In The News

September 06, 2018

Seacoast Indonesians get deportation reprieve

by Brian Early

SOMERSWORTH - Some 50 Indonesians facing deportation, most of whom reside in the Seacoast area, have had their deportation orders voided and their asylum proceedings reopened after recent orders from the Board of Immigration Appeals. "This is a miracle," said the Rev. Sandra Pontoh of the Maranatha Indonesian United Church of Christ in Madbury, a vocal advocate for the locals facing deportation. "I am so thankful. All of us are thankful." Boston-based law firm Hahn & Matkov attorney Willia… Continue Reading

September 03, 2018

Trump’s pay freeze plan rattles shipyard

by Hadley Barndollar

PORTSMOUTH -- After announcing ahead of Labor Day that he would freeze the salaries of nearly 2 million federal workers, including those at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Pease Air National Guard Base, President Donald Trump said he is "studying" the matter after outcry among unions, Democrats and some Republicans. New Hampshire elected officials chirped back at Trump's proposed pay freeze last week, where he cited "serious economic conditions" that prevented the country from affording the raise… Continue Reading

August 24, 2018

Military Sexual Assault Survivors May Not Be Getting Benefits — And This Senator Wants Answers

by Morgan Brinlee

One senator is demanding answers following reports that clerical errors may have caused the Department of Veteran Affairs to deny benefits to survivors of military sexual assault. In a letter sent Thursday to Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen asked how the VA will assist military sexual assault survivors going forward and urged the agency to immediately begin implementing new ways to handle benefit claims related to military sexual assault. "I write to e… Continue Reading

August 16, 2018

Our view: A step forward on at-sea monitoring

by Editorial

The New England fishing industry is enjoying a rare victory over federal regulators, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced earlier this week that it would pick up the cost of at-sea monitoring of boats this year. What's more, NOAA will reimburse fishermen for some of their out-of-pocket expenses from 2017. While that's good news, there is still work to be done. There is no guarantee the new policy -- less a promise of change than a one-time concession tucked in the fe… Continue Reading

August 14, 2018

NOAA to pay fishermen's at-sea monitoring costs

by Sean Horgan

Commercial groundfishermen will not have to pay any at-sea monitoring costs in the current fishing year and will be reimbursed for an additional 25 percent of their 2017 fishing trips that included monitor coverage, NOAA Fisheries said Tuesday. The expanded at-sea monitor funding, fueled by an additional $10.3 million secured by New Hampshire's U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in the current federal budget, means fishing vessels in the Northeast Multispecies groundfishery are eligible to be reimbursed … Continue Reading

August 13, 2018

Revision Military breaks ground at Pease

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH - Revision Military held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new Advanced Warfighter Equipment Development Center Monday morning at the Pease International Tradeport. Revision Military CEO Jonathan Blanshay said the company plans to hire somewhere "in the neighborhood of 50 to 75 (new employees) in the first year" of the company's operations in Portsmouth. Construction on the new center, which will be located off Corporate Drive, is expected to be finished in about a year. Blanshay… Continue Reading

August 13, 2018

First-ever nationwide PFAS health study gets additional $10m

by Kimberley Haas

PORTSMOUTH - Officials conducting the first-ever nationwide health study on the impacts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances will receive another $10 million in federal funding.The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry is conducting the study. Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth is serving as a model test site due to work that has already been done to assess the threat of PFAS chemicals in the area.The now bustling business park was home to Pease Air Force Base for 60 years.… Continue Reading

August 02, 2018

Bipartisan group of senators pushes to sanction Russia over midterm meddling

by Erin Kelly

WASHINGTON - With less than 100 days until the midterm elections, a bipartisan group of senators offered Thursday a bill that would impose tougher sanctions on Russia if it continues to interfere in U.S. elections. The bill would create new criminal penalties for anyone who targets election systems and slap sanctions on political figures, oligarchs, and others who engage in "illicit and corrupt activities" on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The bill's co-sponsors are Republicans Li… Continue Reading

August 01, 2018

Shaheen Amendment Could Advance Childhood Cancer Research In N.H.

by Annie Ropeik

The budget bill passed in the U.S. Senate Wednesday could advance childhood cancer research in New Hampshire. A recent federal study says the Granite State had the nation's highest pediatric cancer rate from 2003 to 2014. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and others have called on federal health officials to do more to study the causes of that problem. Now, Shaheen has tied the issue to the Senate's spending bill. Her amendment would require more detailed reports and public outreach about states' pediat… Continue Reading

