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September 29, 2020

NH loan fund to get $557K to help small businesses

CONCORD (AP) - A total of $557,000 is going to the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund to support small businesses and promote economic growth in communities amid the pandemic, the state's congressional delegation said Tuesday. "As the economic fallout spurred by this pandemic worsens, it is essential that New Hampshire businesses have the support they need to survive this crisis," U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, said in a statement. U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, said the fund "is p… Continue Reading

September 26, 2020

Sen. Shaheen: More work to be done to streamline PPP forgiveness loans

by Adam Sullivan

LEBANON, N.H. (WCAX) - Senator Jeanne Shaheen says more work needs to be done to streamline the forgiveness process for PPP loans. Goekon is one of the thousands of businesses in New Hampshire to receive a total of $2.5 billion in assistance. The company makes measuring equipment for infrastructure and mining projects. While businesses say PPP was a life safer for their bottom line, there is concern the forgiveness application is overly cumbersome, which could unintentionally end up saddling … Continue Reading

September 25, 2020

EPA approves dredging site off coast of Maine, New Hampshire

PORTSMOUTH (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated an area about 12 miles off the coast of Portsmouth as a long-term disposal site for dredging material from Maine, New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts, the agency announced Friday. The Isles of Shoals North Disposal Site meets a need in a region where there are no EPA-designated, long-term disposal sites for dredged material. The only active site, off Cape Arundel, Maine, was previously closed, then reopened, and will… Continue Reading

September 24, 2020

Bias in U.S. Military Promotions Cited as Senators Offer Measure

by Josyana Joshua and Daniel Flatley

Two senators on the Foreign Relations Committee introduced a measure aimed at reducing bias in military promotions by withholding some identifying information from the boards that decide on them. In an effort to reduce biased choices tied to race or gender, Senators Todd Young, a Republican from Indiana, and Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, want the Pentagon to exclude information including a candidate's name, gender, age and race. Photographs would also be banned. "Removing bias and … Continue Reading

September 23, 2020

Strafford County gets federal money for economic push amid pandemic

by Kyle Stucker

ROCHESTER - The federal government has allocated $379,131 in COVID-19 relief funds to create a new economic recovery coordinator position to assist Strafford County municipalities and businesses. The Strafford Regional Planning Commission position is designed to provide new resources and strategic planning assistance to the region, both to help with the impacts of the pandemic as well as with the communities' other development challenges. In announcing their application for the funding last mo… Continue Reading

September 22, 2020

U.S. trial of Foley killers 'steps closer,' Shaheen says

by Kevin Landrigan

Two ISIS terrorists accused of killing former New Hampshire resident and freelance war correspondent James Foley and three other American hostages are "several steps closer" to trial in a U.S. court, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Tuesday. British authorities on Tuesday confirmed they gave to U.S. officials evidence widely seen as pivotal to building a case against El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey. "This is very welcome news and a critical step to ending the legal limbo that has stalled… Continue Reading

September 22, 2020

Delegation urges Air Force to provide water to Newington homeowners

by Jeff McMenemy

NEWINGTON - Members of the state's congressional delegation are calling for the Air Force to provide safe drinking water for five Newington homeowners whose wells have tested above the state's new, more protective PFAS standards. In a letter signed by U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, along with U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas, they note "there are five properties in the town of Newington ... participating in ongoing private water supply well monitoring. Currently, the owners and residents of… Continue Reading

September 21, 2020

Shaheen Tours UNH Testing Lab As School Nears 100,000 Completed COVID Tests

by Todd Bookman

The University of New Hampshire has processed more than 99,000 COVID-19 tests since July. The high volume, according to school officials, is allowing the school to identify and isolate positive cases rapidly before they can spread. The school's model is drawing praise from state and local officials, including Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who toured the school's testing center on Monday. UNH is requiring students to get tested at least twice a week. Students are provided with saline solution and nasal … Continue Reading

September 20, 2020

NH businesses hit by USPS slowdown; pols push for solutions

by Jonathan Phelps

The U.S. Postal Service's well-publicized delivery problems of the past few months have severely handicapped New Hampshire businesses, especially those in rural areas, as they try to rebound from the pandemic's crippling economic effects. Electronic Imaging Materials, a specialty-label manufacturing company in Keene, relies on the Postal Service to receive materials and ship its products domestically and internationally. Recently, one shipment took eight days to arrive from Brattleboro… Continue Reading

September 16, 2020

CDC officials say COVID vaccine for ‘general public’ not available till spring or summer

