 25-year-old daughter, Jacqueline, died from an acci… Continue Reading

October 03, 2018

NH congressional delegation requests emergency dredging of Hampton Harbor

by Kimberley Haas

HAMPTON - The congressional delegation from New Hampshire is requesting that emergency dredging of Hampton Harbor be included in the Army Corps of Engineers' work plan for the 2019 fiscal year.The plan must be submitted to Congress no later than Nov. 20.Sand shoals in the harbor are causing serious issues for those who navigate the waters for work and recreation. The channel is currently only 20 to 30 feet wide in some places and at least two boats have gotten stuck on the shoals this season.Las… Continue Reading

October 03, 2018

Senate passes bill that could help NH fight opioid crisis

by Cherise Leclerc

MANCHESTER, N.H. - A bill that would bring much-needed resources to help the state fight the opioid crisis is headed to President Donald Trump's desk. The legislation passed by the Senate on Wednesday prioritizes funding for hard-hit states like New Hampshire. The bipartisan bill promises more money for treatment and recovery, and it gives law enforcement more help in fighting the crisis. "We've given law enforcement more tools to prosecute people who are bringing in fentanyl. We've given t… Continue Reading

September 18, 2018

Senate Passes Bill to Combat Opioid Crisis, N.H. Senators Say Help Coming For Granite State

The U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation last night targeting the misuse of opioids and other addictive drugs. The measure would increase scrutiny of arriving international mail that may include illegal drugs. It would also make it easier for the National Institutes of Health to approve research on finding nonaddictive painkillers. The Food and Drug Administration would be allowed to require drug makers to package smaller quantities of drugs like opioids. And there would also be new feder… Continue Reading

September 14, 2018

Funding bill adds $10M to national study of PFAS

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH -- A key funding bill agreed to by U.S. Senate and House negotiators includes $10 million to pay for the second year of a national health study on the health effects of PFAS exposure, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced Friday. Shaheen established the first-in-the-nation study on PFAS exposure in the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. Friday's news about the negotiated funding bill means she has now secured a total of $20 million for the national health study, which … Continue Reading

September 13, 2018

Hampton Harbor dredging project moves forward

by Max Sullivan

HAMPTON -- Language permitting the emergency dredging of Hampton Harbor was kept in the federal Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 finalized this week, the dredging considered necessary to keep the harbor in use. The House and Senate reached an agreement on the bill Monday, the language for permitting the emergency dredging pushed by U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., as well as U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter earlier this year. Boat captains have said their ships are getti… Continue Reading

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