July 21, 2018

Shaheen tours Londonderry meadery to hear about impact of tariffs on business

by Ryan Lessard

LONDONDERRY - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen visited Moonlight Meadery after company officials said they missed out on an opportunity to make an additional $750,000 per year because of Chinese retaliatory tariffs."Sadly, we're hearing from small businesses all over New Hampshire who are hurt by the tariffs," Shaheen said.Shaheen's staff supplied a study by Trade Partnership Worldwide LLC, an international trade and economic consulting firm, which projects a net loss of 1,889 jobs in the Granite State cause… Continue Reading

July 17, 2018

Action urged on NH’s highest-in-nation child cancer rate

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH - The state's congressional delegation is calling for the Trump administration to find out what is making New Hampshire children sick in light of a recent report indicating the state has the highest pediatric cancer rate in the country. The recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report states that between 2003 and 2014, New Hampshire had 205 pediatric cancer cases per 1,000,000 in the population. The report by the CDC comes after the state Department of Health and Human S… Continue Reading

July 17, 2018

Senator Calls For Hearing With U.S. Interpreter In Trump-Putin Meeting

by Jennifer Bendery

WASHINGTON ? Nobody knows what President Donald Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin in their private, two-hour meeting on Monday, after which he publicly trashed U.S. intelligence and praised the Russian dictator. Well, almost nobody. At least one U.S. interpreter was in the room with the two leaders. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) says she wants to bring in that interpreter to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on what, exactly, Trump shared with Putin. "That … Continue Reading

July 12, 2018

Senators ask new EPA head to act on PFAS contamination

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH -- U.S. Sens. Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen are calling for the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to "understand and address the PFAS contamination problem facing the nation." Hassan and Shaheen state in their letter sent Thursday to Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler that "PFAS chemicals have been associated with birth defects, various forms of cancers and immune system dysfunction." Wheeler replaced the embattled Scott Pruitt, who resigned last we… Continue Reading

July 05, 2018

Without These Women, A Generation Of Girls Wouldn’t Know How To “Lead From The Front”

by Jeanne Shaheen

As our Armed Forces integrate more women into direct combat roles, women are stepping up as front-line commanders at the highest levels. The women who break through the "brass ceiling" face significant barriers and need to prove they are just as brave and tough as their male counterparts. As a woman serving on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the only woman on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I understand the challenge of taking on responsibilities that have historically been trus… Continue Reading

June 30, 2018

Another View, with Jeanne Shaheen: Supreme Court got the internet sales tax ruling horribly wrong

by Jeanne Shaheen

June 29, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan urge EPA to act on PFAS contaminants

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH - U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to "take immediate action to protect citizens from" further PFAS contamination. Shaheen and Hassan released a letter on Friday they wrote to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in the wake of this week's first-ever PFAS contamination community engagement event, which the EPA held in Exeter. "We are hopeful that the EPA will take the concerns and recommendations that were raised by community leade… Continue Reading

June 12, 2018

Hampton Harbor dredging effort takes a step forward

by Max Sullivan

HAMPTON -- Plans for the dredging of Hampton Harbor will be funded this year by the Army Corps of Engineers, giving advocates for the project hope the actual dredging could take place in 2019. The corps' 2018 fiscal year work plan includes $275,000 to produce the plans for the project, which harbor business owners say is needed to keep the harbor from becoming unusable. U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, both New Hampshire Democrats, praised the corps Monday for including the funding… Continue Reading

May 26, 2018

Thousands turn out for USS Manchester commissioning

by Kimberley Haas

PORTSMOUTH - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says one of the best parts of sponsoring the USS Manchester was getting the chance to meet the crew."It has been an honor and truly the thrill of a lifetime to be the USS Manchester's sponsor," Shaheen, D-NH, said during a commissioning ceremony Saturday that drew a crowd of close to 6,000 people.Shaheen acknowledged the accomplishments of the littoral combat ship's Cmdr. Emily Bassett"She is a role model for all of us, especially women and girls throughout New H… Continue Reading

May 10, 2018

Pease to lead off first nationwide PFAS health study

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH - The Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Registry will announce Thursday night that it will be doing a health study on adults and children exposed to dangerous PFAS chemicals at the former Pease Air Force Base here. The study will be part of the first-ever larger multi-site study on PFAS exposure that was established by legislation authored by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. The announcement will come from ATSDR officials at Thursday night's meeting of the Pease Community Assi… Continue Reading

May 09, 2018

With Seasonal Hiring Pressure In N.H., Shaheen Pushes For Answers On Temporary Worker Visas

by Robert Garrova

Many seasonal businesses in New Hampshire take advantage of temporary worker visas to fill open jobs. But as the summer tourism season approaches, employers say they're still understaffed. Russ Hart owns Hart's Turkey Farm restaurant in Meredith. He's requested 18 temporary H-2B visas for the busy season but so far only has eight. The lack of workers isn't a big problem yet, but Hart expects it will be after Memorial Day. "We will have an issue once we get into June, though," Hart says. "There… Continue Reading

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