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October 18, 2017

Pentagon pressed on source code disclosures to Russia

by Morgan Chalfant

A Democratic senator is pressing the Pentagon on cybersecurity risks after revelations that Russia reviewed the source code for software used on U.S. military systems. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a member of the Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis expressing "deep concerns" about reports earlier this month that Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) complied with a Russian defense agency's request to review source code of its ArcSight cybersecurity software. … Continue Reading

October 18, 2017

After Equifax Hack, Calls For Big Changes In Credit Reporting Industry

by Chris Arnold

This past spring, David Mifflin looked at his credit report online and saw that something wasn't right. There were inquiries from Chase Bank about an application for a credit card that someone was trying to open in his name. Mifflin, who lives in San Antonio, says he called the bank and was told the identity thieves "had my Social Security number." He set up fraud alerts with the three major credit reporting companies. But he says the fraudulent attempts to open credit cards continued "multipl… Continue Reading

October 17, 2017

Study next step in water contamination cleanup

by Kyle Midura

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - A chemical commonly found on military installations could wage a war with your health. A New Hampshire senator hopes the country can learn more about the enemy at home. The water at hundreds of military outposts across the country is contaminated, exposing men, women, and children to health impacts. Known associated health issues range from cancer to high cholesterol, many experts presume more are unknown. The contaminants are from a family of chemicals known as PFAS fou… Continue Reading

October 16, 2017

In New Hampshire, Indonesian Christians caught in Trump immigration crackdown

by Scott Malone

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - Since fleeing deadly violence in Indonesia two decades ago, Meldy and Eva Lumangkun built a life in suburban New Hampshire and raised four children, their illegal status long tolerated by U.S. immigration authorities. But when they showed up at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Manchester in August for their regular check-in, they were told to buy one-way tickets back to Indonesia and get out of the United States in two months. "We are afraid to go … Continue Reading

October 05, 2017

Sen. Shaheen questions Trump nominee on Indonesian immigration policy

by Judi Currie

SOMERSWORTH - Referencing the plight of local Indonesians, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., pressed Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on the Trump administration's deportation of individuals who came to the United States fleeing religious persecution. Brownback, a Republican, is the Trump administration's nominee to serve as ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Shaheen questioned Brownback during his confirmation hearing Wedne… Continue Reading

October 02, 2017

Raising civic-minded and engaged youth

by Melanie Plenda

Japan said that eight uninhabited islands were theirs. In 1895, they surveyed the land; no one was there, so they planted a flag and the islands were theirs. End of story. But then China said those islands had been theirs since ancient times, when they served as important fishing grounds. So back off Japan and hand 'em over. And while we're at it, the Philippines has a bone to pick about some land to which it feels entitled, thank you very much. The countries wheedle and cajole, and they nego… Continue Reading

October 01, 2017

Shaheen 'Relieved' by Judge's Ruling to Let Indonesian Immigrants Stay

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said she was relieved by a Massachusetts judge's ruling that puts on hold the deportation of several dozen Indonesians in New England who had lost their bid to remain in the U.S. and feared persecution if returned home. Speaking with WTSN's Dave Andreesen on Friday, Shaheen said Tuesday's ruling gives New Hampshire's Indonesian population in the Seacoast the chance to appeal efforts to deport them. "These are people who fled religious persecution in Indonesia… Continue Reading

October 01, 2017

U.S. senators attend opening of Friendship House

by Edith Tucker

BETHLEHEM - Collaboration, perseverance and optimism were cited as key factors leading to the ceremonial groundbreaking Friday of a new 32-bed $5.4 million Friendship House treatment and recovery center on Route 302. Nancy Frank, CEO of the non-profit North Country Health Consortium, welcomed a crowd that included U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan. "Our communities have recognized that it is time to treat addiction as a chronic disease with a medical model," she said. "It's a very ex… Continue Reading

September 22, 2017

Shaheen: Graham-Cassidy bill is ‘unconscionable’

by Brian Early

DOVER - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., called the latest Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act "unconscionable" at a roundtable discussion in Dover with professionals in the medical and addiction support fields. The talk on Friday, held at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, allowed the senator to hear how the repeal of the ACA, also known as ObamaCare, and the implementation of the Graham-Cassidy bill could affect medical care in the Granite State. The bill is named for its sponsors, S… Continue Reading

September 20, 2017

Defense act includes study of PFC impacts

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH -- The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that passed the U.S. Senate Monday includes an amendment by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for the first-ever national health study on the effects of PFC exposure. The Shaheen amendment directs the Department of Defense to pay for the nationwide study on the health effects of people exposed to PFCs in drinking water, which would be conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The study will be a nationwide assessment of the ef… Continue Reading