WASHINGTON (WCAX) - U.S. health officials believe a coronavirus vaccine will be available later this year, but when will the public get it? At Wednesday's Senate Appropriations Hearing, CDC Director Robert Redfield said the vaccine could become available in November or December, but only a limited supply. Redfield says it likely won't be available to the general public until the second or third quarter of 2021. New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen questioned Assistant Secretary of Health and H… Continue Reading

September 15, 2020

Manchester receives $82,000 federal law enforcement grant

by Andrew Sylvia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last week U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced that the Manchester Police Department will receive $82,000 through the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act Program, which is operated by the DOJ's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office. The Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act Program promotes peer mentoring health and wellness, supports suicide prevention programs and invests in improving access to mental health and wellness for law enfo… Continue Reading

September 10, 2020

Shaheen: New system to help ships, subs navigate Piscataqua River

New technology will helps ships and submarines navigate the Piscataqua River. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., vice chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, announced Thursday the agency will install a new marine navigational system at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System, or PORTS, is an integrated series of sensors which provide critical, real-time information on oceanographic and meteoro… Continue Reading

September 07, 2020

Veterans building homes for veterans in the Gate City

by Kimberly Houghton

The Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity broke ground Friday on its newest home that will be occupied by two veteran families. "We have veterans building for veterans," said Scott Slattery, executive director of the Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity, explaining the volunteer team that will be helping to construct the two-unit home consists of several area veterans. The organization is constructing the home at 10 Paxton Terrace in Nashua, which is currently vacant property on a small q… Continue Reading

September 04, 2020

Principal gets a high-profile story reader: Sen. Shaheen

by Lloyd Jones

CONWAY - On Thursday, Pine Tree School Principal Aimee Frechette got her first night off in 175 days from her self-appointed task of reading bedtime stories online each night to her students. However, she had a more than capable fill-in - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). What started as a two-week way to feel connected to students during the COVID-19 pandemic became a nightly ritual for Frechette. The principal of the Center Conway K-6 school began reading a picture book a night on the sc… Continue Reading

September 03, 2020

Trump Is Trying To Rig The Census And Hopes You Won’t Notice, Key Senator Warns

by Jennifer Bendery

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is trying to rig the 2020 census for political gain and his administration's effort to quietly rush the national headcount will leave millions of people ? particularly communities of color ? politically weakened for at least a decade, a key senator is warning. "They don't really want the American people to know what's going on with the census," New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, the top Democrat on the Senate subcommittee charged with funding the census, … Continue Reading

September 03, 2020

Shaheen and Gregg tour Rye Harbor ahead of dredging

RYE - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and former U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg together visited Rye Harbor on Wednesday and received an update on dredging operations scheduled to begin this fall. The dredging is necessary to combat the severe shoaling that has rendered parts of the waterway difficult to navigate. During their visit, Shaheen, a Democrat, and Gregg, a Republican, met with state and local officials, including the Geno Marconi, director of New Hampshire Ports and Harbors, and the Rye harbor master… Continue Reading

September 01, 2020

New Hampshire entertainment venue operators dread audience fear of returning

by Liisa Rajala

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen met Monday with representatives of New Hampshire's entertainment venues to learn how another federal relief package could be of assistance. But it quickly became apparent that money alone was not going to save New Hampshire's arts and culture scene. "I'm so grateful for the size of the NERF [NH Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund] we got because we can set that aside and pay our bills," said Nicki Clarke, the Capitol Center for the Art's executive director, referring to a s… Continue Reading

September 01, 2020

Shaheen gives Washington update to local businesses

by Madeline Hughes

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., answered questions from the Greater Salem and Greater Derry Londonderry chambers of commerce Tuesday, telling local businesses that she's been hearing their concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and economic fallout. As Shaheen heads back to Washington next week, she said her top priority is addressing the pandemic because that's how the economy can get back on course. "The most important thing I think we can do to get our economy up and running again is to … Continue Reading

August 30, 2020

UNH, Dartmouth get $1.25M each for NASA research

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee that funds the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, announced that NASA has selected proposals from the University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College to help improve understanding of the sun's interaction with the constantly changing space environment around Earth. Both schools will receive $1.25 million from NASA's Heliophysics Explorers' program to conduct a nine-month mission concept study, a… Continue Reading

August 28, 2020

UNH gets $38.5 million federal grant for coastal mapping center

DURHAM - A $38.5 million grant over five years from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was awarded to the University of New Hampshire to continue coastal mapping operations at the Joint Hydrographic Center. The funding was announced Thursday by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., ranking member on the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations subcommittee, along with the rest of the state's congressional delegation: Sen. Maggie Hassan and Reps. Annie Kuster and Ch… Continue Reading

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