September 19, 2017

U.S. Senate votes to ban Kaspersky Lab software from government networks

by Dustin Volv

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Monday voted to ban Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab's products from use by the federal government, citing concerns the company may be a pawn of the Kremlin and poses a national security risk. The vote is the latest in a series of setbacks in the United States for Kaspersky Lab, a 20-year-old anti-virus company that reaches 400 million customers globally and has vigorously denied that it conducts espionage on behalf of the Russian governme… Continue Reading

September 14, 2017

U.S. Bans Kaspersky Software For Federal Agencies Amid Security Concerns

by David Welna

The acting secretary of homeland security has banned the U.S. government from using Kaspersky software. The Russian company's software - widely used throughout the world - has been deemed an unacceptable security risk. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Kaspersky Labs is a big Moscow-based company that makes antivirus software. It's used worldwide, even by some American government agencies. Now that may be over, at least for the U.S. government. The Department of Homeland Security issued a directive today tha… Continue Reading

September 13, 2017

Matching bold words with action to tackle opioids

by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

In dozens of visits to New Hampshire during the presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump pledged aggressive action to combat the opioid crisis. And last month, President Trump stated his intention to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. These are fine words, but it's time for action. The president and Congress must mobilize a stepped-up federal response that is equal to this growing nationwide crisis. In its final report last month, the President's Commission on Combating Drug A… Continue Reading

September 10, 2017

Another View -- Jeanne Shaheen: Trump should let NH's Indonesian community stay

by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

President Trump's decision to end the program, known as DACA, that protects young undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children, has upended the lives of hundreds of thousands of Dreamers, including nearly 400 who live in New Hampshire.But Dreamers aren't the only ones. Immigrants from all walks of life are being slated for deportation, irrespective of their individual circumstances or value to their community.Here in New Hampshire, our Indonesian community, who came here decades ago… Continue Reading

September 08, 2017

Shaheen joins family for ICE check in

by Judi Currie

MANCHESTER - As another local family was told Friday they will need to buy plane tickets to return to Indonesia, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen vowed to continue her fight to keep them in the U.S. "These families fled religious persecution in Indonesia and we have seen in recent years increased persecution of religious minorities there, particularly Christians. So they go back to an uncertain future, back to their country of origin," said Shaheen, a Democrat. She said these families came to the Seac… Continue Reading

September 05, 2017

The Russian Company That Is a Danger to Our Security

by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

MADBURY, N.H. - The Kremlin hacked our presidential election, is waging a cyberwar against our NATO allies and is probing opportunities to use similar tactics against democracies worldwide. Why then are federal agencies, local and state governments and millions of Americans unwittingly inviting this threat into their cyber networks and secure spaces? That threat is posed by antivirus and security software products created by Kaspersky Lab, a Moscow-based company with extensive ties to Russian i… Continue Reading

September 01, 2017

US Senate looking to mandate government-wide ban on Russian firm's software

by Trish Turner and Mike Levine

The Senate is looking to mandate a full, government-wide ban on the use of all products made by one of the world's most respected cybersecurity firms, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, according to congressional sources. The move would be the U.S. government's most drastic response yet to growing concerns that Kremlin-backed hackers could try to exploit the firm's anti-virus software to steal and manipulate users' files, read private emails or attack critical infrastructure in the U.S. The proposed … Continue Reading

August 25, 2017

Sen. Shaheen Tours Belmont Manufacturer

by Tom Caldwell

BELMONT - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), during a visit to Milpower Source, cited a new provision in this year's defense authorization bill that calls for the government to assess procurement costs in light of the long-term utility of the parts being purchased. The purpose, she said, is to make sure the money is well spent, balancing the cost with the need for reliability. That is the central focus of the Belmont manufacturer, according to Milpower Source General Manager Tomer Eshed, who led… Continue Reading

August 24, 2017

Shaheen proposes ACA insurance market funding fix

by Timothy LaRoche

CLAREMONT - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined city officials and healthcare leaders on Wednesday for a roundtable forum on potential changes to the Affordable Healthcare Act after her introduction of the Marketplace Certainty Act in June. The act, currently working its way through a committee, would change the way that cost-sharing reductions are funded. Cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) are essentially subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs and insurance co-pays for low-income earners und… Continue Reading

August 23, 2017

Shaheen tours vet program at Bartlett forest

by Rachael Brown

BARTLETT - A group of veterans are out of the Army and into the woods, through the Veterans Conservation Corps and a new program and partnership between the White Mountain National Forest and Department of Defense. The setting is the Lodge at the Bartlett Experimental Forest on Pine Street in Bartlett. The VCC assists veterans in their transition back into civilian life by using their leadership skills in land management and conservation needs. This program, introduced by Developed Recreation… Continue Reading

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